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Aug 28, 2006 08:10 PM

Wierd or unusual food, dessert and drinks

I'm always looking for original items on a menu and get disappointed when I see the same old ingredients listed (not that I don't have an appreciation for the classics). Either in the GTA (I live in Etobicoke) or elsewhere in Ontario (I typically go to the Niagara Region when going out-of-town), where do you go for tasty food that contains wierd or unusual ingredients? Some places might only have one unusual item on an otherwise "classic" menu - so I want to know about it! I don't mind driving far away to try something original and delicious...or even an exotic cuisine from a faraway land.

For example, corn ice cream, floral martinis, sweetbreads done perfectly, rare-breed pork, duck tongues, desserts containing vegetables or herbs, ostrich, bone marrow, unexpected pizza toppings, Algerian or Tanzanian/Kenyan food, etc.

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  1. I thought of the drinks at Johny Banana, and the addictive duck tongues at City Inn near Pacific Mall. However, I'm not a fan of the hot drinks at Johny Banana! And I love the Indian Summer corn ice cream at Greg's on Bloor.

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    1. re: Food Tourist

      Hmmm...the duck tongues at City Inn have become only tolerable, not addictive.
      However, I am now on my yearly hunt for the best offal in town. Not necessarily fine dining, though, so ante up fellow 'hounds!

      1. re: Food Tourist

        About a month ago I had a 'Veal Brain Sloppy Joe' at Czehoski (an appetizer on the regular menu) - VERY impressive - great texture and spicy.

    2. Lamb sweetbreads available seasonally (around Easter) at Fat Cat and Czehoski.
      Veal Tongue and Beef Cheek available as a special at Czehoski.
      Lamb Five Ways at Fat Cat (also a special) - exact ingredients depend on what's available but could include, for example, haggis; the aforementioned sweetbreads etc. And there's often an organ dish available.
      You probably know about the 'track and quack' (horse and duck) combo at La Palette.
      My favourite "secret" dish is Lamb belly - but nobody seems to be serving it right now. Last time I had it at Splendido.

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      1. re: estufarian

        beef cheeks at cava as well- really perfectly done!

      2. "Munster Cheese Creme Brulee" at Thuet... everyone either loves it or hates it, I for one Love it...

        1. Last night at Czehoski (again!) they had lamb fries (testicles). Not advertised on the menu!!!!

          1. Steak du Cheval at La Palette in Kensington. It is not on the menu, but they _always_ have it as a special. If your server doesn't tell you about it, ask. You can get it solo or with duck confit. (They call the latter plate Quack and Track.)

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            1. re: ognir

              Passed by La Palette today and noticed wild boar, ostrich, caribou, horse and one more exotic/game meat on the special mixed grill menu.

              1. re: Food Tourist

                It was bison (at La Palette). I remembered as I passed by Hugo Meats on the Queensway near Royal York, since they were advertising fresh wild boar, buffalo, ostrich, etc.