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Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

sounds good

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

In case you were serious Charles, I would definitely be "in" for a chowmeet at Splendido.

Yunaghi

Depends. As I mentioned above, those with larger appetites would probably leave a little hungry or underwhelmed by portion size.

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

Darn. Bourdain was eating it at Bocuse's restaurant and it looked delicious.

Yunaghi

Glad you enjoyed yourself. Just checked my notes and our proteins were white fish and roast duck (separate courses).

We hope to return before the year end.

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

That was entertaining.
Chalet uses different fries? IMO the entire point of their existence is their fries!!!!

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

My point was using a superior English muffin, cheddar, egg and butter I surprisingly find the combination of tastes inferior to the original.

Using Swiss, Turkey, poached eggs, croissants etc is a massive deviation from the plan - that's all. Admitedly I too deviated with gruyere ( FYI- which I love on my runny egg sandwiches with lettuce tomato and a coriander/parsley/garlic/habanero sauce)

I was also asking if there's a fast food sandwich made in similar vain that's better. Justxpete has provided an answer.

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Honestly I've never detected a consistent difference between locations. That being said you do have a very refined palate - wasn't it you who pointed out that you felt Swiss Chalet was inconsistent with their sauce (speculating ratio of Worcestershire sauce) location to location? Something I never detected.

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Yes I speculated that with some companions that its the 'bad' processed cheese and the butter they use.

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Noted!

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

But the street frites :-)

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Lol - As a child I loved cheeze wiz, but now that stuff scares me. There's a reason they don't spell it "cheese"

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

Lol!!

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

KSR - again you are cheating with a poached egg and hollaindaise- that's essentially Eggs Benny!!!

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains
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Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

I'm well aware of the imprints you speak of. There is none for me - I went to McDs for lunch or dinner as a teenager, not breakfast. I actually like the sandwich!

The sandwich you are constructing is not an Egg McMuffin, I'm trying to stick as closely as possible to the original formula. Using egg whites, Swiss, tomatoes is not an Egg McMuffin. I too have made egg sandwiches I love using any ingredient.

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains

Mc Donald's Egg McMuffin

I prefer mine with no meat. Why does this thing taste so damn good? It's individual ingredients are nothing to rave home about, an english muffin that must be at least a day old, butter, processed cheese and egg. Yet every time I try to replicate it at home using "better" ingredients (aged cheddar or gruyere, creamier butter and fresher bread) the results just don't compare.

Does anyone prepare a better version? Seriously I'm asking. Every other fast food version is terrible.

Here's to the Egg McMuffin - it's a spectacular breakfast sandwich.

Oct 25, 2014
Apprentice in Chains
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Wine discussion from LCBO

Thank you for the updates. I'm surprised by the price point of these Syrahs, clearly there must be a demand and confidence in the quality?

Wine discussion from LCBO

Thanks Dean

Wine discussion from LCBO

NCT?

Wine discussion from LCBO

Thank you

Wine discussion from LCBO

Estufarian, re: Syrah - Can you recommend any particular stand out years/producers?

Sushi Kaji or Yasu? Birthday meal plans.

Thank you for the review. I will be there this weekend. Curiously did you order the $150, 120 or 100 meal? Did the different menus account for the differences in dishes?

Cumbrae vs Whitehouse Meats

We took our previous winners (Bruno's and Olliffe) and compared them against Cumbrae's. I made some chimichurri for after the tasting, Cumbrae's was such an overwhelming favorite that one taster said that he refused to "ruin" the steak with any sauce.

Cumbrae vs Whitehouse Meats

Ok so a man needs to admit when he's "wrong". Cumbrae's is my fav in the city, bar none. Had a few tastings and there was honestly no comparison. I now have 4 ribsteaks vac'd sitting in my freezer.

Am I detecting a pattern here?? - Ridiculous rating by Toronto Life reviewers on great restaurants

I love this place and I should go more often - I wanted to go on estufarian's glowing review of the August menu but could not find the time. West-end chowmeet anyone?

To be fair Blacktree's cuisine does lend itself to hits and misses, so I can understand if TL or justxpete or anyone did not enjoy their experiences.

Sushi Kaji or Yasu? Birthday meal plans.

I'll be at Kaji next weekend.

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

I went back, it was indeed spectacular. Not much to add - the service, plating, quantity and quality of food is world class. The portion sizes and quantity of amuses/snacks is reminiscent of a Michelin 2/3 star experience. I’m hesitant to pick a favorite but the Egg & Madeira might be it. The smoked trout and sweetbreads were also highlights for me. I’m forcing myself to choose among an array of outstanding dishes to provide some input. Splendido really is a Toronto gem. I was dining at the bar and struck up a conversation with a gentleman from NYC who put the meal on par with haute-NYC. I say this only to provide context for the quality of the meal.

I informed them I could only afford to indulge in two glasses of wine as I had a 40 min drive home. The sommelier doubling as a bartender (I’m terrible with names), offered several tasting choices before selecting the right wine for “me”. Upon scanning my bill at home, I realized they “comped” me for the first wine. I’m slightly embarrassed as I feel I under-tipped! Anyway – this is just another example of the service the team provides.

If there’s a downside it’s that the “long-menu” is a lot of food. After 4/5 courses I already knew I was in trouble.

Finally, Splendido is a great place to have a solo meal. If you wish to enjoy a great meal in solitude, with your own thoughts (or a book), you can do that. However, dining at the bar and conversing with the bartender or Victor (assuming it’s a slower night and he’s got time to visit) is a great way to pass time learning about wine, their approaches/opinions on food and industry experiences. Again - I'm assuming the possibility of doing this on a Saturday evening is less likely vs a Wed night when I went.

Yunaghi

For a fine Japanese/French style dining experience, I highly recommend you put Yunaghi on your to-dine list. $80 for 9 courses is very good value and it was one of my top 5 meals in Toronto this year (Chiado, Actinolite, Splendido and Casa Victorira would round out the list to give you perspective of where I stand). The restaurant, takes up the former Ici Bistro location on Harbord/Manning – so it’s small.

There is very little “sushi” to be spoken of here, Think Kaji, without the sashimi and sushi courses. Plates are very artistic, on par with any of the top restaurants in the city, that also stand up well on the palate both in flavours and textures. On several occasions, there were textural or temperature counterpoints that worked magnificently together. A perfect example of this would be their “Hassun (Appetizer Combo)” composed of 6 small appetizers on a singular plate: Shrimp Jelly (soft and cool), Saba Sushi, Octopus & Mustard Cured Cucumber (chew and crunch), Black Sesame Tofu , Onsen Quail Egg (warm and creamy), Chicken Miso Pate w/ Baby Turnip Cup (soft and crunchy).

The wine list is very small and heavy focus on locals so oenophiles may have problems (I did not ask about corkage). Portion sizes are small, so those with voracious appetites might leave underwhelmed. I departed content, but I can envision, similar to the complaints about Actinolite, CH’s leaving disappointed. There are some growing pains, for example wines for the wine pairing were served mid course, instead of in advance and at times I could not understand the servers, however this was easily rectified by sitting with the menu for our meal.

Dress code is very casual. I was dressed in khakis and a blue blazer while every other gentleman was in shorts!

Conclusion: I will go back in a heartbeat.

What is going on with Splendido?

I know they catered a wedding on Sat Sept 6th if that is the date you are referring to.

Best liver and onions in Toronto?

I think BIff's version of Liver is fantastic.