Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The NEW Cafe Doria.

Cafe Doria was very recently taken over by the food dudes, chefs Adrian Niman, Matt Blondin and Brian Bower. The GM and local chef is Phil Walters. They have refined the cuisine but kept things somewhat rustic at the same time. Perfect for a very tasty and casual meal.

Fritattas and other egg dishes are available for breakfast, panini's for lunch and of course wonderful salads and very good pizzas. Roasted fish and pastas are available a dinner.

A very good artisan greens salad, with good textures, consisting of cucumber, chick peas and cherry tomatoes, topped with a herb and fetta vinaigrette. 

Kale caesar with grana padano cheese and break crumbs. The salad was good but the dressing could have used more personality.

Tritato salad with red pepper, cucumber, fennel, goat cheese, black olive and an eggplant dressing. This is a salad with great textures and flavours but the dressing did not work for me (and I love eggplant!).

Crostini topped with avocado puree flavoured with basil, chill and lemon. The avocado topping was terrific but the crostini taste a bit stale and could have been improved with a quick flaming over the gas grill.

A delightful and very tasty tomato salad with salted peaches, arugula, toasted almonds and basil topped with a dressing with a lot of personality for this dish, accompanied by grana padano and lemon ricotta ( asked for my cheeses on the side to be added by me).

A thin crusted pizza with a good crust topped with a very well flavoured pizza sauce (believe it or not, a rarity in Toronto), picked and raw onions, roasted garlic, roasted peppers and basil.

Don't miss the orange flavoured canoli for dessert.

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