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panko Aug 14, 2007 10:45 AM

Does anyone know where I can get duck breast in downtown Toronto?


  1. Vise Aug 14, 2007 10:55 AM

    Whitehouse Meats at St Lawrence Market. Picked one up on the weekend and cooked it yesterday, was mighty delicious as usual.

    1. Splendid Wine Snob Aug 14, 2007 11:32 AM

      The Healthy Butcher or Cumbrae's

      1. diesta Aug 14, 2007 11:49 AM

        athelier thuet... best duck breast i have purchased in Toronto...also most expensive

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        1. re: diesta
          robgm Aug 14, 2007 12:37 PM

          how much were yours? i bought mine at pusateris and they were about $10 each and were about 7 ounces each

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            warlock Aug 14, 2007 02:16 PM

            which Pusateri did you go to? ..the one on Avenue Rd.???....If yes,do they always have duck breasts???

            1. re: warlock
              robgm Aug 14, 2007 02:53 PM

              yes the one on avenue road, and yes they always have duck breasts-at least everytime i have ever gone....

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          Scary Bill Aug 14, 2007 12:25 PM

          Try a Chinatown grocer. Buy a a couple of fresh ducks and you'll end up with four fresh breasts, legs, and enough fat to confit the four legs.

          It'll be much cheaper, and I've always found Chinese grocers to have the freshest ducks since they sell a lot of them.

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          1. re: Scary Bill
            estufarian Aug 14, 2007 02:24 PM

            The Chinatown ducks are usually a different variety (? the white duck?) - there was a recent thread on this.

            1. re: estufarian
              Scary Bill Aug 15, 2007 07:42 AM

              Chinese grocers almost all buy King Cole Ducks. So do many other grocers and reputable (at least to some on this board) The breed is White Pekin.

              The Muscovy is the breed used by most higher end restaurants and is produced by smaller operations.

              Here's more info re the differences.


              also see the King Cole website mainly for their customer list.

              At the end of the day, based on my experience, it's all in the chef's hands. I've had truly horrible hockey-puck-tender duck breast at a high end restaurant, and spectacular duck breast in my kitchen. I'll continue to shop for duck at Chinese grocers.

              1. re: Scary Bill
                robgm Aug 15, 2007 07:46 AM

                I agree that even the best product can pale in the hands of someone inept at cooking the product. I remember cooking duck breasts for a chef for his birthday in January then we had duck in his restaurant 4 months later as a special (he had tried to recreate what I had cooked for him). His sous chef had overcooked the breasts and it was truly awful-the chef/friend had said that he hadn't had great duck since his birthday. I felt good, but I worried that his restaurants reputation was tarnished as a result of the work of his sous....

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            childofthestorm Aug 14, 2007 03:16 PM

            There is a vendor in North St. Lawrence Market, hit him up late in the day, like 3:30 or so. I told him "Whitehouse just said $14 a pound" and he said "Well, I'll do $11 then." It was delicious...he has all kinds of game meats.

            North SLM seems to be my answer for about everything in the summer.

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              jayt90 Aug 14, 2007 03:30 PM

              I buy whole fresh ducks at Soon Lee, Markham and Lawrence at $2.29/lb. (complete with head and feet). From one $10 duck, I get two breasts, legs, thighs, a carcass for broth, and rendered duck fat. Does the breed of duck (none mentioned in this thread) really matter?

              1. re: jayt90
                robgm Aug 14, 2007 03:41 PM

                It sure can! Especially when you cooking specifically the breast and then to cook it properly to a nice medium rare.....

                Here is some more info on King Cole Duck availability

                Azzarello's Market
                Dave 416-699-0165

                Butcher by Nature
                Mirella 416-241-8187

                Bloor Meats
                Bob 416-767-2105

                Gerry 416-485-4429

                St Jamestown Steak and Chops
                Mark 416-925-7665

                Summerhill Market
                Frank 416-921-2714

                The Butcher Block
                Ken 416-544-1729

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              gastronom Aug 15, 2007 08:39 AM

              Try Cirque de Poulet in Kensigton, it's frozen but good quality. Pretty cheap, 5-6 bucks per breast.

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