ISO Spinalis Dorsi in Toronto
Looking for spinalis dorsi (beef cap for most of you, and "callotte" for those of us following Thomas Keller's tasting menus) in Toronto. I'm thinking Cumbrae's is a good start, but does anyone else have any other suggestions?
481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA
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Call St Helen's Meat Packers and see if they will cut you some pieces so you can pick them up from their small retail store open to the public. It may not be cheap, but you could potentially order graded beef and as they are a company that supplies butchers, they could have more use for the loin left over after you want the cap. 3 Scarlett Rd Glen - 416 769-1788
I saw this for sale at Healthy Butcher a few years ago. I don't know whether or not they still sell it. However, if you can't get this cut, you can finesse it. Just pick up a large prime rib roast. If the beast's provenance isn't a major concern, Certified Angus will taste fine. Otherwise, the premium butcher of your choice.
You want a roast from the supposedly less desirable shoulder end (I can't remember the rib numbers - sorry). The spinalis dorsi will separate easily from the eye section. Unless you don't enjoy prime rib, you might find this a more economical purchase.
If you do find this cut available, please post the source and the price.
I talked to a butcher I know (Nick at Grace Meats) and he says this cut is also called "Ribeye cap meat" He said the pieces are usually around 2 lbs, and cost $4 /lb.
644 College St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA