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Dec 29, 2006 03:20 PM

What's the BEST restaurant of 2006?! Let's hear the nominees!

Being the end of 2006, I think it only fitting that the Chowhounds nominate their faves...

My vote goes to "POMEGRANATE" in the Beaches...Queen St. E and Beech Ave. It started out really slow, and I've been afriad that it would close...but I see that the word has gotten out! Their dinners are fabulous, and their brunch is the best in the city! I couldn't even eat there a few weeks ago because it was TOO busy and filled to capacity! It's great to see a new place do so well...

So, what do YOU think? Who gets your vote?

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  1. I've only been once, so maybe this doesn't qualify as a fully informed nomination, but my most memorable dining experience of 2006 was at Kultura.

    I can't remember the last meal that I had at a restaurant where the conversation was exclusively about the food and the restaurant itself. I heartily enjoyed sharing dishes of such invention with my dining companions - standouts for me were the tuna tartare and the Jamaican risotto. But it seemed that everyone had different favourites, which is a tribute to the top-to-bottom depth of quality in the menu.

    The ambiance is gorgeous as was the service - spot-on the whole night. No hiccups to speak of. I will most definitely be back.

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    1. re: spades

      I'd like to try Kultura for dinner, but was decidedly unimpressed at brunch. They declare the dishes to be 'share plates' but many of them are not really set up for sharing (weird pieces and sizes and no way to split things up amongst multiple people) and are incredibly overpriced given the size of them - especially the $7 pot of tea for which I was never even offered fresh hot water, and which came without any kind of basket or ball so I could stop the tea from vastly overbrewing.

      I was there with a group of people and we'd opted not to share our dishes, which the waiter knew, but he couldn't possibly handle the concept of unshared dishes and everything was simply slapped into the middle of the table, almost comically as far away from whoever had actually ordered it as possible. Of course, that was all after a quarter of the things on the menu were somehow changed or not available.

      The food itself was of mixed quality. I had french toast - which was excellent but expensive - goat cheese and tomatoes - the quality of neither of which stood up to being served raw and cold and would have likely been a whole lot better lightly broiled - and the aforementioned very expensive and very poorly served but very tastey tea. I also tried someone else's potatoes which had a nice flavour on the outside, but which were cut so large that the minimal flavour coating was dwarfed by unseasoned potatoeness.

      I saw a basket of scones on someone else's table and that looked amazing - they were cute and warm and well presented. I wish I'd tried those.

      1. re: Jacquilynne

        That's a shame because I have always enjoyed both the dinner and brunch at Kultura. However, I agree that the potatoes could be a little smaller...But I LOVE the poached eggs!

        On another note - my last favourite meal was at Trevor. While I found the room a little short since it is in the basement - the food and service is exceptional. LOVE LOVE LOVE the mini burgers!

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        1. My three favourite meals in 2006: Canoe, Scaramouche, and Trevor. Given that Trevor was half the price of the other two and much better than half as good, it wins for meal of the year.

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          1. re: estragon

            I second Trevor - especially if this voting is specific to restos which opened in 2006.

            Atmosphere, service, value and menu are top notch.

            Also, may I add Sushi Marche for amazing takeout sushi. Hey, there are two tables by the window... so it counts as a restaurant!

          2. The Big Ragu is hands down the best place to eat great italian food. No frills, great prices and warm was like being home...Rome. Reservations are recommended!

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              1. re: starvin

                Old school, unpretentious Italian joint at Lansdowne and St. Clair.


                1. re: starvin

                  just at the corner of Caledonia & St Clair tel 416 654 7248 you wont be disappointed. Carmen the owner is the perfect host.

                  1. re: Luisa

                    correction I:m sorry is not caledonia but lansdowne and st clair