Stephanie Dickison

Trapper’s one for the memories

Trapper’s Restaurant 3479 Yonge St.416-482-6211www.trappersrestaurant.caRating: *** 1/2Dinner & drinks for 2: $70It’s Friday night and Trapper’s is only half full.Its 24 years old. That’s the hardship of older restaurants — trying to remain relevant and remembered. But as much as Torontonians...

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 6:21 AM

Modern Thai gets mixed reviews

Mengrai Gourmet Thai82 Ontario St.416-840-2759www.mengtaithai.comRating: ***Dinner & drinks for 2: $50Housed in a former brewery, Mengrai is surprisingly intimate with exposed brick walls and various nooks to tuck into.Asking if it’s our first time here, the manager gives us a tour of the place...

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 7:02 AM

Service is not this resto’s forte

Forte Bistro & Lounge133 Richmond St. W.416-867-1909www.fortebistro.ca Rating: **Dinner for 2: $70The dining room is oddly shaped and modern in its decor. The waitress points out that it’s meant to mimic the nearby opera house — the curtains, the soundproofing booth...Ohhhh.It’s that type of...

Thursday, October 22, 2009, 2:35 AM

Low ceilings, small menu, huge taste

King Street Social Kitchen & BarHyatt Regency370 King Street WestToronto416-343-1234 ext. 55torontoregency.hyatt.com Rating: ****Dinner & drinks for 2: $80I think eating in a hotel restaurant can be awfully sexy. Descending into the King Street Social Kitchen and Bar below street level — in...

Thursday, October 1, 2009, 8:36 AM

Sushi flavours worth waiting for

Lily 86786 Broadview AvenueToronto416-465-9991Rating: ****Dinner & drinks for 2: $70At Lily 86, you’ll find the usual suspects — California Roll, Chicken Fried Udon and Teriyakis — but there is so much more to discover here. Take the Whole Grilled Cuttlefish, Tempura Onion Rolls and items that...

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 4:46 AM

Black Skirt: Cute, cosy and OK fare

Black Skirt3 Charles St. E.Toronto416-935-0240Rating: ***Black Skirt is a new restaurant in an old location (Wish). That’s a tough sell for the fickle dining crowd, but what helps is its space.What looks like a converted house has nooks to snuggle in, as well as two fairly open — yet cosy — areas...

Thursday, September 10, 2009, 3:57 AM