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best arugula/rucola/rocket/roquette/rokka salads in TO?

phoenikia Jul 18, 2009 07:36 AM

Which arugula salads would you recommend the most?

Haven't really been impressed by any recent orders, and was wondering if I'm missing out on a salad being served somewhere out there.

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    theresah RE: phoenikia Jul 18, 2009 07:50 AM

    I agree with you. Rocket here is not the same as you would find in say Italy. Nothing tastes peppery enough for me. But, I did have a nice arugula salad ONCE at Le Paradis. Not sure if they have it. The rocket that I buy at Pusateri's is most likely the best that I have had in Toronto. The packaged stuff is rubbish, no taste.

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      foodyDudey RE: theresah Jul 18, 2009 08:59 AM

      I grow my own arugula, it's mild when young and gets peppery/pungent as it gets a bit older. You may want to try growing your owm, it's very easy.

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      wickalicious RE: phoenikia Jul 18, 2009 07:52 AM

      terroni does a great salad with arugula, tuna, red onion, tomato, and olive, dressed with balsamic and olive oil, served over chickpea farinata (kinda like firm grilled polenta, but made with chickpea flour). now, i wouldn't say that the salad is designed specifically to showcase the arugula, but all of the components work together really nicely and it's long been a favourite of mine.

      1. Wahooty RE: phoenikia Jul 18, 2009 07:59 AM

        Rice Bar has one that I find craveable. It's dressed with lemon juice and truffle oil, with some grape tomatoes, parmesan, and toasted garlic.

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          Ediblethoughts RE: Wahooty Jul 18, 2009 10:48 AM

          Hmmm... sounds tasty. That's the place in Kensington Market?

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            Wahooty RE: Ediblethoughts Jul 18, 2009 11:25 AM

            Yeah. The "deluxe" version has the tomatoes, cheese, and garlic. I wouldn't bother adding chicken to it - it's really bland and not worth the extra price.

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              Ediblethoughts RE: Wahooty Jul 18, 2009 11:36 AM

              Your post made me want to try out Rice Bar. The menu looks very veg-friendly with a lot of different twists (and thank goodness, it's liquor licensed).

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                Wahooty RE: Ediblethoughts Jul 18, 2009 11:42 AM

                It's definitely veg-friendly, and good if you value the local/organic/sustainable angle. Honestly, I only go there when I'm craving that salad, so I can't vouch for anything else on the menu. :)

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                  Ediblethoughts RE: Wahooty Jul 20, 2009 05:28 AM

                  We tried it out last night and what a wonderful arugula salad. We had the deluxe---all those flavours and textures and wonderful, piles of very fresh arugula. (We also tried the deluxe organic mixed greens and that was also wonderful----all that blue cheese and roasted peppers and both salads had such a generous amount of crunchy seeds.)

                  We also tried out other things, like the cheese grits (made with blue cheese and cheddar---so intense and chewy) and we each had a self-constructed bowl that was quite good also (esp with the green coconut milk curry.). The chocolate brownie for dessert was also pretty tasty. All in all, definitely will go back to this place! (The only thing that seemed a little odd to me--meant to ask and forgot---was why they have shrimp on their menu, given their sustainability goals and all...)

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          Tatai RE: phoenikia Jul 18, 2009 08:11 AM

          We had a lovely bresaola with rocket at Florentia on Mount Pleasant (the restaurant is reviewed in today's Globe). This was probably the best thing we ate (the roast chicken was dry and boring, an eggplant ravioli had an overly smokey-flavoured filling, although the pasta encasing it was lovely, and the ingredients in the snapper dish did not seem all that fresh).

          1. Ediblethoughts RE: phoenikia Jul 18, 2009 10:52 AM

            I order arugula pretty much everywhere I go. I have had some good salads at some places (I think Caffe Doria's was in that category but the greens there aren't always immaculately fresh) but the one that sticks most in my mind is the hellum salad at Tabule on Yonge south of Eglinton. I'm not very talented at figuring out what is in salad dressings but I think there must be a good bit of lemon. It's so nice and tart, great contrast to the nutty arugula. And the cheese is very tasty too, of course.

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              pancake RE: Ediblethoughts Jul 18, 2009 01:31 PM

              Weezie's has some decent salads.

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                Ediblethoughts RE: pancake Jul 19, 2009 08:37 AM

                It's a bit far for me--though it would help if they had an online menu-----my little google search didn't uncover one. Still, will mentally file that away in case...

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                  torontofoodiegirl RE: Ediblethoughts Jul 19, 2009 09:33 AM

                  I had an arugula salad at Weezies, made with Serrano ham and parmesan -- it was good, but not life altering or anything (i wouldn't make the trip just for it).

                  My fave arugula salad is the Ricchia salad at Terroni -- it's very simple and very yummy: arugula, mushrooms, parmesan and a really delish lemony dressing.

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                    Ediblethoughts RE: torontofoodiegirl Jul 20, 2009 05:22 AM

                    The salads at Terroni are really good. I have the grudge against them for the pizza sub rules but if I go back to try that limone pasta people rave about here, I'll keep the Ricchia in mind.

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                      peppermint pate RE: Ediblethoughts Jul 20, 2009 12:15 PM

                      The salads at Terroni are fantastic. In addition to the ricchia, they also have a special salad - can't remember the name but it's arugula with sliced strawberries, toasted almonds, capriccio (soft goat's milk cheese) and a truffled balsamic vinaigrette. It tastes like summer and it's delicious.

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                        Ediblethoughts RE: peppermint pate Jul 20, 2009 01:51 PM

                        I think that's the one I tried when I was there ages ago. Yeah, it was very good.

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                millygirl RE: Ediblethoughts Jul 18, 2009 01:50 PM

                I've never experienced anything other than wonderfully fresh greens at Caffe Doria. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their spring salad - arugula, pinenuts, avacado, cucumber and reggiano in a lovely light lemony vinegarette. Simple and deelish!
                Have it every time we go.

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                  Ediblethoughts RE: millygirl Jul 19, 2009 08:34 AM

                  The mix of ingredients at CD is very nice. It's been about a year since I've been so maybe things are more consistent now; for awhile there, we were going once every couple weeks and I generally had to fish out some of the more "squishy" greens mixed in with the good stuff. Not a big deal but still left an impression.

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                phoenikia RE: phoenikia Jul 19, 2009 04:39 PM

                Thanks for all the suggestions;) I'm looking forward trying these places out;)

                I already do grow arugula - but I still like ordering it when I'm out ;) Much prefer arugula to mesclun, mixed greens, etc.

                Now for my next question- has anyone noticed restaurants in TO serving mache/nuessli/lamb's lettuce/corn salad lately? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valerian...

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