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Oct 29, 2012 04:41 PM

ISO Sticky Toffee Pudding at lunch?

A group of people from my office (financial district) like to evaluate the city's sticky toffee puddings on occasion. So far we've been to Starfish and Toca at the Ritz (Starfish wins on taste, Toca on presentation).

I'm looking for more places that serve the stuff in the afternoon (ie, must be open at some point between 1pm and 4pm) that are close to downtown. I am aware of Canoe and Nota Bene. Jacob & Co isn't open for lunch but they also serve it. Anyone know any other places? Much appreciated!

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      1. Pouding Chomeur at Le Papillon is quite similar and very good, at least at their other location... but I can't imagine they would have strayed far from the original recipe with the split.

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        1. re: julesrules

          There's also a Pouding Chomeur on the current online menu for Frank at the AGO.

          1. re: prima

            Now you've got me wanting their Mexican-inspired Frida & Diego menus! The apple pouding also sounds great.

            1. re: julesrules

              The menu descriptions always sound amazing at Frank, but what ends up being served sometimes has very little in common with the traditional and/or standard version of the dish.

              The borscht during the Chagall exhibition, and the gazpacho and croquetas during the Picasso exhibition suggested the Chef and/or the Chef's kitchen weren't familiar with the standard version of the dishes. It comes across like Frank is messing with iconic dishes in a clueless way, rather than in an inspired, contemporary, creative way. I've been leaning towards the mangiacake standards on the menu at Frank lately, because the interesting, "ethnic" exhibition menus have disappointed me the last few exhibitions.


              Hopefully the Frank is more familiar with decent Mexican food, or has invested in one of Diana Kennedy's cookbooks, currently being sold in the AGO gift shop.

              By the way, I found it interesting that the AGO giftshop is selling Mexican candies, dried peppers and dried herbs, in addition to the usual gift shop suspects. In case anyone who is unfamiliar with Mexican candies/groceries is planning to visit the exhibition, the same kinds of candies, peppers and herbs can be purchased at Perola and its competitors in Kensington Market for a fraction of the price. I'm all for supporting the AGO, but I'd rather donate (and maybe even get a tax receipt) or buy a membership, than pay inflated prices in the gift shop for the same stuff that's available less than a 15 minute walk away. Plus, members save 10 percent at Frank. ;-)

              1. re: prima

                ... which seems pretty unlikely given Toronto's general lack of familiarity with real Mexican. Thanks for the tip prima ;)
                Sounds like you eat at Frank a lot. Are the desserts good?

                1. re: julesrules

                  Yep, the desserts are usually quite good. I usually eat at Frank every other month. Have been happier with the desserts than the exhibition theme menus.

                  Hope you enjoy the Pouding if you try it. I might try it next time I'm nearby.

                  1. re: prima

                    Maybe I will stop in for dessert when I go see the exhibit. But I honestly think I would rather have lunch at Anh Dao on Spadina than crappy faux fancy "Mexican"!

                    1. re: julesrules

                      If you're in the mood for non-fancy Mexican close to Spadina, I've always liked the tacos al pastor at El Trompo. Have been meaning to revisit!

        2. High Street Fish & Chips - EXCELLENT pudding

          55 Underhill Drive, North York, ON M3A 2J7
          (416) 510-8905