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fluffysouffle Apr 14, 2009 06:26 AM

I can't decide which one to try out tonight! I've searched through the messageboards and on BlogTO and have read both rave and terrible reviews of both places. Thought a straight up comparison would be helpful.

We eat out a lot but don't often make it a point to go a nice restaurant to enjoy the experience as opposed to just going out to eat. I'm vegetarian so if one of them is highly favorable in that regard perhaps we'll try there first.

Thanks! Looking forward to hearing about more opinions.

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    fluffysouffle Apr 14, 2009 09:57 AM

    Thanks for all the responses, it's just wanted I wanted to hear. I guess there's a chance if I went at a really slow time I could ask the kitchen to make a veggie entree for me. For tonight though, I'm going to completely change plans and go to Julie's Cuban on Dovercourt. Seems like a cute little date place and I've seen the menu.

    Much appreciated!

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      Foodiegal Apr 14, 2009 10:14 AM

      I've been meaning to go to Julie's too for a date night...can you please report back? much thx!

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        ChalkBoy Apr 14, 2009 10:21 AM

        It's much more of a date spot on the patio.

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          pinstripeprincess Apr 14, 2009 10:24 AM

          i agree... meal out on the patio was much more magical than the boisterous interior.

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            zxwaze Apr 14, 2009 11:05 AM

            i've been to Foxley many times and have always had very well conceived and prepared food. The wine list is much better than one would expect and is chosen with the cuisine in mind. Take a few minutes to compose your dinner as there is some redundancy in some of the dishes, but this is easily avoided. I always begin with one or more of the cevice/raw fish dishes which are without peer in the city and are good value . After that the rest is up to you ,the only disappointment that I have had is with the frogs legs which are frozen and too large for my liking.Foxley is a treasure, casual affordable and real.

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              fluffysouffle Apr 14, 2009 12:48 PM

              Thanks for adding your thoughts! I think I will try it on a night when we can go in earlier and beat the dinner rush. Then they're more likely to be accommodating.

    2. dxs Apr 14, 2009 08:19 AM

      You can find a photo of Foxley's menu here:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/sifu_ren...

      This was taken back in 2007, and while the menu may have changed in the interim, the ratio of non-veg to veg remains pretty constant. So unless you're a vegetarian who sometimes does seafood (as some are), you may be disappointed.

      Having said that, I've sampled all the non-meat items and apart from the tofu have enjoyed them all, especially the asian greens.

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        mercurkg Apr 14, 2009 07:22 AM

        I enjoyed Delux, however my appetizer and cookies were more memorable then my so-so main.
        I distinctly remember a lack (if any) vegetarian mains.

        Haven't been to Foxley, but have seen their menu and remember it wasn't very vegetarian friendly, however you might have more luck here.

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          Muffin__Top Apr 14, 2009 07:29 AM

          I'm glad someone agrees with me! After reading all the praise for their bouillabaisse and the cubano sandwich I was kind of disappointed.

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            pinstripeprincess Apr 14, 2009 07:49 AM

            i didn't even realize the bouillabaisse was praised at all and i haven't ever encountered it on the menu myself... but i find they do fowl well and have been happy with their fillets of fish. i do find they have issues with oversalting at times and usually leave quite full. the quality of the food doesn't necessarily warrant the price, i'd say knock it down by a couple of bucks and i think they're hitting the mark for what it's worth.

            as for the OP... these restaurants do not at all seem to cater to a vegetarian diet. i can't recall a single main that was vegetarian at delux and while i haven't been to foxley i barely recall anyone praising multiple or even a single veg dish there. you may need to look elsewhere. btw, this is just a personal opinion of mine... but i would be very careful with BlogTO reviews. you need to read between the lines for most of them.

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              Muffin__Top Apr 14, 2009 01:27 PM

              http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080308.wkates08/BNStory/lifeFoodWine/home

              "Chef inflects her bouillabaisse with Pernod, cooks the seafood perfectly and slathers aioli on grilled bread. Would that she were more generous with that lovely broth."
              http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/Live/article/61231
              "Mozo’s menu has to be one of the most concise in the city, essentially bistro with few frills or distractions, and full of stalwart items like bouillabaisse, steak frites, and duck confit"
              http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story....
              "But there’s nothing lacking in Mozo’s bouillabaise ($20), a delightfully delectable Pernod-splashed fish stew thick with plump butterflied shrimp, mussels, clams and monkfish, the lot correctly coupled with grilled Cuban bread and fiery red rouille."

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                pinstripeprincess Apr 14, 2009 01:59 PM

                ah ha... well i don't tend to read reviews of those kinds so that might be why. well it's a shame and i'm glad i haven't bothered to have it then.

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                  Muffin__Top Apr 14, 2009 02:32 PM

                  Yeah man if I go again I'll definitely get the chicken - that bouillabaisse broth was saltier than drinking soy sauce itself =|

                  Edit: and 3 plates of the cookies

        2. Muffin__Top Apr 14, 2009 06:41 AM

          I posted about Delux about a week ago- I didn't have anything vegetarian other than the goat cheese salad which was okay, and the cookies which were pretty good (but it comes with milk). The mains left me hungry unfortunately. They don't have a website so I don't know/can't remember if they have any vegetarian mains.

          Haven't been to Foxley yet-I'm afraid of all the hype surrounding it- does anyone recommend this place?

          1. ChalkBoy Apr 14, 2009 06:38 AM

            Vegetarian options at both are minimal. But you can reserve at Delux. Food at Foxley somewhat flashier, Delux more comfort food.

            I'd go to Foxley of the two but its mostly meat and seafood.

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