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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. 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

    1. 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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      1. re: foxymoron

        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

        1. re: foxymoron

          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. 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. 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. 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.

              1. 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.

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

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

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

                      1. 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.