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Torturing myself over London eating plans

Plus one for ditching Fortnum and Mason tea. It's pretty iconic but the price is high, the setting a bit bland and the offering not that amazing at all. Loads better and I usually go to www.afternoontea.com or http://www.emeraldstreet.com/241after... has a great deal on right now. Mind you, I like a deal especially at London prices!

Apr 12, 2015
Calam1ty in U.K./Ireland

Torturing myself over London eating plans

wow. i absolutely love galvin la chapelle. never had a bad experience and the service is spectacular. the room is also gorgeous. hoping it hasn't gone downhill! (has it??)

Apr 12, 2015
Calam1ty in U.K./Ireland

Lucky Red

they had pre re-opening events on thursday and friday (or was it fri and sat) saying they would be opening march 17 and now this https://instagram.com/p/0VYj0gBadQ/

:) wonder what's holding them up

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

yes, was it really wonderful or is this our memories romanticizing the whole thing? i like to think it was truly fantastic but, on the other hand, hate to think such an experience had never be had again! certainly, recent deli visits in montreal didn't come close. Langer's in LA may have been the best since switzer's disappeared from spadina

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

ah before my time. we lived in simon and eddie's house '69-71 and sounds like you had long left by then. i was reading all about simon's amazing outreach work with JFCS and felt quite proud to have known him back then. my name, by the way, is janice. my ex remembers your store but again you would have been gone by then

anybody remember the Groaning Board

the yorkville one was the best. would be great to see a menu from then. i went when it was at king and john and it had changed a bit too much, or maybe i had ;)

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

hey george, we lived on huron street in the house that simon and eddie kalksetein had. we were just across the hall from si and eddie on the ground floor. i was probably in your grocery store quite a lot. small world. i remember simon getting the shabbos dinner going - how good it smelled. it was being with family living in that house. swtizers' potato knishes were my favourite and none have come close since. and i remember shopping in the market and the fantastic and cheap food you could get then.

Winterlicious Menus now posted, Jan 30 - Feb 12 2015

My review for Church's Aperitivo is at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1003712 - really enjoyed the food, the space and the service.

Chinese Restaurant Toronto

Asian Legend has party rooms. The prices are higher and the dishes are not typical. You can also go to one of the very large rooms where they can seat you a little aside and give you some special service. I'm thinking of Dim Sum King really. It's bright, spacious and feels more special and definitely less shabby than some of the other older Chinese restaurants. Check out menus from both.

Church Aperitivo - Winterlicious

Just got home from a really delicious dinner for Winterlicious at Church Aperitivo, Queen and Dovercourt http://www.toronto.com/articles/churc...

I had the parmigiana. the seabass and profiteroles. All delicious. A friend had the polpetti and veal chop and the samples I got were amazing. I really liked the space, the cleanliness, attention to detail and the service was really good. Not too invasive but attentive and friendly.

I would definitely go back This was a medium priced Winterlicious dinner and I'm told the regular prices are much higher. If you go, weigh in!

Winterlicious Menus now posted, Jan 30 - Feb 12 2015

BUMP. reservations have started and i'm still wondering where to book. add your list/thoughts

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

from the outside, not at all! ;) in fact, the place was closed for only two or three days. makes us wonder if it's the same people but they're repurposed the space to get in on the ramen trend.

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

S. Lefkowitz is closed. it may reopen on dupont near fat pasha. wonder how two will do.

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

salsa's on augusta has closed. shame but there's too much competition now - not that any is seriously worth eating, mind you (save 7lives)

The Best Of The Kensington Market

i keep trying but, apart from 7Lives i don't really like anywhere in the market. oh - millie's for crepes (baldwin near spadina) is a safe bet too

Chinese food downtown Toronto?

spadina garden last i visited is not what it used to be. it happens. it depends what you want. i like house of gourmet quite a lot (north side of dundas, east of spadina). best wonton soup - nice service and atmosphere. i still enjoy swatow for the spicy noodle dishes. dumpling king on dundas (also east of spadina) has nicer dumplings than house of dumplings, in my opinion. i opted for king's noodle today since i passed by on my way home and was disappointed in the staff attitude and quality of food. i live in chinatown and there are a lot of duds and no ONE place stands out as the best. they all have their good and their bad dishes. one place no one mentions much is rol jui. they can be excellent (dundas near huron). i wouldn't be looking for chinese food on queen west though.

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

the old kuni sushi ya space? was wondering what it was like

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

not exactly new but LUCKY RED is finally showing signs of *doing something*! walked by yesterday, brown paper on the windows, lights all on inside and an liquor licence application posted. about time! :)

Winterlicious Menus now posted, Jan 30 - Feb 12 2015

so what are you picking this year? i'm thinking about turf lounge and cafe boulud for now but the latter's menu isn't exciting me too much.

Grasslands - Queen/Bathurst area - from people behind Fressen/Urban Herbivore

Went there on Saturday with a vegan friend. We had the charcuterie plate which looked gorgeous and tasted lovely. I don't like mock meat so I skipped the main courses. Instead I had a beet salad which was very nice - could have done without the mock goat cheese thing since it was already on the charcuterie plate. The shiraz was lovely and clean tasting. I had a molten chocolate pudding which was delicious but too much on my plate. Next time I would either share or go for the cookies and take some home. Everything is beautifully presented and tastes delicious. The prices are high considering no meat but I'd go again.

Leisurely comfortable delicious lunch central Toronto?

I'm having lunch with a friend tomorrow so fast answers, please! I'd like to have lunch somewhere central(ish) where they won't rush us out the door and the seats are comfy (armchairs or couches or at least decent chairs) for the duration. Not so worried about cost or ethnicity. It's more about being able to relax with an old friend, chat, eat something delicious and not see the waiter checking his watch. Go! (Thanks!

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

another sad story. i was a staunch client for many years in the yorkville era and whenever i go to the opticians i'd go in for some cake and coffee. used to love the goulash.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Am planning to go or get take out before they close and, even though I haven't gone for years since I left that neighbourhood, it makes me sad.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

I feel they didn't it enough time at all. How long was it open? I didn't get to go because I was out of town but my son did and sent me promising photos. I live in the neighbourhood and pass by it almost every. There is absolutely no indication anything is going on in there. BMB seem to move very slowly on their openings - money to burn while property charges rent? - and I'm gone again end of December. Would sure like to try it out before I go. Anyone heard any insider stories on it?

Cheap Groceries in London?

'The market at Dalston Kingsland' is Ridley Road. It's my closest and sadly least favourite market but if you want cheap, then it's a good bet. Take the 30 from Kings Cross and get out at Dalston Junction. Most people love the Dalston scene generally so check it out online. Loads going on.

Jun 26, 2014
Calam1ty in U.K./Ireland

Best cookies in Toronto

nookie cookie, le gourmand

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

I haven't tried 'up north' but it's rare to get a consistently good matzo ball soup in downtown Toronto - Free Times is usually better than Caplansky's but that's based on very few tries. I don't keep buying if it's expensive and doesn't perform well often enough. I had a matzo ball soup in the Main Deli, Montreal that was a bit anaemic. I've even had a mediocre one in good old Blum's (London, UK) and a few in Budapest that were so-so. Home made can't be beat so I just make my own. I haven't had a good knish for many years so bring 'em on! For the record, I favour Free Times smoked meat sandwiches over Caplansky's. It's just how it is!

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

The good old days, right? I agree but do you now feel old? ;)

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

I thought Katz NYC was awful. Schwartz is good as is Main Deli in Montreal. I preferred Switzer's far above Shopsy's and miss the old Spadina. At Switzer's it was always old school Jewish deli for me - knish, kischka and gravy, new dills, cream soda! Rarely got the smoked meat - would get it in the knish - but sometimes got the hot dog which was served on a steamed bun - was it called a steamed moon? Who remembers? I don't like hot dogs usually but those were great.

New place next to Swatow?

thanks so much for this. i'm really pleased and hope that the restaurant takes off. i live in this neighbourhod with its uneven assortment of chinese, korean, thai, vietnamese and the odd japanese place. many are not worth eating in, sadly. dark horse was a welcome addition, ocho is ok but the space is not comfortable. strada241 is a lot of money for not very good food - i stopped going there. do the wait staff or kitchen even notice how many plates go back with half the food untouched?

i've missed the jewish restaurants. i hope the main floor doesn't disappoint!

what do others think?