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restaurants that don't take reservations, that will seat you before the rest of your party has arrived

Casa Victoria
Thai Bistro
Northern Dumpling Kitchen

Covering many spectrum's - all extremely successful in their own right.

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Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pearl at Bayview Village

When we used to live near Yonge and Sheppard there was a little Chinese place at Yonge and Avondale in the bottom part of the 'plaza' that was quite good. Since then it has changed ownership and cannot comment on the quality.

restaurants that don't take reservations, that will seat you before the rest of your party has arrived


I love it.

Wild leeks are up!

I met a Korean gentleman who I invited to pick 'wild celery' in my backyard early last summer, which he uses for Kimchi - he then showed me about 3-4 lbs of ramps in his trunk that he also uses for Kimchi.

He later brought over a huge container of his cabbage Kimchi (which was amazing).

I told him he is always welcome back ;)

Haymishe Bakery - Signs of life?

Hermes is quite good.

Their rolled chocolate log cake (sold by weight) is very good.

Wild leeks are up!

I admit to buying them from the market, the guy goes to the Niagra Gorge and digs them up, root intact. I often cut the leaves for use and plant the bulbs/roots by the river behind my back yard.

Though I still have jars of frozen oil still from last year and 1 jar of pickled ramps...oh ramps, how I love thee.....

Sri Lankan in Toronto/Scarborough

I read about Babu somewhere else recently as well...can you suggest any dishes in particular?

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - April to June

Dear Costco,

Why is it that your consistency within 1 store, let alone amongst stores that I would assume get shipments from the same DC, is so horribly lacking.

The 401/Warden location by far has the best choice of organic produce (both fresh blueberries and strawberries were to be had), but the Woodbine location has neither, and often never does.

Get with the times.


A most humble patron.

Best places to buy groceries in Toronto?

We typically don't eat much Grouper, besides when on vacation in the islands (I can tell you of an awesome local place if ever in Nassau ).

The Sea Bass that we get is always whole. The salmon preferably wild or organic (neither of which T&T typically carries).

The selection of live fish, I will give you, is better at the Asian supermarkets (Sunny Supermarket at Finch and Lesley being another good example).

Best places to buy groceries in Toronto?

Yes but the quality of fish at T&T is not at the standards of say, a City Fish or even Seacore for that matter.

I have compared both Salmon and Sea Bass so far.

Surprisingly different food at Forget Me Not Vietnamese Restaurant

Send your interpreter in when you have a moment so we can make sense of your post and then perhaps offer some advice ;)

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

Are you seriously trying to defend the restaurant here?

Policy or not, the OP was not asking for much, simply a table with 1 more seat than the # of people present as that person was arriving shortly.

Now, if there was a line-up out the door with other larger parties waiting, perhaps they would have had a leg to stand on, but it was probably dead at time of opening, so no qualm should have been had.

Whether it is the hostesses fault or not is another story - if management has instructed them that they have no lenience in this regard then it is the owners/managements fault, otherwise, it is the hostess that is to blame.

The fact that she refused to give her name is also laughable.

All signs of very inexperienced staff, regardless. Surely if this happened at say a Scaramouche or Auberge, there would be no hesitation to accommodate the guest

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

That is absurd.

It is not a matter of sensitivity training, it is a matter of sheer stupidity resulting in rudeness.

The customer is always (or almost) right. Given you support their livelihoods with your patronage, they should bend over sideways to do whatever they can to make you and your party happy.

Good news travels fast, bad news travels faster.

Surprisingly different food at Forget Me Not Vietnamese Restaurant

Having been now a few times I can now comment on the excellent food at Forget Me Not Cafe.

Both their Pho and Bun Bo Hue are excellent, currently right at the top with Pho Metro (well above Golden Turtle and the likes along Ossington - really do not see why they get such acclaim).

Anyone who likes Vietnamese food and is in the area, do yourself a favour.

Blackbird Baking

Their black olive bread is one of the best I have had - anywhere.

Seriously tasty ' Shanghainese Style Bamboo ' by 'Full Fortune' from T & T

Sorry - I couldn't help myself ;)

Seriously tasty ' Shanghainese Style Bamboo ' by 'Full Fortune' from T & T

Well seeing as how it says "keep refrigerated".....

'Yang's', Richmond Hill - A quick ' ultra positive' update.

That has to be one of the silliest things I have read on CH in years....

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

Too bad you didn't mention it. That's a pretty basic execution error.

Ever since I first tasted Cumbrae's beef a year or two ago, nothing else compares (at least, not on this continent). I have a piece of Bavette from them in the fridge waiting for my hot pan tomorrow night, in fact!

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

Why would you not say anything?

Hua Sang in Vaughan

Went the other night with a small party -($10 corkage - great deal!) - we tried a few dishes:

Snow pea shoots w/ Garlic - well executed.
Chicken & Veg Chow Mein for my wife who is allergic to shellfish (more for me!)
Ginger/Green Onion 'fried' lobster - almost identical to the rendition on Baldwin, however, we all felt it could have used a bit more of the aforementioned ginger/g.onion - but it was perfectly cooked, moist tender lobster morsels.

Hope they do well here.

Where to dine near the Aga Khan Museum (Don Mills & Eglinton)?

Head over to Mt Pleasant and Eg - Churrasco Villa - awesome chicken!

Or if you are in the mood for some great beers and quite decent pub fare, there is Granite Brewery.

Peking duck in North York

We get ours from the shop at Finch and Leslie, but its not a 'real' restaurant - some tables, but more for take out.

Hua Sang in Vaughan

If they are in the same form of Hua Sang DT version (granted I have not been in 3-4 years) Congee Wong wont hold a candle.

Smart location, hope they bring it. Their green onion/ginger fried lobster from what I recall, was awesome.

edit - it appears they do a crispy beef w/ orange peel. Peters Chung King used to do a killer rendition back in the day. Anyone tried HS's?

Flor de Sal - bistro food/fine dining prices

I have tremendous respect for the simple fact that you are not hiding in your kitchen as so many chefs (who do by the way read these boards) do.

With that being said, if dubchild did in fact have issues, I would also have preferred that they address those with the manager/restaurant first and foremost and allow them the opportunity to handle the situation personally, prior to taking it to an online forum (I cannot comment whether this occurred or not)

Granted dubchild is simply expressing his/her opinion (and any interaction suggested above would not change it, granted how any issues were handled might invite a second visit, however).

My preference is to always give an establishment a first benefit of the doubt to address any issues at which point if still no satisfactory resolution, then perhaps bring it to the public's attention (as I did recently with Ici Bistro's abysmal showing - prior to the chef leaving town to 'regroup').

Toronto Ramen Roundup?

I am an admitted Ramen 'newbie'...

Is Kenzo still a good option? Looking for places preferably North of the 401.

Any specific ramen dishes they specialize in?

David Lee-new Nota Bene?

It is absurd on all levels.

That they would assume and decant ANY wine a customer brings in, regardless of color (some of my wines, specifically some Pinot's I do not want decanted!).

Let alone the insanity of mistaking a white for a red...

David Lee-new Nota Bene?

That my friend is absurd.....

And they actually decanted a white wine!?

David Lee-new Nota Bene?

That my friend, is absurd.....

We're you able to prevent your white from its decanted fate?!

I would look forward however to seeing the David of old, he really is one of the more talented chefs in the city.

The Costco Thread - Ontario - 2015 - January to March

I don't recall seeing any Organic produce at the Woodbine location....ever.