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90s food!

Salad with cranberries, pecans, goat cheese and balsamic. All manners of bagels. Crystal Pepsi. Fat free cookies loaded with sugar. Fig Newmans. Pesto.

Mar 26, 2013
NoraRebecca in General Topics

Most Overrated Restaurant in Toronto

I too had a horrible service experience at Buca. Server basically implied that we were bumpkins who had wandered in by mistake and might not be able to afford it. The food was decent but I'll spend my cash at Enoteca or Campagnolo instead.

Mar 23, 2013
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best restaurant ideas near The Garrison Club in Toronto - for dinner??

Definitely the Atlantic

Mar 21, 2013
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ursa vs Campagnolo

Two excellent places, both in my top 5. Can you provide more information, maybe what type of food or atmosphere or who will be joining you?

Jul 20, 2012
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Passover Macaroons (not Macarons) in Toronto?

Looking for great coconut macaroons from a bakery - worthy of bringing as a dessert to Passover.

Any last minute ideas? They don't have to be certified kosher, just prepared in the passover style.

Apr 05, 2012
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cheap and Cheerful Lunch Downtown

I work nearby as well. Pamier Kabob (afghan place right at adelaide/spadina) is really good. Also, Fusaro's (good panini) on Spadina, The One That Got Away (seafood, fish and chips) on King, and the suggestions below.

Jan 24, 2012
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Now available: Chicago-style deep dish pizza - downtown Toronto

Ordered lastnight and had a good experience. It arrived hot, at the exact time the Orderit system predicted when I placed the order.

We tried the crispy artichokes with lemon garlic aioli to start. This was artichoke hearts (likely store-bought from the jar) lightly, barely deep fried, with a basic dipping sauce. I think the artichokes could have used a slight bit more coating, and the aioli a bit more lemon and garlic flavour.

Tried the vegetarian pie, with ratatouille and mushrooms. First, I will give readers the fair warning that I have never been to Chicago and have not eaten much deep dish before. The crust was buttery, but not flaky. There was a good amount of cheese, enough to make the vegetarian pie still quite indulgent. The cheese was topped with a nice mix of chopped mushrooms, eggplant, onion and zucchinis (green and yellow), mixed with a healthy amount of tomato sauce. The pizza was incredibly filling - to eat more than two slices is a challenge, even for a very hungry person.

We tried a dessert, the dark chocolate and caramel torte with peanut butter mousse. This was essentially a small round chocolate cake (not dense enough to be a brownie, but similar) that came with sides of caramel sauce and light, creamy peanut butter mousse. It was decent but not drop-dead.

I would order again, but go straight for the pizza and skip the apps/dessert. I would also venture to say that the pizza could feed three people. The two of us could only eat about half of it, especially with the other courses.

Oct 30, 2011
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bday Dinner/Wild Game or Exotic Meat?

La Palette is no longer serving horse...see this link: http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

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La Palette
492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

Sep 14, 2011
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rendered Duck Fat in Toronto or GTA?

It wouldn't be my retailer of choice (and I'm sure it's overpriced) but Williams Sonoma sells jars of duck fat.

Aug 28, 2011
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buca - Overrated and comically pretentious

I'm not really one for big tantrums so this is the non-exciting part of the story. I told him that we actually lived downtown and had wanted to see how Buca measured up to Enoteca and Campagnolo. His tone changed but the damage was done and his adjusted treatment only annoyed me more. Just didn't go back, that's all.

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Buca
604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

Campagnolo
832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

Aug 19, 2011
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buca - Overrated and comically pretentious

Because I heard Buca was good. Clearly I was wrong.

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Buca
604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

Aug 18, 2011
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buca - Overrated and comically pretentious

I had a similar experience, actually. Out of the restaurants that I have looked forward to visiting and dropping a decent amount on this year, Buca was the biggest disappointment.

The food was decent (charcuterie was decent but didn't approach the Hoof's....a flatbread with truffles was quite good) but I hated the service and atmosphere.

Schmoozy type of place, overpriced, and we were treated like teenagers from the burbs who had wandered in by accident and had never been to a decent restaurant, had never heard of a truffle, and who would surely balk at their prices....'m not sure what convinced him of this, as we're both generally quite well dressed (however style-wise we're more creative types and less Vuitton and heels, which seems to be their clientele). The server was SO insistent on placing us in the bumpkin demographic that after his 5th visit to our table and his millionth remark about how nice it must be to save up our money for a big night and head into the city, I snapped and corrected him. I have rarely ever been so annoyed with a server.

Aside from my experience with one server, I'd just rather spend my money somewhere with less flash, less attitude, and better food. For comparison's sake, we were at Campagnolo the next week and LOVED it.

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Buca
604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

Campagnolo
832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

Aug 17, 2011
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Searching for Tam Tam Crackers...

Fiesta Farms also has them.

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Fiesta Farms
200 Christie St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

May 25, 2011
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Why is the King East Petite Thuet so terrible?

The location on King just east of Sherbourne is near my work, so I've stopped by a few times in an attempt to buy lunch. They only ever have a few wrapped sandwiches (most I have seen is 5 available, and that's total, not 5 varieties). Once they had two prepared salads, and once one singular flatbread pizza. Everything seemed like it had been there awhile. I know they are bakery focused, but I have bought macarons at this location (also seemed old) and I've never seen anyone there buying bakery items. In fact, the place is almost always empty.

I don't think this is an issue of timing and them selling out of products. I have stopped by at 11 for lunch and still no product.

What is going on with this location? If it wasn't a Thuet I'd swear it was some kind of front.

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Petite Thuet
244 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

Apr 28, 2011
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Marben?

Went to Marben lastnight in a group of 5. It was a Sunday night and it was rather slow. There only seemed to be a couple other groups there and the place was quiet except for the unfortunate music (someone was playing bad 90s dance music - backstreet boys, Eiffel 65 - at top volume, frequently skipping and mixing badly).

Some notes on what we ordered:

Trout salad was a highlight. Came with a bit of cured trout, one trout croquette, grapefruit, greens, and some sauces. A lot of dill flavor. When all mixed, it was light, complex, and lovely.

Charcuterie was just okay. I should stop ordering it anywhere but the Hoof, it's always a disappointment. Points for them for doing it in-house but it really was just okay. Came with 3 options, can only remember a smoked boar that tasted just like a very thick cut smoked ham.

The Sage and Brown Butter Gnocci was a big disappointment. Apparently it's featured in the LCBO mag at the moment, but there is zero flavor there, although the gnocci were perfectly textured.

Macaroni and cheese with rabbit croquettes was a hit. Extremely rich and creamy, topped with a fried croquette and plated with tender, delicious chunks of braised rabbit as well.

Boar Belly (apparently a confit) with mushrooms was a standout. Salty, crispy, juicy, fatty, amazing, with super flavorful and buttery mushrooms.

We ordered the large piece of meat (a mystery in description and price, on the menu), turned out to be a 42 oz dry-aged Cote de Boeuf, served with mushroom jus. This is listed on their current website menu as such, but was just listed as a mystery "large cut of meat" on the printed menu. They didn't ask how we'd like it done, which I took as a good sign. When it was finished cooking, the server brought it to show us, then it was taken back to the kitchen for 15 minutes of resting before being cut and served to us. It was perfectly done to medium rare, incredibly tender and juicy, well worth the price for 5. The accompanying mushroom jus was pitch-perfect, no complaints. Even our one diner who unfortunately prefers her steaks brown loved it.

We ordered fries (thin, skin on, salty, served with truffle mayo) and onion rings (bland and served with plain ketchup, skip them) on the side.

Tried the cheese selection (Petra's cheese), I believe it was a sheeps milk that day, it was pleasant with accompanying sweet chutneys and candied walnuts, pleasant enough.

We tried both desserts: a warm apple pudding with mascarpone (I thought it was a little heavy on texture and light on flavor but my boyfriend loved it), and a homemade ice cream sandwich (chocolate with chocolate cookie....tasty but nothing amazing).

With 3 bottles of wine, bill came to around 400 for 5 people. No complaints about the service; our server was a nice girl who had obviously studied up and made efforts to engage in conversation, and the owner stopped by a few times as well.

A much better incarnation than it's previous clubby style!

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Marben
488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

Apr 18, 2011
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Great experience at NUNU - Ethiopian food on Queen West

I still prefer Addis Ababa. The portions are larger and the room is warmer/more inviting, in my opinion.

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Addis Ababa
1184 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1J5, CA

Mar 18, 2011
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cocktails near Sushi Couture?

Insomnia

Mar 18, 2011
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to find good salt bagels?

Does anyone know where to get a great NYC style salt bagel, downtown or midtown?

Feb 18, 2010
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Barrie/Orillia/Gravenhurst Christmas Eve Dinner

I'd check if "North" in Barrie is open. great place.

Dec 24, 2009
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buddha Pie - anyone been??

thank you!

Nov 16, 2009
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buddha Pie - anyone been??

BlogTO profiled Buddha Pie, in the Junction area, as having the best margherita pizza around.

I'm in Roncesvalles so it's close by, anyone know if it's worth trying?

Here's the link to the BlogTO post:

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/bud...

Nov 11, 2009
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Excellent Sushi in Toronto

RE: Toshi...the place has good sushi, but the restaurant decor is rather depressing/dingy. Maybe not the best place to impress a client or new date, no matter how good the tuna carpaccio or foie gras nigiri are....

Nov 10, 2009
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recommendations needed - best AYCE sushi downtown or midtown Toronto

I'd recommend Echo Sushi, on yonge between davisville and eglinton. Great menu variety, with an all you can eat option.

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Echo Sushi
2036 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S1Z9, CA

Nov 10, 2009
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Mexican Food in Toronto?

Margarita's was one of my top 10 worst meals ever. Bland, mushy.

Nov 10, 2009
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: Fresh Tomatillos in dwtn TO

I have also seen them at the St Lawrence Saturday North market

Nov 10, 2009
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for an AWESOME pastry shop

I must have gotten a bad batch of marshmallows....I was so disappointed in my vanilla bean ones. I put them in hot chocolate and they were super grainy. Not a hit with my friends.

Nov 08, 2009
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder

We tried this place last week. I had the bbq brisket sandwich, which I loved...great sweet/smoky bbq flavour, sloppy with sauce, etc. SO got the special which was a corned beef hash, i believe, topped with a deep fried egg. This wasn't great, the deep fried egg had no flavour except "fried", and the hash was meh. It didn't come close to my sandwich, but it was only a special. Onion rings were great, if you love them super crispy and hate over-coated, soggy rings...you'll like these.

Nov 08, 2009
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best T.O. Takeaway Sandwich?

Olliffe, a meat shop in the 5 thieves Summerhill area, has really great sandwiches. Tons of the best, freshest meat, thinly sliced tomato, and their secret sauce (seems to be mayo, dijon, thyme, some other herbs, a bit of garlic), good buns. One of the best sandwiches I have had in T.O. They often sell out though. I'm not a sandwich person but I love these.

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Olliffe
1097 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

Nov 08, 2009
NoraRebecca in Ontario (inc. Toronto)