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post #811 of 981
I've been pretty much poor since getting back from Argentina so not much dining out. Went to Caplansky's yesterday after picking up some replacement parts for my computer and they do a pretty good smoked meat sandwich. The house mustard is nice too. Gonna go back tomorrow since I forgot one part for my PC and it's just across the street.
post #812 of 981
^^ Please do me a favor and pop by Free Times Cafe nearby and have a sandwich made from Goldin's and report back.

I'm a year removed from the GTA, and possibly the best smoked meat I've ever had in Goldin's (I used to buy deckles directly from the man himself, but most people probably only want a sandwich).
post #813 of 981
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Originally Posted by GQgeek View Post

I've been pretty much poor since getting back from Argentina so not much dining out. Went to Caplansky's yesterday after picking up some replacement parts for my computer and they do a pretty good smoked meat sandwich. The house mustard is nice too. Gonna go back tomorrow since I forgot one part for my PC and it's just across the street.

Been there twice and I'm pretty happy with it, too.
post #814 of 981
Due to time constraints and locale, I've been frequenting Petit Thuet as well. Sliced is a bit north for me, although Sliced feels more like EAT or Pret.
post #815 of 981
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Originally Posted by fwiffo View Post

Due to time constraints and locale, I've been frequenting Petit Thuet as well. Sliced is a bit north for me, although Sliced feels more like EAT or Pret.

What do you make of Joanna Kates' (Globe and Mail restaurant critic who just retired last week) farewell barb that all of these new Toronto restaurants are all the same?
post #816 of 981
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What do you make of Joanna Kates' (Globe and Mail restaurant critic who just retired last week) farewell barb that all of these new Toronto restaurants are all the same?

I read that article the week prior but if I recall correctly, her complaints were poor decor, a no reservation policy, somewhat dodgy service and a menu focused on carnivores. It's ironic considering she raved about Grand Electric, Hopgood's, etc., but ultimately it's a changing of the guard that started with James Chatto leaving Toronto Life.

As with life, social media, twitter, all of that, I think it's downright impossible these days to build a fine dining instutition that will last for decades. Chefs change, they get bored, people get bored of the food, whatever the reason so why invest in fixtures that will last a century. A restaurant popping up for a year and then disappearing is actually part of the norm. I'm pretty sure that Acadia won't be as spectacular now that Matt Blondin has left. And the queues for Black Hoof won't be as long now that every third establishment is rolling out a nose to tail menu.

This week's review is about The Grove. I wouldn't mind trying it but I read somewhere the portions are tiny.
post #817 of 981
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I read that article the week prior but if I recall correctly, her complaints were poor decor, a no reservation policy, somewhat dodgy service and a menu focused on carnivores. It's ironic considering she raved about Grand Electric, Hopgood's, etc., but ultimately it's a changing of the guard that started with James Chatto leaving Toronto Life.
As with life, social media, twitter, all of that, I think it's downright impossible these days to build a fine dining instutition that will last for decades. Chefs change, they get bored, people get bored of the food, whatever the reason so why invest in fixtures that will last a century. A restaurant popping up for a year and then disappearing is actually part of the norm. I'm pretty sure that Acadia won't be as spectacular now that Matt Blondin has left. And the queues for Black Hoof won't be as long now that every third establishment is rolling out a nose to tail menu.
This week's review is about The Grove. I wouldn't mind trying it but I read somewhere the portions are tiny.

I think your points are excellent -- Ms. Kates longs for an era that is unlikely to return, and frankly, most of the dining public likely could not care less that it won't.
post #818 of 981
the burgers priest. absolutely terrible burger and i will never return. i am always amazed by torontonians embracement of entirely mediocre dining establishments. in any city outside of toronto, a buger that costs you $10 would be cooked medium or medium rare, here i was given it well done. and they don't bother with making their own mayo? place is garbage. graphic design is garbage. biting famous american burgers and doing it poorly (in n out, shake shack) is not a recipe for success in any entrepreneurs business plan, but this guy pulled it off. bless the naive canadian hearts.
post #819 of 981
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I think your points are excellent -- Ms. Kates longs for an era that is unlikely to return, and frankly, most of the dining public likely could not care less that it won't.

In some folks mind, perhaps they care. But the fact is it's not worth it from a business standpoint to invest in it and then have to close shop in two or three years when the creative energy and quality are gone. And these new chefs are all very young and probably don't want to be tied down.

Was it in her article or post city where they were outlining significant restaurant milestones in each decade since she started reviewing and all of them up to the 1990s were closed?

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the burgers priest. absolutely terrible burger and i will never return. i am always amazed by torontonians embracement of entirely mediocre dining establishments. in any city outside of toronto, a buger that costs you $10 would be cooked medium or medium rare, here i was given it well done. and they don't bother with making their own mayo? place is garbage. graphic design is garbage. biting famous american burgers and doing it poorly (in n out, shake shack) is not a recipe for success in any entrepreneurs business plan, but this guy pulled it off. bless the naive canadian hearts.

At least you didn't have to go to m burger or whichever one was charging close to three digits. I just don't get the idea of eating a gourmet burger. I can maybe understand a steak, but even then I try to always go for something a bit more complicated. It's like those Chinese places where you go and they serve you ramen and luncheon meat for breakfast.
post #820 of 981
I don't understand the fascination with Priest either. Plain bun, small burger and long lines...

We ate at Coquine at Young/Eg on Saturday. Service was terrible (I guess they don't offer drinks until the entire party has arrived) and 3 of the 6 people in our party were seated in the main thoroughfare between the two dining rooms despite the fact we had a reservation. Food was decent. Wine selection didn't list the years (WTF?) but were reasonably priced, however, martinis started at $16.
post #821 of 981
I was going to have dinner midtown once and Coquine was on my list. Off it goes.

Trying to go to Keriwa cafe this weekend but I can't tell if it has Sunday brunch as it says on its website, or according to Open Table it's not open Sunday.
post #822 of 981
I show up at Keirwa at brunch for 2:00 PM and the hostess is a bit condescending. The service is rather dreadful after the entree because they are trying to pack up and close for the day. By the time we finish the entree close to 3:00 PM our cheque is shown to our faces, even if we want an espresso or an apertif.

I did spend part of the afternoon at the Hyatt rooftop bar. The weekend crew is younger and actually moan about their jobs.

The rest of the night was spent in Little Italy where we had a few cocktails. I also popped up at Canoe which I have to say is dying if it weren't for the colder months.
post #823 of 981
I was at Pizzeria Libretto yesterday - God it's actually hotter inside than outside. I dropped by Pearl this week too - the place changed from Cantonese catering to mainland people.

But anyway, I'm posting to let folks know that apparently South of Temperance is going to get taken down for the next Bay Adelaide building. The owner supposedly got an eviction notice for October.
post #824 of 981
Have you compared Libretto on Ossington to the one on the Danforth? I've only been to the Danforth.
post #825 of 981
I haven't been there actually on the account that reviews complained the room is dreadfully loud and featured seafood entrees that is only associated with the chef at the Danforth were not worth going for. But maybe it's something I can do when I get back in town next week.
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