Meet the owner

Matty Matheson isn’t exactly a low-key figure. Originally from New Brunswick, the tatted-up chef is easily recognized around town, with his brutal honesty and potty mouth making for a winning combo when paired with his way with food. Toronto foodies and hipsters alike can find his mug all over Vice videos — from his investigatory reports on grub that’ll cure hangovers to his cross-Canada explorations on Keep It Canada.

But Matty’s main gig is heading the kitchen at Parts & Labour, the ever-cool bar-slash-resto that steered Parkdale’s revival.

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    December 10, 2017

    A lot of buzz around P&L but it didn’t hit the mark...

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 4, 2017

    Server kept forgetting drinks thus waited so long and also forgot about an allergy. Otherwise good was great!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 3/5

    November 26, 2017

    Always amazing when we're here. Hubby always gets the Nashville chicken and I had the dan dan noodles AND we split the p & l burger. It's always soooooo good. And they make the best old fashioned :) never disappointed.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 20, 2017

    What a great experience! We had only been to Parts & Labour once before and had a very good time, and this was even better. Menu was outstanding - we split the broccoli and cauliflower to start and both were great! Hot chicken was great (but crazy hot - the server warned me!) Service was great - a real team approach so many folks looked after us and all were 1st rate. We loved it - can't wait to go back!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 20, 2017

    Food was tasty. About an hour wait for it to come and my meat was cold. Waiter was friendly and apologized for the delay. Got one dish wrong and took it off the bill.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 2/5

    November 11, 2017

    Top notch waiter with excellent knowledge of the food served us and we were very happy with the food!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 8, 2017

    Amazing food, amazing service, totally would recommend and come again!!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 29, 2017

    The service was fantastic. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable without being over bearing. The food was sublime and the cocktails were both humorous and delicious. Easily one of the best meals I have had... ever. This is my new go-to restaurant and I will recommend it to any one who will listen. Just a wonderful experience all around.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 29, 2017

    First time visiting! Our server Clint was great! Never would have known it was his third day. Couple snafus with the wine list inventory but we were offered great comparable offers to replace what we had ordered but you were out of.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 25, 2017

    we really enjoyed the food and the service was great. I would definitely return!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 23, 2017

    My boyfriend has always wanted to come to this restaurant, so when he visited from Winnipeg I made sure to make a reservation. Had a great first time experience here! Food was amazing, the Caesars were the best, and the staff was so hospitable and kind! Thanks for the awesome service.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 21, 2017

    Air ducts were so loud! Beef tenderloin was perfectly cooked, could have been better with a different sauce instead of mushrooms since there was oyster mushrooms on top. Onion ring was hard. Entire meal was cold. Carbonara was tasty and halibut delicious!

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 19, 2017

    We come to P+L often on burger night. Had family visiting from England and wanted a fun place to get the family tigether. We had two tables of 10 side by side. Food was great... service was great. Everyone enjoyed themselves!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 19, 2017

    Great bartender. I asked for a "refreshing tequila drink" and he made me something delicious. Very nice guy. P & L burger was one of the best burgers I've ever had. The bun and bacon jam made it. Great experience overall.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 15, 2017

    Everything was fantastic from the food to the service. The staff was extremely pleasant and helpful with ordering and then the food was absolutely phenomenal. Everything was exceptional, the care and eye of detail was very present during the dining experience.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 29, 2017

    Everything about the experience was absolutely wonderful, thanks!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 15, 2017

    Mac & cheese was tepid. Otherwise yummy food!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 10, 2017

    Inspired by watching executive chef Matty on Dead Set on Life...If there were more stars to give out I would! This place is top notch. Food for the foodie, most definitely. The service is excellent an we loved the energy there too. We had the steak tartare ( superb) , dan dan noodles, lamb ribs,fries and blueberry cheesecake brûlé ( to die for-best dessert ever, even without chocolate) we will be back!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 10, 2017

    Excellent food was exactly what we were expecting!!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    September 4, 2017

    Everyone was friendly and helpful with questions about the menu. Absolutely loved it and would definitely come back!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 2, 2017

    One of the best burgers I've ever eaten. Juicy, flavourful, perfectly dressed. Fries were great, too. Server was totally pleasant but neutral in terms of attentiveness. We will definitely go back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    August 30, 2017

    Food was incredible, servers were friendly, food took a little bit long to come out but no real complaints!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    August 28, 2017

    Great server.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 19, 2017

    Trout was sooooooooooooo good

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 2, 2017

    Our server Mark was outstanding - informative, quick, friendly and very attentive. Much appreciated. The food was also excellent. The donut mega-desserts were insane - really great! We have been to P&L a few times and will return. Great vibe and overall just an excellent restaurant. Kudos to Mark - a real pro. Thanks!!! mark n.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 26, 2017

    Fucking dope

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 27, 2017

    Our server was great, the Caesars were zesty and delicious (I had two), the smoked salmon on toast with herb salad was a perfect light, summer brunch dish. My husband had the English breakfast and was happy with it except the over easy eggs were a little overcooked. Generally nice atmosphere - quiet and a little dark but pleasant.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 26, 2017

    Incredible! I had hyped up Parts & Labour to my family and it did not disappoint in any way. Best fried chicken we've ever had. Will definitely come back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 23, 2017

    I've always found their food very good but this time is lack flavour (all three dishes) and the portions were so small. The service is good, and the atmosphere was interrupted by very loud bangs on the exposed duct work, I have no idea what that was about. Overall I was disappointed.

    Ambiance: 2/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 23, 2017

    amazing! best octopus i've ever had

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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    This Parkdale restaurant has spawned The P&L Burger (the slim space on Queen West is always crammed with devotees) and P&L Catering (they just did a superior stint last week at Luminato with their Mexican Block Party), so it deserves a lot of credit. And a visit if you’ve never been, a revisit if it’s been awhile. Just this Summerlicious dinner item alone is enough to cause a frenzy: Fried Chicken Thigh and Leg with collards ham hock and white navy beans, lemon.

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