Sometimes restaurants have opulent and sophisticated exteriors, but end up being disappoinments in the food department. And sometimes modest-looking little places blow your socks off with their quality, creativity, and service.
John's definitely falls into the latter category. This little place, located on an otherwise relatively deserted stretch of Bathurst St. just a few blocks south of Dupont St. is unassuming enough. But order a nice selection off the ever-changing menu and prepare to be amazed. While it calls itself an Italian restaurant, the few times that I have been there it featured a selection of Latin American-inspired dishes in addition to some quality Italian mainstays, and also some creative combinations of the two. The food is incredibly good quality, fresh, and cooked in an open-concept kitchen that you can see from the dining area. The service has been accommodating and friendly every time I have walked through the door.
Between that and their decent selection of wines, John's has fulfilled as promised on three lovely occassions so far. I look forward to my next visit.