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Aug 9, 2008 10:37 AM

Best foie gras in T.O.?

It's my BF's birthday next week and I thought about taking him to Nota Bene but they don't have foie gras on their menu and that's what he really wants. We eat out alot and our last nice dinner in T.O. was at Splendido but we haven't found any foie gras to write home about. Where can we go for the best foie gras in the city?
Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. N44 offers a whole roasted lobe of Grade A foie gras for $125!. Enough for 6 people. Unique in town!
    Personally I like both the seared and touchon version of Pastis. Very good value for money too. Celestin's version is similar but portion less generous. Both Pastis and Celestine uses somesort of fruit/berries/currant base sauce to accompany their seared version. Both cold terrines were smooth and sweet.
    Herbs' seared version at $22 for two huge yummy pieces was surprisngly good as well!
    As for the best? IMHO, whether you have it at Splendido or George, Thuet or Didier, Pastis or Celestine, Scaramouche or Canoe they are ALL ABOUT THE SAME!!!

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      Thanks for your reply. The N44 offerring does sound interesting but personally, I'm not that big on foie gras myself so it would just be him eating it! I have considered Didier in the past but haven't tried it... how did you find the food there at Didier? thx again

      1. re: redbear

        I love Didier. From my own single experience with Didier, it is much superior to Pastis and Le Paradis. My companions tried the foie gras appi; they thought it was fantastic even though it was not a big portion. (I highly recommend their bouillabaisse if yourself are not keen into meat like me).
        Other restaurant recommendations
        Bymark (the reaction from my companion was "it melted in my mouth I almost had an o**gasm"; of course that was after two cocktails).

        Perigee's tasting menu

        Thuet - the foie gras was perfectly seared with a sublime, not overly sweetend sauce. It was quite pricey, however.

        One restaurant - fantastic. simple presentation, the aroma is very seductive.

        Tell us how your evening goes!

        1. re: happycamper

          Not a fan of Thuet. But I have only gone once, and that was about 1 year or so back. The portions are exceptionally miniscule. The foie gras portion was laughable IMO. The piece I got was about the size of 1 ½ Toonies, and about 1/2 inch thick. At $25 or more (approx), I would expect that it would be a bit bigger. I almost sneezed and sent the thing flying off my plate.

          I had the foie at Four Seasons’ Truffles and was quite impressed with their version. I find most chefs prepare it with the fruit compote accompaniment, as the sweetness nicely contrasts with the saltiness of the foie. The texture and temperature comparison is also quite lovely. JW’s steakhouse, which is unfortunately bankrupt, used to have a divine version that was paired with a nice chilled sweet wine (all inclusive: $23). Celestin’s torchon version was not to my tastes either, as I prefer seared. I enjoy the buttery texture. But to each their own! Size-wise, it was about the size of ½ a shot glass and $23.

          On a side note, I have no idea why, but the foies in Toronto are tiny in comparison to others I have had in different cities (Montreal, NYC, Paris). I am sure it is not particularly connoisseur-like in temperament to comment on price and value, however, I do not appreciate being fleeced, unless something tastes sublime and makes up for the sizing shortfall. IMO, Celestin, nor Thuet, could make up for that. Thuet was a very forgettable meal for me overall, in fact (IMO).

          Cheers and Happy Eating!

          1. re: BokChoi

            I was accustomed to getting fleeced too, in my foie gras experiences. Recently, my wife ordered the foie gras appetizer at Scaramouche. $26. Not cheap, but I was pleasantly surprised to see a very respectable slice on her plate. It got panned in the recent National Post review. But I thought it tasted great.

            One thing we definitely don't have is the great prices on foie gras at Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal. that place is unbelievable.

            1. re: grandgourmand

              I agree with grandgourmand's comment about Scaramouche. I was there about a month ago (I apologize for not posting about it - completely sublime dinner) and was very surprised at the size of the piece of foie gras in relation to the rest of the portions and it tasted wonderful as well

              1. re: grandgourmand

                That was the place I was thinking of when I mentioned Montreal. But of course, we cannot expect Toronto to be that amazing in price...unfortunately! The portions there are hearty, well prepared (if not a bit unevenly de-veined) and VERY satisfying. They need to open a branch here...
                It is not "haute-cuisine" in terms of preparation, but you get what you ordered, and a lot of it.

          2. re: redbear

            I was never a fan of Didier's cooking. Found it over-rated. Thats all the way back to his days at the Fifth! Nowadays, I found Thuet's food better. Unfotunately, I was turned off by the shouting from the kitchen and from his wife when I last ate there. May be things have changed for the better.

        2. My vote would also go to Didier. Some say his food is overrated, but for execution on French classics there are few that are better than him in Toronto. Unfortunately, he has never found a way to market his style of cooking, but the quality of his food is still top notch.

          Perhaps Didier should hire Thuet's PR person and a marriage counsellor.

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