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themiguel May 16, 2011 07:19 AM

My fiancee is obsessed with desserts and sweets - often having them first before her apps and mains. I want to surprise her with a dessert tasting menu if at all possible. Amuse Bouche used to have one, but im not sure any other restos these days are offering them? I would settle for an amazing pastry chef with whom I can try to negotiate a special dessert tasting menu.

Thanks!

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    allspiceallthetime RE: themiguel May 16, 2011 07:23 AM

    This might not be the answer you're looking for ... but on a previous thread, Eat to the Beat was recommended as a great fundraiser. It promotes women chefs, raises money for breast cancer and has lots and lots of desserts. It's in October, I think.

    1. Davwud RE: themiguel May 16, 2011 07:25 AM

      Have you thought about Wanda's in Kensington??

      What about Dufflet's??

      DT

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        JennaBean RE: themiguel May 16, 2011 08:17 AM

        I would suggest that you pick a few places you enjoy and give them a call. High-end places might be willing to do something special for the right price.

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          pinstripeprincess RE: JennaBean May 16, 2011 08:59 AM

          this would be my course of action. also have the expectation that you should go on a quieter night, besides making it easier for the chef... it will likely be a much better experience for you.

          that being said, any place that generally offers a good variety of multiple desserts during a regular tasting menu or has a bakery offshoot are likely to be your best bets. for example, sen5es was one of my first thoughts.

          eat to the beat is also a great fundraiser though i'll note that there often isn't a lot of variety in types of desserts and the trend of what is popular tends to take over.

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          Arcadiaseeker RE: themiguel May 16, 2011 09:05 AM

          Why not try Dessert Trends on Harbord - they have a wonderful selection of desserts. Some unusual and different kinds - it's the biggest and best selection I can think of in the city and the chef might just be able to help you out.

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            Degustation RE: Arcadiaseeker May 16, 2011 09:42 AM

            I recently ordered a selection of eight gourmet desserts (plus a scoop of chocolate mint ice cream in a chocolate cup) at Dessert Trends as a surprise for a friend. However, these were full servings of the desserts as I intended her to take them home as we knew she wouldn't be able to finish them in one sitting. She just had a nibble here and there and then they packaged up the whole lot for her.

             
          2. prima RE: themiguel May 16, 2011 10:40 AM

            George usually has a seasonally themed "tasting" dessert that includes several small portions of various desserts on one plate. The online dessert menu hasn't been changed since December, when an apple tasting dessert was featured. I would think the current dessert menu features something seasonal like rhubarb, rather than apples. Has anyone ordered the "tasting" dessert at George recently? http://georgeonqueen.com/download/dec...

            Beer Bistro also has a dessert platter for 2, with several small portions of desserts chosen by the chef, served on one plate.http://www.beerbistro.com/pdfs/Desser...

            Might be worth calling Zee Grill ($$$) or Scaramouche ($$$$) to see if they'd do a dessert tasting for a special occasion. Both Zee and Scaramouche serve good desserts.

            Although the desserts always look delicious at Dessert Trends, I'm not crazy about their desserts. I always seem to end up wishing that I ordered something else.

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            111 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2, CA

            Beer Bistro
            18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

            Scaramouche
            1 Benvenuto Place, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1, CA

            Zee Grill
            641 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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              Charles Yu RE: prima May 17, 2011 05:40 AM

              Agree! Desserts at George is pretty damn good!!

               
               
               
               
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              allspiceallthetime RE: themiguel May 16, 2011 10:47 AM

              I wanted to add my kudos: your girlfriend will be incredibly impressed.

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                strangeattractor RE: themiguel May 16, 2011 11:03 AM

                If you're willing to go out of town (I'm assuming you're in Toronto,) you could check out Afternoon Tea at Langdon Hall in Cambridge. I've heard good things about it.
                http://www.langdonhall.ca/dining_tea.htm

                In Toronto, there are other places that serve Afternoon Tea, including pastries, such as the Royal York hotel.

                Another idea is to walk around Chinatown and pick up some Asian sweets.

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                  mynameisr RE: themiguel May 16, 2011 01:08 PM

                  Senses on (or around?) Front/Wellington has impressive desserts.

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                    dubchild RE: themiguel May 16, 2011 02:17 PM

                    From the description it looks like Coco Rogue may be what you are looking for. Unfortunately they don't seem to be open yet. The two places which have impressed me the most for desserts are Frank at the AGO and Grace. I should also mention Bymark, not only does good desserts, but also has an extensive and well thought out list. Other restaurants should look at their dessert list to see what, I believe, most people would like to see from a dessert list.

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                      pinstripeprincess RE: dubchild May 16, 2011 08:52 PM

                      frank at the ago is sorely underrated for delicious and interesting food. i have had some truly astounding dessert there and some ok stuff... the astounding ones i think of fondly and frequently.

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                      Snarf RE: themiguel May 16, 2011 09:04 PM

                      The Oliver and Bonacini group own a stake in Soma, which in my humble opinion makes the best chocolate based things in town. Many of their restaurants feature some Soma products. If you pick a more quiet night, and surf the menus, you could come up with a good combo. Or you could call them up and ask the sommelier to put a matching together.

                      On a completely different note, the desserts at Debu are always made fresh, and they are also eager to please with some amazing flavour combinations.

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                        themiguel RE: themiguel May 19, 2011 06:41 AM

                        Thanks everyone for the input - im pretty sure I want to make this a bigger dinner with close friends and family, with the fiancee getting a special dessert tasting menu in the beggining of the meal (that's how she rolls) so Im leaning towards Frank at the AGO as it should be more financially accessible than George.

                        How is the food at Franks?

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                          jlunar RE: themiguel May 19, 2011 11:34 AM

                          I ate there last month and had a lovely meal. The pork chop was especially good and I thought the service very attentive (though, we were one of few tables in the space) without being annoying. The FOH guy especially was especially welcoming. Here's the flickr set from that meal:

                          http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/s...

                          We did pass on dessert that time around, though I think the dessert presentation is quite nice at Frank (based on earlier meals/brunches).

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                            pinstripeprincess RE: themiguel May 19, 2011 11:48 AM

                            i prefer frank over nota bene personally.... the menu right now isn't particularly adventurous but they have at times done some really interesting and delicious dishes. one of their chefs has a reputation for seafood and it has not at all disappointed there.

                            the only thing i wish i'd never ordered... their side of lentils. just kinda boring... otherwise i wish they still had the corn and crab cake and the tongue....

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                              dubchild RE: themiguel May 19, 2011 12:37 PM

                              I have only been for brunch recently. Everything I've had for brunch has been excellent, definitely the best eggs bene ever, which has had us thinking about returning for dinner. Last time I had dinner was about 6 months ago. At that time I thought everything was good, a little pricy, and not much different from most other bistros. If you have a gallery membership it gets you 10% off, make sure you show it, they sometimes forget to ask. I remember apps being very small and mains being quite large. Without having had their recent menu, I would recommend skipping apps and doubling up on dessert. Also everytime I've gone we have had excellent service except for one male server they have. I don't think he is aware or is intentional on how rude he comes across. He consistently walked away from the table as he was talking to you and never giving you the opportunity to ask for what you needed or wanted. I was always talking to the back of his head. In other words, he wasn't there for you, and it wasn't that busy. I hope you enjoy. Also the David Blackwood exhibit is worth seeing.

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