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$7.90 for cup of takeout soup!

Am I being overly frugal these days, or is $7.90 a fair price for a cup of takeout soup containing split peas, potatoes, a few bits of carrot, and bits of ham? None of those ingredients are expensive or rare. Nor was the soup billed as organic. And with respect to its taste, it was as forgettable as any old bowl of take out split pea soup. I queried the price, but the server was not able to explain how the prices are arrived at.
Perhaps this is just what people pay in that area (not my normal stomping ground). Epi bakery café on Bayview

Advice please: which McEwan establishment?

Only $20 for a burrata ball? When the store first opened it was $40+ ! I had visions of that little white ball being lovingly strapped in to its seat in the First Class cabin of the aircraft that brought it from Italy to Don Mills.

Why do they even bother with the fresh produce and household products in the rear of the store? You would need your head tested to be buying that stuff there, when you could save 50%+ by strolling over to Metro.

Sher-e-Punjab - Chow gathering on 9th Oct

As requested, they made Pork Vindaloo for us, and it was very good indeed (leftovers tasted even better the next day) but could have been spicier. I'm ok with nuclear level spiciness but as estufarian says, they probably keep things toned down to suit the typical patron. We tried an assortment of appetizers (samosas, pakoras and fish fry), which were tasty, but heavier than I prefer. The assorted Tandoori plate was good, nice smoky chicken and well favoured kebab. Shrimp were not great. Our main dishes (apart from the pork vindaloo) were lamb saag, butter chicken and eggplant. All good, well flavoured. Nan bread was lovely, and rice was properly cooked. Most appreciated feature was the lack of grease. Lamb and pork were a little dry, but I much prefer that than globs of untrimmed fat. Service was friendly and attentive, and the room is attractive and nicely lit. Great neighbourhood spot using local ingredients.

Coffee quest: Is there a Toronto equivalent of Vancouver's Cafe Artigiano?

I agree about Te Aro - their coffee brand is Pilot, and it's roasted on Wagstaff Drive (off Greenwood Ave, north of Gerrard) in a smartly designed space that also serves coffee and offers coffee tastings and barista training. http://www.pilotcoffeeroasters.com/pa...
My favourite roast is Brazil - has that sweetness you mention, rich caramel flavour, a coffee for coffee haters.
Pilot coffee is also served at Lazy Daisy's café at Gerrard and Coxwell.

Best bets for Thanksgiving dinner 2014?

I think Morgan's on the Danforth (at Greenwood subway station) will probably offer their usual Thanksgiving menu - it's pretty decent and was around $25 last year. No menu available until Tuesday.
In that area, Globe Bistro is also offering a $35 menu:
Any other suggestions for solo diners or couples looking for affordable turkey dinner next weekend?
The Tulip on Queen East is a stalwart for many, but I'd rather eat grass than Butterball and powdered gravy.


I enjoyed Janet Lynn's (20 years ago?) and also ArtBar which was outstanding - but it's closed now I think. wonder where the chef went, he knew his stuff.
And I see that 20 King which I also enjoyed back in the day is also closed.

Saturday Dinette on Gerrard

Great to hear that - what did you eat that was delicious? I have been wondering what would become of Hammersmith's. Any chance the Dinette people could post a menu with prices on their site?

Fennel Pollen

I got it at Longos down by the AC Center, but that was about 2 years ago. The brand is "Just a Pinch" - justapinch.ca and the pollen itself is from California.

best pastas in Toronto, 2014

Really? I've always found their pasta to be too dense, heavy and chewy. I love Zucca, and wish they would do a lighter house pasta.

Let's hear who has the best onion rings in Toronto!

Completely agree - the rings at Nota Bene are light and crispy - probably the best I've ever had.

Sher-e-Punjab - Chow gathering on 9th Oct

Five of us Chowhound subscribers have been conferring off line and have decided to meet for dinner at Sher-e-Punjab on October 9th, at 7 p.m., and we would like to invite others on this board to join us.

This initiative began as an excuse to visit an old reliable Indian restaurant (some of us haven't been there for 30 years!), along with curiosity about its new make over and their use of naturally raised meats, and a love for their pork vindaloo, which was on the menu back in the old days, and which we are requesting they cook for us on 9th.

Apart from that dish, here is their menu:

Let me know if you would like to join us, we would love to meet more fellow Chowhounds.

What are the best Riverside/Leslieville restos open for lunch?

I recommend Tabule, and also Bonjour Brioche next door, and County General. I don't recommend Joy Bistro or Prohibition.

Please review my agenda. Thank you!

How about lunch at Osgood Hall? - an amazing room and excellent food. Best to call ahead for a table. And because it's in a court building, be aware that you have to pass through a metal detector and possibly be frisked. Well worth it for the sublime lunch and, professional service!

Sher-e-Punjab on Danforth - anyone?

Got it! Thanks everyone, I got all your e-mails, what a wonderful community effort to try one beloved yet forgotten restaurant! I'll be in touch tomorrow via e-mail to try and nail down a date and time that suits all of us - really don't want anyone to miss out.

Please review my agenda. Thank you!

For either Friday or Saturday lunch why not do a food crawl of the Chinatown/Kensington Market area? This will give you a feel for what's happening in Toronto beyond the air conditioned experience of Canoe (which I endorse for lunch - but only if the skies are clear) and the ear drum demolition job of places like Grand Electric. http://www.kensington-market.ca/Defau...

Start at lunch time with Dim Sum at Rol San on Spadina Avenue, http://phenu.com/rolsan for a couple of baskets of dim sum. I recommend the old familiar Har Gau and Shiu Mai - but plunge in to more adventurous parts of the menu if you're bored by the "safe" stuff. (It's a busy place, so if you're alone you may be seated at a communal table - good way to meet fellow travellers
)Then cross the street and head to Seven Lives on Kensington Avenue http://www.yelp.ca/biz/seven-lives-ta... for tacos - take your food to Belleview Square if it's a fine day.
Interesting park, you'll see an old synagogue almost next door to a big time warped dusty haberdashery Portuguese haberdashery shop http://www.yelp.ca/biz/sasmart-smart-...
– that place sells everything from plastic tablecloths to Emile Henry fondue sets – the sheer randomness of the place is its chief attraction.

Follow on with a visit to the Columbian Arepa stall on Augusta Ave - where you'll also find a place selling freshly made Churros if you're in the mood for a Mexican style sweet. Next door to that is a place selling Brazilian street snacks.

For sweet treats also on Augusta there is a Gelato place and Wanda's Pie place, and my favourite - especially for their coffee - a Hungarian creperie. http://www.yelp.ca/biz/krepesz-toront...

As you wander around the market you'll pass some bars with patios where you can sample local brews.
And if you have any strength or money left, end your excursion by going to Toritos for tapas and sherry and Spanish wine!

One of your picks was Porcetta & Co. - I concur, and they are not far from Kensington, but it's really a take out place. Their pork crackling is other worldly....

Enjoy your trip!

Sher-e-Punjab on Danforth - anyone?

Good idea - you can e-mail me at ger.maguire@gmail.com
So far I think we have 4 interested participants:

What I would suggest is if each interested person can pick three evenings that would suit them, in the second week of October, I can hopefully find a concordance, and then go from there to make a reservation. Also PLEASE let me know what time would suit you best.

This should be a very interesting venture - I believe I read somewhere that they are using organic meats as much as possible.

Sher-e-Punjab on Danforth - anyone?

OK, let's do a weekday evening, is Thursday 9th October good with everyone? I'm pretty sure that the restaurant isn't open for lunch on any day.
I'm just throwing 9th October out there to give people time to organise, but I would be available on any Thursday evening.

Sher-e-Punjab on Danforth - anyone?

Can I suggest we meet up for dinner at Sher-e-Punjab at 6p.m. on Saturday 4th October?
So far I think those interested are me, foodyDudey, and warlock. I'll make a reservation, others are welcome, I suggest we agree in advance to pay in cash, and split the tab evenly amongst us. The tip amount we can decide after we've eaten.

Sher-e-Punjab on Danforth - anyone?

I would certainly be up for that! Thanks for organizing.

WTF is up with the noise level in Toronto restaurants?

Is the Ministry of Labour really responsive to complaints about loud music in restaurants? I would definitely submit a complaint. The 20 year old who serves me may, when she grows old, deeply regret all her tattoos, but she chose to do that to herself. She didn't choose to become deaf in her workplace.

WTF is up with the noise level in Toronto restaurants?

If I follow your train of thought, I agree that confident restaurateurs in New York command a sophisticated dining room, and that those quiet dining rooms are a complete delight. It's an experience that leaves an indelible impression. Very expensive, but so VERY civilized. Jean George at Trump International in NYC was perhaps my best ever lunch. No background noise whatsoever, just the bustling of the waiters, and the hushed conversations. Perfect ambience, sunlight pouring in, giant vases of Forsythia, glorious food. Hospitality at its best.
What I find so OFFENSIVE about loud restaurants in Toronto is that they don't understand how INHOSPITABLE they are. And how demonstrably irresponsible the are towards they aural health of their staff and patrons.
Think about it.....

Jerusalem on Eglinton West

Their baba ganouj is - in my opinion - the best in the city.

Sher-e-Punjab on Danforth - anyone?

I suggest that we get together and eat there - perhaps we could persuade them to do a pork vindaloo? Warlock, FoodyDudey, what are your thoughts?

Sher-e-Punjab on Danforth - anyone?

Last time I ate there was over 30 years ago, and I really enjoyed it. Family cooked spicy food, including taboo items such as pork vindaloo, the pilaou rice was great, wondering what it's like these days....

WTF is up with the noise level in Toronto restaurants?

That is a sad experience PS - I keep harping on about loudness in Toronto restaurants because I have first hand experience of people with hearing loss who dread a night out in a noisy restaurant.
I am lucky to be able to spend time in Europe every year, and it's remarkable how the only ambient sound in French and Italian restaurants is the happy burble of relaxed conversation. So civilized. No bawling barbarians shovelling down tacos and tequila shots.
Why can dinner be so delightful over there, and yet such a nightmare in Toronto?

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

I'll go to a place with good food, good service, low level music. And I will tip very well.
Too much to ask??

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

Sorry I missed your post - no, we didn't go because our plans changed. Let us know how your experience was. I was walking past one sunny afternoon and it seemed quite empty. I hated seeing a giant TV suspended over the patio area. Do the owners think we are all morons who need to be drip fed infotainment and televised sports 24/7 to inoculate us against thinking for ourselves, and hey, having some conversations about meaningful things.

ISO Chianina beef

Bring it on! I would (for patriotic reasons) put my money on Irish Lamb to beat out all comers!

Danforth Pizza House for sale

Probably off topic, but do you use ready to go pizza dough from someplace like Jerry's Supermarket, or make your own?

New bar Danforth bar/restaurant Local 1794??

Anyone know what "The Borough" is going to be? It's a few doors west of Jerry's Supermarket, on Danforth between Coxwell and Greenwood. Looks like it might be another Wren/Morgans style place.