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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Sigh. Noticed another sign change. Only posting this for completeness sake.

New concept is called "The Masters". Menu will be full of dishes from the world's best chefs.

More interesting is that for the first time I saw workers actually going in and out with equipment/tools.

Apr 10, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

They've changed the sign again. The new one is something like "Keep on Truckin". It's a food truck theme this time. Hardy har har.

Something is definitely up. The frequency of the changing has been picking up. And the concepts are now more obviously a shot at various food trends.

The end game/punchline better be good given how long this has been dragging out.

Apr 02, 2014
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Toronto Trip Report

The jerk place a few doors down from Seven Lives is Rasta Pasta. If you come when it's not wintery, they usually setup a charcoal bbq to finish off the jerk meat to order. This, along with Seven Lives are a few of the great eats within Kensington Market. Other nearby places you definitely need to check out next time is Sanagan's Meat Locker, Millie's Creperie, Fika, Segovia's ....

Apr 01, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Finally spotted where Kinton 3 will be actually opening. Just walked by a papered up storefront that's just a few doors down from Banh Mi Boys on Queen. There's a liquor application sign with "Kinton 3" as the applicant. I live right by Queen and Spadina so this is very happy news. Soon won't need to travel "all the way" to Baldwin for a good ramen fix.

Apr 01, 2014
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House of Gourmet - what to order?

That was me who posted about the lamb brisket hot pot. Just note that the dish really hinges on liking or not liking fermented tofu. It's a very pungent taste. It's served on the side so you can control the amount. But without it the dish would be ordinary.

So if there's any risk that your dining companions may not be into such a strong taste, then any of the other hot pot items are very good too. Someone else mentioned the oyster one is good, and I agree. The roast pork with seafood or the beef brisket are classic.

Mar 13, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Just passed by the place tonight and guess what? Yet another concept: doughnuts and cupcakes! I walked by quickly so thought maybe I was mistaken. But then I checked out their blog:

This has got to be a publicity stunt. There's no other explanation I can think of. Why is it that every concept is something that is available within the immediate area? I'm guessing by next week they'll change to a modern Greek place.

Mar 11, 2014
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Best things you ate this month: Feb 2014

House of Gourmet is like most Chinese restaurants in that they have a large expansive menu. I wouldn't say they are specifically a seafood restaurant. They have bbq meats, noodle dishes, and they have "set menu" a la carte dishes.

There is a hot pot section in their menu. Note that by "hot pot" this isn't the cook your own raw food in a broth thing. This is a braised dish that is served in a cast iron pot. I usually get the more usual ones like oysters with eggplant, roast pork with garoupa fish, or beef brisket with tendon .

The lamb brisket is with yuba bean curd skin, water chestnuts, mushrooms, white radish and fermented tofu paste. Like beef brisket, there's a lot of connected tissue and fat that makes it very flavourful. But there are some bones.

If you have never had this sort of Chinese hot pot dish, then you should definitely try. It's perfect for the super cold weather we've been having.

Mar 01, 2014
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Best things you ate this month: Feb 2014

These were all recent revelations at places I go to quite often. It proves there are still gems hidden in plain sight sometimes:

'Nduja sausage spread in between mini grilled cheese sandwich like things. Served as part of the charcuterie board at Terroni. They should add this as a regular item but at a bigger size at Sud Forno next door.

Goma zukushi at guu sakabar. Love the contrast between the warm sesame balls and the smooth sesame ice cream.

Lamb brisket hot pot at House of Gourmet. It's served with fermented tofu paste on the side which adds so much depth to the stew.

Forget the Mayan hot chocolate at Soma. Just tried the bicerin for the first time. It's so decadent with espresso and heavy cream.

Feb 25, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

TL finally corrected the story:

So, it seems Kinton is only looking for a 3rd location on Queen and their plans were accidentally outed.

It's odd how TL gives short shrift to Kenzo. They don't mention them at all as the ones actually opening in the former Murray's space.

Feb 18, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

I came on here to post the same. I walked by last night specifically looking for a Kinton sign. So was surprised to see a sign for Kenzo.

And then when I came here I saw the link to the Toronto Life article and they seem to have confirmed with Kinton a "3rd location on Queen".

Not sure what's going on.

Feb 15, 2014
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The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Chubby Subby: grilled pepperoni needs to make a come back.

Peter Street Deli: Miss the mix of classic diner fare with Chinese rice and noodle dishes. There used to be a regular who ordered BBQ pork but instead of on rice would get it with mashed potatoes.

Massimo's (the original on College): Great classic Toronto style pizza topped generously and crust that wasn't too thick and not too thin.

Chicago Diner: Their nachos still can't be beat.

Feb 14, 2014
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Sri Lanka tastes in Toronto

I have been enjoying learning more about Sri Lankan cuisine at Saffron Spice Kitchen. It's a mostly takeout place on Queen just west of Spadina. Amongst all of the burger places in the immediate area, it's been so refreshing to be introduced to things like kottu roti, string hoppers and pittu. Every day they have different specials at dinner featuring other regional specialties like karahi. I'm a newbie so would love the perspective of south Asian experts on this place.

Feb 08, 2014
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Toronto solo dinner

Momofuku Noodle Bar has bar seating facing the kitchen. Eat there solo quite often.

Feb 06, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Or I wonder if these guys are consulting with:

Feb 04, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

That's pretty close to Royal Meat BBQ. My only experience with cevaps is there. Look forward to checking this new place out. Still need to try out Rakia Bar now in Koreatown.

Jan 30, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

It is crazy. I wouldn't believe it either. But I work right by this location and have seen the coming soon sign change from Delhi Burgers to Sammy's Sandwiches and then finally Smoke and Mirrors/Don't Mess with Texas.

Nothing wrong with changing concepts. But why lease a location for so long when it hasn't been figured out yet? Can't imagine what rent is like on Queen West.

Jan 14, 2014
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Where to buy Mexican Chocolate?

I've seen it at Detox Market on King right across from MEC. They sometimes give out samples of hot chocolate made with it.

I also seem to remember getting it once at Emporium Latino or maybe the spice place in Kensington Market. But that was a while ago.

Jan 06, 2014
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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

There's a coming soon sign for a Japanese curry place next door to Sansotei on Dundas. I think it's called "Gyugyuya". Nice to see some more curry places opening to balance out all of the ramen places.

Jan 04, 2014
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Sultan of Samosas new Regent Park location

Very excited to see this on BlogTO:

I've only had the chance to get to their original location a few times. I love that their's are the smaller (and crispy) kind so that you can try a bunch of different ones.

Dec 27, 2013
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Parts and Labour Burger - Queen/Spadina area

I walked by P&L around 10ish out of curiosity. It wasn't too busy so gave it a try. Had the Castor. Liked the combo of peameal bacon, crispy onions and bbq sauce. Noticed the burger was still a little pink which was appreciated while having a good crust. I also liked that they aren't trying to adhere to the American cheeseburger aesthetic that BP does. Especially when it comes to having real cheddar as opposed to only American cheese and a bit more substantial bun than the white squishy kind.

But as mentioned by Justxpete, the fries were definitely soggy yet had a lot of useless nearly burnt fry bits. BP has them beat in this dept.

Can't wait to do a shake comparison.

Dec 04, 2013
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Great soups...high end to low end

Agree on Porchetta & Co's soups.

Love the soups at Sanagans. Can really tell they start off with a good stock (helps having access to leftover meat and bones).

I just tried the newish Saffron Spice Kitchen on Queen. Really good mulligatawny. Apparently the owner is the nephew of Esther, from Esther's Soup Kitchen.

And the Clubhouse Sandwich Shop guy has been coming up with really interesting soups.

Nov 29, 2013
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Late afternoon coffee/tea near King and University

There's a small outpost of Dark Horse on John St just north of Adelaide. Most people do takeout here, but there is some seating.

If this is outside of lunch or dinner time, Canteen at the TIFF Bell Lightbox would be a nice place to sit. Though the coffee is just so-so. But decent selection of tea and lots of baked goods.

If you're willing to walk to Spadina, there's Soma as Cat123 suggested, plus there's Sense Appeal on Spadina and Adelaide. If you don't mind a chain, Aroma has a newish location at King, just east of Spadina. Lots of seating.

Nov 26, 2013
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Kim Moon Bakery new management?

Walked by this afternoon (a Saturday) and it was closed, lights off, and gated up. Seems like it is gone for good? That's too bad. In addition to the baked goods, I'll miss the super cheap dim sum.

Nov 09, 2013
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White Squirrel Snack Shop

According to The Grid the same owner is involved. But they don't mention what the new concept will be.

Whatever it is, I hope they stay open for dinner. Given the menu at the Snack Shop, I never understood why they closed so early. They should have at least tried to stay open a bit later Thurs-Sat.

Nov 06, 2013
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2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Originally the sign said the place was going to be "New Delhi Burgers".

Actually this might explain why: almost directly across the street, Pho Delish closed a few weeks back. It's been papered over and there's a sign for "Burger Addiction". Maybe they caught wind of this other burger place?

Meanwhile, Come and Get It will be re-opening in the former Maverik Bar that's nearby. And with Sud Forno, this area is going to be an Atkins/gluten-free person's nightmare. ;-)

Nov 06, 2013
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Chinese smoked pork pancakes

Just noticed this new place on St. Andrew, in the ground floor of the building where Bright Pearl used to be.

The person behind the counter of the small takeout place was very limited in his English. There's a sign on the wall with 4 pictures of seemingly slight variations of the same thing. But the only English on it said "smoked pork pie". I just pointed at the sign and he got to work.

He rolls out a small ball of dough into a thin disc and then griddles it until puffed up, kind of like a pita. On the pancake he spreads some hoisin and hot sauce, then layers bean sprouts, grated carrot, coriander and scallions before crowning the mound with smoked pork. It's then rolled up. So it's really like the rolled pancake stuffed with smoked pork found at Chinese Traditional Buns and other northern Chinese places. But the pancake was a lot thinner, it's more like the wrappers they use at Bahn Mi Boys for their tacos.

I really liked it. Nice smokiness. The wrapper had a bit of chew but still tender. And considering it's about the size of a small burrito yet only costs $3, it's a bargain. Having this and maybe something like the coxinha at Segovia nearby would make a very filling lunch.

Oct 12, 2013
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TIFF 2013 - Specials, late openings, food related events

At the Grolsch Open House they have 2 food trucks each day. This is on John at Pearl St. Right across from the Lightbox on the west side. Today there was Caplansky's and Fidel Gastros.

Sep 08, 2013
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Home of the Brave: Classic American Comfort Food from La Carnita

When around did you go and how busy was it? Was there a crazy lineup like at La Carnita?

Aug 21, 2013
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Best crispy home fries Toronto

The duck fat fried home fries at Lisa Marie are very crispy and tasty. Only served during weekend brunch.

Aug 18, 2013
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Places singles can go for dinner in downtown Toronto?

These are full-service sit down places I eat at regularly solo. They all have comfortable bar areas or have plenty of smaller tables and I never feel self-conscious about being by myself.
- Strada 241
- Terroni (Queen West location)
- Le Select
- Harlem
- Union
- Deluxe
- ramen places: Kinton, Ryu's, Sansotei

Some newish places that have quickly become part of my regular rotation:
- Lisa Marie
- Rock Lobster (Queen West)
- Samuel J Moore

Aug 17, 2013
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