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Sunday Brunch: Colette or Montecito?

Was it $50? That seems very expensive.

Salt Wine Bar

I went, I enjoyed, I'll be back. The Lamb Merguez was excellent great flavour and juicy. Beef Short ribs and octopus were cooked perfectly. Piri Piri shrimp were okay, I prefer more piri sauce. I wish I discovered this place earlier.

Bar Raval (with pictures)

I was fortunate enough to have some spare time to squeeze in a quick visit. I found the dishes very good to excellent. Their squid in pork fat is the best squid I’ve ever eaten – cooked perfectly al dente with a little salt and lemon juice to accentuate but not overpower the protein. I prefer his octopus (Galician style) here than at Isabel (where I think it’s a bit overrated). The bacalao con tomate is simply “honest” home cooking. Again the execution in cooking the fish is what stood out to me. A little too much tomato flavor for my taste buds, but I could easily get by that. If I lived in the area I’d be a regular – but the place is very small.

Salt Wine Bar

Does that mean you like the restaurant? Any standout dishes worth trying?
I have no idea if you are criticizing me, CH or just venting for the sake of it. If me I'm confused how you would assume that's my opinion of CH.

I live way in the suburbs and with 2 young kids so my days of frequent dining are long gone. The menu looks really intriguing, but given that my opportunities to dine are slim, I don’t take as many “chances” like I once did. Sure I lose some of the “fun” but there are individuals on this board who provide valuable information to me.

Salt Wine Bar

Has anyone dined here recently? I couldn't find any reviews within the last two years. I'm thinking of dropping by.

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

It was a debate I had with justxpete that made me return to Cumbrae's for one "last chance" in a blind tasting. They won so handily that I rarely buy anything else since.

Did you pair your wine? Curiously what did you drink that evening? I tried a glass of the 2000 Nichols Merlot, Vinas del Sol Vineyard it was excellent.

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

It was a weird situation because I thought it might have been the edges and the lighting was dark, by the time I was at the halfway point I realized my initial suspicion was correct. I was pretty full, so I didn't want another. In hindsight I should have just noted it to them.

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

I was there on Wednesday; best fine dining restaurant in the city IMO.

I ordered the short course as my experience with the long (also back in September) had me bursting at the seams. I noticed the Japanese influence at the NYE dinner and the shift is quite apparent now. I was served Hamachi, Tuna, and Uni - all excellent interpretations.

My biggest disappointment was the beef which was brutally overcooked for me - near medium well, which rendered it chewy rather flavourless (though there were some pockets of fat where I detected the classic cumbrae flavour) - I didn't say anything.

60th Birthday Dinner in Toronto (Most Memorable Restaurant Experience)

Splendido is the perfect special occasion restaurant. IMO they are putting out the best "fine dining" plates in the city (and they are cheaper than Hashimoto!). I returned a couple of days ago and it was fantastic. Their service is stellar; I'm certain they will do their best to ensure your experience was memorable.

Upscale Toronto Indian Restaurant

Estufarian - I scanned posts, it's in your top ten so that's some high praise. You recommend the Kale salad; anything else?

Best Banana Bread

I really enjoy Richtree's Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. I'm not sure if its what you are looking and by no means am I an expert in this area.

Drupatis on Yonge

They serve my favourite doubles in the city and are the closest to what I've had in Trinidad (tuna puna). I've only eaten at the original Rexdale location and one of the Brampton locations. I assume they are consistent across the GTA.

Going to Jacobs and Co tomorrow - Learn Me On Steak!

Agree Jacob's Ribsteak is amazing. For "value" I go to Octagon.

Not to take this too off thread - I like Cheese Boutique for charcuterie and cheese items, actually they are my favourite. However, IMO their steaks are so overpriced and flavourless compared to Cumbrae's. Just warning you because I too thought they looked great but after 3 strikes (1 was a blind tasting), I'm not going again.

Also, in terms of "bang for buck" cuts consider the top sirloin or a hanger steak. Different flavour profiles, but just throwing it out there.

Chowhound's top 10 in GTA- 2015 version

Sushi Kaji
Khao San Road
Hawthorne Food & Drink

Does Splendido only have multi-course fixed menus now?

Though I am not surprised, this is still great to hear. I'll be there on NYE.

Has anyone been to Canoe lately?

Reminder - Canoe is not open on weekends. I dined at Canoe and Splendido in September and prefer the food and service at Splendido. I do fine Canoe "solid" but nothing "wow's" me; they have been consistent during my visits. Splendido is simply world class food.

Note - Estufarian made some interesting comments on Canoe on this thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/997819

Auberge du Pommier - a few notes:

That's intolerable.

Auberge du Pommier - a few notes:

Here's some further info. Not much on CH yet on this place - I could be in the minority with my opinion.


Auberge du Pommier - a few notes:

I really like Biff's for lunch and Canoe hasn't disappointed me so O&B are not a problem for me.

Auberge du Pommier - a few notes:

I liked that place too (only dined once though). If that's the case I think you might enjoy Yunaghi (former Ici Bistro location).

Auberge du Pommier - a few notes:

I was there last week, returning after approximately 18 months. Roasted Foie was fantastic but the pheasant was rather bland. I'm torn with this place - I want to like it, the food looked marvellous on the plate both times (previous time we ordered the tasting menu), but it just doesn't stand up for my palate. Note: previous menu was from the previous chef who from what I understand still consults at the restaurant.

FOUND Clam Strips in Toronto

Thanks for this, I've never heard of clam strips.

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.


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.


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