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Trip to Toronto: need a few clarification.

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vanierstudent Jul 26, 2011 10:52 AM

Hi everyone, me and my Gf are planning to visit my grandparents in Toronto. I need some clarification on some of my choices. I'll be staying at my grandparents place 10 minutes away from Dundas Square.

Saturday:
10-11 AM: arrival, any good coffee shop near Dundas square?
12h: undecided? Dimsum in downtown? Crown princess? is LWH still any good?
6 PM: Beast 5-7 (do i need any reservations?).
Late night drink: any neat drinking place for cocktails?
Late night snack: anything special at 2AM in Toronto?

Sunday:
Breakfast and lunch: Grandpa’s choice.
6 PM: Sushi with a bunch of friends in Markham.
late night: maybe a few wok hei based dishes?

Monday:
Breakfast and lunch: open to all suggestions, preferably Chinese, I was thinking on a HK style Cafe and a few Buns for the road=).

Also, I've heard that Guu is really good, should I have a snack over there at 9h30 Pm?

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    jamesm RE: vanierstudent Jul 26, 2011 12:08 PM

    Can't hurt to make reservations at Beast but you should be okay at that time.
    Bar Chef makes interesting cocktails and isn't too far from Beast on Queen West just before Spadina. You could also walk in the other direction up to Ossington and hit up one of the many bars on the strip. Reposado is a tequila bar that makes some really good drinks.

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    Reposado
    136 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    Bar Chef
    472 Queen St W, Mount Forest, ON , CA

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      vanierstudent RE: jamesm Jul 26, 2011 12:58 PM

      Bar Chef seems REALLY interesting. Thank you for the suggestions!=)

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      Bar Chef
      472 Queen St W, Mount Forest, ON , CA

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      LearningHow RE: vanierstudent Jul 26, 2011 12:59 PM

      The last time I went to the Beast 120 they didn't take reservations; it was first-come first-served.
      However it does overlap with their regular dinner hours, so you probably could make reservations just to be safe?
      Also on their Facebook page they were extending the Beast 120 menu to Saturdays for July -- not sure if they were doing it for August also (used to only be Wed to Fri).

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        TorontoJo RE: LearningHow Jul 26, 2011 01:03 PM

        Beast only serves their 120 menu until 7pm. So the regular dinner hours don't start until 7.

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          jamesm RE: TorontoJo Jul 26, 2011 01:11 PM

          That's right. I forgot about the 120 menu.

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            TorontoJo RE: jamesm Jul 26, 2011 01:15 PM

            It's a great deal -- if I still lived around the corner, I'd be there once a week.

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              tjr RE: TorontoJo Jul 26, 2011 02:42 PM

              No kidding; it's a fantastic deal.

      2. miketoronto RE: vanierstudent Jul 26, 2011 02:04 PM

        Beast tweeted that they will be closed Saturday for a wedding, I'd look into it.

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          vanierstudent RE: miketoronto Jul 27, 2011 07:54 AM

          ahhh=(.

          Any replacement suggestion for beast? How's Black hoof?

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            jamesm RE: vanierstudent Jul 27, 2011 09:06 AM

            Black Hoof is excellent and probably held in slightly higher esteem than Beast. There are no reservations at Black Hoof, but if you go early enough you should be fine. Otherwise, they will take your cell number and you can pop down Ossington for a drink. Perhaps, Reposado, a tequila bar that makes great cocktails.

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            Reposado
            136 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

            The Black Hoof
            928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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              bytepusher RE: vanierstudent Jul 27, 2011 02:49 PM

              Black Hoof is good, while they are both nose to tail they are a fairly different when the rubber meets the road. Where I really see the difference is in desserts, the hoof only ever has one at a time and while there are the occasional winners most of the time it's an afterthought. Beast on the other hand has a full time pastry chef and does killer dessert.

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                jamesm RE: bytepusher Jul 27, 2011 03:43 PM

                That's a good point. I generally skip dessert but if it's an important part of your meal Beast does have them beat in that department. Their sticky toffee pudding is outrageous.

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