Does anyone know where I can buy a Benriner turning slicer? It's the kind for making thin spiral shreds of vegetables such as daikon, carrots and beets, not the mandolin type. Hoping I can find one in Markham or downtown T.O.
i just got back from a trip to Orlando and Disney World. After one horrendous meal at the Grand Floridian (1900 Park Fare -- should have tried one of the restaurants but my daughter wanted the character experience), and an equally horrible meal at Nine Dragons at Epcot, I thought I'd try some off property restaurants and was very glad I did. First of all the service at 1900 Park Fare was awful -- the waiter deposited our bottle of wine and departed to show two other tables his gold Mickey ring. We were left watching our unopened bottle of wine slowly sweating. The food was terrible except for the prime rib which is kind of hard to screw up. It's a shame because some dishes showed promise. The pasta dish had good flavour but exuded a lava flow of oil once on the plate. Zucchini (the only vegetable besides niblet corn) was cooked crisp tender but was inedibly salty and greasy. The caesar salad dressing was great but because it was tossed up and left there, the salad was reduced to a gloopy mess. Nine Dragons reminded me of small town Ontario Chinese food but with an astronomical price tag. How great after this to go to Hanamizuki on I-Drive. My husband and I have spent a lot of time in Japan and this restaurant reminds us of so many family run inns. The good indicator of a good Japanese restaurant is the quality of their miso soup. Great dashi shows their finesse with the finer points. No powdered stock here. Great authentic food -- impeccably fresh sushi, delicious grilled fish and seafood (especially the grilled octopus). Loved every bite. Portions a bit small for the price but that's about par for the course. On to Cafe Tu Tu Tango -- wonderful REAL atmosphere, my daughter got to make a clay armadillo with an artist. Really great tapas-style dishes. The grilled lamb chops with house-made apple chutney, wood oven fired pizzas and an outstanding tuna sashimi with seaweed salad. I wanted to lick the plate. Add the flamenco dancers and the art on the walls and you have a great night. Nicely flavoured sangria too. We also had a great slice of pizza at a LiL Anthony's booth on I-Drive. New York style. Great thin crust. So we went downtown (?) to the restaurant but ended up at another place around the corner called Il Pescatore. An average family style Italian restaurant but very good red sauce on the ravioli. Not bad linguine vongole too. Very reasonably priced. For our blow out meal we went to Texas de Brazil. Had the best service we've had anywhere. The waiter was amazing. Any time we even thought about filling our wine glasses he appeared out of nowhere to do it for us. Delicious meats, albeit a bit salty, but that is the style. Eye popping array of salads and a wonderfully creamy lobster bisque. Enough to banish all thoughts of mousey food and waiters out of our heads. I can't wait to come back. I drove up (stupidly on a Sunday) to Winter Garden to try Brothers and Sisters but it was closed.
Try Gerard Pizza at Danforth and Greenwood. It's a small family run pizza and pasta restaurant. Fantastic thin crust. Great homemade sauces and a great selection of combination pizzas created by the son. Very reasonably priced. I live in Barrie now and really miss it.
I've been researching a lot for an upcoming trip to Orlando and some decisions have been easier than others. Does anyone want to weigh in on the best barbecue. I like the sounds of Smokey Bones, O'Boys and Bubbalou's. Any advice/suggestions?
Thanks so much cherylp3. I'm born and raised in Toronto so I want to see the Canadian pavilion but not so sure I want to eat there. As I have spent a lot of time in Japan I'll be sure to try the Yakitori House. Thank you for the tips!
Thanks Bob, I will of course be seaching the board. I will have a car, am staying in the Lake Buena Vista area (although not averse to driving anywhere); the kids are in their early teens and adventurous eaters. When I say we eat everything I mean we are open to all suggestions. I guess I was looking to hear some favourite spots off the beaten path.
I will be travelling to Orlando in May. As an antedote to Disney parks we have made an agreement with our children that they will go with us to eat at non-Disney restaurants each night. We love to eat everything. Can anyone recommend some restaurants for us -- we crave authenticity after a day of fantasy.