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Rock Lobster - comical

Agreed. I went to the Queen West location (first visit) a few weeks ago on a Thursday night. Very few customers, indifferent staff and food, passable fries. Pretty depressing atmosphere and an air of neglect about the place.

Perhaps the Ossington location is better - not that I'll ever go of my own initiative.

Aug 24, 2015
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Me & Mine...& other spots near College and Dufferin

I have also wondered about Me & Mine. Off the top of my head, here are a few places to consider:

On College: District Oven, Buster Rhinos, Takht e Tavoos (brunch/lunch only but really good), Bestellen, Levetto
On Dundas: Hogtown Cure, Cafe Bar Pasta, Bivy, Sukhothai

Aug 19, 2015
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

iced coffee 2012

Reviving this ancient thread to give a shout out to the iced coffee from Fika in Kensington Market: espresso, milk, cardamom bitters and fresh mint. Slightly sweetened and seriously refreshing.

Old School

I take the streetcar past this place every morning at 7:45am and not once have I seen any signs of life (and I've looked). Perhaps they keep a skeleton staff who sleep behind the counter with the lights out just waiting for someone to walk in?

Jul 30, 2015
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

restaurants that don't take reservations, that will seat you before the rest of your party has arrived

I've met friends at Pizzeria Libretto on Ossington often and found them already seated. That's during off peak hours though, not sure if they are as relaxed with that policy when it's really busy.

Friendly service, quick turnover. Fancy that!

Apr 27, 2015
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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restaurants that don't take reservations, that will seat you before the rest of your party has arrived

Pai. 2 of us met a friend there the other day (5:15pm and the place was already busy). Our friend got there first and had been seated when we arrived a few minutes later. We received a warm welcome from the staff and service was friendly and relaxed throughout the meal.

Apr 27, 2015
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Rude treatment at Khao San Road

Actually, as a solo diner you would almost definitely have been seated at the bar and not at a two top.

Anyone going to Khao San Road or Nana with the expectation of gracious service will be disappointed. When I go to either I know exactly what I'll get: good food at a moderate price and efficient but impersonal service. And sometimes that's exactly what I want. These spaces are not designed for lingering, they're all about turnover. Adjust your expectations accordingly.

Masterchef Junior Pop up Restaurant episode -- SPOILERS

"The fat boy"??

Dec 03, 2014
dxs in Food Media & News
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zeytouna on dundas

I had the shish tawook from there a couple of months ago and it was bland city. Haven't bothered to go back and whenever I walk by around lunch it's deadsville in there. Which considering there's a mosque across the street is all the review needed.

It's funny because that place always used to be packed before the reno (not sure if it's same owners who just did a rebrand or if it's new owners), now that it looks clean and modern people seem to have lost interest. Could also be the fact that the grotty Ali Baba down the road constantly has 2 for 1 deals.

Oct 06, 2014
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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ParalĂ­a

Nouns that should never be in the same sentence: 'salmon' and 'baklava'.

Jun 19, 2014
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Byblos

Nope. I'm never out in that area but will keep it in mind... looks like a nice fresh space.

Mar 26, 2014
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Byblos

Thanks for the review. I was initially intrigued to hear about this place and thought maybe given Khabouth's Lebanese background the place would try to provide both style and 'authenticity' but it sounds like that hasn't happened. Then again what can you expect from someone who names a club 'Uniun'.

District Oven looks promising as does the new hummus place opening soon.

And yes, it would be great if somewhere in Toronto served anything other than the standard LCBO supplied Ghantous arak. Tabule supposedly serves a 'premium' arak but both times I've asked they haven't had it in stock.

Mar 26, 2014
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Djerba La Douce

Feb 13, 2014
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to buy canned cassoulet in Toronto?

I've seen it at Scheffler's in St. Lawrence Market - but that was a couple of months ago. You may want to call before making a trip.

Feb 10, 2014
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anthony Rose New Restaurant - Fat Pasha

I tried Mideastro recently and was underwhelmed, unfortunately. They use more refined techniques but for me the flavour was lacking. I had the kofta dish, which was nicely presented but at $32 I was expecting something better than what I can make at home, which this wasn't. My dining companion had the lamb duet, which also didn't live up to the promise of the menu description. We both found the food lacked salt.

I did really enjoy the fig kataiv though, and the service was polished and attentive. The menus I could have done without - giant ipad-like tablets that blind you when you open them up (although I'm sure the more mature Yorkville clientele love them).

I might go back just for the amusingly named cocktails, the apps (which I didn't try due to time constraints), and desserts - but I'd skip the mains.

Feb 06, 2014
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2013 Food and Restaurant OPENINGS

Me Va Me Express - Queen and John, didn't get a look at the sign but opening in Jan 2014 perhaps?

Dec 10, 2013
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Weekend Dining Adventure

Asuka - 108 Yorkville Ave (one street over from Sushi Inn).

Not as spacious as Sushi Inn but a step or two up in quality.

Dec 09, 2013
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Late afternoon coffee/tea near King and University

FC's seating consists of a narrow counter that runs down the centre of the room (i.e. it's not anchored to a wall). It's fine for grabbing a quick coffee but that's pretty much it. Then again we all have different definitions of comfortable so it may suit others just fine and the baked goods are definitely worth it!

There's a picture here: http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story....

The counter down the middle was added after the picture was published but you get the idea.

Nov 26, 2013
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Late afternoon coffee/tea near King and University

Forno Cultura isn't that close to King and University (it's just east of Bathurst) but they do have some counter style seating. Not a very conducive atmosphere to conversation though.

You might try Dineen Coffee - Yonge and Temperance (just north of King). They have plenty of seating but depending on the time it might be packed. Open till 7pm weekdays, 6pm weekends.

Nov 26, 2013
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

It's All GRK Authentic Gyros, at 756 Queen W

Funny, I tried this place a few weeks ago and attempted to order the tirokafteri - the person taking my order said they weren't serving it yet because they were still waiting for the equipment to make it. Which I thought was a strange statement, given that it's basically just feta mixed with peppers.

Nov 08, 2013
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Garde Manger - late night walk-ins?

Great, thanks to both of you for the tips!

Jul 31, 2013
dxs in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Garde Manger - late night walk-ins?

That's what I thought the answer would be, thanks.

Basically they're looking for somewhere to walk in and have a late night meal/snack at the bar after a long day at the Osheaga music festival this coming weekend. Any recommendations would be appreciated - Old Montreal area or close by.

Jul 30, 2013
dxs in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Garde Manger - late night walk-ins?

Friends will be in Montreal for the weekend and are wondering if Garde Manger is the sort of place where you can walk in on a Friday/Saturday night at around 10:30/11pm and find a seat at the bar? I'm thinking 'no', but perhaps someone can confirm?

Jul 30, 2013
dxs in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best bang for your buck

If you're looking for meat and lots of it - try the Cote de Boeuf at Bestellen. For 2, with bone marrow and 2 sides = $100. Well worth it and you won't leave hungry.

One of the sickest piece of 'foodie related' news this year!!

This really made me laugh. Google using the search terms 'toronto developers omb city' and you'll get a good idea of how broken the process is. E.g.: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto...
http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall...

Jun 05, 2013
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Women in the Kitchen

Looks interesting. But perhaps my rapidly ageing brain has lost the skill of reading comprehension, because I don't see any references in the linked article to when or if this is actually taking place?

Oct 31, 2012
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Women in the Kitchen

Looks like Toca at the Ritz-Carlton is now helmed by a woman, Gihen Zitouni:
http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

I don't enjoy eating in hotels but I may make an exception for this, especially given the chef's Tunisian background.

Oct 26, 2012
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Women in the Kitchen

Tsk, can't believe I forgot KSR.

Thanks both for your responses, that list is a start.

Oct 19, 2012
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO Women in the Kitchen

Every time I look at Toronto Life's Dish column, it's always promoting some dude with a beard, and it's generally rare to see women chefs being featured in the media. Off the top of my head, I can think of five restaurants in Toronto where the kitchens are headed by women:

Ruby Watchco
Frank at AGO
Delux on Ossington
Mildred's Temple Kitchen
Weezie's

I'm not saying that gender has anything to do with cooking skill. But let's say I wanted to support the underdog - which places am I missing?

Oct 19, 2012
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO kabocha squash

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Any recent sightings? Also west end-ish?

Oct 01, 2012
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)