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Windsor, Ontario Restaurants

Checked it out before I went, website is pretty dated. Menu is totally different then from the website. Their face book page has a more updated menu, but they now have their fall menu out!

Nov 28, 2013
kookin in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Windsor, Ontario Restaurants

A restaurant I just ate ate is a bit outside of Windsor called Foia, in Tecumseh. Not a lot of people know about it because it's in a plaza somewhat hidden. Heard a lot of great thing lately from a few people and decided to check it out. probably one of the best meals I have had in the city! I was told they have a new chef who took over the kitchen in early summer so it has changed a lot from the past which I am told is a good thing. A really fun menu, lots of tapa style plates so getting a lot and sharing was easy. Very modern and clean presentation but with still appropriate serving sizes. And unlike many restaurants I go to where the food is good but always very unhealthy, the food here seems too actually have some balance.

Nov 28, 2013
kookin in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto Life Reviews [split thread]

How I know this is because I am in the industry. Most restaurants with very experienced FOH staff and with seatings of 90% and over reservations know their clients, especially the faces of food critics, and their has been restaurants, I only know of two to be exact on that list that have wanted her to come in last year to do a new review, and she did not. Another simple way to tell is her reviews for some restaurants are the exact same as the year before, and even some of the info, such as chefs name or sous chef name is wrong.

Mar 31, 2012
kookin in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto Life Reviews [split thread]

I have lost alot of respect for TL and many restaurant critics in Toronto in General. Joanne kates, Amy Pataki etc, It's all about trends with all of them from what I see. All the love for your truly is because one likes them and it becomes cool. I am so tired of hearing about like they say in the beginning of the TL review, chef worked at per se, noma, alinea. Industry folks know how easy it is to get into places to do a staige. Anyone who goes to culinary school can do it. I have lived in many major cities in Canada and to my suprise the reviews here are suprisingly bad, Take kates for example, with her list, I know as a fact she hasn't been into some of the restaurants in the past year, yet she still ranks them. I have been to Acadia and your truly, and while acadia wasn't perfect it is for sure better then yours truly.

Mar 30, 2012
kookin in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant with best desserts in Toronto/GTA

from my experience, not just based on one dessert at a restaurant but trying a variety on the menu, I would say splendido. Was there a couple months ago as well as late last year and dished where beutiful and tasted amazing. A cheesecake of sorts in a more modern way, not deconstructed thou., a choc. and peanut dessert was delicious.

Mar 30, 2012
kookin in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Molecular Gastronomy in GTA

totally agree, I am a little annoyed with the automatic praise all these food writers give to restaurants just because the chef staiged at a place. It's not that hard to get a staige at noma. I have many friends who have staiged there, doesn't mean their great and tey'll admit it. And also YT is not molecular at all. No place in this city is and thats not a bad thing. Molecular cooking is technique, so many restaurants do use some of these techniques. YT may at times, Splendido does, colborne lane, acadia and others.

Mar 24, 2012
kookin in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Toronto fine dining with tasting menu AND a view and/or great service/decor

I have also been to splendido a few times over the past 6 months and I did have a dessert with the granita and toffee, which was actually carmailzed white chocolate. I loved it myself. And speaking of desserts I have ate at numerous restaurants in TO, and none as far as fine dining even come close to what splendido has going on. And as far as desserts I would say their desserts are the most complex in the city as well as the best visually plated desserts in the city.

Mar 01, 2012
kookin in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives (Canadian Version)

I definitely second Le Binerie. Nothing froufy, real,quinessential quebec grub - tourtiere, pate chinois, cretons, feves au lard - everything made in house. Owners are really nice and friendly. The beans are so good (but not so good for you :) )

Sep 05, 2010
kookin in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Hot Wings in Montreal

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6659...
there are a few recent suggestions here as well

Sep 05, 2010
kookin in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best Chicken Wings in Montreal

The Jolifou restaurant on Beaubien just reopened with a new menu, and they now feature wings (and an amazing burger, and smoked brisket and house made cheese and jalepeno sausage - i could go on, but the topic here is wings, so.... This place is by no means a pub,, but the wings are AMAZING and they make all their own hot sauces - count 4 including habenero tamarind and cayenne roasted pepper. They also make this incredible blue cheese sauce that took it all over the top. They cost a bit more (10 or 12 bucks) but SO worth it. The owner says they may be getting a few TV's in there for the upcoming hockey season so i know where i'll be watching the games.

Sep 04, 2010
kookin in Quebec (inc. Montreal)