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Summerlicious 2015

I broke my usual "avoid-'licious" rule for dinner at Peter Pan and would recommend it, either during summerlicious or on a regular night. It was a nice way of trying out the restaurant, service was good, and it wasn't crowded when we went (weeknight dinner, no reservation). We had the Welsh Rarebit, Bath Chaps, Chicken Ballantine, Madeleines, and Strawberries with Shortbread. All good! Liked the cocktails and atmosphere too. The regular menu was offered alongside the summerlicious menu. I've been meaning to go anyway and the experience was excellent, so I'll be back.

Bar Isobel or Richmond Station , anyone been latley.

These are two of my favourite restaurants - you'll have a great time at either one! If you're a dessert person, I would give the edge to Richmond Station. The atmosphere is lively at both places, but Bar Isabel feels kind of like you're stepping into a different country. Given the restaurants you'll be going to next week, I think that Bar Isabel would be more of a contrast to George and Canoe.

Jun 24, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

Bac Ky Vietnamese Canteen has opened on King West in that little stretch of restaurants near The One that Got Away and Big Smoke Burger. I only caught a glimpse passing by but thought I saw pho advertised in front. Didn't find much on Google besides an address - 567 King Street West.

Jun 22, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

My assumption was that this was going to be more Eric Chong's restaurant, with Alvin Leung to guide him? I figured the restaurant would probably evolve over time as Eric gets more experience. I went last night and would be willing to try it again. It was kind of expensive, but pretty much every new restaurant in the past year has been a bit expensive to me. The pork buns are really good - I looked up Tim Ho Won since Charles mentioned it and I think they're basically the same buns. This is the first time I've had this kind of bun though, so I don't have a basis of comparison. I'd eat them again though lol.

Apr 08, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lucky Red

I've had the hambaoger and the beet salad; salt levels seemed fine for both. I didn't like the cocktails there though.

Apr 08, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Toronto Ramen Roundup?

Soba Tuesdays are still running I think; I've always found it a good option for soba.

Apr 02, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Thai place on Queen West [Nana]

That fried chicken laab is like crack; I love gra bong and this is the one thing that can actually sway me away from it lol. I'd be pretty happy to make a meal out of apps there - the tom yum soup and papaya salad are both really good too. Nana is actually the only Thai place I want to go to now. I put the Thai iced tea gelato onto the roti once, so good!

Apr 02, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Quick service near TIFF Lightbox

Pizziolo? There's one at Adelaide/John.

Mar 30, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Woodlot

It's still the same :) I'm a big fan - it's one of my favourites partly because of the consistency over the years.

Real Authentic Thai Food in Toronto. Suggestions please?

I would try Nana - I'm not sure if it's quite the style you're looking for but the flavours there are more authentic than I've found anywhere else downtown. It's the only place I've been to where the flavours actually taste right/normal to me. Pai is about the same level as the other places you've tried, I think.

Dinner and drinks in downtown Toronto

Bellwoods Brewery is on Ossington, so you could make one of your drink stops there and your other drink stop at a more cocktail-focused place like Bar Raval.

Mar 23, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner and drinks in downtown Toronto

Maybe try the Little Italy area? I like both Bar Isabel and Woodlot for dinner - I've also heard good things about Bestellen and Dailo. Then you could go to Bar Raval for drinks after (Bar Isabel would also work for drinks).

Alternatively, Beast might be fun for dinner, especially if you arranged a whole animal dinner, then Black Hoof/Cocktail Bar/Rhum Corner for drinks.

Mar 19, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bar Raval (with pictures)

No reservations. It's really more of a bar than restaurant I think; there's very little seating so it's more likely you'd just walk in and find a spot.

I really like the turnips and mojama there; I've never had mojama before.

Feb 20, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Road trip to Toronto, weird shirts, art, coffee, and doughnuts.

Another +1 for Beast; it has shirts, doughnuts, coffee, and art all in one place! (it also has delicious crispy pork hocks) Plus if the weather isn't too bad graffiti alley is nearby and Queen St is full of shops with random items.

I would maybe add Banh Mi Boys to the list? They might have t-shirts? Plus they're delicious and kimchi fries is sort of like poutine.

Feb 05, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

West African restaurants in GTA?

You might want to keep an eye on Supafrik/Palattes of Africa to see if they have anything of interest; they host occasional dining events.

Feb 05, 2015
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Seoul and Jeonju trip report

I wasn't in the airport for very long but I can say that there is an excellent full-service medical clinic there (I had come down with severe food poisoning so I can vouch for the clinic from experience :-/ ). There's tons of stuff in the airport but if your layovers are long enough, you could probably leave and come back - there's a very convenient airport train. I took it to Hongik Univ and there's a ton of food/shops open in that area pretty much all the time it seems.

Jan 21, 2015
ggom1 in China & Southeast Asia

Seoul and Jeonju trip report

For anyone coming from Jeonju, there's a minibus that goes from Jeonju to the south side of the park. It's nice walk; bbq-scented where all the little restaurants are :)

Jan 21, 2015
ggom1 in China & Southeast Asia

Seoul and Jeonju trip report

Yes this is what I had! It was so good! It seemed like a regional specialty? I didn't notice it for sale when I was back in Seoul. Thank you for all the information about this, it's really interesting!

Jan 16, 2015
ggom1 in China & Southeast Asia

Seoul and Jeonju trip report

I assume that galbi jim is not readily available at the Korean restaurants I've been to in Toronto because I think it's likely someone would have ordered it at some point but Seoul was my first time encountering it.

Hm, I'm not sure if I was at the north or south side of Maisan - I ate at the side with the smaller parking lot, closer to Tapsa?

Wow that's really interesting about Gwanjang Market - yes, our vendor made the bindaetteok fresh! I'm glad that we wound up there instead of one of the side places then :)

Jan 16, 2015
ggom1 in China & Southeast Asia

Seoul and Jeonju trip report

Overall, I found that eating well in Jeonju was easy but eating well in Seoul was a bit of a tossup. In Seoul, we were staying by Hongik University, which was a lot of fun and offered easy access to food at all times. In Jeonju I stayed in the Hanok Village and ate both in and out of the village. My abiding impression of food in Korea is that it's often served in massive portions. Completely, utterly, insanely massive.

SEOUL

Gangnam Myun Oak was hands down my favourite meal in Seoul and one of my favourites during the trip. Galbijim and Naengmyeon; both so good!

Nice Two Meat U for tabletop bbq was fun; our friend lives in Seoul so a lot of the time she was leading the way. The sides are totally comfort-food good, like cheesy spaghetti or cheesy mashed potatoes.

Tosokchon for samgyetang. I've never had samgyetang so have no basis for comparison. It was good but I think the dish itself isn't entirely to my taste.

Sulbing for bingsu. This was good, but I like Taiwanese shaved ice better. I think the frozen milk was actually a bit much for me and I like just the regular plain ice base.

Palsaik for tabletop bbq. Eight flavours of pork! It was a lot of fun tasting the different types.

Song Jook Heon for palace cuisine. I don't think it'd be worth the 70,000 won for dinner, but the 40,000 won lunch is not bad. A fun experience; you get to try lots of different dishes.

Gwangjang Market for pancakes. We got ours from a stall right in the centre, but I feel like the ones on the sides were actually better. They looked more interesting.

??? for ganjang genjang. I'd never heard of this dish so made my friend take me someplace I could try it. For anyone else who's never encountered this dish, find a place and try it, it's really good! We went to a place near Hapjeong station.

JEONJU

Veteran for kalguksu. This was awesome; my other favourite meal of the trip probably. I liked this a lot better than what I had in Seoul (Namdaemun's Kalguksu Alley) just because I liked the thinner noodles. Don't worry if there's a line; it moves fast and the place is massive.

PNB for choco pie. I liked the strawberry jam but otherwise liked it the same as a choco pie I picked up in some other random bakery. Don't wait in line at the Hanok Village location; there's another one a few blocks up (north? away from the river) - not on the main street, it's on one of the parallel side streets, just at the edge/outside the Hanok Village. But the best PNB is the big one - if you walk north on the main road that borders the west side of the Hanok Village (by the palace), you'll hit another big road and the big PNB is right at the corner.

Hankookjib for kongnamul haejangguk. This was nice because it was a bit lighter than a lot of the other food I'd been eating.

Banya Dolsotbap for dolsotbap. This was good; I had a mushroom one and like Hankookjib, it was nice to have something non-meaty.

Gyodong Dduk Galbi (?) ddukgalbi place in the middle of the Hanok Village. I liked this but I was sad because earlier I wandered into a ddukgalbi place that seemed awesome but it was minimum two people.

중앙회관 for bibimbap. I have no idea what this translates to but I found it on a blog and it was awesome. There was so much banchan. I love Jeonju and banchan. (blog: http://www.paulajosshi.com/2010/06/be...

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Mt Maisan for pork ribs. I went to a random place that was open and smelled good; this was an excellent decision. If you visit the mountain, you might as well stop for some delicious ribs.

Possibly my favourite discovery of the trip was a drink I had in Jeonju. Moku? I bought a couple cans from a stand - it's an alcoholic beverage and is like a thicker, cinnamon makkoli. So good!

Hope this helps other people with their research!

Mexico City trip report

This board is full of so much great information that it was hard to decide where to eat! My friend and I were staying in Condesa for a bit over a week in December and here are some of the places we wound up going:

El Tizoncito for tacos al pastor. This was pretty good; we were pointed here by our Airbnb host.

Pujol for a late lunch. Pujol was great! The service was really friendly and the tasting menu was exactly what I would have expected from any tasting menu - interesting presentations, some dishes worked better than others, but overall good value (1250 pesos for the tasting menu + extra course + horchata).

El Farolito for tacos al pastor; these were totally better than El Tizoncito! We liked El Farolito a lot and wound up here multiple times; food was good, they had long operating hours, and it was very close to our apartment.

Las Chalupitas for dinner; random pick near the apartment. I only liked it ok but my friend was a big fan.

Casa de la Yeya breakfast with Cristina! This was so fun; the food was good, the location was lovely, and the conversation was awesome. This morning resulted in maybe my favourite bite of food on the trip - cheese from the market! Almost like a string cheese. So good!

Nico's for lunch; we had guacamole, octopus, and a chicken dish. Everything tasted good and was well-made, but we both felt like we could've had an equally satisfying meal without going so far out of our way.

Coyoacan market for tostadas. These were really good! I had two seafood tostadas and wanted to keep going but had cheese ice cream and a popsicle instead.

El Hidalguenese for barbacoa. This was awesome! I went for breakfast, so no line.

Maque for breakfast. It's nice sitting next to the park! I don't know what I ate but I think it was a tortilla stuffed with squash blossoms and cheese covered in a dark sauce and it was good.

Burgers by Buba. The bacon cheese burger was so good.

Overall, there was just so much good food everywhere! I don't even know where or when I got them but I had enchiladas from one place and it was one of my favourite things I ate on the trip. Thanks to everyone on this board for compiling so much food info in one place!

Jan 07, 2015
ggom1 in Mexico

Bad food in Mexico City?

Great, thank you!

Dec 13, 2014
ggom1 in Mexico

Seoul: palace cuisine

I haven't had enough time to do a full write-up of my Korea trip yet, but I figured I would report back on our palace cuisine meal. We wound up going to Song Jook Heon (송죽헌) for dinner; it's 70,000 won per person at dinner, but my friend who made the reservation spoke to the man who showed us to our room because she thought the price was high. The man noted that maybe she was thinking of their 40,000 won lunch menu. After a bit of discussion, it turned out that the lunch menu is very similar to dinner, so that's what we wound up getting.

Each group has a private room for the meal (our was table + chairs, not sure if other rooms are floor seating), so that was fun. I think it was around 6-7 courses with multiple dishes each round. Highlight was an abalone dish; one friend noted that he'd never seen Korean food presented so nicely, so he liked seeing Korean food in a different light.

I have mixed feelings about the meal. I'm glad we only paid 40,000 won because at that price point, I think the overall experience was worth it. We tried a lot of different things and the dining experience was fun, but I think the food was just ok.

Dec 10, 2014
ggom1 in China & Southeast Asia
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Bad food in Mexico City?

Oh good - when travelling, I get attracted when I see a lot of people getting food and I've sometimes been disappointed by the results to wait time ratio.

We already have reservations for Pujol and Nicos (thanks for the heads up on the 10 min reservation rule!), so I think the rest of time would be more casual (maybe US$30/person for food?), especially since we both like street food. But I don't like having a big list of places to visit; I'd rather just poke around when I'm hungry.

I think we'd likely have lunches wherever we're sightseeing, then dinners closer to our apartment in Condesa since that's easiest. But I guess that's sort of where my question comes from - sometimes sightseeing areas are full of places that look popular, but then you realize that the food is actually terrible and overpriced?

Cristina - A chowmeet would be awesome! I'm in Mexico City Dec 14-23 and our plans are pretty flexible. I'm not sure if that overlaps with any of the others visiting?

Dec 10, 2014
ggom1 in Mexico

Bad food in Mexico City?

I'm going to Mexico City for the first time this Sunday and staying for about a week. Looking through the threads, it seems like good food is pretty much everywhere (it's a bit overwhelming trying to process all the info!). So I thought I'd try a different approach and was wondering if there are any particular places which I should avoid? I'm thinking of places which are popular but actually have poor food or are poor value? Or places which are good, but not "wait in line for an hour" good? I'll be staying in Condesa, so I'd be especially interested in that area.

Dec 10, 2014
ggom1 in Mexico

FOUND Clam Strips in Toronto

Awesome, I love clam strips! I grew up eating them and didn't realize until I moved to Canada that they weren't everywhere.

Dec 09, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Seoul: palace cuisine

Thanks all! I have a friend who recently moved to Korea so hopefully she'll be able to find a good option. It just seemed like a fun thing to do as a group, with even more dishes than you'd get in a normal meal - right now Song Jook Heon (송죽헌) is the main option I'm considering since it looks like they actually bring an entire table laden with food to you.

Oct 30, 2014
ggom1 in China & Southeast Asia

Toronto Restaurant Recommendations

What about ramen? I like Ramen Isshin and I don't think they tend to have a wait. Pomegranate and Sheherzade are both also across the street for Persian food (they can get full though). Or just head to Chinatown? I like House of Gourmet - simple but good. There's also a couple of northeastern style Chinese places so you might be able to try things you don't have at home.

Oct 22, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Seoul: palace cuisine

I'm trying to choose where to go for traditional palace cuisine in Seoul. Any recommendations? I've found these but am not sure which might be best - Samcheonggak, Woonsan, Yongsusan, or Jihwaja. We will be staying in Hongdae and will be dining on a Wednesday or Thursday.

Oct 22, 2014
ggom1 in China & Southeast Asia

Corkage and Chef's Table / Tasting Menu

I love Woodlot, but I don't think I've ever seen a tasting menu there? Have you checked Richmond Station? They have a semi-private room and tasting menus, but I'm not sure about corkage.

Oct 10, 2014
ggom1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)