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$25 pp?

We eat at Table 17 fairly regularly and have never done it for 25pp. If you only ordered an entree, it might be doable, but if you are interested in apps, sides, and/or dessert, it would probably bust that budget.

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Table 17
782 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4, CA

Feb 18, 2011
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Prohibition/Booze Emporium Review

Portions are generally smaller than your typical pub, although I never have a problem with not having enough food. They continue to be just overpriced enough to irritate me each time we go, but we're generally okay with them as a neighborhood spot. I wish they would drop their prices to make them a bit more reasonable for the food you get, though.

Oct 02, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Indian food on Gerrard Street - where to start?

We recently placed our first order from Moti Mahal as well and our chicken had bones also. Some were partially crushed by a knife so that they dissolved in little slivers in your mouth when you tried to eat it. Also didn't like the naan. Too bad, as I had really been looking forward to it. But I don't think we'll be back.

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Mahal Restaurant
22 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N1A3, CA

Sep 28, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recs needed for NY chowhounders in Toronto for a conference

I am "meh" on Vertical. I definitely wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Harbord Room is great, though. Lots of good reviews on this board.

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Harbord Room
89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

Sep 18, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buca - Review

Table 17 serves their polenta this way as well.

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Table 17
782 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4, CA

Jul 28, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ruby Watch Co.

The amount of food was way too much for me as well. I think it would be regardless, but based on the reviews, I do suspect that the second seating gets more generous helpings if there is more food to be eaten - this seemed to be the case at our dinner, which was a second seating also, as the server almost seemed to push additional portions on us. Way too much food.

And our biscuits were overcooked. Such a bummer, given that the biscuits seem to be the robust favorite among diners. Although good biscuits certainly don't carry that price tag on their own...

Jul 19, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Shockingly dissapointed with Sushi Marche

Amazingly, it seems to keep a steady stream of customers in there while District is often fairly empty. The quality at District has not been too bad, the times I've gone.

Jul 11, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Shockingly dissapointed with Sushi Marche

The District does take-out. Although I haven't been recently, if Sushi Marche has dropped a notch, they might be pretty on par with one another. Sushi Bar also does take-out, if you can handle cheaper, Bloor and Yonge type sushi.

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Sushi Marche
1105 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1K7, CA

Jul 10, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Great Burger Kitchen - Is it worth stopping in on the way home from work?

I think the burgers definitely meet the "on the way home from work drive-by" standard, unless you drive by some pretty impressive places on a typical day. The poutine, of course, is pretty great. The burgers have decent options for toppings and offer bigger patties than the Burger Shoppe. Nice place to have in the neighborhood.

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Burger Shoppe
688 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1G9, CA

Jul 01, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ruby Watch Co.

They asked us when we made our reservations and then again when we were seated about allergies/restrictions. I think they are very on top of it.

Jun 16, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ruby Watch Co.

Finally had my dinner at Ruby Watchco, after several failed attempts at making reservations and eventually resigning myself to making reservations several weeks out. The restaurant was packed. The atmosphere was charged the whole night - really high energy from the chefs and servers, very bustling feel, all consistent with the communal nature of the dining experience. As others have said, it was also loud. Go with DCs you feel comfortable yelling at (and sharing food with) and it works.

Our menu started with a chef salad + biscuits, salmon and shrimp with eggplant, polenta, snap pea salad, cheese course, and lemon pound cake. Overall, the experience was pretty nice. It didn't blow me away, but I had fun and left full. The first course salad was really delicious with a light yet rich buttermilk ranch dressing and double-smoked bacon bits. The biscuits were overcooked, which was extremely disappointing as I LOVE biscuits and they're not exactly difficult to cook. The main course was good - salmon was rare, which was a bit surprising, but it had good flavor. The polenta was just okay - I expected a bit more depth than it delivered. The snap pea salad was refreshing and delicious. I have traumatic childhood memories of ratatouille which prevented me from getting behind the particular prep of the eggplant. The cheese course was fine, safe - nothing surprising or especially great. Same for the dessert.

Service was okay - no real complaints, but then, how difficult can it be when you don't have to worry about anything other than drink orders to differentiate tables? Our server seemed a bit inexperienced, but he was quite nice and there was nothing really to complain about. You definitely miss any personalization of the experience, as different servers end up bringing you new dishes and cutlery and serving the food, so it feels a bit cafeteria style at times.

Overall, it was fun and different. Ended up at $100 pp with 2 bottles of wine for a table of 4. I think I will go again, but won't be rushing back. Personally, I'd prefer Table 17 for my next nice dinner in the area, but maybe the Ruby Watchco model works better for some people.

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Table 17
782 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4, CA

Ruby Watchco
730 Queen St E, Toronto, ON , CA

Jun 05, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Queen Margherita Pizza

Our visit, last Friday, was app-pizza-dessert. Salad was one of the app options, along with ricotta-honey-cranberries-arugula and the porchetta.

Jun 05, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Openings 2010

Unfortunately, yes, it is. We ordered from there last night and found it overpriced with quality far below standard Gerrard St. fare. Prawn curry was $17 with four prawns. The naan was downright gross - texture and shape of a machine-formed pita and drenched in butter. Ugh. We'll continue to get our (far from mind-blowing but decent with better quality and price) take-out from Gerrard St.

Jun 04, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Openings 2010

Any idea whether this place is open yet? I remember reading that the number on the website doesn't go to the actual location, so thought I'd check here first.

Jun 02, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New to Toronto: can anyone recommend a good CSA and/or source of raw milk?

The CSA model isn't too big in Toronto, unfortunately. I've been waiting for it to take off here for about 4 years now. We ended up going with a weekly organic veggie box - there are several companies around and a fairly recent thread on the options on this board. Most of them try to source locally when they can. We supplement with the great farmer's markets in the summer. There are a couple of CSA options, but they don't meet our needs in terms of pick-up/drop-off options, pricing, and quantity options. The open-air veggie markets in places like Chinatown and Kensington Market are also good bets as they often have local options and good prices.

May 30, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Queen Margherita Pizza

Had a decent dinner at QMP. I tried to make reservations via the website, and if I hadn't heard about the website problems on Chowhound, I would have assumed that I did. Fortunately I called and made them by phone - but this certainly would have been a poor start to the evening and was a bit annoying anyway.

My favorite thing about the dinner was the space. The restaurant is really lovely, very airy with gorgeous floors and woodwork. It's too loud, so be prepared to shout at your dinner companions when you're there. The food was okay. The prix fixe concept is a bit clumsy there given that the pizzas are so big. I can't imagine how anyone could actually eat every bite of all three courses, especially if selecting one of the heavier apps and desserts. Pretty much everyone in my party took half their pizza home. The pizzas were okay, not great. The crust is really thick and doughy. It was good for what it is, although I was expecting a thinner crust. Flavors were nice. With wine and beer, ended up coming out to about 50pp with tax and tip. For that price, I'd head elsewhere, but it seems like a solid addition for people who live nearby.

May 29, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Amazing dinner at Dante's Kitchen

I wanted to thank posters on this board for the scattered recommendations for Dante's Kitchen. After culling top recs from the board and investigating my "short list", I settled on Dante's for a nice dinner out on a recent visit. It was really amazing, especially for the price!

We had a party of six and started out with a round of incredible cocktails. Tried their ginger-infused vodka, cucumber-infused gin, and raspberry gin in various concoctions. I'm not a big cocktail-drinker, mostly wine for me, but I was fully sold! We had a large variety of apps, small plates, entrees, and desserts. The stand-out dish for me was the short rib, pork belly, and polenta small plate. It melted in my mouth. The only criticism of the dish was that it was an incredibly rich and filling small plate. Even though I split the dish, it left little room for the entrees to come. The maple-glazed (eek, can't remember the glaze exactly) chicken was also delicious - moist, huge portion, glaze with the right balance between sweet and savory. We were less impressed with the grilled artichoke (small, so little meat on the thing and difficult to get) and the mac & cheese (texture was lovely but it was a bit underseasoned). But all of our other dishes ranged from really good to great.

The desserts were wonderful - I especially enjoyed the Mexican chocolate pot du creme with toasted marshmallows. It was rich, not too sweet, amazingly creamy and the crunchy caramelization of the marshmallows was a lovely counterpoint. And, like the cocktails, I'm not a dessert person either. So to love a dessert is quite unusual for me! To top it all off, the service couldn't be better and the check was a real treat in comparison to dinners of a similar caliber in Toronto. Waiting for the streetcar late on Sunday evening left something to be desired, but getting out of the French Quarter for this meal was well worth it. I will definitely be returning to Dante's on my next visit.

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Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

May 26, 2010
drjolt in New Orleans

Joy Bistro - Leslieville - not great

Our experiences have been inverse to yours. Although the food has never been particularly impressive, we've always found it okay. The service, on the other hand, has ranged from merely inoffensive to absolutely egregious. Particularly with all the other places to eat on the street these days, we no longer patronize Joy.

May 17, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Queen Margherita Pizza

Nice - then maybe they should take the link down! Even an announcement on the website would do the trick.

Thanks for the info.

May 16, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Origin - review

Yes, only one experience. That's why I was wondering whether it was purely preference or potentially poor execution. Looking forward to trying to other dishes, certainly!

May 15, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Origin - review

Is it supposed to be insanely salty?

May 15, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Queen Margherita Pizza

Have people had luck with their online reservation system? I tried to make online reservations several days ago but haven't heard anything, assuming that I'd receive an email confirmation. Has anyone used this system effectively?

May 14, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is there better Thai than Sukhothai in Toronto?

We try to call a half-day in advance at this point. We order there very regularly, once a week, and have never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes on our given pick-up time. This could also easily explain a long take-out wait even if the restaurant is half-full. You have no idea how many take-outs are in the queue before you, some of which may have appeared much earlier in the day.

May 14, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Has anyone been to Blue Moon pub at Queen and Broadview?

Wow, really? I'm suprised to hear that your burger was raw there, given how small their patties are. ;)

May 12, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Has anyone been to Blue Moon pub at Queen and Broadview?

Tons of places close by to eat - Table 17 and Pic Nic if you want nicer, District for sushi, Prohibition for pub food. If you're go a hint further east, you have Barrio for nicer bar food, the Roy for another pub option, and Lil Baci for good pizza.

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Table 17
782 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4, CA

May 12, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best burgers in T.O.

Wow, those reviews actually seem... unbelievable. We've been twice and have had very nice experiences. Much better bargain than The Burger Shoppe and the poutine, indeed, is really great. We've heard similar reviews from others in the hood. Not sure where this mass of unhappy reviewers came from.

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Burger Shoppe
688 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1G9, CA

May 03, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Origin - review

I suppose I just don't have enough experience with it. It was probably my least favorite course on the tasting menu because of its saltiness. I had trouble getting it down. But if people really like it, I suppose it's just a preference issue.

Apr 25, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Origin - review

The miso glazed black cod sounds very similar to one of the dishes in the recent Colborne Lane tasting menu. Do you know if it is the same dish?

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Colborne Lane
45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

Apr 24, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

leslieville/beaches fun but good

There are a number of good threads around here on Leslieville restaurants. New stuff has been opening up, but not that many places to add to the list. For the more casual end, I would second Gio's, although you can dress up or down here - maybe add Lil Baci, Barrio, the Queen E branch of Hanoi 3 Seasons. Definitely Lady Marmalade for brunch, if you don't mind a wait.

We haven't been able to get reservations at Ruby Watchco. They've been packed pretty solid so far. I wonder when things will slow down enough to accommodate our last-minute schedule...

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Hanoi 3 Seasons
588 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

Apr 09, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need take out recommendations in the South Riverdale area.

Sushi Marche, Sushi District, or Sushi Bar for sushi (moving from east to west)

Real Jerk for (okay) rotis

Chino Locos for (okay) burritos

Hanoi 3 seasons for Vietnamese

Lil Baci for good pizza, also Pizzaiolo, Pizza Pide

Sukho Thai for thai

Loic gourmet, already mentioned, in addition to more intensive food great soups and sandwiches for an easy meal, also keep some almost prepped food in their freezer section

Siddhartha for Indian

previously Burger Shoppe for burgers, but the recent review of Great Burger Kitchen offers hope that there's a better option now

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Pizza Pide
949 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

Sushi Marche
1105 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1K7, CA

Burger Shoppe
688 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1G9, CA

Great Burger Kitchen
1056 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Z8, CA

Mar 31, 2010
drjolt in Ontario (inc. Toronto)