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Good restaurant with great sticky toffee pudding?

phillr Feb 7, 2011 04:55 PM

hello. A friend and I are looking for a restaurant with good food and a great sticky toffee pudding. Meal minus alcohol maybe around $40. Also require great service and no pretentiousness.

Right now narrowed down to Beast but a bit hesitant with the whole head-to-tail thing.

No to Luma, Nota Bene, Canoe, Ceeli Cottage (bad spelling) for various reasons.


Nota Bene
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

330 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA

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    hungryabbey RE: phillr Feb 7, 2011 05:00 PM

    What about Beast? Their version is really delicious but super sweet...so just expect a sugar hangover.

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      tbonetak RE: hungryabbey Feb 8, 2011 06:24 AM

      Second Beast. Second the sugar hangover. I hurt a little just remembering it, but it's totally worth it.

    2. TorontoJo RE: phillr Feb 7, 2011 05:23 PM

      Weezie's often has a fantastic "malva pudding" that is a sticky toffee pudding. It's my favourite version I've had in the city. Also fits the rest of your criteria - price point, service, no pretentiousness. I haven't been in the last couple of months, so probably worth a call to see if they have it on the menu right now.

      And don't be afraid of Beast -- there are LOTS of things on the menu that stick to the standard beasty parts. The burger and tater tots is a great meal. :)

      354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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        peppermint pate RE: phillr Feb 7, 2011 05:32 PM

        Great sticky toffee pudding + great service + no pretentiousness = Starfish!! Their sticky toffee pudding is off the charts - insanely rich and insanely addictive.

        I haven't tried Beast yet - it's top of my list - but by all accounts, it would fit the bill as well.

        Not sure about your price point, though - I'm assuming $40 is per person? And minus alcohol and before tax and tip? If yes and yes, you should be fine - otherwise, you will be pushing it a bit.

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          phillr RE: peppermint pate Feb 7, 2011 06:37 PM

          Thanks for the suggestions. I'll take a look at Weezies. I've seen tons of recommendations for Starfish but unfortunately their website isn't updated. So hard to sense what the menu is. I myself am not an oyster fan, but enjoy some prepared seafood dishes. Will have to do more research on Starfish.

          354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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            peppermint pate RE: phillr Feb 9, 2011 10:59 AM

            Wow, who knew sticky toffee pudding had become so ubiquitous?

            Re: Starfish - there are lots of options beyond oysters. They are one of the best places in the city, if not the best, for cooked fish dishes. Last year, my husband and I shared a roast fluke served with Jerusalem artichoke and celeriac puree. It was spectacular. I've never had a bad meal there.

            Anyway, you've obviously got no end of great options here - perhaps you should consider a sticky toffee pudding crawl!

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              pinstripeprincess RE: peppermint pate Feb 9, 2011 11:19 AM

              it is the comfort food dessert of the year....

              other places i've been recently that have them or variants:
              black hoof cafe
              queen and beaver

              my outside nomination is frank at the AGO for their version of pouding chomeur.

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                julesrules RE: pinstripeprincess Feb 10, 2011 08:20 AM

                The pouding chomeur at Le Papillion (Eastern Ave location) is also very good, and yes, very reminiscent of some versions of STP - quite comparable to Ceili Cottage's, but I thougt Q&B's had more date taste to it and wasn't as over-the-top sweet. But of the 3 versions, Le Papillion was probably my favourite.

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          canice RE: phillr Feb 7, 2011 07:24 PM

          Harbord House! Fits the bill (especially the price, and the good food).

          Harbord House
          150 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H2, CA

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            canadianbeaver RE: canice Feb 8, 2011 06:07 AM

            Seconded. All around.

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              ms. cornbread RE: canice Feb 8, 2011 03:56 PM

              This would be my suggestion too. Good food, good sticky toffee pudding, reasonably priced and I like the atmosphere a lot.

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              torontofoodiegirl RE: phillr Feb 8, 2011 05:17 AM

              Simple Bistro. Gerat food, right price point, excellent service, unpretentious, and they have sticky toffee pudding (though from reading all these posts, it seems like everyone does!). I should mention that it's not my favourite sticky toffee pudding - a bit less dense and sticky than I'd ideally like, but it was still good (and I think it's really an issue of personal preference).

              Simple Bistro
              619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

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                ManAbout RE: phillr Feb 8, 2011 06:31 AM

                High Street Fish and Chips on Underhill has a good Sticky Toffee Pudding. It's nothing fancy though, and a bit more uptown and probably too casual for your needs. But, just putting it out there for anytbody else.

                High Street
                55 Underhill Dr, Toronto, ON M3A2J8, CA

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                  JennaBean RE: ManAbout Feb 8, 2011 07:12 AM

                  What hood is that located in?

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                    jlunar RE: JennaBean Feb 8, 2011 07:14 AM

                    DVP & Lawrence

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                  maple99 RE: phillr Feb 8, 2011 07:24 AM

                  The Monk's Table. Very good STP (although I'm not sure if it is always on the menu). Certainly not pretentious. Service possibly a bit on the casual side, but certainly not bad. Maybe a bit under the stated price level in your post, on average. Apparently no web site or online menu.

                  The Monk's Table
                  1276 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1W5, CA

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                    magic RE: maple99 Feb 8, 2011 04:06 PM

                    I second The Monk's Table's sticky toffee pudding.

                    At the risk of exposing myself to wrath, I also want to give a mention to the sticky toffee pudding at Moxie's. Even though Moxie's is a chain I always have terrific experiences at the Scarborough Town Centre location. And I LOVE their STP!!!! Soooo good.

                  2. redhead RE: phillr Feb 8, 2011 05:21 PM

                    Starfish is an excellent choice!! My husband licks the plate after their STP. Their menu is smallish - pretty much a few fish dishes, a steak frites, perhaps a pork or chicken. Appetizers will include a couple of salads, fish cakes, sardines, croquettes, sometimes soft shell crab. I love the cozy atmosphere as well..

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                      jamesm RE: redhead Feb 8, 2011 06:21 PM

                      Beast. So good. Heavy on the sauce but delicious. One of my favourites and sticky toffee pudding is the only dessert I order even if I'm full. There's also loads of things to order that aren't 'head to tail'

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                      TinyToes82 RE: phillr Feb 9, 2011 07:43 AM

                      Hot House Cafe makes a delicious sticky toffee pudding

                      Hot House
                      35 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1T3, CA

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                        Steady RE: phillr Feb 9, 2011 08:46 AM

                        Agree with many here about the STP from Beast. I have been tempted to pick up the bowl to drink the rest of the delectable sauce. If you're able to visit during their Beast 120, then you can keep to your budget for sure, including a glass of wine or two! (You should also be able to stick to your budget of $40 pp without alcohol with their dinner menu as I find their prices very reasonable.) And don't worry about the head-to-tail offerings; there are many items that you'll feel comfortable with.

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                          Wahooty RE: Steady Feb 9, 2011 09:49 AM

                          It seems like people hear "nose-to-tail" and think that excludes everything in between. :) I can't comment on the STP, but on my visit to Beast it seemed most of the meat on the menu was pretty mainstream - steaks, chops, burgers, ribs, etc. To the OP - don't let fear of innards and snouts be the reason you rule it out.

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                          LearningHow RE: phillr Feb 27, 2011 07:53 AM

                          I 2nd all the recs for Beast as well.

                          Went last night and the sticky toffee pudding was insanely good. INSANELY.

                          DH isn't into desserts (he had a bite and thought it was too sweet), so it was all mine.

                          Took a bite and I SWEAR my eyes just closed and I started giggling non-stop. Seriously a wonderful sugar high.

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