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Is Toque Worth It?

Thank you. That is most helpful...and no he is not paying.

Is Toque Worth It?

Great advice which I will follow. Thanks.

Is Toque Worth It?

Hello, we are coming to Montreal this weekend and my cousin, for whom money is no object, has made a dinner reservation at Toque. I have looked at the menu and some of the posts on this Board, many of which are quite old. The concensus seems to be that Toque is a fabulous restaurant but it looks like, with wine, it could be $400+ for a couple.

I might mention at this time that neither my girlfriend nor I eat foie gras.

So the big question is: Is it worth it? For me, a fun atmosphere, tasty well prepared food that does not leave me hungry after I am done, good wine and a good feeling at the end of the meal is what I want when I go out.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Torontonians in Newfoundland

By the Beach in St. Phillips is the place to go for Fish and Chips. Right on the water so great view and excellent food. Also really enjoyed Bacalao so good choice there.

May 04, 2015
Attknee in Atlantic Canada

Actinolite: earnest or pretentious?

I am reviving this thread because I ate at Actinoline for the first time last weekend. I am not the best person for tasting menus because there are many foods I do not eat. But I was invited to go along and was happy to spend the evening with good people. And while I understand the concept of tasting menus it would be nice if there was an alternative available for courses where the food is not eaten by the diner.

I am replying to this particular post because I too found the courses to be unbelievably small in size. My main course, the lamb, was extremely tasty and gone in about four bites. Sorry to those who think that serving miniscule portions of tasty food is acceptable, but for the prices charged, it is not! Good thing we stopped on the way home after dinner for more food, which was eaten by the entire table of six people, who were all still hungry.

The service was excellent. The advice re the wine was good. The explanations were clear and audible. But I left hungry. Surely there must be a balance between the tasting menu concept and having those partaking leaving the restaurant satiated...and I hope Actinolite finds it.

Newmarket grocery stores

Ditto on the Thai Golden Bell recommendation.

What will happen if I double the amount of chocolate chips in my chocolate chip cookies?

My policy re choclate chip cookies: Use only enough dough to hold the chips together. Enjoy!

Pacific Heights and Marina District recommendations please [San Francisco]

Sorry, you are of course correct. I was looking at a map and thinking we were further east than we are. We are between Pacific Heights and the Marina District, it appears.

Pacific Heights and Marina District recommendations please [San Francisco]

Hello, I have been to SF many times but have not ever stayed in the Pacific Heights/Marina District area. Well next week that is changing and we are spending a couple of nights at the Union Street Inn between Filmore and Steiner. I have looked at some of the posts but the general posts seem to be older so I wanted to ask what is recommended for lunch, drinks, dinner, late night. I like all types of food and therefore really am looking for the highlights of the area. I will not have a car but am happy to walk, take transit or cab. What should we try?

suggestions for an Italian restaurant in Richmond Hill for a group of 10

Went to Sarpa for the third time a couple of weeks ago. It is in Oak Ridges which is at the north end of Richmond Hill. First time there I had the risotto which was one of the best I have ever tasted at a restaurant. Not inexpensive but recommended nonetheless.

Need a North York Restaurant Recommendation

Totally agree. Went there once and was thoroughly unimpressed. Too bad as it is a physically attractive place in a really good location.

Family style Italian

Had dinner in Enoteca Sociale's wine cellar last week in a group of 9. The room is excellent with a wooden table. Of course the wine racks. It was 5 courses all served family style with charcuterie and cheese, appetizers, pastas, cooked meats and a dessert. Food was very tasty. The server was exceptional, making sure he explained everything being served and then disappearing only to reappear when needed. Definitely recommended. Not sure how many people are needed to book this room but the table seats 10.

Barcelona Restaurants Open Sunday (and Monday)

Hello everyone, we will be in Barcelona for the first time from Aug. 2-6 so we have 4 dinners and 4 lunches. It seems that many restaurants are closed on Sunday and lots closed on Monday. Can anyone suggest a "Chowworthy" restaurant which is open on Sunday? I see that Tapas 24 is open Mondays so that would be a good option on that day. Thanks.

Jul 25, 2013
Attknee in Spain/Portugal

Goulash House Newmarket

The Mexican restaurant is moving this weekend. I believe opening on the 26th. Nice people and excellent food. Heading over to the deli for lunch today for my first visit. I think Chicken Schnitzel. Will report back. Looking forward to trying the restaurant too.

Moderatly Priced Organic Meat In GTA

Try The Butcher Shop at Markham Road and Kingston Road for very reasonably priced whole organic chickens which are delicious. There may be other organic meat there too.

Whole Roasted Chicken Takeout (NOT Portuguese!) in Toronto

Right. Try The Butcher Shop at Kingston Road and Markham Road. They have amazing organic chickens at really fair prices as well as so much more delicious food.

Breakstone Cottage Cheese

Try Sobey's on Clark in Thornhill. Huge Kosher section.

Best all inclusive resort in Punta Cana for foodies?

Stayed at Excellence a few years ago, in 2008, so I might be a bit outdated. It was, at that time, not close to any other resorts so did not eat locally. As with most all inclusives, the food starts to taste the same as the week goes on, no matter which restaurant you eat in. I think that is because they use a common kitchen for many restaurants. However, based on my research at the time, you have picked the best resort in the area and I am sure you will have a great time.

Does This Exist: A Cruise ANYWHERE with Good Food?

Went on my first cruise earlier this year on the Silver Spirit, on of the Silverseas ships. Several different options for food and since it is a relatively small cruise ship it was possible to try different restaurants. While I have no other cruise lines to compare it to I found the food to be excellent, changing nightly in the main restaurant and with several different choice. There were some options that were an extra cost.

Good Breakfast place / cafe around 401 and DVP or Don Mills area?

Another vote for the Sunshine Spot. Cora's = YUCK!

Oliver and Bonacini at Bayview Village -- the village idiot could have cooked a better meal

Totally agree. Since I live in the area which is pretty barren for anything other than Chinese I was really happy when I found out it was opening several years ago. Despite several attempts over the years I still find the whole thing totally disappointing. On my last visit I ordered a Margarita to start. I'm not sure who they had behind the bar but they had no idea how to make a Margarita. It was disgusting. To be fair, the mushroom soup is not bad, but the die was cast when I ordered a turkey sandwich and asked them not to include one of the toppings listed. I was told that the sandwiches were premade and so it could not be excluded. A premade sandwich in that restaurant!!! That was it for me. Way better off buying some of the ready made food at Pusateri's and eating at one of the tables outside that store.

Humbug Candy?

There is a candy at Bulk Barn they call Humbugs. I buy them and put them in a dish at my office for my clients (and couriers, it seems). Since I don't know what a "real" Humbug is supposed to be like these do for me.

Brined turkey -- using the drippings for gravy and the carcass for soup. Too salty or not?

Being Canadian we have already had our Thanksgiving. Once again the brined turkey was a spectacular success....moist and cooked very quickly. I made gravy out of the drippings without rinsing and it was delicious. I only use brown sugar and kosher salt in my brine so there is no citrus taste. While I did not make soup this year I have in the past and while it does taste a bit salty, not overly so. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our neighbours to the south.

Nov 14, 2012
Attknee in Home Cooking

Soupstock - October 21, 2012 at Woodbine Park

Hmmm. That onion soup from One99 was the best soup I tasted. Yes, it was a bit sweet but that just made it all the more tasty for me. Wasn't as impressed with Statdlander's. There was a really good chick pea puree but I forget who did it.

Doppio Zero - Eglinton and Avenue

OK. Was there about a month ago. It was a Wednesday night. The place was busy but we were greeted right away and seated at a large table with another party at the other end of the table. No problem there. I had a pizza which was advertised as having mushrooms. Where were they? There were a few sprinked on the pizza but certainly not enough when mushrooms were the main topping. Since that was the only dish I had I can't really comment on any of the other food. So, if you go, and especially if you have the mushroom pizza, ask them to put a few mushrooms on it.

Fine Dining uptown

Here's hoping!!!! If you are not into Chinese it is a pretty major culinary wasteland.

Fine Dining uptown

Richmond Grill I don't think is too casual. However, had a reservation to go at 7 on a Friday night in September. Called to extend to 7:30 and was told it was so slow they were closing the kitchen at 8:30. Decided to opt out and went to Scorpion in Aurora instead. Have to unfortunately agree about the Miller. Had high hopes when it opened and find the food to be overpriced and not so great. Nice patio though.....won't help much now. I used to take my staff to The School each year for Christmas. Haven't been for a few years but definitely liked it in the past.

Dinner near Dufferin and Lawrence

Agree that Camarra's prices are high. Can't agree that it is past its prime. Their original crust pizza is still the best I have tasted and I have being going there since the 1960's. Agree that Paese is very good.

Tomato bushels in GTA

Not sure of the price but 19th Avenue Farmer's Market just south of Stouffville Road and west of Woodbine has lots of tomatoes and peppers as well as lots of other really good fresh foods. Great selection. Worth the trip.

One Weekend In Buffalo with a "Wing Nut"

Hmmm, no ideas, eh?