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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.

Jun 17, 2013
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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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/story/2013/05/08/toronto-omb-decision.html
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

<bump>

Any recent sightings? Also west end-ish?

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

Gangster Burger

From the website:

GANGSTER BURGER IS A TOAST TO THE BAD GUYS. A TOAST TO THE GUYS THAT WE DREAMED OF BECOMING WHEN WE GREW UP. A TOAST TO THE GUYS WHO DID IT THEIR OWN WAY.

HERE AT GANGSTER BURGER, WE'RE KEEPING TRUE TO THE GANGSTER PHILOSOPHY. IF THE PEOPLE ARE DEMANDING A GOOD F@$%IN' BURGER WITHOUT ALL THE MUMBO JUMBO, THEN WE'RE GOING TO SUPPLY IT.

AND WE'RE GOING TO DO IT OUR WAY.

IT'S A NEW DAY AND WE'RE THE NEW BOYS IN TOWN. NO PRIESTS. NO HEROES. JUST GANGSTERS.

AND WE'RE GOING TO MAKE YOU A BURGER YOU CANT REFUSE.

Can someone explain to me why we should be toasting drug dealers and murderers?

Hopefully this exercise in tastelessness signals the end of the burger craze, because after this, there's nowhere else to go. We've hit bottom.

Sep 17, 2012
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ursa vs Campagnolo

I've been a couple of times as well, most recently at the beginning of July. I didn't notice a decline but I plan on returning in the autumn so we'll see. It will be disappointing if the level of the food really has dropped, since I count both of those past meals as amongst the best I've had in Toronto.

Aug 23, 2012
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ursa vs Campagnolo

Is your comment re the 'disastrous decline' based upon your own experiences (which I assume include more than one visit), or on the comments of others?

Aug 23, 2012
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Yanni Grilling Cheese.....anyone?

I haven't seen this particular brand in Toronto (interesting website btw - https://www.karouncheese.com) but to me this looks like Cypriot style halloumi, so maybe that would work for you? I know Alex Farm Cheese at St Lawrence Market usually carries the Pittas brand, or you can visit Arz on Lawrence in Scarborough, which has many varieties of halloumi available. There's even a store-brand version available at Loblaws which isn't half bad. Or there's Montforte's version, available at many outdoor markets.

Jul 27, 2012
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The porchetta sandwich at The Sausage King in the SLM

Perhaps this sandwich was good when they first started offering it, but I gave it a try today and thought it was not up to scratch. The rosemary dominated, there was no crackling on offer (apparently they only have it available sometimes, which I don't understand - isn't that one of the first rules of food service, making your product consistent?), but worst of all, it was overwhelmingly oily. As I was eating the sandwich, oil was dripping off of it, forming a sizable puddle - I'd say a good teaspoon's worth. And it was just oil, it wasn't 'jus' or sauce or anything like that. I left a third of the sandwich uneaten because as I held it up and the oil was flowing downwards, the bottom third became saturated in oil. Really off-putting.

The pork sandwich at the churrasco place is still the SLM winner for me.

That said, the pork belly I bought from the Sausage King guys a while ago was first rate.

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

Djerba la duce at Danforth+Coxwell is now Taste of Tunisia

If it's a different chef in the kitchen, faster service is neither here nor there. Can you confirm if new management=new chef?

Jan 24, 2012
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ISO: freekeh

Arz, and no doubt numerous other decently stocked middle eastern grocery stores.

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Arz
1909 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

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

Folia Grill for souvlaki & other grilled food at Pape & Cosburn

They have Bifteki on the menu, which is a burger-esque item. I don't think a north american style burger would make any sense in a greek grill.

Another thing that doesn't make sense is that horrid thousand island dipping sauce they serve with the zucchini fries. Why not just serve it with their excellent tzatziki alongside? That combination makes a lot more sense to me.

And don't even get me started on putting the fries in the sandwich - can't really complain about that too much though as it may be a regional thing. Just because I never came across it in any Athenian souvlaki house doesn't mean they don't serve it that way elsewhere in Greece, but I've only ever seen it done in Toronto.

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

Finger Limes?

I occasionally see them at the fruit & veg stand (Pete's?) in the lower level of St Lawrence Market South. They'd be at the cash register counter or nearby.

They usually have an exotic array of fruits available (with prices to match).

Jun 23, 2011
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ruby Watch Co.

Being neither a tourist nor a 905-er, I beg to differ. I've been to Ruby Watch Co. several times since it opened and barring a (very) minor misstep here or there I've always enjoyed the food and the convivial atmosphere. Some of the dishes I've had have been extremely memorable (I'm still craving the navy beans I had one night to accompany the delicious 16 hour brisket, and the lemon meringue pie that managed to eradicate all the horrible memories of it associated with English school lunches) . I've also never had an issue with oversalting.

I'm sure that many of the customers are drawn by the 'celebrity chef' aspect, but for me it's definitely the food that brings me back and everyone I've taken there has enjoyed the experience. As mentioned, it's not exactly budget dining, but it's worth the occasional splurge in my opinion.

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Ruby Watch Co.
730 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

Jun 22, 2011
dxs in Ontario (inc. Toronto)