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Does anyone remember Lichee Garden? Replacement?

It was actually just across from The Red Lobster, coolest old school space with a riser for raised tables around the edge on the room, all focused on the piano stage....that actually had a guy playing piano. I think we called him "red" but that could just be a bunch of movies I've seen clouding my memory. I know is was in Atrium on Bay in 1995-96 because I went there on my 13-14th birthday.

Does anyone remember Lichee Garden? Replacement?

It's been few years of withdrawals of heavily North American influenced Chinese food. My family went to Lichee when it was back on Elizabeth Street, and then to the Atrium on Bay, to Eglinton and then finally to Centre Street in Thornhill.
It was our default place for a big family dinner out, and I haven't been able to find a place to takes its place since it shutdown a few years back. I heard that they were trying to open a new location downtown (which should've been the old Amadeus place on Richmond), but I don't think that's ever going to happen.

Any recommendations? Was it just me or was the Atrium on Bay location not a great place? With the piano and old school formality? Anyways, any help would be great.

ISO: Cane Syrup

Thanks, that's exactly what I was looking for, I just wish there was a place around the city that carried it.

ISO: Cane Syrup

Thanks, but that's more of a simple syrup made from cane sugar, this is more of a southern Louisiana/Mississippi product.

ISO: Cane Syrup

It's just called Cane Syrup, it's its own product, not like a simple syrup or anything. I put not golden syrup, as in Lyle's. Cane syrup is similar to corn syrup (Karo), but not corn based. It's cane sugar based as the name would imply.

ISO: Cane Syrup

I'm trying to track down some cane syrup, like you'd find in Louisiana. Not golden syrup, but cane syrup. Any help would be great.

Best ESPRESSO in Toronto

Wow, it took a three posts to find the person negative about all things Toronto and Coffee.

That's way off, the truth is that excellant espresso can be found at these places:

Dark Horse
Te Aro
Voulez Vous
Lit Espresso
Cherry Bomb
The Rooster
Broadview Espresso
Sam James

etc. etc.

To act as if when you enter our city limits all knowledge and taste of coffee just stops is so bizarre.

Broadview Espresso
817 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K, CA

3079 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z9, CA

Delighful Fluffy buttery croissants

Is there a reason why we would be impressed by the address?

Pastries from Patisserie Monaco at Loblaw's St Clair Market - good quality, low price point

I don't think you mean me about the pricing, but is LaRocca really better? It's all just stabalized whipped cream mousse cakes made with brought in ingredients that already have an ingredient list longer than my arm.

I think the one thing we all can agree is that we need better, I've found that all major cake makers have fallen so far. I'm talking about the Dufflets, LaRocca's, Patisserie Monaco's, etc, etc.


Pastries from Patisserie Monaco at Loblaw's St Clair Market - good quality, low price point

Really? I've always thought of Patisserie Monaco as being a pretty plain "Hotel dessert" kind of thing. The last lemon tart of theirs I tried had a soggy crust, and weaping meringue and didn't have that sort of smooth but tangy lemon curd taste that is so great, but was just sharp and overly sweet.

Isn't the place dessert factory-esque ?

Winterlicious at Canoe

I'm not sure why anyone has a difficulty with this, but if you take the revenue that you normally take and divide it by three, you have to cut a cost somewhere. This isn't a specific "winterlicious" thing either, it's across the board with every prix fixe promo that has ever existed, whether here or at NYC Restaurant Week, you have to be willing to accept that.

Also, the restaurant is governed by MIchael Bonacini & Peter Oliver, so if they want every restaurant to participate, than every restaurant will participate. Simple stuff.

Te Aro in Leslieville - another coffee shop

That's funny, I'd argue that I Deal was a terribly underwhelming place. I'd say that Te Aro has got generally pretty good reviews, certainly not "disappointing". I think it'd be on most peoples shortlist for one of the best cafes in the city.

I hope Voulez Vous is better than the old I Deal, the space certainly deserves better, and in my opinion, "maybe they spent all their budget on decor" is a bit of a cheapshot. I like to think that Chowhound is above slights like that.

Great coffee in Toronto's west end

Cortar, is spanish "to cut", so as you are cutting the espresso with some milk = Cortado. Another word that sounds really cool in english, which is probably boring in its natural language.

Great coffee in Toronto's west end

Maybe a Cortado? I think it's spanish though.

Great coffee in Toronto's west end


new coffee house on Broadview across from Riverdale park

It actually opened yesterday.

new coffee house on Broadview across from Riverdale park

Sorry, I re-read my post and it does come across a little harsh. I didn't mean it to.

new coffee house on Broadview across from Riverdale park

The cafe still isn't open yet, not sure how you saw 10-12 people in it eating and drinking.....

Help from Chocolate Connoissuers (especially Dark Chocolate)

Don't go Godiva, don't go Leonidas. Both are just places that get chocolate and cover something in it. You can't beat Soma, you just can't, the problem is price. McEwan's carries some Galler chocolates which are incredible. Just don't go to one of those retail "chocolate" shops, they are always terrible. In my quiet opinion.........