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Toronto restaurant gets a million dollar review

The Atlantic, an unassuming, wood-panelled little spot on Dundas West, just got a massive boost from one of the world's most renowned restaurant critics. Giles Coren, head restaurant critic at The Times of London and host of reality-TV show Million Dollar Critic, is using his culinary influence to turn the spotlight on the tiny 20-seat eatery.

The premise of the show: Coren visits five restaurants in a given city and chooses one to review, resulting in an inevitable spike in traffic and interest for the victor. The critic checked out Opus, Agave y Aguacate, Small Town Food Co. and King Place - but not before Rob Ford bought him a hot dog. The Atlantic ensnared his interest, however, for its philosophical bent - no menus, and you pay what you feel the meal's worth - and for chef Nathan Isberg's focus on "eating from the bottom of the food chain", which frequently involves the addition of snails and crickets.

The verdict? "The mad, challenging, soulful, seriocomic Atlantic was without question the most brain-affecting restaurant I encountered in a joyful, food-filled week in Toronto." Read Coren's full review here - and then call The Atlantic for a reservation, because tables are about to go fast.


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