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

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Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

4 of us and a toddler enjoyed a leisurely 3-hour lunch (the toddler had to graciously bow out after 2 hours) on Saturday. Absolutely incredible setting and service. Emmanuel, our server, was helpful, gracious (and friendly to the toddler). We noticed other babies in the restaurant along with a wide range of families, tourists (aren't we all?) and singles. The place is high-ceilinged and airy, with awe-inspiring photo-worthy decor.

We highly recommend eating at Diwan. It wasn't perfect, but most dishes were above average even if some arrived less hot than expected. The lamb kibbeh ball (one item on a sharing platter that also featured a terrific artichoke spring roll) was fought over to the last crumb. Lamb kebab and lamb manti also excellent. This chef knows how to wrangle amazing flavour. (He was in the kitchen.)

Morrocan brown ale was a Toronto brewed almost-quadrupel style (Christmas style, as I call it) worth drinking. My companion enjoyed a glass of malbec.

Dessert is absolutely spectacular. Get the halva kulfi if they have it as the "ice cream of the day". Mango kulfi also good. Carob chocolate tart also a must-try (minus the crust). Usual range of espresso-based drinks and tiny selection of tea including "spicy chai".

Casual brewpub or gastropub for party of 14 just before Christmas

Sadly, they decided to "get on the waiting list" at Mill Street Brewpub as there is first a gathering at Christmas Market. However, Betty's was more than willing to take a reservation, as was Indie Ale House (14 can fit at their "harvest tables").

Zakkushi is open!

Any current opinions on the robata items at Shibui? It's unclear if they use bincho tan or not.

Anatolian's Turkish Halal Restaurant - WOW!

I'm so glad somebody actually takes my suggestions to heart! Good to hear it was amazing and memorable.

Anatolian's Turkish Halal Restaurant - WOW!

Has anyone else eaten at Kebab 49? They never fail. It looks like a fast-food place but includes lovely table service and attention to detail in tasty dishes (mains cost up to $20).

Affordable Lobster in Toronto

In the Queen Street West area, Fresh off the Boat makes a decent lobster roll. Rock Lobster fails at many things including service, french fries (cold and hard), and value. They were also "sold out" of the kalbi caesar the night I visited.

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Drupati closed up their Kennedy Road in Brampton location. New owners and new name.

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

It's less than fine.

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Parlor's chef owners are Brett Howson and Jason D'Anna, according to NOW.

Afternoon Tea in Toronto

I wonder if the McFarland House tea (opens in May for the summer season) and Irish Tea Room are any good. Savoy in St. Catharines is awful.

Afternoon Tea in Toronto

Kitten and Bear is actually $14 per person for one scone and tea if you eat in-house (see "jam tasting menu"). If you take out then it's much cheaper (half the price).

Afternoon Tea in Toronto

$17.95 sounds terrific. I might try to take my Mom there for her birthday next month.

Afternoon Tea in Toronto

$28 for afternoon tea sounds like a good value at DT. Annona is now up to $36 per person (they used to be the cheapest of the high end hotel tea rooms).

Afternoon tea in other cities is so much cheaper. Montreal, for instance. You can have fancy tea in Birks for only $26.50. http://www.maisonbirks.com/en/cafe/#tea

Any news on Geraldine?

Chef change alert! The opening chef-owner Peter departed, and Alex from Farmhouse Tavern is now in charge in the kitchen. Much improved food taste, texture, and presentation. Triple-fried fries are a must-try. Long list of oysters and little neck clams (just like restaurants in Boston!) Detail-oriented server knows the answer to any question. Excellent atmosphere. Very good food.

Prince Edward County 2014 summer season

I'm not a fan of goat cheese, so that basically eliminates their dessert choices. They need a pastry chef, to be sure.

Prince Edward County 2014 summer season

Which wineries? If you don't like Keint-he, Closson Chase or the like, then please try again.

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

What did you eat at Essen and how was it?

Prince Edward County 2014 summer season

Alex Molitz is now chef at Geraldine on Queen West in Parkdale (Toronto). He joined about 6 weeks ago. Food has greatly improved.

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

We ate at The Patty Shack on King St. E. on Saturday at lunch. We were amazed by the huge variety of interesting sauces and toppings (don't bother getting cheese and bacon unless you're starving!) Condiments such as sundried tomatoes, pickled beets, yogurt-based sauces, etc.

The handmade patty itself is on the drier side, so we assumed "lean". But lots of flavour. Housemade patty chips (potato chips) with delicious dill dip; also, housemade french fries (could be better).

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

Carts aren't a deal maker or breaker for us. But just thinking, "What's the best dim sum on Spadina/Dundas Chinatown these days?"

The Passenger -- Junction restaurant from the owners of The Beet

Had a full dinner on Saturday night with friends. Great service (female server). Decent cocktails. However, food is very mediocre. Braised beef came with a thick layer of fat on the bottom - which I discovered too late. Mushroom crostini are overpowered by a parmesan-type cheese. Fish croquettes are mostly potato.

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

We had another good meal at Dynasty Yorkville about a month ago in the very back room. Tried about 6 dishes, fairly tasty and consistent.

ISO Downtown's best dim sum

During the holidays, I want to treat my Mom to the closest thing to high quality "cart" dim sum (a bustling casual place, not like Lai Wah Heen which is too quiet for her liking). Should be walking distance from Shangri-La Hotel. Thinking Rol San. She used to be a regular at Bright Pearl. Is Gold Diamond worth a look?

Chowfind of 2014 (anywhere in Ontario)

I went to the high school down the street from Bugsy's. It had a worn feel in the 80s. Glad to hear they have house made food. I think we used to stick to chicken wings back in the day! It's in the Lakeshore part of St. Catharines near Port Dalhousie and used to be right beside my old dentist and my mom's former travel agency.

Chowfind of 2014 (anywhere in Ontario)

I'm celebrating my 10th anniversary on Chowhound. As a tribute to the original purpose and anti-bandwagon philosophy of this website, I challenge you to choose and post one (1) chowfind that YOU discovered in 2014. In other words, name one memorable, above-average eating experience or place that you visited PRIOR to reading a review (or judging its neighbourhood favourably - in other words, if a new eatery opened at the corner of Hipster Avenue and Fashionista Lane, and you went there on opening day prior to the twitterati explosion two days later, that doesn't really count, does it?) Many of us "take one for the team" off the beaten path, with disastrous results (financially and otherwise). If you didn't have any positive chowfind success, perhaps share one place to avoid (or a funny anecdote about their cluelessness).

I'm betting that you can't find a better pizza in the GTA than at Cellar Door at 3003 Lake Shore Blvd W (at Ninth) in New Toronto. Wood oven, thin crust, perfect, every single visit in 2014. Just go for the pizza, and see how it fares. Guaranteed winner.

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

Excellent! Thank you dalton48.

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

Ossington Stop is no longer open at lunch time.

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

Thanks Prima. My book club is reading "Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: a memoir of food and longing" which is why I am looking for a downtown-central location for a lunch on a Saturday. Thank you to all contributors to this thread!

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