No. 15: DaiLo

No. 15: DaiLo

503 COLLEGE STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO
DAILOTO.COM
647-341-8882

Chef Nick Liu and his business partner, front of house manager and sommelier Anton Potvin, have invested impressive scads of cash and a lot of great taste in their new restaurant.

A busy, centrally located, dimly lit bar anchors the room in style and spirit. Décor is vintage chinoiserie with a contemporary accent. And the food, by contrast, is completely and assertively modern. Watermelon is rendered nearly unrecognizable with a Liu makeover that begins with compression, then batter and a deep-fryer, and ends with being served hot and crisp, with its pickled rind and a scattering of shredded pork. A fantastic new-Asian pseudo taco features crisp-fried octopus and braised pork in a crunchy and refreshing shell of paperthin jicama. Whole fried trout is crisp and succulent.

This smart, original new-Asian menu is long and entirely worth exploring. Just remember: everything goes with truffle-fried rice, and Potvin knows what you should be drinking with it. Service is casual, but professional. The mood is upbeat, and so is the noise level.

HOURS

Tuesday to Sunday
5:30 PM until 11:00 PM

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Riots of flavour and texture. Same with the wine list. – DICK SNYDER

Asian with twists and turns, amazing cocktails, and “geek” wines with a passion to match. – LANITA LAYTON

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