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Byblos

I enjoyed my dinner over the weekend at Byblos.

The highlight for me was the broiled fluke with a yogurt sauce. I rarely see fluke on the menu in Toronto and I was impressed by the complexity of the flavour.

The beet lebnah was also delicious. The hint of lemon and mint on the beet really woke up my palate.

The turkish manti dumplings were less impressive. The skin was chewy and the eggplant filling was too sweet and with nothing to counter the sweetness off.

The wine menu was lacklustre and limited by-the-glass options. I found the basement dining area a little suffocating but I heard from other diners that their upstairs is quite gorgeous- maybe next time. I will return

about 24 hours ago
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where to Eat for Visiting Pescetarian NYers

Welcome to Toronto.
I will give a few suggestions categorized by price point, including info on its location/neighbourhood and type of cuisine/special dish

Higher end:
Chiado (Little Portugal, Portuguese. I have never had a bad dish there, but they do grilled fish and seafood stew impeccably)
Hopgood's Foodliner (Roncy, New Canadian. Specials are always good).
Ja Bistro (Financial District, aburi (toched fish))
Japango (Financial District, Omakase)
Bar Isabel (Little Italy-ish, any grilled fish, and ceviche)
Lee (King W, I know...but he still makes my favourite black cod in the city)

Mid Range
Solo Sushi Ya (U of Toronto -ish, anything from their daily special)
Oyster Boy (Trinity Bellwoods, oysters)
Rodney's (King W, Chowders & Oysters)

Inexpensive:
Fish Store (Little Italy, Fish sandwich take-out)
Buster's (St Lawrence Market, swordfish sandwich, fish&chips)
7 Lives (Kensington Market, fish tacos & ceviche)
Swatow (Chinatown, Shrimp wonton noodle soup)

1 day ago
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Trying to remember which Greek restaurant I went to...

Avli is just a few doors west of Mezes. Is that the restaurant (because I don't think you meant Pantheon).

Jul 19, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Suggestions for single girls' night out

I have been to County east side once, early spring this year.
Crowd wise, I still prefer the west side (yes, I do have a west side bias). I love the intimacy of the bar at Queen W, and I find the clientele more "open" to chats across table/bar.
This being said, I did love the bartender on the East side, and they have a nicer patio than Queen W.

Adding another venue to the list:
People Eatery on Spadina. Love the food and atmosphere.

Jul 19, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hopgood's Foodliner?

A weekend dinner once again reaffirmed my love for Hopgood's.
I have been a big fan of their take on seafood - everything I have tried had been well thought out and delicious. (Amazing scallop crudo with cherry, minimal treatment of the deliciously fresh steamed clams).

I want to point out their house-made boudin noir. Pillowy soft, packed with flavour, served with medley of wild mushroom and hen's egg - every bite was heavenly. My plate was licked-clean (almost literally).

Also, an amazing cocktail I had with pig's blood -their take on sour whiskey. Addictive, and went down too easy.

Lastly, in my opinion, they still have the able and knowledge servers in Toronto.

Jul 14, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

That's really a shame. They were cooking up some consistently decent food with reasonable price tags.

Jul 09, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Instant Breakfast Cereal

Hi millygirl, have you tried bulgar?
They have great texture and are super easy to prepare.
I like to pour some almond milk over it and refrigerate overnight. Microwave them for breakfast next morning and mix in some nuts, honey and berries. I love my oatmeal too but this one is hard to beat.

Jul 08, 2014
happycamper in General Topics
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weekday lunch options near adelaide and brant?

Yes you are right my mistake! I was thinking of the burrito place near by.

Jul 08, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

weekday lunch options near adelaide and brant?

The Roastery Cafe at 401 Richmond has salad, veggie sandwiches and great coffees for a quick lunch.
Strong, reliable wifi and you can take your lunch to the rooftop garden or the nice courtyard if the weather is nice

Superfoods (behind TIFF) is a basement takeout place for super duper healthy salads. Price is about the same as Fresh, but they rotate their menus.

Jul 07, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tour de France

I was actually looking for the same thing over the weekend.
Quick twitter search and this came up:
https://twitter.com/CyclistArtist/sta...

Hitch Bar
http://hitchlimited.com/
1216 Queen St E, Toronto, ON

Jul 07, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best bets in the huntsville area?

You should definitely drop by Westside fish n' chips. I really like their grilled Lake Ontario whitefish. Not a fan of their spuds or coleslaw, but they do their fish well.

Also, Butcher's Daughters is on my list to check out next time I am up there - please report back if you visit.
http://butchersdaughters.ca/

Jul 04, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sud Forno

Tried the bombolone (cream filled donuts) while they were still warm - OMG.
$4/donut + tax (I know). But I will be back very soon.

Jun 28, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Replacing Hoof Raw Bar

Absolutely, Hopgoods Foodliner. Really adventurous and delicious seafood selection (if you see a scallop dish with rhubarb - get it!)

Jun 26, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Higher end restaurant with really good vegetarian options?

Canoe is solid (and high-end) but their vegetarian stuff is not very inspiring nor interesting.

I recommend URSA's vegetarian tasting. I brought a friend there last year for her birthday. A lot of new tastes and experimental stuff. We had a great time.

Jun 26, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Rasa
New restaurants on Harbord, space of former Momo's.
Snacks and such, "Toronto fusion".

http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

I am a fan of Food Dudes' food truck, but that squid ink lobster roll is ....well.
Will definitely drop by soon to check it out. That grilled octopus is looking handsome.

Also in the same article, Matt Blondin to open "Junk" on Ossington. I suspect it's the space a few doors north of Union.

Jun 24, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

Opening: The Tempered Chef comes to Parkdale

http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/op...

This is very exciting.

Jun 21, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)

Thrill of the Grill 2014
http://www.thedanforth.ca/thrill-of-t...

Saturday, July 19, noon-4pm
"...Allen’s, The Combine Eatery, Das Gashaus, Factory Girl, Globe Bistro and The Meat Department.
...Your $15.00 ticket includes: 6 ribs, corn, a sample of SteamWhistle beer, a sample of wine from Gnarly Head, a bottle of ESKA water and free give-aways"

Seems really reasonably priced. Anyone been to previous years'?

Jun 20, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Suggestions for single girls' night out

Agree with:
Queen and Beaver
Bar Isabel

Would also suggest:
Oyster Boy
(if you like oysters, obviously)
416 on weekdays
Tavern by Trevor
County General

Jun 18, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Please help me plan the ultimate 3-day dining experience in Toronto. Specifics within:

My favourite place for the most scenic view of Toronto is Toronto Islands. I think a fancy picnic is best, but a Monday lunch at The Rectory could be great (they are open 7days a week now) - it'd be quiet and I think the views both on the ferry and at the restaurant are always precious and make me love the city just a little bit more.

Like others, I would highly NOT recommend Sultan's Tent. The food is bad and service horrendous.

For live entertainment, and if you both enjoy seafood, I would recommend Lisbon by Night on Dundas W. It's rather "homey" than "upscale" but the food, atmosphere, and service are all much much better than ST. They have live music/dance every friday and weekend. I was there more than a year ago, and really enjoyed my seafood bisque, the hospital staff, and the live fado entertainment.

Jun 16, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Steven Davey, 1950-2014

It's not news anymore, but I didn't realize Davey had passed away this week.
He was savvy and definitely opinionated. I didn't always take his reviews into consideration when choosing restaurants, but still read him every week.

RIP

http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/story....

Jun 15, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)

fixed. thanks.
Yes it was really great!! I hope they do it again next year.

Jun 14, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Events - 2014 (Toronto area and rest of Ontario)

It was really a one-of-a-kind experience. A bit over the top but it was nothing like what I expected

On Wednesday, myself and 7 other guests were escorted to a limo from Fairmont Royal York. We were asked to put on blindfolds as we got on 407, all the while being fed unlimited drinks and listening to tracks of "train-themed" music.

We arrived at the secret "train" going down steps, still having no idea where we were. When the blindfolds finally came off, I found myself in a '70s VIA train cart - and I mean Exactly like the train, from the carpet to the seats to the cutlery we used. The "windows" were completely dark.

We were introduced to Chef Fred Morin and Kid Koala, who was our DJ for the afternoon.

The meal was strictly Kosher.
We started with some excellent martini, then on to the first course - smooth egg with chervil and morel cream. Delicate! The highlight of the meal for me was Joe Beef's signature "smoked no-meat" - smoked beets that tasted like pastramis. This was followed by (kosher) caviar served with sorrel and smoked fish served in an old-fashion tin. The main course was a fried "drumstick of vegetables": a drumstick shaped concoction of vegetables that was perfectly fried, beautifully seasoned. The palate cleanser was a to-die-for parfait rhubarb and verbena. Dessert was a beautiful carrot cake -smooth carrot curd with honeycomb.

Everything was delicious and the "train" experience was wonderful.

The big reveal came at the end of the meal, when we met Jason, a train fanatic who reconstructed an authentic VIA train in his BASEMENT! We were in his basement the whole time!!!
Words cannot do his recreation justice. You can watch him here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjMnW...

I have never visited any of the Joe Beef restaurants, but now I have every reason to make the trip in the near future.
I thought the experience and the food was worth the $225 price tag. Pretty amazing actually.

Jun 13, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Yorkville! Help!

A couple of Korean and Indian along Yonge for some hot and spicy:
Home of Hot Taste - healthy serving of kimchi Hotpot
Kathmundu - good value and food for Indian buffet downtown. It's not spicy though, unless you specify.

Playa Cabana is a great suggestion.

Jun 12, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Ice Cream, 2014

I agree with you on the cookies - I had the peanut butter cookies with my ice cream sandwich and thought they were phenomenal - glad it wasn't just from the brain freeze.
I got a few tubs of ice cream yesterday (vanilla, espresso, chocolate) - let's hope they will last til the weekend for a picnic at Trinity Bellwoods!

Jun 11, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Global Cheese

Thanks. Very good thread to revive. Good info to factor in.
I never had major problems with them in the past thats why I asked.

Jun 10, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Global Cheese

Care to elaborate your experience?

Jun 10, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ice Cream, 2014

Glad you tried and loved it!!
You should try the ice cream puff next time - they are delicious!

Jun 10, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi - Kaji plus....

I agree with Food Tourist that Sushi Couture is only worth visiting if you do the mid level omakase - it'd be a very pedestrian experience if you don't call ahead for the chefs menu.

For me, Japango is the most consistent(ly good)/predictable, Solo Sushi Ya's daily specials is most reflective of seasonality, and Ja packs the wow factor.

I think you would love Ja Bistro. Don't miss the aburi.

Jun 10, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi - Kaji plus....

My downtown raw fish indulgence spots:
Sushi Couture +1
Solo Sushi Ya
Japango
Ja Bistro for splurge

Have fun!

Jun 10, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Where to find best preserved sausage with rice in hot pot in Toronto?

Steam House (Finch/Kennedy) has really good hot pot dishes and has great lunch deals.

Jun 09, 2014
happycamper in Ontario (inc. Toronto)