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Kasia Oct 23, 2008 05:59 PM

just went by the place (located in the old mildred pierce space at 99 sudbury) on my way out of the nearby gym, and noticed that it is now open. it looks pretty spectacular, but i have not seen the menu yet. anyone has been yet, or heard much about the menu?

  1. Charles Yu Oct 23, 2008 06:18 PM

    Oasi, if spoken in Japanese means ' Yummy '. Is the restaurant Japanese?

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      sloweater Oct 23, 2008 06:29 PM

      It's a joint project with Albino Silva and John Szabo. Likely not Japanese...

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        Charles Yu Oct 23, 2008 07:02 PM

        Thanks for the heads up! However, 'Japanese/Portuguese fusion' will be a first for Toronto!! Ha!

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          Tatai Oct 23, 2008 08:25 PM


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            Vinnie Vidimangi Dec 31, 2008 05:50 PM

            Try the "Jesuit chicken". Roasted on an open fire.

        2. re: Charles Yu
          tjr Oct 23, 2008 08:53 PM

          That would be おいしい, or oishii. Portuguese/Japanese fusion would probably end up being delicious, well, we already know it's delicious! The Japanese borrowed a lot of techniques/foods from the Portuguese, for instance: tempura!

        3. finelydiced Oct 24, 2008 07:56 AM

          There was a review done by Martiniboys that came out today...


          1. OnDaGo Dec 31, 2008 08:51 AM

            Anyone been to this place especialy since they fired their first chef...

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              phoenikia Jan 11, 2009 06:19 AM

              Bumping this- has anyone tried Oasi?

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                Rabbit Jan 11, 2009 06:21 AM

                Joanne Kates (reviewer for the Globe and Mail) tried it yesterday... her report is pretty meh -

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                  phoenikia Jan 11, 2009 06:59 AM

                  Thanks Rabbit- actually, reading the Kates' review is what prompted me to post my question.

                  I'm curious to hear what Chowhounds who try Oasi have to say about the food. Sometimes, Kates' negative or meh reviews make me more likely to try a restaurant than the her rave reviews do.

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                    TorontoJo Jan 11, 2009 07:22 AM

                    It's funny you say that, because reading her review made me think "well, clearly they've got cooking seafood down pat". And personally, I don't care whether a dish is "so 90s" or old school or whatever, as long as it's prepared well and tastes good. I always loved the old MP space and am curious to see what Albino Silva has done with it.

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                      phoenikia Jan 11, 2009 07:37 AM

                      Me. too.

                      Kates' description of the octopus also made me want to give Oasi a try;)

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                  num nums Jan 11, 2009 06:23 AM

                  I have it tried it myself yet, but Ms. Kates has just recently (hint: she didn't like it)

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                    Sarah Cat Jan 11, 2009 06:47 AM

                    The Kates review has quashed all of my curiosity about the place. Sounds really expensive and kind of mediocre. I miss Mildred Pierce.

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                      joannekatescoat Jan 11, 2009 08:08 AM

                      Why not go to the new Mildred's?

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                sbug206 Jan 11, 2009 07:48 AM

                Todd Clarmo formerly executive corporate chef for Oliver Boccacini is now the new chef.

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                  Non Doctor Jan 11, 2009 08:03 AM

                  He's the exec chef, Hans Vogel (Ex Susur, Spoke and Thuet) is there every day.

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                    sbug206 Jan 11, 2009 12:47 PM

                    Well for an exec chef he certainly doesn't mind doing the small stuff. He was there yesterday with Hans doing prep work. Just the two of them.

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                  Insatiable eater Mar 2, 2009 12:15 PM

                  I was there last week and I was very impressed. We had, of all things, Venison Bolognese rigatoni and it was very, very good. So much flavour. The tuna tartar was also nice (very fresh), but the pasta was fantastic.

                  The sevice was good, the ambiance is great too (especially at night). I really like it, but I think it is really going to be a great place to go in the summer when the patio will be open. It is a fabulous patio- very unique. I was on it during the film festival parties and it is quite something, especially with the trees and the view of the CN tower all lit up. A very cool place.

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                    Swizzlelover Apr 19, 2009 03:19 PM

                    Had dinner there last week. Fantastic octopus and grilled sardines! Main course fish slightly overcooked but very flavourful. Like the look and feel of the place, interesting wine list. Didn't have dessert as I found the options traditional and somewhat boring. I'd go back.

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