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wano Jul 7, 2012 07:58 AM

Where can I find the best roast piglet in GTA? I am looking for something that is crispy, a bit fatty with even ratio to flesh, not too salty - and very important, not gamey?

I think the younger the piglet is, it will be more gamey since it will have only fed on sow's milk. thanks!

BTW - don't necessarily need the whole piglet if I can get what I want by weight that is preferrable and hoping to time it when it is piping hot, right out of the roaster.

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    plug Jul 7, 2012 08:13 AM

    If you're referring to suckling pig, peaktop has a good rendition.

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      Charles Yu Jul 7, 2012 06:00 PM

      Agree! But they are only available on the weekends and usually sold out by 6.00pm. Best to call ahead and reserve!

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        dmartins123 Jul 8, 2012 10:51 PM

        Many Portuguese places sell suckling pig. Not sure if it is seasoned the same as Chinese though...

        Alex Rei dos Leitoes (on Ossington at Dundas) is well known.

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          wano Jul 9, 2012 07:36 PM

          thanks so much everyone, will give Peaktop a try for sure.

          I have tried Alex Rei dos Leitoes, it was good homey food but it does not compare to Chinese suckling pig!

          Check these out! Has any one every tried them?
          http://pigroastcatering.ca/
          http://roastedpiglet.com/

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            smartygirl Jul 12, 2012 01:20 PM

            wow, the first one you linked is literally twice as expensive as the second ($295 vs. $149), wonder why? i'm looking for a piggy for an upcoming birthday party, so i'm curious...

            wano, how was the alex rei dos leitoes, aside from not being chinese? and how much? their website doesn't say.

            eta: churrasco's is $149 as well.

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              dmartins123 Jul 12, 2012 07:38 PM

              The www.roastedpiglet.com website says a piglet serves between 25-35 people. That ain't no piglet!

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                smartygirl Jul 13, 2012 12:25 PM

                just looked at them again, pigroastcatering says its piglet is "up to 50 lbs" which would serve close to 50 people, i.e. their pig could be as much as twice the size as roasted piglet, which explains some of the price difference.

                dmartins123, what's your definition of too big to be a piglet? or are you thinking suckling pig?

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                  dmartins123 Jul 13, 2012 10:37 PM

                  I am thinking Portuguese style suckling pig.

                  I have has Chinese style at a wedding a few years ago and while it was very tasty, it also kind of fatty.

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                    wano Jul 14, 2012 08:41 AM

                    can't recall the price of alex dos leitoes but it was by plate rather than the whole piglet. It wasn't very expensive maybe $12-14 a plate with some sides like potatoes and veggies. Ok flavour, very tender but not crispy enough. I think much of it comes from how they carve the pig and how they roast it. perhpaps their piggy was too large thus the skin thicker so to balance not over cooking they had to stop before the skin was super crispy.

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              smartygirl Aug 1, 2012 07:38 AM

              just a word of warning for y'all... i tried the "order online" option at roastedpiglet.com, didn't get any kind of response, so i called to confirm and was told, "oh, we can't do that, the owner's away."

              why do restaurants have websites with fake info? sigh...

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                smartygirl Aug 7, 2012 03:18 PM

                update - we ordered from churrasco's in the end, and they were late delivering, but boy was that some tasty pig!

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