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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       first date
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Where to go on a
                                                                                                                                                                                                  IT’S STRESSFUL ENOUGH FINDING A             Here are some first date suggestions:




                                                     Dining with the DJ:
                                                                                                                                                                                                  restaurant that is fun and relaxed for
                                                                                                                                                                                                  dinner with friends, let alone picking      SAN       676 Queen St. W
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This delicious Korean restaurant is cozy and comfortable.




                                                     A Night at The Courthouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                  one for a first date. If you’re trying to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  impress that hopefully soon-to-be-          The food is awesome with your choice of sushi or meals
                                                                                                                                                                                                  special someone, there are a few things     in a bowl. End the evening with some green tea ice
                                                                                                                                                                                                  to think about before deciding on the       cream and their cinnamon-ginger water. Mmmm!

                                                                                                                                                                                  CHRIS JACKSON   perfect dining experience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      A restaurant speaks volumes about       KALENDAR                 546 College St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  a person’s character. A chain restaurant    This great little “European feel” café, offers delicious


                                                                                                                                                                            Halfway
SO MY CLUB PROMOTER BUDDY ,                                                                                                granted free access to the club, (if they can                          gives off the impression that no thought    dishes, a venue where you can have a conversation, and
                                                     I was not impressed. A high-end restaurant
let’s call him Mister M, invited me out for                                                                                make it up the long flight of stairs to get to                         was put into the evening. On the other      a wonderful caramel-dipped fruit dessert that can be
                                                     l o c a t e d in a b e a u t i f u l l y r e s t o r e d historical
dinner at The Courthouse to celebrate his                                                                                  it.) It too is tastefully decorated, with high                         hand, going to the most expensive           shared by two.
                                                     building with chandeliers and artwork and


                                                                                                                                                                            through dinner
sister-in-law’s 22nd birthday. The place             sexy staff and you’re telling me the bartender                        ceilings, several fireplaces and hardwood                              venue in the city could turn off your
was built in 1850 and used to be, well … a           can’t slip a piece of fruit on the rim of my                          floors. As we walked in Mister M turned to                             date before appetizers are served.          JAMIE KENNEDY’S WINE BAR
courthouse. “No running shoes,” he said,             cocktail? C’mon … I mean I hate to complain,                          me and said, “this place is a sausage factory.                             When choosing the perfect venue         9 Church St.


                                                                                                                                                                            they dimmed
“but you can wear jeans as long as they fit.”        but it’s the little things, you know? And while                       ”It was more like a cougar den. Couples were                           think about who you are, where you          Tapas-like meals that melt in your mouth, pairing wines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        These are only a few of my suggestions.
Apparently denim was considered acceptable           I’m at it, our table was on a bit of a slant …                        grinding in suitably inappropriate ways,                               feel comfortable, what kind of food         plus great atmosphere. A night to remember!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There is a myriad of other places out there.
dining attire at the sight of Toronto’s last         and they could have turned the music up a                             some dude was walking around with a fake                               experience you want to share with


                                                                                                                                                                            the lights and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just be in tune with the person you’re with
public execution, as long as you weren’t             bit. Alright, I’m done.                                               Afro (not nearly as cool as a real Afro) and                           someone you want to get to know             LE PARADIS 166 Bedford Rd.                                                and you’re certain to have a great time!
showing any crack. Reservations were for                   It was pretty much steaks all around, but                       the first four songs they played were:                                 better and, of course, what your date       Hidden, unpretentious French bistro. Great steak frites
seven on Saturday night.                             considering that Mister M (who was running                                                                                                   would like.                                 as well as an array of other dishes. Warm and friendly


                                                                                                                                                                            turned up
     I strolled up to 57 Adelaide Street East        late and had yet to show) had recently                                                                                                         Consider places that have ambience        atmosphere. A great place to get to know someone.
                                                                                                                           THAT ANNOYING ‘SEXUAL HEALING’ REMIX
around eight o’clock in my finest blue jeans.        purchased an entire cow and had fresh cuts                                                                                                   and character. Go somewhere you can
Deep drum ‘n bass greeted me outside. Two            for his friends in the trunk of his car, I opted                      ‘1999’ BY PRINCE                                                       have a conversation comfortably, rather     These are only a few of my suggestions. There is a myriad


                                                                                                                                                                            the music...
super stylin’ hostesses greeted me inside. One       for the Oven Roasted Halibut and Half Lobster                         ‘HOLIDAY’ BY MADONNA                                                   than staring into each other’s eyes or      of other places out there. Just be in tune with the person
was blonde and the other was sporting this           Tail with Du Puy Lentils and Braised Fennel                                                                                                  cleavage (your choice) all night.           you’re with and you’re certain to have a great time!
cool Afro. They were standing side-by-side on        for thirty-five bucks. That and a pint of Stella                      ‘DON’T YOU WANT ME BABY’


                                                                                                                                                                            some nice,
a polished marble floor, sandwiched between          Artois, which came ice cold in a nice big Stella
a pair of small desks seriously dwarfed by           pint glass. (Okay, so the bartender managed                           We didn’t stick around to hear the fifth.
easily the highest restaurant ceilings I have        to redeem himself.) The food arrived quickly.


                                                                                                                                                                            down-tempo
ever seen. The whole scene made for a solid          The fish and lobster were excellent and the                             To be fair, the club was packed, and
first impression. It turned out the reservation      steaks earned thumbs up all around. Halfway                           everybody seemed to be having a really
was not under Mister M and I was all out of          through dinner they dimmed the lights and                             good time. Although I swear at one point I                                                                                                                 Diana Kowal

                                                                                                                                                                            grooves.
last names so I borrowed a pencil and a piece        turned up the music... some nice, down-tempo                          got a whiff of sausage.
of paper (so I could write this article) and set     grooves. Things were looking good.                                       Below the restaurant is a smaller, more                             A N Y W O M A N W I L L T E L L YO U T H AT          Well ladies, some savvy folks in the city have
off to find the table on my own.                           When Mister M arrived around nine and                           intimate lounge. Just past that is a row                               accessories are the key to looking fabulous.         figured it out. I visited Splendido Restaurant (88


                                                                                                                                                                            Things were
     My companions were drinking white wine          ordered, his food took forever. After settling                        of original courthouse jail cells complete                             The right shoes, the right earrings, the right       Harbord St.) recently. My coat was checked and
- it’s a pricey wine list folks - at a round table   the bill, we all headed upstairs to check out                         with a stand-up dummy that looks just                                  purse. Everything where it should be – that is,      I was shown to my table. The Maitre ‘D expertly
in the middle of the main dining room (there         the party.                                                            like Charles Manson. After that are the                                until you get to the restaurant.                     pulled out my chair for me as I mentally noted



                                                                                                                                                                            looking good.
are four in total). Our waiter came by right              Directly above the restaurant is the                             washrooms. It’s like a maze down there,                                  When dining out, the restaurant offers to hang     with a sigh that there was nowhere to put my
away and I ordered a dark rum and coke. It           Courthouse Chamber Lounge. After filling                              so if you get bored with your dinner                                   your coat, cover your lap with a linen napkin,       purse. Just then, she reached under the table
came sans lime in a cheap little highball glass.     up on grilled fare and alcohol, patrons are                           compainions you can go explore.                                        and seat you comfortably. But what about your        and pulled out a tiny stool. “This is for your
                                                                                                                                                                                                  purse? Well, a new trend in Toronto restaurants      bag,” she stated, noticing my confusion. Gently
                                                                                                                                                                                                  may begin pampering your chic clutches and           placing my bag on its own tiny seat made me
                                                                                                                                                                                                  bourgeois bags.                                      smile, as my compact companion finally got the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      In the past, I would haphazardly drop my         place it deserved.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  bag on the floor, kick it under the table, or          This is not the only place such attention to detail
                                                                                                                                                                                                  hang it awkwardly on the back of my chair. But       exists, but it is certainly not yet the standard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  as I began to buy handbags that were more            Restaurants all over the city should consider
                                                                                                                                                                                                  expensive, this casual treatment didn’t cut it.      following suit, because, just like the stylish bags
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I noticed other women had the same concerns,         we proudly clutch, a small
                                                                                                                                                                                                  especially if it meant placing an $800 Fendi bag     accessory can make all
                                                                                                                                                                                                  on the ground.                                       the difference in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     So what’s a woman with a fancy tote to do?        world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, I’ve tried it all. From tucking my purse
                                                                                                                                                                                                  under my linen napkin (praying for no spills) to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  wedging it behind my back uncomfortably on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  chair, I thought my options were spent. Lack of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  space or excessive politeness ruled out keeping
                                                                                                                                                                                                  my bag on the table while dining (not to mention
                                                                                                                                                                                                  fear of stains!) No woman would check her purse
                                                                                                                                                                                                  with her coat for two reasons: first, that you may
                                                                                                                                                                                                  never see it again; and second you cannot offer                                                              BRASSAII.COM               416.598.4730                 461   KING   W.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  to pay the cheque if your wallet is 30 feet away.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               To tip                                                not to tip?
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Karol King
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I N T H E 1 8 0 0 ’ S , A F F LU E N T A M E R I C A N S   tipping patterns are based on conforming to




                                                                                                                                                           Only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               traveling in Europe brought the custom of                  social norms and avoiding embarrassment.




                                                                                                                                                       ime
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tipping back to North America. When patrons                With tips in U.S. restaurants amounting to $26




                                                                                                                ited T
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               wanted special service, they deposited a coin              billion a year – society is conforming. Non-tippers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               into a box labeled T.I.P. – To Insure Promptitude.         are viewed as cheap and rude.




                                                                                                         a Li m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The tradition of tipping still continues                 Acceptable tips hover around 15%. Before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               today, although often without the reward                   leaving a tip, check to see if the tip is already




                             For
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of “promptitude” In fact, a study done by                  included. For large groups or for excellent




                       CITY:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Northwestern University shows that though                  service, better tips are customary – up to 25%.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               restaurant patrons are not legally obligated to            If service is poor, it is acceptable to give less.




                   THE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tip, they still tip whether they received special          Take into consideration when tipping that




            ING IN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               service or not. So why tip?                                sometimes poor service is out of the waiter’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 A devout non-tipper I know says tipping is akin          hands. If the restaurant is understaffed or out




        MOK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to double billing. His position is that servers are        of entrées, direct your displeasure towards



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               paid by both their employer and their patrons              management instead of the server.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and this system is endorsed by restaurateurs                 Tipping for take-out is up to your discretion.
                                                                                                                          OLGA MAMAKIS                                                                                                                                         to keep their overhead low. Servers disagree,              The amount varies and is usually only for an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               saying their minimum wage is between $5.95                 establishment you frequently visit. Tips at a bar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and $6.85 and they couldn’t survive without                are normally higher. Patrons will usually tip one


                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some establishments
I F YO U L I K E T O S M O K E , I T S E E M S T H AT          lack of space has you elbowing the person                        a form and then received a membership                                                                                                          tips. In addition, they’re often required to “tip          dollar on a five dollar drink.
no matter where you go, you are confronted by                  next to you. Adding insult to injury, smokers                    card. Because this trendy upscale lounge                                                                                                       out” from their tips which means sharing their                Finally, a tip on tipping: Adding up the GST
a NO SMOKING sign. Coffee shops, restaurants                   are forced into rooms no greater than 25% of                     is referred to as a “members club only”,                                                                                                       tips with the rest of the staff.                           and PST on your bill is a quick way to figure out
and even bars are now considered “Smoke
                            .
Free Environments” However, there are still
some refuges where smokers can go to have
                                                               the establishment’s size, just to have a drag.
                                                                  Let’s face it, your options are limited and
                                                                                                                                there are no restrictions on where you can
                                                                                                                                smoke. Its strictly liquid cuisine offers a                                   have found loopholes                                                 Both are legitimate points, yet the study
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               concluded that neither is correct. In fact,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          15% of your order.




                                                                                                                                                                                                              within the bylaw
                                                               there aren’t that many places where smoking                      menu consisting of a wide array of delicious




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Great Cooks On Eight
a nice meal, and indulge in an uninhibited,                    rooms are available. Smoking is allowed in                       cocktails and martinis to satisfy your thirst.
after-dinner smoke.                                            the bar areas in places like Jack Astor’s at                     In a loft-style setting, complete w i t h t r e n d y
         As of June 1, 2004, Ontario m u n i c i -

                                                                                                                                                                                                              and allow smoking
                                                               the North York Don Mills Center and the                          d é c o r a n d e x c e l l e n t “lounge” music, Cache
p a l i t i e s b a n n e d s m o k i n g in restaurants       Scarborough Town Center, as well as Jawny                        is the perfect place for smokers to enjoy a
and bars; with the exception of those                          Bakers on O’Connor Drive in East York. These                     drink and indulge in an atmosphere without


                                                                                                                                                                                                              throughout their
establishments                 with        designated          restaurants provide ample space in their                         judgment and restriction.
s m o k i n g rooms. I like to call them                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Holly Nichols
                                                               smoking rooms and have excellent ventilation                          These limited freedoms will be banned
“hot boxes”. You know what I’m talking                         systems. Their menus are vast with something                     according to the government’s plan, and all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               THIS PAST HOLIDAY SEASON, IT’S                             the vista of Nathan Philips Square is fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              entire place of
about – the glass cages that display                           for everyone from wings to pasta.                                public places, including smoking rooms and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               estimated that almost 40 percent of all                    The décor is calming and clean. No doubt that
smokers as the “outcasts” that they have                         Some establishments have found loopholes                       patios, will cease to be “Smoker friendly” It is  .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               gifts received were gift cards. If you’re lucky            the location of Eight alone will ensure its success.
become. Not only are you secretly sneaking                     within the bylaw and allow smoking                               estimated that the ban will be implemented

                                                                                                                                                                                                              business.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               enough to have received a $100 HBC gift card               Being fully licensed, the plan is to lure people
into these rooms because of the disapproving                   throughout their entire place of business.                       by the year 2006. Inhale your freedom while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (Hudson’s Bay Company), here’s a thought.                  here for après-work drinks and appetizers, but no
glares, you are in many cases not even                         I recently visited Cache Lounge on King                          you can.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               What would you rather have; a set of Martha                dinner as evenings are reserved for Great Cooks.
enjoying your cigarette. Overcrowding and                      Street West. When I arrived, I had to fill out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Stewart’s prison-inspired sheets from Zellers                 As soon as you enter, it’s obvious that this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          space was designed to serve as a classroom.




A look at the new BYOW legislation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               or a lesson with The Drake’s Executive chef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               David Chrystian?                                           The stainless steel workstations draw your eye
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you’re into food, get to                           to the front, where a cooking show studio is set
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Bay on Queen St.                                       up. Mirrors above the action give eager students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Back in 1989, before the celebrity chef               a hands-on view. For larger groups, cameras are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               phenomenon hit and Jamie Oliver could pack                 linked to sexy plasma screens.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               malls with screaming fans, local foodie Esther                 Corporate packages have proven to be the
BY NOW YOU HAVE NO DOUBT HEARD                                 f o r d i n n e r t h a t ’s a c t u a l l y w o r t h 1 5        t h e p ra c t i ce, t h ey a i n’t d o i n’ i t o u t o f                   the new legislation, you are no longer                           Benaim felt that other food lovers would                   big business for Great Cooks. Why? “Because
about the new law that allows us                               b u c k s ! G r e a t . A w e s o m e . Yo u ’ r e s a v i n g    t h e g o o d n e s s o f t h e i r h e a r t s. Th i s i s n’t              limited to what a restaurant has to                              appreciate being able to get up close with chefs           it’s fun,” says CEO Ester Benaim. “People can
Ontarians to bring our own bottle of                           m o n e y. Yo u m i g h t e v e n d e c i d e t o                 M o n t r e a l i f yo u k n o w w h a t I ’m s ay i n g.                    o f f e r. M a n y p l a c e s j u s t i f i a b l y p r i d e   from the city’s best restaurants. And so, Great            loosen their ties and get into it. Many times
wine to a licensed restaurant. The                             splurge a little and spend $20 and in                             I mean, “Cool, let my customers bring                                        themselves on their extensive wine-                              Cooks was born. Starting in the back room of               I’ve heard men say, ‘if only my wife could see
law the Ontario Government and the                             yo u r m i n d yo u’r e s t i l l a h e a d. E xc e p t           i n t h e i r o w n w i n e. J u s t a s l o n g a s I ’m                    lists. But if you have some beauties                             Dufflet’s Pastry on Queen West, the cooking                me now ’.”
Ministry of Consumer and Business                              that under the legislation passed back                            still making a profit.” So if a restaurant                                   kicking around in your own cellar that                           classes and demonstrations were such a hit                   Great Cooks offers
Services say is all about giving                               i n D e c e m b e r, r e s t a u r a n t s m u s t o p e n        is charging you $20 or more, then all                                        y o u ’d l o v e t o t r y, t h i s i s t h e t i m e t o        that Ester and her partner Maggie McKeown                  fun and informa-
consumers and restaurants exciting                             the bottle for you, and in doing so, can                          of a sudden that $15 bottle of wine is                                       bring them along, pay the cork age fee                           moved Great Cooks to a basement corner café                tive classes and
new choices and is a win-win situation                         c h a r g e a ‘c o r k a g e f e e ’. A n d b e c a u s e         costing you a minimum 35 big ones!                                           a n d e n j o y t h e m w i t h y o u r d i n n e r. B e         in The Bay. For five years, the intimate Great             demonstrations.
for all. But what kind of choices are we                       corkage fees are not specified in                                 Add in the cab fare to and from the                                          s u re to b r i n g w i n e s yo u d o n’t u s u a l l y         Cooks Tea Spot café and cooking school hosted              You can check out
talking about here?                                            the legislation, restaurants have the                             r e s t a u r a n t – b e c a u s e yo u k n o w yo u’r e                    find on restaurant wine lists. Then                              informal demonstrations by some of Toronto’s               their website at
    L e t ’s s a y y o u ’ r e l i k e m o s t p e o p l e     choice to charge whatever they want.                              going to finish anything you bring –                                         yo u’r e m a k i n g t h e B YO W p r o g r a m wo r k           best Chefs.                                                www.greatcooks.ca.
and rarely spend more than 15 bucks                                 Many places offer friendly corkage                           a n d i t ’s n o t l o o k i n g s o p r o m i s i n g f o r                 for you. Now all you have to do is find                            A move upstairs to the spacious eighth floor of          It could be the best
o n a b o t t l e ; y o u ’ r e c h e a p , p o o r, j u s t   fees of only $10 to $15. But some may                             us low-end winos is it?                                                      a restaurant that lets you bring your                            The Bay prompted a name change: Great Cooks                present you ever
d o n’t c a re t h at m u c h a b o u t w i n e …              go as high as $30. That defeats the                                     B u t , l e t ’s s a y y o u ’ r e r e a l l y r e a l l y             own because that choice is still theirs.                         on Eight. In this combined eatery and cooking              got yourself.
w h a t e v e r. N o w y o u h a v e t h e c h o i c e         w h o l e p u r p o s e, d o e s n’t i t . Now l a s t            r e a l l y i n t o w i n e ; y o u ’ r e a c o n n o i s s e u r,           An d i f yo u r f avo u r i te re s t a u ra nt i s n’t          school, there is space for lunch, and room for
to pass on that 100 percent restaurant                         time I checked, restaurants were a                                y o u l o ve t h e s t u f f, y o u d r o p t e r m s l i k e                par ticipating, urge them to get with                            classes of up to 100 people.
wine-list mark-up and spend 15 bucks                           business. So when an establishment                                ‘ m o u t h f e e l ’, ‘ l e a t h e r y ’, ‘ f l i n t y ’. F o r y o u ,   the program.                                                        Having taken over this prime property from
at the liquor store on a bottle of wine                        decides to apply for a license to allow                           wine can make or break a meal. With                                                                                                           what was formerly The Bay Street Bar and Grill,
                                                                                                                                                                                                Sending it back
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Putting the Pow!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Diana Kowal

                                                                                                                                                                                                “ H E R E , TA S T E T H I S , ” m y g o o d f r i e n d               this pride of lionesses quickly became
                                                                                                                                                                                                urges me as she shoves her wine glass                                  mice as we clammed up and stared at




in powder room.
                                                                                                                                                                                                under my nose.                                                         e a c h o t h e r.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     I peer around the table at my other                                    “ I f e e l b a d l y, ” m y f r i e n d a p o l o g i z e d
                                                                                                                                                                                                girlfriends and notice that they are                                   as she finally found her voice and told
                                                                                                                                                                                                waiting for me to taste the wine in                                    t h e wa i t re s s a b o u t t h e w i n e. We a l l
                                                                                                                                                                                                question. I taste it, ponder a moment                                  waited, holding our breath, fear ful of
                                                                                                                                                                                                and announce that although it tastes                                   offending this person whose actual
                                                                                                                                                                                                fine, it is not the wine she ordered.                                  job was to bring us what w e w a n t e d .
                                                                                                                                                                                                     “ T h a t ’s w h a t I t h o u g h t , ” m y f r i e n d          A m a z i n g l y , t h e woman did not throw
                                                                                                                                                                                                confirms and looks around the table                                    a fit and was extremely pleasant about
                                                                                                                                                                                                s h e e p i s h l y. “ S h o u l d I s e n d i t b a c k ? ”           the entire situation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                     This began an uproar of affirmation                                    So why is it that we all seem so
WOMEN GO A LIT TLE GAGA OVER                        F O R M O S T WO M E N ,                                               the Spr ing R olls and I l For nello chains                          f ro m my d i n n e r co m p a n i o n s. We a l l                     squeamish about sending things back?
great restaurant washrooms. Second only to                                                                                 garnered praise for their spotlessness.                              agreed that you should tell the waiter if                                   I think it may be part of our Canadian
                                                    R E S T RO O M S FA L L I N TO T H R E E
a fabulous chocolate desser t, a beautifully                                                                                      Still, cleanliness alone is not enough                        s o m e t h i n g i s n’t r i g ht . Th e s ce n e q u i c k l y       inclination to apologize for everything
appointed, spotless toilette is sure to lodge
                                                    G E N E R A L C AT E G O R I E S :                                     to elevate restrooms to elite status. A                              turned from what was an exercise in                                    and nothing. But if our concerns are
itself in the happy recesses of a woman’s                                                                                  handful of w a s h r o o m s t r a n s c e n d m e r e               poise and refinement to a debate on                                    legitimate, then we should be able
dining memor y. Take note restaurateurs, a          1. Inoffensive spots that                                              function to become fabulous. Some of                                 what to do when faced with an erroneous                                to send things back without fear of
year from now your curried yam soufflé will                                                                                the best include C Lounge which offers                               o r d e r. T h e o r i e s v a r i e d , b u t o u r e m o t i o n s   reprisal.
                                                       achieve a utilitarian                                               complimentar y spa and salon ser vices,                              ro s e w i t h o u r vo i ce s. We we re l i o n e s s e s !                Moments later I feel a tug on my
be all but forgotten, but the stall in your
scar y, little unisex washroom with no toilet
                                                       purpose.                                                            This Is London Nightclub with its on-site                            No one would dare take advantage of                                    sleeve from under the table. “Does that
paper will live on in infamy forever.                                                                                      h a i r d r e s s e r, a n d t h e K i n g E d d i e H o t e l ’s    us! No one! And then the waitress came                                 look like a bug in my wine?” my friend
    As a married man, while I may not have          2. Luxe parlours of powder y                                           luxurious full-length mirrors and plush                              o v e r.                                                               whispers to me. “If it is, then what are you
experienced the good, the bad and the ugly             decadence.                                                          diva lounging chairs. Other notable                                       When she asked how our drinks were,                               waiting for?” I asked. “Send it back!”




                                                                                                                                                                                                Fear to Veer
of this city ’s powder rooms, I’ve cer tainly                                                                              bathrooms include Blowfish with its
heard all about them. Women have a far              3. Hellholes of mildewy                                                stainless steel facilities and rainwater-
greater attachment to restrooms than men.                                                                                  like sinks, and the somewhat unner ving
                                                       disrepute.                                                          S h m o o z e , w i t h i t ’s o n e - w a y s e e - t h r o u g h
They ’ll ago to a restaurant washroom just
to check their makeup and then discuss the                                                                                 stalls that allow women to watch the
decor with their friends. Men go because we         What makes some restrooms superior?                                    action at the hipster co-ed sinks while
actually need to go. This distinction may not       And where do others go horribly wrong?                                 s i t t i n g o n t h e t o i l e t . I n t h e i r o w n w a y,
define journalistic objectivity, but it ’s close.   Though the answers are varied, common                                  each of these establishments has put
During the recent holiday par ty season,            characteristics exist.                                                 the Pow! back in powder room.                                                                                                                                                    Holly Nichols
I braved the subject of washrooms with a                 The yardstick for establishing the                                       Equally high on the list of what
sampling of female friends. My suspicion that       credentials of any restaurant privy                                    women want are simple things like well-
                                                                                                                           stocked, quality paper produc ts and stall                           “ANY IDEA WHAT YOU’RE HAVING?”                                         my dining companions and thought I
asking questions about dir ty toilets might         is its commitment to cleanliness. For                                                                                                       asks my friend, as he pours tea into                                   might order that the next time. But then
make me unpopular was quickly proven wrong.         places lacking the space to create an                                  doors that reach from floor to ceiling.
                                                                                                                                                                                                his cup at my favorite Vietnamese                                      t h e n ex t t i m e a r r i ve s a n d I j u s t c a n’t
I    was      surprised   by   the      detailed    oasis of narcissistic reflection, good                                 A c c o r d i n g t o o n e r e s p o n d e n t , “ Yo u
                                                                                                                                                                                                restaurant.                                                            veer away from my favourite.
and passionate responses. While politics and        o l d - f a s h i o n e d h y g i e n e i s a n e c e s s i t y.       d o n’t wa nt eve r yo n e to s e e w h at p a nt i e s
                                                                                                                                                                                                     T h a t ’s a n e a s y a n s w e r. I ’ m h a v i n g                   I t ’s n o t t h a t I ’ m s q u e a m i s h a b o u t
religion may be taboo, apparently people            Repeatedly mentioned for offering some                                 yo u’r e we a r i n g. E s p e c i a l l y i f yo u h ave t o
                                                                                                                                                                                                the number 19. Bun Bo Nuong, Cha                                       tr ying new food; I love food, I’ll tr y
love to give their opinions about restrooms.        o f t h e t i d i e s t w a s h r o o m s i n t h e c i t y, b o t h   then ask them to spare a square.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                Gio or grilled beef and spring rolls                                   a n y t h i n g o n c e . I t ’s j u s t t h a t f a c e d
                                                                                                                                                                                                on vermicelli. This bowl of delectable                                 with this par ticular choice, I k now
                                                                                                                                                                                                pleasure would no doubt be my answer                                   t h a t n u m b e r 1 9 ’s w o n d e r f u l m e d l e y o f
                                                                                                                                                                                                to the question “if you had to eat the                                 flavours will put a smile on my face. And
                                                                                                                                                                                                same thing everyday for the rest of                                    I ’m h e s i t a n t t o r i s k o r d e r i n g s o m e t h i n g
                                                                                                                                                                                                your life, what would it be?” A new                                    else that may not be as delicious.
                                                                                                                                                                                                fresh flavour in ever y bite, it leaves me                                   But I knew that my friend left with
                                                                                                                                                                                                completely satisfied.                                                  t h e fe e l i n g t h a t I ’m g a s t r o n o m i c a l l y
                                                                                                                                                                                                     I’ve been coming to Pho Hung on                                   challenged,             and       place         too       much
                                                                                                                                                                                                S p a d i n a Ave fo r a d oze n ye a r s a n d                        importance on a bowl of noodles. That
                                                                                                                                                                                                number 19 is the only thing I’ve ever                                  got me think ing, should I feel ashamed
                                                                                                                                                                                                o rd e re d. We l l I l i e, o n o c c a s i o n I g e t t h e         or ignorant for not sampling something
                                                                                                                                                                                                19a – which is the grilled chicken not                                 new on this foreign menu? If I went to
                                                                                                                                                                                                t h e b e e f.                                                         the Keg once a month and had the T-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Having traveled extensively through                               bone ever y time, would I get scolded for
                                                                                                                                                                                                Vietnam,            my        dining        partner          was       not tr ying the Prime Rib? I doubt it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                troubled by my admission. He felt I was                                      It seems that with so much variety
                                                                                                                                                                                                doing a discredit to my palate and my                                  in our lives, that having “the usual” is
                                                                                                                                                                                                “favourite Vietnamese restaurant” by                                   becoming unusual. So if my loyalty to
                                                                                                                                                                                                not exploring the menu. I k now there                                  my favourite food is keeping me from
                                                                                                                                                                                                is some truth in that. Over the years                                  t r y i n g s o m e t h i n g b e t t e r, t h e n l e a v e m e
                                                                                                                                                                                                of coming here I have seen what other                                  and my number19 to live in ignorant,
                                                                                                                                                                                                t a b l e s o r d e r. I ’ v e s a m p l e d t h e d i s h e s o f     mouthwatering bliss.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Senseless Dining: Do’s and Don’ts                                                                                      OLGA MAMAKIS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          S I G H T, S O U N D , T O U C H , TA S T E a n d s m e l l .          We ’r e n e v e r h a v i n g d i n n e r a g a i n .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Belinda • Bolivar • Cabanos • Caney • Cohiba • Cuaba • Diplomatico •
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          These are the five senses and they are all                                   Third and probably the one that




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             El Rey Del Mundo • Fonseca • H. Upmann • Hoyo de Monterrey • Jose L. Piedra • Juan Lopez • La Flor de Cano • La Gloria Cubana • La Vigía • Montecristo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ramon Allones Romeo Y Julieta • Saint Luis Rey • Sancho Panza • San Cristobal de La Habana • Statos De Luxe • Trinidad • Troya • Vegas Robaina
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ver y imp or tant when the enjoyment of fo o d                         can be covertly done without anyone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          comes into question. They c an mak e or break                          noticing is TOUCH. I f you’ve just eaten
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          your dinner date. Use common sense.                                    a piece of steak, realized that there is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               First and foremost is SIGHT. If I can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          see the food in your mouth, your mouth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          is open too wide. The food being too hot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 large quantity of fat on it and reach for it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 i n yo u r m o u t h w h i l e I ’m l o o k i n g, I wo n’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 t u r n a w a y. I t ’s l i k e a b u r n i n g b u i l d i n g , I ’ m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Finest in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          is no excuse; you can blow on it (without
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          food in your mouth). Blowing with food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 w ay t o o c u r i o u s . I f I ’m n o t l o o k i n g, t h e n
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 sneak it into a napkin and I’ll be none                                                                                                                                                                                    Authentic Cuban Cigars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i n yo u r m o u t h i s d e f i n i te l y a d i n i n g d o n’t .    t h e w i s e r. I f I s e e i t ? W e l l y o u k n o w w h a t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Please DO close your mouth once there is                               that means. Dinner for one.




          Tastes Like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          f o o d i n i t a n d c h e w a c c o r d i n g l y. I f y o u ’ v e         Four th could possibly be the most
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gone from having a chiseled profile to                                 disgusting thing you can actually do at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          look ing like a chipmunk, you’ve taken                                 t h e d i n n e r t a b l e a n d t h a t i s TA S T E . I f y o u




         Chicken
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          way too big of a bite and chances are                                  d o n’t s h ow m e t h e fo o d i n yo u r m o u t h ,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          t h a t I ’m n o t o n l y s e e i n g yo u r e x p a n d e d          a n d i f yo u’r e n o t s p e a k i n g w i t h yo u r
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          f a ce, b u t yo u c a n’t f u l l y c l o s e yo u r                  mouth full of food, the probability of your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          m o u t h s o I ’m s e e i n g yo u r fo o d a s we l l .              food propelling into my mouth becomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I m ay s e e yo u r fo o d b u t ce r t a i n l y wo n’t               z e r o . Yo u w o n ’ t t o s s i t a n d I w o n ’ t t a s t e
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          want to be seeing you again after that.                                i t . B u t i f I d o, we l l I d o n’t eve n wa nt to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Second and actually tied for first is                             consider the repercussions if it that does
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SOUND. If I can hear you slurping, you’ve                              happen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   �����������������������������������
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a n n o y e d m e . I f y o u ’r e b i t i n g y o u r f o r k ,             Fi f t h a n d f i n a l , i s S M E L L . I d o n’ t w o r r y                                                                                                                                                                  �������������������������
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I ’m s e c r e t l y h o p i n g y o u ’ l l c r a c k a t o o t h .   about this. If I can smell what you’ve eaten
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If I can hear you eating mashed potatoes,                              f o r d i n n e r, I ’m s i t t i n g t o o c l o s e . M y f a u l t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          p a s t a o r r i c e y o u ’r e e i t h e r s m a c k i n g y o u r   not yours. I t just makes sense.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lips or your mouth is open way too much.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A P E R I O D O F T I M E , U S U A L LY I N
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          T H E L AT E A F T E R N O O N O R E A R LY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          E VENING, DURING WHICH A BAR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          S E R V E S A LCO H O L I C B E V E R AG E S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AT R E D U C E D P R I C E S .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        �����������������������������������������
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yo u ’ l l f i n d h a p p y h o u r i n C a l g a r y a n d         including seafood, wings, and pasta.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          other cities across Canada, but not here                               It was nice to see Dim Sum, one of my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i n To r o n t o . O n t a r i o l a w c l e a r l y s t a t e s       favourite foods, on their menu and on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that establishments are prohibited from                                the waitress’ recommendation of the best
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          serving free alcohol or offering alcohol                               selling dishes. I had “Ha Gaw” Gulf Shrimp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          at discounted prices at certain times such                             Dumplings. They were really good and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a s “ H a p p y H o u r ”.                                             pack ed with shrimp, but four dumplings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Why has our government denied                                    for $4.99? Maybe not the best deal on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          us these hours of pleasure? Perhaps                                    menu. Most of the items on this menu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          b e c a u s e i t ’s i l l a d v i s e d t o h a v e m a s s e s o f   hover around the $5 or $6 mark.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          commuters load up on $3 martinis before                                      Comparing oysters to oysters, you can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ���������������������������������
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          h i t t i n g t h e Q E W t o h e a d h o m e f o r d i n n e r.       knock back six at The Whistling Oyster                                                                                                                                                                                           �����������������������������������
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It makes per fect sense to me.                                         f o r $ 9 . 4 9 o r f i v e a t B i g D a d d y ’s f o r o n l y
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So while we may be missing out on                                $ 5 . 9 9 . R e a l i s t i c a l l y, b o t h t h e s e m e n u s
I ’ V E A LWAY S B E E N L E E R Y O F                             my imagination let loose. The frog           experience, I was ready for the next                               were delicious, a per fect balance of                                  2 - fo r - 1 vo d k a ‘s f ro m 4 t i l l 6 o n “ t h i r s t y        offer good value.
p e o p l e s a y i n g “ i t t a s t e l i k e c h i c k e n ”.   scene      from    “Magnolia”      played    test; Alligator stew at New Orleans                                spices and aroma that finished the                                     T h u r s d a y s ”, w e c a n g e t g i d d y a b o u t t h e
Maybe because it was a phrase that ran                             i n my head and I began to panic.            Desire Cajun Restaurant, 2050 Avenue Rd.                           d i s h b e a u t i f u l l y, b u t I d i d n ’ t w a l k a w a y     Happy Hour food menus you can find in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To r o n t o .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SO WHEN IS HAPPY HOUR IN
across the dinner table every time my                              I knew I had to stop before the meal was          Again my vivid imagination let                                thinking I had chicken.
mother served rabbit.                                              presented. As the waiter approached I        loose. I tried to stop it but this time                                    In my opinion, the frog legs passed                                  If you like seafood and Creole, fuel                             THIS CITY?
     That got me thinking about what                               almost sent him away until I saw how         scenes from the “Crocodile Hunter” ran                             t h e “ t a s te s l i k e c h i c k e n” te s t . As fo r t h e       y o u r b l i s s a t B i g D a d d y ’s , 2 1 2 K i n g S t .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Walk-in Humidor • Cigar Lockers • Smoking Lounge
foods really do taste like chicken? As I                           beautiful the plate looked and that the      through my mind. I guess it was my                                 a l l i g a t o r s t e w, I ’ m s i t t i n g o n t h e f e n c e .   We s t . Th e i r h a p py h o u r m e n u h a s ove r                 F r o m M o n d a y t o F r i d a y, w e c a n g e t h a p p y
researched, two items repeatedly came                              legs, in effect, looked like chicken. They   o n l y v i s u a l r e f e r e n c e . I b e g a n s l o w l y.   These foods are a matter of preference.                                thir ty items, almost half of which come                               t w i c e a d a y. T h e f i r s t r o u n d o f g l e e i s
up – Frog legs and Alligator! I had to                             were done in a wonderful red concasse        First bite, it tasted like chicken until the                       If       yo u’r e       feeling            adventurous, I              in at under $3. Among these are a spicy                                available from 3 pm to 6 pm … great for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          seafood gumbo and a fair sized portion                                 g r a b b i n g s o m e c h e a p d i n n e r.                                                                             • Partagas • Por Larrañaga • Quai D Orsay • Quintero • Rafael Gonzalez •
try them myself and see.                                           sauce. I put a piece of meat in my mouth     fishy finish. As I continued sampling,                             recommend you take the “tastes like
     M y first stop, Le MontM ar tre                               and was pleasantly surprised. I t did        the texture went from tough to really                              c h i c k e n” te s t a n d s e e fo r yo u r s e l f i f              of mussels in your choice of sauce. The                                        But for us unfortunate souls that are
French Restaurant, 911 Sheppard                                    taste like chicken … actually better         t e n d e r, a l o n g w i t h a t a s t e t r a n s i t i o n     t h e y f a l l i n t o t h e c a t e g o r y.                         best deal is a bowl of Rice Jambalaya for                              s t i l l a t o u r d e s k s a t 7 p m , n e v e r f e a r,
Ave. We s t i s a g re at l i t t l e p l a ce.                    than chicken. Succulent, savoury and         from chicken to fish. It was something                                                                                                    a mere $1.99.                                                          the second round of deals start again
I ordered “Les cuisses de g re n o u i l l e s,                    seasoned to per fection!                     I ’d n e v e r e x p e r i e n c e d b e f o r e . I t w a s                                                                                    If you go a little farther west to 11                            a t 1 0 p m . J u s t e n o u g h t i m e t o g e t a f e w LaCasa_LoungeFlyer.indd 1                                                                                                                                                                                                  3/15/05 4:59:11 pm
façon du chef ” and while I waited,                                    After    having   such     a  positive   really interesting. The sauce and rice                                                                                                    Duncan Street you’ve got The Whistling                                 regular-priced drinks in us and not feel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          O y s t e r. T h e y t o o h a v e a n e x t e n s i v e               guilty about sharing an extra serving of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Happy Hour menu, with over sixty items                                 fried calamari.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       hard evidence to prove the superiority            therefore not compromised by the airtight                                 underway comparing the wine aging process


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Screwcaps are
                                                                                                                                                                                                       of the method. Further muddying the               screwcap.                                                                 under both cork and screwcap. Meanwhile,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       waters are accusations of lobbying and             What does this all mean for the average wine                             as cork and screwcap manufacturers duel to
                                                                                                                                                                                                       financial inducements by cork and screwtop        drinker? First and foremost, it means that the                            create the perfect wine stopper, the incidence


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gaining momentum
                                                                                                                                                                                                       manufactures towards journalists, with finger     old negative connotations associated with                                 of off-bottles continues to decrease as corking
                                                                                                                                                                                                       pointing coming from both sides.                  screwcaps no longer apply. With big names like                            and capping methods improve. Sadly, for
                                                                                                                                                                                                         To date, the majority of evidence supporting    Cypress, Kim Crawford and R.H. Phillips having                            those seeking closure, the final verdict is most


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              as many wineries
                                                                                                                                                                                                       one method or the other is anecdotal. While       switched to screwcaps, the odds are good                                  likely decades away. Until then, we can raise a
                                                                                                                                                                                                       screwcaps in their relatively short history       that more quality wineries will follow in their                           glass to a renewed focus on quality.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              embrace new
                                                                                                                                                                                                       clearly appear to reduce spoilage from cork       footsteps. This should be fine for the great
                                                                                                                                                                                                       taint, the jury remains out on whether they       majority of wines designed to be consumed
                                                                                                                                                                                                       encourage the same positive process of wine       in their youth (roughly one to four years). Still,




  Corks vs screwcaps: No closure in the debate.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               technologies to
                                                                                                                                                                                                       aging as cork. Remarkably, there is not a         until proven otherwise, cork remains the gold
                                                                                                                                                                                                       consensus among experts on whether or not         standard for wines, especially big reds, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                       wine needs oxygen to age. Advocates of cork       serious aging potential.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              combat cork taint.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       argue that it allows small amounts of oxygen          The upside of all this controversy is
                                                                                                                                                                                                       to seep into the bottle, thereby fueling aging.   an industry-wide focus on quality that
                                                                                                                                                                                                       The screwcap side counters that wine aging        benefits wine drinkers. Currently, numerous
                                                                                                                                                                                                       is essentially anaerobic, or oxygen free, and     distinguished wineries have long-term trials



F O R T H O S E W H O D O N ’ T S A L I VAT E      taint, which results in that musty, wet-dog      of confidence, many wineries have embraced     getting grounded. With a history like that, it is
over the latest issue of Wine Spectator, it is     smell that bad wine gives off, occurs when       new technologies to combat the old             no wonder that screwcaps scream hangover,
easy to see the rarefied world of wine as a        cork trees infected with a fungus mold react     problem of cork taint. More and more, this     more than they trumpet sophistication. That
convivial private club, where wine enthusiasts     with chlorine bleach used in the cork-making     new technology comes in the form of the        has begun to change. In the winemaking
with freakishly refined palates taste hints of     process. This releases a harsh chemical called   screwcap. For many, screwcapped wines bring    world of the southern hemisphere, the once
things, like bramble, that are lost on lesser      Trichloranisole ( TCA), which alters both        back dizzied youthful memories of saccharine   lowly screwtop has undergone a Queer Eye-
mortals. That is why it is easy to take a little   the smell and taste of wine, and is widely       jug swill, throwing up in the bushes, and      style makeover, with numerous Australian,
smug satisfaction in the fact that the wine        considered the major culprit in spoilage.                                                       New Zealand and South African wineries

                                                                                                    Cork taint affects
industry is in the midst of a knock down, bare-       The wine industry acknowledges that cork                                                     championing its cause.
knuckle brawl. In this cliquish world, a gaping    taint affects somewhere between three and                                                         So, which device actually does a better job
chasm has developed, dividing advocates            ten percent of all wine. With a defect rate                                                     of sealing a bottle of wine? And why has the
of the classic cork, from those backing the
modern screwcap.
                                                   that high, the cost is huge for consumers
                                                   and producers. In the United States, it has      somewhere between                              debate become so heated?
                                                                                                                                                    While cork is still the dominant seal globally,


                                                                                                    three and ten percent
  After centuries, the good, old-fashioned tree    been estimated that cork taint results in up                                                    screwcaps are gaining momentum as wine
bark wine stopper is in jeopardy of becoming       to $300,000,000 in losses annually. For small                                                   writers scribble away, eagerly announcing
a thing of the past. Along with it may go the      wineries struggling to establish a presence in                                                  the demise of the cork. Hundreds of stories
hallowed ritual of a waiter deftly presenting
the cork. Though steeped in tradition, wine
                                                   increasingly competitive markets, every bad
                                                   bottle represents a lost customer.               of all wine.                                   have been written on the subject over the
                                                                                                                                                   last few years, with the majority advocating a
corks have always been imperfect tools. Cork         To combat this loss of revenue and erosion                                                    screwcapped future, despite a lack of
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Riesling
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2003 ANGELS GATE SÜSSRESERVE RIESLING $12.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     A lovely Mandarin orange and floral nose followed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     by sof t citrus notes and a complex petrol, flint



                                                                                                                                             Ontario’s star
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     finish that makes for great food pairings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2003 CAVE SPRING RIESLING CSV $30.00




                                                                                                                                             wine is
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on the Rise
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                                                                                                                                             ready for its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     w i t h e f fe r ve s ce nt h i nt s o f a p p l e, l i me leaf and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ra i n wate r m i n e ra l i t y.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2003 HENRY OF PELHAM OFF-DRY RESERVE



                                                                                                                                             spotlight.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     RIESLING $14.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Great luscious har vest peach and floral nose.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Balanced with lovely acidity, this off-dr y wine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     marries ripe peach and lime flavours with hits of
TIMING IS EVERYTHING.                              in the world. What makes riesling so unique                   of ten displaying accents of minerality.                                 i n c o m m o n w i t h t h e w o r l d ’s g r e a t
For much of the past decade, Ontario               is its remarkable r a n g e . C a p a b l e o f                      Unlike chardonnays, which of ten lean                             r i e s l i n g r e g i o n s, O n t a r i o p o s s e s s e s s h a l e   slate, flint and mineral.
winemakers have been struggling to                 p r o d u c i n g everything form dry, crisp                  heavily on flavours impar ted by new oak                                 s o i l s, a l o n g c o o l g r o w i n g s e a s o n , a n d
champion the cause of riesling among               stunners, to viscous, honeyed icewines,                       barrels for struc ture and weight, riesling                              beneficial               microclimates                influenced           2003 HERNDER ESTATE RIESLING RESERVE $19.95
local wine drinkers. They might as well            riesling’s greatest strength – its diversity                  finds balance and body when aged in                                      by the circulation of air between Lake
                                                                                                                                                                                          Ontario and vineyards located beneath
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The bold pink grapefruit nose settles down in the
have been talk ing to the wind, as the             – may also be its weakness.                                   stainless steel. Because of its acidity and
collec tive consumer palate for white wine              For wine drinkers who have reduced                       residual sugar, riesling offers consistently                             the Niagara Escarpment.                                                    mid palate into a crisp citrus and wet-stone wine
is drenched in chardonnay and sauvignon            their taste buds to a binar y sweetness                       g r e a t e r a g i n g p o t e n t i a l t h a n other                         Riesling was first seriously planted
blanc. Widely misunderstood and of ten             code of zeros and ones, riesling of ten                       white wines. Good rieslings commonly age                                 in the Niagara region in the mid 1970s                                     with light touches of honey, good length and an
associated with the cheap, sweet wines             seems overly complex with its dr y, off-dr y,                 up to ten years with many fully evolving                                 by pioneers like Len Pennachetti of Cave                                   intriguing hit of clove.
of the 1970s, riesling has languished in           late har vest and icewine designations.                       over the course of decades.                                              Spring Cellars and Paul Bosc of Chateau
a varietal Siberia for almost 30 years.            Since the 1980s, wine drinkers have been                             R iesling’s marriage of tar t, sweet                              des Charmes. Today, many of Ontario’s best
                                                                                                                                                                                          wineries such as Cave Spring, Henr y of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     HUFF ESTATES 2003 RIESLING $12.95
Ironically, now that Ontario winemakers            trained to rejec t any wine with a hint of                    and mineral makes it a per fec t par tner
have largely given up talk ing about               sweetness as cheap and unsophisticated.                       for today ’s cook ing. While many whites                                 Pelham and Reif Estate are crafting riesling                               Dry and bracing, this pleasantly austere riesling has
riesling, this remark able grape may finally       While true of wine coolers and most white                     struggle to hold their own, or are simply                                from wonder fully maturing vineyards. Led
be getting its due.                                zinfandels, this bias fails to grasp the                      over whelmed by modern cuisine’s exotic                                  by talented winemakers with an emphasis                                    well-sustained accents of green apple, lychee and
     Riesling is the rediscovered d a r l i n g    elegant interplay of acid and fruit that                      flavours, riesling’s struc ture adapts to a                              on quality, estate-grown wines, these family                               lime with a bright steely finish.
o f w a i t e r s , s o m m e l i e r s and wine   defines quality riesling.                                     wide range of tastes. Remark ably versatile,                             owned and operated wineries consistently
enthusiasts hungr y for something new.                  When grown in cooler nor thern                           riesling pairs beautifully with seafood,                                 produce stellar vintages. Rounded out
                                                                                                                                                                                          by younger, rising stars like Angels Gate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     REIF ESTATE 2002 LATE HARVEST RIESLING $14.95
I ts popularity is on the rise. Cultivated         climates like G ermany ’s Mosel, France’s                     strong cheeses, turkey, pork, spic y or
since the M iddle Ages, riesling hasn’t            Alsace and Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula,                       Asian-infused cuisine.                                                   and Prince Edward County ’s Huff Estate,                                   From its candied fruit bouquet to its sustained
always been the odd wine out at the                riesling produces naturally high levels                              M o r e t h a n a ny o t h e r g r a p e, r i e s l i n g         Ontario is beginning to build a reputation
par ty. Classified as a noble grape varietal,      of tar t, lip-puckering acid. Acidity ac ts                   h a s fo u n d a n a t u r a l h o m e i n O n t a r i o                 as a global player in the world of riesling.                               caramel and sweet petrol late-har vest flavours,
riesling has historically rubbed shoulders         as a per fec t counter weight to riesling’s                   w h e r e t h e c l i m a t e f avo u r s i t s i d e a l                       So if one of your goals this year is to tr y                        this wine echoes the G ermanic roots of Reif ’s
with the Kings and Queens of the wine              residual sugar, creating a taste that has                     d e ve l o p m e n t . H i s t o r i c a l l y p l a n t e d a s         new things, then get coz y with homegrown
world: cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and          more to do with ripeness and concentrated                     f a r n o r t h a s p o s s i b l e, t h e h a r d - w o o d e d         riesling. Easily Ontario’s most consistent                                 founders. Excellent balance and grassy finish adds
chardonnay. Every bit the equal of these           fruit, than anything cloying or saccharine.                   r i e s l i n g v i n e t h r i ve s i n t h e c o o l e a r l y a n d   wine and the defining grape of our region,                                 tex ture to the sweetness.
heavy hitters, many connoisseurs argue             In addition, riesling b e a u t i f u l l y r e f l e c t s   late season weather that can decimate                                    it ’s time we gave our rieslings their due.
that riesling may be the finest wine grape         t h e n a t u r a l composition of the vineyard,              m o r e d e l i c a t e va r i e t a l s . S h a r i n g m u c h
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         NESTLED QUIETLY IN THE KING STREET WEST                 voiced his appreciation of the selections and felt       wines are on consignment, which means they are                  the kitchen with a professional’s eye, Chef          but with robust flavours that popped in her mouth.
         area, Brassaii Bistro Lounge has been up and running    the bistro was properly priced for the area it serves.   from smaller vineyards and aren’t readily available         Winston determined that “these guys are doing it         After that she was ready for dessert -- créme brûlé,
         for the past two years. Seating 130 diners with a       The average main will run you between $22 to 25.         in the local LCBO. Peter went on to explain that            right.” He noted that Brassaii doesn’t attract just      the pièce de resistance. Jade loves creamy desserts,
         separate room for private functions, this comfortable   When we were ready to order, our waiter Pascal was       the clientele at the Brassaii tend to opt for a glass       one type of diner. Instead, its demographic is wide-     and this one’s great flavour and texture was the
         little treasure has garnered neighbourhood praise       well-informed and guided us through every dish           of wine rather than beer. And speaking of beer, in          ranging: the age of the clientele ranged from 25 to      perfect choice.
         and that all-important restaurant staple -- loyalty.    effortlessly.                                            the winter the restaurant carries just three beers on       70. The bistro’s attention to details, the excellence         During dinner, she enjoyed her dining experience
         Yes, we wondered, but how does the Brassaii Bistro          For appetizers, we sampled Brassaii Chef Jean-       tap. But come those lazy hazy crazy days of Toronto         of the food, and the unpretentious atmosphere            with Brassaii’s distinctly neighbourhood feeling.
         Lounge satisfy the dining demands of fussy, non-        Marc’s homemade fois gras terrine with fig jam as        summer, eight delicious beers are on tap, thanks to         really won him over. “This is one place I’d come back    “It’s such a comfortable place,” she said, “and it has
         neighbourhood types?                                    well as a creamy cod and potato mash. We chose           Brassaii’s well-patronized courtyard patio.                 to next time I’m in the city. Kudos to everyone! Job     a menu that’ll please any palate.” Being single, she
                The Restauran-Tour decided to get the            duck confit with crisp potato and wild mushrooms,            After discussion of spirits, what better way to         well done,” he enthused.                                 described King West’s hidden bistro as a place to
         perspective from two different sources. We invited      and ribeye steak with a red wine sauce and frites as     further lift our dining spirits than with dessert? Chef                                                              hang out with friends, bring a date, or have a meal
         our resident executive chef, Winston Lewis of Rebel     our mains.                                               Winston didn’t feel ready after his rich meal, but I did!   SHE SAID                                                 with her mom. She particularly liked the fact that
         Creek Golf Club in Kitchener to weigh in with his           For Chef Winston, Brassaii scored big on the         I ordered a three-flavour sorbet -- an enormous                                                                      at Brassaii there’s no age range you need to fit into.
         opinion. We also asked a downtown Toronto ad            presentation of its appetizers. “Your first taste is     portion, but a perfect ending to a wonderful meal.          Chef Winston had left and next up was Jade. By day       On a companion note, Jade was happy with the
         executive and trend-spotter named Jade to give          with your eyes,” he said. “This looks great.” And            Studying the busy open style of                         a downtown ad exec and by night an explorer of the       bistro’s choice of music -- in fact it was playing one
         the place a try and tell us her views.                  taste? Greater! Both appetizers were perfectly                                                                       city’s cosmopolitan life, Jade took to the ambience      of her favourite CDs. Was it the meal, the music, the
                                                                 balanced and left you wanting more.                                                                                  of Brassaii immediately. She felt comfortably in her     ambience -- or all three? Whichever, now Jade can
         HE SAID                                                     When the mains arrived, the size of portions                                                                     element. She appreciated our waiter’s knowledge          hardly wait for summer to sample the hot weather

         When Chef Winston walked into the Brassaii he
                                                                 also rated Chef Winston’s approval. So did their
                                                                 taste. The ribeye was cooked to perfection. When
                                                                                                                           The bistro’s attention to                                  and how welcomed she felt on his turf. “A lot of
                                                                                                                                                                                      restaurants make you feel uninvited when you walk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               possibilities of the Brassaii’s highly tempting patio.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As for myself, I loved my time at Brassaii. The
         immediately noticed the sizeable wine cellar. He
         liked the wines available and the ratio of reds to
                                                                 Winston asked if he could switch from frites to a
                                                                 vegetable, he received a substitute of beautifully
                                                                                                                           details, the excellence                                    in,” she explained, “but not this one.”
                                                                                                                                                                                           Not being in the mood to search the wine list,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               wait staff was superb, the food fantastic, and I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               had wonderful company all night long. If you’re
         whites. He also liked the bistro’s ambience. He was
         pleased when water arrived at our table — a circular
                                                                 cooked green beans without hesitation. My meal
                                                                 of the duck confit was soft and sweet and bursting
                                                                                                                           of the food, and the                                       Jade asked the waiter to bring a glass of Sauvignon
                                                                                                                                                                                      Blanc – which turned out to be a good choice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               hungering for true French bistro fare, you don’t have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to go too far off the beaten track to discover the
         long bottle from Norway. “It’s the details that make
         a dining experience completely satisfying,” he
                                                                 with incredible flavours, while the mix of wild
                                                                 mushrooms and crispy potatoes made the whole
                                                                                                                           unpretentious atmosphere                                       Time to order appetizers. Jade decided on potato
                                                                                                                                                                                      cod mash, which I had chosen. I loved its taste, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               hidden delight of Brassaii Bistro Lounge at 461 King
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Street West.
         commented.
             The extensive menu is typical French bistro.
                                                                 ensemble sing.
                                                                     Brassaii sommelier Peter Tsebelis joined our
                                                                                                                           really won him over.                                       Jade didn’t feel that way. “I was expecting a bit more
                                                                                                                                                                                      flavour,” she told me.                                   Brassaii Bistro Lounge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               461 King Street West. Your Reward at the end of the day!
         Appetizer choices range from mussles and frites         table to answer Chef Winston’s many questions                                                                             As a main, the ad exec chose the Nicoise Style
         to fois gras terrine. Mains run the French gamut        on the bistro’s wine cellar, expertly stocked with                                                                   Salad with seared tuna. This was a big hit with her.
         from Coq au vin to Steak and frites. Chef Winston       1,600 bottles. We were told that most of Brassaii’s                                                                  The tuna was perfectly cooked -- “light and airy,”
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jaspaul Ryat

                                                                                                                                                                                                        CAN YOU IMAGINE MY SURPRISE? I had asked Kam Ma, owner
                                                                                                                                                                                                        of Graceful Vegetarian what was the most popular item on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        menu. “Spicy Chicken in Hot Sauce,” he repplied. I laughed and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        asked him to repeat it. I had heard correctly, it was chicken.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           It’s clear that dining out as a vegetarian is no longer as
                                                                                                                                                                                                        desperate and dreary as it used to be. Vegetarians no longer
                                                                                                                                                                                                        have to stick to potatoes and salad greens at a steak house
                                                                                                                                                                                                        anymore; now vegetarian-friendly items are popping up on

                                                                                                                                                        The burger must have
                                                                                                                                                                                                        menus ever ywhere.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now some of you are probably still wondering why the Spicy

                                                                                                                                                        had a towering height                           Chicken in Hot Sauce is such a big draw at Graceful Vegetarian.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                .
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, the chicken is actually “mock meat” Both mock chicken and

                                                                                                                                                        of at least seven inches
“ H O W M U C H D O YO U W E I G H ? ”                      .
                                                   Combo” This mammoth hamburger boasts a            boa, I lamented.                                                                                   mock beef are incorporated into traditional Chinese cuisine.
The man from behind the grill counter              24 oz. patty, a quarter of a pound of bacon, a       As I sat there gawking I found that I had                                                       The mock meat is a composition of soybean, gluten flour and
asked me while giving my slight build a            quarter of a pound of sliced cheese and two       suddenly become a one-man freak show.                                                              vegetables and closely resembles real meat. It’s also a great
quick once over.                                   fried eggs. It comes with a large shake and       People walking past the window that I              Moby Dick of the grill.                         choice for health-conscious diners.
   “Uh… 140,” was my unsure reply. I wasn’t        a small poutine, though “small” is a relative     was seated behind gave me strange (and                  Let it be known that the burger was,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Debra Gallant, a vegetarian for 12 years, says she really doesn’t
prepared for that line of questioning.             measurement.                                      occasionally sympathetic looks) as their eyes      for all its massiveness, a balance of flavour
                                                                                                                                                                                                        have any major problems when dining out with friends. Gallant
  “And you’re going to eat a four-pound                I was warned that the Quadruple C took        drifted from my gargantuan sandwich to the         and size. It ’s just that because it ’s so
                                                                                                                                                                                                        is a lacto-ovo vegetarian, meaning she eats no meat product
hamburger?”                                        about half an hour to prepare. After I was        distraught expression I wore. I needed a plan.     enormous, it ’s difficult to appreciate its
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and gains protein from her dairy and vegetable sources. She
   Sure, why not? I wondered.                      given my large vanilla shake, I felt a strange        What I decided was that I had to take a        full range of taste.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        does however watch for little things when dining out, like
   They say that the burgers are bigger at         feeling of foreboding, as if I were a death row   practical, deconstructive course. I’d start from       In the end the beast was slain, but the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        avoiding beef or chicken broth in soups and asking for the dish
Dangerous Dan’s Diner. They are. Located at        inmate receiving both his extravagant last        the top and eat it layer by layer, beginning       cost was great. The price was fair for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                        to be made minus the meat. Most restaurants will comply with
715 Queen St. East, one of their signature         meal and execution simultaneously.                the attack from the crown. I had to eat it         amount of food consumed, however I was
                                                                                                                                                                                                        meatless requests.
servings is the Coronary Burger Special,                When it finally came out I gulped down       separate and inverted, like some sort of           left with a crushing feeling of remorse, and
which features two 8 oz. patties, four slices of   a lump in my throat. Colossal indeed. From        hamburger bruschetta. Using my fork I’d            a great compulsion to yell to the heavens           Dining out as a vegetarian usually requires some advance
bacon, two slices of cheddar and a fried egg.      crown to heel, the burger must have had           carve off chunks from the patty and either         “what have I done?                              planning, especially if you’re heading out with a group of
Rounding it off is a side of fries with gravy      a towering height of at least seven inches.       deposit it onto the bun and take a bite or            I was told that most who order the           friends. You can play it safe by sticking with Thai, Lebanese
and a can of pop, all for $11.95.                  Opening my mouth and using my eyeballs            bite the crown and then take a bite of patty       Quadruple C have it delivered. I would          and Indian cuisine. These restaurants serve a wide selection of
  But I didn’t go there for the Coronary, as       and the width between my thumb and                from off the fork. Halfway through, I felt my      recommend that. It is probably best             vegetarian items on their menus, and easily accommodate meat-
appetizing as it sounded.                          forefinger as a ruler, I had estimated that I     body telling me that I was full. I ignored the     experienced within the comfort of your own      free requests. If you have non-vegetarian friends who enjoy new
   I came to slay a different beast, the           could only accommodate two inches at the          warnings and damned the torpedoes. I wasn’t        home, where bathroom facilities and a bed       foods, suggest they try some mock meat next time as a healthy
Quadruple C – the “Collosal Colon Clogger          most. If only I could dislocate my jaw like a     going to leave without taking down this            are immediately available.                      alternative when dining out.
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                                                                                          Haka
                                                                                                                        IT ’S A GOOD THING I ALWAYS TRY
                                                                                                                        things twice before coming to a




                                                                        Madness
                                                                                                                        conclusion. Otherwise I might have
                                                                                                                                                                      I T ’ S A L M O S T W H AT YO U ’ D E X P E C T            Beerbistro is equipped with a state-of-the-
                                                                                                                        missed out on the delights of
                                                                                                                                                                      from a bistro boasting about a hundred hand-          ar t tap system from the Perlick Corporation
                                                                                                                        Haka cuisine.
                                                                                                                                                                      picked imported and domestic beers on menu,           in M ilwaukee. The menu is equipped with
                                                                                                                             When I first tried China Garden,
                                                                                                                                                                      and a big screen T V at the bar: Guys, chilled pint   beer recommendations to match your dish.
                                                                                                                        (7071 Airport Road) famous for its
                                                                                                                                                                      glasses in hand, leaning on elbows, watching T V.     Both lunch and dinner are in the same range
                                                                                                                        Haka-style cuisine, the restaurant was
                                                                                                                                                                      What makes Beerbistro different? Their mission:       with appetizers from $10-15, and main plates
                                                                                                                        busier than rush hour on the QEW. Once
                                                                                                                                                                      To celebrate fresh market beer cuisine elevating      in the $15-20 range. I t adds up an elegant
                                                                                                                        I tried the food, I realized what the rush
                                                                                                                                                                      it to a new level of sophistication and flavour.      oppor tunity to learn to pronounce new brands
                                                                                                                        was all about.
                                                                                                                                                                           Beerbistro is located in the hear t of           of delicious suds, and to see how well they
                                                                                                                             “Indian-style Chinese food,” is how
                                                                                                                                                                      Toronto’s financial distric t and neighbouring        accompany the likes of Belgian Frites, a beer-




A Woman of
                                                                                                        J aspaul Ryat
                                                                                                                        Philip Chung, manager of China Garden,
                                                                                                                                                                      the theatre distric t, tucked under an office         bread Duck Confit Pizza, Mussels Rockefeller,
                                                                                                                        describes Haka cuisine. Haka is a form of
                                                                                                                                                                      building at 18 King Street East across from           or Coq au Bier. If you don’t k now which beer
                                                                                                                        Chinese cuisine that originated in central
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to order, for just $6 you can tr y three samples
                                                                          “With a wide variety of well-priced
                                                                                                                                                                      the historic King Edward Hotel, just yards




Distinction
                                                                                                                        China. This Chinese cooking resembles
                                                                                                                                                                      off Yonge Street. The vibe at the bar is              from the menu. Bottoms up.
                                                                                                                        Indian food because of similarly
                                                                                                                                                                      predominantly men in suits who appreciate

                                                                        items on the menu, you might
                                                                                                                        preserved spices used in the dishes and
                                                                                                                                                                      good beer.
                                                                                                                        the generous use of onions. However,
                                                                                                                                                                           Chef de cuisine Brian Morin works to

                                                                        be overwhelmed by the selection”.
                                                                                                                        the restaurant clearly has a Chinese
                                                                                                                                                                      marr y delicious menu picks with Stephen                               Irie Wills
                                                                                                                        theme throughout with decorative
                                                                                                                                                                      Beaumont ’s beer selec tion – which is why
                                                                                                                        Chinese lanterns and splashes of jade
                                                                                                                                                                      there are so many couples on the other side
                                                                                                                        green and red on the walls.
                                                                                                                                                                      of the restaurant, set up for what amounts to
                                                                                                                             With a wide variety of well-priced
M O D E S T, K I N D A N D PA S S I O N AT E are only a few words                                                                                                     an elegant dining experience.
                                                                                                                        items on the menu, you might be
to describe chef Anila Dhanji, the only woman selected for The 9                                                                                                           You’ve probably never heard of half the
                                                                                                                        overwhelmed by the selection. The
of Dine Chefs of Distinction Award 2004.                                                                                                                              beer selec tion – handily organized on the
                                                                                                                        most popular dishes are the Manchurian
    This rising star was not only surprised, but also honoured to                                                                                                     menu as ‘Bold’, ‘Quenching’, ‘Crisp’, ‘Sociable’,
                                                                                                                        chicken and the Chili chicken,
be included in the mix. She considers herself a good cook but                                                                                                         and the like – let alone thought of a tasty
                                                                                                                        recommended for those who don’t mind
never expected to be viewed as one of the nine up-and-coming                                                                                                          food match. Week ly features are on offer,
                                                                                                                        if their food tends to bite back.
chefs in Toronto. Anila, owner and Chef at Eat Café (1321 Dundas                                                                                                      giving patrons a chance to sample those beer
                                                                                                                             Haka-style restaurants are on the
St. W ) hasn’t had any traditional training, but her love of cooking                                                                                                  and food combos, sometimes free of charge.
                                                                                                                        rise, quickly springing up in Toronto
and passion for food pours out of her. As she begins speaking
                                                                                                                        and surrounding areas. China Garden
about food her eyes light up and she becomes delightfully
                                                                                                                        recently expanded to accommodate
animated. It’s brilliant to watch!
                                                                                                                        its increasing clientele, but getting a
    Anila’s career began over 7 years ago. She catered on the
                                                                                                                        seat during peak times is still chaotic. If
weekends from her tiny condo and worked in the business world
                                                                                                                        you’re looking for a healthy alternative
during the week. One day, she decided to give up her day job
                                                                                                                        to regular Chinese food, try Haka cuisine
and do what she loves most … cook! She began looking for a
                                                                                                                        for Chinese food with an Indian accent.
bigger space to grow her business. Originally, 1321 Dundas St.                                                                                                        DIM SUM MEANS “TO TOUCH THE                           a teacup, a saucer and chopsticks. The meal is
W was supposed to be a store front for a quick bite and a place                                                                                                       heart”. It’s been around since 800 AD as a            eaten out of the small bowl. You can use the
to fill catering orders, but her husband saw more potential.                                                                                                          Chinese style brunch of small snacks or “little       saucer but it ’s not considered appropriate.
Renovations began and when completed, the comfortable,                                                                                                                eats” while having tea.                                         As dishes are car ted out to hungr y
neighbourhood restaurant Eat Café opened its doors.                                                                                                                        Stephen Chan. Managing Direc tor of              customers, the Dim Sum team in the k itchen
  Anila cooks with love. She always adds her own twist on things                                                                                                      Chinatown’s Bright Pearl Seafood Restaurant           is work ing together as a collec tive in a
and is not big on labeling her cuisine. She said, “Cooking isn’t                                                                                                      (346-348 Spadina Ave.) describes Dim Sum              synchronized fashion creating each piece one
rocket science. I didn’t invent the recipe for butter chicken. It’s                                                                                                   as a social gathering. “I t ’s a time to catch up     at a time. This team is dedicated to the ar t of
been around for years. I’ve added my own twist on it and that’s                                                                                                       with friends and family, enjoy good food and          Dim Sum and tries to keep true to tradition.
the key” Anila uses only the freshest ingredients. If it’s not in her
         .                                                                                                                                                            have great conversation, ” explains Chan.                   During the week, the menu at the Bright
kitchen at home, she won’t use it in the kitchen at the restaurant.                                                                                                        This fun and sophisticated Chinese               Pearl includes 80 traditional Dim Sum items.
She prides herself on the fact that everything is made fresh daily,                                                                                                   f o o d e x p e r i e n c e i s a n oppor tunity to   On the weekend they expand the traditional
from croissants to foccacia bread. She also grinds spice mixes                                                                                                        discover different flavours and tex tures.            menu and create pieces that appeal to a more
every day and makes all her own salad dressings.                                                                                                                             At the Bright Pearl, Dim Sum is ser ved        mainstream audience.
   Anila is constantly playing, stirring up new ideas and testing                                                                                                     in a traditional way. Waitresses walk around                Here are a few Dim Sum selec tions that
recipes in her kitchen at Eat Café. Her inspiration can come from                                                                                                     pushing car ts announcing the dishes they ’re         Bright Pearl’s Stephan Chan believe are must-
anywhere. It might be her wait staff asking how to create a certain                                                                                                   offering.       This adds excitement to the           tr y ’s: Shrimp dumplings, steamed stick y rice,
dish or a customer requesting a specific meal. One of her prize                                                                                                       experience as you anticipate what is coming           steamed bun with BBQ pork or chicken, and
dishes and a staple on the menu is her tasty lamb shank.                                                                                                              around nex t.                                         spare rib with black bean sauce. He also adds,
  There are only two things that Anila doesn’t like about her job.                                                                                                         Drink ing tea is also a big par t of the         “Be a bit adventurous and sample something
One, the amount of time she spends away from her husband and                                                                                                          Dim Sum ritual. As you are seated, a pot of           new each time you have Dim Sum.”
second, being a boss. It’s something she’s still trying to get used                                                                                                   wonder fully smelling Jasmine tea immediately                If you’ve never experienced Dim Sum, you
to. Other than that she gets up every morning happy about her                                                                                                         appears on the table. When the teapot is              really must tr y it. Not only is it delicious, it ’s
work and loving her job.                                                                                                                                              empty the lid is tilted to indicate the table is      an oppor tunity to experience new flavours
    Drop in to Eat Café and say hi to Anila. She’s open for lunch                                                                                                     ready for a fresh pot. Also, it is etiquette to       and tex tures that will delight and tantalize
and dinner from 10am to 4pm and 5pm to 11pm Tuesday through                                                                                                           tap twice on the table as a thank you when            your palate.
Saturday and for brunch on Sunday mornings. I promise you it’ll                                                                                                       someone has poured tea in your cup.
be a meal you’ll remember.                                                                                                                                                 The place settings consist of a small bowl,
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       reviews                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I’VE NEVER HAD A REPUTATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for being a whiz in the kitchen. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           fact, the extent of my cooking goes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           about as far as whipping up a mean
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tore downstairs and was slapped in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the face by the stinky, burning smell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of my poor, neglected eggs. They were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       completely black and so was my pot. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     just completed some of their best work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     My entire kitchen had been hit with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a breakfast bomb. There were brown,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     white and yellow blobs, splats and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sandwich. However, this story I’m about     couldn’t believe I had forgotten them;        smears all over my ceiling, my walls, my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to share with you may have some of you      although those who know me may not            fridge, cupboards, kitchen floor and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           wondering why there isn’t a restraining     be surprised. I tossed the eggs into          carpet in the hallway leading into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           order out against me; one that states       the garbage, cleaned out my pot and           kitchen. Some of the eggs had even
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “must not come within 10 feet of any        decided to take another crack at it. I put    made their way into my blender and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           kitchen” .                                  two more eggs on the stove and I ran          my toaster. How could 2 medium-sized
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               I like to think of myself as a multi-   back upstairs. At that point, a phone call    eggs make such a diabolical mess? I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tasker. Others tend to think of me as       came in from a friend I hadn’t spoken to      not sure how long I stood there, but my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in quite some time and we had LOTS to         jaw was literally on the floor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “I didn’t know that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a little … well … distracted or lacking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           focus. You be the judge.                    catch up on. It was at least 25 minutes          All I could do was laugh and I heard


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           eggs exploded.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The other morning I woke up and         later when I hung up the phone. Instant       myself exclaim out loud, “I didn’t know
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           decided to start my day off on a healthy    deja-vous. That familiar wave of panic        that eggs exploded.”
I      WAS               FOREWARNED.                                     The slivers of chicken were swimming
                                                                    in chili flakes, but other wise seemed
                                                                                                                                   into a flush. Each bite brought the                                “Courage! Intestinal                                                                                                                                 note. I opened my fridge and spotted        paralysed my body and again, the same
Heads were shaken. Still, my mind was                                                                                              t e m p e r a t u r e u p h i g h e r a n d h i g h e r.                                                                                                                                                                a half dozen eggs screaming “Hard boil      words came to mind. This time I yelled        Did you?
m a d e u p.                                                        innocuous … for a dish rated a 20. The                                I was panting with my tongue out                            for titude!” I chanted.                                                                                                                              me!” I had one hundred and one things       them out loud …”MY EGGS!” Just then I
      I had never been to Salad King                                s a u c e h a d a d u l l Ta b a s c o h u e , s e r v i n g   l i k e a d o g o n a h o t s u m m e r ’s d a y. I                                                                                                                                                                     to do that day. so I put two eggs on the    heard a loud BANG! What the …? I raced        Send your kitchen catastrophe stories to
before, but I k new of it by reputation.                            as some sort of chemical warning like                          s p r e a d a s p o o n f u l o f t h e s a t a y ’s p e a n u t   It felt like little car toon gremlins in                                                                                                             stove and went upstairs to check my         through the house in record time, to be       editor@therestaurantour.ca
L o c a t e d a t 3 3 5 Yo n g e S t . , t h e i r s l o g a n ,    the bright colours of a caterpillar or                         sauce onto my tongue and sighed at                                 red pajamas with tiny pitchforks were                                                                                                                email. You know, the whole “two birds       slapped once again by an even stronger
“Gonna make you sweat,” is what I came                              western coral snake. Mental drum roll                          the cooling sensation, like some sort                              s t a b b i n g a t t h e i n s i d e o f m y b e l l y, b u t I                                                                                     with one stone” attitude. It ended up       stench of burning … something. I got to
to put to the test that evening. I went                             and I popped a piece of chicken into my                                                                                           popped a handful of Rolaids afterwards                                                                                                               taking longer than I had expected and       the doorway of my kitchen and froze in
there to dare them to do their worst.                               mouth and chewed. My cousin and two                                                                                               a n d t h e y p r o v i d e d s o m e r e l i e f.                                                                                                   I was just starting to wrap up when         my tracks. It was as if I was on a movie
      Under the impression that there
were certain spicy signature dishes to
                                                                    others at our communal table watched
                                                                    in anticipation. I shrugged. Nothing.
                                                                                                                                   Each bite brought the                                                     The waitress who ser ved our food
                                                                                                                                                                                                      said that I was the only “twenty ” she had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I felt a wave of panic … MY EGGS! I         set and the special effects experts had

t r y, I d i d n’ t e x p e c t t o f i n d t h a t o n t h e i r
menu of 60-plus items that practically
                                                                    S u r e , i t w a s s p i c y, b u t n o t t h e 5 0 , 0 0 0
                                                                    Scoville inferno I had expected. (As a
                                                                                                                                   temperature up higher                                              s e r v e d t h a t e v e n i n g. M y f a c e r e d a n d m y
                                                                                                                                                                                                      brain swimming in natural morphine, I
ever ything had a custom level of spice
ranging from mild to medium, then to a
                                                                    comparison, the average Jalapeno or
                                                                    Chipolte pepper rates anywhere from
                                                                                                                                   and higher.                                                        felt a goofy sense of pride and ordered
                                                                                                                                                                                                      mango sticky rice ($3.50) for a well-
chili scale from one to 20 (20 indicated                            2,500 to 10,000 Scoville units. Scoville                                                                                          deser ved desser t.
a s “c a n g e t s t o m a c h u p s e t ” ) .                      is the most widely used method of                                                                                                        I felt the ill effects up until around
      With so much choice available, I                              measuring the heat level in chilies,                           of peanutty salve.                                                 n o o n t h e d a y a f t e r. L i k e s c a r s a f t e r a
chose the most basic entrée available,                              other than your own tastebuds of                                   Te a r s r o l l e d d o w n f r o m m y e y e s a s I         fierce battle, I treated my dyspepsia like
so that the potentially overpowering                                course.)                                                       continued on. I rinsed my tongue with                              a m e d a l o f h o n o r.
i n t e n s i t y o f t h e c h i l i e s w o u l d n’ t r u i n         It looked like smooth sailing from                        small sips of water and rationed my                                       L e t t h i s a c c o u n t s e r v e a s a w a r n i n g,                                                               Holly Nichols
an otherwise tasty dish. A simple spicy                             t h e re. H ow w ro n g I wa s. Wh at I h a d n’t              relief rice carefully to dull the impact                           o r b e t t e r y e t a c h a l l e n g e . To t h o s e w h o
chicken plate ($6.95) seemed to do it.                              anticipated was the cumulative effect                          o f e a c h c h e w.                                               k n o w t h a t t h e y c a n’ t h a n d l e s u c h a n
                                                                    of the chilies.                                                                                                                   assault to their senses, by all means                                    I E AT I N R E S TAU R A N T S O F T E N . To be honest I rarely complain
I ordered a beef satay ($4.50) as an                                                                                                   In the end, I had eaten all the
                                                                         I began to sweat and my face felt                                                                                            f o l l o w y o u r i n s t i n c t s . To t h e a d v e n t u r o u s   about anything while I’m there. I don’t know if it’s because of my
a p p e t i z e r. T h e c h u n k y p e a n u t s a u c e                                                                         chicken, but had left all the sweet
                                                                    hot. I could feel the blood rushing                                                                                               a n d t h e d a r i n g, b r i n g i t o n !                             polite Canadian mentality, or because of the great respect I have
that it was ser ved with would prove to                                                                                            pepper and onion slices behind to
                                                                    to my cheeks and the flow swirled                                                                                                                                                                          for the brave folks that work in the restaurant industry, but it’s
b e a l i f e s a v e r.                                                                                                           soak up more heat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               uncommon for me to get my knickers in a twist while I’m dining.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I think I’ve sent something back once in my life. If I discover that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               my Moussaka has been lovingly baked with a hair, to me it’s a gift
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               from the chef. Pick it out and move on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But I know that many diners, including friends of mine, are not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               so easy going. They’re of the opinion that if they are spending
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               their money at a restaurant they should expect the best. But is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               money the driving force? If the food were free would people still
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               complain? It is a patron’s right to send back a meal , but just how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               far should you go? Can you send something back simply because
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               you don’t like the taste?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would like to open the mic up to you. In your opinion, what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               serves as grounds to send something back, refuse to pay or make
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to prepare breads, cakes, cookies, etc..
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   serve three restaurant-quality meals per
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    day to 275 people, and host a number
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     thought
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of themed banquets. We provide living
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EMPLOYMENT &                                   accommodations, meals, laundry service,           To Focus On Sales.New Deli Equip,Tenant        300 series stainless steel front grill, shroud,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and doors. Anodized aluminum exterior top,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CAREERS                                   round-trip transportation and salary of $350-       May Wish To Add.Immed Bus From Present
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cliental & Street.Potential For B.B.Q.Summer    ends and back. White aluminum interior and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 $650 per week, plus substantial season-end
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bonus. This is a seasonal position, it runs Mid-    Roof Patio With 2nd Kitchen.Use Of A Dble                300 series stainless floor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 June through August. Outstanding facilities,            Sided 20 Foot High Outdoor Sign.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WAITER WANTED                              located on beautiful lake near the White
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mountains. Warm, family atmosphere - this                                                         300 series stainless steel front grill, shroud,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Baker with high production skills, needed                                                                                                            and doors. Anodized aluminum exterior top,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              marks our 57th year.                 Unique Concept Made Easy,Tenant Only Need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                to prepare breads, cakes, cookies, etc..                                                                                                           ends and back. White aluminum interior and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     To Focus On Sales.New Deli Equip,Tenant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Will assist in other areas as well. We                                                                                                                     300 series stainless floor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    May Wish To Add.Immed Bus From Present
                                                                                                                                                                                                               serve three restaurant-quality meals per
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PASTRY CHEF WANTED                         Cliental & Street.Potential For B.B.Q.Summer
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Baker with high production skills, needed         Roof Patio With 2nd Kitchen.Use Of A Dble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                of themed banquets. We provide living                                                                                                              300 series stainless steel front grill, shroud,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to prepare breads, cakes, cookies, etc..             Sided 20 Foot High Outdoor Sign.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               accommodations, meals, laundry service,                                                                                                             and doors. Anodized aluminum exterior top,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            round-trip transportation and salary of $350-             Will assist in other areas as well. We




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                                                                                                                                                                                                             $650 per week, plus substantial season-end            serve three restaurant-quality meals per                                                         and 300 series stainless floor.Divided Bus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    day to 275 people, and host a number           Unique Concept Made Easy,Tenant Only Need
                                                                                                                                                                                                            bonus. This is a seasonal position, it runs Mid-                                                                                                        Box; Flatware is separated from glass and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of themed banquets. We provide living            To Focus On Sales.New Deli Equip,Tenant
                                                                                                                                                                                                             June through August. Outstanding facilities,                                                                                                           dishware to reduce breakage; six-inch and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   accommodations, meals, laundry service,          May Wish To Add.Immed Bus From Present
                                                                                                                                                                                                               located on beautiful lake near the White                                                                                                            heavy wall construction allow for maximum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                round-trip transportation and salary of $350-      Cliental & Street.Potential For B.B.Q.Summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mountains. Warm, family atmosphere - this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 $650 per week, plus substantial season-end         Roof Patio With 2nd Kitchen.Use Of A Dble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          marks our 57th year.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 June through August. Outstanding facilities,                                                      Divided Bus Box; Flatware is separated from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PASTRY CHEF WANTED                             located on beautiful lake near the White                                                        glass and dishware to reduce breakage; six-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mountains. Warm, family atmosphere - this        Unique Concept Made Easy,Tenant Only Need
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Baker with high production skills, needed                                                              To Focus On Sales.New Deli Equip,Tenant        inch and heavy wall construction allow for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                to prepare breads, cakes, cookies, etc..                      marks our 57th year.                                                                 maximum load and durability; NSF listed; 18’’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    May Wish To Add.Immed Bus From Present
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               serve three restaurant-quality meals per                                                             Roof Patio With 2nd Kitchen.Use Of A Dble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                day to 275 people, and host a number                       BUS BOY WANTED                                Sided 20 Foot High Outdoor Sign.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                of themed banquets. We provide living             Baker with high production skills, needed                                                        Divided Bus Box; Flatware is separated from
                                                                                                                                                                                                               accommodations, meals, laundry service,              to prepare breads, cakes, cookies, etc..                                                       glass and dishware to reduce breakage; six-
“Life is like an onion: You peel it off               I wonder if our little layered friends had       smell from your hands, try using lemon juice.             Once you get them home, try and store      round-trip transportation and salary of $350-             Will assist in other areas as well. We                                                        inch and heavy wall construction allow for
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one layer at a time, and sometimes                the same effect on Christopher Columbus and             Now despite the ‘stink factor’, onions are       them in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place     $650 per week, plus substantial season-end            serve three restaurant-quality meals per        To Focus On Sales.New Deli Equip,Tenant May     maximum load and durability; NSF listed; 18’’
                                                                                                                                                                                                            bonus. This is a seasonal position, it runs Mid-        day to 275 people, and host a number                                                                 X 23’’ X 7’’ height; brown in color
you weep.”                                        his crew when they brought them over from            super flavorful and really, really good for you.    away from any bright light. This will ensure a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of themed banquets. We provide living
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wish To Add.Immed Bus From Present Cliental
                                                                                                                                                                                                             June through August. Outstanding facilities,                                                             & Street.Potential For B.B.Q.Summer Roof
-Carl Sandburg                                    Europe. I mean they must have included them          They are rich in vitamins A, B, C, and G, and are   long and healthy shelf life.                        located on beautiful lake near the White            accommodations, meals, laundry service,          Patio With 2nd Kitchen.Use Of A Dble Sided
                                                  in their diet. There’s no way they’d be able to      high in folic acid and fibre. They are also low        You can boil ‘em, barbecue ‘em, sautee ‘em,     Mountains. Warm, family atmosphere - this         round-trip transportation and salary of $350-                                                      Divided Bus Box; Flatware is separated from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     20 Foot High Outdoor Sign.No Washrooms
“…And sometimes you fart.” Onions give me         go all that way surrounded by bags of onions         in sodium and fat-free. There’s even evidence       grill ‘em, nuke ‘em or just eat ‘em raw. Enjoy                 marks our 57th year.                   $650 per week, plus substantial season-end                                                        glass and dishware to reduce breakage; six-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Unique Concept Made Easy,Tenant Only Need
serious gas. It doesn’t matter if I’m eating      without at least trying them. That must have         that onions can help prevent fungal infections      the onion. Then let ‘er rip.                                                                         bonus. This is a seasonal position, it runs Mid-      To Focus On Sales.New Deli Equip,Tenant       inch and heavy wall construction allow for
them like an apple or I’ve missed picking         been one stinky ship.                                and protect against stomach, colon, and skin                                                                                                              June through August. Outstanding facilities,        May Wish To Add.Immed Bus From Present        maximum load and durability; NSF listed; 18’’


                                                                                                                                                                  A boat full of
off a sliver from a slice of pizza. I’ve pretty                                                                                                                                                                        BUS BOY WANTED                              located on beautiful lake near the White         Cliental & Street.Potential For B.B.Q.Summer         X 23’’ X 7’’ height; brown in color
                                                    Flatulence aside, think of all that bad breath     cancer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Baker with high production skills, needed           Mountains. Warm, family atmosphere - this          Roof Patio With 2nd Kitchen.Use Of A Dble
much had to eliminate them from my diet.          … and crying. A boat full of weeping, farting           When buying onions, try to pick ones that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                to prepare breads, cakes, cookies, etc..                      marks our 57th year.
You know, out of respect for those around         men with stinky breath. How attractive. OK,          are dry and firm to the touch. This means

                                                                                                                                                           weeping, farting men
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Will assist in other areas as well. We                                                                                                           Divided Bus Box; Flatware is separated from
me. The good news is that I’m not alone.          onions don’t really make you cry. But they do        no bruising or soft spots. And although we                                                                                                                                                                                                                  glass and dishware to reduce breakage; six-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               serve three restaurant-quality meals per                                                            Unique Concept Made Easy,Tenant Only Need
Onions give a lot of people gas because they      contain sulfuric compounds that make your            generally associate them with a strong odour,                                                            day to 275 people, and host a number                         BAKER WANTED                            To Focus On Sales.New Deli Equip,Tenant        inch and heavy wall construction allow for


                                                                                                                                                            with stinky breath.
contain large amounts of carbohydrates that       eyes water. And as far as the onion breath           whole onions in their skin should have little or                                                         of themed banquets. We provide living              Baker with high production skills, needed        May Wish To Add.Immed Bus From Present         maximum load and durability; NSF listed; 18’’
can’t be broken down in the intestine, so they    goes, eat some parsley, that’ll get rid of it. One   no smell. If they reek, put ‘em back and grab                                                           accommodations, meals, laundry service,               to prepare breads, cakes, cookies, etc..      Cliental & Street.Potential For B.B.Q.Summer          X 23’’ X 7’’ height; brown in color
pass straight to the bowel where they are         more thing – if you spend a lot of time with         new ones. Also look for crackly, shiny skin.                                                         round-trip transportation and salary of $350-              Will assist in other areas as well. We       Roof Patio With 2nd Kitchen.Use Of A Dble
fermented by bacteria.                            onions and are having trouble washing the            This means the onion is fresh.                                                                        $650 per week, plus substantial season-end             serve three restaurant-quality meals per             Sided 20 Foot High Outdoor Sign.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            bonus. This is a seasonal position, it runs Mid-         day to 275 people, and host a number                                                          Unique Concept Made Easy,Tenant Only Need
                                                                                                                                                                                                             June through August. Outstanding facilities,            of themed banquets. We provide living                                                           To Focus On Sales.New Deli Equip,Tenant
                                                                                                                                                                                                               located on beautiful lake near the White            accommodations, meals, laundry service,         Unique Concept Made Easy,Tenant Only Need        May Wish To Add.Immed Bus From Present
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mountains. Warm, family atmosphere - this         round-trip transportation and salary of $350-        To Focus On Sales.New Deli Equip,Tenant       Cliental & Street.Potential For B.B.Q.Summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                            marks our 57th yearseason-end bonus. This is         $650 per week, plus substantial season-end         May Wish To Add.Immed Bus From Present          Roof Patio With 2nd Kitchen.Use Of A Dble
                                                                                                                                                                                                            a seasonal position, it runs Mid-June through       bonus. This is a seasonal position, it runs Mid-   Cliental & Street.Potential For B.B.Q.Summer          Sided 20 Foot High Outdoor Sign.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              August. Outstanding facilities, located on         June through August. Outstanding facilities,       Roof Patio With 2nd Kitchen.Use Of A Dble
                                                                                                                                                                                                               beautiful lake near the White Mountains.           located on beautiful lake near the subway.             Sided 20 Foot High Outdoor Sign.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Warm, family atmosphere - this marks                                                                                                              300 series stainless steel front grill, shroud,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              our 57th year. season-end bonus. This is a                                                                                                           and doors. Anodized aluminum exterior top,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             seasonal position, it runs Mid-June through                                                                                                             ends and back. White aluminum interior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             BAKER WANTED                          Unique Concept Made Easy,Tenant Only Need
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and 300 series stainless floor.Divided Bus
                                                                                                                                                                                                              August. Outstanding facilities, located on          Baker with high production skills, needed          To Focus On Sales.New Deli Equip,Tenant
                                                                                                                                                                                                               beautiful lake near the White Mountains.                                                             May Wish To Add.Immed Bus From Present          Box; Flatware is separated from glass and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to prepare breads, cakes, cookies, etc..
                                                  email us at advertising@therestaurantour.ca                                                                                                                    Warm, family atmosphere - this marks
                                                                                                                                                                                                              our 57th year. season-end bonus. This is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Will assist in other areas as well. We       Cliental & Street.Potential For B.B.Q.Summer     dishware to reduce breakage; six-inch and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   heavy wall construction allow for maximum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   serve three restaurant-quality meals per         Roof Patio With 2nd Kitchen.Use Of A Dble
                                                                                                                                                                                                             seasonal position, it runs Mid-June through            day to 275 people, and host a number                 Sided 20 Foot High Outdoor Sign
                                                                                                                                                                                                              August. Outstanding facilities, located on            of themed banquets. We provide living
                                                                                                                                                                                                               beautiful lake near the White Mountains.                                                                                                            300 series stainless steel front grill, shroud,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   accommodations, meals, laundry service,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Warm, family atmosphere - this marks our                                                             Unique Concept Made Easy,Tenant Only Need       and doors. Anodized aluminum exterior top,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                round-trip transportation and salary of $350-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             57th year. .Baker with high production skills,                                                          To Focus On Sales.New Deli Equip,Tenant         ends and back. White aluminum interior
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 $650 per week, plus substantial season-end
                                                                                                                                                                                                              needed to prepare breads, cakes, cookies,                                                             May Wish To Add.Immed Bus From Present          and 300 series stainless floor.Divided Bus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bonus. This is a seasonal position, it runs Mid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              etc.. Will assist in other areas as welBaker                                                         Cliental & Street.Potential For B.B.Q.Summer     Box; Flatware is separated from glass and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 June through August. Outstanding facilities,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                with high production skills, needed to                                                              Roof Patio With 2nd Kitchen.Use Of A Dble       dishware to reduce breakage; six-inch and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   located on beautiful lake near the White
                                                                                                                                                                                                            prepare breads, cakes, cookies, etc.. Will assist                                                            Sided 20 Foot High Outdoor Sign.          heavy wall construction allow for maximum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mountains. Warm, family atmosphere.
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Restaurant
                                   Peel Pub                           Bistro Grande                         Grazie Restaurant                 Mai Thai                        Subway                             Babaluu                           Central Chinese Restaurant            Ichi Riki Restaurant             ORO
                                   1660 O’Connor Drive, North York    1000 Eglinton Ave. W. Toronto         2373 Yonge, Toronto               2364 Yonge St., Toronto         1489 Bayview Ave. Toronto          136 Yorkville Ave., Toronto       645 St Clair W, Toronto               120 Bloor E, Toronto             45 Elm St., Toronto
                                                                                                            (416) 488-0822                    (416) 488-2250                  (416) 481-8898                     (416) 515-0587                    (416) 654-2771                        (416) 923-2997                   (416) 597-0155


Listings
                                   (416) 750-7335                     (416) 782-3302

                                                                                                            Crossroad Gourmet                 Mandarin Restaurant             Subway                             Banjara Indian Cuisine            Chico’s Pizza                         Il Fornello                      Pangaea Restaurant
                                   Phoenix & Firkin                   Bistro On Avenue
                                                                                                            2200 Yonge, Toronto               2200 Yonge, Toronto             25 Overlea Blvd. Toronto           750 Yonge St., Toronto            701 St Clair W, Toronto               1560 Yonge St. Toronto           1221 Bay St., Toronto
                                   2175 Sheppard Ave. E. North York   1678 Avenue Rd. Toronto                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (416) 920-2323
                                                                                                            (416) 485-5004                    (416) 486-2222                  (416) 422-0800                     (416) 646-0928                    (416) 658-4000                        (416) 920-7347
                                                                      (416) 783-1928
by district
                                   (416) 499-0383
                                                                                                                                                                              Suede                              Bacaro Italian Eatery             Circle Fine Thai Cuisine                                               Pasta Perfect Roasty Jack
                                                                                                            Esco Pazzo Ristorante             Manor Arms Pub                                                                                                                             Il Posto Nuovo
                                   Pickle Barrel Restaurant           Boujadi                                                                                                 117 Eglinton Ave. E. Toronto       2 Bloor E, Toronto                                                                                       2 Bloor W, Toronto
                                                                                                            2110 Yonge, Toronto               2075 Yonge, Toronto                                                                                  1521 Yonge St., Unit 5 & 6, Toronto   148 Yorkville, Toronto
                                   5941 Leslie, North York            African                                                                                                 (416) 488-7899                     (416) 413-1011                                                                                           (416) 922-9778
                                                                                                            (416) 489-0078                    (416) 544-1200                                                                                       (416) 924-8467                        (416) 968-0469
NORTH YORK                         (416) 493-4333                     999 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto
                                                                      (416) 440-0258                        Fat Cat Bar & Bistro                                              Summit House                       Bellini’s Ristorante              Courtyard Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Patachou Patisserie
                                                                                                                                              Mariachi’s Restaurant                                              Italian                                                                 Indian Rice Factory              1095 Yonge, Toronto
Auberge Du Pommier                 Pourquoi Pas                                                             376 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto                                     40 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto                                         18 St. Thomas St., Toronto
                                                                                                                                              2084 Yonge, Toronto                                                101 Yorkville Ave., Toronto                                             414 Dupont, Toronto              (416) 927-1105
                                   63 Sheppard Ave. W., Willowdale    Bow & Arrow Pubs & Restaurants        (416) 484-4228                                                    (416) 440-0030                                                       (416) 971-9666
4150 Yonge St. North York                                                                                                                     (416) 481-7111                                                     (416) 929-9111                                                          (416) 961-3472
(416) 222-2220                     (416) 226-9071                     1954 Yonge, Toronto                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Patos Restaurant & Bar
                                                                      (416) 487-2036                        Five Doors North                                                  Thai Flavour                                                         Courtyard Restaurant                                                   1158 Yonge, Toronto
                                                                                                                                              Mars Uptown Restaurant                                             Bistro On Avenue                                                        Jacques Bistro du Parc
                                                                                                            2088 Yonge, Toronto                                               1554 Avenue Rd. Toronto                                              121 Yorkville Ave., Toronto                                            (416) 928-2212
Crepe De Paris                     Pumpernickel’s Deli & Catering                                                                             2363 Yonge, Toronto                                                1678 Avenue Rd, North York                                              126 Cumberland, Toronto
                                                                                                            (416) 480-6234                                                    (416) 782-3288                                                       (416) 513-9688
5150 Yonge St. North York          1315 Lawrence Ave. E., Toronto     Bull & Firkin                                                           (416) 322-7111                                                     (416) 783-1928                                                          (416) 961-1893
(416) 224-5192                                                        1835 Yonge St. Toronto                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pink Pearl Restaurant
                                   (416) 510-1706                                                                                                                             Trattorria Primavera                                                 Cultures Fresh Food Restaurant
                                                                                                            Fox and Firkin                                                                                                                                                                                                120 Avenue Rd, Toronto
                                                                      (416) 485-2290                                                          Monitz Restaurant               1552 Avenue Rd Toronto             Bistro The Art                                                          Japan Deli
Frog & Firkin                                                                                               51 Eglinton Ave E Toronto                                                                                                              2 Bloor W, Toronto                                                     (416) 966-3631
                                   Rossini Dining Lounge                                                                                      352 Melrose Ave. Toronto        (416) 782-5198                     84 Yorkville, Toronto                                                   11 Balmuto, Toronto
4854 Yonge St. Toronto                                                                                      (416) 480-0200                                                                                       (416) 916-2367                    (416) 927-1544
                                   1988 Avenue Rd, North York         Casey’s Grill/Bar                                                       (416) 781-3764                                                                                                                             (416) 920-2051                   Prego Della Piazza
(416) 225-3764                                                        Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin St. N.                                                                     Wildfire Steakhouse& Wine Bar
                                   (416) 481-1188                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dat Thanh Restaurant & Bar                                             150 Bloor W, Toronto
                                                                                                            Grano Restaurant                  North 44                                                           Black & Blue Dining Room                                                Joso’s
                                                                      (416) 789-1823                                                                                          3438 Yonge St., Toronto                                              781 St Clair W, Toronto                                                (416) 920-9900
Giorgio D Restaurant                                                                                        2035 Yonge, Toronto               2537 Yonge St. Toronto                                             150 Bloor W, Toronto                                                    202 Davenport, Toronto
                                   San Francesco Foods                                                                                                                        (416) 483-4800                                                       (416) 656-7998
4377 Steeles W. North York                                                                                  (416) 440-1986                    (416) 487-4897                                                     (416) 920-9900                                                          (416) 925-1903                   Quail & Firkin
                                   1048 Finch W, North York           Celestin
(416) 661-8989                                                                                                                                                                 Zee Grill & Oyster Bar                                                                                                                     1055 Yonge St. Toronto
                                   (416) 661-2417                     623 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto       Hannah’s Kitchen                                                                                     Bloor St. Diner                   Didier Restaurant & Catering
                                                                                                                                              Oisi Oyster Japanese            641 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto                                                                            JOV Bistro                       (416) 962-0782
                                                                      (416) 544-9035                        2221 Yonge, Toronto                                                                                  55 Bloor St. W., Toronto          1496 Yonge St., Toronto
Goose & Firkin                                                                                                                                Restaurant & Catering           (416) 484-6428                                                                                             1701 Bayview Av, Toronto
                                                                                                            (416) 481-2828                                                                                       (416) 928-3105                    (416) 925-8588
1875 Leslie St. Toronto            Small Rooms Steak & Seafood                                                                                245 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto                                                                                                              (416) 322-0530                   Real Thailand Restaurant
(416) 383-1200                     House                              Centro Grill & Wine Bar                                                                                                                                                                                                                             350 Bloor Street West, Toronto
                                                                                                                                              (416) 483-6848                  Zia Piera Italian Ristorante                                         Dimmi Trattoria & Bar
                                                                      2472 Yonge St Toronto                 Il Mulino                                                                                            Boba Restaurant                                                                                          (416) 924-7444
                                   1181 Finch Ave. W., Toronto                                                                                                                2070 Yonge St., Toronto                                                                                    Lettieri Foods
                                                                      (416) 483-2211                        1060 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto                                                                       90 Avenue Rd, Toronto             140 Cumberland, Toronto
Il Fornello                        (416) 665-8228                                                                                             Pheasant & Firkin               (416) 932-0290                                                                                             87 Avenue Rd, Toronto
                                                                                                            (416) 780-1173                                                                                       (416) 961-2622                    (416) 975-1100                                                         Rebel House
2901 Bayview Ave. North York                                                                                                                  1999 Avenue. Rd. Toronto                                                                                                                   (416) 922-8512
(416) 227-1271                                                        Cha Lui Dim Sum Shop                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1068 Yonge St., Toronto
                                   Subway                                                                                                     (416) 483-9063                                                     Bonissimo Cafe                    Dynasty Chinese Cuisne                                                 (416) 927-0704
                                                                                                            Jaipur Grille
Joe Maggiano Italian
                                   6017 Yonge St. North York
                                   (416) 229-1083
                                                                      2352 Yonge St. Floor 2, Toronto
                                                                      (416) 485-1725                        2066 Yonge St., Toronto
                                                                                                                                              Redwood Grille
                                                                                                                                                                              MIDTOWN                            130 Bloor W, Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (416) 966-2345
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   131 Bloor St. W., Second Floor (The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Colonnade), Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         La Gourmandise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2 Bloor W, Toronto               Remy’s Restaurant
Steakhouse & Bar                                                                                            (416) 322-5678                                                    YORKVILLE
                                                                                                                                              2497 Yonge St., Toronto                                                                              (416) 923-3323                        (416) 923-9106                   115 Yorkville Ave., Toronto
2450 Sheppard Av E. Toronto                                           Cheers On Yonge                                                                                                                            Bregman’s The Bakery Restaurant
                                   Subway                                                                                                     (416) 487-7188                                                                                                                                                              (416) 968-9429
(416) 497-8325                                                                                              JOV                                                               1055 Restaurant & Catering
                                   5225 Yonge St .North York          2360 Yonge St Toronto                                                                                                                      1560 Yonge, Toronto               EDO Sushi Take-Out & Delivery         La Mexicana II
                                                                                                            1701 Bayview Ave. Toronto                                         1055 Yonge St. Toronto
                                                                      (416) 488-7143                                                          Richlee’s Restaurant                                               (416) 967-2750                    431 Spadina Rd, Toronto               838 Yonge, Toronto               Ricochet Restaurant
Karbouzi Bar& Grill                (416) 223-9666                                                           (416) 322-0530                                                    (416)482-8485
                                                                                                                                              1959 Avenue Rd. Toronto                                                                              (416) 322-8888                        (416) 934-0712                   124 Avenue Rd, Toronto
2048 Avenue Rd. North York                                                                                                                                                                                       Bua Thai Restaurant                                                                                      (416) 324-8975
                                                                      Chick N’Deli                          Karbouzi Bar & Grill              (416) 483-9818                  Al Di La’ Restorante
(416) 483-3846                     Subway                                                                                                                                                                        150 Avenue Rd, Toronto
                                                                      744 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto                                                                          1560 Yonge, Toronto                                                  El Palenque – Casa Del Mariachi       Le Trou Normand Restaurant
                                   2625-F Weston, North York                                                2048 Avenue Rd. Toronto                                                                              (416) 921-9198                                                                                           Ristorante Nido
                                                                      (416) 489-3363                                                          Riz                             (416) 923-9997                                                       – Mexican Restaurant                  90 Yorkville, Toronto
Le Montmartre                      (416) 240-8413                                                           (416) 483-3846                                                                                                                                                                                                Italian, Mediterranean
                                                                                                                                              1677 Bayview Ave. Toronto                                                                            816 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto        (416) 967-5956
911 Sheppard Ave. W. Downsview                                                                                                                                                                                   Burgandy’s Restaurant             (416) 653-5593                                                         1218 St. Clair Ave. W
                                                                      Churrisimo                            La Vecchia Ristorante             (416) 487-8388                  Albert’s Real Jamaican
(416) 630-3804                     Trapper’s Restaurant                                                                                                                                                          780 Yonge, Toronto                                                                                       (416) 653-2312
                                                                                                            2405-A Yonge St Toronto                                           542 St Clair W, Toronto                                                                                    Lobby
                                   3479 Yonge St., North York         2300 Yonge, Toronto                                                                                                                        (416) 924-1186
                                                                                                                                              Safari Bar & Grill              (416) 658-9445                                                       Embros                                192 Bloor Street W., Toronto
L’Escargot Bistro                                                     (416) 488-2096                        (416) 489-0630                                                                                                                                                                                                The Rosedale Diner
                                   (416) 482-6211                                                                                             1749 Avenue Rd. Toronto                                                                              1170 Yonge, Toronto                   (416) 929-7169
3185 Yonge St. Toronto                                                                                                                                                                                           By The Way Cafe                                                                                          1164 Yonge St. Toronto
                                                                                                                                              (416) 787-6584                  Amato Pizza                                                          (416) 923-1808
(416) 485-8338                                                        Cilantro                              Lakasbah                                                                                             400 Bloor St. W., Toronto                                                                                (416)923-3122
                                   Tuyen Cuisine                                                                                                                              334 Yonge St. Toronto
                                                                                                            African                                                                                              (416) 967-4295                                                          Matignon
                                                                      50 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto                                                                            (416) 597-6226                                                       Fire On The East Side
                                   4860 Yonge St., North York                                               3430 Bathurst St., Toronto        Satay On The Road                                                                                                                          51 St. Nicholls St. Toronto      Rouge
Memories Of Japan                                                     (416) 484-4846                                                                                                                                                               Restaurant & Bar
                                   (416) 225-3888                                                           (416) 784-9548                    2003 Avenue Rd. Toronto                                            Café Nero                                                               (416) 921-9226                   467 Bloor St. W.
900 Don Mills Rd. North York                                                                                                                                                  Amber                                                                6 Gloucester St., Toronto
                                                                                                                                              (416) 488-5153                  119 Yorkville, Toronto             782 St Clair Ave. W., Toronto                                                                            (416)413-0713
(416) 449-3773                                                        Clissico Louie’s Pizzeria                                                                                                                                                    (416) 960-3473
                                                                                                            Lemongrass on Bayview                                             (416) 926-9037                     (416) 789-9022                                                          Mezzetta Café Restaurant
Mezza Notte Trattoria
5304 Yonge St. Toronto
                                   UPTOWN                             2549 Yonge, Toronto
                                                                      (416) 322-3267
                                                                                                            1630 Bayview Ave. Toronto
                                                                                                            (416) 322-8202
                                                                                                                                              Safari Bar & Grill
                                                                                                                                              1749 Avenue Rd., North York
                                                                                                                                                                              Annona Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                              4 Avenue Rd. (Park Hyatt Hotel),   Café Nervosa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Flow Restaurant & Lounge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         681 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (416) 658-5687
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Saigon Sister
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          774 Yonge, Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                              Toronto (416) 925-1234             75 Yorkville, Toronto             133 Yorkville Ave., Toronto                                            (416) 967-0808
(416) 222-2888                                                                                                                                (416) 787-6584
                                                                      Duke Of Kent                                                                                                                               (416) 961-4642                    (416) 925-2143
                                   XIXVI Pasta.Risotto.Wine Bar                                             L’Escargot                                                                                                                                                                   Michelle’s Brasserie
                                                                                                                                                                              Arlequin                                                                                                                                    Sassafraz
Millie’s Bistro & Gourmet Market   1116 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto     2315 Yonge, Toronto                   3185 Yonge St. Toronto            Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub                                                                                                                 162 Cumberland St., Toronto      100 Cumberland Ave., Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                              French Cuisine                     Cantine Restaurant Bar & Lounge   Gems Gourmet
1980 Avenue Rd. North York         (416) 783-8111                     (416) 485-9507                        (416) 485-8338                    150 Eglinton E, Toronto                                                                                                                    (416) 944-1504                   (416) 964-2222
                                                                                                                                                                              134 Avenue Rd                      138 Avenue Rd., Toronto           131 Bloor W, Toronto
(416) 481-1247                                                                                                                                (416) 484-6637
                                                                                                                                                                              (416) 964-8686                     (416) 923-4822                    (416) 929-8829
                                   Alize Restaurant & Catering        Elsewhere Bar & Grill                 Lick’s Homeburgers &                                                                                                                                                         Mistura                          Scaccia Restaurant
Monitz                             2459 Yonge St., Toronto            2468 Yonge, Toronto                   Ice Cream Shop                    Shark City Bar & Grill          Asuka Japanese Restaurant                                            Goldfish Cuisine                      265 Davenport Rd., Toronto       55 Bloor W, Toronto
                                                                                                                                              117 Eglinton E, Toronto                                            Caren’s Wine & Cheese Bar                                               (416) 515-0009                   (416) 963-9864
352 Melrose Ave. Toronto           (416) 487-2771                     (416) 489-8482                        49 Eglinton Av E, Toronto                                         108 Yorkville, Toronto                                               372 Bloor St. West, Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 158 Cumberland, Toronto
(416) 781-3764                                                                                              (416) 544-9689                    (416) 488-7899                  (416) 975-9084                                                       (416) 513-0077
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (416) 962-5158                                                                                           Shogun Japanese Restaurant
                                   Alleycatz                          Friendly Greek                                                                                                                                                                                                     Morton’s Of Chicago
The Monkey Bar & Grill                                                                                      Lobster Trap Restaurant           Spacco Billiards Bar & Eatery   Atlas One Cafe                                                                                             4 Avenue Rd & Prince Arthur,     154 Cumberland, Toronto
                                   2409 Yonge, Toronto                2245 Yonge, Toronto                                                                                                                        Carlevales                        Green Mango
                                                                                                            1962 Avenue Rd. Toronto           2415 Yonge St., Toronto         820 St Clair W, Toronto                                                                                    Toronto                          (416) 964-8665
3353 Yonge St. Toronto             (416) 481-6865                     (416) 483-8588                                                                                                                             150 Bloor W, Toronto              730 Yonge St., Toronto
                                                                                                            (416) 787-3211                    (416) 489-4163                  (416) 656-4817                                                                                             (416) 925-0648
(416) 486-2288                                                                                                                                                                                                   (416) 920-9900                    (416) 928-0021                                                         Scaramouche Restaurant
                                   Amore Trattoria                    Golden Griddle Family Restaurant                                                                        Avant Gout Restaurant                                                                                                                       1 Benvenuto Place, Toronto
Napoli Fine Mediterrean Cuisine                                                                             LOLO                              Square                                                             Caro                              Hemingway’s Restaurant                Okonomi House
                                   2425 Yonge St. Toronto             180 Eglinton E, Toronto                                                                                 8 Birch Ave., Toronto                                                                                                                       (416) 961-8011
5949 Yonge St. North York                                                                                   619 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto   692 Mt. Pleasant Rd.                                               1404 Yonge, Toronto               142 Cumberland St., Toronto           23 Charles W, Toronto
                                   (416) 322-6184                     (416) 322-7137                                                                                          (416) 975-9150
(416) 590-9339                                                                                              (416) 483-8933                    (416) 486-0090                                                     (416) 969-8571                    (416) 968-2828                        (416) 925-6176                   Sotto Sotto
                                                                                                                                                                              Bb33 Bistro & Brasserie                                                                                                                     Italian
Pancer’s Deli                      Assaggio Ristorante                Good Bite Restaurant                  The Longest Yard                  Steam City                      33 Gerrard St. W. (Delta Chelsea   Casa Cafe                         Hope St. Cafe                         Orale Mexican Restaurant         Lower Level 116A Avenue Rd.,
3856 Bathurst St. Toronto          2711 Yonge St., Toronto            2463 Yonge, Toronto                   535 Mount Pleasant, Toronto       745 Mount Pleasant, Toronto     Hotel), Toronto                    828 Yonge, Toronto                324-326 Lonsdale Rd., Toronto         111 Yorkville, Toronto           Toronto
(416) 633-1230                     (416) 484-1717                     (416) 483-8432                        (416) 480-9273                    (416) 489-6599                  (416) 585-4319                     (416) 923-3810                    (416) 481-3411                        (416) 924-9955                   (416) 962-0011
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Spring Rolls                         Biagio Ristorante             East Side Marios                 The Grasshopper                       La Fenice                             Peel Pub                            Subway                            Amazonas                           Giancarlo Trattoria             Sneaky Dee’s
693 Yonge St., Toronto               155 King St. E., Toronto      151 Front St. Toronto            460 Parliament St. Toronto            319 King St. W., Toronto              276 King St. W. Toronto             147 Spadina Ave. Toronto          1307 Dundas W, Toronto             41 Clinton, Toronto             Mexican
(416) 972-ROLL (7655)                (416) 366-4040                (416)360-1917                    (416) 323-1210                        (416) 585-2377                        (416) 977-0003                      (416) 408-0001                    (416) 531-9474                     (416) 533-9619                  431 College St, Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (416) 603-3090
Spuntini Ristorante                  Big Daddy’s Crab Shack        Eggspectation                    Gui Rei Japanese Restaurant           La Maquette                           Peel Pub                            Subway                            Bairrada Churrasqueira Grill       Giovanna Trattoria
Italian, Mediterranean               & Oyster Bar                  220 Yonge St. Toronto            600 Queens Quay W                     111 King St. E., Toronto              191 College St. Toronto             287 King St. W. Toronto           Portuguese                         637 College, Toronto            Sottovoce Wine & Pasta Bar
116 Avenue Rd., Toronto              212 King St. W.               (416) 977-3380                                                         (416) 366-8191                        (416) 340-7335                      (416) 599-0111                    1000 College St, Toronto           (416) 538-2098                  595 College, Toronto
                                                                                                    (416) 977-6111
(416) 962-1110                       (416) 599-5200                                                                                                                                                                                                   416) 539-8239                                                      (416) 536-4564
                                                                   Epic                                                                   Laide                                 Penelope Restaurant                 Subway                                                               Harmony
Subway                                                                                              Habitat Lounge
                                     The Boat House Grill          100 Front St. W. (The Fairmont                                         138 Adelaide St. E., Toronto                                              531 Parliament St. Toronto        Bar Azzuri                                                         Subway
                                                                                                    735 Queen St. W.                                                            225 King St. W., Toronto                                                                                 589 College, Toronto
507 St. Clair Ave. W. Toronto        207 Queen’s Quay W. Toronto                                                                          (416) 850-2726                                                            (416) 928-0999                                                                                       717A College St. Toronto
                                                                   Royal York), Toronto             (416) 860-1551                                                              (416) 351-9393                                                        598 College, Toronto               (416) 534-1987
(416) 534-6559                       (416) 203-6300                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (416) 516-8099
                                                                   (416) 860-6949                                                                                                                                                                     (416) 532-9837
                                                                                                                                          Lee                                                                       Superior Restaurant
Sushi Inn                                                                                           Harbour Sixty Steakhouse              603 King St. W. Toronto               Pier 4 Storehouse Restaurant                                                                             Hungary Thai Bar & Eatery
                                     Bodega Restaurant                                                                                                                                                              253 Yonge St. Toronto             Bar Bada Bing                                                      Supermarket
120 Cumberland, Toronto                                            Esplanade Bier Market            60 Harbour St. Toronto                                                      245 Queens Quay W, Toronto                                                                               196 Augusta Ave., Toronto
                                     30 Baldwin St., Toronto                                                                              (416) 504-7867                                                            (416) 214-0416                                                                                       268 Augusta Ave. Toronto
(416) 923-9992                                                     58 The Esplanade, Toronto        (416) 777-2111                                                              (416) 203-1440                                                        1430 Dundas W, Toronto             (416) 595-640
                                     (416) 977-1287                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (416) 840-0501
                                                                   (416) 862-7575                                                                                                                                                                     (416) 588-2464
                                                                                                                                          Le Petit Liban                                                            Susur
Truffles                                                                                            Harbour Sports Grille                 580 Church St., Toronto               Porticello Restaurant               601 King St. W. Toronto                                              Il Gatto Nero                   Tavola Calda
21 Avenue Rd. (Four Seaons Hotel),   Bonzai! Sushi                 Everybody Eats                                                                                                                                                                     Bar Italia
                                                                                                    10 Yonge, Toronto                     (416) 963-2222                        370 Queens Quay W. Toronto          (416) 603-2205                                                       720 College, Toronto            671 College, Toronto
Toronto                              134 Peter St., Toronto        557 Parliament St. Toronto                                                                                                                                                         582 College St., Toronto
                                                                                                    (416) 367-4999                                                              (416) 598-2572                                                                                           (416) 536-3132                  (416) 536-8328
(416) 928-7331                       (416) 341-0404                (416) 923-0100                                                                                                                                                                     (416) 535-3621
                                                                                                                                          Le Saint Tropez                                                           The Tasting Rooms
                                                                                                    Hard Rock Cafe                        315 King St. W., Toronto              Pravda                              100 King St. W. (First Canadian                                      Kalendar Café & Bistro          Tempo Restaurant & Bar
Two Rosehill                         Boulevard Cafe                Reilly’s Restaurant                                                                                                                                                                Bella Vista Trattoria & Wine Bar
                                                                                                    279 Yonge St. Toronto                 (416) 591-3600                        36 Wellington St. E.                Place), Toronto                                                      546 College, Toronto            596 College St., Toronto
2 Rosehill Ave, Toronto              161 Harbord St., Toronto      340 Yonge St. Toronto                                                                                                                                                              660 College St., Toronto
                                                                                                    (416) 362-3636                                                              (416) 306-2433                      (416) 362-2499                                                       (416) 923-4138                  (416) 531-2822
(416) 960-2223                       (416) 961-7676                (416) 593-4252                                                         Le Select Bistro                                                                                            (416) 532-2518
                                                                                                                                          328 Queen St. W. Toronto              Provence Delices                    Thuet Restaurant                                                     Langolino Wine Bar & Grill      Urban Thai
Yamoto Japanese Restaurant           Brant House                   Ferret & Firkin                  Il Fornello                                                                                                                                       Bertucci’s
                                                                                                                                          (416) 596-6405                        12 Amelia St. Toronto               609 King St W. Toronto                                               50 Clinton, Toronto             638 College, Toronto
24 Bellair St., Toronto              522 King St. W                720 Spadina Ave.                 2277 Bloor St. W. Toronto                                                                                                                         630 College, Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                (416) 924-9901                      (416) 603-2777                                                       (416) 530-4710                  (416) 516-3725
(416) 927-0077                       (416) 703-2800                (416) 962-2061                   (416) 761-9222                        Loft                                                                                                        (416) 537-0911
                                                                                                                                          720 King St. W, Toronto                                                   Toba                                                                                                 Vecchio Frak Ltd.
                                     Brassaii Bistro Lounge                                         Il Fornello                                                                 Pure Spirits Oyster Bar & Grill                                                                          Li’ly Resto Lounge
DOWNTOWN                             Fusion
                                     461 King St. W.,
                                                                   Fez Batik
                                                                   129 Peter St. Toronto            35 Elm St. Toronto
                                                                                                                                          (416) 203-2883
                                                                                                                                                                                55 Mill St. (Distillery District)
                                                                                                                                                                                Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    243 King St. E. Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (416) 367-8622
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bistro 422
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      422 College, Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Italian, Mediterranean, Tapas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         656 College St., Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         690 College, Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         (416) 516-3725
ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT                                             (416) 204-9660                   (416) 598-1766                        Lone Star Texas Grill                                                                                       (416) 963-9416
                                     (416) 598-4730                                                                                       200 Front St. W. Toronto              (416) 361-5859                                                                                           (416) 532-0419
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tortilla Flats Restaurant                                                                            Veni Vidi Vici
Acqua Ristorante                                                   The Fifth                        Il Fornello                           (416) 408-4064                                                            429 Queen St W                    Bitondo                                                            Italian, Mediterranean
                                     Brownstone Bistro & Bar                                        214 King St. W. Toronto                                                     Pravda                                                                                                   Marlowe
10 Front St. W. Toronto                                            225 Richmond St. Toronto                                                                                                                         (416) 593-9870                    11 Clinton, Toronto                                                650 College St. W.
                                     601 Yonge St., Toronto                                                                               The Mask Restaurant & Bar             36 Wellington St. E.                                                                                     558 College St., Toronto
(416) 368-7171                                                     (416) 979-3005                   (416) 599-0312                                                                                                                                    (416) 533-4101                                                     (416) 536-8550
                                     (416) 920-0607                                                                                       566 Church St. Toronto                (416) 306-2433                                                                                           (416) 963-2229
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Toula Restaurant & Bar
                                                                                                                                          (416) 963-9229                                                            1 Harbour Sq. (Westin Harbour
Alice Fazooli’s Italian Crabshack
294 Adelaide St. W. Toronto
                                     Burrito Boyz
                                     120 Peter St., Toronto
                                                                   Fionn MacCool’s
                                                                   70 The Esplanade, Toronto
                                                                                                    Il Fornello
                                                                                                    491 Church St. Toronto
                                                                                                                                          Marcel’s
                                                                                                                                                                                Raddical Jack’s Fondue Lounge
                                                                                                                                                                                244 Adelaide St. W. Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Castle), Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bruyea Brothers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      640 College, Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mezza Luna Ristorante
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         924 College St., Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         TORONTO WEST
(416) 979-1910                                                     (416) 362-2495                   (416) 944-9052                                                                                                  (416) 777-2002                    (416) 532-3841
                                     (416) 593-9191                                                                                       315 King St. W. (upstairs), Toronto   (416) 642-0105                                                                                           (416) 588-0924
                                                                                                                                          (416) 591-8600                                                            Trimurti Indian Cuisine                                                                              Badger & Firkin
Aquadisiac Restaurant Lounge                                       Fionn MacCool’s                  Il Fornello                                                                                                                                       Butt’r Lounge
                                     Café 493                                                                                                                                   Rain                                265 Queen St. W. Toronto                                             Mona’s Shawarma & Falafel       555 Burnhamthorpe Rd. U#5 Etob.
266 Queens Quay W. Toronto                                         489 King St. W. Toronto          207 Queens Quay W, Toronto                                                                                                                        587 College Street
                                     493 Parliament St. Toronto                                                                           Matignon                              19 Mercer St. Toronto               (416) 645-0286                                                       661 College, Toronto            (416) 620-5959
(416) 598-0808                                                     (416) 586-1331                   (416) 861-1028                        51 St. Nicholas St., Toronto                                                                                (416) 516-4756
                                     (416) 777-0048                                                                                                                             (416) 599-7246                                                                                           (416) 535-8466
                                                                                                                                          (416) 921-9226                                                            Tundra
Armadillo Texas Grill                                              Fionn MacCool’s                  Jammz Bistro & Bar                                                                                                                                Caffe Brasiliano                                                   Bistro Praha
                                     Canyon Creek Chophouse                                                                                                                     The Rectory Cafe                    145 Richmond St. W., (Hilton),                                       O Buzio                         111 Dupont St. Toronto
146 Front St. W. Toronto                                           181 University Ave. Toronto      40 King St. W. Toronto                Mediterra                                                                                                   849 Dundas W, Toronto
                                     156 Front St. W., Toronto                                                                                                                  Toronto Island, Toronto             Toronto                                                              836 College, Toronto            (416) 413-1081
(416) 977-8840                                                     (416) 363-1944                   (416) 364-9740                        133 Richmond St. W., Toronto                                                                                (416) 603-6607
                                     (416) 596-2240                                                                                                                             (416) 203-2152                      (416) 860-6800                                                       (416) 533-7272
                                                                                                                                          (416) 861-1211
Aroma Fine Indian Cuisine                                          Fionn MacCool’s                                                                                                                                                                    Cafe Diplomatico & Restaurant                                      Camarra Pizzeria Ristorante
                                     Captain John’s Harbour Boat                                    Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar                                                                                          Ultra Supper Club
287 King St. W., Toronto                                           21 St. Clair Ave. W. Toronto                                                                                 The Red Tomato                                                        594 College, Toronto               Olivia’s Place                  2899 Dufferin St., Toronto
                                     Restaurant                                                     9 Church St., Toronto                 Milestone’s Grill & Bar                                                   314 Queen St. W. Toronto
(416) 971-7242                                                     (416) 925-7827                                                         132 John Street, Toronto              321 King St. W. Toronto                                               (416) 534-4637                     53 Clinton St., Toronto         (416) 789-3221
                                     1 Queens Quay W., Toronto                                      (416) 362-1957                                                              (416) 971-6626                      (416) 263-0330                                                       (416) 787-0491
                                     (416) 363-6062                                                                                       (416) 595-5880
Avalon Restaurant                                                  Flamingo House Chinese                                                                                                                                                             Cardapio Restaurante                                               Casey’s Grill/Bar
                                                                                                    Jodhpore Club Indian Cuisine                                                Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse             Urban Restaurant                                                     Paaeez
270 Adelaide St. W. Toronto                                        Restaurant                                                             The Mizzen                                                                                                  928 College, Toronto                                               25 The West Mall, Toronto
                                     Casey’s Grill/Bar                                              33 Baldwin St., Toronto                                                     145 Richmond St. W. Toronto         303 King St. W. Toronto                                              569 College, Toronto
(416) 979-9918                                                     446 Parliament St. Toronto                                             1 Harbour Sq, Toronto                                                                                       (416) 535-6333                                                     (416) 626-2626
                                     123 Front St. W. Toronto                                       (416) 598-2502                                                                                                  (416) 598-5656
                                                                   (416) 929-5576                                                         (416) 361-7454                        (416) 955-1455                                                                                           (416) 537-0767
                                     (416) 955-4550
Azure                                                                                                                                                                                                               Waterfront Deli                   Coco Lezzone Grill & Bar                                           Exotic Papadum
                                                                                                    Joe Badali’s Italian Restaurant Bar   Mochizuki Japanese Fine Dining        Saffron Tree                                                                                             Perla Restaurant                Indian
225 Front St. W., Toronto            Casey’s Grill/Bar             Flatiron & Firkin                                                                                                                                12 Queens Quay W, Toronto         Italian, Mediterranean
                                                                                                    156 Front St. W., Toronto             655 Bay St., Unit 5, Toronto          91 Gerrard St. W., Toronto                                                                               539 College, Toronto            2356 Lakeshore Blvd W, Toronto
(416) 597-8142                       200 Dundas St. E.             49 Wellington St. E. Toronto                                                                                                                     (416) 363-6262                    602 College St., Toronto
                                                                                                    (416) 977-3064                        (416) 348-8884                        (416) 850-3179                                                                                           (416) 922-1703                  (416) 253-5047
                                     (416) 955-0238                (416) 362-3444                                                                                                                                                                     (416) 535-1489
Barolo Ristorante                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wayne Gretzky’s Restaurant
                                                                                                    John’s Italian Caffe                  Monsoon                               Salad King                                                                                               Plaza Flamingo Restaurant       Idoru Wine Bar
193 Carlton St. Toronto              Churchmouse & Firkin          Fred’s Not Here                                                                                                                                  99 Blue Jays Way, Toronto         Café Margaux
(416) 961-4747                                                                                      27 Baldwin St., Toronto               100 Simcoe St. Toronto                335 Yonge St. Toronto                                                 796 College, Toronto               423 College, Toronto            331 Roncesvalles Ave. Toronto
                                     475 Church St. Toronto        321 King St. W. Toronto                                                                                                                          (416) 979-7825
                                                                                                    (416) 596-8848                        (416) 979-7172                        (416) 971-7041                                                        (416) 588-7490                     (416) 603-8884                  (416) 531-2557
                                     (416) 927-1735                (416) 971-9155
Bar One                                                                                                                                                                                                             Wolf & Firkin
                                                                                                    Justa Pizza                           Monte Cristo Restaurant & Piano       Senator/Torch Restaurant                                                                                 Pony Restaurant & Bar           La Luna By The Lake
924 Queen St. W., Toronto            Club Lucky                    Friar & Firkin                                                                                                                                   43 Elm St. Toronto                College St. Bar
                                                                                                    554 Parliament St. Toronto            Bar                                   249 Victoria St., Toronto                                                                                488 College, Toronto
(416) 535-1655                       117 John, Toronto             160 John St. Toronto                                                                                                                             (416) 971-6264                    574 College St., Toronto                                           5 Roncesvalles, Toronto
                                                                                                    (416) 927-7777                        5 Mercer St., Toronto
                                     (416) 977-8890                (416) 340-9459                                                                                               (416) 364-7517                                                        (416) 533-2417                     (416) 923-7665                  (416) 537-5658
                                                                                                                                          (416) 351-0110
Batifole
                                                                                                    King’s Garden Chinese Cuisine                                               Splendido                                                                                                Revival
744 Gerrard E. St. Toronto
(416)462-9965
                                     Cranberries Bar & Grill
                                     601 Parliament St. Toronto
                                                                   Frisco’s Brasserie
                                                                   133 John St. Toronto             214 King St. W., Toronto
                                                                                                                                          Nectar
                                                                                                                                          488 Wellington St. W., Toronto        88 Harbord St., Toronto             LITTLE ITALY                      El Rancho
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      430 College, Toronto               783 College St., Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Posticino Ristorante
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         164 The Queensway, Etobicoke
                                     (416) 925-6330                (416) 595-8201                   (416) 585-2221                                                              (416) 929-7788                                                        (416) 921-2752                     (416) 535-7888                  (416) 255-5081
                                                                                                                                          (416) 979-1666
Benihana
100 Front St. W. (The Royal York),                                 George                           Kit Kat Bar & Grill                                                         Spoon                               The Abbey Pub & Steak House       Embassy                            Saving Grace                    Shala-Mar Restaurant
                                     Crush                                                                                                Pearl Harbourfront Restaurant
Toronto                                                            111 Queen Street E, Toronto      297 King St. W.                       207 Queens Quay W, Toronto            391 King St. W., Toronto            989 College, Toronto              223 Augusta Ave. Toronto           907 Dundas W, Toronto           391 Roncesvalles, Toronto
                                     455 King St. W. Toronto
(416) 860-5002                       (416) 977-1234                (416) 863-6006                   (416) 977-4461                        (416) 203-1233                        (416) 599-7000                      (416) 530-5954                    (416) 591-1132                     (416) 703-7368                  (416) 588-9877

Ben Wicks Restaurant                 DHABA                         Golden Leaf Chinese Cuisine      Korean Grill House                    Peartree Restaurant                   The Strand Restaurant & Brasserie   Alto Basso Restaurant & Bar       Free Times Cafe                    Sintra Wine Bar& Grill          Subway
424 Parliament St. Toronto           309 King St. W., Toronto      307 Spadina Ave., Toronto        214 Queen St. W. Toronto              507 Parliament St. Toronto            75 Victoria Street, Toronto         718 College St., Toronto          320 College St., Toronto           588 College St. W., Toronto     1500 Royal York Rd, Etobicoke
(416) 961-9425                       (416) 740-6622                (416) 597-1000                   (416) 263-9850                        (416) 962-8190                        (416) 368-7771                      (416) 534-9522                    (416) 967-1078                     (416) 533-1106                  (416) 243-5211
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Sushi Century                    Ottimo Restaurant & Pizzeria   Yoyo’s Restaurant              Garden Gate Restaurant            Allen’s Restaurant                  Mariko Japanese Restaurant
1238 St. Clair W. Toronto        3075 Bloor W, Etobicoke        1727 Bloor W, Toronto          (The Goof )                       143 Danforth Av, Toronto            348 Danforth Ave. Toronto
(416) 651-3188                   (416) 236-8291                 (416) 767-7899                 2379 Queen E, Toronto             (416) 463-3086                      (416) 463-8231
                                                                                               (416) 694-3605
Whelan’s Gate Irish Alehouse     Squire & Firkin                Yumi Japanese Restaurant                                         Ampeli Grill & Cafe                 Mezes
and Pub                          3335 Bloor St. W. Toronto      2384 Bloor W, Toronto          Gull & Firkin                     526 Danforth Av, Toronto            456 Danforth Ave Toronto
1663 Bloor St. W., Toronto       (416) 233-6531                 (416) 766-3293                 1943 Queen St. E. Toronto         (416) 465-4001                      (416) 778-5150
(416) 531-1311                                                                                 (416) 693-9337
                                 Stemms Restaurant                                                                               Auld Spot Pub                       Myth

KINGSWAY
                                 3300 Bloor W, Etobicoke
                                 (416) 239-3343
                                                                TORONTO EAST                   Ice Cream Café (Happy Sailor)
                                                                                               2026 Queen E, Toronto
                                                                                                                                 347 Danforth Ave ,Toronto
                                                                                                                                 (416) 406-4688
                                                                                                                                                                     417 Danforth Ave. Toronto
                                                                                                                                                                     (416) 461-8383
                                                                Beaver & Firkin                (416) 693-7110
                                 Vibo                           16 Lebovic Ave. Scarborough                                      Asteria Souvlaki Place              Octavia Bar and Lounge
Black Angus Steak House          Italian                                                       Il Fornello                       292 Danforth Av, Toronto            14 Danforth Ave Toronto
                                                                (416) 615-5558
3277 Bloor W, Etobicoke          2995 Bloor St. W., Toronto                                    1968 Queen E, Toronto             (416) 466-5273                      (416) 461-3562
(416) 233-7406                   (416) 239-1286                                                (416) 691-8377
                                                                Bonjour Brioche
                                                                                                                                 Astoria Shish Kebob House           Ouzeri
                                                                812 Queen E, Toronto
Boemia                                                                                                                           390 Danforth Av, Toronto
3315 Bloor W, Etobicoke
(416) 236-4453
                                 BLOOR WEST                     (416) 406-1250                 Lion On The Beach
                                                                                               958 Queen E, Toronto
                                                                                                                                 (416) 463-2838
                                                                                                                                                                     Greek, Mediterranean
                                                                                                                                                                     500A Danforth Ave., Toronto
                                 VILLAGE                        Casey’s Grill/Bar              (416) 690-1984                                                        (416) 778-0500
                                                                                                                                 Avli Restaurant
Café Demetre                                                    10 Lebovic Ave. U#8. Scarb.                                      401 Danforth Ave. Toronto
                                 Amber European Restaurant      (416) 285-5330                 Mersini                                                               Pappas Grill
2962 Bloor W, Etobicoke                                                                                                          (416) 461-9577
                                 2372 Bloor W, Toronto                                         In The Beach                                                          440 Danforth Ave. Toronto
(416) 234-2233
                                 (416) 763-6164                 Edward Levesque’s Kitchen      2120 Queen Street E.                                                  (416) 469-9595
                                                                                                                                 Bona Pizza Pasta
Casa Barcelona                                                  1290 Queen St. E. Toronto      (416) 699-9444                    818 Danforth Ave. Toronto
                                 Bloom                          (416) 465-3600                                                   (416) 406-5000                      Patris Dining Lounge
2980 Bloor St. W. Etobicoke
(416) 234-5858                   2315 Bloor W, Toronto                                         Nevada Restaurant                                                     888 Danforth Ave. Toronto
                                 (416) 767-1315                 Hello Toast                    1963 Queen E, Toronto             Café Brussel                        (416) 466-1967
Chutneys                                                        993 Queen E, Toronto           (416) 691-8462                    124 Danforth Ave, Toronto
3077 Bloor W, Etobicoke          Classico Pizza & Pasta         (416) 778-7299                                                   (416) 465-7363                      Poonan Delight Indian Restaurant
(416) 231-9655                   2457 Bloor W, Toronto                                         Paddy O’Farrell’s                                                     2658 Danforth Av, Toronto
                                 (416) 763-1313                 Joy Bistro                     917 Kingston Rd, Toronto          Caffe Demetre Glacerie Patisserie   (416) 690-7406
Crooked Cue                                                     884 Queen St. E. Toronto       (416) 690-0880                    400 Danforth Ave. Toronto
3056 Bloor St. W. Etobicoke      Falafel World                  (416) 465-8855                                                   (416) 778-6654                      Whistler’s & The McNeil Room
(416) 236-7736                   2396 Bloor W, Toronto                                         Quigley’s                                                             995 Broadview Ave., Toronto
                                 (416) 769-9336                 Kubo Radio                     2232 Queen E, Toronto             Cool Runnings Caribbean             (416) 421-1344
Cru                                                             894 Queen St. E. Toronto       (416) 699-9998                    Restaurant
946 Royal York Rd. Etibicoke     Il Fornello                    (416 )406-5826                                                   3342 Danforth Ave. Toronto          Zorbas Shishkebob House
(416) 237-1282                   2277 Bloor St. W. Toronto                                     Sauvignon Bistro & Bakery         (416) 690-9600                      713 Danforth Ave. Toronto
                                 (416) 761-9222                 Provence Delices               1862 Queen Street E.                                                  (416) 406-1212
Gojima Japanese Restaurant                                      12 Amelia St., Toronto         (416) 686-1998                    The Court Jester Pub
3345 Bloor W, Etobicoke          Lemon Meringue                 (416) 924-9901                                                   609 Danforth Ave Toronto
(416) 231-7963                   2390 Bloor St. W., Toronto                                    Spiaggia Trattoria                (416) 465-3700
                                 (416) 769-5757                 The Real Jerk                  2318 Queen E, Toronto
Green Mango                                                                                    (416) 699-4656                    Chopan Kebob House & Restaurant
                                                                709 Queen E, Toronto
3006 Bloor W, Etobicoke                                                                                                          798 Danforth Av, Toronto
                                 Mardi Gras Bistro              (416) 463-6055
(416) 233-5004                                                                                 Sunset Grill Restaurant           (416) 778-1200
                                 1982 Bloor w, Toronto
                                 (416) 767-7246                                                2006 Queen E, Toronto
Just Greek Restaurant                                           Verveine                                                         Christina’s Restaurant
                                                                                               (416) 690-9985
3004 Bloor W, Etobicoke                                         1097 Queen St. E                                                 492 Danforth Ave. Toronto
(416) 239-5000                   Mega Wraps                     (416) 405-9906                                                   (416) 463-4418
                                 2425 Bloor W, Toronto                                         The Tulip
                                 (416) 604-1011                                                1606 Queen E, Toronto
Le Petite France
3317 Bloor W, Etobicoke                                         THE BEACH                      (416) 469-5797                    Elisia Restaurant
                                                                                                                                 467 Danforth Ave. Toronto
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                                 2263 Bloor St. W. Toronto
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Magoo’s Gourmet Hamburgers       (416) 766-0993                                                                                  Elsewhere Bar & Grill
                                                                2066 Queen E, Toronto          (416) 694-0888
4242 Dundas Street W. Etoicoke                                                                                                   2468 Yonge, Toronto
(416) 234-1148                   Simply Thai Cuisine            (416) 698-2066                                                   (416) 489-8482
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                                 2253 Bloor W, Toronto
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Merlot Restaurant                (416) 769-8866                                                                                  Embrujo Flamenco Tapas Bar
                                                                2455-1/2 Queen St E. Toronto   (416) 694-3474
2994 Bloor W, Etobicoke                                                                                                          97 Danforth Ave., Toronto
(416) 236-0081                   Sunset Grill                   (416) 698-1300                                                   (416) 778-0007
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                                 2200 Bloor W, Toronto
My Thai Kitchen                                                 Blue Lobster Bistro            1961 Queen E, Toronto             Esto Cafe
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                                 2205 Bloor St. W. Toronto                                     In The Beach
The Office Sports Bar & Grill                                   Casa Di Georgios                                                 Fox & Fiddle
                                 (416) 767-9222                 1646 Queen E, Toronto          2116 Queen Street E
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21 Old Mill Rd., Toronto
                                 (416) 767-8540                 1032 Kingston Road
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