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Enoteca Sociale Tasting Menu - Any one?!

Charles Yu Sep 14, 2010 07:05 PM

Has any fellow chowhounder tried the $45, six course tasting menu of Enoteca Sociale? The $22 addition for wine pairing sounded a great deal as well?! Overall, is it worth my driving all the way from Richmond Hill?! Thanks in advance!

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Enoteca Sociale
1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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    keshkul Sep 14, 2010 07:58 PM

    I had the tasting menu two weeks ago at Enoteca Sociale (make a reservation or be prepared to wait for a while as it gets quite busy). The antipasto consisted of various kinds of olives, and crisps with some kind of curd on top (it was good). The pasta was spaghetti vongole -- perfectly al dente but lacked character. The secondi was rainbow trout, which was quite well done. And oh, there was a salad somewhere in between the courses, which I didn't care too much about. We were served some Cape Vessey cheese from Prince Edward county, which has a very strong flavour, but it grows on you. Dessert was whipped ricotta with Ontario peaches and an almond biscuit on the side. And of course, there was the usual bread, etc.

    My friend and I had a nice little table on the side to ourselves and the service was great. The portions, unfortunately, are quite small -- despite all the courses we were still quite hungry afterwards! The food is definitely good, but not something that I would go out of my way for.

    Overall: 7/10.

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    Enoteca Sociale
    1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    5 Replies
    1. re: keshkul
      haggisdragon Sep 15, 2010 05:27 AM

      That sounds like a good meal, but lacks the creativity I would expect from a 'tasting' menu. Sounds more like a regular Italian meal.

      1. re: keshkul
        Charles Yu Sep 15, 2010 06:22 AM

        Thanks for the feedback keshkul! No meat course?! Interesting! Overall sounds fairly ordinary to me
        For now, may be for Italian, I'll just stick with Buca, Mistura or better still Tutto Bene just a few minutes drive from me.

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        Tutto Bene
        8133 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2C6, CA

        Buca
        604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

        1. re: Charles Yu
          Dimbulb Sep 15, 2010 10:26 AM

          No Scarpetta yet?

          1. re: Dimbulb
            Charles Yu Sep 15, 2010 03:57 PM

            Review for Scarpetta had been very mixed so far!!

          2. re: Charles Yu
            k
            keshkul Sep 15, 2010 12:28 PM

            There is a meat course (lamb, I believe) but we substituted it for the fish.

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          Toronto Fastfoodie Sep 15, 2010 06:54 PM

          I had the tasting menu last Saturday night. It was delicious and so huge that we had to take 1/2 of the main course home. I found it original in its components while at the same time approachable to many palates and still keeping in like with the rest of the flavours and style of the menu. And to top it off, they are very accommodating. The main course had eggplant and I am allergic. They created a similar dish for me without the eggplant. Also, for the cheese course, I asked for an additional cheese and they added it for me (for more more, of course). These few touches showed me that the courses are fresh and made-to-order, not just the usual cheap, pre-made prix fix menu found at many locations. All in all, great food and value for the price ( $45)

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          1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie
            Charles Yu Sep 15, 2010 07:13 PM

            Wow!! Between keshkul and Toronto Fastfoodie, two totally diverse opinion!! Sounded like 'Susur' all over again! Ha!
            Guess I have to make a trip downtown to see for myself!!

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              downtownfoodie Sep 16, 2010 07:43 AM

              I usually discount 3rd party reviews but a friend who owns a downtown restaurant of note mentioned that he went two nights ago and thought the tasting menu was great in terms of both quality and price. I will be going on the strength of that reco FWIW

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