First of all, a Napoleon is not a Mille-Feuilles; It is not even a poor second cousin twice removed.
A Mille-Feuilles is a work intensive patisserie - made with papier feuilletiee and creme patisierre.
A while back I searched Toronto for a real mille-feuilles (I grew up in Montreal, not far from Duc de Lorraine, and many other amazing patisserie. There was exactly one donut shop within a half hour drive of my house. Only cops went there).
Anyway, I called every place from Steeles to Front, and from Dufferin to Don Mills, especially those with the word "patisserie" in their name.
I won't name them all - suffice to say that on Bayview and Mt Pleasant I didn't find one place that made a daily or weekly mille-feuille (one claimed they made it by special order as a full cake).
North of Lawrence, most of the places must have been owned by Persians, Koreans, or Chinese, and used French words in their store names because they sounded sophisticated or some such nonsense. Too bad they had no employees that actually knew French pastry names other than "crah-ssont".
Now on to my review:
I finally returned late one day, since I am not up before noon most days, and luck was on my side - a few mille-feuilles were left (my companion had a mocha eclair - regular eclairs were sold out).
It's definitely worth a repeat visit, and I would like to have a meal there. The menu combined simple French cooking such as stews/melanges, with more expensive items like foie gras.
Looking for an AYCE supper in the City of Toronto (if it's outside of the city limits, it must be within a block of the city limits)
Hotels and banquet halls are out of the question; previous meetings have been held at such places - at $20-25 a head for a catered set-course of standard Euro-wedding fare (roast beef/chicken breast, soup, iced desert).
At the moment, I know of only two places that are able to host such a large gathering in one large room:
Some of the larger Chinese restaurants can hold large parties, but a proper Chinese banquet would be akin to eating Offal for over half the attendees.
If you know of any AYCE's in Toronto (the area bounded by Steeles, Morningside, and Kipling Avenues, approximately) that definitely can support such a large group, please let me know.
New Sky Restaurant on Spadina, halfway between Dundas and College on the East side. White table cloth and good service,and reasonable prices.
At one time, when they opened, they had excellent quality food, some uniquely (in a good way) flavoured dishes, and a very nicely presented, very tasty Peking Duck.
But seriously, we did revisit it, but the quality of the food deteriorated to mediocre so rapidly that we stopped going there based on that factor.
It may still be the best downtown for the Duck though.
I just read the reviews previous to mine. It looks like I took what many said, and put it in one post!!! Funny.
(I have not read others statements before posting - these are my opinions)
Hailing from Montreal, I've been to Cora's, and Beauty's, and Brown Derby, and Snowdon Deli, and Schwarz's, and Magic Pan, and Chez Grandmere, and Crepe Breton, and Eggspectations, and all the other brunch/breakfast places so popular in that city.
Cora's is allright, especially if you have children who have never seen a crepe, or been offered chocolate and whipped cream as a main dish. And yes, people line up in Montreal for Cora's, but there are much much larger line-ups at many other brunch places....
The fruit is decent, but you won't get the ripest fruit as a rule - few restaurants can afford to pick and keep large quantities of completely ripened fruit.
The egg based mains are decent - nothing that can't be found elsewhere, but the presentation tends to be nice at Cora's. If I have to go to Cora's, I will always choose an egg main, as do all my meal companions who have been to Cora's - the newbies tend to go for the crepes and sweets.
Crepe-wise, Cora's does not compare favourably to a proper creperie. If you had a top notch crepe suzette or crepe st-jacques recently, and want to taste that again, don't expect it at Cora's. The crepes are slightly cooked batter, with a bland flavour, but with the fillings that are offered, you won't find them disagreeable.
Overall, it's a nice chain place for suburban Toronto, average price for average food, good for kids who like picture menus and sugar. If you live anywhere with neighbourhood/independent brunch places, Cora's is not worth the trip. If Golden Griddle and Denny's are what you want, Cora's can top them.
Personal tip: avoid the buckwheat crepes - I first had this over a decade ago, and while healthy perhaps, it tastes like brown packing paper, and is almost as dry. Why they still have this on the menu baffles me.....has it improved??
I would suggest Faley's in Etobicoke for the best Indian-style Hakka (I assume this is what you're looking for, not the blander Hakka that originates from the mainland).
Personally, I prefer his brother's place, Hot Wok, in Scarborough, and I travel from Bathurst&Steeles once a week to eat there. The food is outstanding, the food flavours well defined and unique, the atmosphere and service is beyond compare.
If you don't enjoy spices, Indian and others, or if you want standard Chinese fare, like spring rolls and ma-po tofu and chow mein, go to one of the dozens of average Chinese places that do these things near wherever you live.
Most Chinese restaurants offer New Year's dinner, and eating out if far more fun (otherwise, it's just another day at home).
And make a reservation or two, or be prepared to wait in line....
Preamble: I haven't been to Chicago in 3 decades, and if I ask the person I'm sending this to, they'll insist on not getting anything (and they're the only Chi-towners I know).
Ideally, a place that delivers and has gift certificates would be best, so that the choice of what to get is up to the recipients.
I've done some searching (esp. on metromix), and Smoque BBQ looks promising (if they'll deliver). Most other well-rated BBQ joints either do not serve beef/brisket or don't seem to offer catering.
If anyone knows of other good places that are either local to Buffalo Grove or cater, including online caterers, please do mention them.