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Scarborough Gems

Which of the 3 types of beans have you tried? Go for the miscela or organic not the default. And just like your old favourite at SLM, it depends which brother-owner is pulling the shots.

Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck

A Tavola, a tiny squeeze of a neighbourhood place, serves above-average food if you can get past the dubious/clueless service (and aren't claustrophobic). The chef does great things with fresh fish/seafood, that is, if they haven't run out by the time you are seated (late) for your 7 pm reservation.

Byblos

Has anyone been to Byblos in the past couple of months? Any suggested dishes/drinks that are must-try? Must-avoid?

Scarborough Gems

Their pizza is average but their porchetta -- oh, that porchetta! When it's on the table, snatch it up quickly. Their lasagne is the best in town. Some great sweets, and nice choice of 3 types of coffee beans in the espresso bar. Ask for the organic rather than the default.

Scarborough Gems

Do tell?!

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

Easter lamb with root vegetables pie at Pie Commish was quite tasty this week. Avoid the Chinese-style ginger beef with broccoli pie. Not good at all.

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

TICH is pretty good. There's nothing really "modern" about it - it's just fresh-tasting contemporary-decorated Indian that serves dishes from several regions (Hyderabad, Bengal, Malabar, and the usual "northern" favourites). The Chef is supposedly from Kolkata. They don't use a high level of hot spice, so you'll find the "default" spice level quite Canadian.

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

Smokin' Kings has closed down and is in limbo until they happen to find a new place to rent. They had landlord issues with the lack of adequate ventilation.

Rashnaa

I will give Saffron on Queen West another try. My one experience a couple of months ago was abysmal with a lacklustre below-average chicken kathi roll.

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

What are your favourite bbq food trucks or pop-up companies/caterers making delicious, slow-smoked barbecue? Looking for a southern bbq caterer for a large event near U of T. Lancaster Smokehouse in Waterloo seems to have its own food truck as does Memphis Fire in Winona.

Scarborough Gems

We finally made it to Francesca Bakery in between the Town Centre mall and T&T.
Hardly anything in the hot table (between meal times on Saturday). Tried some pastries and desserts. The ricotta cannoli were freshly piped to order and quite tasty. I think I will stick with my favourite Lamanna in future.

Osteria Dei Ganzi

Any current thoughts on Ganzi?

Rashnaa

Any current thoughts on Rashnaa?

18 Person Bachelorette Dinner - Toronto - Saturday night in May

Gusto 101, Guu (either location - set menu $35 pp)?

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

Across from the is-it-or-isn't-it-still-Jay-Jays, is the new coming-soon PASSION pita place. Replacing two previous shwarma/pita places.

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

Thanks for the link. I had also noticed Braiseryy -- the website says it's middle-eastern, Brazilian and bubblegum?! Hmm.

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

There's a new breakfast and lunch place beside Bed Bath & Beyond, across from Canadian Tire, behind the Boston Pizza on the Queensway. It's called Sunny Morning and is open until 3 pm daily. They have another location at Yonge and St. Clair. Anyone been yet?

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

We had a top-notch, consistent, amazing meal at Tide & Vine on Saturday evening with the whole family. The kitchen is very talented. Tried one of almost everything from the cooked menu (including land and sea assorted platters and awesome lobster profiteroles). Well worth repeat visits. Great service by Kaye.

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

Smokin' Kings BBQ has been open for a few weeks at Lake Shore and 4th Street in New Toronto (Etobicoke). https://instagram.com/smokinkingsbbq/ 2847 Lake Shore Blvd W.

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

Too good to be true? But the instagram seems very real. Plenty of real bbq photos and various types of posts and pics. Are they simply sharing space with Jay Jay's and the Kave?

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

The strip club Jay Jay's Inn has been replaced by a barbecue smoke pit https://instagram.com/smokinkingsbbq/ at 2847 Lake Shore Blvd West in New Toronto. It's called Smokin' Kings BBQ and looks like the real deal. Just have to get past the squeamish feeling of walking INTO a former strip club -- as soon as they replace the dirty old awnings, and spruce up the exterior, I'm sure I will wander inside without checking over my shoulder.

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

Toronto Life published some beautiful photos of TICH and its food. Will check it out very soon.

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

Chelo & Co Persian cuisine take out at 811 Queen St. West has been open for a full week now. Owners Aida and Mo are very friendly and talented. 5 padded seats at a window counter, Soups are the highlight: asheh reshteh (green herb soup with beans and noodles topped with whey) and adassi (lentil soup with potato and corn) are both incredibly good. Signature lamb shank is a little tough/chewy/fatty but tasty. The zereshk rice (with barberries) that comes with a different main dish is a good alternative to plain ol' white rice. Hot sauce is full of cilantro if that's your thing. Garlic sauce is milder than expected but still stinky good. Imported canned drinks include sour cherry nectar. A friendly, affordable alternative to Banu nearby.

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

We don't recommend Everest Hakka House on Lake Shore. It is chinese-indian hakka style but very average. Nothing that good. They do fry well - no grease. At least nothing is "sweet".

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

It was really average Chinese-Canadian food. Won't be ordering from them again but no major complaints. Has anyone tried Dumpling Melody Bistro on Lake Shore? My friends said it wasn't bad.

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

We had lunch at 850 last week and it was pretty mediocre. The mushroom salad had some dressing drizzled on top, which isn't effective for a huge bowl of arugula, etc. The pizza is really average. We would much rather go to Cellar Door (whole different stratosphere!)

dishes that wow, Toronto 2015...

Soft shell crab sandwich at Fresh Off the Boat. (Say yes to hot sauce.)

Toronto Ramen Roundup?

Reviving this thread as I'm trying to decide on a group outing to Guu Izakaya, Santouka or Sansotei (or anything really close to Bar + karaoke on Yonge St.) The problem is there are 6 of us so we would need a dinner reservation (not a weekend).

dishes that wow, Toronto 2015...

Boquerones & chips at Bar Isabel.

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

I had a really good lunch experience solo at Tide & Vine in January. Would definitely take my parents there. Tricky finding the address as my GPS steered me to the wrong place. But worth the effort. Great staff/servers/owners. AMAZING selection of oysters. Loved the whitefish shrimp terrine, and caesar cocktail with jerky and shrimp garnishes.