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First Time Visitor to Toronto from Washington, D.C.

Agree with the iconic Coconut Cream Pie.

Would like to add: Scaramouche also offers some of the best tasting sauces in town. Be it their Foie Gras Sauce, Bordelaise sauce or simple Natural jus. In fact, their Venison Loin with Bordelaise sauce a while back was one of my recent Toronto dining highlight. The sauce was so delicious! Even bested a similar dish I had at San Francisco Michelin stared ' Masa's!

about 2 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Good Sushi at Bay/Dundas: Think Cafe Michi Chirashi...

Toshi San of Michi usually has his day off on Sunday. In the past, Osamu San usually fills Toshi's shoe.
My question is therefore, " With the opening of Yutaka, is Osamu San no longer helping out at Michi? '

about 4 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Sushi at Bay/Dundas: Think Cafe Michi Chirashi...

The one who speaks decent English, works on Sunday when Toshi San takes his day off?

about 5 hours ago
Charles Yu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

First Time Visitor to Toronto from Washington, D.C.

If weather is nice, a meal at Peller Estate plus a walk around the vineyard would be very enjoyable! I would rate the food one of the top 5 in the region. Treadwell's tasting menu is still my favorite.

" Roselle's Dessert, King/Parliament " - French pastries worth my drive downtown?

OK Prima! I hear your words of wisdom!
I'll spend 1.5 hours driving time, burn a few litre of fossil fuel, spend as much on parking as one of the pastry, test out my newly operated on 'sans cataract' eyes, add to my cholesterol count and give Roselle a try once my eyes settle. :D!

Rib Fest 2015

I have no problem with the way they charge those slabs of pork ribs. Its those beef ribs I have an issue with.
I recall having some great ones at Kitchener's Lancaster Smoke-house for less than $20!
BTW,Lancaster also offers some really yummy and 'moist with a bit of fat' briskets that beats most vendors I have tried.

Rib Fest 2015

I used to be attracted by all these Rib-Fest., However, I've been noticing a disturbing trend especially after attending the latest one in Richmond Hill.

'Vendors are getting greedy and are hiking up prices to really ridiculous level'. Casing point: A combo box containing two 3" x 3" square compartments for coleslaw and baked beans plus a big or two small BBQ Beef Ribs costs a whopping $27!! And the ribs are not that meaty either!

From now on, if I'm ever in the mood for some BBQ, I'll just head to some good sit-down places now spreading all around town.

Good and filling omakase... with a la carte/cooked menu as well ???

Oops! Almost forgot. You can add 'Yunaghi' to the list.

http://yunaghi.com/index.html#hungry-top

" Roselle's Dessert, King/Parliament " - French pastries worth my drive downtown?

I recall when 'Senses' had a store at Bayview Village almost a decade ago, they were already charging these sort of prices for their pastries.
In fact, I noticed 'Nadege' pastries ALL start at around $7.50 and up!
Guess $7 is the norm for better French Pastries nowadays?!

First Time Visitor to Toronto from Washington, D.C.

The last chowmeet I organized a few months ago. I had a party of 4-5 hounds who drove all the way from Washington DC to participate. The meet was at Markham's ' Casa Victoria' - refined Cantonese cuisine. I was told by them, there's nothing remotely like that for miles!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9780...

Good and filling omakase... with a la carte/cooked menu as well ???

Potential list offering chow-worthy food and have to meet your criteria is shrinking fast!
For birthday as well as Omakase with yummy 'cooked food' all point to 'Kaji'. By far the best option in town. ( actually east of the Rockies! )

Good and filling omakase... with a la carte/cooked menu as well ???

Based on OP list. Looks like the search is for 'Japanese' Omakase?!

Would add Inatei, Aoyama and Solo Sushi-Ya. All have a la carte and tasting menu. Call ahead for something a bit more exotic. eg., A5 Wagyu beef or sashimi of fish flown in from Japan ( usually on a Thursday for the weekend crowd )

" Roselle's Dessert, King/Parliament " - French pastries worth my drive downtown?

Toronto Life just gave Roselle's luscious French pastries some really high praise.

Chef/Owner Stephanie Duong, whose profile include working at Hong Kong's Michelin 3* L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon ( pastries and desserts are amazing and is definitely my Hong Kong's favorite! ) and Paris' Jacques Genin ( exquisite chocolate and pastries ) sounded like a special pastry chef whose creation definitely worth a drive from way up north?!

However, with good to excellent patisseries, the likes of Duo, Ruelo, Rahier, Jules, Thobors...etc all located quite a bit closer, it would take some really great products as incentive to beat out the rest and lure me down.

Have any fellow hounds tried their offerings? The 'Mille Crepe Cake' sounded awesome?!

Thx!

Honk Kong, Chengdu and Shanghai in October

Head to the Wan Chai branch ( flagship ). Just 3 MTR stops

Honk Kong, Chengdu and Shanghai in October

Yes! and Yes!

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Wow! News sure spread fast and far beyond! I just saw this review posted by a Hong Kong foodie ' Diary of a growing boy ' on his Hong Kong Facebook page!

Honk Kong, Chengdu and Shanghai in October

And this is Fu Sing's Braised oxtail and their famous 'Wor Gor BBQ Pork"

Honk Kong, Chengdu and Shanghai in October

Just found out I did take a photo of STL's Beef Rib.

Honk Kong, Chengdu and Shanghai in October

Austrian hound Nilescable, NYC Hound Erica and I had a mini-chowmeet at Fu Sing a while back. We tried the oxtail but were not impressed.
May be OP should just settle for the house special ' Wor Gor Char Sui ', the clay pot stirred fry vermicelli and a light seafood dish?

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Wow! The second part of the review was nasty and brutal!
So, for once, CNS and Joanne Kates are on the same page!

High End Restaurant Toronto

For tasting menu, I would also add George, Auberge du Pommier and Sushi Kaji's Omakase

Honk Kong, Chengdu and Shanghai in October

- Use www.openrice.com for search and reference

- Not all Tim Ho Wan opens at 9.00am. Only the IFC and Sham Shui Po branches do.
http://www.openrice.com/en/hongkong/r...

- Braised beef briskets at Mak's or Mak An Kee are good. With the latter one excels more. Style is the Chu Hau brown gravy varietal. Kau Kee or Sister Wah serve the 'clear broth' style. Look and taste totally different. Suggest you try one at Mak An Kee then work up to try a bowl at Kau Kee

My favorite Congee places are Tasty or Starz Kitchen. Unfortunately both open at 11.00am. One can find gems in hole in the wall or hawker places in Wan Chai that open early. However, cannot pin point exact addresses for you.

Lastly, you better make advance reservation for ALL weekend spots RIGHT NOW!! Even then, you might not get into places like Lung King Heen!!

Good luck!

Bestsellen's Cote De Boeuf & Roasted Bone Marrow vs. Barberians??

'Jacobs', IMHO, one of the city's top ranked steak house offers a lot of great and different cuts and origin of beef. Many of them are not from Cumbrae.

" CANLIS " - Another Year; Another Chef; Another Dining Experience!

BTW, I left out mentioning the 'Pianist'! Some lovely pieces he'd chosen and gorgeously played. Rare to find in a restaurant these days. Need a place with cavernous space and tall ceiling which CANLIS happens to possess.

Jul 24, 2015
Charles Yu in Greater Seattle

Bestsellen's Cote De Boeuf & Roasted Bone Marrow vs. Barberians??

Agree absolutely! May be OP needs to check out corkage for BYOB?!

HK 30 hour layover update

Still recall the first time we two mavericks trying that out! How fast time flies!!
BTW, just had cataract surgery done. Next time we meet for chowmeet, you will look more handsome and food will be prettier! Ha!

" CANLIS " - Another Year; Another Chef; Another Dining Experience!

Yes, sweetpotato, you are right!
However, in our case, I used my charm and communicated with Megan, the PR manager nicely and asked her for a huge favor.:D
Reasons given like out-of-town / overseas repeat customers plus birthday occasions might have an influence?

First time in Toronto

"New Sky (tastiest chili oil in the city)".
Guess your definition of city is south of the 401?!
'Tastiest Chili Oil' - Give Congee Queen's version a try! Could change your mind!:)

HK 30 hour layover update

Makes me want to get on a plane right now!
Yup! That Cathay's rendition of Won Ton Noodles look a bit "......."!! Putting lettuce in them is soooo 'westernized!'
Any standout favorites?

" CANLIS " - Another Year; Another Chef; Another Dining Experience!

Loved the idea of putting the salt 'on the side'. Also, a few more bread choices would be nice too.

Jul 19, 2015
Charles Yu in Greater Seattle