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Restaurant Review: Can Sorrel fill the shoes of Pastis as Rosedale’s favourite bistro?

I haven’t been able to darken Sorrel’s doorway till now. Since the Gallic sprite Georges Gurnon sold Pastis and retired to Florida, I was too sad to try its replacement.
September 21, 2015

Restaurant Review: The upscale Greek at Mamakas wows the palate off our critic

Mamakas is a bit atypical for the Ossington strip. The food is modernized trad Greek, and it’s very fine, more Byblos than Danforth.
August 31, 2015

Restaurant Review: Hanmoto has great bar food if you can handle the wait

Joanne Kates loves the bar food at Hanmoto but says you need a plan to avoid waiting.
August 11, 2015

Restaurant Review: Boralia dishes out delicious O Canada cuisine

Joanne Kates reviews Boralia, the new restaurant that’s a nonstop ode to Canadiana
July 14, 2015

Restaurant Review: Bar Raval aims to seduce us with its ode to Barcelona

Grant van Gameren’s new tapas bar, Bar Raval, is being lauded as Barcelona’s gift to Toronto. And it is. But life is complicated and Toronto isn’t Barcelona.
June 17, 2015

Restaurant Review: Don’t believe the hype for R&D, it’s not at all masterful

Alvin Leung and Eric Chong’s R&D on Spadina is all hype and no substance. Alvin Leung’s Bo Innovation in Hong Kong has three Michelin stars and Eric Chong was the winner of MasterChef Canada.
June 08, 2015

Restaurant Review: Refined simplicity at Dandylion

Jay Carter's own vision and passion finally come home to roost at Dandylion on Queen West.
April 24, 2015

Restaurant Review: Chinese-Caribbean mashups at Patois

Patois’s Chinese-Caribbean mashups sure to please
April 13, 2015

Restaurant Review: Kwan, uptown’s nouveau Chinese eatery

Joanne Kates has a love–hate relationship with Kwan, midtown’s nouveau Chinese eatery
March 09, 2015

Restaurant Review: NAO Steakhouse, Khabouth and Harji’s glamorous new steak house

Executive chef Stuart Cameron and Charles Khabouth have joined with Hanif Harji to open Nao Steakhouse at 90 Avenue Rd. where Boba was.
March 02, 2015

Restaurant Review: Parkdale’s Porzia turns out so-hip-it-hurts Italian food

Joanne Kates writes that Parkdale’s Porzia is hip and cool, but the comfortable Italian food delivered by chef Basilio Pesce’s kitchen is sometimes good, but often plain and unexciting.
February 17, 2015

Restaurant Review: King West's Los Colibris impresses

Joanne Kates is impressed with the food Elia Herrera is cooking at Los Colibris on King West. It's definitely an elevated take on Mexican food — no tacos here.
February 11, 2015

Restaurant Review: Actinolite features Justin Cournoyer’s edible Canadiana

At Actinolite, Chef Justin Cournoyer channels the greats for his tasting menus that feature hyper-local and seasonal ingredients.
January 20, 2015

Restaurant Review: The Food Dudes' Rasa

Rasa delivers superb global fare
January 14, 2015

Restaurant Review: Nodo, the Junction's newest Italian spot is a must try

The rising tide of popularity for casual Italian restaurants has lifted Nodo's boat in the Junction. The macelleria pizza, gnocchi and cannoli are all hits.
December 10, 2014

Restaurant Review: Buca Osteria & Bar

Joanne Kates reviews the new Buca Yorkville and wonders if Rob Gentile is Toronto's Mario Batali.
December 01, 2014

At Crab Harbour, Richmond Hill’s new Japanese-style crab eatery, what you see is what you get—in all the best ways

Judging by the giant crustacean that denotes the entrance, it’s not hard to conclude what exactly is served at Crab Harbour.
November 12, 2014

Table Talk: Yunaghi might skimp socially, but the food more than makes up for it

Yunaghi serves food as jewels, tiny perfect complex dishes, but their social scene doesn't match the cooking.
November 05, 2014

Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews DaiLo, College Street’s Asian fusion destination

GwaiLo to DaiLo: Nick Liu’s resto changes name and underwhelms
October 06, 2014

Table Talk: Joanne Kates reviews Montecito, where good design doesn’t necessarily mean a great menu

Food at Ivan Reitman’s resto no laughing matter
September 29, 2014