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Best grilled calamari downtown?

fussychow Feb 22, 2008 08:11 AM

I've got a craving for perfectly cooked calamari - any suggestions?

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    jacquieF Feb 27, 2008 07:01 AM

    I like the grilled calamari served in a herb/oliveoil/garlic sauce at Porquois Pas - yes it's a French resto on Sheppard just west of Yonge (south side) but a nice change from Greek style.

    1. Googs Feb 24, 2008 07:28 AM

      I think Fieramosca deserves an honourable mention in the calamari category. Not sure if I would call it the best, but the well-seasoned grill has a huge impact on the overall pleasure of the dish.

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      1. re: Googs
        exquisite Feb 27, 2008 06:10 AM

        i am not a fan of chain restaurants but i do enjoy milestone's calamari with andouille sausage. thick meat, light batter, decent sausage sauce accompanied by capers.

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          SMOG Feb 27, 2008 08:56 AM

          I'm with you 100% percent. The calamari at Milestones is truly exceptional!

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        phoenikia Feb 22, 2008 03:36 PM

        Agree that Pantheon and Zee Grill have good versions.

        Gatto Nero's version is great, too. It's one of the better things on their menu.

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        1. re: phoenikia
          SMOG Feb 24, 2008 05:18 AM

          I very strongly second Pantheon. Huge portion, incredible flavour and super tender! Now you're got me craving it...

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          fussychow Feb 22, 2008 12:41 PM

          Thank you everyone! I will carefully consider my options and report back with the delicious results!!

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          1. re: fussychow
            deelicious Feb 22, 2008 02:01 PM

            Pantheon squid is always fantastic!

            1. re: deelicious
              koknia Feb 22, 2008 02:40 PM

              My ex-S.O. was a major fan of the grilled squid salad at Parthenon.
              It's excellent, but I haven't eaten enough of it around town to know how it stacks up.

              1. re: koknia
                foodyDudey Feb 22, 2008 07:59 PM

                Where is Parthenon? Perhaps you are thinking of Pantheon?

          2. pinstripeprincess Feb 22, 2008 12:07 PM

            i really loved senhor antonio's.... it was perfection and i would have eaten it in multiples all evening if i knew it was that good before i ordered everything else as well.

            1. pinkprimp Feb 22, 2008 11:04 AM

              i dont remember if it was octopus or calamari, but i had it at Pangaea and it was incredibly tender and lovely with tomatoes, capers, lemon juice and olives.

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              1. re: pinkprimp
                Charles Yu Feb 22, 2008 03:55 PM

                Agree! Pangea's calamari is still amongst the top two or three. Lots of copy cat though!

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                Scary Bill Feb 22, 2008 10:32 AM

                OK, not downtown, but the best grilled squid I've had by a long shot is at Via Allegro.

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                  millygirl Feb 22, 2008 10:10 AM

                  Again not grilled, but I heard that the fried version at Scaramouche Pasta Bar is the best in the city!!!

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                    dontyuckmyyums Feb 22, 2008 09:55 AM

                    I eat a lot of grilled calamari - and although I'm sure people will disagree - two of the places that I think make it the best are: Astoria (on the Danforth) and Grano (at Yonge & Davisville)

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                      pearlD Feb 22, 2008 10:09 AM

                      I also eat it a lot and have never had a 'rubber one' as yet at The Parthenon on the Danforth...also have it at that place on St. Clair just east of Dufferin..the name begins with M/ (yah.. the mind is slipping..cannot remember) but it is also good there (well, 3 times out of 4). I will only eat it 'grilled' ...just really like the simplicity of it with some lemon and not charred beyond recognition..........

                      1. re: pearlD
                        pearlD Feb 22, 2008 03:16 PM

                        re above "PANTHEON"....now I knew that! but since others have also
                        suggested I know it is the same place...the brain truly was not up to snuff today!!!

                      2. re: dontyuckmyyums
                        torontofoodiegirl Feb 23, 2008 07:07 AM

                        Grano - really??!! I've really enjoyed other things at Grano, but the second-worst calamari I've ever eaten was there. It was unbelievably bland. Maybe it was just an off-night...

                      3. T Long Feb 22, 2008 09:41 AM

                        The Keg on York St.

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                        1. re: T Long
                          cocolou Feb 24, 2008 11:29 AM

                          I am sorry to disagree. Too much bready batter.

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                            T Long Feb 27, 2008 07:27 AM

                            funny, but one reason we liked it was the light use of batter...each to their own.

                        2. JamieK Feb 22, 2008 08:20 AM

                          a lot of people swear Joso's is the best....

                          202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

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                            Googs Feb 22, 2008 09:20 AM

                            Then they haven't been to Imperia.

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                              abscissa Feb 22, 2008 11:51 PM

                              I am one of the people who swear Joso's is the best.

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