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Albert's Jamaican

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Goober Nov 17, 2005 09:47 AM

Hmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm, the hype is well deserved.

The oxtail is something else. So succulent and soft. The gravy is mouth watering delicate and spiced just right. The coleslaw was the surprise hit. Creamy with a dash of pepper. Complements the rice and peas for the perfect cold weather comfort food. The only small concern is the price. At $9 for the small meal, it's not cheap. But you get what you pay for! :)

This was at the St. Clair and Vaughan location by the way. They are run by the same people at Queen West, right?

http://www.albertsrealjamaicanfoods.com/

Next on the "to do list" is to try the fried chicken. Quite a few people asking for it.

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    airsy Nov 17, 2005 12:54 PM

    I've been taking out the jerk chicken with rice/peas and oxtail gravy for a few times now. Really good. I thought it was $9 for the large order which is a very good portion I might add. I could be wrong about the price.

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      MC Nov 17, 2005 03:15 PM

      It really is a great hole in the wall place indicative of the great "finds" you come across in Toronto...

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        Vinnie Vidimangi Nov 17, 2005 09:23 PM

        I really don't understand what the fuss is about, and if this is the greatest, what there is to like, nor why it is so expensive. But I am Polish, so what do I know about Carribean cooking, which I probably can't even spell right.

        I really like Soul Food, 582 Landsdowne, 647 438- 9730, but to have the food really good it has to be the owner himself (Danny, A/K/ Son) cooking.Soul Food is St. Lucian, and the cooking has French and Indian influences, among others.

        The beef ribs are particularly recommended

        To my mind the difference between St. Lucian cooking and Jamaican cooking is the difference between good Japanese cooking done by Japanese and hack Japanese done by Koreans or Chinese who can't stop all the contradictory characteristics of their own cooking coming through; Italian at Zucca and Italian in Buffalo.

        VVM

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          Vinnie Vidimangi Nov 19, 2005 04:00 PM

          Sorry your respence to my complaint about Koreans cooking Japanese got deleted. As it happens the one Japanese restaurant that we go to Restaurant Asahi, 7000 Bathurst St., plaza northwest corner Bathurst and Steeles, 905-760-1294 is owned and operated by a Korean couple. The husband who cooks spent many years in Japan (as a martial arts instructor. His knife work is amazing.) I tried many so called Japanese restaurants in Toronto but for the fancy (really expensive) ones. Too much Chinese or Korean tastes in the food. The one exception is the abovementioned Restaurant Asahi. A modest pa and ma place, clean and refined tastes, reasonable prices.

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      Maureen Nov 17, 2005 01:11 PM

      Isn't it a treat?
      I always order an extra coleslaw. It's the perfect side for the oxtails.
      It is the same owners. St Clair location is the original.

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        tuqueboy Nov 17, 2005 01:19 PM

        their curried goat is awesome. mmmm. used to pop in their before st. mike's games.

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          AnneInMpls Nov 17, 2005 04:15 PM

          The oxtail is, if I recall correctly, the most expensive thing on the menu. And there's not a ton of meat because of the bones. But man, oh, man is this stuff good! It's worth the price, in my opinion. (And I thought my companions' curried goat was even better.)

          Anne

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            penelope Nov 19, 2005 09:13 PM

            they may be the same owners, but i find the queen st. location not only lacks the "charm" of the st. clair location, but the food is not as good. could just be my imagination, but where i dream of the st. clair location, i won't even step foot in the queen location (and i live so close to it).

            might just be me...

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              karen Nov 20, 2005 09:29 AM

              queen location is gone. closed since oct and has moved to st. clair. so yes... same owners

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                Goober Nov 20, 2005 12:20 PM

                Huh? I was at the Queen West location 1 week ago...

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                  tuqueboy Nov 20, 2005 02:35 PM

                  um, no. the st. clair location long predates the queen one. it's been there for ages.

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                    num nums Jul 30, 2006 11:33 PM

                    i just had the jerk pork there yesterday, as i have for many years. it's definitely not closed. perhaps you're mixing up albert's with another place?

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                  tross Jul 30, 2006 09:36 PM

                  I can't believe nobody mentioned the King fish? It's AWESOME! Can't find escoviche like it anywhere. Be sure to ask for some onions and pepper too!

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