R&D Restaurant - Toronto

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
R&D is an urban casual restaurant in the heart of Toronto’s iconic Chinatown, headed by first-ever MasterChef Canada winner Eric Chong and his mentor, Michelin-starred restaurant owner Alvin Leung. The stylish interior reflects R&D's dualistic nature: open & abuzz with energy while preserving an intimate atmosphere.

At R&D, eastern dishes meet western style in the form of modern Chinese sharing plates, where classic ingredients are given a vanguard treatment. The eclectic menu features bite-sized dishes like Grandpa's Fun Guo and CSB (char siu bao), and sharing plates like the Best Duck in the City and Laksa Seafood Chow Mein. An innovative and vibrant selection of cocktails complement the bold and playful fare.

To secure your order for the "Best Duck in the City" please make a note in the "Special Request" field when making your reservation.
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PK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was in town for a couple of reasons -- one sad and one happy. I was looking for a place to go for really great food and close by. I knew that Chef Eric and Chef Alvin were together in a restaurant and had wished to go there 'someday'. Imagine my surprise that it was just across the street from my hotel! The atmosphere was relaxing and put me at ease immediately. The staff were very warm and welcoming and I at once felt comfortable. The menu was easily explained and my order taken. Each plate was delivered to my table hot and with a description of the dish. Chef Eric came to the table to introduce himself and ensure all was well. Each dish, especially the salmon, was heavenly. I can only hope that when next I am in TO that I will be lucky enough to return.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time

HS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Eric Chong and staff were amazing. They made us feel like royalty. Food was inventive and delicious without being pretentious. Always new things on the menu to try. Always pushing the boundary. Servers attended to everything. It was being spoiled. Can’t remember the last time we felt like that! Thanks R & D!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience2

Best Peking Duck!

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Some of the dishes we ordered were quite tasty. Some were way below our expectation. The sashimi was just a piece of raw fish in some soya sauce. The dough in the dumplings was too thick and tasted gloopy. The service was appalling. The waiter who served us was extremely impatient and quite rude. Will not be visiting the restaurant again.

OA
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and $7 happy hour cocktails. What's not to like?

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yummy elevated Chinese. A great addition to Toronto Asian scene. Loved the vibe.

LS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing

N
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was so accommodating of my food allergies, it made me feel so welcome. Aside from the allergy, staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food dishes has a unique blend of flavours that really brings an elevated experience to eating.

AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Peking duck was amazing! The only critique I would have is value for dollar. For example bunch Mei was $12 and it was a slightly over toasted bun. The server was also slightly indifferent to our needs. Overall though great food and a nice place to bring a gang of people.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Very friendly service, great energy, and good food.

It was my first time eating at R&D and I immediately felt right at home.

The location was great and easily accessible. Upon arriving, the first thing I noticed was the music that set the tone perfectly, very upbeat and fun. By mistake, I made a reservation for 2 people when in fact we were 3. To my delight, the staff was very accommodating and arranged a table for us immediately.

Our server, Rio, was this extremely friendly and charismatic woman. She made our night with her beautiful smile, her entertaining stories, as well as her great drink recommendations.

The food didn't take too long despite how busy the restaurant was, which was a pleasant surprise. Food was great considering the price. By the end, we were all full with food to spare.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

I
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An anniversary tradition for my wife and I. Amazing hospitality from Eric and his team at R&D. Thank you for taking great care of us!

f
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about our dinner here was wonderful! We were served by the man himself, Eric Chong, a friendly and welcoming person, who was very helpful with choosing the menu items when in a rush, as we were that evening. All the servers help each other out there, which creates a nice environment in which we could ask anybody anything and not be told to wait for one person for an answer. We were seated in the lounge area, I appreciated the comfy bench and the appropriate table height (I find a lot of this type of seating to be too low). Everything we ordered was extremely tasty, and seemed to be served within 5 minutes of ordering! A highlight was the French onion spring roll - a taste sensation, the beef so soft I could chew it with my tongue.

We will definitely be back.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A spectacular meal of elevated Asian cuisine, will definitely be going back.

The table beside us ordered the duck, and it looked amazing - will be ordering that next time (be sure to pre-order)!

JA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was beyond great!
Food was delicious and interesting.
Drinks were different and tasted great!

OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great duck - big enough for four!

E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic evening! Food was delicious and everyone was really kind! They even celebrated us!!!!!

RS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service, and staff. Ill definitely return to this restaurant again. The fried chicken was delicious, the seafood chowmein was okay.

BL
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated my wife's birthday there. Spencer was amazing and helped us to have such an amazing experience. Unfortunately Chef Eric was away that night but we still have a great time. Definitely going back.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, lovely staff, appropriate flirting with fit barman Spencer

SS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

R&D is my husband and I favorite restaurant! We’ve been coming here since we started dating. We always come here for a special occasion. The food is the best and the atmosphere is good. The service is exceptional! Highly recommended!

WP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance (and the duck) of R&D makes the restaurant a must visit in Toronto.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Been there a few times. Loved it everytime. The food is excellent. My only comment today was the food was rushed. We ordered a few dishes and they just kept on coming out too fast. At time it felt like we could enjoy and savor it.

M
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service from Michael and we were treated great by the entire staff. Amazing food and it was great spending time here with company for dinner.

OT
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening at R&D. Service as always was impeccable. Food was excellent, we actually ordered more of the same at the same sitting LOL. Great spot for date night, business meetings or friends.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. The atmosphere is great.I will definitely go back.

U
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I had an incredible anniversary dinner at R&D. Spencer was one of the best servers I've ever had. Food was excellent and reasonably priced, given the quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

Overall our experience was mixed. Some dishes were great -- creative, unique flavour, well presented. Others were bland or overdone (too much sauce or spice). In some cases it came across as though the chef was trying too hard.

Service was quite attentive, noise level was a bit high at times.

Not sure we'll try R&D again. For the money the value doesn't seem to be there.

SL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent! Explosion of flavours with every dish. Highly recommend it.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

I was not impressed at all with the food, had much higher expectations from the reviews.

B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was perfect. Felt like a very welcomed guest. Thoroughly enjoyed the food. Some of the best I’ve ever eaten. I will definitely return and I highly recommend. I found the prices very reasonable for both the quantity and quality of food

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Genial. Buena cocina y presentación en ambiente moderno y cálido. Buenos cócteles y servicio atento. Muy recomendable.

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SK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

CSB, Slaw, Octopus, teokpokki and Fried Chicken. The Icarus, Lychee Cocktail and West Indian Orange Sparkling Water.

GS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Wish you success with the under 30 crowd! Noise factor impossible!

SK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals I've had in a long time...

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Asiatic Fusion cuisine in a nice modern environment. Service is good.

SW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time at R & D. We had been meaning to try out this restaurant for a while and it definitely got our thumbs up! Loved the CSB ( cha sui boa). Infact was the best we have had. The food was sooo good. Service was excellent and it was nice to have Eric Cheong come to our table (we had been a fan of him from his Master chef days). Can’t wait to go back. Next time we want to try the duck.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience1

Food was disappointing, overly spiced without proper warning and the featured Peking duck was a huge disappointment

CD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Some of the dishes were amazing, but others were completely bland with no originality (seafood chow main - why is this on the menu???). Service was rushed. Prices were high for the plate size.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience2

They ran out of half the items on the menu. Service was horrible and slow.

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