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urbantrauma Dec 15, 2008 01:41 PM

I just returned from a trip to Vancouver where I got to try Salt Tasting Room. Wondering if there is any similar places in Toronto with good sourced selections of artisinal cheese and charcuterie with interesting wine pairings? I've noted a few places that focus on house made charcuterie, but wondering if anyone had feedback about their cheese selections and wine offerings.

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    urbantrauma Dec 16, 2008 04:40 PM

    I really loved the offering of a flight of different wines paired to the different cheeses/charcuterie. Does anyone know if the mentioned restaurants do that?

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      Rabbit Dec 16, 2008 04:54 PM

      Crush does flights... and they have some nice cheese offerings and a charcuterie board. Plus a fireplace - cozy for winter!
      www.crushwinebar.com

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        dragonflygrl Dec 16, 2008 05:03 PM

        Black Hoof has daily wine flights. Just check the blackboard. They also make a mean cocktail!

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          acd123 Dec 16, 2008 07:46 PM

          I agree that the Black Hoof makes mean cocktails. The bourbon sour, with perfect macerated cherry on top, is outstanding.

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            millygirl Dec 17, 2008 04:46 PM

            Now I could go for one of those right about now....sounds yummy! We're also itching to check it out. In fact it's been bumped to the top of the list.

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              acd123 Dec 17, 2008 05:42 PM

              We went last Friday night. A really great late night meal. We shared:

              the small bread basket (from Thuet)

              a bowl of warm olives

              a small charcuterie plate

              the cabbage soup, which is served with a piping hot and melting marrow bone with crisp crostinis on the side - the soup was excellent. I liked the marrow bone but it was a bit greasy as the crostinis we baked with olive oil.

              the foie gras for dessert :-) A LARGE hunk of seard foie served on brioche with a sweet and savoury onion jam and a small plate of Maldon sea salt on the side.

              Me, two bourbon sours and my wife, two glasses of a lighter red.

              It was all crazy good. And we both felt super comfy in the space. We're going back soon.

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        IDRGUY Dec 16, 2008 07:00 AM

        Globe on Danforth serves excellent combination plates. At this time they are probably only available in the bar area as the wonderful rooftop bar is closed for the season.

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          peppermint pate Dec 16, 2008 07:20 AM

          Absolutely second the rec for the rooftop bar in the summer. It's a gorgeous little oasis. We stopped by one sunny summer day a few months ago for a mid-afternoon charcuterie plate and a glass of wine - LOVED it.

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          CoffeeAddict416 Dec 16, 2008 06:45 AM

          I'm itching to try the Black Hoof as well

          Sort of related would be Bar Volo if you're into beer. They do Italian cured meats and artisinal cheese boards from local Ontario and Quebec and BC cheesemakers. Their selection of beer is fantastic, prices reasonable, and they do a lot of cask beer.

          I've never paired beer with cheese before now that I think about it. I'm not sure how well you could match beer flavours with cheese but maybe i'll give it a try at home :)

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            tjr Dec 16, 2008 06:38 AM

            Definitely Black Hoof.

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              peppermint pate Dec 15, 2008 05:39 PM

              I've also heard great things about Black Hoof. You could also pull together the meal you're looking for at Nota Bene - they have a lovely selection of mostly Canadian artisinal cheeses and their charcuterie platter is meant to be quite nice. Lots of wines to choose from as well.

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                cheesymama Dec 15, 2008 02:16 PM

                I've also heard that Picnic on Queen near Broadview does that, haven't been though. There has been some comments about it on this board so try searching "Picnic".

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                  acd123 Dec 15, 2008 05:24 PM

                  THE BLACK HOOF!!! It's a great place. My wife and I love it.

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                    urbantrauma Dec 16, 2008 03:00 AM

                    Do they do wine pairings for the charcuterie and cheese plates they offer?

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                      acd123 Dec 16, 2008 04:28 AM

                      I don't know about pairings. I love wine, but I'm not a 'wine guy'. I know they offer lots by the glass, so you can do the pairing yourself. All I know if that the place is super cool and the food is great.

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                  fleur de sell Dec 15, 2008 01:58 PM

                  Search for Black Hoof. Been discussed A LOT lately.

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