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  1. Thanks. We were able to go to 3 Summerlicious 2010 lunches and enjoyed the experience. This is a great promotion for Toronto's restaurant scene.

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    1. re: T Long

      Haven't been for Winterlicious, but Mistura didn't skimp on ingredients or portion size during Summerlicious. I'd return to Mistura for Winterlicious.

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      Mistura
      265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

    2. Boring and cheap choices everywhere. Only place remotely decent is Pangea. 4 choices of apps, entrees and desserts. No cheap chicken breast or seared salmon!!!

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      1. re: Charles Yu

        The menu at Toula is using some nice ingredients, has anyone eaten there recently? I remember Andrea Bargnani saying it was his favourite Italian restaurant in the city...but then pro athletes are often not exactly epicures.

        1. re: childofthestorm

          I went to Toula last year or possibly the year before for Winterlicious and it was uniformly terrible -- everyone's dish was just awful. But perhaps they've stepped up their game as a result of past failures? The menu sounds good, certainly.

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          Toula
          1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6, CA

          1. re: Jacquilynne

            Just too many negative reviews (not just Chowhound) of Toula to take a chance on...off my list for now.

            1. re: T Long

              Yeah, "uniformly terrible" is not making me rush to the phone to place a reservation!

              1. re: childofthestorm

                I remember last year's menu was lobster pasta or something like that ... and ordered it. One word - blech. Ingredients aren't everything .........

          2. re: childofthestorm

            Went to Toula last year also - I think that they are simply not equipped to handle the volume that they commit to Winterlicious. Based on trusted friends reviews on non-Winterlicious visits, I'd avoid altogether.

            Menu sounded great last year too, but the execution just isn't there.

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            Toula
            1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6, CA

          3. re: Charles Yu

            Went to Pangea several years ago and it was the worst 'Licious experience I've had out o about a dozen: poor food and very slow and hostile service.

            1. re: evansl

              Pangea is my last licious experience. I remember there was only maybe 1 or 2 mains available on their regular menu, the others were all out. The service was so bad that we left before the food came.

          4. Folks, like most -licious related threads, this one has already headed down the road to general complaints about the -licious events, which really doesn't help anyone eat better. We've cleaned a number of posts out of this thread, and would ask that people try to keep things focused on the specifics of restaurants and menus.

            If you have specific restaurants you've tried and liked (or disliked) in the past, if you've gone through the menus and picked out some restaurants that look like they're serving interesting dishes or (once Winterlicious starts) if you've tried any of the menus and want to comment on them, please go ahead and post.

            But if you just want to talk about how much you hate -licious events in general, we'd ask that you take a step back from this thread, and leave the discussion to the specifics of what's likely to be good or bad this year. Thanks.

            1. I see they have knocked the prices of the events way down, and some of them actually sound fun this year.

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              1. re: graydyn

                $45 for dinner in quite a few places! I thought that had gone UP??!!

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  Not the prix fix menus, I meant these:
                  http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/se/restaur...
                  Which in the past couple years have been $150+ and usually consisted of a diner with a TV "chef" in attendance.

                  1. re: graydyn

                    Beerbistro's beer dinners are usually fantastic. I've been to two previously and they were nothing short of great. I have my ticket to this one and I'm sure I'll enjoy it again.

              2. I agree that Mistura has a nice menu. Red's also has a good lineup. But both of these spots are on the $45 list. I'd rather just throw in an extra $20 and get what I really want on a non 'licious night.

                93 Harbord also looks quite decent with real items from the real grown-up menu.

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                Mistura
                265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

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                1. re: Rabbit

                  Been to Mistura in non-Licous times and the food was great. I'd definitely try them for a Winterlicious visit.

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                  Mistura
                  265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

                2. I believe it was last year we did Bymark for lunch. I was surprise how good everything was, it was also surprised how high the prices are regularly.

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                  Bymark
                  66 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON M5K 1J3, CA

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                  1. re: dubchild

                    I had lunch at Senses during Summerlicious. Big portion, good food, well worth $25.
                    Kobe frank steak salad, rack of lamb and dessert.

                     
                     
                     
                    1. re: ace123

                      Yes I had a good experience at a Senses licious lunch too.

                      1. re: ace123

                        Frank steak or flank steak?

                        1. re: TorontoJo

                          Haha. Yes. Kobe flank steak salad. I was surprised by the generous portion of this appetizer.
                          Another main course was fish.

                           
                           
                        2. re: ace123

                          Senses is consistently good during licious times...at least based on my experience. Been going there every year for 'licious.

                          We went on a Wednesday evening once during non licious time and the ingredents were not exactly fresh and we waited almost an hour before we were served apps. I guess the turn over is so much quicker that the food is pretty decent and interesting.

                          Auberge is also pretty good, and Corner House is quite nice for dinner, although they will rush you. Wildfire is a very good deal during this time, since their portion is still the same; if you order the lamb, the app and dessert is basically included free, vs you ordering it in normal dinners in previous years (I just noticed they don't offer lamb anymore this year)

                          Toula has a good view, and really, that's all it offers. Food is not very good and very generic.

                          Anyone tried Ame for licious or regular dinner?

                          I know a lot of you guys don't enjoy licious time, I personally prefer it over other times, since most people that dine at these places are dressed more casual; although some places rush you to finish (unless you order a lot of wine, which we don't do), otherwise, it's a pretty good time to sample some of the more interesting restaurants.

                          One thing I do every year is look through their offering, and regular menu, if the price is basically the same during 'licious and regular dinners, you can pretty much skip those places.

                          1. re: KevH

                            I like Ame a lot but I have no tried for licious. Licious may be a more affordable way to try it out. Last time I was there I had these amazing prawns and a mushroom salad that blew me away. BUT I love mushrooms so I always that as a caveat!

                          2. re: ace123

                            Have also visited Senses during a 'Licious - thought they did an excellent job and food was great. Menu this year for Winterlicious once again looks solid, so I'd definitely endorse a visit if you haven't been before.

                        3. Tried to book a reservation at Canoe today....busy signals all morning. Tried again at 4:30pm....recording said they are now fully booked for all of Winterlicious. Darn.

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                          1. re: T Long

                            Sorry to hear that. I nearly got carpal tunnel from all the redialing I did on the 12th, but I got through mid-afternoon...and then spent 15 minutes on hold before a live body answered.

                            1. re: T Long

                              By most reports - Canoe just isn't worth the effort during any Licious events. Best advice I'd seen is to try them for lunch and call a day or two in advance of the Winterlicious day you want to go and sometimes there's a cancellation for lunch. Otherwise, most say to avoid.

                              1. re: Tony Calgary

                                I disagree with the negative Canoe comments. I went last Summerlicious (lunch) and had a great experience. I was planning to introduce others to Canoe this Winterlicious....hopefully your advice will pan out.

                                1. re: Tony Calgary

                                  I went to Canoe for dinner during Summerlicious 2009 and had a fabulous meal. Then again, I've never tried them during non-Licious events. I was still impressed enough to go back this Winter :)

                                  1. re: LTL

                                    Hmmm - I'll keep that in mind for this summer. In general, people who have been to Canoe during Licious events don't like it as much as they do on their usual visits. Perhaps how they approach it has changed. Look forward to hearing about your experience!

                                  2. re: Tony Calgary

                                    I also disagree with the bad reviews of canoe over -licious events. I went last year for a summerlicious dinner and really enjoyed it. That said,I haven't been there on a regular night so I can't compare.

                                2. I think that North44 is the best value of any of the 'Licious offers out there. We've been several times and the service and food is at the same levels as non-Winterlicious times -- which is exceptional.

                                  The menu this year isn't a particularly exciting read, but I'm sure if you book there this year - you'll have a fantastic experience.

                                  Any other "GREAT" experiences out there?

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                                  1. re: Tony Calgary

                                    We had a great time at Mildred's Temple for Summerlicious. Food was excellent and service was great.

                                  2. Had a great meal last night at Byzantium. They do 'licious like a well oiled machine and the food is consistnatly solid. Highlight was the deluxe mac and cheese with bacon and jalapeno. It was a super creamy dish with solid flavours and an added crispy, cheddar crust. Comfort food greatness on a cold Toronto night.