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Reviewed: East Thirty Six, Victorian Tea Room, and Randy's Roti

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Liora Ipsum checks out the newly opened East Thirty Six on Wellington and finds "formidable food and an inventive cocktail-focused bar menu." The "confident menu developed by chef de cuisine Brent Maxwell (of O&B pedigree)" features buttery roasted bone marrow that Ipsum calls a "pleasure," a winter salad "that'll appeal to caesar fans without the lingering garlic breath," and halibut steak that is the "perfect decrescendo to an otherwise rich feast." David Ort also breaks down the menu, for Post City Magazine, and calls East Thirty Six "a promising new entry onto Toronto's dining scene."

Amy Pataki escapes the downtown bustle for Downton Abbey civility in Thornhill's Victorian Tea Room. Surrounded by vintage photos of the Royal Family, and regaled with classical music, Pataki finds the calm she was seeking, replete with a "lengthy tea menu," "charmingly mismatched" tea sets, "warm powdery scones," and a bevvy of traditional sandwiches that she finds "dainty and pleasing." Besides the "pink-papered petit fours stale from the fridge," it all sounds too civilized to be true.

It's a short review but Zagat's Suresh Doss gets to the point: "load up on doubles and goat roti" at Randy Roti's food truck. As Doss says, "Toronto's first Caribbean food truck has quickly gained a reputation for bringing authentic West Indian street food to the streets of Toronto." Downtowners can find it at "the #10BaySt lunch spot (Bay and Harbour Sq) and the Brampton farmer's market.
· East Thirty Six [BlogTO]
· First Look: East Thirty Six, A New Cocktail Bar And Restaurant On Wellington St. [Post City Magazine]
· Pinkies Up For Afternoon Tea In Thornhill [Toronto Star]
· Food Truck To Chase: Randy's Roti [Zagat]