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Anybody know of dishes at restaurants in the GTA where you have to order a day ahead to get it? Especially unusual dishes.

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  1. hmm..i remember recently reading a restaurant review on a chicken dish, but I can't recall where it was published.
    It was a chinese restaurant and was a full chicken prepared in a way that required 24 hr notice.
    I'll repost if I remember!

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    1. re: burlgurl

      I haven't ever heard of a restaurant in Toronto doing that. It's big in NY though (I did my school there), and I still long to go back for David Chang's Bo Ssam *drools*

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      Ssam
      19 Finch Ave W, Toronto, ON M2N7K4, CA

      1. re: table4onthefly

        Many of the better Chinese restaurants if not all have dishes that need to order 24 hours in advance. eg. Budda jumps over wall, Eight Treasure duck, begger/fortune beef brisket.

        1. re: skylineR33

          Who served the best Budda jumps over wall?

          1. re: acd123

            Regal 16. $150 per person + tax. Minimum order : half table, ie. 5 persons.

            1. re: skylineR33

              Hey skyline, do you know if O'Mei does any pre-order soups as well, but not quite as pricey $150/head one? I'm taking my parents and sister in law there next month for some lobster 4 ways and would like to try a fancy soup as well.

      2. re: burlgurl

        E Pan on Spadina does a Shrimp Stuffed Chicken which has to be ordered in advance. It's a whole chicken deboned, laid flat and spread with mashed shrimp. Don't remember if it's steamed or fried. Around $50.

        1. re: burlgurl

          burlgurl maybe referring to this post from Charles Yu about Brilliant Chinese Restaurant's deboned fried chicken wrapped w/ glutinous rice. You only need to order it a few hours in advance. Also done at Maple Yip in Scarborough.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752491

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          Brilliant Chinese Restaurant
          7220 Kennedy Rd, Markham, ON L3R0N4, CA

        2. Read something recently regarding the "Whole Beast" tasting menu at Beast, which you have to give several days' notice for, if I recall. Wish I could remember where I saw it.

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          1. There's a lamb platter at Cafe 28 in Richmond Hill that must be ordered the day before. Also Tiffinday tiffin meals must be ordered a day in advance. Cajun Corner makes Turduckens with a few days advance notice. Peaktop Chinese Restaurant will do a whole roast suckling pig if you call earlier in the week (might be better for take-out as eating a whole pig in the restaurant could provoke some stares).

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            Cajun Corner
            214 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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            1. re: ninrn

              Cajun Corner has been fully closed for around 2 years, after being partially closed for the 2 years previous to that.

              The OP was looking for places that need a day's notice because it's something that requires extra preparation and is not usually available, not for logistic reasons such as the tiffin meal place.

            2. The stuffed peppers at El Sol on the Danforth have to be ordered a day in advance (though given the slow service maybe most things would be better ordered the day before! ha ha). I've never had the peppers and haven't been in awhile, so proceed with caution.

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              El Sol
              1448 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1N4, CA

              1. If it is Indian food you like, there is a dish called "Raan" made from a leg of lamb that requires at least a day's notice at places that serve it.
                Here are two links to recipes so you get an idea what it is like. It tastes great, but is also quite easy to make at home.

                http://www.manjumalhi.com/recipes/lam...

                http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/raa...

                1. I found it! It was in Toronto Life recently..a special soup at Etsu...'
                  http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

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                  Etsu
                  45 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1Y9, CA

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                  1. re: burlgurl

                    I actually went to Etsu for this soup on Tuesday (after reading the same article!)...we called at 7pm and they were able to serve it to us by 9pm - it was quite delicious.

                    Lai Wah Heen also used to have a "Beggar's Chicken" that you had to pre-order a day in advance, but I don't see it on the current menu. Maybe call and ask?

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                    Lai Wah Heen
                    108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

                    Etsu
                    45 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1Y9, CA

                    1. re: burlgurl

                      Other Korean places serve saam gae tang without the need to preorder. I've had versions up at Finch and Yonge, and I think there's one on Baldwin.

                    2. burgurl, it was the Etsu chicken dish that made me start scouting around for more 24-hrs-ahead dishes! Whats_For_Dinner, Manybears, and pinkprimp: those are perfect. Lai Wah Heen still offers the beggar's chicken, and the chile rellenos at El Sol are ordered in advance too. And the Whole Beast one looks AMAZING.

                      FoodyDudey: do you know where I can order Raan at a restaurant in Toronto?

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                      Lai Wah Heen
                      108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

                      El Sol
                      1448 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1N4, CA

                      Etsu
                      45 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1Y9, CA

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                      1. re: curds

                        I think many Toronto restaurants could make it, especially if they have a tandoor. I've had it at a restaurant close to the Promenade mall.

                        Nawab Indian Cuisine,
                        7700 Bathurst Street,
                        Thornhill,
                        Ontario L4J 7Y5

                        Here is a a link to the page of the menu which mentions "leg of lamb" http://www.nawabindiancuisine.ca/Take...

                      2. Another Toronto Star troll:

                        http://www.thestar.com/living/food/ar...

                        And, surprise! No mention of Chowhound!!

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                        1. re: Herb

                          I saw this as well today - it's almost comical how closely the article matches the chowhound thread.

                          1. re: cubmike74

                            They even ordered the Raan at the restaurant I mentioned! Well at least they read CH. I hope they read this also:

                            Kate Allen, you should mention where you got the idea for your article from! And a few more pictures of the food in the web edition would have been nice, as everyone knows a picture is worth 1024 words!

                          2. re: Herb

                            I initiated this thread to find more dishes for that story-the poster IS the star writer. I don't plan on doing it again because someone mentioned after I had written that post that I'm not the only writer to realize that you guys collectively know more about food than anyone else in the city, and anyone else could poach my story idea.

                            Sorry if any of you felt you shouldve got credit in there or something--I was trying not to blow my cover! Oh well.

                            1. re: curds

                              I was wondering why "curds" had only made one post here. I don't think anyone individually wants credit for anything, but you could have mentioned that the suggestions for a few places were made in response to your request. I'm glad you enjoyed the raan.

                              1. re: curds

                                curds, please read the below from our post etiquette for journalists, found here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3676...

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