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LCBO Vintages July 19 release notes

If you could indulge in one more question - what price point do you define as middle range?

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

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

I'm just giving options for far superior food - with a "decent" view, since 360 is not a choice I would make (to each his own of course). As noted by bytepusher, Canoe is closed on weekends.

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

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

I concur CN Tower is really not worth the food. The Chase Scaramouche and Stock all have views of the city. I have not dined at Stock, but I would place Scaramouche ahead of the Chase in terms of quality of service and food. Edit - I am assuming a meal with a city view is a priority.

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

Casa Victoria - A Michelin Star Calibre, Cantonese 'Surf & Turf' Chowmeet

Well played!

Jun 06, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Casa Victoria - A Michelin Star Calibre, Cantonese 'Surf & Turf' Chowmeet

Not much to add here:
+1 for the oysters. For me it was the stand out dish and the best preparation I've eaten as well. I also loved the flavour and crunch from the "Chinese Gathiya" (that's what I'm calling them) they added a nice counterpoint to the middle soft part of the oyster. I will drive the 30 mins with my wife just to share a plate of a dozen of those oysters over a glass of wine.

The squab was excellent. I was a little disappointed because it required work with the hands. I have no problem eating with my hands but all my previous experiences with squab have been "de-boned" enabling little work with utensils. Being such a small bird prepared with enormous flavour, each bite could not satiate my palate as I worked my way through the bones. I was getting a little frustrated. That's my problem not the restaurants, it was delicious.

I "cheated" with the fried rice, adding some chilli sauce to give a kick. I detected a smokiness to the dish which really complimented the existing flavours.

Curiously Charles, what did the restaurant do with the pig's head? Several of us on the table were willing (anxious) to taste the ears and crispy cheeks.

I encourage anyone to take Charles up on his offer - it was a superb meal.

Jun 06, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

By coincidence I was working near KSR today. I felt compelled to check them out again, given my previous mediocre experience.

The Khao Soi was as good as ever, perhaps my previous experience was just a "blip". I noticed they now offer an optional Thai pickled veg (cabbage) that adds a mild sour compliment to the dish - which I enjoyed. This restaurant is now back in my rotation for the entertainment district.

FWIW - The restaurant opens at 11:30am, at 11:56 there was only one table available. They are not starving for diners.

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

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

The criticism is laying on thick.

Charles (and anyone else) please keep posting these types of events, regardless if it's $10/pp or $100+/pp, whether or not they include CH guests, regular menu or exotic off menu items. I enjoy reading about these events. I hope others will agree.

May 31, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

my mistake

May 29, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

Thank you for the reply Estufarian and the additional information on the wine. As a side, I have enjoyed Ste. Michelle's Chardonnay - can't remember the year though.

Sadistick - I believe KSR made CH's top 10 list in January, in fact I think it was #1! So the odds of self-promotion IMO are very low, given that this restaurant is well enjoyed by the CH community, well before this dinner took place.

May 29, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

That's a fair point. Also I should concede - I guess it doesn't matter whose recipes they are using, if they are executing well and satisfying most people's taste buds that's all that matters.

May 28, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A delicious authentic 'Real McCoy' Thai chowmeet at Khao San Road

Thanks for the review Charles. Curiously, why does KSR receive so much recognition for essentially copying Nuit's recipes (after her departure) while Sukothai goes relatively unmentioned - have they significantly changed their menu since?

Am I the only one who found KSR portion size and quality slightly declined since Nuit's departure?

Final point - I did not know that Dr. Loosen has vineyards in Washington State!

May 28, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where's the best fried chicken in the GTA ?

I'm throwing this out there as an option since it has not been listed. Try, Hawthorne Food & Drink. Chicken is soaked and cooked sous vide in buttermilk for 2 hours then fried. The result – an extremely juicy interior with a well seasoned crunchy exterior. The contrasting textures are marvelous.

Disclaimer: I do not eat a lot of fried chicken. My experiences are limited to KFC, Popeye's and Church's. I'm willing to admit I like Popeye's!

May 28, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

ACTINOLITE - An Updated Review with Photos

Thank you for the review. It does a good job of setting my expectations.

May 28, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

richmond station -- what to order?

I was just there today, the lunch special was very good value. I ordered the chilled asparagus soup and roast beef main. TorontoJo I wished I read your post - I didn't even look at the dessert menu.

May 27, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Whut youse alls thunk? Zagat article on Mississauga

Fair enough I'm just saying none are worthy of a detour for 416'ers, or north and east 905ers.

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

Whut youse alls thunk? Zagat article on Mississauga

I've visited 5 of the 7. Good reco's for local chowhounds sure, but of these places are worthy of a detour. Lion City is good, Gourmet Garden (in scarborough) is better (if it's still around - I haven't been in a couple of years. Leela's is excellent, but so is Drupati's (locations in Brampton, Rexdale and Pickering) and other local spots in the east. My favourite dosa place remains to be Guru Lukshmi. I don't think SB or DP are "that" much better then other south Indian/SL places (e.g. anjappar chiettinad). Speaking of Indian if anyone cares, my favourite biriyani in 'Sauga goes to Tandoor Express.

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

best brunch places in Toronto?

Well that sure is a positive review - I will definitely try to squeeze in a visit. Thanks.

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

ACTINOLITE - An Updated Review with Photos

Me too.

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

best brunch places in Toronto?

Is Beast on anyone's list? I'm intrigued by their menu and would like to visit

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

ACTINOLITE - An Updated Review with Photos

Any recent updates? I will be there shortly.

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

Cumbrae vs Whitehouse Meats

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

Cumbrae vs Whitehouse Meats

That is a fantastic option. I just drove by yesterday but didn't stop for because of the parking - darn wish I knew. Though I do like to talk to the butcher and chose my own steaks.

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

Cumbrae vs Whitehouse Meats

OK - to be clear I'm not questioning Cumbrae's quality. I was merely questioning justxpete's assuredness. Personally, I think Cumbrae's is excellent.

Not to sound rude but I don't care if the entire world of chefs things Cumbrae's or Restaurant X is the greatest in the world - all I care about is what I like lol. I don't need the validity of others to stand by my opinion. Edit - Not that you all do either

May 22, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Cumbrae vs Whitehouse Meats

I've engaged in two separate blind tastings of rib-eyes with purveyors across the city (Bruno's, Oliffe, Pusateri's etc) and I can tell you Cumbraes did not win in either. Cumbrae's had a distinct grassy flavor one tasting and a blue cheese tasting another - how's that consistent? My point was only to have you think about your perceptions (i.e. most people think they like something but in blind tastings discover it's not necessarily the case) but you are so confident in your own opinion I'll leave you to enjoy what you enjoy.

May 22, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Cumbrae vs Whitehouse Meats

Have you verified that with a blind tasting?

May 21, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Saravana Bhavan - Any opinions about the food?

Decent South Indian food, worthy of a visit but perhaps not a detour. Guru Lukshmi has my favourite dosas and is worthy of a detour IMO (provided you love dosas).

May 10, 2014
Apprentice in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

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)