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Ridiculous poor service at Martin's BBQ (Portugese chicken) (389 Main St N) catering restaurant. Terrible food (mushy pasta, Parisian potatoes soaked in red sauce til spongy). AVOID. You get what you pay for in life! (In this case, cheap equals terrible.)

Russian Federation cuisine (or former Soviet Union cuisine) in Toronto

Thank you so much for directing me to Crepes Club. We thoroughly enjoyed lunch on Saturday - kvass, salat olivier, borscht, etc. all very good. EXCELLENT addictive pelmeni, served in a covered ceramic pot (so were the potato perogis - but they didn't have cherry perogis). Good deal at lunch - soup and main course for $11.95 (choice of 3 soups and choice from 3 mains).

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Cellar Door added a few items to the winter menu. Their cooking is uneven but some winners. Go for the pizza and charcuterie platter (terrific value - huge platter for $11 - don't be tempted to get double the size). Wine is a low point, still.

I dream about that pizza crust - char and blisters and all. Worth a very long drive away from Libretto/QM. Only Norm Hardie in the PEC does it better.

Mimico, New Toronto & Long Branch restaurants - revised thread!

Goodlake is really mediocre at best. We went for brunch yet again - and were not surprised by the lacklustre effort. Overcooked chips tasted almost burnt and looked dark brown with old oil. Sausages are a miss. Eggs benny was fine, but coffee is the standout. Go to Easy instead.

Chowhound's top 10 in GTA- 2015 version

What am I, chopped liver? Asians were on my list, to be fair.

Anatolian's Turkish Halal Restaurant - WOW!

Anatolia (the one at Dundas West near Islington) has supposedly improved - my wannabe Turkish friend (she lived there for a long time and visits often) recently dined there and said that other than one dish, everything was tasty and authentic.

Anatolian's Turkish Halal Restaurant - WOW!

We had another stellar dinner (dine-in, table service, albeit in a freezing cold room with fluorescent lighting) at Kebab 49 on Saturday night. Iskembe paca (pronounced pacha) soup with fat and tender chunks of cheek and tongue - so good on a freezing cold night. Cacik ("Jajik") is a much better version of raita - yogurt with cucumber chunks drizzled with oil and herbs (like a cross between tzatziki and labneh). Mixed kebab platter ($19.99) with 5 kinds of meat is great for sharing and comes with roasted red peppers and tomatoes and parsley salad. Eggplant salad is an oil-dressed chunky spread - again, very tasty, if fattening. Complimentary glass cups of tea. $1 charge for bread but we didn't complain. The friendly family who runs the place knows their way around a grill and wood oven.

Which has better food: Spin or the Ballroom?

Any updates on Spin's food and what specifically to order for dinner? Thanks.

Mexican mole take out near Sunnybrook Hospital

Dinner last night was much appreciated by my friend in hospital. We ate in the cafeteria on the lower level because she's able to wander around. Good thing, because Milagro didn't pack any utensils or napkins. They charged $4 for a trio of salsas in tiny containers.

Overall, the food was average quality and taste. Definitely needed the spicy condiments!

Thanks to all for the help. We ordered at 4:20 and picked up at 5:10 on our way to the hospital so it all worked out logistically very well.

Traditional curing, preserving, baking, cooking classes taught by a grandmother or grandfather?

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Mexican mole take out near Sunnybrook Hospital

Thanks! Looks like a winner. The only thing missing from their online menu seems to be jamaica juice.

Chowhound's top 10 in GTA- 2015 version

1. Patria
2. Geraldine (under new chef Alex Molitz)
3. Buca
4. Diwan
5. The Burger's Priest
6. THR & Co.
7. Daisho
8. Farmer's Daughter Eatery
9. Kingyo
10. Dynasty Chinese Cuisine (Yorkville)

You could also do a "worst of" and "best value on a budget" versions if you have time.

Bestellen

4 of us ate here just before Christmas. Highlights: part of the charcuterie board, and the pork chop. Low point: too much marbling on the shared steak meant huge chunks of fat and almost no meat.

Okonomiyaki

Believe it or not, County General (Queen West) serves okonomiyaki, topped with pork belly slices (I can't really call it bacon), bonito and the usual flavours. The unfortunately large slices (chunks, really) of cabbage were quite off-putting as was the overall pancake texture, but it's not bad in a pinch. At least it absorbs the 2.5 oz drinks.

Traditional curing, preserving, baking, cooking classes taught by a grandmother or grandfather?

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

Yes I caught part of the Breakfast Television Jennifer Valentyne coverage this morning of the Aga Khan. I tried to cover my eyes for the museum permanent collection exhibits portion so as not to ruin the first "wow" next weekend. (When we ate there a couple of weeks ago, we didn't have time to actually enter the museum exhibits!)

Traditional curing, preserving, baking, cooking classes taught by a grandmother or grandfather?

I'm good with the former, i.e. if anyone wants to get a small group together to learn/teach, please message me. Perhaps Chow home cooking class 1.0? I have only been to a lecture on 7 preserving techniques by Joel and Dana (Well Preserved), and a bacon-making workshop I organized personally (for my former Eat Pray Share program) with Andreas Duess.

PoppiYYZ, if you have the inclination to teach, I'd be willing to learn.

Mexican mole take out near Sunnybrook Hospital

http://milagrorestaurant.com/menus/ They definitely seem to have mole poblano on the menu ($18.50 for "grilled chicken, mole sauce, mexican rice"). Can you compare it to other Mexican restaurants? I know they have 3 locations, so that makes me nervous about quality and taste being watered down. Is it good value overall?

Takeout hours: YONGE & QUEEN ST: WED-FRI 11:30-2:30
ALL LOCATIONS: MON-SUN 5-9:30PM

Mexican mole take out near Sunnybrook Hospital

Mexico Lindo looks like they have a great menu, including multi-ingredient mole. Thanks! http://www.urbanspoon.com/cities/10-t...
"Chicken breast in a casserole of traditional mole poblano." $15.95
I just called and they open at 5 pm daily (except Mondays) and they do take out.

Mexican mole take out near Sunnybrook Hospital

She is happy to eat it in her own room.

Mexican mole take out near Sunnybrook Hospital

Very specific request from a friend in PICU who wants Mexican delivered to her hospital room. (I'm more than happy to oblige her - she didn't get to leave even on Christmas Day.) She wants me to bring her a Sunday dinner of chicken mole, guacamole, chips, rice, red salsa, and jamaica juice. So...has to be open on Sundays for me to deliver to her around 4 pm or so. Muchas gracias for any help you can give us! (If not open on Sundays, I can try to take it to her another night of the week but her dinner time is around 5:30 pm so it has to be open for lunch or afternoon for sure.)

Rose City Kitchen: Looks Yummy!!

I think they are good value - you just have to eat slightly more than 2 sandwiches to be really full, but it's still affordable and very, very tasty. For value, I stick to the sandwiches. The "box" is just added rice. The kale salad is quite large and decent value, too. They are busy on a Monday night whenever I go, and there is usually a wait.

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

We also had one XL dish btw.

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

The regular Yang's on Bayview in the plaza.

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

Maybe... we ordered 2 "L" dishes... I figured your appraisal was due to the abalone or crab dishes, but we wanted to keep our bill under $40 today.

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

We had dim sum lunch around 2 pm today (Sunday) at Yang's. We won't be back. Very low taste and low quality on 6 items. The chiu chow style pork and peanut dumplings each had half a peanut, barely any pork and full of diced white vegetable! Fried turnip cakes were disappointing, as were the chiu chow style with egg yolk scattered on the outside. So sad we drove all the way up there for nothing!

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

We ate those scallop xo rolls today. Meh. Lukewarm and not very tasty.

Traditional curing, preserving, baking, cooking classes taught by a grandmother or grandfather?

My grandmother lives too far away, but does anyone know of a real grandma or grandpa or elder who teaches cooking their traditional way? e.g. cured meats, sausages, liqueur, religious festival treats, cheeses, preserves, dumplings, etc. This might be more of an "underground" thing or only available on online videos, but keep your ears open.

Russian Federation cuisine (or former Soviet Union cuisine) in Toronto

Just discovered that Russian sauna spas also serve food (full meals) and alcohol.
http://banya.ca/index.php/menu_russia...
http://www.sandunyspa.com/home.asp
Any opinions on their food?

Black History Month chefs needed

Thanks!