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Joso's

202 Davenport Rd. (Avenue Rd.) Send to Phone
416-925-1903
Provocative art and fresh, simply grilled fish attract a local following.
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Joso's Restaurant Review

: Since 1977, Joso’s has been dishing up fresh Mediterranean seafood in a converted house. The sensual experience begins when you walk through the door, thanks to a red-painted interior, red tablecloths and red carpet. Owner Joso Spralja was half of the folk band Malka and Joso and host of a CBC music show back in the sixties. Now, his colorful paintings and sculptures, heavy on anatomy and innuendo --- coupled with art glass by daughter Elena Spralja-Saldini --- draw attention. Then there’s the food. Celebrities still flock here for the calamari and the fresh fish, flown in daily from around the world and simply grilled with olive oil and lemon over an open flame. Antipasti, spaghettini, and risotto are all staple menu items and generously portioned. Try the octopus alla Schiavona, steamed octopus dressed with olive oil, garlic, parsley, capers and olives. Side dishes include steamed Swiss chard and grilled peppers. Desserts like light, creamy tiramisu and tangy liqueur-dosed palacinka are tasty finales. The wine list touts over 140 labels, some more obscure. During summer, a small patio opens out front, and the second floor accommodates both regular dining and private parties.

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