DaiLo

4.8
741 reviews
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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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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy Valentine’s Day! This our umpteenth time going to Dai Lo for dinner, and I have to say it gets better just about every time we go.

Appetizers: Pumpkin Dumplings (absolutely the best appetizer for vegetarians, rich and sweet, garnished with truffle to give it an umami taste with the white rabbit candy glaze). If you’re feeling luxurious, get a bowl of sticky rice and pour on some of the glaze. Mercy.

Main: Fried Gigi Trout (a perfectly fried fish served with 3 dips; green curry, essentially Thai sauce and soy glaze)
delicious and more than enough for two.

Overall, one of the best places to eat delicious upscale Asian Fusion cuisine, or upscale food in general with the beautiful ambience to match. You won’t regret it! 🥂

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b
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do not skip their appies and smaller plates! We opted for 3 appies and 2 mains between two, probably should have done just 1 main based on quantity, but Dailo's appies are so creative, they were the most unforgettable part of our meal. Special shoutouts to the burmese tofu. It blew us away.

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G
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time going to DaiLo, it was a wonderful experience. The food is fabulous.

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GD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We didn’t like our table near the glass window. It was awkward place to sit. Other than, everything was great.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great meal!!

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish satisfied the need for taste texture and something special

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HN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had the chef choice menu. The food was delicious and the service was fantastic.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely delicious! Did the tasting menu

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MB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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LM
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, creative cocktails and great service!

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p
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

absolutely delicious food and cocktails! We had some pumpkin and brown butter dumplings that I'm still fantasizing about, 3 days later. Do yourself a favour and go with Dailo's Choice where the chef chooses your meal. Best bang for your buck and you get special items that aren't on the menu.

one word of warning: the stools for the bar and high tops are rather uncomfortable - I'd recommend going with a table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unreal. Good Good

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FA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef's menu is one of the best foodie experiences I have had in a very long time.

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SS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & beautiful presentation.
I love the chef's tasting menu... gives you a chance to sample many wonderful flavors.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The tasting menu is high recommended for the first time people.

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CB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dishes ranged from extremely good (fried watermelon, octopus jicama tacos) to "to die for" (pumpkin dumplings, truffle fried rice, whole trout).

The amount of food the waiter recommended us order for two people was probably a bit too much, but it was all so good that I didn't even care.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the nest restaurant in the city- full stop.

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ET
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing in every single way. Would recommend to anybody looking to experience food, ambiance like no other.

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RB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is so delicious. Dish explanations are a bit long but still worth it. So much efforts goes into them that it’s ok. Noise level is slightly high.

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WJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service coupled with fantastic food. Staff couldn’t have been kinder or more efficient and enthusiastic and the taster menu is to die for. You get plenty to eat and it’s very reasonably priced for the amount and quality and ambiance.
We’ll be back!

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

foods were very unique and spectacular. Service was flawless. Loved interior too. Definitely come back.

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RD
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner here is a reminder of the wonder of the world. that a creative chef can take mother nature's ingredients and make something so startlingly delicious , surprising, complex, thrilling.... oh my, dining out does not get better than this!!!!

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N
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an excellent experience at DaiLo. Visited for my wife's birthday, and everything we top notch. Extremely creative dishes, and exceptional execution from the kitchen. Delicious, pan-Asian inspiration, with French finesse.

Service was uniformly strong, whether it was our attentive waiter, or the folks running dishes out and explaining what we were going to sample. Looked after ensuring we had a great celebration!

We've already recommended to like-minded friends, and look forward to returning.

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NA
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Took my mom for her Birthday and she loved it. Fantastic food (except maybe the jellyfish slaw which was just ok)!!! Dumplings and tacos are always great apps! Great server who seemed really knowledgeable. Service was a bit slow but perhaps related to winter weather (short staffed perhaps??). I felt the time between courses could’ve been timed better. But overall - delicious!! And we will be back.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Ever since my colleagues raved about their last dining experience at DaiLo, I'd been looking forward to the day I too would get to experience eating there myself.
My friend and I finally booked a reservation for last Friday, the place was busy but not loud, vibe was nice and we were seated at the bar. The bar experience was great because we didn't have to chase down a server and our bartender was very attentive and knowledgeable. The daiquiri was surprisingly small and lackluster (for what you're paying) but the Monkey Shoulder based drink was 10/10.
As we wanted to get the most of this experience we both ordered the tasting menu. Here is my revue of each item we shared:
- Hakka Brown Wontons: tasty but really greasy
- Pumpkin Dumpling: Very very nice.
- Truffle Fried Rice: Nice but you quickly get overwhelmed by how much truffle oil is in this dish
- Big Mac bao (which they say is their "take" on the big Mac).... literally tasted like a big Mac. Only difference is that instead of bread you're getting it in a steamed bun, it's a bite-sized and is 10x more expensive than the real deal
- Octopus taco: very small portion and not memorable
- And finally the last and main dish: King Cole Smoke Duck. Presentation was superb (the other attendees at the bar ended up picking the same because we ordered it first). It was really good but it could also be because it took about 20mns after the last dish to come out and we were really hungry by then. Interesting flavour combinations between the (very fatty) duck, the jam and sweet potatoes... But again, not memorable at all.
For $65 per person + tip and tax, this was a pretty disappointing experience and I won't be recommending this place. Not sure if their quality control has gone down or if our expectations were too high but one thing's for sure, we won't be coming back.

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TW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing meal, service and ambience. This was a return experience and we will return again!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food sensational wine list!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Went with a couple of friends on a tip... was delicious!! Pumpkin dumplings and the cauliflower were out of this world yummy!!

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MG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and creative menu. Nice dark interiors + small print menu make for squint-ful deciphering... bar upstairs has terrible service, but downstairs dinner waiter was super helpful. It is noisy and it is fun, yet the food compensates for all the other minor shortages. Try killer truffle dumplings and the to-die-for rib-eye.

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PW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

the service was very good and staff seemed interested in our experience. the food was not subtly flavoured with too much sweetness and over use of truffle and truffle oil. the wine list was very good but the list of wine by the glass was limited. we enjoyed the shared dining approach, the varied menu and staff but the food experience relative to the cost was not great. i would only suggest this restaurant to people looking for a unique dining experience who value ambiance and vibe over food subtly or value, in other words going for trendy without a lot of refinement. one can get this experience for a lot less money at odd seoul or han moto.
given how booked this restaurant is however i would have to accept that my view is likely in the minority and thus there is likely no real incentive for them to change the menu.
on the positive side the desert was surprisingly good and we enjoyed the overall experience, even if the food was not the highlight.
hmm, 2000 characters seems a lot to expect from a review. i doubt that an average representative reviewer would necessarily write such a long review...........................................................................
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TD
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dailo is my favorite restaurant in Toronto. The food, service and ambiance are all outstanding and never disappoint. Highlight (as always) was the pumpkin dumplings and Trout. A must visit!

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WL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Dailo. They were able to accommodate all my allergies with their tasting menu. Food was creative and delicious, and our server was amazing.

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CN
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I decided to celebrate my 27th birthday here with my boyfriend and DaiLo did not disappoint. The overall experience was a very special one. We enjoyed the chef's choice tasting menu, especially the King Cole Smoked Duck Bokkeum and the Hakka Brown Wontons. Chef's XO sauce was so delicious, it left us wanting a bottle of our own to take home. The chef's choice menu has off-the-menu items as well, that were very tasty. It can be entirely catered to suit your tastebuds and dietary restrictions or you can choose to close your eyes and be surprised if you're more adventurous foodies (with no allergies) like us. I'd highly recommend going this route to get the most out of your dining experience.

The drinks menu had some neat options as well, so take a look into it while you're there - I really enjoyed how the flavours came together in the five spiced daiquiri.

Service was impeccable - our servers were friendly, attentive, well-informed and genuinely cared that we were comfortable with and enjoyed our food.

We will definitely be coming back to DaiLo and bringing our family and friends along too.

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SH
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend the tasting menu—$65/person but if you are adventurous and looking for a quality meal with a rich variety of options then you won’t be disappointed.
Servers are friendly and attentive and eager to accommodate dietary restrictions (we had a vegetarian at our table ). Each new course arrived with a different waiter and a detailed description. Lively atmosphere but not so loud that you can’t have a conversation. Lovely wall art and lighting.

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AA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service! Our server recommended the octopus tacos, pumpkin dumplings with truffle sauce, and ribs with cornbread and slaw. Everything looked and tasted fantastic, though the portion of the tacos was very small for the price. All the servers who spoke with us seemed genuinely excited about the dishes and were great at recommending things. DaiLo is a bit pricey but it's a great place for foodies, a date night, or special occasion.

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MP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Very accommodating to vegan and gluten free issues. Great ambience

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DH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service. Very attentive, polite and professional. Chefs pick highly recommended. food & service 5 star.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience!

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w
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 7 who enjoyed our tasting menu on NYE. The food was amazing and so were the staff. We headed upstairs to the bar after for couple of drinks and had a great time. I would totally go back again to try other items and order a regular meal!!

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MW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve, pre-party romantic dinner. Delicious food, appropriately priced, with prompt and knowledgeable service. It was clearly a very busy night, but we did not feel rushed at all. What more could we ask for?

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