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Oro or Opus

chef223 Oct 17, 2007 09:32 AM

Where would everyone suggest I eat out at this upcoming weekend? I know one is french and one is Italian but , i'm cuirous about the food itself, and mabye some experiences some of you guys have had.

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    chef223 RE: chef223 Oct 18, 2007 11:57 AM

    Does anyone know anything about the restaurant Oro, food, service , anything???

    1. JonasBrand RE: chef223 Oct 18, 2007 06:20 PM

      I've been disappointed by Oro on a number of occasions.

      The atmosphere is formal and cold. Many dishes are just mediocre.

      Better chow to be found, especially for the price.

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        Googs RE: JonasBrand Oct 20, 2007 01:52 PM

        Have you been to Oro since it's huge changes in the back and front? Former Lure chef now there. The new owner was part of the management team for Mark McEwan's restos. I've been dying to try it now that it seems to be transforming. Their pedigrees bode well.

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          torontofoodiegirl RE: Googs Jan 17, 2008 06:24 PM

          Haven't been yet, but Joanne Kates of the Globe and Mail gave the new team a pretty great review.

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        robb RE: chef223 Oct 18, 2007 06:38 PM

        Definately Opus-but don't go expecting French cuisine or you'll be disapointed. Food is more cal/continental with a strong empahsis on game. Two of my favoite apps are the wild mushroom ragout and the tempura tuna. I've had great venison, dear, elk and good old plain steaks. Service is great, the chairs are really comfortable and the whole dining experience is awesome. Unbelieveable wine list in cost and variety. One of the best resaurants in the city. Enjoy

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          chutchut RE: chef223 Oct 18, 2007 07:57 PM

          I've never been to Opus. However, I would say NO to Oro. I went there about 2 years ago after I found out that it was rated among Toronto.com's Top 10. However, I was disappointed at the ambience and food. Nothing really special to write about.

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            hungryabbey RE: chef223 Oct 20, 2007 02:08 PM

            I was at Opus a few months ago in the summer and had a really lovely meal. I believe we had a 7pm reservation, and it started filling up fairly quickly after that. I cant recall all the details but I believe I had an Atlantic cod which some type of delicious orange glaze for the main, where my boyfriend had some type of venison I believe? And to start we had some deliciously sauteed mushrooms. For dessert we ordered one molten lava cake with creme fraise ice cream and they brought two but didnt charge us.. we only ordered one in the first place b/c I dont like chocolate so I thought I woudl just have a taste but OMG after one bite I ate the entire thing within 2 minutes haha it was one of the best desserts Ive ever had in a restaurant. I would recommend it, especially if you're a wine drinker, they have an INCREDIBLE dictionary of a wine list

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              The Goddess RE: chef223 Jan 17, 2008 08:15 PM

              Did a dinner for 16 at Oro in December. New owner; bent over backwards to make the event successful. Everything was really lovely, but for those who ordered veal chops; the chops were VERY fatty, the 3 who ordered them were very disappointed, but that was the only negative of the evening.

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                piru RE: The Goddess Mar 11, 2008 02:10 PM

                Well,.. they are both my fav restaurants in the city, if you are looking for a wide variety of wine i would go for opus.. but i personally enjoy oro better, a bit cheaper too!!

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