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Mar 12, 2010 05:07 PM

Top 10 Food Experiences in Toronto

I realise there have been similar posts before this, but I'm trying to find a more updated list.
I want to have one special culinary experience a month for the rest of the year. I'm starting with Eigensinn Farm next week. (YAY!)
What would your recommendations be for another 10 for the rest of the year?
I enjoy different cuisines and am not fussed about the kind of food as long as it's delicious and:
1) Meat should be free of hormones and antibiotics. If not, there should be genuine vegetarian or seafood options.
2) Ideally located within reach of public transport or a short cab ride from public transport. (We don't own a car)

Thank you in advance.

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    1. There has been some pretty interesting press surrounding Hashimoto lately. It won't come cheap, but Chatto thinks the full kaiseki experience is pretty spectacular:

      - Another Japanese alternative might be omokase at Sushi Kaji too

      - I can't report directly on either, but it sounds like you're looking for fantasy-file material and both of these would be on my list

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      1. re: Rabbit

        Looks really good. This is on my list! Thanks.

      2. Eigensinn and Hashimoto! Money must not be a big concern on this adventure of yours. Maybe you should consider trying some Chinese delicacies one month. Lai Wah Heen would be a good option for this.
        P.S. I think there are lots of hounds who would love to hear you report back on your upcoming meal at Eigensinn.

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        1. re: graydyn

          I have heard really good things about Lai Wah Heen - will look it up, thanks. Have heard that Lai Toh Heen - which is closer to where I live is also amazing.

          Will also report back on Eigensinn.

          When I do this adventure once a week then I will say, quite happily, that money is not a big concern! :)

          1. re: artismarti

            Have been to Lai Wah Heen for dim sum a couple of times at lunch and am actually impressed when we get the bill. It has worked out to $20 a person for some outstanding dim sum. We leave pleasantly full (not stuffed) at this price.

        2. What a fantastic idea! Hashimoto is so high up on my list but it needs to a "BIG" occasion - I'd love to hear a report on that - actually, you should keep this thread running to post notes about all your experiences.

          First off, because it's just so stunningly delicious, you MUST go to Buca for the funghi pizza. I've posted so much about it that I'm even starting to get tired of my own recommendation but it really is THAT good.

          Perhaps some JK Frites or Susur's Singapore slaw at the Brickworks market once it opens. I'd have suggested a taste of maple syrup but it's not easily accessible without a car. Too bad you just missed the "Not Far from the Tree" at Dufferin Grove this past week-end. I'm also thinking about a summertime gelato one warm summer evening - maybe someone can post their favourite flavour from Hollywood Gelato or Il Gelaterie.

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          1. re: peppermint pate

            Yeah, I'm probably going to save Hashimoto for a birthday. Or maybe go to the one on Dixie Road which is $200 for the 8 course as opposed to the $300 at the other location.

            Thanks for the other suggestions. Will look them up.

            1. re: artismarti

              I don't think there are two locations - just the one at the JCCC now. but you can't tell b/c their website is down.

          2. I just had the 10-course tasting menu at Colborne Lane last night and I have to say, it was one of my top 10 food experiences, ever. The courses ranged from good to amazing, with only one or two being just 'good'. A surprise standout was the fois gras with dried bananas; the parsnip (I think) soup was equally fantastic. It's not cheap, but it was definitely worth it. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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            1. re: Strongbad789

              Great! Another one on the list. May I ask how much it cost? Thanks.

              1. re: artismarti

                For three of us, with two bottles of wine, three cocktails, and three tasting menus it was about $750 after tip.

                1. re: artismarti

                  The regular 10 course tasting is $129 if I remember right....but if you're going for might as well get the 15 course kitchen tasting. Can't remember how much it was....last I heard it was $150, but I would think they raised it to $180 or something like that now.

                  I say also check out Rundles, Langdon Hall, and Scaramouche while you're at it.

                  Langdon Hall
                  1 Langdon Drive, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8, Canada