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Chinese Lobster Downtown

Couple of the Chinese restaurants on Baldwin Street, Wah Sing and Hua Sang, does a good Green Onion/ginger lobster or ones with Maggie sauce.

The decor is probably a bit 'nicer' than the Spadina/Dundas chinese restaurants.

Help plan my party!

If you can accept a bit just west of Yonge, maybe try Left Bank Bistro on Avenue Rd.
Its just south of the 401 on Avenue Rd. The parking situation is probably easier to find than on the busier Yonge St. There are usually 'free' spots on the side streets around that area, plus a Green P paid parking lot. Its within 1 minute from the 401 entrances, so getting to and out will be easy.

Food wise, its decent for a group/client dinner setting. The decor is quite nice, the space used to be an old bank, so you can still see some of the bank vaults in there.

Nov 08, 2014
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Its here at last!! - Prima Taste 'Chilli Crab La Mian' ( Noodle in Sweet & Spicy Seafood Sauce)

agree with your assessment. Tried 1 bag of the crab flavor la mien, and I didn't like it at all. The other 2 flavors are much better.
Perhaps its the soup base making the other 2 better.
I didn't like the La Mien style with the Oil and sauces.

Oct 27, 2014
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

BERO has closed

Wow...that guy is really full of himself.

I have not tasted food prepared by Matt Kantor, but watching that video and reading his posts, I don't think I will ever go to any event/restaurant he is part of.

I refuse to support the prima donna's that is permeating in the food industry.

Aug 20, 2014
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

One local's guide to Niagara-on-the-Lake and surrounding area (long!)

Any suggestions for a Vineyard with a patio that will serve small plates with wine tasting?
We used to go to Jackson Triggs for its patio and its flights.
But the last time we went this past year, they changed their concept. Now its more of a sushi/champagne bar.
Somehow eating raw fish and drinking some red wine didn't really tickle my fancy.

Jul 24, 2014
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where can I find fresh Crawfish for a traditional boil?

Couple of years ago, the Steeles and Warden T&T location had some live Crawfish for sale.
It was probably only available for about 2 weeks.
Price wise, if I recall correctly was very reasonable at $4.99 a pound. i would say they would be considered on the small to medium size if comparing to the one's I ate in Louisiana.
Unfortunately, that was the first and last time i saw live crawfish sold in Toronto. Didn't see any for sale last year.

Jun 03, 2014
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowfind: An authentic tasting 'Instant' Singapore Laksa Noodle La Mien good enough for Chowhounders!

Just a heads up for those looking for this noodle. The T&T on Warden&Steeles currently has a boatload of them.

Its even on a bit of a sale. 2 for $5.50 instead of the $2.99 for one.
They are also selling it by the box now, I think $30 per box, didn't remember how many packs per box.

Apr 24, 2014
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

where to buy cajun style cracklins in gta

I spend last year working in Baton Rouge, and indulged a lot on their cajun style cracklins.

Now i have a cravings for these type of cracklins in Toronto. Are there any stores that sell him in bags, either packaged or fresh?

Dec 03, 2013
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Shoto & Allergy's

I am fine with that, then they should just come out and state they don't serve folks with Allegeries. Instead of taking note of it, and then not accomodating.
With the latter approach, it makes the whole experience all half-hearted.

Sep 21, 2013
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Shoto & Allergy's

I guess mustard is used in a lot of their dishes?

Reading some of the past reviews of Shoto, it seems a lot of other people had the same experience with allergy requests.
Didn't even know that mustard was such an important ingredient. Never had issues with it at other tasting menu type of restaurants.

Sep 20, 2013
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Shoto & Allergy's

I had made reservations to Shoto for 2 to celebrate our wedding anniversary next month. On the reservation site, I had put in the mustard allergy for my wife.

Today I received a call from Shoto, and they told me that they would not be able to accommodate the allergy request and I should cancel the reservation. Fine, if they didn't want my business, I won't beg.

Having said that, what are some of the 'better' alternatives nowadays for a nice tasting menu? I've been to most of the 'finer' restaurants in Toronto in the past, so thought to try Shoto.
If all else fails, we can always go back to Splendido, never had a bad experience there, even after the ownership change. Plus they allow corkage, so that is always a bonus.

Sep 20, 2013
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)


A place that is not too 'typical' of a wedding banquet hall, yet offers elegance, history and character that is worth checking out is the St. Lawrence Hall by King/Jarvis.

We had our wedding there and the history and decor of the hall, with the high ceiling, old style oil chandeliers were amazing.

Don't mistake it for the St. Lawrence market, Most people would never knew there was a nice banquet hall nestled beside the market. Back in the 1800's it served as the first town hall/city hall of Toronto.

Another note, could be good or bad, but you have to bring your own catering service in.

Jan 19, 2013
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'Fishermen Clubhouse' - A most impressive Chinese 'Seafood' Restaurant

Their whole steamed fish is very good....although really depends what fish you order. They do a very good eel as well, and when they have it in stock their live scallops with garlic/black bean sauce were delicious. Their stir-fried beefs are very good, you already had their beef cubes. When we go, we usually get the jumbo lobster(7+ pounds), and have the lobster tomales be used for a fried rice course, quite interesting. They also have different soups you can pre-order, I think one time we had a wild water duck(?? not sure if that is the english name for it?) with herbs soup. That was pretty good.

A side note regarding fish....If you are a fisherman at all, and you happen to catch some fresh fish(Walleye, Bass) you can bring it to them, and they will cook it for you for a small fee. The owners are very big fisherman's. As you can tell by their wall decorations.

I am not sure about what the price differences is for the big lobsters.

This restaurant is definitely one that I don't go there for the atmosphere. We've had times been there and were given a 1.5 hour limit on eating as they were fully booked for the rest of the night, and even before we finished our dessert, they handed us the bill. But the service has always been acceptable, its just their place is rather small and gets very busy due to their popularity. In the summer months, its a bit better when they have their outdoor patio section open, and they can fit more people/tables.

Dec 18, 2011
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'Fishermen Clubhouse' - A most impressive Chinese 'Seafood' Restaurant

We've been going to this restaurant for awhile now...the lobsters/crabs done in the 'Typhoon Shelter' style is excellent. You have to return to give it a try. Besides minced garlic and chilies, they also have fried anchovies in there...yummy

Dec 17, 2011
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rome restaurants - distants

My wife and I will be in Rome from Dec 7th to december 13..right now researching on some places for dinner.

- Settembrini
- Colline Emiliane
- All 'Oro
- Trattoria Monti
- Checchino
- La Pergola

We will be staying at the Marriott Grand Flora, how easy is it to get to those restaurants?

Any other good recommendations that is reachable from the Marriott Grand Flora?
I don't mind walking, transit or taking a cab for 15-30 mins?

Trattoria Monti
Via di San Vito,13a, Roma , IT

Colline Emiliane
Via degli Avignonesi, 22, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT

Via Luigi Settembrini, 25, Rome, Lazio , IT

Nov 10, 2011
commie in Italy

George or Acadia

another thing I forgot to mention...Not sure if they are still doing the Amuse offering....but we were never offered any....

Oct 31, 2011
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

George or Acadia

I just had dinner at Acadia last night. The wife and I had couple of drinks each, appetizer, entree, shared 1 dessert, plus coffee/tea, the bill came to roughly $160.

The place is nothing fancy, but thought the food and service was really good.
I had the Halibut Cheeks and Short Ribs, and the wife had the salad wedge and snapper. The food was excellent, but the portions were tiny....I was still hungry after eating my entree....was thinking about ordering another entree, but decided to go with the desert instead.
Had the sweet potato custard...which I found it only meh......not impressed with their desert..I would totally skip that, and hit to another place nearby for desert instead.

couple of comments:
- the wine list is lacking, and they don't offer corkage....hopefully, as they grow and expand their business, they can invest in a larger wine cellar/selections, or otherwise offer corkage
- the cocktails offered were interesting
- the dining room is very loud....I was there around 8pm, and the room was full....and loud...l literally had to shout to my wife across the table to be heard.

Oct 31, 2011
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Acadia -- who else has been?

How's their wine list? do they offer corkage?

Oct 13, 2011
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recommendations for Birthday dinner

Does Black Hoof take reservations? If not, how busy do they get on a sunday night? I would hate to have to wait 1 hour for dinner...the wifey would not be enthused with that.

The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Oct 12, 2011
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recommendations for Birthday dinner

I am planning my wife's birthday dinner and its scheduled for Sunday Oct.30....It'll be for a table for 4..
My preference would be in the GTA, corkage if possible, otherwise a good/interesting wine list would be nice, budget wise I don't really have a set limit if the place is nice.
We've done Colborne Lane, George, Splendido and Scarmouche within the past 6 months, so lets rule those out.

Originally, I had thought about Nota Bene(haven't been there for over a year now) since they allow corkage, and food is decent with a nice atmosphere...But they are not open on a Sunday night.

The wine(s) that I am planning to open for dinner(if I bring them).
White - Order from the restaurant, probably just 1 glass per person
Red - Some of the candidates I am dying to open:
- 1997 Solaia
- 1997 Dominus
- 1997 Chateau Montelena
(1997 was the year my wife and I started dating, so thought might be nice to open one up, I don't have any of her birth year :( )...

88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

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

Oct 11, 2011
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anniversary Dinner with Corkage?

Has Scaramouche re-opened? I thought they closed down since their old building is turning into a condo?

I am into bordeaux's...don't need to goto the gov't monopoly(aka LCBO) to buy overpriced bordeaux. I have plenty of bordeuxs in my cellar starting from the late 80's to 2006's...
but there is a reason why I am opening a 2005 bordeaux...
thats our wedding year, and we honeymooned in bordeaux as well....So we kinda have a thing where we would be drinking 2005 bordeaux's for our anniversary dinner.

Oct 03, 2010
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anniversary Dinner with Corkage?

Yeah...we did Nota Bene for the 3rd...what memory.. :)
And we've been back there quite would prefer something different..

I know drinking the 05 Bordeaux's now would be infanticide, but one of the reasons i invested heavy in 05 futures was to have enough supplies to celebrate our anniversaries in the future..

I am considering one of the following wines:
Calon Segur, Leoville Poyfere, Leoville Barton, or Pavie Maquin

then follow up with 05 Sauternes to go with desert. Guiraud or Rieussec

Nota Bene
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

Sep 30, 2010
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anniversary Dinner with Corkage?

Thanks for all the feedback...
Any other suggestions besides the ones on my list? We did Splendido recently for my birthday dinner. So would rather not go back there.

88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

Sep 30, 2010
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anniversary Dinner with Corkage?

Whats a good restaurant to goto for a 5 year anniversary dinner with my wife in Toronto. Not too overly concerned with a budget, but within reason. $500 for 2 is fine...$1000 for 2 is not...
However, one of the requirements is that the restaurant needs to allow corkage or have a nice wine list. I am a wine collector/drinker, so that is important for us.
Ideally, I would like to be able to bring my own wine for the dinner. I have stockpiled multiple cases of 2005 Bordeaux's for our anniversary dinners. And would like to open them.
Although, 2005 Bordeaux's is still young and needs more aging, the sentimental values is worth it. We did our honeymoon in 2005 in Paris, where a week spend touring and tasting the vineyards in Bordeaux.

Thus far, I am thinking of the following:

- Colborne Lane
- George
- La Marquette (our first date was here)
- Mildred's Temple
- Corner House

any of them allow corkage? any other recommendations?

This is for Oct 8th, i still able to get reservations?

Corner House
501 Davenport Avenue, Toronto, ON M3R 4R6, CA

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

Sep 29, 2010
commie in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

dinner for sat/sun in san fran

I will be in San Fran this weekend, and staying at the JW Marriott with my wife. We are in our early 30's. What are some good restaurants for those 2 nights? Nopa? La Folie?
and should we make reservations for those 2 nights?

How far is it from the JW are they? we will have a car...can taxi, walk, etc...

In general, are good/nice restaurants in san fran busy and hard to get into?

Also, we will be in Napa Valley friday night...any recommendations for dinner in napa?

May 10, 2009
commie in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner at Nota Bene - A Review

Does Nota Bene allow corkage? Planning to have dinner there this saturaday night for a birthday with the wife.
Nothing on their list tickles my fancy, not that its a bad list, but i am somewhat of a winehound.
Would like to bring a first or 2nd growth bordeaux for the dinner..

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