Restaurant Reviews

Alice: vivid, inventive plant-based food

Briana Kim has been watching mushrooms break down. This, in the fermenting chamber at her restaurant,...

Jun 26, 2019

Black Tartan Kitchen

Steak on plates in Carleton Place was no shocker. Powdered foie gras... that was more of a surprise....

0 Comment / Dec 20, 2017

Das Lokal

News of a new chef has brought me back to Das Lokal. That, and the thought of a steaming mug of Gluhwein...

0 Comment / Dec 13, 2017

Around Town

8 tips from Atelier, the book

Jun 12, 2019

THRU by Marc Lepine

THRU is found inside Atelier Restaurant, at 540 Rochester Street. Reservations are made at

Jun 06, 2019

Chefs for oceans

Last night's dinner at Atelier was delicious and jolly, but it was also a celebration of our Canadian...

Mar 21, 2019

Comings & Goings

Dear readers & restaurants...

The new year marks 25 years I’ve written a weekly restaurant column. Twenty of those I was the Ottawa...

8 Comments / Jan 04, 2018

Rodriguez opens Orto

I had lunch, last week, at Orto Trattoria, chef René Rodriguez' new restaurant, and I'm looking forward...

0 Comment / Dec 13, 2017

Opening: Sawision's Stofa

Have to admit, I'm pretty stoked for this place. Jason Sawision, chef de cuisine at Atelier restaurant...

0 Comment / Aug 18, 2017

Canadian Culinary Championships

Ottawa Kitchen Party 2019

Overheard comments last night: "The Black what? Where is this place? And who’s Ian Carswell??" Indeed....

Nov 20, 2019

Montreal KP

Report on Montreal event, from head judge, James Chatto: "What a fascinating evening we just enjoyed!...

Nov 13, 2019

Calgary Kitchen Party '19 report

With thanks to James Chatto, head judge of Canadian Culinary Championships/Canada's Great Kitchen Party,...

Nov 13, 2019

Anne Away

Drinking in Healdsburg, California  

Oct 12, 2019

tasty lessons in Québec City

I'm at Café-Bar Artéfact in Auberge Saint-Antoine seated comfortably beside a cannonball. It's...

Oct 01, 2018

Portuguese Treats in Montreal

I moved into Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood in the autumn of 1985. My neighbours became friends...

0 Comment / Dec 05, 2017