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“Best restaurant in Toronto”
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Frank's Kitchen
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Little Italy
Reviewed November 26, 2012

How this restaurant is so far down the list of restaurants in the city just blows my mind. It is easily one of the best in the city.

The food is consistently excellent, made with fresh local ingredients. The staff are always impeccable with their service and knowledge of the food.

I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Go, enjoy. You won't regret it.

1  Thank dardar14
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Frank's Kitchen is a pleasantly decorated restaurant with flattering lighting. Even though the kitchen is open, they considered the impact of fluorescent bulbs on the tables but it is brightly lit, non-the-less which made our table directly across from the kitchen not as pleasant as some of the other tables out of the bright light range. Owned and operated by Chef Frank Parhizgar and his wife, Shawn Cooper who manages the front of the house. Shawn was very gracious to accommodate us and change our reservation for two to four when we showed up with two extra people. It was packed on a Wednesday evening at 8pm which is a testament to the quality. The service was excellent, the waiter clearly knew the food and was quick to describe our tantalizing journey of the menu.
We started our delicious journey with Chef's wonderful Amuse Bouche Porchini Mushroom Velouté served with a spoon with a tiny ball of Goats Cheese Fritter and Cucumber Tomato Salsa. Both were exceptional. I loved the way the truffle oil just elevated the already rich earthy flavour of the velouté.
We ordered a plate of raw oysters and Oysters Rockefeller (highly recommended by James Chatto) and neither disappointed.
I had the appetizer portion of Kobe Bone Marrow & Venison Tartare with a Foie Gras Torchon Salad, it was lovely and such a variety on the plate. The marrow was rich so I was glad there wasn't a huge portion of it. Others at the table ordered the Crisp gnocchi in a Gorgonzola Cream with Pancetta and it was delicious and Ontario Lamb three ways: Rack, Loin, braised Shoulder and Grilled Merquez Sausage which was a very generous portion.
I loved this experience, but I must warn you, it is not inexpensive but the service, food and ambiance is well worth it. With a bottle of red and a bottle of white wine we exceeded $300 for the four of us. One small negative was that the bathrooms were not renovated (in fact, the one I went into had to toilets in the same room without a partition...just weird). Shawn Cooper emailed me to draw attention that the bathrooms are under renovation and that there was indeed a sign to apologize for their appearance and use the 'single' room which I failed to mention.

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1  Thank et-toronto
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

The long wait to get a reservation at Frank’s is well worth it. As you walk into the long, narrow space on College St., you are greeted by courteous, friendly, and informed staff, eager to make your visit as pleasant as possible. Rest assured, your water glasses will always remain full. The relaxed atmosphere, from the dim lighting to the exposed brick walls, makes it possible to breathe easy. Frank’s successfully manages to encompass the idea of “casual fine dining.”

Choosing an appetizer proves difficult. Frank’s charges only $15 for six oysters Rockefeller, a relative bargain considering each one smothered in lemony hollandaise, diced bacon and wilted spinach, all without overpowering the salty, briny taste of the oyster itself. But the highlight of the apps is Frank’s fresh spin on the old-fashioned seafood cocktail, which serves up chilled morsels of lobster, crab and shrimp on a brick of ice, alongside calamansi limes. A tangy cocktail sauce and whipped lime-avocado purée provide yet another tantalizing flavour to combine with the seafood.

Post-appetizers, an amuse bouche arrives at the table: a shot glass of leek and potato velouté that is as thick and smooth as velvet, paired with spoons filled with morsels of braised boar. You can tell that the food, down to these tiny dishes, is prepared by someone who truly loves what he does.

Mains are delicious, but not quite as inventive as the appetizers. The lamb does not disappoint: it’s fall-off-the-bone tender. The butternut squash risotto offers a surprisingly generous serving of duck confit in its centre. The lobster is, well, about as good as lobster can be.

The last amuse bouche, fluffy bite-sized beignet doughnuts lightly dusted with icing sugar and glazed with a honey syrup, are served piping hot. These almost negate the necessity of ordering desert, but not quite. As it turns out, to no surprise, the blueberry crème brûlée is perfect for two to share.

Read my full review here: http://bespence.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/restaurant-review-franks-kitchen/

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1  Thank Rebecca S
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Need reservations but the food was delicious and the staff were wonderful.
Went there on a Thursday evening and it was packed. Good wine list and considering how wonderful the meal was - the price is reasonable. Good place for date night.

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1  Thank businesstraveller067
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I absolutely loved this restaurant. First rate quality service, excellent food, and wonderful pace and timing to the food.

Contrary to other reviews, the amuse bouche was perfect, and the food was exquisitely cooked and on time. We couldn't have asked for anything better. For the six of us who are all foodies, the appetizers hit the palate perfectly. I'm quite picky on my tartare, and it was fresh and delicately cooked. Those who had the seafood loved their fish, or lobster well prepared. Those with lamb or the elk, said it was absolutely smooth.

The deserts were absolutely exquisite, including a chocoholics dream Lindt chocolate cake. And the chocolate truffle at the end was a nice choice.

The only down side was the wine list was rather restricted, and a little pricey, but otherwise, it's an amazing place to go.

We'll be back soon!

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1  Thank Yellow_Mzungu
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