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Jul 30, 2010 12:09 PM

Dinner Recommendation - Must-Have for one night in Toronto

If you were to recommend one must-have restaurant for dinner in Toronto, what would it be? I am thinking along the lines of LEE or other "Top Ten" choices.

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    1. re: jnine

      Black Hoof and Hoof Cafe

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

    2. The Black Hoof! Not for everyone (depends on if you're a "safe" eater) but to me, they're serving the most interesting dishes with a high tasty hit-rate. There are a ton of threads about it (I'm sure I've posted in all of them) on the board. It's pretty much my top rec to anyone currently.

      Menus to give you an idea of what they serve and prices:

      You may also want to check out this thread that was posted a few weeks ago:

      There are probably a few more in the same vein if you search the boards.

      ---- -- food. is. love.

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

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      1. re: jlunar

        Thanks for pointing me out to that other thread - looked for it first but it did not come up in my search. Black Hoof keeps coming up in my search. So does Earth, Lee, Paramour and Colborne Lane. Thoughts on those?

        Colborne Lane
        45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

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

        1. re: TOexpat

          Have you been to Susur before? Lee is a sort of more accessible (ie half the price) version of Susur. Earth is OK, nothing extraordinary imho (good place to take the relatives).

          You go to Paramour for the service. Food's OK but not omg.

          Can't comment on CL other than its expensive.

          I'd suggest Foxley, Local Kitchen, Atlantic (crickets!) and Origin (from the Colborne Lane dude).

          Pizzeria Libretto if you haven't been.

          207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

          Pizzeria Libretto
          221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          1. re: TOexpat

            The Colborne Lane tasting menu has some avid fans on this board. I am not one of them, particularly for the Plus-$100 price tag. Canoe is I think best for a one-time tasting menu if you are looking for that sort of thing. If you want to spend half that much, Black Hoof I believe is better than both Earth and Lee. Their spicy roasted octopus which I had two days ago is a very rare thing: a must-have dish in Toronto. I dont think anyone would put Earth or Lee on a must-do list.
            speaking of Earth, Globe Bistro might be worth a check, for something very Toronto
            Also maybe Chiado (back to the canoe-colborne lane price range) for superior quality sea food and service

        2. Cava is a good option too.

          1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

          1. Hashimoto...but its not easy to get a reservation...but at least you can make one.


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            1. re: JPJ

              It is $300 per person. Just so you know before you make that reservation

              1. re: JPJ

                How do they justify a $300 bill?

              2. I definitely agree with the Canoe recommendation.

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                1. re: tochowchick

                  -Black Hoof
                  -black hoof cafe

                  They are actually not that far from one another.
                  You could do all three in one night.