Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Places I Have Been ...

So, I've started this club. Without much thought, other than I liked the idea. I have people I'd like to see. I have places I'd like to go. And so, The Restaurant Club is born.

First, there are many restaurants I've already been to, and so The Club might not find itself there ... after all, it's about new experiences. I've never thought to keep a diary of them, but here's my best recollection of the tops:

Colborne Lane. One of my favourites. Been twice, and would go all over again, and again, and again. Magnificent.

Nota Bene. Just delicious. So elegant yet somehow still a bit rustic. One must go; perhaps take a client as a good excuse to expense it ;)

Frank. Just being within the architectural beauty that is the AGO is enough to go. But wait ... the food! The food is clean and fresh and local and lovely.

Coppi. Thanks to Michelle and John, I was introduced to this unsuspecting little Italian 'ristorante'. Go when the white truffles have been flown in; a delight that will not disappoint.

Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant. Okay, so it's not that the food is out of this world (though it is extremely tasty), but it's the atmosphere. The energy. The vibe. Go with friends. I'm sure you have already.

Lee. Of course Susur Lee is to Toronto what Bobby Flay is to New York. You've just got to go to one of his restaurants. Lee is full of variety and interest and sass and flavour.

Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner. Yet another architectural beauty. The view is lovely, and the food is, in true Jamie style, just as lovely. Of course Gilead Cafe is wonderful, as is Jamie Kennedy and Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar (how's that for good branding?), but JK at the Gardiner has something just a little bit more.

Other notables: C5, One, Osteria Ciceri e Tria, PicNic, Table 17, Milagro, Grace, Joso's, Trevor, and so many more I'll continue to add as my fond food memories continue.

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