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An interesting and honest write-up on the Toronto Restaurant Scene!

My first meal at The Grove after reading their getting the award and decided to pay them a visit, was phenomenal! Great food and excellent value for money!

about 18 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

An interesting and honest write-up on the Toronto Restaurant Scene!

Posting this on the Ontario/Toronto board should IMO, catch more attention:

http://viewthevibe.com/hunger-games-t...

Duo Pâtisserie & Café - Markham - Quality Viennoiseries, Macarons, and Cakes North of the 401

Went there lunch time today and almost mirrored your selection,
I too find the Basque cake a bit too sweet and lacking the Rum flavored cream filling as advertised. May be further tweaking by Chef Eric is necessary.

Whilst all the new Pistachio/Raspberry tart has a 3 by 3 Raspberry matrix, somehow I noticed a solitary slightly bigger 4 X 4 slice amongst the mix, which I managed to get for the same price?! Lucky me!
May be I should follow up my good fortune by getting a Lottery ticket as well?! :)
As for the taste? lsk description was spot on.

Chinese desserts/'tong sui' in Hong Kong - Last updated Dec 15 2014

I can testify to that!!!
During our mini-chowmeet last year, Nilescable had a whole bunch of 'ginger' and 'mango' ones all to himself at the iSquare store!! And he is still slim and fit!!

Chinese desserts/'tong sui' in Toronto - Last updated Dec 15 2014

In addition to T Long's recommendation, I would add:
Full House Desseerts
Restaurants
Address: 9425 Leslie Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3N7
Phone:(905) 737-2300
to the list for 'cold' versions.
Owner used to be Hong Kong's 'Sai Kung's Full House' part owner. The 'Yang Jee Gum Loh' ( Mango, Pomelo, Sago rice dessert soup ) is top notch but a bit expensive.

Day and Night Steakhouse Unionville Groupon Gift -- Should we even go?

Like any other steak house up town, eg., the Octagon ( which I find stuffy and the elderly staff having a bit of an attitude ), quality of Day & Night is also quite decent and acceptable.
Furthermore, if one stick with the less challenging menu items like oysters, items from the raw bar and plainly grilled steak, one should be able to reduce disappointment level to a bare minimum.
The fact that they use only certified Angus beef and open flame wood fire for grilling ( not unlike some out fit in Florence that grill their Bisteca a la Fiorentina over wood fire ) should add to the comfort level. Texture and flavor is actually quite enjoyable.
With Groupon looking after most of the bill. I think you will be fine! ENJOY!!

" Fisherman Lobster Clubhouse Restaurant " - The 'other' giant lobster specialist in town

Still very limited menu!
Forte still the usual ' Fried Dungeness Crab with salted duck egg yolk ', ' Giant lobster with either Maggi sauce or spicy Typhoon shelter style '...etc I too find their way of preparing King Crab a bit of a let down. However, with the current appalling attitude of the wait staff, if one does not order the more expensive King Crab as well, be ready to confront discriminative and bad service!
Because of the above, only ate there once during the past year. Lunch not dinner. Set lunch menu pretty good value for money though!

Duo Pâtisserie & Café - Markham - Quality Viennoiseries, Macarons, and Cakes North of the 401

I second Bernard's favorites, adding the Almond and 8 to the list. The apple, with a few seconds in the toaster oven is even better. Sometimes, I treat it like a dessert and eat it with freshly whipped cream!

Find most of their pastries a bit different from a norm and delicious albeit just 'a touch' too sweet for my palette. Personally prefer the Lemon tart. Awaiting their 'fruit tart' when more fruits are in season. Hope they come out with Baguette soon!

Best Chinese noodles in Markham/North Chinatown

Before helping you out, one would need quite a lot of info., from you first.
What TYPE of noodles are you searching for? Cantonese style egg noodles with addition of alkaline water to make them super al dente? They come in thick and thin threads! Then there are the pulled noodles varietal of the Shanghainese, Liang Chou style...etc. All aforementioned versions come with soup ( in situ or on the side )
Then there's the method of preparation? Soup form, stirred fried form, crispy form with sauces and ingredients poured on top, less 'fattening' blanched noodle topped with sauce and ingredients. ( lo mien ). Also, there are those made with potato rather than wheat flour, hand cut or shaved rather than machine formed, bamboo stick press..... and the list goes on and on. Especially with the recent influx of noodle masters from Mainland China opening shops almost everywhere!

Each style and varietals have their own list of specialists. Not unlike Ramen vs Soba specialists in Japan. Outfit that excels in soup version might make a lousy fried version?! Eg., for soup won-ton noodles, 'Won Ton Hut' in Markham is my go to place. However, they do not offer any stirred fry versions...etc. For an 'all round' winner, I would head over to 'My Wonderful Kitchen' on 350 Highway 7 in Richmond Hill. This outfit stood out from the other favorite 'chain' like Congee Queen, Congee Wong..etc.

'Skyview Fusion Chinese' - Sorry folks! Another relatively new kid on the block. This one could be the best 'early-bird' Dim Sum in the GTA?!

Sorry to hear that! Being Sunday and them the ONLY decent Dim Sum place in the area, the long line is understandable.
I have stopped going there for a long while due to their constant renovation (?) and inconsistency!

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

For 'really good' and special sashimi fish selection. Inatei in Richmond Hill is the place since they have special shipment from Tokyo Tsujiki market every Thursday!

Taro Fish Vs By The Sea at J Town

NICE!! Now, you are making me hungry even though I just had dinner! Ha!

Duo Pâtisserie & Café - Markham - Quality Viennoiseries, Macarons, and Cakes North of the 401

Ah! So its stewed pineapple! Thx! Did not look at the description card. Texture of the tiny morsels felt like barely ripe peaches to me since there's a bit of crunch.

Foods unique to France to buy in Paris?

'Goose' Foie Gras.
'Petite Gris' size giant escargots from Fauchon.

Dec 04, 2014
Charles Yu in France

Globe Review of America in the Trump Tower

Wow! $70 for a Squash soup, Roast Turkey and Yule log dessert, excluding tax and tips!
I'm sure I can get a similar, equally good X'mas dinner at U of T canteen for less than half the price!

Duo Pâtisserie & Café - Markham - Quality Viennoiseries, Macarons, and Cakes North of the 401

Tried out another of Chef Eric's creation:
"Doceur' - Milk Chocolate, ginger cream, peaches (?), dark chocolate sponge. Delicious! Subtle flavor, not too sweet and overwhelming, coupled with interesting textural interplay

London's Best

Check this posting of mine before making your decisions!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/997832

Good Luck!

Dec 04, 2014
Charles Yu in U.K./Ireland

London Dining Scene - Two sides of the story!

Dec 04, 2014
Charles Yu in Food Media & News

Auberge du Pommier - a few notes:

Your 'beef' comment reminds me of this article!

http://nypost.com/2014/12/01/chef-acc...

Who is the best Iron chef ever?

After actually eaten in some of their restaurants rather than just watching the TV show, I would say, based on the meal I had at La Rochelle in Tokyo where he was actually manning the kitchen, " Chef Sakai" is my pick - Hands Down!!

Dec 03, 2014
Charles Yu in Food Media & News

' La Croisee ' - Leaside's new French Bistro with cozy, romantic ambiance and delectable Burgundian Food!

Sorry! My fault! I distinctively read that Bistro 92 was up for sale a while back. So just assumed?!

As for BERO, didn't someone also mentioned it is now closed after Chef Matt Kentor has left?

Surprisingly tasty 'Made in USA' Soup Dumpling, XLB at a Korean Supermarket ( H-Mart)!

They are made by the 'Ri Wang' food group in Mespath, New York. May be Taiwanese origin? Hence the pretty high standard?

Surprisingly tasty 'Made in USA' Soup Dumpling, XLB at a Korean Supermarket ( H-Mart)!

After being taken over by Loblaws, they have hiked-up their mark ups!

Anyways, Enjoy!

Surprisingly tasty 'Made in USA' Soup Dumpling, XLB at a Korean Supermarket ( H-Mart)!

Enjoy!

Surprisingly tasty 'Made in USA' Soup Dumpling, XLB at a Korean Supermarket ( H-Mart)!

Place the XLB on top of a sheet of oiled parchment paper ( instruction ask for a big sheet of cabbage leaf ). Steamed in bamboo steamer for 10 minutes and Voila!!!

Surprisingly tasty 'Made in USA' Soup Dumpling, XLB at a Korean Supermarket ( H-Mart)!

Packaging of the plain pork XLB. Both versions oozing with delicious soup when bitten into!

Surprisingly tasty 'Made in USA' Soup Dumpling, XLB at a Korean Supermarket ( H-Mart)!

Whether they were produced locally or imported, frozen Shanghainese Soup Dumplings XLB, made famous by Ding Tai Fung, can now be found in almost all Asian supermarkets. As to whether their quality is up to par, that is another question? In most cases, wrappers are found to be thick and easily broken, fillings stingy and the broth lacking in complexity and insufficient in quantity.

Today, whilst shopping for Kimchee products at the Korean Supermarket 'H-Mart' on Yonge and Major Mac, I noticed this attractively packaged new product selling for $2.99 a packet of 10 morsels.

I bought both the plain pork and crab meat versions home to try.

Man! Were they good and incredible value for the money! Sure, size might be daintier and wrappers might not be as thin as your typical restaurant versions. However, the amount of umami filled broth and the tasty meat filling can easily rub shoulder with most Dumpling Eateries in town. For that price and quality, I am not complaining!

Not bad! Not bad at all!

FOUND Clam Strips in Toronto

Great job, Estufarian!! Thanks for the heads up. Will put it on my 'to try' list. Pair with off dry Riesling?! Ha!

Raw bar and Dungeness crab eastside: Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Woodinville

My dinner at Matt's - Redmond a while back was very enjoyable!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9844...

Dec 02, 2014
Charles Yu in Greater Seattle

Woah!! Brooklyn Fare Michelin 3* Chef discriminate towards Asian patrons!

Dec 02, 2014
Charles Yu in Food Media & News