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Where can I buy a Berkshire ham in Toronto?

I bought a cured as well as a fresh Berkshire ham from Cumbrae's

Apr 09, 2013
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Making Montreal Smoked Meat at Home

Wow! What an amazing thread!

BGM, so this is your sixth or seventh brisket. And this has turned out fantastic. Are you able to narrow down what you did with this brisket and your first successful one that made them so good?

Was it that you lucked out on a good cut with a better fat distribution? Was it that you've got a better sense of the dry curing time (I gather that dry has been determined to be superior than wet?)
The right amount of smoke vs steam?

Thanks for sharing!

Also, FWIW, I recently cured a Berkshire ham (Cumbrae's) and smoked it on the BGE. At the time I was also trying to figure out where/how to get my hand on the nitrates necessary to cure. I ended up finding Pink Salt in Toronto. If I recall, I found this easier to work with, as the intire ham only needed a few ounces to cure. That way I could control my salt.

I found the Pink Salt at the William Sonoma on Bloor. It was a little pricey ($20?), but the little jar has enough to 2 half shank-end hams.

Intimate lunch spot in Financial District?

I am going to lunch in the Financial District with a friend I haven't seen for a while. I find many of the tables in the restaurants in the area are quite open and cramped at lunch.

Can anyone suggest a nice restaurant that is a little more intimate than others? I'm currently thinking of the freight elevator table at Bravi. A few tables at Canoe were also suggested.

Thanks for your help!

Mar 03, 2008
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Congee downtown and East end?

I'm a big fan of Congee Wong north of the core, but I live downtown and spend a lot of time in the Beaches area.

Does anyone know where to get good congee down here?

Thanks for your help.

Oct 20, 2007
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Omi is gone (for now) - where next?

I also agree that Ichiriki is very good. Have not had the omakase either, though.

I'm also a big fan of Takesushi. I find it very consistent on serving a good quality fish.

Oct 20, 2007
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Trevor Kitchen & Bar

Absolutely loved it. It was new enough last Friday that we could sit anywhere we wished. Sat on the couches in the corner of bar. I ordered the steak tartare tacos and the mini burgers, while my date had the tuna tartare and the seafood pasta. We shared the cheese plate and a some wine from their small, but well chosen wine list.

I will definitely be back.

Oct 24, 2006
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

going to fieramosca in yorkville. . . . . any must-have standout dishes?

I haven't been there in years, but I used to always get the Linguine Fieramosca. It is a plate for two, but as I recall, they would sometimes make the dish for one if you begged and pleaded enough...

Sep 27, 2006
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Americanized palates? The real deal?

A place in Yorkville called the Courtyard Restaurant served me a nice schnitzel and chicken paprika.

Sep 27, 2006
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

One or several things made really good that you want to spread the word about?

Some of my favourites:
Spaghettini alla Siciliana (Spaghettini in a squid ink sauce) @ Joso's.
Risotti @ Romagna Mia.
Lobster Pot Pie @ Far Niente
Port and Cheese plate @ Ultra Supper Club
Butter Chicken @ Lahore Tikka House
Hot and Sour Soup @ Szechuan Szechuan
Xiaolong Bao and pan-fried dumplings @ Ding Tai Fong
Bouillabaisse @ Le Select (the old one, haven't been to the new one, yet).
Omakase @ Omi Sushi
Pork Gyros @ Alexandros Take-Out
Margherita Pizza @ Massimo's

Aug 27, 2006
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Mexican Food in Toronto?

I've been liking El Trompo in Kensington, lately. The people running the place seem to be ethnic. Their guac is the best I've had since trips to mexico.

What do the rest of you 'hounds think?

Aug 14, 2006
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Casual restaurant with outdoor seating

I haven't been, yet, but the Gooderham House on Jarvis (across from the Keg Mansion, I think) has a patio that I've been wanting to try...

Jul 13, 2006
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sit Down Lunch in the Financial District

Have you tried Casey's at Front and York? There's also an Armadillo's as I recall.

On Adelaide there's Burrito Boyz, an okay mexican (next door), and Hal's burgers a few doors down.

St. Lawrence Market for some Veal Sandwiches at Mustacio's, dining on the picnic tables outside.

On King, there's a few that might be a little more than $20. Il Fornello, Dhaba, St. Tropez/Marcelle's (a fave of my office).

Good luck!

Jul 13, 2006
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Hot & Sour Soup in Toronto

I'm not a fan of Szechuan Szechuan at First Canadian Place, but their hot and sour soup is good.

Jul 07, 2006
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any Funnelcake in Toronto, aside from Wonderland?

I seem to recall a Beaver Tail stand at Ontario Place. Don't they do funnel cake?

Jul 07, 2006
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)


I agree with Marno.

I get the Deep-six dip, which is essentially a baked taco dip. This usually goes quickly. Wings are okay, though not good enough to make a special trip to Betty's to get them...

Jul 07, 2006
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Cheese Plate?

Ultra Supper Club.

I never liked cheese plates until I ate there a year ago. Since then, my cholesterol has shot through the roof...
They served:
Cumin rolled Goat Cheese...made in House
Brie de Meaux
Bleu Geai (I disliked blue cheese before this)
Two names that escape me for their 9yr Cheddar, and Toscano

Jul 07, 2006
JDJay in Ontario (inc. Toronto)