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Where do you take a carnivore that isn't boring?

Farmhouse Tavern on Dupont. And if you can get seats, they've just started another Hunt Camp.

good restaurants in Florence, Italy

I had lunch at Sostanza today. I wouldn't bother. It's atmospheric, but the food was a best mediocre. Very diner-ish.

May 28, 2010
francelonian in Italy

Kerr Farms beef @ Sobeys - what's your experience?

I've had the flank and the skirt. Skirt was lovely, flank entirely unremarkable.

Best Single Order of Steak in Toronto

Just about everyone I know raves about Senior's. Haven't tried it myself yet but it will be the next place I try for steak.

Best Single Order of Steak in Toronto

Have never had a steak at Morton's that was anything other than ordinary.

Best Single Order of Steak in Toronto

I had that steak about 4 months ago and thought it was only OK.

Mid-range to high-end Montreal restos: personal reccos

Huge props to you carswell for an awesome post. Great job.

Pho

OK, just checked for the Ottawa joint's address and it wasn't Bank St it was Somerset - the place is called Pho Tu Do.

Pho

I finally made it to Golden Turtle (Rau Vang) tonight, and was not impressed at all. I don't get it, really, because people rave here and Kates rated it very highly. It has a varied menu. We tried pho, rolls (fresh and fried) and pad thai. Young Thailand's pad thai - even the Queen Mother's pad thai, was far better. The pho was only OK. Light on the noodles and the broth was at best average. My brother-in-law's new (vietnamese) girlfriend took us to a pho joint on Bank Street in Ottawa and it was far, far superior.

I've tried Pho Hung and it was only just OK as well.

Momiji Sushi Bar & Grill - Kingsway

Never been - in that area I usually go to Gojima, which is on Bloor a little east of Islington, which I love. But thanks for the tip.

Edward Levesque's

I had a superb brunch there today. It was at the very least memorable. We'll be back for dinner.

Want really bad food? Go to Baton Rouge - Eaton Centre

Yup - factory food is a big risk. ironically enough.

Saturday Morning Brunch

Going to disagree with you on Musa. Just came back from it. Not *bad* - but certainly no better than mediocre. Waited at door even though tables open and no one ahead of us. Once seated, very slow service. Noise level **far** too loud. Dishes that did not come together; quality and flavour just OK. And for brekky, the lamest toast I've had in a long while. Cold, soggy and very ordinary.

I'll try it once more in case this was an off day for them, but it was at best mediocre.

Trendiest / Best Brunch in the city

Going to disagree with you on Musa. Just came back from it. Not *bad* - but certainly no better than mediocre. Waited at door even though tables open and no one ahead of us. Once seated, very slow service. Noise level **far** too loud. Dishes that did not come together; quality and flavour just OK. And for brekky, the lamest toast I've had in a long while. Cold, soggy and very ordinary.

I'll try it once more in case this was an off day for them, but it was at best mediocre.

Sat. brunch near Trinity-Bellwoods

Going to disagree with you on Musa. Just came back from it. Very slow service. Far too loud. Dishes that did not come together; quality and flavour just OK. Not bad - but just OK. And for brekky, the lamest toast I've had in a long while. Cold, soggy and very ordinary. I'll try it once more in case this was an off day for them, but it was at best mediocre.

Is Seven Numbers still around?

"I don't think that *wild popularity* is a sign of good food, btw."

I didn't say it was. And let's not spend too much time debating taste vs. popularity, and simply agree that at the very least, something that is wildly popular is more likely to be good than something that is not.

Is Seven Numbers still around?

"You gotta be kidding me. Seven Numbers (both past and present) are probably the worst restaurants in this city. I won't even touch on the fact that the food is HORRIBLE."

Which explains its wild popularity.

It's not a Michelin 3 star, but the food is good and the mood is fun, though loud for some.

haven't heard much about Anatolia

Imam Bayildi is one of my favourite dishes there ...

What's good between downtown Toronto and Oshawa?

The highway.

Hehe - sorry, couldn't resist.

haven't heard much about Anatolia

We go to Istanbul every year on business. Anatolia is the closest we've seen in Toronto to generic Turkish. Not ideal by any means, but a nice meal. We live nearby and it's still open.

Looking for Best Italian Fine Dining in Toronto

I second Giancarlo's. Great food, though there's a load of 'tude there. You'll have a great meal, but will leave thinking the entire wait staff is convinced you're a cultural troglodyte.

I liked - but didn't love - Coppo's. Good food, not great, and kind of bland decor - not really an *experience*.

Via Allegro is very much in the vein of the U.S. plaza restaurant - loads of decor trying to imitate atmosphere, but ultimately not succeeding. But they have very good food and an almost ridiculously extensive menu. I'm more into the intimate neighbourhood joint kind-of-thing myself.

Toronto restaurant tips

Lee Garden on Spadina is wildly popular. Seven Numbers on Danforth is too. I've had a lot of fun and good food at The Big Ragu on Lansdowne. There are many excellent Dim Sum restos in the city. The Lahore Tikka House seems to have a lot of fans here, though I've never been. Bonjour Brioche is a nice bakery cafe with great bfast, baked goods and awesome sammys.

That's a nice cross-section that has loads in it for everyone here to disagree about. :)

Cheap eats with atmosphere downtown Toronto

Banu on Queen West is kind of fun. Also Iranian. But with more vodka.

http://www.martiniboys.com/Toronto/Ba...

Best Service in Town

The best service I've ever had in Toronto was from a particular waiter at the now defunct Lemon Meringue in Bloor West Village. Superbly professional, entertaining and great fun. Literally, dinner theatre.

Jewish Restaurant - anyone?

I eat there often and love it. I've never had the problems that Lea reports.

Good Chinese near High Park/Bloor West/Junction?

Ditto - what have you got so far for Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai?

Suddenly craving bratwurst...

I have nothing useful to say other than that I'll be watching this one with interest. I'm a nut for good bratwurst but haven't seen anything special in Toronto ...

Solo San Franciscan in Paris

I had a superb lunch at Le Vaudeville near the Bourse a couple of weeks ago. Desperately wanted to go to Aux Lyonnais but only had weekend lunch avail and it was closed, but I've heard nothing but raves about it.

Also enjoyed Le Grand Colbert, where the bistro scene in the movie Something's Gotta Give was shot. Very good, but not superb.

Dec 23, 2006
francelonian in France

Churrascaria in Toronto or area

It's Brazilian, and mediocre.

Sky Ranch is Argentinian, but very modest, and not really about grilled meat. You may be thinking of Asado, which is the Argentinian version of Churrasco, its Brazilian cousin, which is what Carnaval ostensibly serves.

I haven't seen true asado (or brazilian churrasco) in Toronto.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asado

Best Steakhouse in TO

I think Baby Beef on St. Clair sells it. By the side.