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“Great place to eat”

The Karma Kameleon Gastropub
Ranked #1 of 40 Restaurants in Thorold
Certificate of Excellence
Description: Born and raised in St. Catharines, the Chef-Owner of Panini Cafe in Thorold, Ontario combines skills honed in his own backyard with a wealth of international experience. He has worked in some of the worlds most highly acclaimed kitchens, including the AAA 5-Diamond Mobil 5-Star Ritz Carlton in Naples Florida, 2 & 3 Michelin Star Restaurants Le Gavroche with Michel Roux, Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons with Raymond Blanc, and Petrus with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. At home he mastered his craft at The Prince of Wales Hotel, studying Master Chef Lee Parsons. ​Entrepreneur and culinary wizard Shannon Lindsay joined as partner with William in August 2014. She brought with her an exciting vision in all aspects of the operation. Shannon's culinary talents and influences are shown throughout the menu, & has quickly earned a reputation as a sous chef under the leadership of Chef William. Together they owned & ran the Panini Cafe for almost 3 years when they both decided that the restaurant was so much more than just paninis & coffee. July 2016, William & Shannon changed the name to Karma Kameleon Gastropub to reflect some more diverse dishes, as well as their well loved classic favourites such as the "Lobster Grilled Cheese". (Gastropub=A restaurant that serves good, high quality food & alcoholic beverages.) Chef William received the CAA-AAA 4-Diamond Award for cuisine just three months after assuming the leadership role in the kitchen at The Charles Inn in Niagara-on-the Lake. This is were he evolved and perfected his craft. ​By popular demand, chefs William and Shannon's menus feature a few signature dishes, they strive to deliver fresh new balances of quality and diversity, with a dash of adventure.
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Description: Born and raised in St. Catharines, the Chef-Owner of Panini Cafe in Thorold, Ontario combines skills honed in his own backyard with a wealth of international experience. He has worked in some of the worlds most highly acclaimed kitchens, including the AAA 5-Diamond Mobil 5-Star Ritz Carlton in Naples Florida, 2 & 3 Michelin Star Restaurants Le Gavroche with Michel Roux, Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons with Raymond Blanc, and Petrus with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. At home he mastered his craft at The Prince of Wales Hotel, studying Master Chef Lee Parsons. ​Entrepreneur and culinary wizard Shannon Lindsay joined as partner with William in August 2014. She brought with her an exciting vision in all aspects of the operation. Shannon's culinary talents and influences are shown throughout the menu, & has quickly earned a reputation as a sous chef under the leadership of Chef William. Together they owned & ran the Panini Cafe for almost 3 years when they both decided that the restaurant was so much more than just paninis & coffee. July 2016, William & Shannon changed the name to Karma Kameleon Gastropub to reflect some more diverse dishes, as well as their well loved classic favourites such as the "Lobster Grilled Cheese". (Gastropub=A restaurant that serves good, high quality food & alcoholic beverages.) Chef William received the CAA-AAA 4-Diamond Award for cuisine just three months after assuming the leadership role in the kitchen at The Charles Inn in Niagara-on-the Lake. This is were he evolved and perfected his craft. ​By popular demand, chefs William and Shannon's menus feature a few signature dishes, they strive to deliver fresh new balances of quality and diversity, with a dash of adventure.
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

The food is fantastic. The feature hamburger is always the best deal. A good selection of wines. Very friendly staff. Reservations are a good idea.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Unusual choices. Four of us ordered different appetizers As well as main course and shared so we could try several. All were amaing.the escargot was out of this world and so was the lobster grilled cheese. Soft shelled crab BLT. Excellent. They do not cheap out on the seafood at all. Dessert was amazing and served in small mason jar. Many choices of flaming drinks. Can’t wait to go back.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Went to check out this place for Lunch... and so glad we did. I loved it so much, I went back for dinner.
Went with a few friends for lunch and had the ROASTED BREAST OF MUSCOVY DUCK... DELICIOUS! My friend had a Gourmet Burger with their homemade ketchup.
It looked so good... thats what I ate for dinner!
Great place, great food, great staff. Will be going back again and again for sure!

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1  Thank QubeEmporiumMatthew
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

My adult daughter and I lunched at this restaurant for her birthday. She chose the restaurant based on good reviews from acquaintances. Before deciding on it, we looked at their menu on-line and were pleased with the variety they offer.
We sat in the front section of the restaurant. It's not very large but is quite cozy and not noisy, which allowed us to easily carry on a conversation.
They have an additional few tables in the back section of the restaurant.
Because of the generous size of the portions, we shared a gourmet burger, awesome fries and Caesar salad and thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. My daughter did not specify that she wanted the burger well done so part of the meat pattie was a little on the pink side for her but she still enjoyed it and ate her portion.
Alcoholic drinks and beer were available but it was early afternoon so we stuck to Cola.
I would not hesitate to go back there with friends or family to try out some of their other food items or simply to enjoy another delicious gourmet burger and fries.
Just remember to specify if you prefer a well-done burger pattie.
Calling ahead for reservations might be a good idea but it is not a requirement. We went on a Saturday afternoon around 12:30. We did not have to wait to be seated or served. Our waitress was attentive and friendly.
We were told that outdoor patio seating is available during warmer months.
The restaurant has only one washroom available for customers, which could be a problem for some. Separate washrooms for men and women would be preferable.
We were able to park our car on the street at no cost and not far from the restaurant.

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Thank L F
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Went a month ago and I'm still raving about it. Spring rolls were fantastic, so was the cheesecake. Fresh delicious food. But the blood orange martini put it over the top for me. Can't wait to get back!

Thank kaitlyn a
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