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Buy, Buy, Birdie?

the comparison is only valid if you are comparing apples to apples, which people are not doing. a chicken cooked with kale and turnips is not going to cost as much as one that used foie basting, at least not in my world.

it is not really fair to compare the two, imho. . .but even this is too simplistic. . .

comparing calamari from lotus to a chinese restaurant ignores the fact that the cost of a dish is never just about the raw ingredients--the chase or lotus has to factor in all of the costs that put that dish in front the diner, along with the overhead of that particular space. if all other things were equal, then we could say that susur was ripping people off.

i honestly have not eaten at bouchon bistro, and i'm sure that anything attached to keller will be solid, but i don't rely solely on michelin to gauge quality (plenty of questionable 1* nyc restos, imho).

is it fair to compare disparate dishes offered by restaurants on the basis of preparation/taste? perhaps.

is it fair to make a blanket statement about cost, and presume that the higher priced version is a ripoff? no, because you cannot separate the dish from the restaurant that it is served in, when it comes to assessing pricing.

Apr 07, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Buy, Buy, Birdie?

any comparison of roast chicken, or any dish for that matter, from two different restaurants is problemmatic, unless you can show that they are providing the same ingredients, level of service, dining experience, and environment.

it's pretty obvious that a simplistic, reductionist argument about a singular ingredient is pointless. there are roast chickens, and then there are roast chickens. . .

yes, bouchon bistro will give you a whole chicken for about $53usd, but i'll wager that once you add foie, even keller, out in yountville, would eclipse $71cdn. likewise, the chase could probably charge $53cdn or less for their roast chicken if they were preparing it with kale, turnips and jus like bouchon.

Apr 07, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

ate here recently--their pizza is legit, arguably the most authentically italian style pizza in durham. the pastries were not great, to be honest. prices are very affordable, and would love to come back and try some more stuff--especially their other pies and their pastas.

without a liquor license, they could be in tough to survive for too long. i hope they make it.

Apr 05, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Weber Jumbo Joe at Target

not to be argumentative, but weber genesis s-series grills have occasionally been cleared out--i picked up an s-310 a couple of years back for about $700, down from about $1100. this was from lowes, and i know home depot has done a similar markdown. my particular purchase happened in the off-season (january).

target happens to have a history of aggressive clearance pricing on out of season stock, so i'm guessing that's why hope springs eternal for this item. . .

Apr 05, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Imperial Buffet

if you really want to eat there, you can go to their website. . .from there, you can visit their facebook page and sign up for emails, and they will send you a 2for1 coupon. . .enjoy
http://www.imperialbuffet.com/ajax/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Imperi...

Apr 05, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

hmm, will have to check out that mexican place you mention in oshawa at 33 king st. . .i agree with you on mexico lindo, and eldorado is just bad.

starr burger and shamrock are both pretty average, although i disagree on baldwin street burger in brooklin. . .imho, it's the best burger going in durham right now. patty shack is creative, but their meat is overcooked. their gardillic sauce is addictive, tho. . .

Apr 03, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scarborough Gems

i too visited gm last weekend, with a quick stop at one2 snacks beforehand.

one2 snacks -- tiny 'takeout' spot, with really affordable dishes. shared the roti canai and the laksa. . .asked for 'spicy' and have to say that the laksa had good heat and flavour. they were sold out of satay, but it was only an hour before they closed. the roti was not exceptional, but both were quite filling.

the service we experienced at gm was not bad at all. we got there about half past seven, and it was not very busy. food came out super fast, and we ordered a few dishes. all were decent, but none were spectacular, just solid.

Mar 24, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

just ate here recently--will stick with pho vietnam 999 in oshawa. . .

decent but not spectacular

Mar 14, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

face it, we're all just rubbernecking at this point, waiting for the trainwreck.

god help anyone who innocently throws kickstarter $ at this hot mess. . .doesn't anyone feel that it's a civic duty to warn people?

Mar 12, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

that menu swings between amateurish, to revolting, to inane stupidity. . .the comment below the menu that totally called them on a liquor licence was pretty legit tho. . .lol

Mar 12, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

if it wasn't for the rent on that space, you'd swear this was a fake. . .no way that people are this shallow and clueless. . .

Mar 11, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Toronto Guilty Pleasures

i guess if claudio aprile and susur lee spend most of their time making exceptional food, then i guess it makes sense that they would slum it in a pit like mickey-d's or the bk, but as someone who isn't part of the restaurant industry, i choose to spend my dollars carefully.

the 'guilty pleasures' that i have are not really 'secrets' as chowhound is basically devoted to 'outing' the best bites, and the best bites for the buck.

my favourite quick service places are not really 'chains', per se: bmb, seven lives, holy chuck, etc.

if we are talking about only chains, then there's two: popeye's chicken, and yes, taco bell seven layer burritos.

on second thought, if i were aprile or lee, i would still rather eat at a ramen or pho place before those burger boxes.

Feb 28, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

if michelin came to Toronto

in my experience, 2 and 3 star restos are in a clear category.
one star restos on the other hand, have a massive range, with variations on service, dining experience, wine/alcohol programs, and food served.
i think there definitely are restos in toronto that would merit one star consideration.

and if not that, i think a bib gourmand list would generate a lot of interesting dining for toronto.

Feb 25, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Kitchenware store in Toronto that won't break the bank

i agree with you about tap phong. lots of generic stuff, but right next to that stuff is the commercial grade product that would be welcome in any home. same goes for ksp and for cayne's and for nella. they all sell a range of product, most of which is produced in china. even the aforementioned williams-sonoma sells made in china/prc products, lol.

any time a broad generalization like "made in china crap" is made, i have to question the point that is being made.

Feb 23, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'Chuan Yu-Home' - Some AWESOME tasting Sichuan food!!

fairly thin, but doughy and chewy. we don't speak mandarin, and their english was passable but not quite fluent enough to explain everything we wanted, so i don't know if we would have been able to get extra green onion added. i prefer the flaky and crispy style.

to be fair, of the seven or eight dishes we ordered, it was the one dud. the others ranged from solid to excellent.

Feb 23, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'Chuan Yu-Home' - Some AWESOME tasting Sichuan food!!

ate here yesterday---the green onion pancakes were pretty mediocre--you didn't miss anything.

Feb 23, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

there is only one costco in durham that has a mcdonald's across from it--it is in ajax, on kingston road. the op wrote dundas st, forgetting that same road becomes kingston road, once you cross the whitby town boundary, heading west.

i was explaining how all three names apply to the same road, depending on where in durham you are. sorry that it wasn't clear to you. . .

Feb 23, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

it's kingston road from queen street in the beach, all the way into ajax, and turns into dundas as soon as you hit lakeridge road, heading east to whitby--then when you make it to oshawa the name changes to king street. durham is a weird and wonderful place. . .

Feb 21, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

groupon deals- Toronto restaurants

Feb 12, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is there a single decent Chinese restaurant in Whitby or Oshawa?

no standouts--just the typical hakka standards--chili chicken, hakka noodles, etc.

i throw tangerine into the good, not great category, in that it matches the stuff that markham hakka places produce, but in durham. . .

Feb 10, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is there a single decent Chinese restaurant in Whitby or Oshawa?

no authentic chinese food in durham, that i've found, or even authentic-ish. . .

considering the realities of demographics, it's not surprising. a truly authentic chinese resto would sadly not be supported well enough to survive.

that basically goes for most other 'ethnic' restos. . .no 'great' restos really exist for ethnic foods in durham, but i always hope to be proven wrong.

that being said, i think there are some 'good' options here, and it's not entirely a culinary wasteland.

just my opinion, but i think pho vietnam 999 does a good job, and appear just as authentic as any places i've tried in the t-dot.

baldwin street burger does the best burger in the region, but not at the same level as say holy chuck or priest.

i have eaten at rhino's on a few occasions, and sampled most of what they have to offer, and am not nearly as enthused about them as many on this board. i find them to be pretty mediocre, but passable.

my east coast donairs experience was regrettable, but i might give them another shot this week, as i'll be in the area.

i found mt. pleasant to be good, but a little too heavy with the ghee. i actually preferred my experience at food village, for indo-pakistani food.

if you are looking for 'hakka' chinese, tangerine has a franchise in whitby, that pumps out all the same sort of stuff you would find in markham at places like federicks, etc. their management leaves something to be desired, but the food is okay.

you won't find any great sushi in durham.

Feb 05, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

should point out that jimmy guaco's expanded into whitby, in the elbow of the strip mall at the northeast corner of baldwin/brock and taunton, right next to the popeye's chicken outlet.

Jan 28, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

have not tried it, but if i'm going to try a steak, i'm going to give kb bistro a shot first. i realize he's not a steakhouse, but he offers a few steaks on his menu, and he does good things. . .

that being said, i'm probably not a steakhouse kinda guy, as i prefer doing the big portion steaks at home on my grill, as i have locally sourced a small beef operation (no hormones, grass and feed-fed) for my beef.

Jan 24, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

i tend to avoid all paneer dishes outside of toronto, can't really explain why. was just happy with food village in that they offered lamb versions of dishes, and the spicing was decent. . .

Jan 24, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

just tried 'food village' in the kendalwood plaza at gerrard and kingston rd/hwy 2.

decent indo-pakistani food.

apparently they relocated here from pickering after 14 years . . .the service is a bit slow, but the food is decent, and imho, a lot better than 'signature' indian down the street at hopkins.

fwiw, a 'wok box' chain store opened up in north oshawa, and they already have a groupon--they are a jack of all trades indo-thai-chinese franchise. have not tried them yet.

Jan 23, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

these guys certainly come off as douche bags, but there are plenty of those in the food industry, and some of them still manage to put out good if not great food.

will reserve judgement until (if) they actually open shop and start doing covers. . .

Jan 16, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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The Costco Thread (Ontario - 2014 - part 1)

at the oshawa location, they are clearing out the 5kg bags of australian calrose brown rice for $5.00. . .ymmv

Jan 05, 2014
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

good bakery for small white rolls

perhaps i remember them differently, but the plain dinner rolls they sell are the right size, however i don't think they are 'white' rolls--iirc, they are whole grain or some such.

Dec 17, 2013
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Family style Italian

agree with you on 7 numbers. . .had dinner a while back at their eglinton location and left over-full of mamma-style italian. if that's what you're after, it's solid.

as for carmine's---hmm, haven't been, but peeps on the manhattan board are not exactly unanimous on the experience.

Dec 12, 2013
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

just discovered pho vietnam 999 in oshawa, on king st., just east of the oshawa centre, south side, in the building that used to be the pizza hut (next to the red lobster). visited twice, and i definitely like what i've had so far. prices are higher than the city, but the food looks and tastes authentic, and decent menu. service was fast and efficient, although some of their servers are a bit rusty on their english. they've been open for seven months, and i hope they last. . .

Nov 05, 2013
afong56 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)