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Fat Lava has opened in Parkdale (on close avenue)

Has anyone been to Fat Lava since it opened? Does it have a patio out back? Looks like a very small café - not sure if I should meet a friend at Capital or try somewhere new as the seating looks limited.

about 23 hours ago
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ontario sour cherries 2013

I found some in Roncesvalles as well.

about 23 hours ago
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ontario sour cherries 2013

I am on a mission to find some sour cherries this weekend. Has anyone spotted some yet? I am in Toronto area. I will try Liberty Village market to see if Sunray Orchards has any on Sunday. I might go to St. Lawrence market this weekend.

Jul 17, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help me find this chocolate shop please !

I go to Morocco chocolate (Yorkville) or Nadege when I am buying gifts.

Jul 17, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Please help me plan the ultimate 3-day dining experience in Toronto. Specifics within:

I would go up the CN Tower for the view and then consider the Sunday Brunch at the Ritz or even Deq.

Jun 25, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic Newfie food

Canoe has a Jiggs dinner on the menu. I will be taking guests on Friday night that are keen to try it.

Jun 25, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The New Toronto's Best Slice Thread

I like Pizza Flora in Roncesvalles. http://www.pizzaflora.ca/

Jun 20, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lisbon by Night Fish Rodizio

I have a guest in for the long weekend from way up north where he has slim pickings for dining options. He loves fish and seafood. Good food and good service are essential but it is not necessary to be a fine dining experience. He once enjoyed the Brazil Rodzio. I'm thinking he may enjoy Lisbon by Night as it looks like similar type. Any thoughts on the establishment? I have seen the ads on bus shelters - which is usually not my trusted source.

May 12, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ici Bistro - Comically Dysfunctional

I had dinner at Ici bistro during the last weekend they were located on Harbord. Flawless service, divine food and lovely ambience. Personally I would never book a restaurant in their first weekend operating in a new location - no matter their reputation without expecting some snafus. But that is just me. And truth be told I have never quite been impressed with JPs customer service - in fact he has always struck me as the type that has a better relatioship with the dishes he prepares that people who enjoy the meal. So good luck getting a satisfactory response.

May 05, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

GOOD Turkish Delight?

I am traveling out west and found some Bayco Turkish delight. Thanks for the tip.

Apr 08, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Chase Fish & Oyster

The menu changed sadly. I miss the lobster claw dish, beets and whitefish appetizer. The new sides did not quite work - brussel sprout Caesar salad and mushrooms. Sundays are a good option if you don't like the jam packed days.

Mar 11, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bindia dishes? Located near St Lawrence market

Has anyone tried the jumbo prawn, lobster tail or lamb dishes at Bindia restaurant? Any thoughts of this restaurant? I will go this weekend with out of town guests who are staying downtown.

Mar 07, 2014
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Return of Cafe Brussel!!!!

I don't live in the Beach. I learned of Roger's new venture on the board so thought I would pass along the info sent to me in a forwarded email.

Thanks for the confirmation.

Mar 07, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Return of Cafe Brussel!!!!

I have heard that the restaurant may be in trouble.

Mar 06, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Grove - Still Tops?

I was there for dinner tonight. Attentive service. Meal was divine. And loved my cocktail. I did the 3 course rather than the 5. I found it satisfying. Not sure if they still offer a la carte.

Feb 25, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

weekday breakfasts, beyond bacon and eggs

Love the olives, feta, bread and tea. The egg dishes were good. If you're feeling adventurous try the sheep's soup - not for everyone but my dining partner loved it so much I thought he might lick the dish clean. It is a place where I found the servers quite knowledgeable and willing to make recommendations based on your tastes.

Feb 22, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

weekday breakfasts, beyond bacon and eggs

I need to try it on a weekday so I can enjoy Turkish coffee with my breakfast. The creamed spinach/eggs dish was amazing. My dining companion enjoyed the kaleh pacheh (sheep's soup). Truly an unforgettable meal.

Feb 20, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best french toast in toronto?

Café Belong at Brickworks was quite yummy.

Feb 20, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bannock (An O&B restaurant)

I loved the chili and the butter tart. Yum.

Feb 20, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

weekday breakfasts, beyond bacon and eggs

Takht e Tavoos opens at 10am and serves breakfast options that are well beyond simply bacon and eggs. 1120 College Street.

Feb 20, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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GOOD Turkish Delight?

I searched for some Turkish Delight last week as a gift for Vday. Tahsin is closed. I picked up a small box from Serano. And I did try some from Bulk Barn which was enjoyable treat but not suitable as a gift. I will try some from St Lawrence Market the next time I am in the area. Any other suggestions?

Feb 20, 2014
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hankering lobster

The Chase had a delicious lobster claw dish. And the lobster on the Bay Street platter was a perfect portion that was shared at my table. Pricey option but sometimes you just want to splurge.

Nov 18, 2013
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Chase Fish & Oyster

We went for a birthday celebration on the weekend. Enjoyed the Bay St platter. Yum. The cocktails were divine. Other stand outs were the oysters, tuna, lobster roll, stuffing, lobster claw dish and platter. Even the fried chicken was amazing. We loved the fried apple pie and some key lime cake dessert (shared by group). Service was great. Meal was pricey but worth it. If you go to oyster bar take a moment to peek at the restaurant upstairs. What a beautiful patio that is still open if you want to huddle under a heat lamp and take in the beautiful setting. We will definitely go back. Several reviews in touristy magazines lately so I would recommend trying to book a table well in advance to avoid being disappointed.

Nov 18, 2013
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Christmas dinner options!!

I hired a young chef\butcher to make last year's dinner. He did the shopping, prep and got the meal into the oven. He left me with instructions. There was minimal clean up, not a lot of stress and it all went without a hitch. We planned the menu together. I am sure there would be a number of assistant chefs who would look to do a similar arrangement.

Nov 16, 2013
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Return of Cafe Brussel!!!!

I took an out of town guest to Café Brussel last night. My guest was a big fan of Café Brussel - Danforth location. We took a $20 cab from King and Yonge. I am pleased to report that the new restaurant lived up to our expectations. My partner adores the bouillabaisse. We also enjoyed fresh bread with a charcuterie plate. lamb (him) and a steak frites (me). We had a 930 reservation on a Friday night. I recommend a reservation as all tables were full but in the midst of leaving. Service was wonderful especially a lovely server from Germany. It looks like Roger's hand and attention to detail touches every plate that leaves the kitchen so we would likely not book a table during peak dinner hours if you are in a rush. We sat in the front window. The restaurant has a charming appeal well suited to the Beach. It's a nice setting for an anniversary dinner. I could see bring my folks here for a birthday dinner celebration. No brunch hours yet. A wine bar is about to open upstairs but I stayed on the main level. I do have a soft spot for Roger. I enjoyed many evenings in the Danforth location so I am happy to report that we had another magical evening.

Nov 16, 2013
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hankering lobster

The Star recommended Hooked (888 Queen St East) as they will steam and shell a lobster for you 'to go'. 416 828 1861

Nov 16, 2013
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Leslieville Pumps

Explanation: My out of town guest wanted fried chicken while on his trip to the city. He had hoped to eat at Paulette's Chicken on Queen St East but when we arrived we discovered it was closed. (He read about the chicken in the Eating and Drinking edition of Toronto Life. I had tried to get him to the Drake or Harlem but his heart was set on trip to east end. As Paulette's was no longer in operation I suggested the Leslieville Pump.

For the record, I dashed off a post to this site in haste and I stand to be corrected. I did not expect to 'impress' in the sense that the trip revolved around the Leslieville Pump experience.

That being said I do enjoy a variety of places in the city from greasy spoon diners to fine dining. And my out of town guest is a friendly, chatty man who is quite pleasant to staff. I saw the LesliePumps mentioned and shared my experience. How I wish that I could have offered a more pleasant experience that discussed the food or favorable service. As I mentioned above - I love the concept and I enjoy the kitschy feel of the Country General Store. The baked goods looked amazing. But for me to recall 3 months later the attitude and curtness from staff telling us 3 times that we are meant to take food to go and that asking for ice was so memorable that I posted on chowhound was simply a comment I shared with the board. Note: I did not run right home to vent on the board immed after my visit with my panties in a bunch but commented months after the fact.

There is often a difference I feel when I am dining solo or with local friends. But sometimes when you have an out of town guest you feel a little more sensitive to hoping their limited time in the city is favorable. But it's a chance you take when you go at the last minute to a new place rather than the tried, tested and true. If I was to return to this establishment rest assured I would know to take the food 'to go'.

Nov 13, 2013
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yorkville area restaurants

Midestro on Yorkville.

Nov 06, 2013
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Leslieville Pumps

I just recall being embarrassed by the service. I'm not one to leap to make a complaint - I just posted as I saw someone say the customer service issues seemed straightened out. I do hope that is the case. I love the concept. My friend had a craving for fried chicken - which is how we ended up at the Pump. That same weekend we ate at the Grove, Edulis, Buca, Rock Lobster and Acadia so all was not lost.

Nov 04, 2013
mskatsam in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner on Tuesday - Close to downtown

The menu at the Grove looks limited in options and yet my guests and I have always been beyond impressed with our meals. Love the cocktail options as well. The chef Ben Heaton is amazing.

Nov 04, 2013
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