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Good restaurant in Toronto

I need some advice on choosing a Toronto restaurant to take my ex-boss from Montreal. He's used to a very high standard in his home town, and I don't have a clue where to take him as my wife and I pretty much gave up on eating out in Toronto years ago. I'd like to take him somewhere reasonably central (meaning the old City of Toronto) with a good buzz and really good food, avoiding the usual Bay Street business restaurants like Canoe and North 44. It would be nice to take him to a neighbourhood outside his usual King and Bay experience. I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Apr 01, 2012
yyzman in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's your most disappointing dining experience?

Frank's Kichen. It wasn't aggressively bad, but in no way did it live up to the glowing reviews.

Jul 11, 2011
yyzman in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

HELP ASAP! Need locals advice!

I had a pizza at the King Street Il Fornello a couple of years ago and it was terrible.

Jul 11, 2011
yyzman in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Rectory Café on the Island - Any feedback?

We made the mistake of stopping at the Rectory Cafe a couple of years ago with our bikes. We didn't have bike locks, but since it was a late fall afternoon and the place was almost deserted, we asked if we could leave our bikes to the side on the patio. No dice - we had to leave them out front where we couldn't see them from the patio. The snotty waiter we dealt with did offer to rent us bike locks at five dollars a pop, but our previous experience of the food didn't warrant suffering this ripoff. The Rectory - nice setting and mediocre food, but really who needs the attitude?

Jul 11, 2011
yyzman in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Frank's Kitchen

I'm not sure why Frank's Kitchen has received so much hype. We ate there for the first time last night and were completely unimpressed. The lobster ravioli had a pleasant enough simple tomato sauce. However, the lobster raviolis themselves were so bland that they were completely overpowered by the reasonably mild sauce. The fish special consisted of an overcooked diver scallop, a tasteless crab ravioli on a greasy sauce, and a piece of forgettable overcooked fish. The peach tarte tatin was OK, except for the fact that peaches aren't in season and there wasn't a lot of peach flavour. The wine list was compact and devoid of anything interesting, to say the least, and while I know it's standard in Ontario, $60 (or $65, I can't remember which) for a Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is a bit rich. The breads were good, and the service was enthusiastic, if not particularly knowledgeable except in the manner of the provenance of the ingredients. The room itself is a typical narrow Toronto retail space, which isn't particularly comfortable. My wife remarked the food was a lot like what you get from the Oliver-Bonacini chain, in the sense that it delivered lots of fat in a somewhat pretentious format. But it didn't deliver much in the way of the taste of the underlying ingredients. I agree with Andre's suggestion above, though I'd substitute Scarpetta or Colborne Lane for Canoe. This restaurant would never be well reviewed in Montreal, let alone New York or London.

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Colborne Lane
45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

Sauvignon
1862 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1H1, CA

Frank's Kitchen
588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA

May 30, 2011
yyzman in Ontario (inc. Toronto)