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Taste Test: Plenty of Fish ’n’ Chips in the City

Bar Isabel's Grant van Gameren and Joso's Leo Spralja dive in deep to find Toronto's best fish 'n' chips.
November 19, 2014

Toronto’s Best Southern BBQ Briskets

We rounded up the city’s top southern BBQ briskets and sat Grant van Gameren down with meat maestro Zane Caplansky to suss out who knows their beef. Who has truly mastered the BBQ pit? Find out here.
July 10, 2014

Toronto’s Best Paninis

Grant van Gameren is joined by celeb chef Massimo Capra in sampling the city’s top Italian-style sandwiches. Which ’wich reps the Tricolore? Our chefs pick the city’s most authentic panini.
June 16, 2014

Taste Test: Toronto’s best lobster rolls

Grant van Gameren is joined by Geoff Hopgood, of the Maritime-inspired Hopgood’s Foodliner, in sampling Toronto’s best lobster rolls. Which one claws its way to the top?
May 26, 2014

Taste Test: Toronto’s Top Spring Salads

This month Grant van Gameren samples eight of uptown’s top spring salads — from classic Italian to an Asian chicken slaw. Find out which greens have enough crunch and creativity to keep him coming back for more.
April 14, 2014

Taste Test: Sticky Toffee Toronto

The sweetest way to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day is to indulge in this traditional pub dessert. Top pastry chef Sophie Han from Bero joins chef Grant van Gameren to determine the city’s best sticky toffee pudding.
March 17, 2014

Taste Test: Searching for Toronto’s best crème brûlée

This month, Bar Isabel’s master chef is joined by fiancée and fellow chef, Sunny Stone, in sampling the city’s top crème brûlées — just in time for Valentine’s Day. Which classic French desserts stole the hearts of our duo?
February 11, 2014

Taste Test: GTA’s Most Exclusive Clubs

The mightly club is a classic sandwich which can be served every which way — from a triple decker to an Italian-style panini. This month, chef Grant van Gameren tells us which club knocks his socks off
January 10, 2014

Top Taste Tests 2013

Over the past year we’ve fed our resident chef, Grant van Gameren, everything from jerk chicken to coconut cream pie. Here, a roundup of the best our city has to offer.
December 31, 2013

Taste Test: Searching for Toronto’s best latkes

Whether you call it a hash brown, a boxty or a rösti, many cultures have their own version of a potato pancake. This month, we celebrate the ubiquitous staple as chef Grant van Gameren samples the city’s best latke for Chanukah.
November 28, 2013

Taste Test: Searching for Toronto’s best butter tarts

This month we put the ultimate Canuck dessert to the test, as chef Grant van Gameren samples a roster of T.O.’s top butter tarts. He tells us which pastry gives him a sugar high.
November 13, 2013

Taste Test: Toronto’s best hot turkey sandwiches

There is no better way to get yourself revved up for Thanksgiving than with an old-fashioned hot turkey sandwich. Chef Grant van Gameren tells us which Toronto throwback diner is on the gravy train.
October 11, 2013

Taste Test: Toronto’s best delivery pizza

Everyone loves to talk artisanal pizza, but sometimes, a night in with some delivery ’za is where it’s at. Chef Grant van Gameren tells us which delivery goods check all his boxes.
September 12, 2013

T.O.’s best jerk chicken

Toronto’s climate may not compare to the Caribbean, but we sure have our fair share of joints dishing out Jamaican heat. Chef Grant van Gameren tells us who knows their jerk chicken — and who doesn’t.
August 01, 2013

T.O.’s best ribs

The city is awash in new southern barbecue spots — from Barque to Stack and back again. Whose Hogtown smokehouse is putting out the tastiest ribs? Chef Grant van Gameren gives us the Texas lowdown.
June 27, 2013

T.O.’s best ice cream sandwiches

From toasted marshmallow ice cream to bacon butterscotch cookies, Toronto’s gourmet ice cream sandwiches aren’t your typical cookies and cream. Here, chef Grant van Gameren tells us which cool concoction is tops.
June 20, 2013

T.O.’s best butcher shop sausages

Grant van Gameren — chef-owner of the buzzy new Bar Isabel — tastes the offerings from the city’s top butcher shops and artisanal meat purveyors.
May 28, 2013

T.O.’s best Caesar salad

With the Ides of March upon us, chef Grant van Gameren stepped away from preparing for his hotly anticipated restaurant opening long enough to sample our area’s best Caesar salads.
March 15, 2013

T.O.’s best spaghetti and meatballs

Top Toronto chef Grant van Gameren tucks into the GTA’s best spaghetti and meatballs, the classic old-school Italian comfort food.
February 25, 2013

T.O.’s best Peking duck

We rounded up the GTA’s options for a Peking duck feast and asked Bar Isabel chef, Grant van Gameren to tell us which duck is most delicious
January 23, 2013