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Cazador restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2018

A review of Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant Cazador.

Cazador restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2018

Jun 21, 2018 Restaurants

Cazador restaurant review

Metro Top 50 2018 restaurant Cazador on Dominion Road excels at contemporary wild food. 

There’s a story behind every dish on the menu at Cazador, where game animals meet the flavours of Persia and the southern Mediterranean. Chef and co-owner Dariush Lolaiy draws inspiration from his travels as well as his hunting background; right now, a slow-cooked octopus is Lolaiy’s homage to the pulpo a la gallega he enjoyed recently in Mexico. But you’ll most likely hear things like this from Lolaiy himself as he delivers a dish here and there and stops for a chat with guests, many of whom have been coming since the late 80s, when his folks opened the restaurant. Lolaiy’s wife, co-owner Rebecca Smidt, runs the floor and bar with laid-back charm and she and her well-trained team are masters at convincing diners to try new dishes featuring unusual cuts of meat, all of which is hunted, or sourced, and then butchered by Lolaiy himself.

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What it offers Shared-plate options / Set menus / Free-range chicken and/or pork (wild) / Good seating outside / Takes large groups / Bar / Craft beer selection
A favourite dish Rare-roasted saddle of hare with ajo blanco.
Awards Winner, Best Neighbourhood Bistro; Finalist, Supreme Award; Finalist, Best Chef: Dariush Lolaiy; Finalist, Food for Good
Hours Dinner Tue-Sat
Price $$
Seats 45
Chef Dariush Lolaiy

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854 Dominion Rd, Balmoral
Ph 620-8730

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Cazador restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2018


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