R&D Restaurant - Toronto

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Asian
R&D is an urban casual restaurant in the heart of Toronto’s iconic Chinatown, headed by first-ever MasterChef Canada winner Eric Chong and his mentor, Michelin-starred restaurant owner Alvin Leung. The stylish interior reflects R&D's dualistic nature: open & abuzz with energy while preserving an intimate atmosphere.

At R&D, eastern dishes meet western style in the form of modern Chinese sharing plates, where classic ingredients are given a vanguard treatment. The eclectic menu features bite-sized dishes like Grandpa's Fun Guo and CSB (char siu bao), and sharing plates like the Best Duck in the City and Laksa Seafood Chow Mein. An innovative and vibrant selection of cocktails complement the bold and playful fare.

To secure your order for the "Best Duck in the City" please make a note in the "Special Request" field when making your reservation.
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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This is now my third time at this restaurant to try the duck and once again I was told they are sold out. If an item is so good and popular then perhaps you should have more of it.
Other than that the food was great as always.

m
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and really wonderful staff! Everyone was so friendly and attentive! We had organized a preset menu as we were a large group and Austin was so accommodating to all our dietary restrictions! Eric the chef came out to meet us at the end of our meal and was so personable and wonderful to talk to! He is very passionate about his work! We really enjoyed our meal and will definitely be back! Thanks team R&D!

M
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent
Delicious food, lobster was amazing

T
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I'm a repeat customer and think this place remains a bit of a hidden gem.

MQ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I've been to this restaurant, it's been outstanding in every way. Food, service, you name it. I just can't help but keep coming back - it's one of my favourites.

OT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

May be the best Peking duck in the city but make sure to order it at least 24 hours in advance!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience in R&D. Taking on the advice of our waiter and getting several dishes to share we really experienced what goods they could provide from the kitchen! Highly recommend dining in R&D - comfortable and enjoyable experience with excellent food.

JH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food. Great flavours and preperation.

AW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service...an overall fantastic experience.

SC
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This is the 4th time I dined at R&D. I always enjoyed the food and service. This time the service was not as good. Our waiter was very impatient. It wasn’t that busy but he acted like he was in a hurry to get to another table, he would cut us off with a quick “I’ll give you a minute to decide” and walk away. We’ve had this waiter in the past and he was good, must have been an off day. Food was just as good as previous visits.

B
Toronto
157 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great find!! Interesting takes on more traditional Asian meals, and everything was delicious. The spring rolls were exceptional, as was the seafood chow mein, but honestly, we would re-order every dish we had. Service was exactly as it should be: friendly, knowledgeable and timely. Interesting wines too. We loved it and will definitely go back!

CD
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time as always. It was great to try new dishes and we loved every single one of them! the CSB is a great sweet/savoury mix- we loved the sweet cookie- like exterior. the crispy tofu was well balanced and had just a touch of heat. finally, tye fried rice- well seasoned, on point, and more importantly- thank you for the rice bowls!! the bowls were super handy and offered without us asking.
we felt full & happy and we can't wait to visit again.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arthur provided fabulous service and suggestions. Food and cocktails were excellent.

LS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time, our server was friendly and professional, the food was amazing. The feel of the room was relaxed and comfortable. It was a tiny tad too loud. Great place!

OB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good as well as promptly served. Atmosphere was perfect. My girlfriend and I very much enjoyed our experience. Rio is a great server and so accommodating. Thanks All ! We will be back

G
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Music was too loud. The server has abided look and didn’t really care.

PK
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town for a couple of reasons -- one sad and one happy. I was looking for a place to go for really great food and close by. I knew that Chef Eric and Chef Alvin were together in a restaurant and had wished to go there 'someday'. Imagine my surprise that it was just across the street from my hotel! The atmosphere was relaxing and put me at ease immediately. The staff were very warm and welcoming and I at once felt comfortable. The menu was easily explained and my order taken. Each plate was delivered to my table hot and with a description of the dish. Chef Eric came to the table to introduce himself and ensure all was well. Each dish, especially the salmon, was heavenly. I can only hope that when next I am in TO that I will be lucky enough to return.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time

HS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric Chong and staff were amazing. They made us feel like royalty. Food was inventive and delicious without being pretentious. Always new things on the menu to try. Always pushing the boundary. Servers attended to everything. It was being spoiled. Can’t remember the last time we felt like that! Thanks R & D!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Best Peking Duck!

S
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Some of the dishes we ordered were quite tasty. Some were way below our expectation. The sashimi was just a piece of raw fish in some soya sauce. The dough in the dumplings was too thick and tasted gloopy. The service was appalling. The waiter who served us was extremely impatient and quite rude. Will not be visiting the restaurant again.

OA
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and $7 happy hour cocktails. What's not to like?

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy elevated Chinese. A great addition to Toronto Asian scene. Loved the vibe.

LS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing

N
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so accommodating of my food allergies, it made me feel so welcome. Aside from the allergy, staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food dishes has a unique blend of flavours that really brings an elevated experience to eating.

AS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Peking duck was amazing! The only critique I would have is value for dollar. For example bunch Mei was $12 and it was a slightly over toasted bun. The server was also slightly indifferent to our needs. Overall though great food and a nice place to bring a gang of people.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very friendly service, great energy, and good food.

It was my first time eating at R&D and I immediately felt right at home.

The location was great and easily accessible. Upon arriving, the first thing I noticed was the music that set the tone perfectly, very upbeat and fun. By mistake, I made a reservation for 2 people when in fact we were 3. To my delight, the staff was very accommodating and arranged a table for us immediately.

Our server, Rio, was this extremely friendly and charismatic woman. She made our night with her beautiful smile, her entertaining stories, as well as her great drink recommendations.

The food didn't take too long despite how busy the restaurant was, which was a pleasant surprise. Food was great considering the price. By the end, we were all full with food to spare.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

I
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An anniversary tradition for my wife and I. Amazing hospitality from Eric and his team at R&D. Thank you for taking great care of us!

f
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dinner here was wonderful! We were served by the man himself, Eric Chong, a friendly and welcoming person, who was very helpful with choosing the menu items when in a rush, as we were that evening. All the servers help each other out there, which creates a nice environment in which we could ask anybody anything and not be told to wait for one person for an answer. We were seated in the lounge area, I appreciated the comfy bench and the appropriate table height (I find a lot of this type of seating to be too low). Everything we ordered was extremely tasty, and seemed to be served within 5 minutes of ordering! A highlight was the French onion spring roll - a taste sensation, the beef so soft I could chew it with my tongue.

We will definitely be back.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A spectacular meal of elevated Asian cuisine, will definitely be going back.

The table beside us ordered the duck, and it looked amazing - will be ordering that next time (be sure to pre-order)!

JA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was beyond great!
Food was delicious and interesting.
Drinks were different and tasted great!

OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great duck - big enough for four!

E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening! Food was delicious and everyone was really kind! They even celebrated us!!!!!

RS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and staff. Ill definitely return to this restaurant again. The fried chicken was delicious, the seafood chowmein was okay.

BL
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my wife's birthday there. Spencer was amazing and helped us to have such an amazing experience. Unfortunately Chef Eric was away that night but we still have a great time. Definitely going back.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, lovely staff, appropriate flirting with fit barman Spencer

SS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

R&D is my husband and I favorite restaurant! We’ve been coming here since we started dating. We always come here for a special occasion. The food is the best and the atmosphere is good. The service is exceptional! Highly recommended!

WP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance (and the duck) of R&D makes the restaurant a must visit in Toronto.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been there a few times. Loved it everytime. The food is excellent. My only comment today was the food was rushed. We ordered a few dishes and they just kept on coming out too fast. At time it felt like we could enjoy and savor it.

M
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service from Michael and we were treated great by the entire staff. Amazing food and it was great spending time here with company for dinner.

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