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Acadia or Woodlot

Acadia is better without a doubt -- the dishes are much more creative and more importantly, delicious. Woodlot is ordinary in comparison.

Men-Only Birthday Bash - N44, Auberge du Pommier or Centro?!

I had the tasting menu for the first time at Auberge around 2 months ago and was not impressed. There was nothing on the menu that made you think, "Wow - that was amazing!" The service was less than stellar to boot. Methinks Auberge has been way too overhyped on Chowhound.

ISO suggestions pre-theatre near Dundas Sq.

Osteria Ciceri e Tria and La Betolla di Terroni are both on Victoria Street nearby.

where to buy Indian spices and grocery items in Kingston??

Masala Foods
320 Princess Street

Enoteca Sociale Tasting Menu - Any one?!

There is a meat course (lamb, I believe) but we substituted it for the fish.

Enoteca Sociale Tasting Menu - Any one?!

I had the tasting menu two weeks ago at Enoteca Sociale (make a reservation or be prepared to wait for a while as it gets quite busy). The antipasto consisted of various kinds of olives, and crisps with some kind of curd on top (it was good). The pasta was spaghetti vongole -- perfectly al dente but lacked character. The secondi was rainbow trout, which was quite well done. And oh, there was a salad somewhere in between the courses, which I didn't care too much about. We were served some Cape Vessey cheese from Prince Edward county, which has a very strong flavour, but it grows on you. Dessert was whipped ricotta with Ontario peaches and an almond biscuit on the side. And of course, there was the usual bread, etc.

My friend and I had a nice little table on the side to ourselves and the service was great. The portions, unfortunately, are quite small -- despite all the courses we were still quite hungry afterwards! The food is definitely good, but not something that I would go out of my way for.

Overall: 7/10.

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Enoteca Sociale
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Sushi Couture: Get over there!

Had the Omakase set ($39) at Sushi Couture tonight. We were served standard salad and miso soup to start with a bowl of edamame for two on the side.

First course was an oyster shooter (quail and fish eggs with oyster) which was okay, but not something I'd try again. Next was mussel with some kind of sauce (this was quite nice, but the waitress was unable to explain what it was) and a square of eggplant with bonito flakes on top. There was also a small blowtorched fish (anchovy perhaps?). The next course had a cup of tuna in a lime base, a tiny fried crab (sawagani), and butter fish sashimi. Four pieces of nigiri sushi followed -- this was not your traditional selection but a more contemporary take (there was barbecued eel with avocado, for instance). There was also tuna and more butter fish. The rice was decent and had a good amount of wasabi. The next course was a slap in the face -- it was "Sushi couture rolls" -- a slightly different approach to California rolls, laden with mayo. My friend and I both found them soggy and unpleasant. Finally, we had a spicy tuna handroll (temaki sushi). This was a little too over spiced but the sea weed did provide a good crunch. Green tea and deep fried banana (meh) were included for dessert.

Sushi Couture certainly offers fish that is of higher quality than the other places across the street, but the california rolls need to be completely eradicated from the omakase menu and replaced with something else. There also needs to be more variety with the fish -- too much tuna (three times) and butter fish (also three times) makes for tedious eating. And deep fried banana? Really?

The service is eager, if a little slow at times. The ambience is nice, but Michael Buble may not be the best accompaniment to sushi. There are a few kinks with the omakase menu but hopefully these get sorted out. For now you may have better luck with sticking to a la carte. Overall: 6/10

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Sushi Couture
456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

What's Good in Kingston These Days?

Cambodiana (on Brock right across Hotel Dieu) is excellent. Phnom Penh is also a good bet. For something not Cambodian, Woodenheads is a great option.

What's Good in Kingston These Days?

Curry Original may have a nice environment, but it also serves some of the worst food I've ever eaten. The food is bland and at times almost dessert-like. It's a travesty that this place has declared itself Kingston's "most authentic" Indian restaurant.

Zeitoun Turkish Cuisine

Do you mean Pizza Pide? If so, the last time I went there was in February 2008 and it was excellent. I had the sucuklu pide (see picture) and it was exaclty how it's supposed to be. But I've read that its ownership has changed since so I don't know if the quality remains. Maybe someone else who's visited Pizza Pide more recently can comment.

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Pizza Pide
949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

Zeitoun Turkish Cuisine

I'd passed by Zeitoun during the recent Taste of the Danforth festival and made a note to return when I had the chance. Last night a friend and I decided to check out Zeitoun for dinner. I've learned from past experience not to have high expectations with Turkish food in Toronto (but one still hopes) and besides, it's perhaps unfair to expect the same quality from a Toronto restaurant as you might from a gem hidden in an alley near Taksim Square in Istanbul. But I digress.

The sign outside the store proudly advertised kokoreç (grilled sheep intestines) so that's what I tried to order first. Sorry said the man behind the counter, we don't have any right now. Okay, can I have some Iskender Kebap instead? Sorry, we don't have that either. I should have figured out something was wrong when two of their mains were unavailable (it wasn't that late either) but I persisted. We finally settled on 2 types of pides: sucuklu pide (sausage) with an egg cracked on top, another ground beef pide, adana kebap, and pacha (trotter) soup.

The adana kebap was a single stingy piece that was accompanied by your typical salad (onions, cucumbers, tomatoes), and plain rice. The kebap was dry and bland. The pides weren't really pides -- they were an oily, sorry, soggy, mess barely resembling the real deal. They didn't have minced beef and so they replaced it with shredded chicken (which tasted stale) without asking us. But the ultimate insult was when the sucuklu pide arrived -- there were no sausages on the pide, but sliced HOT DOGS. The egg wasn't cracked on top as it should have been, but congealed along the side. Did they really think we wouldn't notice? Finally, the pacha corba (it arrived last) was a watery excuse for soup. Squeezing my lemon slice from the salad didn't make the soup taste any better. The only redeeming thing about my meal were the 2 ayrans (and you can't go wrong with a prepackaged drink - http://www.dairyfountain.com ).

By far one of the worst dining experiences I've had in Toronto.

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Zeitoun
980 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1M1, CA

Late night dessert -- crepes & waffles downtown?

Not near your location, but the best crepes I've had in the city are at Crêpes à GoGo on Yonge and Yorkville.

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Crepes A GoGo
18 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W1L4, CA

The Un-Official "Go To" Restaurant Thread

Seconded! Their sandwich and soups combos are truly comfort food.

Best macarons in Toronto?

The macarons at MoRoCo are terrible. I've had them on 3 different occasions, and each time they were powdery and just didn't taste very good.