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now this place knows how to create food. often i find i am so unsatisfied with the food quality of many restaurants...or at last, underwhelmed. but EVERYTHING here was delicious. being more on the pescaltarian end of the continuum (generally only eat fish...but im not necessarily adverse to meat) many of the menu items were a little scary (i.e. fried pig tails) but i was feeling adventurous.

we had a bottle of lailey ontario wine (syrah). i was quite pleased.

we started with with the warm olives.delicious.

the artisinal board arrived next consisting of a medley of interesting complimenting flavours including apple slices, chutney, pork terrine, duck terrine, cheese. this was probably my favourite dish of the night.

the perogies were amazing, stuffed with pork, and drizzled with a cream sauce and chives.

lastly we had the suckling belly. very tender.

the service was also excellent. highly highly recommend this place

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  1. Where you at Hoof Cafe or Black Hoof?

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

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    1. re: curnonsky

      the hoof cafe...not the black hoof

    2. Does one typically need to wait at the cafe as well?

      And, if you don't mind my asking, How much did the meal run you?


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      1. re: meatnveg

        it was 100 before tip. its called a cafe but its a tapas style restaurant. we didnt have to wait.

      2. Just went for brunch for the first time this weekend, had the classics - suckling pig eggs benny along with bone marrow and strawberry beignets.

        Needless to say, by far the best brunch I've ever had. Benny was served on a delicious mini-biscuit, perfectly poached eggs, served with a standard (but appreciated) arugula salad. It was a small serving, but for such a rich dish it was perfect.

        It was hot and cramped in there, but it didn't matter. Me and 2 friends sat at the bar and had a great view of all of the crazy cocktail ingredients.

        They may have forgot our beignets (they didn't come out until we asked about them), and our server comped them instantly. Unncecessary and very generous. I figure restaurants these days are so afraid that if they screw up just a bit that people will whine about it on Chowhound or a blog. Forgot them or not, I gladly would have paid for such brilliance!

        1. Well I tried the hoof cafe as well. Me and my buddy luved the bone marrow other than that the Buffalo cock Combs, Cheesy potatoes and the cured ham was average at best. I had the fig caprihina which was ok I guess. We were there on Friday evening and went early but the Black Hoof was already full so we had to settle for the cafe. I think its a interesting place for Toronto but not amazing IMHO.

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          1. re: elvisahmed

            I'm thinking of trying out the Black Hoof for the first time tomorrow (thursday). Does anybody know if its difficult to get a table around 10 or 10:30? Also what kind of place should I be expecting? I just looked up their hours and it says they open until 2am, which isn't really what I was expecting.

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

            1. re: szw

              Black Hoof: 10-10:30 on a Thursday night should be okay, though I do see a second crowd come through the doors around this time. Depends on your party size. 2 should be fine (especially if you're willing to sit at the bar), moreso if the patio is open.

              The place isn't fine dining - though you will get dressier, jeans/tees are usually what I go in.

              I assume you know what kind of food you're getting. If not, anyone of of the previous BH threads will probably have me posting in there with the list of recent menus.

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

              1. re: jlunar

                Yes I've read your review and loved it (I love all your reviews!).

                Thanks for the heads up, its just nice to have a little insight into what to expect the first time you go to a new restaurant.


                1. re: szw

                  hahaha, thanks szw!

                  Honestly, I find The Black Hoof really comfortable, but it could also be due to the fact that I eat there a lot.

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

              2. re: szw

                Any day at 10 or 10:30 should not be a problem at all. I've usually gone around 8:30, which is the busiest time, and never had to wait more than 45 mins for a table for two. Seems to be a lot less busy in the summer, probably because people are away.