El Catrin

4.5
4289 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Our heated patio seating is offered on a first come first served basis only, all reservations are for our indoor dining room. In the event of rain, the patio will be closed. All people entering must wear a mask that covers the nose, mouth, & chin. Seating time will be limited to two hours maximum. Please note, from November 18th to December 31st, we are operating on a first come first served basis with the exception of large party bookings that can be booked through OpenTable Experiences.
Located in the Distillery District, El Catrin pairs an ambitious, wide-ranging, tapas-style menu with Canada's largest mezcal and tequila collection. El Catrin has built its reputation as one of the most celebrated restaurants in Toronto by offering transportive dining experiences, serving traditional and modern Mexican cuisine in a lively and award-winning atmosphere.

Experiences

  • Fiesta Brunch Bottle Service

    CA$90.06 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Elevate your weekend plans with a bottle of Herradura for your table all while enjoying the best of brunch, live DJ, specialty cocktails, and good company. Your choice of Herradura Silver or Reposado available at the restaurant. All reservations for this experience are for 4 GUESTS and on our patio. Reservations are subject to the weather, we cannot guarantee indoor space. If you require a reservation larger than 4 guests, please call the restaurant at 416-203-2121. You must be 19+ to order alcoholic items; subject to ID verification. The name on your order must match the name of the person in attendance. Your reservation may be cancelled if these conditions are not met. An 18% gratuity is included in the price of the bottle.
  • Group Holiday Reservation

    CA$25.00 per personPrepaid

    Nov 18 - Dec 31, 2021

    This season we will be offering group reservations for your holiday festivities. Each reservation will be non-refundable. Please know that if you are booking multiple parties, they will be treated as separate tables. All reservations will be an a la carte dining style and the cost per person will be used as a credit towards your final bill. Please show your reservation confirmation at the gates to bypass the Distillery Winter Village line and don’t forget your proof of vaccination. We look forward to having you dine with us!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 4289 people are saying
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ScottS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service from our server Mike!

El Catrin
Responded 2 days ago

Scott, our guests deserve only the absolute best! Thank you for showing your support. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to Mike for him incredible service. Come back to see us anytime you're in the area! All the best, Stuart K.

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Bornella
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a table for 8.
One of my friend is Peruvian and he lived in different areas of South America and Central America, Mexico included. He confirmed that the food is 100% tasting like what he remembers and everything we tasted was delicious.
Our waiter was friendly and attentive.
We had a bit of a trouble towards the end as I had to pay a deposit of 25$ per person but it wasn't deduced from the bill. The staff had some troubles sorting that out but we figured out something.
It seems to be a recent issue and I hope it will get sorted out before I go back.

El Catrin
Responded on November 24, 2021

Bornella, thank you for joining us and appreciating our amazing flavours of Mexico. We're so happy to hear that you and your friends all enjoyed their dishes and had excellent, friendly service from the waiter. We hear your feedback here regarding the reservation deposit. As this is new to many of the staff, there is a learning curve that is being sorted immediately. Thanks again and we hope to have you join us again for some more delicious food. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing waiter- Alex is new and is fantastic!

El Catrin
Responded on November 19, 2021

Thank you for the incredibly high praises about your experience, especially the service from Alex! We are very thankful to hear this and will be passing this compliment along. We look forward to seeing you at El Catrin again soon. Best, Stuart K.

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KatieM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were there for a birthday dinner for my boyfriend. Great ambiance and our server was excellent. She was very knowledgeable about their tequila selection, which was the main reason we chose El Catrin! Fish tacos were a little heavy/oily, but my boyfriend’s tacos were amazing! Overall very good experience.

El Catrin
Responded on November 23, 2021

Katie, we're so glad you chose to dine with us for your boyfriends birthday dinner! Thanks for taking the time to leave your review and provide your feedback regarding the baja tacos. We're thrilled you enjoyed your overall experience and look forward to your next visit. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was wonderful and ambience was great! Can’t wait to return.

El Catrin
Responded on November 19, 2021

We're so glad you could stop by! It's great to hear you enjoyed our wonderful cuisine and ambiance. Thanks for your support and we look forward to your return. Until then, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Great atmosphere and wonderful table service

El Catrin
Responded on November 19, 2021

We're happy we made sure you had a memorable time at El Catrin for your anniversary dinner. Thank you for showing your support. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again for another great meal. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Very efficient staff

El Catrin
Responded on November 19, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful feedback regarding our staff members. We're so glad you had a great experience dining with us. We hope that you'll join us again the next time you are around. All the best, Stuart K.

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FranciscoM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

All is great, except 3 hours of straight regeaton music, enough to drive anyone insane, change it up please

El Catrin
Responded on November 19, 2021

Francisco, we're glad you had a wonderful time with us. Thank you for providing your feedback regarding the music. We will pass this on to the El Catrin team. We hope you make it back our way sometime soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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Kimcanuck
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place to grab a bite and service was exceptional!

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Kim. It is wonderful you enjoyed the exceptional service we're known for and you expected from us. We look forward to your return and another lovely meal! All the best, Stuart K.

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VictorA
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I think the portions of the food were small, specifically for the sopes, other than that I really enjoyed my time there.

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Victor, thanks for providing your feedback to us regarding the size of the sopes. We will be passing this along to our team. It's wonderful you enjoyed your time with us and we hope to see you again for another tasty mea. All the best, Stuart K.

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MatHersh
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and friendly service would highly recommend.

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Mat, it's wonderful to have your support! You can count on us to always deliver on delicious cuisine and friendly service. Hoping we'll see you again the next time you're around. All the best, Stuart K.

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vipGemmaC
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Great service, fantastic food and atmosphere was wonderful. We sat outside and the heaters were great alongside the fire for a November evening.

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Gemma, it's wonderful to hear you enjoyed our amazing year-long, heated outdoor patio! Thank you for leaving your fantastic review. We hope you make it back our way sometime soon for another 5-star experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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Juju
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time for lunch! Not to busy and great service!

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Juju, thanks for leaving your fantastic review! It was a pleasure hosting you for lunch and providing you with excellent service. We look forward to welcoming you back for another exceptional experience in the future. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for business lunch

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Thanks for joining us for your business lunch! We're thrilled you enjoyed every aspect of your visit and we look forward to seeing you again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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Jcee
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We had a fantastic time

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

J, we're so glad to hear you had a fantastic dining experience with us! Thank you for leaving your review. We look forward to seeing you our way again soon for another great time. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! I will be craving the cauliflower dish for a long time…highly recommend.

El Catrin
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you for this exceptional review! We're so glad to hear you loved the Coliflor so much. We'd love to welcome you back for more perfect flavours. All the best, Stuart K.

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Shern
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere and great food a great way for for friends to ease into post pandemic socialization.

El Catrin
Responded on November 10, 2021

Shern, it's so wonderful having our guests back to dining with us. Thanks for joining us and leaving your great review. We're so glad you enjoyed our atmosphere and delicious food. We'd love to see you again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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FabianeA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

atmosphere cool in the city, great service and very good ceviche… enjoy!

El Catrin
Responded on November 17, 2021

Fabiane, we're so glad your enjoyed the ceviche when you were here! Thanks for joining us. We'd love to see you back our way soon for another exceptional experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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MikeL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a great atmosphere. Service was outstanding.
We keep coming back again and again.

El Catrin
Responded on November 8, 2021

Mike, thank you for being a loyal guest with us at El Catrin. It's a pleasure to hear we knock it out of the park every time you visit. We'd love to welcome you back again for another delicious meal. Until next time, Stuart K.

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and great food! Had to adjust my reservation and they fixed it no problem.

El Catrin
Responded on November 8, 2021

John, we're so glad to hear you had a wonderful dining experience with us and that our staff were very accommodating. Thanks for your review and we hope to see you again soon for another great experience. All the best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Just ok overrated, well located Mexican restaurant

El Catrin
Responded on November 9, 2021

Thank you for giving us a try! We are disappointed to hear that we didn't blow it out of the park for you. We always want all of our guests to leave feeling wowed by our meals, and we wish we could've given you this impression. We hope you'll consider us again for a drink and a delicious meal sometime in the future. Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing, the atmosphere was fun and upbeat and the food was outstanding!!

El Catrin
Responded on November 8, 2021

It means a lot to have your high praise for our cuisine, atmosphere and awesome service! Thank you for taking the time to leave this fantastic review. We'd love to have you join us again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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RavishingRascal
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

A bit disappointed with my latest experience at El Catrin. I’m trying to be empathetic with COVID and staffing shortages, so I’m not sure if that was the reason some things that I loved about El Catrin are no longer there. For example, the guacamole used to be made in front of you at your table and you received a selection of hot sauces to try out…this time, the guac came pre-made with only 1 hot sauce. There was only 1 ceviche on the menu (feel like their used to be more) and the tacos were mediocre - Baja was good but the chicken was very plain, with little garnishes. I would only come back here for the ambience/atmosphere, otherwise you can get better/cheaper Mexican food elsewhere. I’m disappointed that this restaurant (and many others in the distillery) have gone downhill. :(

El Catrin
Responded on November 5, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback to us. We're very sorry to hear that your most recent experience was anything less than outstanding. Due to COVID, we've made adjustments to many aspects of how we operate, including menu items. Either way, we hear your feedback and know that it is greatly appreciated. We sincerely hope you'll join us again for the 5-star experience you deserve and we know we can provide. All the very best, Stuart K.

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DeniseG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricardo & Robert were a great team and we absolutely loved our experience! They created a instinctual menu for us that was fantastic! Did was sooo delicious. Every bite was outstanding and perfectly paired with the dish next in line. Beautiful ambience and amazing service! Will be back very soon!

El Catrin
Responded on November 5, 2021

Denise, it is wonderful to hear that you had incredible, personalized service from Ricardo and Robert. There is nothing like having a line up of food that is delicious and perfect for your preferences. We will be sure to pass along the compliments to them both. Thank you for showing your support. Come back to see us soon! Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant is beautiful with great ambience. The Baja tacos and guacamole were delicious. All other items we ordered just ok. Service could use improvement.
Thank you.

El Catrin
Responded on November 5, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback! We are so glad to hear that you are a loyal guest and love two of our fan-favourite dishes, the baja tacos and guacamole. However, it's disappointing to hear that the service you received was anything less than attentive, caring and professional. So, please know your feedback has been heard and we sincerely hope you'll join us again for the 5-star experience you deserve and we know we can provide. All the best, Stuart K.

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Lora
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Overall good but the food is expensive for what you get .

El Catrin
Responded on November 3, 2021

Lora, thanks for leaving your feedback! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your overall experience with us. While we understand prices are subjective, we feel ours are a great balance between doing what's right by our business while reflecting the quality of our ingredients. Hoping to welcome you again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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AnneC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

El Catrin never disappoints! Attentive service from the greeting hostess, to the Server, to the Busperson. Great food and non-alcoholic drinks. Great value.

El Catrin
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Anne, and for dining with us! It's great to hear we hit the mark on every aspect of your visit, especially the amazing service from our entire team. We'd be delighted to welcome you back to sip on more of our non-alcoholic specialties soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner.
Nice atmosphere, fast and great service.

El Catrin
Responded on November 2, 2021

Mike, thanks for joining us for dinner! It's great that you had the service we are known for and you expect from us. It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in and we look forward to your next meal with us. All the best, Stuart K.

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Katy
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mason was an excellent server! Food was delicious!

El Catrin
Responded on November 2, 2021

Katy, it's great to hear how much you enjoyed your experience, especially the service from Mason! We will be sure to pass along the compliment. Thanks for your review and we look forward to your next delicious meal with us. All the best, Stuart K.

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MoNeek
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at El Catrin was fantastic! Im a sucker for a good ambience and El Catrin did not disappoint. The decor was so fun and unique, the music was upbeat and the service was great! The food was fresh and delicious. Definitely going back here.

El Catrin
Responded on November 3, 2021

Moneek, we're thrilled you had a fun evening accompanied by excellent service and the perfect ambiance. Our decor is so magical, it's truly the perfect setting to enjoy an evening out. Thank you for leaving your fantastic review and we look forward to seeing you again for more tasty dishes. All the best, Stuart K.

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stellal
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our visit, Yummy food, nice service and very cute ambience

El Catrin
Responded on November 1, 2021

Stella, we’re happy to hear you loved every aspect of your visit! It's great you enjoyed your meal and had amazing service from our staff. Thanks for leaving your fantastic review and we look forward to seeing you back our way again soon. All the best, Stuart K.

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JackieG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have type 1 diabetes and the server went out of his way to find out the sugar levels in the drink and food order.

Outstanding service!

El Catrin
Responded on October 29, 2021

Jackie, we are so happy to hear that your server went above and beyond to make sure you had a perfect dining experience. This is the true essence of what we at El Catrin strive for. Thank you for leaving your fantastic review and we can't wait to see you again soon for another exceptional, personalized service. All the best, Stuart K.

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Kimi
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant patio for a birthday meal. Heated patio is a nice touch to be able to extend patio season.

El Catrin
Responded on October 26, 2021

Kimi, thanks for joining us on our patio for such a special celebration! We're thrilled you enjoyed your entire experience. Come back to see us soon! Best, Stuart K.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server Adam aka Ademme was the best! And whoever was managing that night, I forget her name, 10/10. Or maybe it was the soul enhancing tequila shots and perfectly mixed salad drinks but I had a great night! Pretty sure I lovingly harassed your entire staff last night. Thanks y’all.

El Catrin
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review! We are beyond thrilled you had incredible service from your server Adam and the manager. There is nothing like perfect service paired with tequila for a great night! It was an absolute pleasure welcoming you in and we look forward to your next meal with us. All the best, Stuart K.

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RN4babies
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40th bday with my best friends. Amazing margaritas. Tacos and guac were perfect and the service was superb. Will be back for sure!

El Catrin
Responded on October 25, 2021

We're so glad you chose us to celebrate your 40th birthday! It's great to hear you enjoyed your entire experience, especially the margaritas, tacos and guacamole. Thank you for leaving your review and we hope to see you again! All the best, Stuart K.

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vipKimberly
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience5

Anniversary

El Catrin
Responded on October 25, 2021

Kimberly, thank you for leaving your review. We’re both disappointed and surprised to see it appears that your experience with us failed to meet your expectations or our usual standards, especially on such a special occasion. We would love to know where we missed the mark and what we could do differently next time. If you have any feedback, please reach out. All the very best, Stuart K.

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Frutaguayaba
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very tasy, friendly staff, a bit pricier than intended, but it was still a welcome treat coming out of lockdown. The Costilla Corta is the BEST dish on the menu.

El Catrin
Responded on October 25, 2021

Thanks for leaving your fantastic review! We're thrilled that you are a huge fan of our Costilla Corta and that you had excellent service from our staff. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back for another delicious meal. All the best, Stuart K.

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MacMohan
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Mexican places in Toronto. Margaritas, Jack fruit dish are must try.

El Catrin
Responded on October 25, 2021

MacMohan, we're absolutely honoured to be your favourite Mexican restaurant in the city! Thanks for taking the time to show us your support. It's wonderful that you had amazing service and enjoyed the margaritas and jackfruit sopes. We hope to see you back our way soon for another great experience. Until then, Stuart K.

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SandraK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Guacamole in town
Fantastic ambiance

El Catrin
Responded on October 22, 2021

Bay, we're honoured to know we have the best guacamole in town! Thanks for leaving your fantastic review. We look forward to welcoming you in again for another wonderful evening. Until then, Stuart K.

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Finediningaddict
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the guac and tacos!!

El Catrin
Responded on October 22, 2021

Thank you for joining us! We're happy to hear that you loved our cuisine so much, especially the guacamole and variety of tacos. We hope to have you join us again soon for more delicious dishes. All the best, Stuart K.

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