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

So, to answer my own question I went today for brunch. No lineup around 11:30 am vs. seeing a bunch of lines at other spots in the area. Space is decent size with both inside and outside seating.

I liked the setup. Diner vibe but with a bit of a twist. Servers have a uniform of sorts. They are have been open less then 2 weeks and need to work out some kinks for sure.

My friend had the fried chicken and waffles. I had a bit of it and I wasn't a huge fan. I think they used boneless chicken and the piece ended up being overly battered for the amount of chicken that was there. I tried a bit of it and a quarter of the waffle. Waffle was decent but not amazing.

Myself, I had the BBQ platter which included brisket, ribs and smoked turkey plus a salad and corn bread muffin.

The ribs and turkey were pretty decent but the brisket was on the dry side. It was like they put it in the oven on a baking sheet or in a frying pan to re-heat it because the one side had a sear/dryness on it. If it was cut from a whole brisket and served it wouldn't be like that. I am not sure what they are serving meat wise in the morning.

My go to comparison for what good BBQ is (I don't even know if I have had "amazing" BBQ... I still have yet to visit the southern USA) is Slows BBQ in Detroit and Dinosaur JRs in Rochester and Buffalo.

Based on this one visit I definitely see this place as having potential... Was WAY better then my experience at Markys...

And, having said all of that, they have an interesting menu for brunch and I would like to try some of the other items (like pancakes/etc). The pricing is on the higher side for some items but I thought the value for the BBQ platter was decent considering how much meat was included (even after giving some to my friend I couldn't finish everything on my platter).

May 24, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Itinerary critique & suggestions

Ah, the brunch does sound good... But, for Mexican/tacos I would say that Chicago definitely has better options (after all Grand Electric was modelled of a place in Chicago).

My family is going to brunch at El Catrin today, unfortunately I made plans to go elsewhere already as I have been wanting to try the brunch there.

May 24, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Itinerary critique & suggestions

Yeah, I just checked and Bar Buca is about 20 minute walk from the Aquarium so Buca would be just a bit more.

If you are interested in Italian there is also a newer place called Citta which I have seen positive things about on social media but don't recall seeing any CH reviews yet:

http://www.cittatoronto.com/

You would also be about a 20 minute walk to Banh Mi Boys. If you haven't gone during a previous trip I would recommend that too.

Itinerary critique & suggestions

Not sure if you are planning for an early dinner on Wednesday night as well but just to let you know that Pai does take reservations.

May 24, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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

I don't think it has been mentioned here yet but Brad Moore has opened up Old School - 800 Dundas West (dundas and palmerston)... 24 Hr BBQ spot.

https://www.facebook.com/OLDSCHOOLYYZ...
https://instagram.com/oldschoolyyz/
https://twitter.com/OldSchoolYYZ

Anyone been?

May 23, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chantecler Sunday Lunch!

Did they stop doing lunch on Sundays? Doesn't show up in their hours on website anymore. Unless they are doing it now again with spring/summer approaching??

May 23, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for a fun bar/restuarant near eaton Chelsea toronto for my husbands 40th bday

Yeah, would help to know where you went last time you were in town since a lot of the same recs might come up again.

Queen and Beaver is a great suggestion for proximity and for the good burger/vibe.

Richmond Station also a good rec.

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

Personally, I think you should try it... I mean, if you are going to the building already for Doors Open why not. At least you won't be wasting time driving around to other spots when you could be seeing another cool building :)

May 22, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Food Events

Cuisine Art - Alton Mills Arts Centre
June 20 and 21st.

Noon to 5pm.

http://altonmill.ca/visit/events/Cuis...

I have been in previous years and enjoyed it. Really nice area for a day trip too.

May 21, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

If you still want to go I suggest you try calling again. Probably can still get a spot for the Friday night.

Elvisahmed: Says on the website that the gallery tour is from 6pm to 7pm. I would say that the person taking the reservation was confused as I can't imagine there really is any other "information" except to show up for 6pm if you want the gallery tour. Might be worth calling to confirm I guess.

May 19, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

Just a quick note to follow up. They must be reading this forum because they were more pro-active to call me back and offer me an opening that came up on Friday. And when I returned their call to pass on the Friday opening I left a message and they returned that call to acknowledge receipt of the message.

I hope to see a review of the meal from CHers...

May 19, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ready made (fresh or frozen) burgers?

I bought a couple of the ones from Sanagan's Meat Locker the other week. Great on the BBQ and also BBQed up some of their thick cut double smoked bacon.

I usually don't buy patties but I really enjoyed the burgers I made out of them.

May 17, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone seen where Debu Saha is cooking lately?

Oh, thanks for the heads up. I walked by it yesterday as it is pretty much across the street from Bell Lightbox. I was curious about it. Based on the high praise for the chef in this thread I will have to check it out soon.

May 17, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

WVRST: Anyone been lately

Bumping up the "anyone been lately" thread to ask the same question.

I haven't been in probably over a year. Has the menu changed at all or pretty much the same line of sausages? Recommendations on which ones to try (I can't even remember which ones I have had during my few past experiences).

May 15, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Stop Night Market - 2015 - June 16/17 - new location and now $100+- on sale now

I know there has been a lot of interest for this event in the past. They raised the price again this year and the event is in the Junction instead of the Honest Ed's alley way this year. They also have a different ticket vendor but that means the fee per ticket is over $11!

Tickets are $100 (+ fees) but include food and drink. Based on previous experience I would say it is probably still worth it especially since it is going to a great cause. This is the cheapest of the fundraisers that The Stop does. I am guessing it will still sell out in the next few days.

http://nightmarket.thestop.org/

Direct ticket link
http://www.ticketbreak.com/Pages/Even...

May 15, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Saturday night buy out of restaurant in Toronto?

OP wrote 5% administrative fees... so even more bold!

May 14, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Le Select

Ha, yeah, that is laughable then. Making no real effort to "make it up" to you by inviting you to come back again (i.e. booking another meal) or getting your information.

May 14, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Terroir Symposium - thoughts/experiences?

http://www.terroirsymposium.com/

Ever year around this time I see a lot of "social media" with regards to Terroir. I know some food bloggers/photographers/etc that go (some who post on here) but I am curious to hear about people's experiences about the event. I have been tempted to take time off work to go one year but not sure if it is really worth it or just seems really interesting from social media. I am not in the food industry but interested in food. Maybe my money is better spent elsewhere but curious that there is very little talk about it on CH at all as it seems to be a pretty major food/industry event.

2015 Food Events

Oh, I made a typo on the date (was Wednesday May 13th) but the time on the poster was 2pm. I guess they changed it. Did anyone go? Curious how it was?

May 14, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Diwan at the Aga Khan Museum

I called today to see what was going on because I didn't get a call back and I was told the event is completely booked up.

They need to get better at returning phone calls... even if a few CHers had luck getting through or a return call if someone calls after hours and leaves a message they should call back regardless even if just to say "sorry, all full" (my call was before they had booked up).

Even when I actually talked to someone today they didn't come across as particularly service friendly (i.e. they could have offered to put us on the waiting list without me having to ask if there was one, no apologies for the lack of call back, etc).

May 13, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Le Select

I am not sure why this place has received such glowing recommendations on here based on my one experience there. It was enough for me not to really want to go back. Service was poor and with an attitude and food wasn't memorable especially for the price.

May 12, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kanpai Snack Bar

Like compared to the BlogTO "review"?

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/kan...

I am interested in trying this place out but maybe I will give it a few weeks.

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

I haven't been to R and D but from what I read it seems over priced in general and not just over priced compared to other Chinese restaurants in the area. I.E. spending $50 + and not being full.

May 11, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Yeah, a friend went on Friday night and she said it was definitely a disappointment. Overpriced for just "okay" food. I really wanted to try it before but I will be skipping it until they get their act together. I am guessing they might be able to survive on the "buzz" for a bit but if they don't improve they won't be getting any return customers.

May 11, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Food Events

Antonio Park -
Wednesday May 14, 2015 at 2pm
Williams- Sonoma on Bloor (Yorkville)

Said on the poster:

Join us in store as Antonio Park, Montreal chef and judge on CHOPPED CANADA, cooks and serves his favourite South American-inspired dishes from his new restaurant Lavanderia.
Call 1-416-962-9455 to reserve a spot

(although, I was told you could just show up without reserving but maybe better they know numbers of people attending).

Too bad it is during "work" hours.

May 11, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

restaurant for "sweet 16" - oakville area

I would suggest 7 Enoteca. I know some people on here have disagreed with my recommendation before but I have enjoyed it in the past (maybe things have changed lately). The atmosphere is great with the cave like ceilings. It is also downtown Oakville and it is in the little courtyard/square that would be nice for photos. Also, walking distance to the lake or harbour.

http://the7.ca/

You didn't mention a budget. A lot of the Oakville spots are a bit pricey for what you get but I think it would be a good choice for what you are looking for.

May 10, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

Among the new BBQ places open/opening there is one that is going to be 24 hrs! Owner used to work at School and new place is called Old School:

https://twitter.com/oldschoolyyz

Suppose to open next week according to BlogTO

May 10, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Authentic southern BBQ spots in TO?

I went to Marky's BBQ (Separation from Marky and Sparky's BBQ and new location) : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Markys...

Got some take out. Took like 25 minutes to put together an order of a brisket sandwich and ribs. The lady apologized for the delay but they really need to get the service times time (especially for BBQ there is already cooked!).

The sandwich was a joke for $10. Didn't seem like much meat (supposedly 1/4 lb) and the taste wasn't that great.

Half rack of ribs also seemed undersized for a half rack of ribs. The dry ribs were not just "dry" in spicing but very dry.

I might give them another chance down the road but probably only if I hear that they have improved.

A lot of BBQ places recently opened/opening so still holding out hope for the level of stuff I have had in Buffalo and Detroit (haven't even made it to the south yet!).

May 10, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Trinity Common BBQ

Walked by yesterday and the patio was pretty much full and the restaurant looked busy as well. Will give ti a shot at some point but hope to see some more positive reviews in the future.

May 10, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Banh Mi Boys

I gave one of their "competition" a shot on the weekend... Mean Bao in the Grange food court.... I should have skipped it. I felt bad when the girl at the counter asked me how my meal was and my answer was "well, it was different, I am used to the ones at Banh Mi Boys". I didn't feel like saying "I didn't like them at all to her face".

Love live Banh Mi Boys! (If there is a thread for Mean Bao and someone knows where to find it please let me know, didn't feel like starting a new thread but wanted to warn people about my mediocre experience).

May 10, 2015
ylsf in Ontario (inc. Toronto)