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I was watching Toronto Dining the other day, and they did a feature on this little place at Yonge and Eglinton. Ive really wanted to try it, b/c i LOVE good halibut and chips. Now, I realise this is not just a little english fish and chips joint, and they offer some very interesting things, like a 'shot' of matzo ball soup (does anyone want to tell me how big a shot of soup is haha?), but the fish and chips is 24$ for halibut.. Has anyone been to this place? Is it good enough to be worth the 24$ or should I just stick to my usual newspaper wrapped fish and chips? Has anyone had any of the 'small plates', some sound pretty interesting... any recommendations guys?

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  1. I've never been but I can tell you without fear of reprisal that there is no possible way that Halibut and Chips can be worth $24. Not if it's the standard battered and fried fish and chips anyway. Go to Penrose on Mt. Pleasant, south of Eglinton.

    DT

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    1. re: Davwud

      or don't. Penrose is absolutley disgusting, sorry- maybe you haven't been in awhile davwud? The oil is old and stinks like only old oil can- as a Maritimer, I gotta say I was shocked when I went there and realized this is what T.O. lines up out the door for.

    2. I was there last summer with a girlfriend.

      We enjoyed the 'tapas' style plates, since it was between lunch and dinner and there wasn't a full kitchen service. We both enjoyed the meal immensely - everything looked and tasted great - with a bottle of white wine that was produced exclusively for the restaurant (supposedly - I guess that means they got their own stickers ;)

      The waiter was beyond nice. The place was pretty empty, though, and my gal pal is a hottie.. so I never can judge service appropriately when dining with her ;)

      I would recommend it and have been looking for an occasion to return.

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      1. re: NovoCuisine

        c-food is not for the foodies...it is spot on at 'yonge and eligible' and caters that way...ie. waiter nice to hot gal pal. nothing new or exciting to be had and it is rather pricey for plain ol'fish and seafood-esque tapas. we (2 gals) went and the waitress treated us like crap. am sure there are better halibut places to be had in toronto---meaning the halibut burrito at burrito boyz...now, that is some good eating!!

        1. re: ignatius

          Where is Burrito Boys located??

          DT

          1. re: Davwud

            Peter/Richmond. The halibut burrito *is* quite good; had one Thursday ;) Get there before noon.

            1. re: NovoCuisine

              is it like beer battered 'fish and chips' style wrapped in a flour tortilla??

              1. re: NovoCuisine

                It is a lightly battered halibut fillet in a tortilla - comes in large and small sizes (small is usually more than enough!) - and you get your choice of fillings; rice, beans, guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, green onion, hot sauce, burrito sauce and sour cream.

                I think I covered it all.. someone will call me on it if I didn't ;) They're good; this summer I've taken many 20 minute walks at lunch for one.

                *edit* Here, website: http://www.burritoboyz.ca

            2. re: ignatius

              Didn't have any halibut, but truly enjoyed everything we did eat. And I like good food.

          2. Fish and chips for $24.00!!! That does sound crazy, even if it's labeled as fillet of "atlantic baby halibut".

            On their lunch menu, the halibut & chips plate is advertised for $9.00. I wonder if the dinner serving is nearly three times as large?

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            1. re: juniorcruz

              really? eeek.. perhaps I need to go for lunch instead because thats QUITE the mark up from lunch to dinner...

            2. We go to a place in Richmond Hill that has the BEST fish and chips... Halibut... and I think it's $10. The plate is so big you can't finish it.

                1. re: Davwud

                  Old Galley Fish n Chips, 9625 Yonge. Same plaza as Nando's Chicken, which is a chilehead dream! Hot and spicy chicken and great fries, good salads.

                2. 24 bucks for halibut is not so bad! Considering the stuff is sold at Dominion for about $5 / 100 grams. That's more then 20$ per pound. They fry up an 7 or 8 ounce fillet, fried potatoes, dipping sauces. Do your calculations and you come up with something in the mid twenties. They have after all rent to pay....on Yonge Street! The Fish & Chip joint on Mt. Pleasant (Pen-rose) cuts a thin slice of about 2 ounces of halibut, dips it in a heavy beer batter, fries it in lard, wraps it in a newspaper, you eat it on a park bench and they charge you 8 bucks. Is it good.....yeah!! OK.....8 bucks is cheaper I guess but I think that at CFood you get what you pay for. A nice large chunk of fish. You can always split one order with your partner and that way it's only 12 buck for great fish and chips in a nice spot with a nice cold beer instead of the park bench. Cheers.

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                  1. re: fatboy44

                    $50/kg is twice as much as competing fish counters, even Loblaws.

                  2. It's a little bit when a chef I know called a dish he was doing 'liver and onions' --- turned out it was foie gras wtih a sweet onion compote... CFOOD is calling it fish and chips but it ain't your old grease in a newspaper deal. The seared tuna was lovely that I had there but beware of the veggie side dishes. I know that brussels sprouts should be medium cooked if done properly but these took al dente to a new level of stomach gas pains... Be prepared to not have these things addressed - we mentioned the sprouts and the curdled cream for my coffee to the waitress and were told 'Oh .. that's a shame!' - not that I want the meal comp'd but a free coffee might be nice. I would go back though... For the seared tuna... ;)

                    1. Sorry to point this out on this post today and on one about MEATing just yesterday, but I think people should think twice before going to these places (Cfood and MEATing are owned by the Bloor St. Diner people - also a rather lacklustre dining experience many might agree...)

                      Anyway, please check out this link about CFood.

                      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                      P.S. For anyone looking for really really great Fish and Chips (choose Halibut or Haddock), go to British Style Fish & Chips (Dundas/Coxwell) - I know everyone always says they know the *best* fish and chips place, but trust me, this is great - fresh batter and always a huge hand-sliced-before-your-eyes halibut filet. Infinitely better cuisine than CFood. And British Style will not run anything near the ridiculous price of $25 for one portion as found at Cfood.

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                      1. re: sweetspotlee

                        I agree on BSF! By all means stay away from the MUCH over-rated Penrose if you havent been elsewhere to compare.

                      2. I was there for lunch the other day and the service was terrible. It was not busy and it took our server over 15 minutes to ask us for our order. I ordered the Fish & chips - although it isn't the greasy type, I did enjoy it. It was a lot better than a lot of pubs I have had it at and it came with a lot of fries, great dipping sauces and such...it was only $13 (Still a lot, I know, but fairly good).

                        www.mishsplayground.com

                        1. I just recently went to Cfood and we ordered lobster bisque, crabcakes, oysters, and the shrimp/calamari/scallop trio platter.

                          Lobster bisque was OK.
                          Crabcakes were also just OK.
                          The trio platter was pretty bad overall. Scallops were bitter and just didn't taste fresh.. not good at all. Calamari was chewy and flavourless (minus the salt taste), and the shrimp was burnt. We got the chips side with it, which was alright. They were just made and cut thin.
                          The service wasn't that good.. he was very casual with us and we had to ask for our water refills.

                          For a seafood place, I would much rather go to ZeeGrill 5 mins away, which I tried just a month ago. The waiter there was very professional and food was much better at roughly the same price point. On top of that, they don't do debit and pointed us to go across the street to the BMO atm. Overall, we were not happy customers...