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Toronto butchers vs butchers

I've been a regular visitor to Toronto and now living here for a couple of months. While Cumbraes has great meat, getting what you want isn't easy. They need to invest some time into training their counter staff about meat that isn't sitting in the window - the relayed conversations with the butchers out the back are a bit of a pain and often unsuccessful - and get some pork that comes with skin rather than having to order it and hope it arrives. There are moments I think I'm in Monty Python's cheese shop. When living on Queen West recently, I stumbled over the Healthy Butcher - excellent, and when you want something the butcher comes out, you chat, discuss what you need and what you're planning, and then you get it. For general bits and pieces, the St Lawrence Market usually delivers, and the place is a national treasure.

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The Healthy Butcher
565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

Jul 02, 2011
sleuth in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

dim sum in downtown toronto?

Back in Toronto after a few months absence and tried the new location for Dynasty, which used to be an old standby when hungover. Deeply disappointing at the new locations. The sui mai were ok, the char siu plate was decidedly stingy, the rest of the outing was a bit dull, and the dumplings with dried prawn/peanuts etc were bloody awful. I notice in the thread that Lai Wah Heen is popular but I've tried it twice and found it a bit dull - dumpling menus miss the fun and adventure of yum cha. - tick the box food...er no. Give me trolleys of steaming or frying bits and pieces. While I haven't been there in a while, the Pearl down near the lake was pretty good when last visited.

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Lai Wah Heen
108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

Jun 24, 2011
sleuth in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is there better Thai than Sukhothai in Toronto?

The food in Australia's major cities, and in london, is pretty terrific,across the board, and yes there are some duds, but they don't last. The successful chefs/proprietors work hard to make sure their food is authentic rather than adjusted to what they reckon are 'local' preferences, for example when the dish is 'hot', it really is 'hot' and have a cold beer standing by. The reverse used to be the case, but fortunately those days a are well in the past - so if a poutine place opened you'd probably find it was of a good standard, and one has just opened in Bondi and is drawing a crowd..

Jun 22, 2011
sleuth in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ruby Watch Co.

First night back in Toronto after a long time in Sydney (Aust) and London (Eng) - both cities where mid priced high calibre dining is good and accessible,-and we finally got to Ruby Watch Co - hmm and not a place I would rush back to. With a set menu and no choices I expected a bit of razzle dazzle - the starter of a salad with spicy chicken was a bit uninspiring. Next up was the dish of night, halibut in puttanesca sauce -well executed and a generous serve. A superb cheese followed, but required an expedition to get through the garnishes, most of which did little for the cheese. Last course, a sundae with caramellised banana. Hmmm, one scoop of good icecream, one scoop of poorly executed ice cream, topped by more cream, a handful of salted peanuts and two slivers of fresh banana...what a dud. Wine list is not great and bloody expensive - we left at $100 per head each and very very sober. It's popular but I expected better food and wine and this place just didn't deliver..the concept is a great deal for the proprietors, but on my experience, not so great for the diners'.

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Ruby Watch Co.
730 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

Jun 21, 2011
sleuth in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is there better Thai than Sukhothai in Toronto?

A lot of Thai stir fries don't have noodles as component- vegetables and a protein or two hit hard and fast in the wok.....while the dishes you mention are stir fries I suspect they have noodles -hence my suggestion of stir fries minus the noodle.

Jun 21, 2011
sleuth in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Is there better Thai than Sukhothai in Toronto?

My goodness..I went to Sukothai the other night and, like many Thai restaurants in Toronto, found it deeply mediocre. I suppose I'm a bit spoilt living most of the year in Australia where even ordinary local Thai places are much better than some of Toronto's 'best'. Spring rolls and satays to start were OK. The stir fry noodle dish was uninspiring, and the massman curry was some undercooked spud and sliced beef sloshing around in a drab gravy. Of all the thai places I've eaten at in Toronto, Khao San Rd is way ahead of the pack - they could ratchet up the heat level a bit, and add some stir fries (minus noodle please) to the menu...educate the local tastes rather than pander to them!

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Sukothai Restaurant
3115 Winston Churchill Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5L2W1, CA

Jun 21, 2011
sleuth in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Leaving in 2 wks for Honeymoon in Australia - need restaurant advice!

Good list for Sydney. Surry Hills is about 1km from the CBD. Est is superb, Becasse?Marque good, Longrain wonderful (but hard to get a table unless you go early)..Billy Kwong is good but small uncomfortable, noisy and you can't book. You might try China Doll at Woolloomooloo Bay - similar food, great service/view and you can book.If you're feeling French, you might try Bilson's at the Radisson in the CBD, an exquisite dining experience.

Oct 03, 2006
sleuth in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne, Sydney - good, cheap eats

Hmm..a few Sydney tips. If you're in the inner city/inner east you find all manner of wonderful inexpensive eating..many don't have liquor licences so you can BYO (plenty of pubs and good wine stores). Try Prasits in Crown (stunning Thai food), Ericyes in Cleveland St for Turkish, the Balkan Continental (not the Seafood) in Oxford St at Taylor Sq (mixed grill, superb seafood etc), Thanh Binh Vietnamese in King St Newtown or Una's in Victoria St Darlinghurst for a monster chicken schnitzel and colourful crowds. That's just the start..Chinatown has wonderful food courts. The Opera Bar at the Opera House has OK food and wine, but a magnificent location. Best pizza is at La Disfida in Haberfield. If you get a hunger pang, just yell!

Oct 03, 2006
sleuth in Australia/New Zealand