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Jan 12, 2011 06:11 PM

ISO: dishes that must be ordered 24 hours ahead

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*

      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.

          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).

            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.

              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.