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curds Jan 12, 2011 06:11 PM

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

  1. Herb Feb 25, 2011 03:54 AM

    Another Toronto Star troll:


    And, surprise! No mention of Chowhound!!

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    1. re: Herb
      cubmike74 Feb 25, 2011 04:59 AM

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

      1. re: cubmike74
        foodyDudey Feb 25, 2011 05:31 AM

        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
        curds Feb 25, 2011 08:22 AM

        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
          foodyDudey Feb 25, 2011 08:29 AM

          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
            The Chowhound Team Feb 25, 2011 08:40 AM

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

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          curds Jan 17, 2011 08:59 AM

          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?

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

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

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

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          1. re: curds
            foodyDudey Jan 23, 2011 03:18 PM

            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,
            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. b
            burlgurl Jan 13, 2011 07:19 AM

            I found it! It was in Toronto Life recently..a special soup at Etsu...'

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

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            1. re: burlgurl
              pinkprimp Jan 13, 2011 09:44 AM

              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?

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

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

              1. re: burlgurl
                Teep Jan 17, 2011 01:05 PM

                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. foodyDudey Jan 13, 2011 06:33 AM

                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.



                1. Manybears Jan 13, 2011 05:36 AM

                  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. n
                    ninrn Jan 12, 2011 09:14 PM

                    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
                      foodyDudey Jan 13, 2011 05:08 AM

                      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. w
                      Whats_For_Dinner Jan 12, 2011 08:54 PM

                      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. re: Whats_For_Dinner
                        TorontoJo Jan 13, 2011 04:21 AM

                        Here on Chowhound:



                      2. b
                        burlgurl Jan 12, 2011 06:36 PM

                        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
                          table4onthefly Jan 12, 2011 07:03 PM

                          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
                            skylineR33 Jan 17, 2011 09:10 AM

                            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
                              acd123 Jan 17, 2011 09:11 AM

                              Who served the best Budda jumps over wall?

                              1. re: acd123
                                skylineR33 Jan 17, 2011 09:13 AM

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

                                1. re: skylineR33
                                  Royaljelly Jan 24, 2011 07:06 PM

                                  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
                            Teep Jan 17, 2011 01:02 PM

                            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
                              Royaljelly Jan 24, 2011 07:02 PM

                              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

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