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" Concession Road " now open! - Any one tried it yet?!

Went yesterday with my son (who for a 6-year-old is pretty open minded about food and blows away most adults that I know, present virtual company excluded of course). It's right next to the neigbourhood karate studio - we went after class. There had apparently been other parents in for a snack while their kids had their classes.

Shared three apps: Scallops with apple/fennel puree and vanilla oil; shrimp "bonbons" which are basically spring rolls tied with chives to look like candies with citrus salad and red pepper coulis; fluke and ocean trout sashimi with peppercorns, olive oil and a ridiculously delicious broccoli remoulade (really a slaw). Then finished with fries... wow. Such fries. When I asked for bread they brought over some naan from Pukka, grilled & oiled. So good... nice and smoky/charred.

Anyway, everything was really delicious (although I found the scallop dish a bit sweet and could have used a bit of acid). The sashimi dish was great... and really, those fries are amazing. Going to be back for mains for sure. A very, very welcome addition to the neighbourhood (and they're open for lunch on weekends, too).

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

Belmonte Raw has opened in the Exchange Tower.

Healthy Food Downtown

Belmonte Raw just opened in the Exchange Tower yesterday.

Best Italian romantic dinner- this weekend!

Although not fancy, I will just put it out there that Marinella makes the best carbonara I've ever had. And their "marinella" sauce that they put on their apps.... I could eat it by the bowl.

Wilbur vs Milagro vs El Caballito

Free taco at midnight at El Caballito, too!

Also, the Molote de Tinga is to die for. Because fried makes things better. :)

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

This was on the door.

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

Catch on St. Clair is done. Damn. Phone message says they sold and are redoing the concept. I loved going there with my kid.

Los Colibris

I've found their lunch to be underwhelming but have been meaning to try dinner. If I'm around at that time, though, El Caballito calls to me.

Morimoto in Toronto

I've been watching this building go up for many months. Right across the street from my office.... yay!

Lactantia® My Country Cultured Unsalted Butter STICKS - WHAT is going on???

I know, right?

I bought a new-fangled bee hive

Very, very impressive.

Wish I had it in me to do this.

Feb 23, 2015
Wino In Training in Cookware

dishes that wow, Toronto 2015...

Lobster & white shrimp mac & cheese at Little Fin.

Is Carman's steakhouse really back?

Agreed.... very expensive. That had better include sides.

best pastas in Toronto, 2014

Eggy, in a silky way.

Seriously, it's amazing.

where is the best fish and chips in Toronto/GTA??

Yikes - based on the 5 or 6 experiences I've had so far, I've had nothing like what you've had. It may sound like a cop-out but it certainly sounds like a "bad day" thing.

That said, the service issue you had is a different story.

BTW - my commute from SW is 5 minutes at best. So less time for bad things to happen.

where is the best fish and chips in Toronto/GTA??

I am really, really surprised by your experience. We've done takeout a number of times and have always had the exact opposite experience. Amazing fries, crisp yet soft on the inside, with shatteringly crisp batter on the fish. Maybe you had an "off-day"?

salads, 2015

Honestly, the chopped salad at Rasa is a winner for salad of the year. /hijack

Best Dishes 2014

That chopped salad is amazing. Like a kicked-up taboule.

best pastas in Toronto, 2014

Carbonara at Marinella is the best I've had.

Wild boar papardelle at Vertical. Actually most of their pastas are amazing. They will do up a great Cacio e Pepe on demand, too.

I was at Rasa the other night and saw the gnudi... must order next time.

Tagliatelle at People's Eatery with butter, crispy veal tongue and hen-of-the-woods. Surprisingly awesome.

2015 - Grocery store finds (Ontario)

OK, that looks amazing.

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

And then there was the bread cart at Guy Savoy. I was there when it first opened. There was a bread pairing with every... single... course...


2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Yeah, apparently he's front-of-house. My mistake. But to think that he's not giving any input into the food would probably be incorrect.

At any rate - the tourtiere was really good.

2014 Restaurants and Food Store OPENINGS - Part II

Parlor (Mark Cutrara) has opened in the Paese space on King West.


Menu changes daily, smaller menu at lunch. Tourtiere was pretty good. Excited to try dinner for the horse tartare & bone marrow.

FOUND Clam Strips in Toronto

That almost sounds like you are issuing a challenge.


FOUND Clam Strips in Toronto

That's unfortunate about Seawitch. I've been three times and never had issues.

FOUND Clam Strips in Toronto

Oooh - must try! Seawitch is a short walk from me but they have a "fish only - no shellfish" policy. So will need to try this.

Thanks for the heads-up!

Tortuga rum cakes in GTA?

Eat it!

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS


Hot Chocolate, 2014

The Lindt boutique in First Canadian / Exchange Tower. The intense dark is a guaranteed endorphin rush. So good.

Is there any traditional Kishka or Stuffed Derma in the US?

Only problem is, the gravy is smoked meat gravy. Don't get me wrong, it's tasty stuff, but for kishke I would prefer brown. Not everything has to taste like smoked meat.