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What's good for Winterlicious?

Hello Chowhounders,

I'm looking to make a reso next weekend for Winterlicious. Anyone have the inside track on what's good out there?

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  1. Make sure you hurry up with reservations as there are a lot of places that are no longer booking for Winterlicious because they're filled up.

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    1. re: Zengarden

      At the risk of snobbery, I would agree. Anything worthwhile should be fully booked at this point. If not, something's up!

    2. Sorry for the hasty message before. I was actually spending most of last evening flipping between the Winterlicious pages and here.

      Was going to book Monsoon and then read some very bad reports on these boards. Went to C5 to see if anyone had change their mind about eating there. Ha ha, no.

      I didn't want to eat at Cafe Maroc or Pangaea. Lukewarm Winterlicious reports.

      Then eventually went with tried and true.

      I would recommend Globe Bistro and Foccacia. Batifole is also offering dinner. Crush still has some spots open.

      1. Another great spot to try is zucca on yonge s/ of eg. I just called and there was limited availability on the wkends but open tables sun-weds. The chef is one of the best Italian cooks in the city so we're looking forward to our Dinner!!!

        1. We made reservations very early at Provence Delices and I'm really looking forward to it. I've had good and bad experiences with winterlicious. I've learned to stay away from the most hyped restaurants. I was so disappointed in my winterlicious dinner at Canoe a couple of years ago that I have no desire to go back. The food was fine but they just rushed you in and out. There was no dining experience to speak of. As soon as we ordered the food was right in front of us. There was no time to savour, linger and appreciate. I also had a really disappointing experience at Focaccia. The food was really unimpressive and ingredients sub par. I would never go back.

          1. Just a warning about using OpenTable.com for reservations.

            I made one for Saturday brunch (today) via an online reservation. Although you get an automated reply to confirm, no where does it say that the Studio Cafe will not offer a Winterlicious menu on weekends.

            Went elsewhere instead. Felt that the prices were just too dear for the kind of brunch menu that was being served.

            1. Was at Corner House for winterlicious last Friday. Had an excellent to great experience. Reservations were made through OpenTable and I believe they're extending the 'licious menu through the end of February. I'll post a full review this afternoon.

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              1. re: Carruthers

                Also recommending a trip to Corner House. The food was excellent. The salmon main is my fav winterlicious dish, cooked perfectly. They do have some waiting issues but it's understandable. But they also provide warning on the Open Table site regarding reservation times due to winterlicious.

                1. Went to Veritas the first evening of Winterlicious and liked it very much. I had the puree of Shitake mushrooms and chestnut soup, the Cornish hen and the sticky toffe pudding. There were six of us and everyone liked their dishes very much except the people who ordered flank steak did not understnd the difference between it and sirloin. I would go back again.

                  1. had a successful meal with a table of 10 at bodega ($25 - a deal!)- beet salad and steak were a hit with crowd, as was the lamb shank with one lone lamb dinner, and my salmon entree, too - grilled just the way i like it! desserts were nothing stunning, but the service was relatively painless.