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Shish Taouk

Man, sounds so good! I'm going to Montreal this weekend; can't wait to try this place!
Thanks!

Sep 24, 2009
tp24 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Charlie's Burger?

I haven't gotten an invitation, yet either. Why does this feel like high school. :)

Apr 23, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Charlie's Burger?

Jamie, great pics!!!! Looks divine! What a whole lotta cheese! :)

Mar 31, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Charlie's Burger?

Yes, I read those this morning - great articles....but no pictures. Sheryl Kirby got some nice ones.

Mar 31, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Charlie's Burger?

And she wrote a fantastic article, at that! Seems like you guys had a good experience, Greg! Wondering about all the press that was present though. And the illegalities of it all? Health code violations etc?
I've received my questionnaire in the "mail" but wonder if I'll even get in - it's such a popular 'event', now!

-Foodhogger

Mar 31, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best bang for your buck? Downtown TO

I will 2nd this - CJ LUNCH BOX is fantastic! You can get your whole lunch (noodles, chicken, dumplings) for under $10!
Great little resto at Spadina/Richmond. The service is quick and friendly and don't fear the huge line-up - it's not a long wait.

Full review with pics on my blog.

Mar 28, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best French restaurant in Toronto for $100 pp?

I would second Le Select...had a yummy dinner there. They have a fantastic wine selection and the service was excellent, as well.

Mar 06, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lunch near Queen and John

Aw, too bad about Marienela's! Will have to visit the new location.

I agree on Peter Pan.

Mar 05, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lunch near Queen and John

Marinela's Italian is good - it's on Widmer - kind of hidden. Really wonderful service and great food. Otherwise, I'd recommend Ravisoups - on Adelaide. I've heard Adelaide Street Pub is quite good, as well. Haven't tried it myself.

Mar 05, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ethiopian Food - Recommendations Please

I second Dukem - tasty, good atmosphere and great service, too! I've heard Nazareth is good, as well...and seems like it's already been recommended on here!

Mar 05, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Policy of not seating parties until all guests have arrived [split from Ontario board]

If I may clarify the following points:

The people at the front desk were never cordial; quite the opposite. May not have come across that way in my post.

Also, even while we, all 7 of us, as a WHOLE party were there, arrived and waiting (this is INTO the 2 hours), they still didn't have a table for us, which was why in total we had waited 2 hours, this is not to say my friends were two hours late!

MTK made us wait 2 hours before even considering giving us a table.

All of us have an opinion so thanks for all the feedback!

Mar 04, 2009
tp24 in Not About Food

Policy of not seating parties until all guests have arrived [split from Ontario board]

Purple_bot, sympathy and support is not what I expected; I wanted to state my experience and I did so. Everyone has an opinion and it's fantastic. I love that there is some discussion and debate on the situation! Granted my friends were late, but I have never been in a situation where it's been a problem.

Mar 04, 2009
tp24 in Not About Food

Policy of not seating parties until all guests have arrived [split from Ontario board]

Actually, the manager told us that they have customers who stay and have just a coffee and others who stay for longer and they don't rush their customers once the full party has arrived, which was why I didn't get her logic in not seating us.

Mar 03, 2009
tp24 in Not About Food

Policy of not seating parties until all guests have arrived [split from Ontario board]

They don't take reservations for brunch, and don't indicate their policy on their website and don't pick up the phone when you call. Dismissive communication when you talk to them in person, as well. Overall a nasty experience, and I will not go back.

Mar 03, 2009
tp24 in Not About Food

Policy of not seating parties until all guests have arrived [split from Ontario board]

Definitely busy and rushed service. I just feel that they could have dealt with it better but it just didn't seem that they cared much for customers and this is BECAUSE they're so busy. I tell you, when business starts booming, the customer service inevitably does down the hole.

Mar 03, 2009
tp24 in Not About Food

Policy of not seating parties until all guests have arrived [split from Ontario board]

I don't know if that's true. I have reason to argue otherwise, only because I see it as the same amount of money (if not more) being spent.

A table of 10 who all arrive together can have people who only have coffee, and sit there for hours. Right? Would this not be considered wasting seats/lowering the tip etc etc what have you?

We were a hungry group of 5-7 who were going to murder that menu regardless of whether we had all arrived at the same time or not. 5 of us would have eaten quite happily and would have ordered more later with the other two.

I just think MTK took charge of the situation badly.

Mar 03, 2009
tp24 in Not About Food

Policy of not seating parties until all guests have arrived [split from Ontario board]

Much harder situation when you're in it, though. We were just asking for a break in their policy for our situation.

Mar 03, 2009
tp24 in Not About Food

Policy of not seating parties until all guests have arrived [split from Ontario board]

Again:

5 of us eating and being done is the same exact thing as all 7 of us eating and hanging out for 3 hours. They would then be loosing out on 7 chairs for business.

This is what I had a problem with. It wouldn't have mattered had we been 5 or 7 people - we would have SPENT MONEY and given them BUSINESS.

Mar 03, 2009
tp24 in Not About Food

Policy of not seating parties until all guests have arrived [split from Ontario board]

Here's my review of MilDREAD's Temple Kitchen:

Much like a vast and airy temple on a cold and windy day, the aptly named, Mildred’s ”Temple” Kitchen is a cold place. In atmosphere (cafeteria-like with concrete floors, hard plastic chairs, raggedy coir-esque mats, drafty) but especially in service.

I have no patience for bad service. No matter how good the food may be, if customers are not treated with respect, I will simply not dine there.

So, although we were really excited to have brunch at Mildred’s and had heard so much about the buttermilk pancakes, we did not dine there and I will tell you why:

a) Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (henceforth referred to as MTK) does NOT take reservations for groups less than 12 (we were a group of 7, how unfortunate for us).

b) MTK does NOT pick up their telephone at any time during Sunday brunch (even though there are 3 hostesses idly minding the front desk. This is, of course, when they are NOT helping to open the front door which gets stuck in the blustery wind tunnel where the Temple is hidden on Hanna avenue). The result is a struggle with the big glass door while 3 lazy assed hostesses stare down their noses at you from inside.

c) It’s apparently okay at MTK to completely brush someone off when asked about parking costs in the underground (you will note if you visit their site that the simple Flash page has little to no information on it. Something about Mildred minding her peas ’cause…you know, that IS useful, but no information about the cost of parking). I finally learn after having to vie for attention that it’s Green P parking and the prices are ”whatever is listed there”. I then learn from my friends who end up parking there that it’s $5.

d) MTK will NOT seat you unless all of your party has arrived. This does not matter even if:

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more than 50% of your party has arrived (there were 5 out of 7 of us waiting)
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the waiting party has been waiting for 2 hours! (you have to remember that this is BRUNCH we’re talking about, so many of us had not eaten breakfast!)

e) There were several attempts to speak to the manager about our situation (because by this time everyone who had either arrived before or AFTER us had already been seated) and our situation was this :

Granted, we were a group of seven, with five of us waiting, but we already knew by the time we got there that two of our friends would be late; neither of them had cellphones but had managed to contact us through pay phones. And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it true that usually what happens is that whoever gets there first gets a table while everyone else joins in whenever they arrive? I mean, really, correct me if I am wrong. So in my friends’ defense, they were totally unassuming of our predicament. When I realized that there wouldn’t seat us until everyone got there I had to reason with the manager telling her that we had absolutely no idea when the other two would get there, so why couldn’t the five of us be seated and then simply add a couple of chairs later?

Alas, it was not to be. The manager was ridiculously stringent over MTK’s seating policy. Her logic was as follows:

“We can’t seat five of you and then add two chairs later when your friends come, because if five of you finish eating and then the other two arrive and sit down to eat, there will be 5 spots that we’re missing out on filling with other patrons.”

Seriously?

So, I had to ask:

“How is this different than if all seven of us were to arrive on time, sit down for brunch and all finish eating but decide to hang out for 3 hours?”

I was told that this was very different because some of their patrons dine for 10 minutes and others for longer, but they only seat all of the party once everyone has arrived.

Even when our sixth person arrived, the manager refused to budge declaring that she didn’t have a table for our group at that time, anyway! This was when one of my friends began filling out a ‘comment card’. This was also when we decided to head over to Butler’s Pantry, instead. I called Butler’s and was told they would have a table ready for ALL seven of us by the time we got there! Ah….service. So that’s what it feels like. (Please take note Donna Dooher & Kevin Gallagher).

At MTK, not only can’t you make reservations to ensure you get a table for brunch, you can’t even be seated when everyone HAS arrived.

When our seventh person arrived, I took the opportunity to obtain a second ‘comment card’ from the manager. This is when she asked if all seven of us were there to which I said,

“Yes, but we’re leaving.”

As expected, her response was, “Fine, I’ll cancel your table.”

On our way out as we gave her our comment cards she said she would pass them on to the owners, but didn’t bother saying anything along the lines of, hmm…I don’t know, an apology?

I expect if Donna Dooher and Kevin Gallagher keep up with this ridiculous seating policy and continue to hire such rude and incompetent staff, this is one “temple” pancake worshippers will NOT flock to.

-Foodhogger

Mar 03, 2009
tp24 in Not About Food

Ravisoups

Oh my, Ravi knows his soup!

I had the porcini mushroom soup and the roasted chicken wrap...both were excellent! Friends had the chicken hot pot and chowder and both raved about them! (Pics in my blog)

I never knew soup could be so tasty! Thanks Ravi!

-Foodhogger

Feb 27, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Samosa and/or Indian Food in Scarborough? (Samosa King + pics)

Great review BokChoi! Glad you tried Mistaan - next time try the samosies. I hope to go back there someday!

-Foodhogger

Jan 21, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Mistaan Sweets and Catering – review + pics

Weeeeee! Great review BokChoi! Glad you enjoyed it! Did you not try the samosas!?! I find their samosas to be the best in town (imho). Anyway, fantastic review and great pics. Mistaan is too far for me these days, but I look forward to going there again someday!

-Foodhogger (blog in my profile)

Jan 21, 2009
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Samosa and/or Indian Food in Scarborough? (Samosa King + pics)

red_dragon! SO glad to hear you tried Mistaan's samosas, aren't they the best? Love them..how I wish I had one now! Sorry, i should have given you better directions!

I'll have to return there myself and review them on my blog.

~Foodhogger (aka tp24)

Sep 30, 2008
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Samosa and/or Indian Food in Scarborough? (Samosa King + pics)

Hmm...never tried Embassy...so you'll have to let us know! :)

Definitely give Mistaan a try and get back to me ;)

Aug 28, 2008
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Best Samosa in Toronto

I second this!

Mistaan Sweets has the best samosas. Hands down. I've tried many in my day.

Samosa King is good, but it's not as good as Mistaan Sweets.

They carry the large, stuffed with potato/peas, with an amazing tamarind sauce that you have to ask for - they don't include it. The service is kind of stuffy over there too - 'cause they know they can be. The samosas are that good. Their sweets are yummy too.

They're at 460 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto (Vic Park and McNicoll)
http://www.mistaan.com/sweets.html

-Foodhogger (man, i have to get back there and review this place...it's on my list!!!)

Aug 28, 2008
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Samosa and/or Indian Food in Scarborough? (Samosa King + pics)

Samosa King is good, but it's not as good as the best samosa heaven in Scarborough!

Please allow me to introduce you to:

Mistaan Sweets.

They carry THE. BEST. samosas you will ever have. Of course, if you like small, flaky samosas then Samosa King is the best for that. Mistaan carries the large, stuffed kind, with an amazing tamarind sauce that you have to ask for - they don't include it. The service is kind of stuffy over there too - 'cause they know they can be. The samosas are that good. Their sweets are yummy too.

Give it a try and get back to me. They're at
460 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto (Vic Park and McNicoll)
http://www.mistaan.com/sweets.html

-Foodhogger (man, i have to get back there and review this place...it's on my list!!!)

Aug 28, 2008
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

I Love Sushi (Queen W.) - review

My company has gotten take-out from I Love Sushi and it's always been fresh and tasty. Everyone seems to enjoy it and I haven't heard any complaints. I'm not a sushi connoisseur by any means, but to me it was alright. I'm not really a sushi fan either, so I can't say I've eaten a lot of it. In the past, I have enjoyed sushi from Ichiban, Ho Su, Sushi on Bloor and Kuni Sushi Ya, so I like to think I've tried a variety, but again, maybe I don't know what I'm talking about?

I just reviewed "I Love Sushi" with pics on my blog.

Do tell me though, what's a great, magnificent, blow-your-mind sushi bar?

-Foodhogger

Aug 28, 2008
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dessert at Yonge and Dundas?

Thanks Redshifted!

Aug 19, 2008
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dessert at Yonge and Dundas?

Where's a great dessert place near Yonge/Dundas/Eaton Centre?

Aug 18, 2008
tp24 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best almond butter?

Oh my ben61820, YOU ROCK! I will most definitely be trying to make my own 'butters'. That sounds so easy. I absolutely love Maranatha's RAW almond butter...but haven't been able to find it Toronto - still have to check Whole Foods though (Fresh n' Wild only carries the Roasted kind). Will try Arisana as well. Thanks for the tips!

-foodhogger

Aug 08, 2008
tp24 in General Topics