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Good restaurant with great sticky toffee pudding?

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.

Thanks!

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

Luma
330 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA

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

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    1. re: hungryabbey

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

    2. 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. :)

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      Weezie's
      354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

      1. 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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        1. re: peppermint pate

          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.

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          Weezie's
          354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

          1. re: phillr

            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!

            1. re: peppermint pate

              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
              gabardine

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

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                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.

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

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

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            1. re: canice

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

            2. 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).

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