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La Palette

La Palette is highly disappointing. Even the server kept eating something (her dinner? Bread?) as she wandered the dining room. Open kitchen equals smelly disaster. Cooking skills are subpar (no chef, obviously). Avoid.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Just noticed it open this past week. Will be competing with Artisano nearby? Here's the menu:

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

I noticed it open today (Sunday).

semi-formal Afghan restaurants?

Does anyone have a recent opinion on Kabul Express on Dundas East downtown? What should we order that is actually Afghan food? We want Afghan food for a book club meeting -- so it doesn't have to be semi-formal, just have sit-down area big enough for 6 people at a table.

Religious-based food events or restaurants, GTA and beyond

Enjoyed Fat Pasha and Dr. Laffa this past summer. Going to Tabule for the first time later this week.

Religious-based food events or restaurants, GTA and beyond

With Diwali quickly approaching, does anyone have a go-to recommendation for enjoying this festival?

One local's guide to Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding area (long!)

My chowhound parents enjoyed Cannery restaurant 2 weekends ago.
They had initially been seated at Churchill Lounge -- but after seeing the "boring" menu and the worn decor, they got up and left.

We had dinner together at La Scala in St. Catharines which is NOT recommended. Yes, appetizers are good, but mains and dessert (bland tiramisu) are a problem.

One local's guide to Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding area (long!)

Has anyone eaten (in the past 6 months or so) at Churchill Lounge (Prince of Wales); Cannery (Pillar and Post), Tiara (Queens Landing); Angel Inn (pub); Charles Inn; The Old Winery Restaurant; Zee's; or Terroir La Cachette, and how do they compare to your top picks?

We're looking for something different for my Dad's birthday and he doesn't like SRG or Peller and doesn't want to hit Treadwell yet again. He's angling for Churchill Lounge.

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

Another great meal tonight at Cellar Door. Arrived to an empty dining room at 6:30 pm on a Saturday night. No olives nor bread were offered this time. When questioned during dessert ordering, the server simply said that bread now comes with olives baked inside but didn't comment on why we weren't offered bread.

Salumi platter for one ($11 per person) was quite large with 5 different meats and ricotta and grilled focaccia. Octopus was delicious with wonderful texture, but only one tentacle. Again, why didn't they bring bread with the apps?!

Mains: earth pizza with mushrooms and ricotta - their pizza crust is one of the best in Toronto. No exaggeration. This place knows how to do char and blisters and taste. Amazing crust. The pizza maker probably should be wearing more than an old white t-shirt, though.

Bucatini with guanciale pales in comparison to Enoteca Sociale's version. Cellar Door's version is tomato-dominant and the pork just falls to the side with no influence on the taste of the dish whatsoever.

Nice bitter "New Toronto" cocktail contains fernet and rye and pecan-coffee bitters. Try it. $10 for 3 oz.

Skip the almond finger dessert. It's like a madeleine tea cake sided by icy espresso "ice cream".

Nice service overall. Just not sure why bread and olives is such an issue with them.

Bloor West Village restaurants

We enjoyed a decent meal last night despite a ho-hum dining room experience. Brussels sprouts with bbq sauce arrived smothered in a feather-light coleslaw/cheese blanket. Definitely a weird treatment of traditional crispy brussels sprouts. Kale caesar salad was a tad better, though crispy chicken skin didn't feature prominently. Sea bream was pronounced acceptable. Much better was the daily special mushroom duxelle stuffed rabbit saddle wrapped in speck. Daily special pineapple upside down cake made a happy ending.

Bloor West Village restaurants

Anyone been to the Good Fork for dinner lately? Newer menu:

Good Food in Hamilton?!

Awesome discovery. Please do keep us updated.

TO Chowhounders: favorite brunch places?

Farmers Daughter, Farmhouse Tavern, and Karelia Kitchen stand out in the past 6 months.

Stone road grille in NOTL

Stone Road Grille "REST to Go-Go" has closed and will reopen as a new concept.

Kathi Roll Express

I ate a kati roll (one type only - tandoori chicken) at Saffron Spice Kitchen on Queen West today. Sweet and only mildly spiced even though I requested spicy. Horrible roti. Avoid.

"Silk Road" - Amazing 'Uyhur' Lamb Soup Noodle that deserves special stand alone review!!

Thank goodness! I thought they had closed down. Good to know the new address.

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

No peppers. Maybe they kept getting "hold the peppers" requests?

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

We dined at 850 again on the weekend. Really good antipasti plate features all the best pizza toppings. Sounds weird but it works. Cubes of cheese could improve (oka, havarti, emmenthal) by being a bit bigger and freshly cut.

Delicious tiramisu. Resembles the real deal.

The low point was boar sausage and rapini pizza. Boring toppings here. This is usually a spicy or flavourful combo elsewhere. Had to douse it in chile oil. (Had to ask for the oil.)

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

Well… We loved both downtown Dynasty and Lai Wah Heen. (See above for my take on Dynasty). Only tried 6 dishes at LWH. Most were hits. I think Dynasty was slightly more affordable but I didn't pay as it was my birthday. LWH was about $60 for 2 all in.

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

We had impressive dim sum on Sunday at Lai Wah Heen. Really pleased that the changes have still resulted in a great destination for quality dim sum. Amazing fried turnip cubes and much more. Approachable atmosphere and friendly service.

Brewpubs with great food

We had lunch at Amsterdam Brewery on the lake last week -- disappointing kale salad (no lemon), greasy breaded fish and chips…the best bet is their veggie pizza. Quite tasty pizza and nice framboise lambic.

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

Are you referring to Spitfire?

Mad Mexican: New Mexican Place from the people behind Frida's

We went back to Playa Cabana Cantina for dinner. Poor service especially the door staff. Avoid the nachos! They took a slab of cheese and partially melted it on top of greasy chips. The result is a tough, unsatisfactory experience. Why wouldn't they use grated cheese at the very least? This isn't raclette.

Religious-based food events or restaurants, GTA and beyond

They added St. Therese of Lisieux to the bar. Must be needing extra prayers during a slow summer!

This made me think of all the buddhas and bodhisatvas at Thai restaurants. I wonder how respectful or disrespectful it seems to practicing buddhists to see their role models on display presumably as decor. Incidentally, using saints to watch over a space is different to mere decor.

Religious-based food events or restaurants, GTA and beyond

Had brunch on Sunday after Mass at St. Patrick's -- many menu items have religious pun or theme names. Not great food. But stellar beer list and Trappist section. Ordered a gueuze.

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

I went again today for fresh grapefruit juice and huevos rancheros. I noticed this time that the beans are pinto not black. There was a lot of salt in the home fries and red salsa. I love the toasted baguette that is served with the meal! But I shall try other things on their menu next time. Great service.

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

They don't seem to get any customers so I doubt they will last long in that jinxed space. I miss the Turkish place that used to be there.

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

Yes I think she just updated the sign. She's really passionate about the health benefits of black rice and mung beans and wouldn't let me take photos of anything. Must be a secret recipe, right?

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

Got their daily special "beet fries" last week. Avoid. Chunks of beet deep fried until not crispy. Not fries.

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

They have a new sign up calling themselves Q sushi. (Carol's former space.)