the best thing i ever ate...
i'm not sure if anythign like this already exists on here (couldn't find anything with a brief search) but i thought it might be a good idea to get something similar to the food network show going here.....just post the name of the restaurant and the dish (feel free to be more descriptive than me).
chinese traditional buns (toronto) - beef in spicy soup - one of the hotttest things i've ever eaten but so addictive, it's beef in a broth flavoured with fried szechuan peppers and chillies with some sprouts, awesome
pho pasteur (toronto) - rare beef pho
blue sage (mississauga) - burger , best textured burger i've ever had, nice coarse grind on the beef
sweet smoke (burlington)- crab cakes
big smoke (oakville) - pulled pork
via panini (maple) - veal sandwich, awesome sauce and veal
pizzeria libretto (toronto) - grilled sardine appetizer and prosciutto & arugula pizza
aggie martin's (brampton) - cassoulet, beans, sausage and duck confit cooked together
jimbay's (mississauga) - salmon skin roll
sushi kaji (etobicoke) - omikase (everythign was awesome)
sukhothai - pad thai's awesome although everything's good
______(brampton, near williams pkwy & chrysler dr) - awesome stromboli
there's more but i can't think of them right now....i'm sure it'll come to me...
No, the only location I have been to is the one in Mississauga...Southdown and Royal Windsor. I would agree that the food is not spectacular most times, however I find the oysters worth the visit. During Voodoo/Happy Hours they are a buck a shuck and come with seven sauces to try plus fresh lemon and horseradish. One of the sauces is vodka with some root vegtables in it for flavouring. Definitely worth a try to see if they are for you. I just planned by next oyster day and can't wait.
If you are going to another location, check the website just to make sure they all have the same Voodoo/Happy Hours and offer the buck a shuck as well.
Not in Toronto, but the foie gras poutine at the Stone Road Grille in Niagara on the Lake is to die for!
Stone Road Grille
238 Mary St, Niagara-ON-the-Lake, ON L0S, CA
The tasting menu at Susur. EVERYTHING was damn gooood. The sweatbreads especially stand out as something simple done to perfection.
The spider maki at Mika (now Bistro Camino). I haven't had another version of it that compared to the Mika version. Zen comes a close second, but Mika just did it to my liking.
The smoked meat sandwich at Schwartzes -- small, but packed full of flavour.
The deep fried squid with chili at Magic Wok. I can't find another substitute. I've had really good calamari, but they don't measure up to Magic Wok's version.
Carne Asada burrito at Victoria's (used to be Aldeberto's) in San Diego. It's a hole in the wall, but this place makes a mean Carne Asada burrito.
The wood oven pizzas from Fratellis in Highland Creek Village.
I haven't been back in awhile (I've been too busy), but if it's still the same quality then you won't be disappointed. It's just west of 14th line and Kennedy on the south side. Look for the water tower. They have their own building and it's basically beside or very close to the water tower. Eat in, don't take out as, IMO, the food tends to change when you take out (I guess from the steam inside the containers). When last I ate in I remember the calamari being dry, not oily, tender and with a nice garlic-chilli pepper flavour. Just salty enough like a chip and making you want more. Try also their sweet and sour pork and fish maw soup with crab meat. Lemon chicken is amazing and of course their fried rice are all good.
The best thing I've ever ate was at Bin 941 in Vancouver where I had the maple chipotle glazed flank steak. The maple flavour was so intense and then the chipotle sneaked in at the end. I said "WOW!" at my first bite. It was so good I ordered another plate (minus the frites.) I licked both plates clean. :-D
Now for Ontario, the best sandwich is Caplansky's smoked meat back at the Monarch when Zane was on top of his game. Melt in your mouth smokey goodness. His poutine also is my favourite poutine with Poutini's coming in second. Yes even over what I've had in Montreal. :-p
Single best overall meal, Splendido under the previous regime. I ordered ala carte, the girlfriend had the tasting menu. Most I've ever paid for a meal but ever so amazing.
Steak - Barberian's.
7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA
88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA
356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
1112 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA
One of many Omakase sushi dinners last winter at Zen which included 3 different toro nigiris (and to think Zen is nothing special compared with the 'real deal' in Japan and LA. just grateful for the invention of sushi!)
First time I had lobster 4-ways at Omei
Prime Rib Dip Sandwich at Lucky's in Casino Niagara - Shaved prime rib, marinated in jus served open face on a crusty grilled bun. Smothered in gooey melted cheddar. Side of jus for dipping. I have to have one of these whenever I get withing 30k of the falls. It's sometimes better than others, but always solid and occasionally eye roll back amazing.
It's a bit more of a guilty pleasur than the cullinary masterpiece but my mouth waters just thinking about it.
Have to agree with Sushi Kaji. Killer omakase and extraordinarily generous sashimi cuts. Hashimoto is up there with the most special meals ever. I had a seriously good bouillabaisse years ago at Auberge du Pommier. I had a great pho tai ga (rare beef and chicken) not too long ago at Pho Dau Bo in Mississauga. I swooned over the broth, after I added basil, ngo gai and some pickled chiles. It was heaven in a bowl. Tunisian puree at Djerba la Douce knocked my socks off. The owner kicked up the spiciness, Tunisian style, at our request. My first cha ca la vong at Hanoi 3 Seasons made me want to move in and set up camp at the restaurant. They haven't been as good lately, but I keep going in search of that first, best cha ca high.
Djerba la Douce
1475 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1N5, CA
860 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z1N7, CA
Hanoi 3 Seasons
588 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA
I still have the warm fuzzies when I remember the wagyu burger at Nota Bene. Mmmm....
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA
some suggestions for London:
shawarma at Barakat http://www.barakatrestaurant.com/
Black Trumpet's salmon with Maltaise sauce http://www.blacktrumpet.ca/
Italian at Abruzzi on King St http://www.abruzzi.ca/
burek at Hot Oven in the Covent Garden Market
Portuguese chicken at Imperio dos Frangos on Hamilton Road
Serbian bistro food at Kantina on Talbot http://www.kantina.ca/
lunch at The River Room in Museum London http://northmoore.ca/theriverroom/
locally sourced food at The Only on King
check out this London thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/664302