We’re part way through the Summerlicious dining event in the city of Toronto. It’s hot as Hades, and in typical Toronto style, streets are closed-off for no apparent reason, other than to inconvenience drivers. You really cannot go downtown without a functioning GPS system of some sort, because you are forced to weave through one-way arterial streets, coping with other drivers who see well in advance that their lane is closing, but wait until the last second to butt in front of you. And don’t even think about attempting a right-hand turn without checking in your mirrors and blindspots because cyclists shoot up on the right side of your car while on their iPhones.
It seems that co-owner Shamez Amlani has taken a pass on participating in Summerlicious this year, which is probably a good idea considering that the resto only received a conditional pass in the Dine Safe program, and there are anywhere from 5-15 protesters in front of the place each week. It also might not be a good idea to feature raw meat dishes in Toronto as they’ve done in the past, since it’s become apparent that the CFIA is cracking down on restaurants serving raw meat.