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Chow at Ossington/Dundas

Head a little east to Black Hoof.

Mar 02, 2009
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need a T.O. restaurant - cool vibe, great food, 4 can eat/drink for $400 or under

I've been to Loire a few times and have really enjoyed myself, but I'm afraid it may not fit the "cool vibe" requirement.

jamesm's suggestions (both excellent picks) might be better.

I have a thing going for Cava right now, so I'll throw that in to the mix.

Feb 26, 2009
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Unique Toronto Breakfast Recs.

They’re offered earlier in the day, for one. Food is also more breakfasty, with dishes like firfir (shredded injera, which is like pancake, served with spices and various meats) being a pretty typical Ethiopian breakfast dish. Fatira, another typical breakfast dish, is a pancake-like dish sometimes served with eggs and eaten with honey. Throw in a glass of orange juice and - Bang! - you've got Ethiopian breakfast.

Feb 10, 2009
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Unique Toronto Breakfast Recs.

For off-the-beaten-track-breakfasts, I like Ethiopian at Lalibela on Bloor near Ossington.

JamieK should be around with a link in a few minutes.

Feb 10, 2009
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Really good Chinese delivery recs (St. Clair and Christie)

We really like Regal Garden, located at 815 Bloor St. West (Bloor St. just west of Christie). I'm almost certain they deliver to your area. 416.530.8088.

Jan 21, 2009
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ottawa: Need rec for dinner

www.atelierrestaurant.ca

High-end, hyper-modern, ultra super fantastico.

Jan 13, 2009
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Red Velvet Cake?

I'm loathe to make the recommendation (I love the bakery but the husband component of the husband-and-wife team is such an obnoxious twit), but Sweet Bliss makes a terrific red velvet cake, among other things.

http://www.sweetblissbakingcompany.co...

Nov 10, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What was your favourite restaurant that went downhill after they solidified their status

Uh, because I don't always get to choose where I eat. Unfortunately, clients/friends/colleagues often like to contribute to the decision-making - my lunch at Ki today being a good example of this phenomenon.

Oct 15, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What was your favourite restaurant that went downhill after they solidified their status

Despite that many Chowhounds gush over this place, my pick is JKWB. As soon as JK left the kitchen to start building his Culinary Dynasty, the place went downhill in a hurry: sloppy service, sloppier cooking. JK might be King Midas in many epicurean’s eyes, but without his constant touch JK Any Location turns to pot. Although I will say that the new Chef de Cuisine has breathed some much-needed life into a withering JKWB.

Let the name calling begin.

Oct 15, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Harbord Room recs?

Clams and chorizo was terrific, so I recommend you start with that dish. As a main, I recommend you avoid the abominable gnocchi with braised veal, unless you're into eating something that closely resembles dog food and offers no reward on the taste front.

May 15, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for small quantity of chip truck paper supplies

eBay has what you're looking for. Great theme...

Apr 02, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tati Bistro - Review

I’m not ashamed to reveal that, for the first time in the history of our dining out, we left zero gratuity. To be honest with you, it wasn’t even really up for consideration. The service was so tragic from beginning to end that we all felt quite strongly about sending a message – to the hostess, our server, the kitchen and management.

We dine out on a regular basis, and as I mentioned above, we’ve never been a situation where no gratuity was given. In fact, I think we’re quite generous when it comes to tipping. For example, our group of four went to Marben on Friday night (BTW: excellent atmosphere, terrific food, great experience – highly recommend it) and left $90 on a $400 bill ($150 of it wine).

Mar 31, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is Splendido worth going to ?

It’s easy to recommend Splendido. The rub is whether or not you can afford it. Splendido exists in a different cost stratosphere than most Toronto restos (in just about all respects, really), so if you’re going to sweat the bill, you should consider a number of other excellent restos (many of which are common fodder on this board) that won’t cause the such a terrific haemorrhage. I go there with some frequency on bidnass, and I believe it’s a good value, but it’s never on my dime and I’m grateful for that.

Mar 28, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best homefries in Toronto

Homefries at Kultura are the shizzle - as is the brunch generally.

On the other end of the scale, Boom homefries are tasty and mend broken Sunday-morning stomachs quite nicely.

Feb 24, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tati Bistro - Review

I had a terrible experience there last Saturday night. Here’s a look at what the evening was like:

Went arrived as a party of 4, although we reserved as a party of 5, with a 7:00 p.m. reservation. We showed up timely, but without our 5th guest, who cancelled last-minute. While standing in the doorway, with half our party literally standing outside in the cold, we were promptly delivered a lecture by the hostess, who was clearly very annoyed with us, on how in the future it would be a “simple courtesy” to call them ahead of time in the event of any change to the reservation, since they’re “very busy”. We understood, but explained that we only learned of the cancellation minutes ago ourselves. A little annoyed, and still in the cold, we were subsequently delivered another lecture by our gracious hostess, this time reminding us that there they offer two sittings, and our table was “spoken for” at 9:00 p.m., so eat fast.

After this warm welcome, we were finally invited in out of the cold, but left to stand idiotically in the centre of a busy restaurant holding our coats until our hostess finally decided we could stay and offered to take them off our hands. While I have it in mind, I should mention that at the end of our night we were asked to traverse the stairs and retrieve our own coats, since the staff had no recollection of which coats were ours (note to restaurateurs: the “memory system” is perhaps not the most excellent system for a coat check) At long last we were seated at our 4-person table, where the 5th chair (which was squished awkwardly into one side) was removed with much drama.

Recent Riverdale transplants, we really wanted to love Tati since we live down the street and long for a French bistro to replace our beloved Batifole. So we agreed to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with a clean plate, so to speak. The place was hopping. It’s a lovely room with a great bistro feel. Our waitress made her initial appearance at our table at 7:15 p.m. Tick, tock. She dropped off and menus and disappeared into the crowd. We didn’t see her again until 7:30 p.m. Tick, tock. We ordered a bottle of wine and some water. Our first pick on the short wine list was not available. Not a problem. We picked again with success. The wine came, was promptly poured all over the table, then wiped up unapologetically. I prefer my $120 wine in my glass, thank you. Mercifully we were left to pour the wine ourselves the rest of the night. 7:45 p.m. Tick, tock. Our waitress reappeared and we ordered our starters and mains, along with some frites for the table to munch on.

Starters came at 8:15 p.m. Tick, tock. We were getting concerned that we were going to run out of time. Surely this wouldn’t be an issue, after all, we were not responsible for the service which was slower than evolution, were we? As you know, good food can counteract bad service and elevate a dining experience, and vice-versa. Beef carpaccio was bland and tasteless. Calamari was a also bland and tasteless with the consistency of wet toilet paper. Perhaps by “grilled” they meant “boiled”. The French onion soup was decent, but so is the frozen Costco version. Mussels were excellent. Where were those frites? Ah, here they come, and pretty good too. 8:25 p.m. Tick, tock.

We awaited our mains, as well as the various pieces of cutlery that were removed and never returned. 8:40 p.m. our mains arrive. The cutlery does not. We renew our requests for cutlery. “It’s coming, we’re short-staffed”. Replied our annoyed waitress. No kidding. The hostess' lecture hung in our heads. Better eat fast!

The forks and knives arrive after 10 minutes and without apology, and so our guests can proceed to eat their steak. Still no sign of the requested mayo, water, salt and pepper. We give up. Steak cooked to order and very good. Cod with roasted garlic sauce on truffled mashed potatoes: 10 out of 10. Duck confit was soft, bland and utterly disappointing. Accompanying vegetables were nice, and although raw garlic has some proven health benefits as an antioxidant, the heaps of it laced atop the sweet potatoes made the accompaniment too sulphuric and bitter. Ugh, where’s that water? Wait, here comes the mayo!

It’s 9:00 p.m. (tick, tock) by the time the plates are cleared and we are offered coffee and desert. we order 2 desserts to share. They show up at 9:15. Tick, tock. Lemon tart was fantastic, with the perfect ratio of sweet and sour. Frozen chocolate mousse was also a winner. I’m not a huge dessert fan, so I usually prefer to share them – I just prefer to have my own fork, which seems like an impossible luxury at Tati Bistro. By this point, staff has really started to apply the pressure. The party of 12 that was set to swallow up our table at 9:00 p.m. swarmed in and were now seated at the 8-person table next to us. A particularly obnoxious guest in the party of 12 leered at us constantly (and eventually confronted us), adding to the discomfort. Finally, at 9:20 p.m., we were refused additional coffee by our now hostile waitress and asked to leave (“You were told about that when you got here, were you not?”) – of course not before paying the $400 bill. A brief discussion with the owner resulted in an offer to move to another table and finish our coffee. Desserts were knocked off the bill (or forgotten). Too little, too late.

After fetching our own coats we left. Outside we stared longingly into 93 Harbord wishing we could turn back the hands of time on this dreadful evening.

Feb 22, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

French restaurant recommendation needed

I had a terrible experience there last Saturday night. Here’s a look at what the evening was like:

Went arrived as a party of 4, although we reserved as a party of 5, with a 7:00 p.m. reservation. We showed up timely, but without our 5th guest, who cancelled last-minute. While standing in the doorway, with half our party literally standing outside in the cold, we were promptly delivered a lecture by the hostess, who was clearly very annoyed with us, on how in the future it would be a “simple courtesy” to call them ahead of time in the event of any change to the reservation, since they’re “very busy”. We understood, but explained that we only learned of the cancellation minutes ago ourselves. A little annoyed, and still in the cold, we were subsequently delivered another lecture by our gracious hostess, this time reminding us that there they offer two sittings, and our table was “spoken for” at 9:00 p.m., so eat fast.

After this warm welcome, we were finally invited in out of the cold, but left to stand idiotically in the centre of a busy restaurant holding our coats until our hostess finally decided we could stay and offered to take them off our hands. While I have it in mind, I should mention that at the end of our night we were asked to traverse the stairs and retrieve our own coats, since the staff had no recollection of which coats were ours (note to restaurateurs: the “memory system” is perhaps not the most excellent system for a coat check) At long last we were seated at our 4-person table, where the 5th chair (which was squished awkwardly into one side) was removed with much drama.

Recent Riverdale transplants, we really wanted to love Tati since we live down the street and long for a French bistro to replace our beloved Batifole. So we agreed to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with a clean plate, so to speak. The place was hopping. It’s a lovely room with a great bistro feel. Our waitress made her initial appearance at our table at 7:15 p.m. Tick, tock. She dropped off and menus and disappeared into the crowd. We didn’t see her again until 7:30 p.m. Tick, tock. We ordered a bottle of wine and some water. Our first pick on the short wine list was not available. Not a problem. We picked again with success. The wine came, was promptly poured all over the table, then wiped up unapologetically. I prefer my $120 wine in my glass, thank you. Mercifully we were left to pour the wine ourselves the rest of the night. 7:45 p.m. Tick, tock. Our waitress reappeared and we ordered our starters and mains, along with some frites for the table to munch on.

Starters came at 8:15 p.m. Tick, tock. We were getting concerned that we were going to run out of time. Surely this wouldn’t be an issue, after all, we were not responsible for the service which was slower than evolution, were we? As you know, good food can counteract bad service and elevate a dining experience, and vice-versa. Beef carpaccio was bland and tasteless. Calamari was a also bland and tasteless with the consistency of wet toilet paper. Perhaps by “grilled” they meant “boiled”. The French onion soup was decent, but so is the frozen Costco version. Mussels were excellent. Where were those frites? Ah, here they come, and pretty good too. 8:25 p.m. Tick, tock.

We awaited our mains, as well as the various pieces of cutlery that were removed and never returned. 8:40 p.m. our mains arrive. The cutlery does not. We renew our requests for cutlery. “It’s coming, we’re short-staffed”. Replied our annoyed waitress. No kidding. The hostess' lecture hung in our heads. Better eat fast!

The forks and knives arrive after 10 minutes and without apology, and so our guests can proceed to eat their steak. Still no sign of the requested mayo, water, salt and pepper. We give up. Steak cooked to order and very good. Cod with roasted garlic sauce on truffled mashed potatoes: 10 out of 10. Duck confit was soft, bland and utterly disappointing. Accompanying vegetables were nice, and although raw garlic has some proven health benefits as an antioxidant, the heaps of it laced atop the sweet potatoes made the accompaniment too sulphuric and bitter. Ugh, where’s that water? Wait, here comes the mayo!

It’s 9:00 p.m. (tick, tock) by the time the plates are cleared and we are offered coffee and desert. we order 2 desserts to share. They show up at 9:15. Tick, tock. Lemon tart was fantastic, with the perfect ratio of sweet and sour. Frozen chocolate mousse was also a winner. I’m not a huge dessert fan, so I usually prefer to share them – I just prefer to have my own fork, which seems like an impossible luxury at Tati Bistro. By this point, staff has really started to apply the pressure. The party of 12 that was set to swallow up our table at 9:00 p.m. swarmed in and were now seated at the 8-person table next to us. A particularly obnoxious guest in the party of 12 leered at us constantly (and eventually confronted us), adding to the discomfort. Finally, at 9:20 p.m., we were refused additional coffee by our now hostile waitress and asked to leave (“You were told about that when you got here, were you not?”) – of course not before paying the $400 bill. A brief discussion with the owner resulted in an offer to move to another table and finish our coffee. Desserts were knocked off the bill (or forgotten). Too little, too late.

After fetching our own coats we left. Outside we stared longingly into 93 Harbord wishing we could turn back the hands of time on this dreadful evening.

Feb 22, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

French restaurant recommendation needed

Anywhere but Tati Bistro.

Feb 22, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

I need recommendations for vegetarian resto downtown

I was forced by some Hippie Yuppie chums to go to Cafe 668 a few weeks ago and, despite the complete and utter lack of meat on the menu, had a good meal. On Dundas St. just east of Bathurst. Check it out.

Feb 01, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

First time in TO...

Opted-out of Winterlicious + romantic + good = Amuse Bouche

Jan 25, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

In Search of: Smoked Venison Sausage

Or simple venison sausage, which will also do the trick. Any tips are appreciated.

Jan 24, 2008
HelloClarice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)