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Katsura - Westin Prince Hotel

Does anyone have an feedback regarding their sushi and sashimi?

Apr 14, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Liver

Why lecture? Should liver "not" be eaten rare?

Apr 03, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Liver

Previous threads are old, so I figured I'd start a new one. Having dined at Biff’s several times for lunch over the past few months, I’ve found myself ordering grilled calf’s liver on multiple occasions. It’s arguably the best I've eaten at a restaurant; flavorful and exceptionally moist.

Disclaimer: I rarely order grilled liver at restaurants; I normally just eat it at home. Despite that, for you liver fans I’m putting Biff’s as a recommendation. Their side of thick bacon, sauteed cabbage and parsnip puree make excellent compliments.

Can anyone recommend other places that serve grilled/fried liver dish that you enjoy?

Apr 03, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone been to Ursa lately?

Had a Manhattan on Saturday. It was very good and I discovered the very potent Jerry Thomas bitters.

Apr 03, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

toronto business dinner

Good point!
Agree. Note Bene is an excellent option as well.

Mar 17, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

toronto business dinner

I was working with the assumption that trishottawa was looking or something more formal/appropriate for business clientele (i.e. men would be dressed with jackets). To answer you question yes, I think Daisho or Shoto would apply for inventiveness. Shoto's table arrangement is not very good for groups of 3+. Daisho seems too casual.

Mar 17, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

toronto business dinner

I can't think of anything "inventive" in the financial district.

Chase is THE spot for bay st if you want a trendy atmosphere, food is okay and nice view.
Canoe has better food IMO, but less trendy, great view.
Bymark is safest for your clientele.

Mar 17, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Chase

Called, spoke to someone and reserved a table. Then a couple days prior they left vmx not as a reminder but asking I return the call to confirm the reservation. Then they sent an e-mail reminder of our reservation. All good. We arrive, place is loaded with bay street douches...and they made us wait 40 minutes for our table - despite the comps (after my bay street friend turned on his bay st doucheness "this is unacceptable, we better be treated very well"), I will never return. Food was meh.

Mar 12, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Anyone been to Ursa lately?

Perfect Manhattan's and Rusty Nail's are my go to cocktails.

Mar 12, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone been to Ursa lately?

What is your drink of choice? What have your friends/circles ordered? I don't doubt you - it is your opinion to own, but I'm trying to determine if the bartender would suit my tastes. Merci.

Mar 12, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

JapaDog: Anything Close in the GTA?

I enjoyed the japadog in Van. I didn't find it out of the way - but I was on vacation and walked the city easily. On business I could understand if your time is limited.

Mar 12, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Woods Restaurant - Can anyone comment?

Been there twice for lunch.

1st visit - Steak frites (flat iron). Steak was very good, the accompanying mushrooms and spinach were excellent. I did not like the frites - I don't like potato wedges, but their house made ketchup and mayo was good. Also their take on pavlova was amazing.

2nd visit - Scallop appetizers were good as was the tuna main. Nothing outstanding but definitely very competent food worthy of a rotation if one frequents financial district (or just outside) restaurants.

Mar 07, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

if michelin came to Toronto

Ok thanks I understand your distinction now.

Feb 26, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

if michelin came to Toronto

Yeah I know they exist, there are 3 in NYC - but i wanted to know what Estufarian classified as "family style"

Feb 26, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

if michelin came to Toronto

Does Indian food count?

Feb 25, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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if michelin came to Toronto

Seen it and liked it.

Feb 25, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

if michelin came to Toronto

No one knows for sure, the chefs have a "guesstimate" of what is required. Watch the documentary 3 stars, I found it interesting.

Feb 25, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

Splendido would almost IMMEDIATELY receive ONE star if Michelin reviewed Canada. Having dined at one stars in France, Italy and Belgium Splendido has been on par or superior to most. 3 stars, I'm willing to concede they might need some work on (though I can't really point my finger on what - and many chefs have no idea as well how they received their 3rd star). The emphasis some cliental (and chefs) put on Michelin ratings is silly.

As for fixed menus - they look great!

Feb 22, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best dosas?

Guru is my favorite Dosa spot in the GTA

Feb 12, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowhound's best of 2014 - results

Thank you for your effort in compiling this list.

Feb 04, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Complicated old-fashioned French cuisine in GTA or beyond

Thanks. I asked because you of your change of taste; I was curious to know what fits the bill of your "modern" taste preferences.

Jan 24, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Complicated old-fashioned French cuisine in GTA or beyond

What are your "go-to" French Bistro spots?

Jan 23, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

" Dragon Boat Fusion Chinese " - May be the BEST of the new bunch?!!

I went today for Dim Sum and thought the food was very good to excellent. The chef did incorporate a few twists that I enjoyed including anise flavoured cold beans as an accompaniment to their version of char sui and I detected notes of cinnamon in the deep fried pork dumpling. Consensus on the table was the har gow, beef short ribs, beef shank w/ seaweed (served cold), pumpkin/spinach dumpling were all good. The only "miss" was the spicy salted bean curd. I was also particularly impressed how "light" the deep fried items were; absent residual oil.

If this was the worst dim sum meal for 2014 I will be eating very well.

The only "misses" were the

Jan 05, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Top 5 Cappuccinos 2013

Having not toured many spots - I can only offer that I love Sam James Cappuccino.

Dec 19, 2013
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sashimi so fresh!! - I thought I was eating in Japan!!

Intriguing I've never had Uni like that before. The best Uni I've tasted was also from Michi (and that includes Yasuda, Kaji) but it was Uni from Boston...fabulous.

Nov 11, 2013
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

George

Has anyone been recently?

Oct 06, 2013
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

" Live BC Wild Spot Prawns " Chowmeet at the Emperor - A quick review

Many thanks Charles, it was a great meal with fantastic company.

Jun 07, 2013
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dim Sum at 'Re-Vamped' SPRING VILLA - A Huge Disappointment!!!

Thank you sir!

May 06, 2013
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dim Sum at 'Re-Vamped' SPRING VILLA - A Huge Disappointment!!!

Charles - price no restriction here so which one - Yangs or Casa Imperial...I'm heading there on Thurs with the wife.

May 06, 2013
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Splendido

CN-S is absolutely useless to me and he (or any other reviewer for that matter) should only be relevant to anyone if his tastes align with yours. I'll be at Splendido in a couple of weeks.

Apr 30, 2013
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)