Monthly Archives: March 2014

Segovia Restaurant, Toronto

The Segovia Restaurant is at  5 Saint Nicholas St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1W5, a few minutes walk from Wellesley Subway Station, or a 20 minute walk from Dundas Square (the center of downtown Toronto). It’s not a family operated place although it does seem it when you dine there as the atmosphere is unique and individual, like that of a one-off restaurant rather than a chain. I’m told that most of their fresh produce is brought locally, much of it organically grown too, so that’s an extra reason to pay them…

The Sultan’s Tent Restaurant, Toronto, Canada

     When I was a five years old I was handed some postcards collected by my grandfather in North Africa during World War 11. They were created from an orientalist standpoint especially for the western market and I loved them. Taking elements of what we expected the exotic Arab culture to be like they condensed them into scenes full of men smoking pipes whilst lazing about on large cushions, surrounded by dark-skinned beauties and sheltered by large, ornate tents, palms trees and the desert. As a very young boy growing up…

Dhaba Indian Restaurant, Toronto, Canada

Years ago, in a more affluent time, I used to enjoy putting the restaurant menu to one side and saying to the head waiter or chef “I’m feeling (insert adjective) tonight, and the only thing I don’t like to eat is anything with a slimy texture, so, what can you suggest?” It wasn’t a case of being pretentious or even stupidly rich, it was more about a wish to mix with, and give my custom to, passionate, eco-friendly artists. If a chef was truly creative and unbound by outdated rules,…

Marcel’s French Restaurant, Toronto, Canada

Marcel’s is at 315 King Street West, above the Le Saint Tropez Restaurant in the Theater District, a few minutes walk from the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Royal Alexandra Palace and Princess of Wales Theaters. It’s an easy 15 minute walk to St Andrews Tube Station, or 25 minutes walk to Dundas Square, the centre of downtown Toronto. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Marcel’s and throughout that time their owner says that they’ve continued to serve what the French cook and eat. “It is not pretentious,” he claims, “it’s just…