Toronto restaurant recommendation

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  1. fwiffo

    fwiffo Senior member

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    After everybody and their dog has been to Hoof Cafe, I finally went there this weekend. My cousin had the french toast and foie gras, and I was more inclined to try other stuff including their goat butter; which really was like a more fattier version of whipped butter. There was a lot of maple syrup on the french toast, so much so that apparently my cousin who has a sweet tooth and is weaned on Jack Astor's couldn't even finish it. There seems to be a concerted effort to have at least 2 or 3 entrees for vegetarians. Presentation was apparently so good that my cousin would take a picture of everything before eating. I almost thought we'd be asked if we're reviewers. We ate at the bar. Too hot today to actually try a cappucino so I just stuck with the cocktails. The caesar (or misspelled ceasar) is pretty spicy; actually so spicy I couldn't really finish it after the alcohol was downed. My cousin's mimosa was too warm. But it was an interesting place. Julia (Julie?) was very pleasant and charming. The photos of the place make it look a lot bigger - it's actually much smaller. They seem to do several seatings and after 3pm is probably best if you just want to pop in, grab some stuff and leave (brunch ends at 4pm). $49 + tip for two.

    The morning was spent treating my parents to an Oliver Bonacini cafe in the suburbs. I went light (knowing I would eat at Hoof) and got the egg white omelette with veggies. A bit too much dressing on the spinach salad. They were willing to do a substitution for the eggs benedict scone with white bread and the soup that came with the chicken panini was pretty salty. Fellow who served us didn't crack a smile until 2/3 into the meal and stuff like tea packets were left sitting on the table the whole meal (!?). $58 + tip for three.
     
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    Good meal at harlem underground. soul food based menu

    BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs, sides(deep fried pickles, deep fried okra and sweet potato biscuits) no drinks.

    On a fashion related note, the fire today on queen west will probably have a negative impact on sydneys due to water and smoke damage.
     
  3. fwiffo

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    I've been stuck in seminars all week so haven't had a chance to really eat out much. I went to Thai One yesterday on Dundas - aftertaste was in my mouth for a good part of the day.

    Had an alumni event at the Panorama lounge. Hors d'oeuvres were just as underwhelming as before, and yet again I couldn't get a seat facing the south side. Grabbed a few drinks and headed off to Biryani House for a late dinner. This place is pretty run down. The carpeting needs to be replaced and my friend kept complaining about this smell (well, it's an Indian food place?) at the bottom of the restaurant.. Food was okay - not spectacular, although according to my Indian friend it depends on the mood of the chef and how he makes it that day since it's all made from sratch....and my answer was "Riiight."
     
  4. Toronto34

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    Any good sushi places in yorkville worth a try?
     
  5. fwiffo

    fwiffo Senior member

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    Any good sushi places in yorkville worth a try?

    Does it have to be in Yorkville? Good food and yorkville are fast becoming an oxymoron unfortunately.
     
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    How about next door in the Annex? lots of sushi places there.
    Personally, I like "Sushi on Bloor", not really a gourmet place, but a very decent price/performance ratio.
    Not as good as in the past, but still decent.
    Atmosphere sucks, though, take-out is the way to go.
     
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    No not in yorkville, Just general area


    Thanks
     
  8. fwiffo

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    No not in yorkville, Just general area


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    I haven't been there for awhile (not really a sushi person) - Hiro Sushi King & Jarvis?

    Last night was spent at the Skydome at the Jays game - $70/person at Sightlines. Not really a good deal if you go for the food but it does cover ticket cost. Selection of hard liquor was pretty poor. Food being a buffet was terrible - I have to think this place gets a discount on salt because everything was ultra salty but it was a quiet game against the Devil Rays. $194 + tip.

    Today's lunch was spent at the three brewers since it's my boss' birthday. I think I've committed never to return to this place. $20/person and a couple of pitchers. I walked by Superior, which I used to go to before shows and it turned from an Italian place to steak house(!)

    The rest of my week just freed up for lunches so I'm hoping to hit some interesting spots.
     
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    How about next door in the Annex? lots of sushi places there.
    Personally, I like "Sushi on Bloor", not really a gourmet place, but a very decent price/performance ratio.
    Not as good as in the past, but still decent.
    Atmosphere sucks, though, take-out is the way to go.


    +1 for SoB. Best place for fresh, no-nonsense Sushi in the city. I used to eat there 1-2/week until I moved further North.
     
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    Ate at origin the other night, it was very good.
    Took a few people from work there tonight. There were half a dozen of us so we didn't sit at the bar. Wait staff was very attentive - I managed to drop a watercress leaf from the melon/goatcheese salad into my lap. While I was looking down at my new Isaia SC trying to decide what to do about it, our waiter brought me a glass of club soda and a clean napkin - unasked - to remove the couple of spots it left behind.

    Claudio was in the restaurant tonight so the waiter suggested we let him be creative with our menu - worked out well. Rock Hen was delicious as was the chorizo in manchego risotto, the two dishes that really stood out. And the Dulce de Leche with sea salt was a fantastically rich way to finish off the meal.

    There was a guy drinking by himself at the bar I'd have pegged as being from SF - dirty white bucks, light blue trousers, seersucker jacket. The only thing that looked out of place were the navy socks.
     
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    There was a guy drinking by himself at the bar I'd have pegged as being from SF - dirty white bucks, light blue trousers, seersucker jacket. The only thing that looked out of place were the navy socks.

    Sorry - I spent the night drinking on a business paid gig at Vertical. [​IMG]
    Khaki suit yesterday.
     
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    I was convinced to go to Zanzibar last night - you know your mate is sloshed when he starts asking for food there.
     
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    +1 for SoB. Best place for fresh, no-nonsense Sushi in the city. I used to eat there 1-2/week until I moved further North.

    Sushi on Bloor is an over-hyped shithole. Poor service, dirty establishment, and hardly the best ingredients. If one does not care about these facts, then yes - SoB may represent "good value."

    Japango (Dundas/Elizabeth) offers some of the freshest ingredients available in Toronto, making it an establishment definitely worth checking out. It's a bit pricier, but the quality is definitely there (something one should generally want when being served raw ingredients). Their omakase left something to be desired, so I would stick to the a la carte menu (if you want omakase, check out Kaji in Etobicoke).
     
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    Sushi on Bloor is an over-hyped shithole. Poor service, dirty establishment, and hardly the best ingredients. If one does not care about these facts, then yes - SoB may represent "good value."
    Whoa, strong words. I agree the service and general atmosphere/cleanliness of the eating area are lacking, so I never eat there, just take out. What I like about SoB is their generous portions and the fact that they don't put wasabi in their nigiri. I don't care about authenticity in this case but that I can eat it the way I like it. The fish is reasonably fresh most of the time, there have been a few instances where I wasn't 100% happy, but it wasn't nearly enough to keep me away. Overall quality has declined somewhat over the last 5 years, but it's still decent. I'm very open to alternatives, though.
    Conveniently located by the bus terminal [​IMG] I'll check it out, sounds interesting. What are the portions like? I don't mind paying more for higher quality, but I hate paying double for 'gourmet sushi' and then leaving the restaurant hungry.
     
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    At Terroni last night, first time there... very much enjoyed it.

    Thought the menu and service was great.

    Dinner for two came to 120 + tax and tip

    Appetizer: Calemari, Salad

    Mains: Pasta Dish, Pizza

    Desert: Lemon Torte

    Wine: Bottle of Red
     

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