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Fishbar, Starfish, or...?

Sorry for the delay. As it turns out, my date had to cancel so I didn't go anywhere. For what it's worth, I ended up deciding on... Oyster Boy! Not intimate, but I thought I'd change it up.

Feb 06, 2013
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fishbar, Starfish, or...?

Yes the Starfish Winterlicious menu seems to have the popular items from their normal menu, but the one review I saw on here suggested that the meal was pretty boring. It made me wonder if they're serving watered down versions of their usual fare.

Anyone have any other comments on Fishbar? Their dishes seem really exciting but the reviews are very mixed!

Feb 02, 2013
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fishbar, Starfish, or...?

I'm looking to have a fun and intimate seafood dinner tonight. I was planning on going to Fishbar because of the interesting menu and I liked the idea of sharing plates, but a friend of mine told me that the food was fairly disappointing. I'm now considering Starfish, but I'll be stuck with the Winterlicious menu and I've only seen one Winterlicious review which was pretty abysmal. Any suggestions?

Feb 02, 2013
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Diners, drive-ins and dives

I had breakfast once at a place called Da Classic Scoop up in Stouffville. It was so good and I promised myself that I would go back to try out their lunch menu. Well, the next time I was in the area I tried to look for it but it was nowhere to be found. I looked it up on Google and found this:

http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/artic...

What a shame.

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Da Classic Scoop
5262 Main St, Stouffville, ON L4A7X5, CA

Sep 27, 2010
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Visiting Vancouver... recommendations?

Thanks to everyone for their help! Vancouver is such a great city for Chowhounds! Some quick notes...

Pajo's - WOW! We already ate before coming here, but I couldn't resist. Got the halibut and had no problems finishing it because it was so delicious. Chips could have been better, but man, that halibut...

Lido Restaurant - Went for their famous pineapple bun. So much butter. So good.

West - I was really impressed with the whole dining experience. A very cohesive menu, excellent service, and their bartender really knows how to mix drinks. Loved their scallops and their agnolotti was really something special!

Araxi - We thought we would try this place after having such a great experience at West. Unfortunately, our experience at Araxi was fairly disappointing. Our appetizers (duck liver parfait and trio of BC seafood) were nothing really special, with the salmon ballotine (from the trio) being the only exception. For my main course, I had the pork trio, which included a ravioli, pork belly, and house made sausage. The ravioli pasta was a bit thick and overcooked, and the sausage was really salty. My girlfriend had the halibut which was overcooked. We probably should have sent the halibut back, but we were pressed for time and didn't want to wait. It was a really busy night, which might explain the decline in quality.

Cioppino's - The atmosphere was more boisterous than I expected, but the food was amazing! Most notably, the pappardelle with braised veal cheeks. I would definitely come back for this dish alone.

Shanghai River - Loved the crab XLB, but I thought the meat was a bit too dense in the pork XLB. Also got a dish that was similar to the La Mian I mentioned earlier. It was good, but not as tasty as the one I had in HK.

We went to a lot of other restaurants, but unfortunately we also missed out on quite a few (like Chambar and Vij's). I can't wait to go back!

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Vij's Restaurant
1480 11th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6H1L1, CA

Araxi Restaurant + Bar
4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, CA

Shanghai River Restaurant
7831 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X1A4, CA

Sep 27, 2010
CKN in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Where can I find nasi lemak? (Southwestern ON, inc. GTA)

Another vote for Gourmet Garden. ellecue, for reference, this place is in a food court-style setup (stalls with common seating area). Here's their website: http://www.ggmsc.com/

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Gourmet Garden Restaurant
4465 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S, CA

Sep 27, 2010
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Visiting Vancouver... recommendations?

Thanks so much! I used to think that Toronto's Shanghainese restaurants were pretty good, but I was blown away when I went to HK earlier this year (really loved the La Mian dish at Crystal Jade, although I'm not 100% sure if this was actually Shanghainese).. I'll definitely try to check out your recommendations.

What would your second choice be for fine dining?

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Crystal Jade Restaurant
801 Vernon Ave, Victoria, BC V8X2W8, CA

Aug 12, 2010
CKN in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Visiting Vancouver... recommendations?

Hello from Toronto! My girlfriend and I will be taking a trip to Vancouver soon. We'll be staying at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport in Richmond for a few days and then the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver for the remainder of the trip. We probably won't be renting a car, so we'll be getting around by foot and public transportation.

I'm hoping we can get some help figuring out which places to check out.

Fine Dining - Trying to narrow this down to two places.
-Blue Water
-Lumiere
-Cioppino's
-Vij's
-West

Dim Sum - Trying to narrow this down to one place.
-Gingeri
-Kirin
-Sun Sui Wah

Other places on our list...
-Chen's Shanghai Kitchen
-Seto Sushi
-Sushi Hachi

Other recommendations are welcome! We're also looking for a good but affordable sushi place in the Richmond area (ideally near the subway line). Thanks!

Aug 09, 2010
CKN in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Needs recs for HK please! Leaving on Thursday!

Thanks everyone. Unfortunately, most of this was in vain as I was carted around by my host and for the most part we ate at the restaurants of his choice. My favourite restaurants were a couple of holes in the wall (I can't read Chinese so I don't know their names), Din Tai Fung and Crystal Jade.

The biggest surprised was the char siu pork. I had this in a hole in the wall and it was like a completely different dish than what I've had in Toronto. It was seriously on another level. The place was packed and we had to sit in their storage/staff room. We were even interrupted a few times so they could get to their fridge and shelves. But with food that good, I wasn't complaining.

At Din Tai Fung, I loved the crab meat xiao long bao and this one tomato dish (looked like grape tomatoes in a syrup). Crystal Jade also had great xiao long bao, but the standouts were a cold marinated sliced pork roll with garlic sauce and the la mian in sichuan style (I had no idea that it was going to be peanutty).

Anyway, I had a great time in HK. Here's hoping I get to go back!

Jan 05, 2010
CKN in China & Southeast Asia

Needs recs for HK please! Leaving on Thursday!

Thanks so much guys! Sorry for the short response, I'm not finished packing and my cab is arriving in a few hours! I'll be sure to report back later.

Dec 16, 2009
CKN in China & Southeast Asia

Needs recs for HK please! Leaving on Thursday!

Been really busy and really sick so I haven't had the opportunity to do much research. :( I have and still am searching this board, but I'm hoping you folks can please help me out!

I'm leaving for Asia with my girlfriend on Thursday and will be in HK for four days, including New Years. I live in Markham, Canada, and there's a lot of incredible Chinese (mainly Cantonese) restaurants up here. With that said, I'm looking for things that I can't find here.

Some more points...
-this will be my first time there
-my background is Chinese but I do not write, speak, or read a lick of the language
-all price ranges although we will probably only go to one or two high-ends
-definitely want to try hairy mitten crab (is this still in season?)
-looking for the top noodle and soup places (hand-pulled, wonton, etc.)
-anywhere for really good crispy Peking duck and roasted pork
-any really unique dishes, although I'm admittedly not that adventurous

Recommendations for restaurants and specific dishes would be greatly appreciated! Some of the restaurants that I'm considering so far:

Bo Innovation
Never had molecular gastronomy but I always wanted to try!

Tien Heung Lau
Read on here that their smoked yellow fish is really something special. Same goes for their crab roe dishes. My biggest concern though is if there will be a language barrier.

Yan Toh Heen
Good dim sum? Not sure what to order here. I think someone recommended the steamed fish.

Fu Sing
Read on here that they have good dim sum and really good crab roe xiao long bao.

Tim's Kitchen
Read on here that the Macau location is better, but I probably won't be going there.

Fook Lam Moon
Sounds like it's one of the best, but how much should I expect to spend for two people? What's their signature dishes?

Dec 15, 2009
CKN in China & Southeast Asia

Southern BBQ in Mississauga! Blue Sage

I might be wrong on this, but I don't think southern style cornbread is supposed to be sweet.

Sep 28, 2009
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best store-bought BBQ sauce?

Are you sure it was KC Masterpiece? I remember seeing a bottle of BBQ sauce there that at first glance I thought was KC Masterpiece, but as it turns out it was something else.

Sep 01, 2009
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Decent fish supplier in Markham?

I have NO IDEA if this place is any good, but I've been meaning to check them out:

M & H Fish Market
5051 Highway 7 (right across from Markville Mall)

If you do go, please report back!

Aug 31, 2009
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best store-bought BBQ sauce?

Where do you find KC Masterpiece up here?

Aug 30, 2009
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Markham hounds! Where do you shop? Looking for smoked paprika and other specialty items...

Markham hounds, where are your favourite places for finding interesting and uncommon ingredients? I've been passively on the lookout for smoked and sweet paprika, ancho chile peppers and powder, etc., but haven't had much luck at my usual shops.

Aug 29, 2009
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Babu Catering and Take Outs in Markham

As the other poster mentioned, it is shockingly clean in there. They spent some serious money on making this takeout place look very presentable. The prices are more than reasonable (especially the lunch specials). As for the food itself, I know next to nothing about Tamil cuisine, but it tasted good to me.

Couple negatives though: every now and then in various dishes, I would bite into something that is extremely fragrant. I'm not sure what it is, but it really interrupts the meal and it can be hard to avoid in some dishes. Also, the few times that my girlfriend and I ate there, the food didn't sit all too well in our stomachs. I'm not sure why. For what it's worth I regularly eat a lot of very spicy food.

Aug 23, 2009
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pickering recommendations

I'm doing some work in Pickering and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for places in the area? Doesn't matter what kind as long as it's good! Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, bar, cafe, cheap, fine dining, brunch, dinner, drinks, patio, etc. I just need places to check out!

Jun 24, 2009
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

BarChef - Boozy drinks

Thanks for the info. What a bummer...

Jun 02, 2009
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

BarChef - Boozy drinks

Maybe I just went on a bad day, but I had a terrible experience at Laide. Food and drinks were nothing special, the atmosphere seemed drab, and the service was very rude. Our party left dumbfounded by the hype that surrounded this place.

Jun 02, 2009
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

BarChef - Boozy drinks

Is Barchef good for a birthday party with about 20 guests? Unfortunately, they don't take reservations. It seems like a great place to try at least once, but I'm debating whether or not this is the right occasion.

Jun 02, 2009
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

CIA saute pan: yea or nay?

I don't think I mind the handle design, but what issue do you have with the rivets? With the way the handle is attached to the pan, I can see it being a pain to clean.

May 01, 2009
CKN in Cookware

CIA saute pan: yea or nay?

It's not a non-stick. Despite being 7-ply, it does seem a bit thin when compared it to those thick copper-bottom pans (like the one from Kirkland). Still, it feels very solid and high quality.

I'm sure that there are plenty of better pans out there, but for $50 I'm wondering if it will best the Kirkland pan.

May 01, 2009
CKN in Cookware

CIA saute pan: yea or nay?

I just bought a CIA (Culinary Institute of America) 10" saute/frying pan for $50. It's 7-ply copper clad stainless steel. It was the only one left and unfortunately it has scratches all over which may be why it was $50 when it normally goes for $100. I'm fairly OCD so the scratches do bother me, but I still feel like I scored a rare bargain.

I'm debating whether or not I should keep it. I can't find many reviews online so I don't know how good this pan really is, and I am probably going to pick up the Kirkland stainless steel cookware set. The set includes a 10.25" frying pan, making the CIA redundant (is having two of these really such a bad thing?).

So do I keep this scratched up treasure, or does it go back?

May 01, 2009
CKN in Cookware

Birthday dinner and entertainment? Alternatives to Sultan's Tent

I'm taking my girlfriend out for her birthday (mid-20s) and I'm looking for a restaurant in the GTA that will offer a memorable unique experience ("entertainment" doesn't necessarily mean a show). Sultan's Tent was a candidate until I read all the bad reviews on here. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Apr 17, 2009
CKN in Ontario (inc. Toronto)