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Have reservation at Tickets Barcelona 5/30... anyone looking?

Hi Baalbers - Im very sorry to hear that, I know how hard this reservation is to get! Good luck with your trading and switching. If you can't just email me at migpacheco@gmail.com and I think all I would need is your name and time unless they are doing some kind of certification.

I dont know how to make it up to you but if you're ever in Toronto I would be happy to give you reccos and set you up.

Thanks so much.

Jun 10, 2015
themiguel in Spain/Portugal

Singapore Style Chicken Satay 'a la Prima Taste'

Too bad the conventional thinking on sodium is at best uncertain and at worst actually counterproductive. It's not actually that bad for you and almost certainly the stated daily level of sodium is too low.

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Have reservation at Tickets Barcelona 5/30... anyone looking?

Im only in barcelona for the 27th and the 28th and Tickets will be closed on the 28th so this would be it for me! It would be an absolute dream if you could make this happen!

May 11, 2015
themiguel in Spain/Portugal

Have reservation at Tickets Barcelona 5/30... anyone looking?

Hi Baalbers!

Any chance that reservation is still available? I will be in Barcelona on the 27th and was looking to get into Tickets but had no luck. Please let me know, I would be super grateful, even though I dont have another reservation I can exchange with you.

May 11, 2015
themiguel in Spain/Portugal

Look back in Hunger: Porto, Portugal.

Great stuff! About to head there this summer. Any recommendations in terms of restaurants?

May 01, 2015
themiguel in Spain/Portugal

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

Saw it yesterday as well. There is a better documentary waiting to be made on the subject.

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

Interesting....I've been to Dailo twice and thought it was, alongside Buca Yorkville, one of the best new restaurants in Toronto. Gotta be honest, R&D hasn't looked nearly as appealing to me because Bo Innovation and Alvin Leungs reputation is fairly mixed. A lot of cheesy shock value dishes and molecular tampering.

Will definitely try it out though once the hype dies down.

Chung Moi closed for renovations

Nooooooooo! I hope they never change. One of the true gems of scarborough. That hot and sour soup is insane.

Rude treatment at Khao San Road

This. A policy is a policy, and you should stick by it. But then embrace your policy. Give the customer your name and say you or the owner would be happy to discuss the (presumably sound) reasons why you were treated the way you were.

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

Thanks Charles, I was hoping you would fill in my gaps here. And of course Googs has been doing an incredible job for years now drawing attention to Scarborough's offerings through his gigantic (and a little daunting) compilation post.

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

About the publicity thing. While it is possible to overwhelm some of these smaller places with customers and affect their quality, I would much much much much rather send more people their way to ensure their survival than to have them and their food disappear into the abyss of Toronto's history. If I have to wait a little longer for a double from ACR or Chung Moi's hot & sour soup but have them guaranteed to last another 10 years, that's a trade I would make any day of the week.

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

I will say the CNS's neighbourhood profiles are some of the best, most necessary food writing this city has seen in a long time. Long overdue attention to Mississauga, Scarborough and Richmond Hill/Markham - which are an essential part of the GTA's food hype, certainly just as much as the (rightly) lauded Bar Isabel and Dailo types downtown. He keeps saying he is working on some more, and I can't wait.

And to link this back to Scarborough. That list of Scarborough gems CNS wrote? I have been dating, and am now married to a Scarborough girl for over half a decade. We knew exactly 2 of the 10 restaurants he mentioned and none of our favourites were represented. That's how insanely overwhelming Scarborough can be. Virtually every stripmall in this gigantic region has an interesting looking restaurant or two plus a small food store that could be full of deliciousness.

Is Scarborough the dining capital of the world?

In no particular order:

1.ACR Hot Roti & Doubles
2. Chung Moi
3. Al Tanoor
4. Zen Sushi
5. Nilgiris
6. One2 Snacks
7. Patty Time
8. Federicks
9. Patisserie Royale
10. Roti Hut
11. Babu

I think it's hard to beat Scarborough in terms of variety and ethnic representation. Is it actually the dining capital of the world? It's a ridiculous and subjective thing to argue. I would say that if you enjoy adventurous eating and the kind of strip mall ,off the beaten path ethnic restaurants - Scarborough is paradise.

Chowhound's top 10 in GTA- 2015 version

Hi Charles!

Will definitely try it, 369 was incredibly good for me. Best Xiao Long Bao ever!

Chowhound's top 10 in GTA- 2015 version

1. Bar Isabel
2. Dailo
3. Yasu
4. Bar Buca
5. Electric Mud
6. Santouka
7. 369 Shanghai
8. Chase
9. Buca Yorkville
10. Fat Pasha

Any tips on The Azores ? ( Ponta Delgada especially )

I don't remember ever reading an Azorean report from you. Would love to hear about anything you particularly enjoyed while in Sao Miguel?

Nov 04, 2014
themiguel in Spain/Portugal

Any tips on The Azores ? ( Ponta Delgada especially )

I belong to a facebook group focused on azorean gastronomy and they recently did a poll on the top restaurants in Sao Miguel. Here are the results

1. Paladares da Quinta (traditional Azorean)
2. Hotel Terra Nostra Park (upscale)
3. Boca De Cena (seafood)
4. Associacao Agricola (steak)
5. Escola De Formacao Turistica (upscale)
6. Q'enosso (traditional)
7. Restaurante Sao Pedro (upscale)
8. Garajau (traditional)
9. A Tasca (traditional with a twist)
10. Mariserra (traditional)

I actually prefer the more authentic "tasca" style places in Sao Miguel rather than more upscale attempts like Terra Nostra Park and Escola Da Formacao. To that end I would add deep fried chicharros either at Manuel Cigano in Ponta Delgada or Costaneira in Ribeira Quente. Also an awesome sea food focused place called Mare Cheia in Porto Formoso.

Have heard great things about Taverna Saca Rolhas in Relva, but havent had a chance to eat there yet.

Any tips on The Azores ? ( Ponta Delgada especially )

I'm here to help Estufarian. See you in the Toronto board!

Nov 04, 2014
themiguel in Spain/Portugal

Any tips on The Azores ? ( Ponta Delgada especially )

Actually, here is the proper link to the actualy family run site where you can make reservations etc. http://www.moinhodabibi.com/en

Nov 03, 2014
themiguel in Spain/Portugal

Any tips on The Azores ? ( Ponta Delgada especially )

Hi there,

Im the guy who posted that link originally - and Estufarian found the right windmill. Hope it's still in time for you to book it, it's a wonderful place!

Nov 03, 2014
themiguel in Spain/Portugal

Help me out with my Markham Food Tour

Do I have to order the piglet in advance? Just called them and I ordered the Peking Duck, and I said Char Siu which I hope they understood to mean the piglet...

Help me out with my Markham Food Tour

You are a treasure on this board Charles - will book at Dragon Boat then. Can't wait to try all of this, should be a fun outing!

Help me out with my Markham Food Tour

Arrrggggh called Skyview up and apparently they are in the middle of a renovation that will take them till December? Any advice here then? Should I do dim sum somewhere else and do Casa Victoria for Peking Duck? Or try Dayali or Chunk King Garden.

Help me out with my Markham Food Tour

Thanks so much everyone! We did a Richmond Hill tour a couple of years ago where we hit up O'Mei, Northern Dumpling and Yangs so may skip those this time around (although the lure of Northern Dumpling is so strong!)

Im thinking then Casa Victoria Dim Sum, Won Ton Hut, John's BBQ, and Skyview Peking Duck.

Help me out with my Markham Food Tour

Hi everyone,

Taking a group of friends on a food focused outing out in Markham (can do Scarborough as well)

I was thinking to start things off with Dim Sum, then we usually do an activity (we're going to an escape room challenge) then a bunch of snacking and maybe one other activity and finish it off with some Peking Duck for dinner. I was going to try Dayali but now I am seeing really mediocre Yelp reviews while Chung King is much more highly regarded.

So what im looking for is:

Advice on good Dim Sum in the area
Dayali or Chung King (or somewhere else?) for Peking Duck?
Ideas on tasty snacks or other smaller dishes we can eat in the meanwhile- some ideas I have are:

Shrimp Pakoras at Federicks
Maybe Yakitori at that Jtown place?
Souffles and Dessert at Sweet note.

Theres usually about 10 of us so not sure how good some of these places are for larger groups.

Thanks for any help you can give (Charles Yu I'm hoping you chime in here!)

Bridget, the roti lady is back!

If you work in the financial district and crave some roti, there's literally no other option.

But regardless of that, her cooking stands on its own merit. I like her shrimp & pumpkin and jerk chicken roti better than anything at Bacchus.

Agreed with Magic, hot sauce is killer.

Best Nachos in Toronto?

Also a statement like "anything Toronto can do, Montreal can do better" in the Toronto board is bound to draw heat. That's an extremely bold, indefensible claim. :)

Best Nachos in Toronto?

Glad you have such pride for Montreal, but at the risk of taking this too off topic I have to disagree that Montreal destroys Toronto.

Vietnamese, Japanese (especially Ramen), Thai, Malay, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Singaporean, Korean are all done better and more varied here than in Montreal. Its not even close.

Montreals bistros (obvs), mid end, high end, middle eastern, wine bars etc. tend to be much better than Toronto's offerings.

Advice for upcoming visit: Portuguese, local Ontario fare, tasting menus, etc. - research done

Agreed with churrasco - I'm portuguese and I constantly get asked what my favorite place is. I am partial to Costa Verde on Oakwood, but in reality any joint in the city will do fine. Especially if you eat the coal grilled chicken as opposed to rotisserie, because most places in town are inconsistent as to how moist the chicken is.

Not sure big crow is open for lunch actually, certainly not during the week? And agreed with BBYeezus, when you grill something on your backyard grill everyone calls it barbecuing it. Thats just a common Canadian term for it without any U.S.A smoker style connotations.

Its not a perfect place by any means, but the patio is awesome and with a bigger group its a unique, fun and delicious experience.

Advice for upcoming visit: Portuguese, local Ontario fare, tasting menus, etc. - research done

Hi there,

1. With Portuguese it really depends on what you are looking after. Most people will tell you Chiado, and I would agree. Stick with their fish dishes or anything more "modern" or tapas-like and you will have a great time. It is higher end with an old school feeling to it. Nothing trendy about the place.

That being said, if you've never tried churrasco chicken then hitting up one of the many places around town would definitely be in order.

I have a soft spot for Amadeus, but mostly because of their great patio. Grab a pitcher of sangria, some grilled sardines and enjoy the kensington market street scene.

2. Here would be one recco for a unique take on Canadian cuisine. The patio at Big Crow does BBQ, but not southern BBQ with a smoker. Rather its an ode to Canadian cottage cuisine and a huge outdoor wood grill churning out stuff like a 2lb ham stake with honey hot sauce and a whole grilled chicken with salsa verde. Cocktails are expensive and weak, stick with beer and wine there.

3. You can have your local requirement and a tasting menu all at once with Actinolite, but read lots of reviews before heading there. Its an austere NOMA like experience that might not be for everyone. The other big tasting menu spots are Momofuku Shoto and Splendido. All 4 are completely different experiences.

I quite like Canoe although it is seen as too corporate by many here. It is very Canadian inspired and it turns out some delicious dishes. Edulis is european farmhouse and would likely be the cheapest of all the tasting menu options listed. Reservations may be an issue during the weekend.