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anyone tried the "LPK's Culinary Groove" or "Gourmet Loic To Go" at Queen/Broadview

Noticed a couple of new establishments around the corner of Queen East and Broadview: LPK's Culinary Groove, and Gourmet Loic To Go. Also there is a cute coffee shop that opened up just east of Queen and Parliment, on Queen..The name escapes me. All have pretty trendy and store fronts. Apparently Chef David Kokai, formerly of Mercer Street Grill and Sauvignon Bistro, is preparing the food to be served at Gourmet Loic. I havent' had the chance to venture inside yet, has anyone tried them out? Reviews?

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  1. We had a Croque Monsieur and a Croque Madame from Loic for a late brunch. The portions were large and the flavors were rich - definitely delicious. Neither of us could finish ours and felt we should have split one and added a salad or bowl of soup. The bechamel, cheese, and butter was all a bit too much by the end. The prices were great for the quality of the food and the portions. Took about 15 min to prep. I think we'll call ahead next time. I'm looking forward to trying their salads and entrees - there appear to be some good options.

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    1. re: drjolt

      How was the quality of the bread? Your experiences sounds very positive. how much did your meal cost? thanks for the report!

      1. re: chalenegirl

        The bread was thick and crusty. Very good. I believe the sandwiches were around $8-9 each, but again, they were huge portions. I would not want one to myself again. They update the menus on their website daily (and they include prices, thankfully).

        I completely agree with embee that it would be nice to have more options along the upscale deli lines in the neighborhood. The sandwich/soup offerings at Loic are too limited to fit this bill (and more geared toward larger portions/higher prices).

    2. The menu at Loic sounds interesting, and we will certainly try it. However, I was a bit disappointed at the nature of the place. This sounds like medium/highish end restaurant takeout. The prices are, essentially, the restaurant prices for this area, adjusted down a bit due, presumably, to a lower cost base.

      Leslieville still needs a few places where one can get high quality sandwiches and salads, and prepared meals, suitable for a quick, reasonable, takeout meal in the late evening. Bruno's, for example, stocks this type of food. We still have nothing of this nature in the immediate area.

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      1. re: embee

        I went to Loic a couple weeks back. Had the Striplion with a side of Brussel Sprouts. Believe it costed about $23.00. The Brussel Sprouts were great, Striplion, not so much. Maybe the fact I had to cook it myself (Don't know what I'm doing in a kitchen) caused it not to taste so good. Next time I'll just go out and get a decent meal.

        1. re: visualhornet

          Would you mind elaborating as to why you had to cook the striploin yourself?

          1. re: Tatai

            The reason why he'd have to cook it himself is because you've got two options at Loic Gourmet To Go, you can stay there and eat the food, which they fully cook for you, or you can get it To Go, and they 3/4 cook it for you, and then you take it home and finish it yourself. I prefer eating in for lunch, but if I want to take dinner home I love finishing it off myself because then when I put this great meal on the table I feel like I can be proud of it!

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            Loic Gourmet
            722 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

        2. re: embee

          Dropped in the other day to check it out. Food sounds good, didn't try, but they could really use some marketing skills.
          Menu changes daily.
          http://www.loicgourmet.ca/menus/LOIC_...

          1. re: embee

            Not sure how late you mean by late but Simple Cafe just east of the beer store at Queen and Leslie is open till 8pm and they do made to order sandwiches and daily hot specials: chiken pot pie, chili etc. sandwhich is about $6 depending what you want on it I think the homemade soup is $4.

          2. I used to work with Lesia (of LPK's) and always looked forward to buying her truffles as gifts at Christmas, with some extra ones thrown in for me! I'm thrilled she has opened a store front and can't wait to visit.

            1. We walked by these places today - they both looked great, and I'm definitely looking forware to trying them out, especially Loic.

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              1. re: SusanB

                We have found Loic to be great quality and value. Their dishes can be finished at home in a matter of minutes.

                I really enjoy their pork tenderloin and garlic mashed potatoes.

                Highly recommend!

                1. re: SusanB

                  My office got lunch there for some clients a few days ago - we got some leftovers and they were fabulous!! Every items was really tasty. There were 2 lactose intolerant, so most of the sandwiches didn't have cheese and they were still divine! I have been meaning to try one of their roasted chickens - I'm quite sure I won't be disappointed. Lunch for 5 people was about $100, but there was enough leftover to feed 2 or 3 more people. Great value for the quality.

                2. I live and Queen and Broadview and have tired each. I've been much more impressed with what I've had from Loic than what's I've tried at LPK.

                  I've had two tarts, six cookies and two little truffles from LPK. Each time I had a slight bit of sticker shock at the price and then underwhelmed at the over all taste. Everything looks beautiful but the flavours are lacking in my opinion.

                  At Loic I've had their duck, veggie terrine, rice pilaf , and their olives. Each item was tasty and well prepared and I feel good value for money. As some other posters have said, the portions are large. PLUS being the gf of a chef I'm always on the lookout for interesting food items the owner has helped me twice with some rather 'interesting' requests! Bonus points in my book for sure.

                  1. We have had take-out from LOIC on 5 occasions (both lunch & dinner) and have not been disappointed at all. Excellent value and great flavors. Had the Cassoulet the other night which was excellent and it was much better than the mess that I had at Batifole. Tarte Tatin was one of the best we have ever had (including Paris). I would not call it high-end takeout because the quality and quantity are well worth the price. bought alot of the frozen dinners and totally impressed.

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                    1. re: pagogo

                      I'm a big fan of both LOIC and LPK.
                      I especially like the frozen selections at LOIC. Perfect for those nights that you want good and easy food.

                      LPK's gluten free deserts are fabulous. I've served them a couple of times and even those who can eat gluten enjoyed it.

                    2. Any other recent experiences with LPK? I was by there today but before it opened. Is it worth going back when it is open? (i.e. the desserts are pretty but do they taste good?)

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                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                        I got some shortbread recently, and they were nice, particularly the pecan one.

                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                            I agree. LPK makes awesome shortbread. Particularly the savoury one, I think it was black pepper and thyme, or something like. Wonderful.

                            1. re: millygirl

                              I really like their Spicy Chèvre Noir Shortbread. Spicy, not too cheesy and really nice flavour. I love those. About $1/cookie though T_T Photo in the post.
                              http://www.foodpr0n.com/2009/10/17/lp...

                              Haven't tried their other savoury ones yet! Will have to drop in for a visit soon.

                              1. re: jlunar

                                YES, that's the one I was trying to think of. Deelish!

                      2. hi - i've tried quite a few items from LPK and have to say all have been good - some better than others - the little cupcake 'brownies' that they keep on the counter and the nanaimo bars - bring both as treats for my co-workers sometimes as they are obsessed - nanaimo bars are gluten free and even friends who eat glutens love them! and for those of you who like peanut butter and chocolate together - try their chocolate cup - really rich. There have been a couple of tarts that thought weren't great, but since they were vegan/gluten free ones think they would have been great for people in those categories (i'm not either)

                        also co-worker has since used them to do her husband's birthday cake and had fantastic reviews from guests who thought it was thing of beauty and tasty.