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Good Restaurants around Fairview Mall

I passed by a few weeks ago en-route to a new client, the name rang a bell so I stopped in on the way back for lunch....as Michael eluded to....at $3.50+/- for a 'burger' you get what you pay for....maybe?!

Apr 15, 2014
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

George on Queen. Allow me to vent.

I wouldn't consider Scott Conant's food to be considered 'fine dining' (nor interesting for that matter).

Apr 01, 2014
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Yang's Chinese Seafood Cuisine, Markham - An Impromptu Giant Lobster Feast

Great write up, Charles.

I will give them a try and see how they compare to my current top choice, Casa Vic.

Excuse the laziness, but where are they in relation to the original location?

Mar 24, 2014
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

if michelin came to Toronto

Hopefully not construed as 'bashing' - I am not sure Bero, Bar Isabel or Splendido (post David Lee, that is) would get a star based on experiences I have had in North American and European 1*+ restaurants.

I would however, add Scaramouche and Canoe to the list.

Feb 25, 2014
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From http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/964920, what TOP THREE restaurants would you actually like to see re-open?

1 - Peter's Chung King (when Peter ran it) - their crispy shredded beef was a thing of beauty.

2 - Barolo - old school amazing Italian food

3 - JOV Bistro - Owen knew how to make really good food, interesting to see what he will do in his new venture.

Feb 18, 2014
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

lunch within driving distance of victoria park/danforth?

Interesting....

I do not claim to be a pho expert, but of the bowls I have tried, it is by far the most flavourful one (and I love that they serve Shado Beni with it as opposed to just vietnamese basil...)

Would be curious to hear yours and others opinions on it, and if there are dare I say, better bowls of pho in the area...

I believe they do have veg options, you can check out their menu on their website.

Feb 13, 2014
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

lunch within driving distance of victoria park/danforth?

RUN (dont walk) to Little Coxwell - awesome Viet/Thai food. Their Pho is the best I have had, they make their own curry pastes - mom makes the food, and the daughter/son team man the front.

Feb 12, 2014
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'Dragon Boat Chinese Fusion Cuisine' - Hit and Miss Dim Sum!

Thanks for the review, CY.

Curious - how do you compare Casa Imperial to Casa Victoria? The later being where we usually end up....

Feb 07, 2014
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

Having been a half dozen times or so, the majority of which while Lee was still at the helm and while those encounters were always top notch, on the same level as a Scaramouche or an Auberge of the world, the same cannot be said for the few visits since Lee's departure; during which numerous execution flaws were clearly evident.

Besides one small miss step in the past dozen+ visits to Scaramouche (which was promptly resolved) while they do not offer extreme innovation (innovation itself is relative and one could argue they are in fact, innovative), they do offer consistently well executed techniques and ultimately, an excellent end product.

Feb 03, 2014
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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NYC Hound's First Visit to Toronto -- Fine dining recommendations

Agreed, but fine dining being requested and all and based on the provided criteria...for consistently well executed plates, Scaramouche (dining room) is your best bet.

I have seen too many flaws at Splendidio since Lee left, and Auberge is going to be quite a hike for you.

@ Scaramouche - Gnocci app is fantastic, as is their Foie terrine, he does great fish, but I also love his duck main, and my wife's 'go-to' is their Truffle hand made pasta.

Feb 02, 2014
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

anniversary party takeout suggestions

I would perhaps forgo the fried chicken, possibly even the pasta as well, as those foods tend to not travel well.

If you want to stick to the downtown core, perhaps call up Splendido or even David Lee and see if they would be willing to work with you on some 'smaller bites' for Apps.

Jan 24, 2014
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scaramouche Faves?

Let us know how it goes.

Jan 23, 2014
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Scaramouche Faves?

I think they only serve those in the pasta bar (though I am sure with special request the dining room would do so as well).

As to the OP's request - They do an excellent Foie Gras Torchon app, love the pickled ramps they pair with it. The gnochci app is great (thought a slightly small portion). Their Duck main's are always fantastic, and as someone eluded to, the Pasta main (my wife's favourite) is consistently excellent.

Jan 21, 2014
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Best Of The Kensington Market

Just make sure you go to 7 Lives.

Dec 26, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Burger In Town Is At Bistrot92

If one must take price into consideration when comparing and contrasting 2 burgers, then your thread title should read, as eluded to above, "Best Value Burger". If it is simply a matter of quality, price not withstanding, then your title would be appropriate.

Dec 14, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - new products, old favourites, interesting items

I have actually started seeing Stirling butter at Longos as well.

So far only the churned, not the Euro style.

Dec 09, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Young, pink Ontario lamb

Thanks dachopstix.

I suppose I should have been slightly more specific. Ideally boundaries would be between Dufferin - Leslie, though I am willing to travel.

I am looking for lamb chops.

I read that Stuart Carroll butchers was decent, which is in the farmers market just north of Yonge and Clark....

Dec 04, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Young, pink Ontario lamb

Not having purchased much, if any Lamb in my years cooking (I know, shameful!), I am somewhat at a loss for a source which is (somewhat) local.

Costco will be my fall back if there are no other suggestions, but can anyone suggest a source for good lamb (it appears Ontario is favored) north of say, Finch?

Dec 04, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Some interesting, notable and delicious Chinese food this weekend!! - Yang's, Potato Noodle House, Fisherman's Lobster Clubhouse and Oriental Gourmet.

Wow Charles, hopefully for your sake your belt had an extra notch (or three!) to fall back on after all that food!

Dec 02, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Costco Thread - new products, old favourites, interesting items

I also bought some excellent Chantrelles from the woodbine location a few days back.

Dec 01, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Splendido news

Too true!

Probably with these posts as well.

Either way, hopefully he will be able to bring Splendido back to a true high end fine dining establishment.

Nov 29, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Copacabana on Eglinton and Mt Pleasant

I'll admit the only times I have been are for lunch and they do not offer said Meat on a Stick; though that does sound interesting.

Their salad bar/buffet at lunch is just....boring.

Nov 27, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Copacabana on Eglinton and Mt Pleasant

Do not starve yourself.

Nov 27, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Chinese BAKED buns in GTA?

Interesting.

This is not far north of me and I was planning on checking it out, but after all the recent negative experiences, I hesitate.

Nov 26, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Company Christmas Party Locations

I am having our company holiday party at Quince again this year. Second time now - we are doing a 'family style' meal.

Everyone really enjoyed it last year and Jennifer is a pleasure to deal with.

Nov 21, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Little Coxwell Vietnamese/Thai review

Took an employee out for lunch today after reading and hearing about this place from a number of sources.

We ordered:

Calamari
Chicken cold rolls
Rare Beef Pho
Green Curry

Everything was fantastic, the cold rolls were my least favourite, simply because there is a limit to how good these can possibly be...

The Pho's depth of flavour was extreme, I did not even need to add any Hoisin or Hot Sauce, which as I commented to the lovely waitress, was a good thing.

The curry as well had tremendous depth of flavour, clearly the paste was made in house.

Looking forward to trying the H&S Soup and Pad Thai next time.

Nov 20, 2013
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Italian Truffle Salt

I find it has almost a chemically taste to it on its own, and if you really take a deep whiff, you can detect hints as well. One of the ingredients is 'flavour' so I wonder what that eludes to...

Nov 20, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Italian Truffle Salt

I believe I purchased the same one.

I have a very sensitive nose, and something seems off about it!

Have you tried the salt on its own? Do you get an off taste?

Curious to hear other observations.

Nov 20, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best bets for New Year's Eve in TO

Too blurry upon zoomage....

BTW - no need to zoom in order to drool ;)

Nov 13, 2013
Sadistick in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best bets for New Year's Eve in TO

Too bad I cant zoom to see what those (seemingly) delectable morsels are!

I agree with petek's suggestion, invite friends/family and enjoy some great food/wine and save yourself the headache.

We have done this for the last number of years, our menu typically is comprised of foods I can prepare in advance and load a table up with to pick at throughout the night, often with some tasting plates prepared as the night goes on.

Some regulars at our table:

- Home made gravlax
- Various Cheeses
- Some type of well aged steak, seared and served with some old balsamico.
- Truffle Pate
- Smoked oysters
- Various breads
- Smoked duck breast

You get the gist.....

Nov 13, 2013
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