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Leugim Nov 3, 2005 06:17 PM

Hello learned epicures.

I don't want to take up your time, so I just want a straight up or down vote: which tasting menu will give you the best dining experience, Perigee or George?

And apologies if this has been discussed before, I did do a search for this topic and nothing really came up.

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    prairie_dog Jan 14, 2007 05:20 AM

    Perigee is my favourite restaurant in Toronto. The dishes are often stupendous, and you can never be sure what exactly is giving you the taste heaven they offer. The wine pairings can be often a revelation, and they will honour your rpeferences between old-world style and new-world style wines. (I loathe new-world with all its overpowering oak.) It's great fun, too, to be able to sit close to the action and see the preparation of the food you're about to eat. If you want, they can print out what everyone in your party ate and drank. I also like that they enquire about your likes and dislikes, allergies, etc., before they begin serving, and they take that into account. George is good, but simply cannot compare.

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      estufarian Nov 8, 2005 03:10 PM

      I tend to agree with the most recent post. Ignore those who say George tasting menu is identical - just ask for different dishes and you'll get them!
      At Perigee our table of 4 received two sets of identical menus, not 4 different. And two of the diners who received the same food had specifically asked for '1. as much organ meat as possible and 2. no organ meat'.
      The wine options are far better at George.
      But the killer point is price.
      George around $200 for two. At Perigee over $400 for two (both with tasting menus). So, for value choose George. If you're happy to spend $400 go to Splendido.

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        Hungry John Nov 8, 2005 05:17 PM

        At George, we DID ask for different dishes, and got the same.

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          goodman Nov 12, 2005 12:43 AM

          I went to perigee in a group of five and each of us had a different dish with every course.. all 7 of them! Find me another restaurant in the city which does that and I will make my reservation there.

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          Food Tourist Nov 7, 2005 07:00 PM

          Tried the 6 course tasting menu at Perigee on Sat. Oct. 15 with a group of 7 friends. They served us 4 different dishes for each course, so the variety was impressive and they were able to cater to different tastes. However, the food was generally disappointing. Each course contained potentially interesting ingredients (sweetbreads, foie gras, etc.) but none of the dishes were exceptional or memorable. In fact, the whole meal was forgettable. The wine pairings were generous but not well-matched. My friend, a respected Hound, commented that Susur was exponentially better, although I haven't yet been there myself.

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            Charles Nov 7, 2005 08:05 PM

            I totally agree with your comment on 'recent' Perigee experience. They used to be very good, but have definitely gone downhill. Getting complacent, may be? George's food on the other hand is undoubtedly more delicious. As for Susur Lee, I've never been a fan of his (too Chinese!). However, I believe "the other Lee" - David Lee of Splendido, is without doubt cooking the best food in Toronto right now. Just read my recent review on Splendido and you'll know what I mean. Truly inspirational and spectacular dishes!! The service is truly top notch too!

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            Cereal Killer Nov 4, 2005 10:53 AM

            Perigee is by far the superiour restaurant and overall dining experience, tasting menu or not.

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              Dulac Nov 4, 2005 10:13 AM

              Perigee.

              A few months ago, I had booked at George and Perigee for back-to-back evenings of dining with an out-of-town foodie. Perigee was more interesting, more fun, and we each received different dishes to share.

              At George, we asked for the tasting, but received identical dishes. Food was good but a bit disappointed by the experience.

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                Dulac Nov 4, 2005 10:13 AM

                Perigee.

                A few months ago, I had booked at George and Perigee for back-to-back evenings of dining with an out-of-town foodie. Perigee was more interesting, more fun, and we each received different dishes to share.

                At George, we asked for the tasting, but received identical dishes. Food was good but a bit disappointed by the experience.

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                  Boywonder Nov 4, 2005 09:24 AM

                  You cannot compare the tasting menus since the concepts of each are different. Perigee is a restaurant completely built and orchestrated around the idea of daily tasting menus. George on the other hand, is more an a la carte idea with smaller dishes meant to create your own 'tasting' menu. That is why the tasting menus at George are usually based on the a la carte menu. When making a reservation, ask for Lorenzo to possibly create a tasting menu which deviates from the standard a la carte menu. BTW...Kim the Sommelier, is one of the best in the city...which in my opinion, gives GEORGE the win over Perigee. Plus its more fun and in a cool building.

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                    pinstripeprincess Nov 4, 2005 11:25 AM

                    actually, i've been to both george and perigee... perigee first and essentially with the same people.

                    my friends were more impressed with perigee and in a sense i was too but i did bring up the point that it's different just as much as it is the same and that it's not exactly comparable. in terms of a tasting menu perigee is superior because of the fact that everyone gets something different and they experiment more. george is an overall good restaurant for small dishes and much more refined than jkwb. but with that in mind, you get what you pay for.

                    so.... it just depends on what you want... the more exciting option is perigee and the more dependable option is george.

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                    AC Nov 4, 2005 07:50 AM

                    Perigee - can't even begin to describe how superior the experience was

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                      Hungry John Nov 4, 2005 07:33 AM

                      Without a doubt, Perigee! (More inventive, fun, tasty, and at George, my partner and I were served the same dish for three out of five courses! That doesn't happen at Perigee.)

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                        Jake Nov 3, 2005 09:33 PM

                        Perigee, hands down.

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                          MC Nov 3, 2005 09:17 PM

                          George

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                            pinstripeprincess Nov 3, 2005 09:13 PM

                            perigeee!

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                              redwood Nov 3, 2005 11:36 PM

                              PERIGEE... END OF STORY.

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