DaiLo

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Asian
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  • Good for a Date
At DaiLo, we believe eating well is a fundamental part of living well, and how we cook, reflects how we live. Thoughtful and high quality ingredients lead to better lives and more delicious meals. Our New Asian Cuisine is predominantly Chinese fare but it follows the French tradition. At the heart of the menu is a love and respect for the dishes Chef Nick Liu ate growing up as the son of Hakka parents in Canada, but importantly, they are the dishes his ancestors have been eating for hundreds of years. Ancient favourites are augmented by Liu’s signature flair and updated to suit the western palate and the modern demand for local and sustainable ingredients.
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EF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I had their chef's choice for dinner which was a wise decision because everything was good. The Canadian trout was filleted and then deep fried so that the skin and the bones were crispy. We consumed the whole fish. The octopus and pork belly on jicama taco was savory with a unique crunch, and two kinds of dumplings: one that had a zucchini stuffing, fried and the other with mixed meats, steamed with XO sauce. The tastes were a delightful blend of Cantonese and western, perhaps a little French influence. The service was very pleasant as the wait staff were knowledgeable about the food and enthusiastic about the institution - all good signs. The decor is unassuming but like all great Chinese restaurants, it is the cuisine and not the ambiance that is important. DaiLo means big brother in Cantonese and I gather the restaurant was named in honor of the chef's older brother.

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently fantastic experience. The food and service are always amazing.

TH
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for our tenth anniversary dinner, first time at DaiLo, and we had heard so much about it from friends. It did not disappoint in any way. Seated at the bar and under the skylight, it made for a great view and atmosphere for the evening. We ordered the chef's menu, each of the dishes a different flavour and burst of deliciousness, perfectly layered selection from the chef. They were more than generous with the amount of food and we left with full bellies and big smiles. This may well be our 'traditional' anniversary restaurant! (Oh, and the drinks, you want to try one from each section!)

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Toronto
36 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I returned with my daughter as I wanted to share my prior experience
Did not disappoint the second time and was thrilled to leave food and wine choices to our wonderful server
Fun energetic and delicious on all fronts

PS
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Imaginative food full of flavour and fresh ingredients, excellent cocktails, charming staff and a complete lack of pretension. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

OB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and outstanding experience! They built a sharing menu for our table that was absolutely incredible.

DT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Coming in from Montréal, our expectations we high, and we were not disappointed. We had the degustation menu, all chosen by the Chef. Definitely the way to go at this place. The sommelier chose our wines to accompany this varied menu, which make the meal even better. He was excellent as was our waiter and the staff that accompanied him. This restaurant is a must, but do make reservations, Bon appetite.
Diane T.

E
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had. I've already recommended the restaurant to a number of people. The food was incredibly unique. Outstanding from beginning to end. The tasting menu is a must.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

It was great!

P
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

A cozy and vibrant (or one might call it noisy) restaurant with an interesting menu. Fried Watermelon highly recommended: it was a fun experience to eat warm, lightly battered, tossed watermelon cubes. However, the other creative dishes were not that impressive:
1. The texture of the Burmese Tofu was mushy and didn’t taste like tofu.
2. The octopus in the Crispy Octopus Taco was chewy, and the combination of octopus and pork was strange and unjustified.
3. The Ontario Pea Dumplings should be renamed mushroom dumplings as one couldn’t taste the pea; the dish tasted more like a cream of mushroom soup.
4. The Hakka Brown Wontons were very salty due to the XO sauce.
5. The Grilled Baby Back Ribs were tender, but the flavour reminded one of Indian cuisine instead of Chinese.
The service was good, although the restaurant didn’t recognize the special occasion we had indicated upon booking that we’d be celebrating.

KS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Presentation was beautiful and service was flawless, but food lacked flavor. Although we had high expectations based upon other reviews, we were very disappointed in the dishes we ordered, the trout and the ribs. Even the side sauces were lackluster and did not compliment the food. So sorry to post such a negative review, but that was our experience.

m
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Everything we ordered was prepared to perfection - gourmet and very tasty!

j
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. My second visit and once again highly memorable. Asian fusion would be my description. Crunchy with sesame flavour. Fascinating twists in salads and wontons and steak. Wonderfully attentive service. Seated at bar. Great cocktails. Tasting menu highly recommended.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Third visit with new group of friends, just as great, every time!!

M
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best restaurant in the city!!!! That Chef is incredible!!!

HM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The chef’s choice is simply amazing as is Geoffrey and all the staff. The combinations and of tastes and the presentation and explanation is exceptional.

FM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply put- the absolute BEST Haka Chinese food ever!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

did the tasting menu recommended by our waiter. we had a wonderful dining experience sampling many of Dialo’s popular dishes.

MP
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time on the patio. Really magical experience sitting on the first cool night of the summer. First time a la cart as well. Same excellent food and attention to detail. Hosting designer from NYC. DaiLo only restaurant I can show nycers something unique about Toronto

ER
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great service
patio is great on warm days

AS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant- food was superb, service was incredible and attentive. We selected the tasting menu and they graciously catered to our food restrictions and edited the menu accordingly. The Sweat Pea dumplings were mouth-watering good. We brought guests from London, England who are used to great dining experiences and they were blown away by the creativity, mix of ingredients and breadth of international flavours that inspired each dish. Very special restaurant!

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Food was fabulous (definitely recommend the chefs menu), the wine was divine.

Just be weary of the screaming toddlers if you book an earlier table. I get its family friendly, so c’est la vie. As soon as the table with 5 young children left, the atmosphere was great.

PC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was amazing! Very accommodating to my friend who is vegetarian - that was a pleasant surprise.

TL
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was amazing food the service was great and the choices made by chef were spot on

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Excellent food but very noisy

J
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful food, delightful service. A great place for a special dinner

CK
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding experience all around. Staff were incredible.

M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb unusual food. Excellent service. Many thanks!

l
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food
Loved the chef’s special menu
Great service
Lovely patio seat!

SB
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one the best restaurants we've been to in a long time. We definitely recommend the chef's tasting menu. Everything about the experience was delightful, from the ambiance to the food to the service. It's a must-do in Toronto!

SD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best experience from start to finish. Everyone there goes above and beyond and the food is amazing quality for the price.

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

DaiLo’s food is an amazing experience that will wow even the most complex palettes. Arguably one of the best meals I’ve ever had in Toronto.

SG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best food I ever eat, I strongly suggest the Chef's choice.

JH
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great and I appreciated that the tasting menu could accommodate my partner and I (I'm vegetarian). Definitely want to come back

L
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and such creative meals and presentation. Our waiter Geoffrey was amazing!!!

MP
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Celebrate a Toronto Arts Council award

A
London
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing dishes, amazing tasting menu and sommelier recommendations and servers!

A
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and amazing service. Try the chefs menu as you want be disappointed.

JL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great dinner at the bar! Drinks and chef’s choice were spot on, highly recommend!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food great service can’t fault it. Best to take the try out menu will come back for sure

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