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I hear you about the tweezers and the "canvas" - which might be tree bark foam and emulsified laundry lint or whatever edible art is these days.
I realize that I am not the customer for him, he has plenty of fans. I just don't want to pay for pretension on a plate, and I don't want to feel as though I have to worship the cook while I eat tweezed out food droppings. I just want to be fed attitude free great food.

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KitchenVoodoo in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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http://mattkantor.ca/

"We are specialists in making a particular type of food. You don’t ask the surgeon to use a different kind of retractor or closing stitch because you prefer it. In the same way, when you come to Bero, you come for a dining experience that we build for you. Or don’t. That’s the beauty of freedom."

Matt, don't make me laugh, you are no surgeon, you are just a simple man, who cooks food. I would advise you to extract your head from your anus before you suffocate on your own gasses.

A surgeon actually saved my life. He didn't approach his job with your attitude of giving me an experience that he would "build for me", or "wouldn't", because "that's the beauty of freedom". I'm glad he wasn't smoking the same self absorbed horseshit that you do.

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

As surprising as this might seem, I had the BEST ceviche ever at that location! Superb balance of texture and flavour, heat and salt. This was in their downstairs seafood room, before they closed.

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Please share - the sketches must be wonderful, and a great treasure.

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Peter's Chung King had the best green beans, and the best crispy beef, and the best of many other dishes, but for some reason we never saw any Chinese diners there. But we LOVED the food!

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Loved it. A "go to" place to round out a romantic dinner. That crunchy merengue thing with the whipped cream.... yum.

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Ooooh - used to love their Chinese food even though it was all sugar, salt and heavily battered meats. At the time, the atmosphere was unique in Toronto, and they usually had line ups.

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Had the most romantic dinner of my entire life in Fenton's front room, Veal Zuricoise with watercress and Rostii, at the table by the fireplace, with big candles and artful bowls of fruit on the bar, and amazing unhurried service. It was perhaps Toronto's most perfect restaurant. The garden room was also wonderful, a different ambience, but the same great food. I always wondered what happened..... I think the building is now some diabolical taco chain joint.

Best Peking Duck downtown?

Thanks for those menu suggestions Charles. And yes, "don't waste your powder on a dead duck" :) These days we could substitute money for powder.

Duvel Belgian beer - now unavailable?

Wonder why none of the craft breweries in Ontario offer a similar beer? Is it down to the ingredients, or the brewing method?

Duvel Belgian beer - now unavailable?

I had a chat with Rob from Horizon - he says the LCBO is kinda slow when there is a packaging change, but anticipates they will have it on the shelves by mid September. Meanwhile, there is no Duvel available anywhere, bars like Beer Bistro sold out long ago. As a good substitute he recommended the triple hop mentioned by foodyDudey earlier in this thread. Cooper Street LCBO has it but in limited supply.

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Just had to tell you I laughed out loud at your description:
"Hero Burger stays in business serving garbage from a dumpster squeezed into patty shape, so... the world is a mysterious place."
Pretty much sums up the one and only Hero Burger I ever had - and actually discarded after one bite!

What is the new place beside Lady Marmalade in Leslieville?

Drove past too quickly to notice the name - it had open windows, people having lunch...... duh??.... can't be more specific except to say that it is the building adjoining Lady Marmalade, west flank.

Duvel Belgian beer - now unavailable?

Thanks! If the lead with Horizon (see dubchild's post below)doesn't pan out then I'll call LCBO on Cooper St and get them to hold some Devel Triple Hop. Funnily enough, I don't drink beer! This is for my godson who will be visiting from Bermuda where Duvel has never been available, but he really likes it, so I was sure that somehow in Toronto I could source it, or something similar. What does triple hop mean???

Duvel Belgian beer - now unavailable?

Thanks for that tip! I'll call them and report back.

Duvel Belgian beer - now unavailable?

Beer Bistro still lists it in their beer menu, but the LCBO lists it as discontinued. Any hounds know where to reliably go to drink it? Or buy it?

Table 17...recent experiences?

I've taken loads of friends there, and all have enjoyed the food, the attentive yet non intrusive service, and the low noise levels. The food is not spectacular, compared to Note Bene lets say, but everything is good, and the daily polenta is always delicious.

Best Peking Duck downtown?

Great advice Charles - it was several years ago that I had the duck - is Lai Wah Heen a "dead duck" now as far as cuisine is concerned? Their menu prices are expensive, and I would hate to take foreign visitors there if the food did not live up to the prices. Apart from the Smoked Chicken, (and what do you like about it so much?) what would you especially recommend form Crown Princess?

Best Peking Duck downtown?

This subject may have been flogged to death on earlier posts, but I'd appreciate a quick round up of opinion. As a reference point, the only downtown Peking Duck I've had was at Lai Wah Heen, (really great) and also at Pearl at Harbour front (pretty good, but seemed a bit mass produced). Can I get a better duck experience on Spadina?

Royal Beef

I love both Royal Beef and Stock in Trade. Unlike previous commentators I've never had anything but great meat and service from Royal Beef, and I would choose them in a heartbeat over Rowe Farms where the very pricey boneless chicken breast is not properly trimmed of fat and sinew.
I really like the bacon selection at Royal Beef, and their cured meats. To each his/her own I suppose.... ;)

Where to buy bbq propane on the danforth

Warden and Danforth was recommended to me by my neighbour - he estimated $17 - $20.

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

Well, as they say, "the fish rots from the head" - the best service I have had is in places where the owner(s) and chef know what they are doing, and engage the respect of their entire team top to bottom, who in turn understand that creating a nice night out in a lovely room with good food and great service is what keeps people coming back, and it involves a commitment to teamwork.
In many places I've dined at, the servers seem disconnected from the chef, they are plainly just putting in their hours. There is no camaraderie on display amongst them and their fellow servers (no, I can't bring you water, it's not my section....")

Best place in GTA for baba ghanoush?

I'm so disappointed to hear that about Me Va Me's baba ghanoush - I heard they were opening a location downtown and couldn't wait to go because their falafel is supposed to be amazing..... but mayo in the baba? Tahini is an absolutely essential ingredient in this classic dish, mayo is an insult to the eggplant! Do try Tabule and let us know what you think - I love their falafel, made from scratch, nice and crunchy outside, spicing is just right. I've also had their lamb dinner and various other dishes, and have taken picky vegetarian friends there who loved it. They have 2 places, haven't been to the one around Younge/Eg, but the room on Queen East (short stroll east from Broadview) is lovely, a cool modern take on ancient middle eastern motifs, and the service has been top notch and very hospitable each time I've been. They mention a patio on their website although I haven't seen it, and they deliver to a limited local area!
http://tabule.ca/about/

Queen Margherita Pizza

I know that many restaurants in Europe charge for bread, even if you don't ask for it, but when I eat out in Toronto I would rather that the restaurant sources great bread and olive oil (Table 17 for example, and kudos to Bonjour Brioche for the quality of the baguette) and simply builds that cost into the menu prices. If I see on my bill that I have been charged extra for bread - even though the total bill might be the exact same as at Table 17 - it would make me feel annoyed to the point of not wanting to return. But I can appreciate that the gluten free and low fat crowd could argue that this would unfairly penalize them into subsidising those of us who love a well made baguette and lots of peppery olive oil to dip it into. But aren't we lucky to have so many non bread serving restaurants as an alternative? :)

Queen Margherita Pizza

Too many to mention ....;) Although I draw the line at wandering beneath a golden arch.
Lighten up....

Paralia (formerly Trinity Taverna) on the beach - still too loud/bad service?

Wondering if anyone out there has been to this place lately - I'm thinking of going with a friend on Saturday afternoon for appetizers and a drink, but have been put off by reports that the service is terrible, and that the music is night club level loud, and that unless you are a party of four or more you will not be allowed to sit on the patio. Can anyone confirm/deny these stories?

Queen Margherita Pizza

I don't think the numbers at the table should matter. Charging for bread is ridiculous, unless it is a European affectation, in which case it is doubly ridiculous in this country. I dine fairly regularly at Table 17 where the baguette and olive oil are excellent, complimentary and copious, and part of the hospitality that I am a return customer for.

Best place in GTA for baba ghanoush?

So far, my all time favourite for its smokiness and depth of flavour is the one at Jerusalem Restaurant on Eglinton Avenue West, next would be Tabule on Queen Street East. Am looking for more recommendations, including store bought options - even though I think I reached the lowest of the low with Presidents Choice - my excuse for buying this pot of garbage was that I had no time to make my own or get to Tabule - the second ingredient in PC's is mayonnaise, and it also contains sour cream and sugar. I hope no Middle Eastern chefs are reading this :) It tastes like Miracle Whip laced with juice from a jar of commercial pickles. So let's consider that the baseline for BAD baba ghanoush and get some good suggestions for restaurants or stores that produce the real deal.

barsa taberna- has anyone been?

What did you eat? I know that cauliflower is supposed to be the new hip vegetable, toppling kale from its position, but the cauliflower salad I had was .... unappetising to say the least. It was like something you would be served in some vegan cave dwellers co-op cafeteria. The chef seems to have gone with the trend without understanding the vegetable. He/She could have done much better with a cauliflower cheese using Spanish cheeses, lots of garlic and parsley, Tabasco, and toasted breadcrumbs with a little chopped marcona almonds on top for luxury.
I was unimpressed by the menu, the food, the number of staff standing/hanging around yet not actually engaged in any acts of hospitality... I give this place 6 months.

Momofuku restaurants at ShangriLa - why no prices on on line menus?

First world businesses - including restaurants - play shell games with their first world customers all the time. It's deplorable, but a practice that is certainly not exclusive to the first world.