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Monk Kitchen (Templar Hotel) - anyone?

Haven't been since summer/fall so am struggling to remember what we ate when, but stand-outs were the homemade pastas...one was a pasta carbonara and one was gnocchi with porcini sauce. The gnocchi were really tiny and delicate, the sauce was to die for and I'm certain this was the best gnocchi dish i've ever had.
One meal started with croquetas...the authentic spanish type made with béchamel (not the mashed potato variety, a pet peeve). The other time we started with arancini in a wild boar sauce. Normally I find arancini kind of dry and meh, but these were delicious.
Other stand-out courses I recall were a tuna carpaccio, a halibut dish (in a lemon sauce?) and a steak frites with chestnut puree. There was also duck in there somewhere lol, and i recall there were a lot of assorted vegetables in each course...some brussel sprout leaves really stood out.
Also...the first time we went we had churros for dessert that were perfect...hot and crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. This was very exciting :-)
I know I'm forgetting a lot of good stuff but a lot of wine was consumed as well...

Feb 20, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

+1 splendido's champagne cart

Feb 19, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

+1 to Avalon

Feb 19, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

GYPSY CO-OP!! Good one! Wow, way back machine.

Feb 19, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Oh yes - I loved rosebud!

Feb 19, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Monk Kitchen (Templar Hotel) - anyone?

Wow - nice review! I have to get back there. Truffled breaded veal...I love all those words...sounds like you had an awesome valentines day :-)

Feb 19, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Caribbean in Toronto?

Definitely eat in, as long as you're ok with being on island time :-) very authentic that way. I haven't tried any rotis there.

Feb 19, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Caribbean in Toronto?

Shout out to the hummingbird on queen east - yummy jerk and the patties are great! Plus it's small, the owners cook and serve all the food and it just feels right.

Feb 18, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Steak Frites in Toronto

Le paradis!

Feb 18, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Monk Kitchen (Templar Hotel) - anyone?

And....How was it, gastroworld? What did you eat?

Feb 18, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best cookies in Toronto

Recently tried Moo Milk Bar - the classic chocolate chip and the oatmeal coconut chocolate chip... Big fan. Not overly sweet with just the right crispy to chewy ratio. Yum!

Feb 18, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

From http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/964920, what TOP THREE restaurants would you actually like to see re-open?

Perigee, Mercer street grill, jk wine bar, Niagara street cafe... Good times, good times.

Feb 18, 2014
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best cookies in Toronto

i love the cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookie - delicious

Dec 27, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for an adult-friendly place to have a child's birthday party...

Lil Bean and Green on Queen East is a great little cafe with a play area, however I don't think it is licensed and they serve snacks but it is not a restaurant. Maybe The Old Spaghetti Factory? no playground but kids seem to love it...

Dec 27, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food you can't find in Toronto.

Black and white cookies.

Dec 27, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Food you can't find in Toronto.

Charles - you might like to try the churros and chocolate at monk kitchen. Chef roberto makes them and i think they are better than any I've tried in the city. You might have to ask for them in advance, but they seem pretty open to requests.

Dec 27, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Monk Kitchen (Templar Hotel) - anyone?

Glad to see someone else has tried it! I saw it got reviewed in Toronto Life this month. I've gone a couple times since posting the query. Loved it!

Dec 03, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Great soups...high end to low end

Don't miss the pozole soup at Tacos el Asador - soooo good.

Dec 01, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Great soups...high end to low end

+1 African Peanut chicken. I crave it fortnightly.

Dec 01, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where else other than Black Hoof for cured meat, good cheese for a dinner out?

The cheese and cured meat selection at Bar Isabel is great - you can see their menu on their website. If you can't get a reservation, they do make room for drop-ins at the bar.

Patria is wonderful too, a bigger, noisier restaurant experience (BI is more like a small bistro). I only had a small bit of ham at Patria, among a range of other dishes, so I can't speak to the full-on charcuterie offering from personal experience.They probably have a menu online too?

Nov 28, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cabbagetown these days?

+1 for F'Amelia. i prefer the pizza crust at F'Amelia over Queen Margherita which is sometimes soggy and Libretto which is sometimes burnt. Also the pasta with rabbit is very good.

Nov 28, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where else other than Black Hoof for cured meat, good cheese for a dinner out?

Bar Isabel! yummy

Nov 28, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New to the city, ISO cured meats, cheese and sausages

Agree on Cheese Boutique, it IS the place to go, for cheese and charcuterie.

Nov 20, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Truly best espresso in 2013

For pure straight up espresso shots, these two.

Nov 10, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yorkville area restaurants

I second Joso's, i like it best in the summer. the fish and risotto are divine. L'Unita is great, less expensive, a lively neighbourhood bistro. One at the Hazelton is a more formal dining room, a bit of a scene and while i like the food, it is pricey. La societe and cafe boulud are popular - I found the food at these two ok, but have only been once to each so can't really judge. There's always sotto sotto...still cozy and kind of classic.
If you don't mind going just slightly up the road, scaramouche is the best of all. Food, service, atmosphere = excellence.
Hope this helps give you some ideas to consider.

Nov 07, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chocolate Souffle

+1. I've had both souffles at Ici and they are equally delicious. The chocolate is especially decadent.

Nov 07, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Truly best espresso in 2013

(1) Zaza espresso bar in yorkville and (2) the Sovereign on davenport near dufferin.

Nov 07, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gales Snack Bar - a civic treasure

Thanks for this review! We have driven past this place a few times and my husband wanted to go in but the dusty cacti in the window kind of turned me off. this is the encouragement i needed. :-)

Oct 26, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A good online Toronto food guide?

I like OpenTable.

Oct 22, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good apples

Rowe Farms has an excellent selection of ontario apples - ginger golds, honey crisps and I think about four other varieties.

Oct 19, 2013
catherine88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)