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Tabinet Sep 9, 2008 01:48 PM

I really enjoy cheese, but much to even my own surprise I've only ever ordered a cheese plate [as/instead of dessert] once in my life. It was not in Toronto, but in Rochester, England. Generally I don't eat dessert as I'm too full...but I would be willing to make an exception if I knew a restaurant had a really great cheese plate. I generally like all types of cheese, but I would be interestsed in trying some quality Canadian cheeses.

Thanks!

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  1. JamieK RE: Tabinet Sep 9, 2008 02:09 PM

    Hmm, I choose the cheese plate over dessert whenever possible! Usually accompanied by a nice port or banyuls or suchlike. Last spring, I had a tasty plate with a couple of Quebec cheeses at the Gallery Grill. On that day it was Le Kenogamie (Fromagerie Lehmann) and Allegretto (La Vache a Maillotte) but the menu changes from day to day.
    (Note - they are open for lunch only)

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    Gallery Grill
    7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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      foxymoron RE: Tabinet Sep 9, 2008 02:51 PM

      I had the cheese plate at Torito. I was drawn by the presence of fig, I think. It was rather heavy and I do prefer to have cheese as a starter, but still, good cheese.

      I've been meaning to try Cafe Taste: http://www.cafetaste.ca/

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        JamieK RE: foxymoron Sep 9, 2008 02:59 PM

        Me too! I'd like to try Cafe Taste and also Carens Wine & Cheese Bar
        http://www.carenswineandcheese.com/in...

        Did you know Volo offers a good selection of Ontario & Quebec cheeses? I've been there a few times for the cheese (and beer).
        (click on the little cheese icon
        )http://www.barvolo.com

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        Volo
        587 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

        Carens
        158 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A8, CA

        Cafe Taste
        1330 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K, CA

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          Wahooty RE: foxymoron Sep 9, 2008 05:07 PM

          I like Cafe Taste, but go sometime when you're going to be in the neighborhood anyway. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there, but it's a very enjoyable place to hang out, have a glass and a cheese plate if, like me, you have friends that live nearby, etc. I really wish it were around the corner from my house - then I'd be there all the time. :)
          But the cheese is solid, Jeremy is knowledgeable about their wines, and the staff makes it incredibly easy to fritter away a lot of time there if that's what you're in the mood for.

        2. Finnegan RE: Tabinet Sep 10, 2008 06:39 AM

          Amuse Bouce on Tecumseh St. does a nice cheese tray...nice selection of artisanal cheeses (mild and creamy to sharp and hard). They also have a good selection of ports to compliment the cheeses

          http://www.amuseboucherestaurant.com/...

          1. Rabbit RE: Tabinet Sep 10, 2008 06:46 AM

            Lucien has a good cheese plate.

            I didn't love the resto overall, but for pre- or post-dinner wine and cheese it might be a nice stop.

            1. thenurse RE: Tabinet Sep 10, 2008 07:10 AM

              The Comrade on Queen E has a decent cheese plate. It's also a pleasant spot to have a few drinks with a group, or alone.

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                peppermint pate RE: Tabinet Sep 10, 2008 07:44 AM

                I love cheese plates! I had a pretty nice cheese plate at Nota Bene last week - paired with a lovely madeira, instead of port, on the sommelier's rec. There were a couple of Fifth Town and Monforte cheeses along with a couple of ones I hadn't tried before from a BC artisan cheesemaker. The "sides" were some sliced baguette (crisped, I think) as well as hazelnuts and a port jelly - not particularly inspired but the overall plate was good. IIRC, both George and Splendido offer cheese plates as well.

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                  Tabinet RE: Tabinet Sep 10, 2008 08:07 AM

                  Thanks everyone! I'm now starving for cheese. But thanks for all of the suggestions!

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                    Snarf RE: Tabinet Sep 10, 2008 11:38 AM

                    I can vouch for Caren's having been there several times in the last few weeks. They have a list of plates with various themes, as well as a list of a la carte cheeses, and matching beverage selections. Very professional service. Even when you order from the a la carte selection, they will still make an effort at composing a plate with various accompaniments (ie maple syrup for Tete de Moine).

                    1. Finnegan RE: Tabinet Sep 10, 2008 01:24 PM

                      Might want to check the cheese supplier for any resto in Toronto

                      http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel...

                      1. always_eating RE: Tabinet Sep 11, 2008 07:39 AM

                        I've always wanted to try the Cheese Menu at Reds Bistro:

                        http://www.redsbistro.com/pdf/Cheese%...

                        Looks interesting!

                        I did enjoy my Cheese Platter at Nota Bene a few weeks back. I also had a good Cheese Plate at Tati Bistro last December (the Chef even gave us more cheese without charging). I know some fellow Chowhounders have had bad experiences there however I actually had a nice dining experience. Mind you, I have yet to return to see what it's like now.

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