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By YP Contributor

Delicious Eastern European Food in Toronto

The only taste of California you’ll get at California Pub & Grill is the California feta and salad sandwich; the rest of the menu could not be further away from that of The Golden State! The dishes revolve around the best of the Eastern European table with a few North American favourites added in.

When Janette Damufka took over the neighbourhood spot in 2007, it didn’t seem necessary to alter the name. “We didn’t want to make any changes because it was a well-known neighbourhood spot," she laughs. “But we serve mostly Eastern European food. Our cooks are all ladies form former Yugoslavia.They all have very interesting professional backgrounds. They all worked in high-end restaurants there and in resorts on the Adriatic coast.”

My chefs bring the wide palette of flavours from home. This is what makes our food so authentic. People say coming here is like having a little trip to Europe. - Janette Damufka, owner
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Goulash, Souvlaki, Schnitzel and More!

“My chefs bring the wide palette of flavours from home. This is what makes our food so authentic. People say coming here is like having a little trip to Europe,” says Janette.

The cuisine is certainly warming and hearty with dishes like goulash, chicken noodle soup and schnitzel ideal for a winter’s night. Lighter fare such as fresh Greek feta salads, chicken souvlaki and fish dishes are perfect for the summer. A nod to North American grub is found in hamburgers made fresh from scratch every day.

For comfort, the space is divided by a beautiful custom-made bar into the restaurant and lounge area for drinks. The decor suggests old-world tradition with dark woods, cozy burgundies and reds inviting you to settle in for the evening. Live music adds charm to the atmosphere on Saturday nights. In the warmer weather, a spacious patio area full of trees and flowers creates a welcoming garden-like feel for hours of relaxing.

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One Big Happy Restaurant Family

“Our restaurant is unique, but then so is Toronto,” says Janette. “There is such a fantastic choice when it comes to eating out in this city and people are very adventurous and eager to try new cuisines. I love living in Toronto; it’s so multi-cultural.”

Janette is just as fond of her staff as she is of her city. She says she couldn’t be luckier with her restaurant and kitchen teams, who are like family. This family feel extends to the restaurant’s patrons as well. “I love this work because I feel like I am part of my customers’ lives. I feel honoured that they come here and celebrate the big occasions in their lives or choose us as a place to meet friends. I feel proud to be part of it all.”

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