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Anybody try C & A Steak Company at Intrawest Village (Blue Mountain)?

I just had a really great experience tonight at C&A. The steak was definitely top notch, with personal service by Adam which made our night quite memorable. It seems the owner is really committed to bringing a true dining destination to the village. Will definitely return!

Is there ANY good places to eat breakfast in TORONTO?

I just realized that the original posting is about 2 years old! But I had a great brunch experience at Dessert Trends at Harbord St. Their French Style Braised Beef Short Rib Sandwich with Swiss & Gruyere cheese, wild mushrooms and short rib dip is to die for... of course I like to end off with their desserts, most notably their raspberry and chocolate tart!

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Dessert Trends
154 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

Beef tendons with ramen at Aljisen

Ajisen is a Japanese chain noodle house and as such the recipes are all Japanese in origin.

Coco Lezzone - AVOID. Horrendous service.

I'd like to tell you guys about my experience during the Taste of Italy last weekend. Me and my SO was quite excited by this event as we don't spend a lot of time on College St. Although the food which were distinctly Italian were few and far in between, we did have a wonderful and exciting time.

So it was with high expectations that we walked into Coco Lezzone, expecting to have a nice romantic evening and perhaps put another restaurant to our "Will Return" list, as you can never have too many great choices of places to eat.

Firstly, we wander in and looked at the menu. We were greeted by a nice bartender who asked us to wait for a minute while she gets a waiter to help us. We witnessed then an exchange of some "unpleasantries" between a waitor and the bartender. This sent out a bad vibe to me but I brushed it off. After we were led to our seats, we looked through the menu again but because of the dim lighting it was hard to make out. Our waitor comes by and asks us what we would like to drink, perhaps a martini, a bottle of wine, etc. My SO says "no thank you".. and an awkward silence ensues. After a few seconds of starring, he asks us again what we'd like drink. Now after having gelatos and italian sodas all day, I wanted to hold off on the drinks for a bit. So I said, "No thanks, just water." He then asks again, "so you don't want a bottle of wine? Water eh, so would it be bottle, sparkling?" and I said "no, tap is fine." Somehow, he was unimpressed with this and exclaimed in an insulting and offputting manner, "TAP water! EXCELLENT." we were quite shocked at the audacity of this waitor.. with our mouths agape he whips our menus off our table and left.

Now before you tell me that it is customary to drink some wine or have their overhyped carbonated water and that I was cheap so deal with it, I'd like to say that I am willing to spend a lot of money on good food and desserts and even wine when I feel like it. At that moment I don't believe that I should have to deal with this sort of unprofessional and personally insulting inuuendo that I am somehow incapable of spending a sufficient amount of money. I found the experience both offputting and irritating since I've never been so insulted. We ended up leaving because this left such a sour taste in our mouths.

All's well that ends well, as we ended up wandering into La Forchetta, after we almost gave up on Italian food because of that episode. We had an amazing 3 mushroom risotto and grilled calamari... with a great waitress which restored my faith in humanity.

Lunch restaurant with lakeview or in park near GTA?

I think Snug Harbour restaurant in Port Credit (Mississauga) is what you're looking for. It has competent seafood dishes right at the lake with a pretty good patio. http://www.snugharbourrestaurant.com/

White asparagus on the menu?

I just had dinner at Splendido tonight and ordered a generous portion of white asparagus in Hollandaise sauce for appertizer from their Table D'Hote menu. You should give it a try!

Trevor Kitchen and Bar (bad review)

I really really wanted to like Trevor. I scoured this board for a good recommendation after I had a great time at JKWB. However I find that the only redeeming quality about trevor was their amazing mini Kobe burgers and perhaps the interior design by the designer guys. The execution and service was spotty and scatterbrained at times. Ie. After we got our table, no waitor helped us till after about 10 minutes in which I had to make eye contact to get some service... I was missing a fork, overcharged for 6 oz wine instead of 3, ground pepper was not offered until asked, etc. In addition, I agree from other posters in another thread that their Mains are definitely not up to par. I had the duck, which was quite gamey and a bit sinewy. The Lobster spaghetti was alright but nothing amazing. Overall, service and food really really needs more attention. Like other posters have said, if I ever go again, I would probably stick with the bar menu and drinks. Perhaps Trevor is overzealous in that he wanted to venture out and make a name for himself with his own hip and high end resto.. but in reality he is not ready for it... as evident by the lack of training for their wait staff and only shining through bar food. I really hope he can take these constructive criticism and really work to improve himself rather than blame the customer for being harsh...

Venison at Trevor and Maro

I really really wanted to like Trevor. I scoured this board for a good recommendation after I had a great time at JKWB. However I find that the only redeeming quality about trevor was their amazing mini Kobe burgers and the great interior design by the designer guys. The execution and service was spotty and scatterbrained at times. Ie. After we got our table, no waitor helped us till after about 10 minutes in which I had to make eye contact to get some service... I was missing a fork, overcharged for 6 oz wine instead of 3, ground pepper was not offered until asked, etc. In addition, I agree from other posters in another thread that their Mains are definitely not up to par. I had the duck, which was quite gamey and a bit sinewy. The Lobster spaghetti was alright but nothing amazing. Overall, the feel of the place is great but service really really needs more attention. Like other posters have said, if I ever go again, I would probably stick with the bar menu and drinks.

JKWB portions

I hope you had a great time at JKWB. I went last night since I've read so much on this board about how unique it is to sit at the chef's table and how the food is uniquely Canadian. I had a great time! The food was phenominal although some portions are smaller than I expected. We had 6 dishes and 2 desserts for two people... I felt like I was on iron chef and looking and chatting with the chefs. Some dishes were oversalted, however.. perhaps the churizo combined with salt in the poutine is too much...

I have a question though... the other restaurant that Jamie has... I am assuming that it is in the other dining room? It seems rather small of a space since half of that space is a waiting bar area...

Toronto's Best Food Neighbourhoods?

I would echo the suggestion that Kensington Market is a great neighbourhood for food stuffs and in the core so your choices for dining are not limited as compared to BWV. By the way, what happened to College St.? I went there on a saturday night and it was empty, and I had the misfortune of getting one of the worse tiramisu in a chocolate egg shell i've ever had from a bakery there :(

Hero Certified Burgers....What the $^%#!!!!!

I also ate at the Sherway Garden location and was deceived by the beautiful photo of the good looking burger on the wall... alas their secret sauce angus burger was not worth the hype at all.. i literally.. sighed out loud after i took the first bite and my gf said.. the picture got you didn't it... dry, flavorless burger.. and small pattie to boot.. expensive as well...

Sushi in Hamilton?

I would recommend Hoya Sushi 161 King St. E. in downtown.. it is one of the best if not the best sushi in Hamilton... very fresh last time i went with great service.

Sen5es for dessert/drinks

Hello... sorry if this topic is redundant but I didn't want to hijack another thread. My girlfriend is having her birthday on the 15th in Feb and since it is close to valentines day I would like to take her to some place nice for after dinner drinks and desserts (because we know chocolates is a girl's best friend.. or was it diamonds..)...

So seeing that a great chef has returned from Hong Kong to Sen5es, do you think I should take her to Sen5es or Canoe or Perigee? Keep in mind I would like a spectacular time and not just a boring creme brulee! Thanks hounds.

Winterlicious GOOD portions?

I had a horrid experience at Bloom during Winterlicious 2005... service was abysmal. Indifferent and patronizing server with insulting portion sizes... I'm not sure why when we asked for butter for the bread we were denied? In contrast, Truffles as well as Old Mill Inn was amazing with great cuisine, service, and winelist. I believe that this promotion program is a great way for restaurants to promote themselves to the city and the surrounding areas, but many do not look at the big picture but at the short term fiscal gains/losses.

At the airport?

I am heading to Terminal One tomorrow night as well and was hoping for a good meal there somehow.. pre-security. Any suggestions would be great... i hear there is a Wolfgang Puck Express there? Hoping for more than just a sandwich...

Rousseau House Ancaster - recent visit anyone? Other high-end Hamilton area?

oops.. sorry jcanncuk I forgot you mentioned it already. Good luck on finding a great restaurant! What about Brownies? Have you given them a try?

Ramen Downtown

Ajisen ramen is good for a simple meal but if you want something more traditional and delicate I would suggest somewhere else like others have said.. Kanzo, etc..

Rousseau House Ancaster - recent visit anyone? Other high-end Hamilton area?

http://www.bistroparisien.com/

That's a new French restaurant which opened on James South.. that stretch is developing nicely and this chef from Australia has some interesting food.. you should give it a try to see if he's any good although my friend has told me his coq au vin & the rabbit is great.

Best Hot Dog in TO?

I just came back from a trip to Manhattan and I was blown away by the variety of street foods in comparison to here in TO... pretzels, hot dogs (steamed, with no bbq), beef and chicken kabobs in a hot dog bun (soo good...), hot caramel nuts and roasted chestnuts! The article that says that the lack of diversity is due to cultural change/shift since the 80s is wrong... it is partly a result of overregulation by the government that has let to blandness in this city.

Best Abalone/Shark Fin restaurants?

I'm pretty sure most chinese restaurants would be willing to prepare ingredients that you bring in ie. shark fin. Note that they will charge you for the work. Nevertheless it is a good option so don't hesitate to speak to them about it. I've done it with fresh Sea bass and it was awesome.

Dessert Buffet in Toronto??

Hi guys,

I'm trying to find a place for dessert buffet? I've seen it in some hotels in Hong Kong and was wondering if any place here does it? I think I recall seeing one at Cafe Maxim's (on Finch between Bayview and Leslie in North York)... Thanks!

Niagara Falls Canada not part of Ontario Board?

Hello,

I've seen several threads closed down within the Ontario board because Niagara Falls is a destination apart from Toronto... may I ask why? It is part of Ontario and should not be relegated to the Canada board.. if so shouldn't the Ontario board be named the Toronto board? Since anything Ottawa or Hamilton related shouldn't be written on there under this same logic? This just doens't make much sense to lump Niagara Falls to destinations OUTSIDE of Ontario...

Dec 06, 2006
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