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Auberge du Pommier - What Compares?

Tried the Splendido tasting menu Dec 2010 and was very disapointed. They tried to be too expermiental, but the food and flavors came up short. Fish way under done as an example. Perhaps a bad night? I've also been to many of the others you mention and again was underwhelmed - I want so badly to have a wider selection of great cuisine when I visit Toronto!

I tend to agree with ESTUFARIAN above about Auberge as my reference to it is focussed on my experience earlier this year when my wife and I were thrilled with everything they did. Almost feels like they've reached hit their stride and I hope they keep it up - much more so than in previous visits where the food was simply average.

Oct 07, 2012
imkosmic in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Auberge du Pommier - What Compares?

What's comparable to Auberge du Pommier in Toronto. I would really like to know. I have not experienced any other place that has the elegance, quality and service that puts Auberge into the class of a truly fine dining establishment deserving of a world class restaurant. Other places I've tried in Toronto are either trying too hard with results that are sub-par or contrived, or are successful due to popularity I equate to fad following rather than a focus on producing good food and a superior dining experience.

Oct 07, 2012
imkosmic in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tentative Montreal Eating Agenda - Sanity Check and Advice Please

Coming up from New York later this month and looking very much forward to dining in Montreal. Both my wife an I love great food and wine - we are very eager to get settled in Montreal for several days and engross ourselves into the local gastronomy. After reviewing multiple posts, have come up with the following tentative agenda and would like comments, suggestions and/or alternatives:
Wed
- Dinner – DNA
Thu
- Lunch – Club Chasse et Peche (Terrace)
- Dinner – Au Pied de Cochon
Fri
- Lunch – Les 400 Coups
- Pre-Dinner Drinks – 3 Petits Bouchons
- Dinner – Laloux
Sat
- Lunch – Jean Talon Market
- Dinner – Toque

Are we going too formal and not allowing for a more low-brow local experiences? If so, please provide some ideas. Also, most of the selection appears to be in Old Montreal, but we would love to find a small out of the way place which has some phenomenal food anywhere in the city - something that simply cannot be missed. Any advice would be welcome!

Aug 12, 2011
imkosmic in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

King / Queen W - Noon to 5:00 p.m. Dec 24

My wife and I come up to Toronto from New York City to spend every Christmas with my parents. A tradition we've developed over the last several years has been to walk around Queen St. W and window shop on Christmas Eve afternoon when everyone is winding down for the following day. We happened upon a small sushi restaurant on King W last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. We wanted to go to Lee, but it was closed. From what I'm reading now, it's not worth the effort; mediocre quality for the price point.

What we're interested in this time is any recommendation for a small, casual, light place with simple, clean food and a solid wine selection. Doesn't have to have a huge wine selection as long as what it does have is sound. Another option may be some trendier/contemporary bar that has tapas like servings we can snack on while enjoying one (or more) drink(s).

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance, and have a great holiday season!
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John

Dec 15, 2008
imkosmic in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Around Cabo San Lucas and San Jose ?

My wife and I are heading down to Cabo San Lucas May 31. We love food and wine, but not at the expense of quality, character and value. We live in Manhattan and love to discover non-touristy spots where the food is excellent, the wine and drink selection reasonably varied and the price great. I'm not suggesting we'll find that kind of variety or choice in Cabo San Lucas and surrounding area, however I don't want to end up at Edith's paying a high price to eat mediocre food in a tourist trap (the impression I'm getting from other posts).

So, here are some questions:
- What's good for a local? Price is not as important as is value, authenticity and quality
- Is it worth renting a car for the week we'll be there, and drive to various areas around the peninsula?
- Are there any BYOBs (we can bring our own wine, and save on the 3x or so markup others have been alluding to)
- If we had to choose 1 exceptional dining experience while there, what would it be?

Any other advice is appreciated.

Off topic: Any advice on getting a good deal on a round of golf (on top of twighlight tee times)?

May 19, 2008
imkosmic in Mexico

No Mi Casa: the real scoop on Cabo eating.

Good information. My wife and I are heading down to Cabo san Lucas May 31. We love food and wine, but not at the expense of quality, character and value. We live in Manhattan and love to discover non-touristy spots where the food is excellent, the wine and drink selection reasonably varied and the price great. I'm not suggesting we'll find that kind of variety or choice in Cabo san Lucas, however I don't want to end up at Edith's paying a high price to eat mediocre food in a tourist trap (the impression I'm getting from other posts).

So, here are some questions:
- What's good for a local? Price is not as important as is value, authenticity and quality
- Is it worth renting a car for the week we'll be there, and drive to various areas around the peninsula?
- Are there any BYOBs (we can bring our own wine, and save on the 3x or so markup)
Any other advice is appreciated.
- If we had to choose 1 exceptional dining experience while there, what would it be?

Off topic: Any advice on getting a good deal on a round of golf (on top of twighlight tee times)?

Thanks in advance...

May 19, 2008
imkosmic in Mexico