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the best thing i ever ate...

chrisfernando100 Jun 14, 2010 06:48 PM

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...

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    mmmpretzels Mar 24, 2013 07:54 PM

    thanks for the suggestions!

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      mmmpretzels Mar 21, 2013 04:00 PM

      Any suggestions for London, ON or surrounding area?

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      1. re: mmmpretzels
        prima Mar 21, 2013 04:13 PM

        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

        1. re: mmmpretzels
          jinxie Mar 25, 2013 05:59 AM

          Also- London

          King of Pigs- portuguese churrasqueira ...I need to stock up on their sauce next time I'm there. There ribs are also great. I havent' had anything in toronto that compares.

          Qyunh Nhi- their pad thai is great.

        2. Manybears Jul 9, 2010 08:39 PM

          I still have the warm fuzzies when I remember the wagyu burger at Nota Bene. Mmmm....

          Nota Bene
          180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

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            abigllama Jul 2, 2010 05:58 PM

            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.

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            1. re: abigllama
              1sweetpea Jul 2, 2010 06:26 PM

              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

              Sushi Kaji
              860 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z1N7, CA

              Hanoi 3 Seasons
              588 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y3, CA

            2. shekamoo Jul 2, 2010 12:39 PM

              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

              1. The Chowhound Team Jun 22, 2010 05:11 AM

                Folks, please keep the discussion focused on dishes you've had in Ontario. Thanks!

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                1. re: The Chowhound Team
                  chrisfernando100 Jun 28, 2010 08:34 AM

                  izakaya ju's pork cheeks...amazing.

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                  lister Jun 21, 2010 06:15 PM

                  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

                  1. scarberian Jun 21, 2010 04:04 PM

                    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.

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                    1. re: scarberian
                      JennaBean Jul 2, 2010 12:46 PM

                      Where is this Maagic Wok? It sounds like something I really must try!

                      1. re: JennaBean
                        scarberian Jul 2, 2010 01:08 PM

                        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.

                        1. re: scarberian
                          JennaBean Jul 2, 2010 01:30 PM

                          It sounds great! It is now on my list!

                          Thank you.

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                      Chocolatemama Jun 21, 2010 11:40 AM

                      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

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                        trane Jun 15, 2010 01:23 PM

                        Black Hoof - Foie Gras Pate on the charcouterie platter

                        The Black Hoof
                        928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                        1. re: trane
                          chrisfernando100 Jun 15, 2010 04:29 PM

                          i've been dying to try the horse sandwich at black hoof, i've heard nuthin but good about that place...

                          1. re: chrisfernando100
                            chrisfernando100 Jun 21, 2010 10:07 AM

                            really...i thought this would be a little more popular.

                            duckdown, lets get some input on peel.
                            here's another one...

                            black angus meats - 5 game pate

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                          fryerlover Jun 15, 2010 06:37 AM

                          Mohinga from the Mayanmar pavilion at Carabram***my number one best***
                          Suya from the African pavilion at Carassauga
                          Pho from Pho Mi 99 at Hurontario and Eglinton
                          Buck a Shuck oysters at Big Daddy's with choice of 7 toppings
                          New York butter chicken wings at Turtle Jacks

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                          1. re: fryerlover
                            madhatt Jun 21, 2010 11:36 AM

                            This the Big Daddy's on King? Ate there once, it wasn't anything spectacular.. Are the oysters worth visiting for?


                            Big Daddy's Restaurant
                            460 Elgin Mills Rd E, Richmond Hill, ON L4C5E7, CA

                            1. re: madhatt
                              fryerlover Jun 21, 2010 12:23 PM

                              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.

                              1. re: fryerlover
                                madhatt Jul 2, 2010 08:08 AM

                                I believe they do! And it's right next to work... I guess I'll finally have to try Oysters :)

                                1. re: madhatt
                                  fryerlover Jul 2, 2010 08:13 AM

                                  When you try them, let us know our opinion on them. I would recommend the fresh horseradish, lemon, seafood sauce and vodka.....great combo. I'm finally going tomorrow and can't wait.

                                  1. re: fryerlover
                                    chrisfernando100 Jul 2, 2010 08:29 AM

                                    personally i'm a horseradish and tabasco or a mignonette sauce kinda guy

                                    1. re: chrisfernando100
                                      fryerlover Jul 2, 2010 08:57 AM

                                      They have tabasco, althoughnot sure about the mignonette sauce. If you plan to go, maybe call to inquire if they have the sauce you like.

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