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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

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      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:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/4...
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/4...
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/3...
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/3...

      You may also want to check out this thread that was posted a few weeks ago:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/720550

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

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      http://www.foodpr0n.com -- food. is. love.

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      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?

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        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.

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          Foxley
          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.

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          Cava
          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.

            J

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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

                  -Buca
                  -Black Hoof
                  -black hoof cafe

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

                  www.toproeater.blogspot.com

                2. Thanks for all great suggestions. Interesting how many of the same names keep coming up - especially black hoof.

                  I think will try my luck at Black Hoof, or if it's a really nice night, will try Globe Bistro if I can get on the patio.

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

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                  1. re: TOexpat

                    Black Hoof has a nice quiet backyard patio - 20 seats maybe.

                    1. re: curnonsky

                      I managed to get to both Black Hoof (including the Cafe) and Lee during this last trip.

                      I had the full Black Hoof experience including drinks and appetizers across the street at the Cafe, and then dinner at the main restaurant.

                      The Cafe was fantastic. We shared 5 appetizers - ribs, perogi, a salad, fried chick peas and a fifth that I can’t recall. Everything was delicious with the fried chick peas being a really unique standout. The dinner was a little underwhelming compared to the cafe. Granted we were a slightly full from the cafe, but we found the menu a bit more limiting for those without a really experimental palate. We tried the charcuterie plate - the duck prosciutto was rich, soft and a standout on the plate- the balance of usual meats were good, yet typical of charcuterie, and I was the only one to try the horse mortadella (glad to say I tried it, but it was not a favorite). The other dishes were not as well received, in particular a very disappointing corn and adoulie sausage pasta.

                      Black Hoof should be on the Toronto shortlist, but I would probably have appetizers at the Cafe and go somewhere else for dinner next time.

                      Lee was also excellent and we sampled about six dishes. The Hot and Sour was a stand out, and we really enjoyed the short rib, risotto balls, and lettuce wraps. There was a green curry chicken dish that we finished with which was certainly different than the typical Thai dish in both flavor and presentation, but we think missed a bit on the flavor.

                      However it’s a great room, on a great street, and IMO also a don’t miss in Toronto.

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

                    2. re: TOexpat

                      As far as Globe Bistro goes, just note they do not serve a dinner menu on the rooftop patio, just appetizers / snacks / tapas style / small plates -- whatever you want to call them. It's tasty and enjoyable if that's what you want to do but you can't order the dinner entrees up there. Also, in case you think rooftop means view, there is none. It's a nice space but completely surrounded by walls except for the sky and some trees.
                      http://www.globebistro.com/