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How many dishes do you recommend between two people. We will eat fish but no seafood, poultry or meat. We are looking to be satisfied but don't want to overdo it as we are also going out for dessert to Scaramouche for the coconut cream pie. Any recommendations off of the new menu? Thanks!

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    1. re: duckdown

      Actually, no, fish is not seafood. Fish have fins, scales and gills while seafood has exoskeletons. They are shelled (ie. lobster, clams, shrimp, crabs, mussels etc) and are bottom feeders. Sorry for not being more clear, I assumed that the people on CH would know the difference between the two. Hopefully, this will help to obtain some responses. Thanks for asking, Duckdown!

      1. re: zengirl18

        Fish come from the sea, therefore would be seafood. Perhaps if you stated you don't eat shellfish, CHers could be more helpful regarding your preferences.

    2. I'd say 5-6 between two of you (if you're going elsewhere for dessert). But we usually order two at a time and just keep going until we feel sated. This means that the food is spaced out nicely and (especially if you're sitting at the bars) you can scope out what's coming from the kitchen/other people's food to help tailor your ordering!

      Fish dishes... last time we were at JK (early June) we had a fantastic beer-battered trout. Also, Mr. Rab loves the sardines when they're available (presentation may vary). We also had an asparagus dish that was lovely, but again dunno if it's still on offer. Had the haloumi at one point and it was quite good too.

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      1. re: Rabbit

        Thank you Rabbit! I will take your recommendations into account when ordering!

        1. re: Rabbit

          How fast we sometimes get off-topic....I've heard both definitions applied and i think zengirl18 is clear about which one she is using in the OP.

          But to the question at hand: obviously depends on how hungry you are, but 5-6 between you sounds about right, however if you are generally avoiding animal proteins you may need one or two more (I get hungry fast if I'm not eating meat). Be sure to order the fries.

          1. re: bluedog

            Thank you bluedog....we are really looking forward to our evening and will report back. Unfortunately (?) Scaramouche is closed over the holiday...any recommendations re. dessert? At JK or elsewhere downtown in the vicinity of JK?

            1. re: zengirl18

              Staying at JK is a good bet. Of course, they have wine pairings with their dessserts as well.

              If you were willing to travel to Scaramouche, an alternate venue is Pangaea. Joanne Yolles is their pastry chef, and it was actually she who invented Scaramouche's coconut cream pie. While I have never been to Scaramouche, her desserts at Pangaea are divine. Be forewarned, however, that service can be sketchy.

              Good luck!

              1. re: bluedog

                Another great idea, bluedog! I actually thought about Pangaea but figured it would be best to just stay in one place especially in light of the wine pairings with the desserts at JK! I haven't done a full meal with wine pairings since I was in the Hunter Valley in Australia three years ago! But I digress....

                My SO and I had a couple of drinks prior to heading out. That Bailey's Shiver campaign finally broke me so I made a batch....very tasty and refreshing....although I think it filled our bellies a little bit too....we walked over to JK and when we got there, found that we were in luck...there was room for two more at the chefs bar and we sat right between some fun, interesting people. The chef that was working last night is Chris, also a great guy, funny, knowledgeable and most importantly, knows his way around the kitchen. The taste and presentation were both fabulous!

                We started with the grilled flatbread with three dips; the dips were asparagus, white bean and a pecorino cheese (I think), all were excellent and complimented each other well. The flatbreads were also delicious and we ordered an extra piece. In keeping with the suggestion of ordering two plates at a time, we also ordered the Grilled Halloumi with Arugula and Cured Tomato Vinaigrette...a true hit, the Halloumi was grilled to perfection and served on top of asparagus and arugula and the vinaigrette pulled the whole dish together...we loved it and would have ordered another but wanted to taste some other stuff too... One of the sommeliers came to assist us with our wine pairing and with her assistance we chose a glass each of Domaine Du Roncee, a rose cabernet franc...divine! A perfect match!

                Next, we chose the fries with lemon and mayonnaise which was excellent, although, the mayonnaise was a tad too salty. We squeezed the juice from the lemon wedge on the fries themselves and it was fabulous! We also ordered the grilled albacore tuna with salsa verde and black olives....also a hit. We stayed with the previous wine selection for this course and it worked well with our second choices.

                We were already starting to fill up at this point so we chose to go with the artisanal cheese plate which was unbelievable! There was a blue cheese, a goat cheese, a cheddar, and another one or two cheeses...I wish I could recall the names but they were all either from Ontario or Quebec and all were divine! The plate came with some crispy flatbread crackers, green apple slices, dried figs, honeycomb...a beautiful presentation and well thought out...everything tasted so perfect together....we had this plate with a glass each of the Niepoort Colheita 1991 port....it was a perfect match thanks to our server.

                To finish off the meal, we shared the tres leches cake with strawberries....this was a great selection as it had just the right amount of sweetness and was not too dense after such a big meal. It was the perfect ending to a perfect evening.

                I would also like to add that our server was EXTREMELY pleasant and helpful. She was very knowledgeable and was ready to accomodate us to make our evening a successful dining experience.

                From start to finish, this was truly a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back...I think this is our new favourite place in the city!

                Thanks again rabbit and bluedog for your advice....you have reminded me of the reason for this website, for knowledgeable people to share with others to optimize their dining experiences!

                Have a great Canada Day!