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2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Just saw what looks like a new location for Pizzeria Libretto at University & Pearl, where the Starbucks used to be.

Niagara Falls - I know, I know

Actually Massimo Capra has a resto in the Crowne Plaza - the Rainbow Room. Food is great, and the wine prices are actually really really good (bottle of Tignanello for $135?!? It's $102 at the LCBO!). If you can make it there on a weeknight it's easy to get a window seat...

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

At 291 King West, where "Dazzling" used to be....

Pearl King! Huzzah! Finally, dim sum in the core again!

has anyone eaten at Pai Northern Thai Kitchen?

That review was unnecessarily harsh. I disagree about the pad thai. One dish that was missed in the review was the incredible Khao Soi with drumsticks. Wear a bib - noodles & splashy yellow curry are a dangerous mix!

I've been 3 times, people in my office down the street have been more. (OK, maybe some referral bonuses would be nice, but hey.)

I do agree that the liquor license would be awfully handy.


Yeah, just went to Pai - AGAIN. The Khao Soi is just so so very good.

If only they had their liquor license...

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

I don't know if anyone has mentioned it yet, but Pai has finally opened on Duncan just north of King. Been twice so far. The Khao Soi with chicken drumsticks is amazing - and if you do it takeout they pack it really nicely so the noodles (esp. the crunchy ones) don't get soggy.

Eagerly awaiting their liquor license...

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

This is opening where Obika was at Brookfield Place...


Ontario Wild Leeks (aka Ramps)

Fair enough - especially early - but it does eventually come together. Actually I made it last year with late-season ramps, large bulbs. They held up their rampiness really well.

Ontario Wild Leeks (aka Ramps)


Here's my go-to. I've made it the last couple of years. Still have some left over; delicious.

Canard a la presse in Toronto?

Wow - thanks for the heads up!

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

One of the places from my youth was Peter's Backyard across from Roy Thomson Hall. My parents decided it was time to get some culture for the kids so bought kids' subscriptions to the TSO and that was our go-to place before concerts. Now it's the Kama Indian buffet.

Lunch at Momofuku noodle bar - what to order?

Oddly enough, their fried rice is incredibly good. If they have the shrimp buns or chicken buns, those are the best ones (IMHO).

The regular ramen is nothing special, but I do like the smoked chicken ramen. Also, the ginger/scallion noodles are great if you want something a little lighter.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS


Where am I supposed to get Bostock now?!?

"Valdez" by Steve Gonzalez opening.. in a month?

Agree that this is a mistake. The ceviches are great. The duck fried rice is absolutely fantastic. The mixed grill plate is awesome. The chorizo app is amazing.

Really. Go.

Best things you ate this month: March 2014

Duck nuggets at The Saint. Like chicken nuggets.... but with duck!

The Toronto Guilty Pleasures

Mmmm, pizza sub..... that sauce is magical.

Best things you ate this month: Feb 2014

Duck confit fried rice at Valdez. So good.

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

What is Carlo doing now?

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Yup. That's the one. It's not carried at some of the smaller locations in the food courts, so I would sometimes walk to another building if the craving hit. So sugary, so walnutty.... so good.


2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

No!!! Not the Walnut Crunch!!!

From http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/964920, what TOP THREE restaurants would you actually like to see re-open?

I was surprised nobody had said Thuet in the other thread. That menu, and the Brulée, were amazing.

Anyone been to Harvest Kitchen?

Fair enough - but do it either all cold, or all warm. The inconsistency is the problem.

Anyone been to Harvest Kitchen?

Went for brunch yesterday. Food was OK, but the Spanish Tortilla was cold in the centre and barely lukewarm on the outside. They have lots of operational issues to work out.

Fries and aioli were quite good though.

The corn millet pancakes were very dry - needed to be drowned in syrup. Actually some jalapeno butter would have been good.

Kouign Aman ---- somebody must be baking them in Toronto

I had it last night - I didn't think it was anything special, really.

The ginger ice cream, on the other hand.... THAT was good.

Soba Tuesdays

Finally went, after so many years (last time was still at Hiro!). Took my 5-year-old kid with me. He loves noodles of all kinds, and these are his new fave. Turns out he loves snow crab too! Yay!

Glad I asked for the soba-yu to finish off (the water that they boil the soba in - chock full of good stuff).

Ever heard of Carnivore Club?

The October box was awesome. Given the contents, it was worth the $$$.

Mamma's Pizza

Given that a Mamma's flyer arrived the other day and it had an ad for a pizza with penne on it, baked... ummmm, no. Maybe Mamma's has jumped the proverbial pizza shark.

Pizza place in First Canadian Place Toronto

I really don't think so - Piazza Manna has (a sorry excuse for) pastas, etc. The place in FCP was just pizza - but around 20 varieties on any given day.

And it was glorious.

Pizza place in First Canadian Place Toronto

Piazza Manna is a big chain - not the same guy.