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Suggestions for a very nice lunch or dinner for my Mother- in -laws 85th birthday.

Not familiar with this one. Where is it?

Good Thai and or Sushi close to Etobicoke/Mississauga

Don't think we would try Spoon & Fork again as there appears to be too many other good choices being suggested.

You get caught in a rut going to the same places over & over, so was very nice to try someplace new and each one has a different flavour profile.

Suggestions for a very nice lunch or dinner for my Mother- in -laws 85th birthday.

All adults.

Suggestions for a very nice lunch or dinner for my Mother- in -laws 85th birthday.

Thanks, will check out their menu. Has anyone tried Cucci in Oakville?

Suggestions for a very nice lunch or dinner for my Mother- in -laws 85th birthday.

It will probably be a Sunday and they aren't open. The menu looks very good and someplace we have been meaning to try.

Suggestions for a very nice lunch or dinner for my Mother- in -laws 85th birthday.

We ate there with her and weren't impressed. Very expensive wine list. It will be a party of 10 and didn't think the seating was suitable.

Dinner with parents- not too loud

We have had 3 excellent meals at Carisma. Lovely fresh, pasta, fish, excellent service, quiet.

Suggestions for a very nice lunch or dinner for my Mother- in -laws 85th birthday.

For her 80th birthday we took her to Langdon Hall. While it was an excellent meal we felt it was over the top for her, she is not a foodie, but we are. She like Terra Cotta Inn, but have been several times and wanted someplace new if possible.

The family are spread out between Oakville, Toronto, Burlington and Paris, so location is not too much of a concern.

Bucharest and Budapest recommendations, please

Any new suggestions? We will be leaving in a couple of weeks. Staying near the Parliament Palace.

Sep 01, 2013
marshaw in Europe

Good Thai and or Sushi close to Etobicoke/Mississauga

Our friend is keen to meet again over Christmas, so will give some thought to all these great suggestions.

Good Thai and or Sushi close to Etobicoke/Mississauga

We will have to check out Bua Thai and Kumo Sushi. We must have ordered the wrong dishes at Spoon and Fork, as many people like it. We were in the middle of a kitchen reno, so probably in a bad mood when we went. Ha, ha!

Good Thai and or Sushi close to Etobicoke/Mississauga

We had our lunch out yesterday with our young friend. I chose Twin Fish, menu looked good, close to both of us, pictures very nice. We were not disappointed. I had made a reservation and good thing I did, because at 12:00 there were 5 tables already reserved and by 1:00 the place was full.. Very good sign. Had a bit of trouble finding it as it is close to the AMC Cinema, but in an alley with other restaurants.

We started with the Twin Fish appetizer plate. Tasty calamari, sate (chicken and beef), spring, rolls and great chicken and mango rolls. Very nice sauces to accompany the apps. We then shared the Lemongrass Beef (very good) and the Chiang Mai Noodles with chicken (very good, spicier than expected, lots of chicken). Portions were good for the price. The atmosphere was very nice, linen tablecloths, very clean, excellent service. The waitress brought out our beef dish and we were only half finished the apps and had indicated we were not in a hurry. No problem, she sent the dish back to the kitchen and when we were ready a new dish arrived.

We will go back. We have decided to also try Dai Ichi for Sushi as their menu looks good too.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Suggestions for Ottawa restaurants

Unfortunately, our trip to Ottawa had to be cancelled, but now we have a go to list of restaurants for the next time.

Thanks to all who responded.

Good oysters and steak on the menu

I think we will be going to Zee Grill. Will report back in a couple of weeks. Thanks.

Good oysters and steak on the menu

My friend and I went to Starfish a few years ago, great oysters and grilled sardines. It will be her choice as it's her birthday. Just checked out BlogTO and Zee Grill also sounds promising. Has anyone been?

Good oysters and steak on the menu

A friend is coming to Toronto from Ottawa for a visit. We always have oysters when we go to see her, but not sure where to get them in Toronto. The other request is that her friends that will be joining us do not like oysters and would like to have steak. Any good restaurants where we can get both?

Wow!! An even 'tastier' plum than the Red Velvet Apricot!!

They had mango plums last weekend at Square One Farmer's Market.

Suggestions for Ottawa restaurants

Has anyone tried the Pelican for oysters and seafood? We heard it was very good. Also anywhere else in the Byward Market area for a casual lunch?

Dining in Nova Scotia

Highlights from our 16 day trip to Nova Scotia, June 2013

Day 1

We stayed at the Haliburton House on Morris Street in Halifax, very well situated for walking to all the sites. As recommended we ate at Stories It’s a shame it was not busier as the food was delicious. We shared their signature appetizer of pan seared rice paper wrapped sea scallops, ginger sesame vinaigrette. Each of the 3 packages had 2 large scallops, perfect for sharing. For our mains we each had Ahi tuna grilled “rare”, new potatoes, tomato caper fennel, with red pepper vinaigrette. The tuna was a very generous portion, lovely presentation and very good service. A wonderful start to our trip.

Day 2

Rain in the forecast for later in the week so decided to head for Peggy’s Cove. We had lunch at Rhubarb in Indian Harbour run by a lovely couple Jim and Diane Buckle. Watch for signs on the left for Oceanstone Seaside Resort as we drove by it twice (grounds were lovely and would be a nice place to stay if touring the Margaret’s Bay area). Upon ordering we were served warm homemade biscuits, delicious. They had a small but well selected wine and draft menu. I had the seafood chowder, haddock, mussels, clams, lobster, cream and herbs, and my husband had the mussels steamed in Hell’s Bay draft beer. A very enjoyable lunch, lovely restaurant, patio overlooking the Bay and great service.

We wanted a lighter dinner, so went to Gingergrass a 2 minute walk from the Inn. Started with shrimp salad rolls followed by stir fried ginger beef and a stir fried basil chicken noodle dish. Both very generous and good. It looked to be a very popular restaurant as we got the last table. Not fancy but very good food.

Day 3

The day turned out to be perfect for exploring the harbour and city with our Goddaughter. Had lunch at the Triangle Ale House a typical pub popular with the locals. Chowder, fish and chips, large selection of draft beer. We went for a walk in the Public Gardens off Spring Garden Road and found an oasis. Located in the historic Horticultural Hall is the Uncommon Grounds Café and Sugah serving hand made chocolates and ice cream which looked very tempting, but opted for coffees instead. There is a lovely shaded deck outside and people were taking advantage of the lovely afternoon to meet with friends, read or play a game of scrabble.

We decided we needed a fix of Italian food so went round the corner from the Inn to Café Chianti We started off sharing an order of Cast iron seared scallops, wilted spinach, portabella mushroom, double smoked bacon, very good but not as tasty as the scallops at Stories. Next we shared an order of their version of a Caesar, grilled hearts of romaine with a lemon anchovy and roasted garlic vinaigrette, fried capers, cheesy crouton, very refreshing and light. For mains I had salmon crusted with snow crab, delicious and my husband had penne with shrimp, smoked salmon and flambéed scallops in vodka rose sauce (loaded with seafood and sauce not too creamy, just perfect). Portions were large and we should have split a main dish as well. The décor was lovely and staff were very attentive. We had looked at a few restaurants in Bishops Landing but thought they were catering to the tourists and Café Chianti came highly recommended by the staff at the Haliburton, so were not disappointed with our choice and it was only a 5 minute walk.

Day 4

The breakfast at the Haliburton is very light and wanted a bit more substance so walked 5 minutes to the Westin Hotel and the Elements Restaurant Typical Hotel dining room, but we heard that the food was very good.
They had lots of options on their menu but opted for their cold buffet which was very good value, various pastries, fresh fruit, cheese, smoothies, smoked salmon, etc. Very enjoyable breakfast.

Haligonians, you should be very proud of your waterfront. Puts any city we have visited to shame. If you are in the market for good wines or scotch check out Bishop’s Cellar in Bishop’s Landing on the waterfront. Very knowledgeable staff and good selection. One of the Chowhounds said to watch for the opening of 2 doors down , founded by Craig Flinn, Chef of Chives Canadian Bistro. We arrived around 12:30 and the only vacant seats were at the bar. It turned out that they had opened 2 weeks prior, but the owner’s reputation is so good they have been packed since opening day. The menu is small, but lots of delicious choices. Divided into meats, seafood and vegetables, appetizers and mains. We split a kale caeser, with crispy bacon and gouda and croutons to start, I had a Halibut Taco and my husband the Spanish mussels, both off the appetizer menu. Very good, fresh and just the right amount of food. As we sat there enjoying our lunch another wave of people came in about 1:00. We will be back.

We were taking our Goddaughter and her friend out for dinner that evening and had made reservations at Chives, which had been highly recommended by many Chowhounds. It did not disappoint. To start we had the green seasonal salad and they both had mussels. For mains they both had Organic mushroom, caramelized onion & double smoked bacon stuffed chicken breast, red wine & wild mushroom sauce. It looked wonderful. I had roasted sea trout and snow crab with wilted greens and pickled beets. My husband had caramelized sea scallops with Atlantic lobster & sweet pea risotto. To start they bring you the most delicious buttermilk biscuits in a paper bag. Chives sources everything locally and makes everything fresh in the kitchen. Taste and presentation were wonderful. No room for dessert.

Day 5

Didn’t venture far from the Inn as Halifax was getting the tale end of Hurricane Andrea. Lunch today next door from the Haliburton at the Hamachi House for sushi . The server recommended the “Holy Dynamite” a smoked eel roll (delicious) and a lobster roll, also very good. Close to the Inn is a great coffee house called the Wired Monk which we frequented most afternoons. Went back to Gingergrass for dinner and had shrimp salad rolls again, then chicken lemongrass and a Thai noodle curry with shrimp. Both good.

Day 6

Off to the Annapolis Royal today. We decided to stop part way and have lunch in Wolfville at Front and Central one block off the main street. We started by sharing a bowl of mussels, sauce of smoked tomato, garlic, shallots, Kalamata olives and capers. The best mussels we have had so far. We then shared the chicken pappardelle with pulled chicken thigh, bacon, mushrooms, arugula pesto, toasted walnuts, and Dragon’s breathe blue cheese. Excellent. Only a small sign on the main street to direct you so look for it at the corner of Front and Central, across from the NSLS. You won’t be disappointed.

We were staying at the Queen Anne Inn in Annapolis Royal a lovely Victorian Inn owned by Greg and Julie. We ate that night at the inn. We started with a spicy Thai shrimp salad and ceviche. For mains I had Mediterranean chicken breast and my husband had surf and turf which was a bit unique as the turf was a double lamb chop cooked perfectly and a very large lobster tail. Everything was delicious. We had no room for dessert, but the other guests were raving about the warm gingerbread cake and blueberry tart. Breakfast the next morning was equally as good with choices of scrambled eggs with steak, smoked trout or bacon, the daily waffles with strawberries or lobster scrambled eggs. I’m not sure where we are putting all this food.

Day 7

We had spent the morning in Bear River at “The Flight of Fancy” an incredible arts and crafts store, over 200 artisans. The café in town was closed so drove on to Digby and had the worst meal of the trip at the Captain’s Cabin. I would avoid Digby all together for food. Dinner in Annapolis Royal at Bistro East was also disappointing. Pizza wasn’t bad the blackened haddock not bad served with boring sides and very bitter cappuccino’s.

Day 8

Another wonderful breakfast at the Inn. My husband slept in so walked into town to the German Bakery for his breakfast. Vey friendly owners, homemade baked good and breads. He had eggs, smoked salmon and a toasted multigrain Kaiser. Good.

Lunched in town as well at Café Restaurant Compose. We had a warm chicken, fresh fruit, mixed green salad and an apple, cranberry, chicken spinach salad. Very good food, wonderful service and fantastic view of the harbour. Excellent cappuccino’s.

We decided that our lunch was so good we would go back to Café Restaurant Compose. Arrived at 7:30 and got the last available table overlooking the water. We had the large Digby scallops, nicely seared and served with rice and lobster risotto, both excellent. We splurged and had warm apple strudel (homemade) with ice cream for dessert. The chef and owner is Austrian, so the menu reflects this. Another table had the veal schnitzel, large portion and smelled delicious. It was a fun evening.

Day 9

Off to Lunenburg today in the rain. We lunched at Salt Shaker Deli
a very lively spot with tourists and locals. Both had their pound (mussels) and a pint. I had the coconut curry which wasn’t quite what I expected, but the provencale was good. Mussels were very fresh. We had dinner at the Rum Runner Inn, not very busy so got a window seat. We started out with a dozen oysters, very fresh and delicious. Oysters are pricey in Nova Scotia ($3 each), so this was a real treat. I had salmon and my husband the seafood linguini in a rose sauce. The meal was enjoyable and staff very attentive. Our waiter had worked at Trattoria della Nonna, so was very professional. Worth a return visit.

Day 10

We tried the Savvy Sailor for breakfast. I had their “Atlantic Eggs”, poached eggs, smoked salmon served on a potato rosti (yum) and my husband had the days special, lobster omelette. He asked for it made with egg whites and it was fluffy and delicious. Lovely view of the harbour. We drove to Mahone Bay for lunch and ate at the Biscuit Eater a café cum bookstore. They have a lovely patio, and also tables and stools among the shelves of books where you can eat or have coffee or tea. I had a grilled Spanish sandwich on olive bread, prosciutto, ham, artichokes, cheese and red peppers, toasted on a Panini press. It was delicious. My husband had bagel and lox. Both came with green salads. Would go back there again.

Dinner was at Fleur de Sel which came highly recommended. We started with 6 oysters each (3 different kinds) served in the most unique wooden serving tray. My main was loin of lamb served on a bed of orzo with lamb shank and bacon mixed into the pasta. Very rich, but very good. My husband had the breast of duck, also excellent. We tried their trio of sorbets which were disappointing as they tasted like they had been frozen too long and the flavours were flat. Ignoring the dessert, this was probably the best dining experience in town and also the most expensive. The service and ambience was top notch.

Day 11

Breakfast again at The Savvy Sailor. The lobster Benny was decadent. More rain today, so drove into Halifax for lunch and the museum. Had another wonderful lunch at 2 doors down, sitting again at the bar as the place was packed. Had the Kale Caesar again and split a lamb slider and the crispy Haddock burger (this was the winner today). Back to Lunenburg and dinner at the Salt Shaker Deli. Split a green salad then had the linguini with scallops and their bouillabaisse, packed with fish and seafood (fantastic).

Day 12 -14

Off to Cape Breton to stay with some friends. Stopped south of Truro at Saltscapes. My chicken club was very good (fresh chicken) but the fish cakes did not look good and best forgotten. Over the course of our 3 days stay in we had dinner at the Glenora Distillery , breakfast at the Coal Miner’s Café in Inverness and dinner at The Red Shoe Pub in Mabou. All very enjoyable. Lunch on the trail at the Hometown Kitchen, not so good. Service was terrible and the food was not good. We couldn’t beat the food at our friend’s house either. There is nothing better than fresh steamed lobster caught that day, a chilled bottle of white wine, while eating outside watching the sunset.

Day 15

On our way back to Halifax we stopped in New Glasgow for lunch at Hebel’s Mussels were fresh and the Greek chicken salad tasty. Very popular with the locals. Back in Halifax, staying at the Haliburton overnight. We had to make one last visit to Chives for dinner. We split their special salad of local greens with pear and caramelized walnuts. I had the stuffed chicken with a decadent wine sauce and my husband had the Moroccan lamb shank, both excellent.

Day 16

Our last day in Nova Scotia, flying home late in the day and won’t get much to eat so we decided on a late lunch at 2 doors down to tide us over. We split the Kale Caesar, again, so good. We had the Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Spaghetti with the best meatballs we have ever tasted. The staff at both Chives and 2 Doors Down were wonderful and knew our faces by now. As a thank you for our patronage they treated us to a piece of the warm gingerbread cake with Bailey’s Caramel Sauce. Outstanding. The recipe for the cake is on Chives website.

Nova Scotia is a wonderful province. Great people, food, scenery, lots to do and see. We will be back.

Thanks to all the Chowhounds who helped plan our trip. Loved Halifax, loved Nova Scotia.

Aug 12, 2013
marshaw in Atlantic Canada

How to create a link to a web site in chowhounds.

Thanks Dave. We did eat at the Hotels, but will only provide the link to the restaurant.

Aug 08, 2013
marshaw in Site Talk

How to create a link to a web site in chowhounds.

This is a test to see if it works for me.

Aug 07, 2013
marshaw in Site Talk

How to create a link to a web site in chowhounds.

Thanks, I will try this.

Aug 07, 2013
marshaw in Site Talk

How to create a link to a web site in chowhounds.

I have a lengthy report on our trip, so did a draft in Word, adding in the links to Hotels & restaurants. When copied over they don't show up as a link. Help!

Aug 07, 2013
marshaw in Site Talk

Suggestions for Ottawa restaurants

Thanks mexivilla, we have not tried any of these and the menus look wonderful. Special is celebrating 41 years of marriage, so good food at a top restaurant will fit the bill very well. We ate at Domus in 2010 and enjoyed our dinner there. Any comments on Domus?

Suggestions for Ottawa restaurants

We have gone to Whalesbone each time we have been to Ottawa, with a friend for the oysters. We didn't order any food because the year previously thought the food was just so-so. Has the restaurant changed hands recently? It's also extremely noisy, so if you are trying to have a conversation, good luck.

The oysters are wonderful and fresh, but the selection didn't seem to be as great as in previous years. Is this still "the place" to go for oysters or is there someplace else Chows would recommend?

Suggestions for Ottawa restaurants

We had an enjoyable lunch at Vittoria Trattoria in October of 2010. Thanks for the reminder. Our diary says we split the artichoke and feta salad, followed by the mussels in red curry sauce, both excellent. Will go back and try the pizza.

We are staying at the ARC Hotel and will be eating breakfast there as we get a credit. If you haven't eaten there, the food is excellent and their French toast a must.

Spanish food purveyors in GTA

I agree, Pasquale Brothers will either have what you are looking for or will suggest somewhere else to look. I shop there regularly because the owner (Anna Marie) and staff (Robert) are very knowledgeable about their products and love to cook. I know they have white anchovies, fabulous selection of olives, wonderful smoked peppers, ingredients for paella and all sizes of paella pans, wonderful Spanish olive oils, the list goes on. Only open during the week. If you don't see what you want, ask because they have a warehouse in behind.

Suggestions for Ottawa restaurants

We will be travelling to Ottawa for our anniversary and will be there from Sunday to Wednesday. We will be staying in the downtown core and prefer to walk for dinner. Any suggestions for a special dinner for our anniversary on the Monday and other ideas for the other days. We like good, local, fresh cooking, seafood, Italian, French, we like it all.

Good Thai and or Sushi close to Etobicoke/Mississauga

Haven't been to Green Mango in years. Thanks for the reminder.

Good Thai and or Sushi close to Etobicoke/Mississauga

We have heard wonderful things about Sushi Kaji, but don't think we want to spend that much.