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Where would you go for your next great meal out?

It's a more relaxed atmosphere than many on your list, but you won't get better fed (or 'wined') than at Enoteca Sociale. Service is top notch, too. Check www.sociale.ca for the latest menu. Sometimes they have a tasting menu and sometimes not, but you can easily order many items (they're bigger portions than small plates but smaller than full entrees) and have a 'custom' tasting menu. And the wines are available in whatever size you want, basically, including some wonderful options from Italy not usually available other than as a whole bottle (don't skip the nephele, but the Barolo and particularly the Brunello are stunning).

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Enoteca Sociale
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Jun 30, 2011
pastabroccoli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Does anyone have experience with Noisette Pastry Works in Markham?

My wife and I had our wedding cake done by Hannah (owner) and had several side cakes done as gifts around the same time. I'm not sure any were the Godiva Temptation, but they were all absolutely remarkable. Since then my sister-in-law has used Noisette for her wedding, again a wonderful cake (the look AND the taste). We're all pretty picky about our cakes and find that there are only a small handful of bakeries we want to use for cakes. We've continued to go to Noisette for their maple sugar shortbread cookies and other cake needs, and we know we're not the only ones!

Jun 16, 2011
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Heading to Midland and area in February

We had a good time, and while not exactly a food paradise, there were some bright spots. Thanks to estufarian for the tips.

Ciboullet et Cie downtown Midland is a nice lunch stop and has some awfully good looking baked items. Very good flavours and lots of whole ingredients.

The Riv was fine, but only fine. Explorer's Cafe was better than expected. Some nice local options and pretty good flavours. Felt reasonably 'homemade.'

Unfortunately we couldn't get into Froth Cafe in Penetang, but it looked good for coffee and light food. And I forget the name, but there was a great shop with local and fair trade wares and foods that was delightful on the main street (west side), on the block with the steepest hill.

The Library has a pub now too, but neither that or the main dining room seemed inspiring.

Henry's was decent, but I think has reputation going more so than being the best food. Had the platter (for 2) with most fish types on it and most of the fish was overcooked. The pickerel cheeks were excellent, though.

Really looking forward to a visit in warmer weather and hitting up some farmer's markets. Both Penetang and Midland have one, with the Penetang being solely local foods.

Mar 01, 2011
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Heading to Midland and area in February

My wife, son and I are heading to Midland later this month, with a likely stop in Penetanguishene too, and are looking for good food. Can be a bakery, cafe, casual spot or fancier. Definitely want to find a good piece of local fish, and ideally any place that is focusing on some form of local, organic, whole ingredients etc...

The Explorer's Cafe seems to be worth a lunch or dinner. From a previous post I'm aware of:
Midland fish and chips
The Riv for Greek
Henrys for local fish

Any thoughts on the above, or on anything else I should have on my radar?

Mad Michael's for bbq isn't an option as it's summer-only...

Thanks!

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Mad Michael's
8215 93 Hwy, Wyebridge, ON L0K1E0, CA

Feb 03, 2011
pastabroccoli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowhound's Own Top 10 Restaurants of GTA

Loved reading the lists and am well reminded that there are a lot of places I need to get to... but my list:

Enoteca Sociale
Canoe
Frank (AGO)
Pizzeria Libretto
Cowbell
Ding Tai Fung (Hwy 7/Markham)
Crown Princess dim sum
Caplansky's
A-One Samosas (best samosas I've ever had anywhere)
Thai Chef Cuisine

I suspect if we did this again in 6 months my list would look a little different... but this feels good right now...

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Caplansky's
356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Pizzeria Libretto
221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Thai Chef Cuisine
233 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2L6, CA

Enoteca Sociale
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Crown Princess
1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

Feb 03, 2011
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Where to dine with the following criteria

Is Streetcar ok? If so, then the new Enoteca Sociale would fit the bill (Dundas/Dovercourt). With two pregnant ladies the smaller plates might be ideal... At least when my wife was pregnant she would've loved to be able to have multiple courses without feeling over-stuffed! Everything is $8-16 and while all Italian, there are antipasti, pastas, entrees/sides, cheeses and desserts. Fish, veg and meat options. Lots of wines for those drinking wine.

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Enoteca Sociale
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Jun 23, 2010
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West End - Ethnic Food

If you want to stay in Etobicoke you can do pretty well on Dundas between Islington and Kipling, in particular in the stretch by Michael Power.

For Turkish, Anatolia is quite good, the cook in back is more like a chef, even down to careful plating. A nice - unexpected - touch in a very family restaurant. Great flavours. http://www.anatoliarestaurant.net/

In that same stretch there are at least 3 places of the Japanese/Korean persuasion. They're all about the same as far as quality, price, etc. I've eaten at Kisoya the most, but my in-laws prefer another one. Anyway, you can get sushi/sashimi, udon, Korean, etc... something to please everyone! And you can decide when you get there which looks best.

I will say, though, the other recommendations in the Junction and Roncesvalles are very good ones, and nice neighbourhoods to walk around in before or after dinner. If you pick Roncesvalles then after dinner you can walk down to the Film Buff for ice cream.

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Film Buff
73 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R, CA

Jun 01, 2010
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Anyone attend or have a wedding at the liberty grand or berkeley church?

My sister-in-law got married at the LG last year. Approximately 200 people as I recall. From the main entrance (facing Lakeshore) the reception was in the room to the right. The service was excellent as far as I could tell (my wife was at the head table while I was not). The food was fine. It's not spectacular, but certainly not bad or inedible (which I've experienced elsewhere). The mixed seafood plate that came out was a bit rubbery, the main course was fine and there was a cold starter that was fantastic (can't remember exactly what it was). I would recommend the venue in general.

If you want food to really be memorable, then you should go elsewhere. Maybe choose a restaurant or a venue that lets you bring in your own caterer. But the LG will deliver a solid meal that lets your guests remember the great wedding.

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Lakeshore Restaurant
2390 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1C3, CA

May 27, 2010
pastabroccoli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Openings 2010

Enoteca Sociale is opening soon. Wine bar (with lots of pastas and cheeses and more)... June 8 I think.
http://twitter.com/EnoSociale
also see: http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2010/...

May 26, 2010
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HELP! Need reco for Hurontario & 401 area

If north Indian food works, I can recommend Nirvana (http://www.nirvanatheflavoursofindia.com). It's delicious flavours, great atmosphere for a business meeting, and doesn't have to be overly "exotic" if that would be a turn off. The food out of the tandoor is fantastic (even the mushrooms!).

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Nirvana
35 Brunel Rd, Mississauga, ON L4Z3E8, CA

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

Winterlicious at Canoe

I've been to Canoe for two straight Summerlicious, one dinner and one lunch, and both were really quite excellent and among my better fine dining meals in Toronto. Compared to a lot other menus I always found Canoe's to be more inspired. The price for good ingredients and creativity seems to be in small portions as after both meals I felt like with the portions served 4 courses would have been better, but that's the reality of serving food at the prices -licious requires.

Your cassoulet sounds bad, I agree, but I wonder if the salad is just a case of something not being your taste. A gastrique is going to be sweet, that's the whole point, and I don't see mention of a vinaigrette... a ceaser salad wouldn't normally have one anyway. Your love of the salmon has been my experience with their Summerlicious menus - really delicious ingredients handled well.

I don't have any particular illusion that the -licious events are Canoe at its finest, but at the same time, my experiences have made me really want to go in at a normal time and I've been consistently impressed with the service, food and overall experience.

So that's a long way of saying that -licious Canoe works for me.

Feb 04, 2010
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flavored non-sweetened seltzer water?

I've searched high and low after moving from the States but seltzer water is not to be found. In the bubbly water world here I've found...

> Perrier, Pelligrino, Polish brands, PC brand are all nice products. Maybe even better than seltzer. But the bottles are often big (I like the cans or 500ml bottles for portability... I don't drink it fast enough to finish a big bottle before it's flat) and the price isn't where I'd like it to be for everyday drinking.

> Club soda. This has been a pretty good solution for me. When I want it flavoured I squeeze in some lime or lemon. PC brand is $3/12 cans, at both No Frills and Loblaws.

> Import! Whenever I visit the States I come back with seltzer water. And whenever my parents visit they bring it with them. Now that I have a son my parents visit more and I have seltzer more regularly :P

Jan 18, 2010
pastabroccoli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Date Night - Help?

I would definitely suggest you try Silver Spoon on Roncesvalles. Their last service will be January 22nd (they're closing), but until then you can get a very high quality meal with very professional service in a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Really a perfect date spot.

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Silver Spoon
390 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2M9, CA

Jan 15, 2010
pastabroccoli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dim Sum suggestions, not richmond hill......

I always do well at ForestView in Chinatown... nothing stands out to me as absolutely spectacular but I always leave happy... I'm also very happy when I head to Mississauga. Emerald on Hurontario near Eglinton is very good, as is the one I can never remember the name of in the back of 'Chinatown Square' off Dundas a bit west of Hurontario. Neither are exactly near Lawrence West and Jane, but wouldn't be hard to get to either... Expect lineups by noon on the weekend at all of these.

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Emerald Chinese Restaurant
30 Eglinton Ave W, Mississauga, ON L5R3E7, CA

Forestview Chinese Restaurant Ltd
466 468 Dundas W, Toronto, ON M5T1G9, CA

Jan 10, 2010
pastabroccoli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2010 closings

Yeah, chef Rocco Agostino is closing his restaurant, Silver Spoon, to focus on his collaborations with Max Rimaldi... Pizzeria Libretto is obviously hugely popular and they're opening Enoteca Sociale this spring, which will be a wine bar with fresh pastas, lots of cheese, etc.
http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2010/...

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Pizzeria Libretto
221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Silver Spoon
390 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2M9, CA

Jan 10, 2010
pastabroccoli in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

My Place: A Canadian Pub

I was at My Place once, for dinner, about two weeks ago. It was a Tuesday so not busy and the service let our group of 8 take our time while staying attentive.

I think everybody enjoyed their meals, with the biggest raves being my lamb shank the the pork special. Portions are generally appropriate, occasionally quite large (the pot pie was huge!), although I'm glad I started with the soup (cod cheek chowder, excellent).

The vegetarian dishes may need a bit more care and attention, based on the feedback I heard about quesadillas, but overall everybody in a group should find something they like.

The dining room doesn't totally have a pub feel so I found myself comparing to a regular nice restaurant, but when I thought about it as a pub, it was excellent. Prices are fair, not the greatest value in town but not unreasonable either.

Definitely worth trying; I'd go back, happily.

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My Mom's Place
309 Townsend St, Peterborough, ON K9J2K6, CA

Dec 16, 2009
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Silver Spoon on Roncey....thoughts?

This is one of my favourite restos in the city. Chef/Owner Agostino is gracious but his whole team is superb. If they have a smoked fish offering, take it They were doing a smoked trout on wild rice "pancake" not long ago that was amazing. Definitely listen to the specials, too.

Jan 30, 2009
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Saturday, February 14 - help !

Frank in the AGO would be nice. Or C5 in the ROM. I think JK Gardiner is more special if you can ever hit their Friday dinners.

Jan 30, 2009
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