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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    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 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 26, 2017

    Fucking dope

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 23, 2017

    amazing! best octopus i've ever had

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 24, 2017

    Summerlicious at P&L - great meal. Their burger was one of the best we've ever had. Flourless chocolate cake - amazing.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    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 21, 2017

    Everything was amazong. Service was quick and ontop of things. Drinks were delicious and the food was amazing! Highly suggest

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 19, 2017

    Interesting menu (Summerlicious), great taste, excellent service.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 6, 2017

    Burgers are amazing. Service was good. Very quiet on an early Wednesday evening.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 3, 2017

    Great fucking job. Blown away

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 2, 2017

    Tried the p&l burger and it was truly the best burger I have ever tasted in my life. It melted in your mouth and everything was just perfect. I was with friends and family and we didn't know what drink to order but the waitress asked what we enjoy, she took ideas and the bartender created something original which was delicious! 10/10 would go again. Can't wait.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 3, 2017

    Was quiet for Canada Day but group menu was fun, tasty and well timed. We booked for 12 and felt like the portions were for 8-10 people. Service was like the people in Toronto, a little cold but professional.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 1, 2017

    Loved our meal!!! Everything was delicious and our server very friendly! Seating is communal which might not be to everyone's taste

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 27, 2017

    Great meal and excellent service. I would recommend Parts and Labour to all my friends

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 26, 2017

    Had a lovely meal - food and staff were amazing

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 24, 2017

    Great food, great service

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    June 19, 2017

    Family dinner was awesome!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 18, 2017

    Great service and great food. The P&L Burger is to die for.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 18, 2017

    I am a vegetarian with an allergy to mushrooms and I was so pleased that there was a lot for me to choose from on the menu. I was also pleased that the vegetarian dish I chose wasn't doused with hot spices like most restaurants do for their veg items. The food was fantastic and my husband and I are already planning our next visit.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 19, 2017

    We came from Ottawa for my boyfriends birthday as he is a huge Matty Matheson fan. I mentioned this in my reservation and when we arrived, the staff were so nice and brought us to one of the best tables in the back where you sit in front of the kitchen and watch everything going on. The food was absolutely amazing - especially the trout I got. My boyfriend got the spicy fried chicken and loved his meal as well. Afterwards, one of the guys brought out a signed copy of Toronto Cooks for my boyfriend and told us Matty was sorry he couldn't make it but thanks us for making the trip and wanted my boyfriend to have the book. It was so cool. After they invited us into the kitchen to take a photo with all the cooks, who were all so hilarious and nice. The whole experience was amazing and made my boyfriends birthday, to quote, "the best one yet". Thank you so much to all the staff at Parts &a Labour and to Matty for the cookbook. The whole thing was awesome. Six out of five, would go again.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 11, 2017

    The portions were too small for the money/cost, we were still hungry after....need more food selection...seating arrangements were horrible. Won't be going back again

    Ambiance: 1/5

    Cuisine: 1/5

    Service: 3/5

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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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