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Gastronomical Tour in Toronto, Part Deux

Hello all!

I received such wonderful advice the last time from all the Chowhounders when I was in Toronto last year and I am back for more assistance from you foodies!

Previous thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/519954

Now, it's been a year and a half - are there any new places that are a MUST go sort of place? I planned on Splendido but I see that Chef Lee has left, so Nota Bene is on my list for sure.

I am debating returning to Scaramouche-it was soooo good when I went and I heard the old pastry chef is back, so might be worth it to return.

However, I only have a few days where I can actually dine out for dinner so I'll try to hit up many of these places for lunch, if I can put aside the shopping for an hour!

Please let me know of any great places that I must must visit that I don't know about!

Thanks again in advance!

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  1. This past week, I had three excellent dinners at Simple Bistro, Colborne Lane and Lai Wah Heen. ( Simple yet elegant French, Tasting menu with molecular gastronomy components and Fine Cantonese cuisine ). All of which I had posted on this board. Scroll down, take a look and see what you think?!

    1. If you have not been to Canoe yet I would highly recommend going there. Consistently one of Toronto's best.

      Nota Bene is a good choice, if he ever changes the menu I will start going again.

      I recently had a great meal at Chiado as well (a modern approach to Portuguese cuisine). Highly recommend it if you love seafood.

      For a fun, casual Tapas spot I would recommend Torito, was there last night and my whole party had a great time. The dishes ranged from just good to addiction inducing.

      Finally, I have grown fond of the Globe Bistro over the last year. Great Canadian cuisine, and wine selections. One of a only a few restaurants in the city carrying the addicting reds from Organized Crime and Thirty Bench in Beamsville/Vineland.

      http://www.oliverbonacini.com/canoemo...
      http://www.chiadorestaurant.com/
      http://www.toritorestaurant.com/
      http://www.globebistro.com/

      Hope you have a great trip.

      1. Sidecar on College street is quite good, not expensive and the service is very attentive.
        http://www.sidecarrestaurant.ca/ [reserve on-line

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        Libretto Pizzeria is also very interesting, but get there early. It's a long wait for the second seating
        http://www.pizzerialibretto.com/

        Two recent trips to Canoe were problematic. Maybe they get iut right for others. They failed us miserably.

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          1. IMO, Simple Bistro is better than Biff's, Le Select or even Amuse Bouche.

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Well if that is YOUR opinion, so be it! I have never been to Simple Bistro but now I want to give it a try.
              When was the last time you tried any of my choices?
              Just curious.
              Haven't been to Lai Wah Heen in about 2 years. I do not recall being blown away by it .May be time for another visit.

              1. re: froglegs

                Within the past couple of years. However, I did hear that Biff's has improved recently. ( ie in the past few months ).

          2. Splendido is actually still very good. I prefer it to Nota Bene, in fact. Wouldn't strike it off the list yet!