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2013, First Quarter

prima Apr 3, 2013 10:35 AM

Which restaurant meals have impressed you the most over the last 3 months?

My favourite restaurant meals over the last 3 months include a tasting menu at George and a lamb main at Canoe.

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  1. jlunar RE: prima Apr 3, 2013 11:53 AM

    Chantecler's tasting menu. So good. Great value. Lovely team. Really well-executed dishes, both in flavour and presentation.

    http://www.foodpr0n.com -- food. is. love.

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      gembellina RE: prima Apr 3, 2013 12:17 PM

      Glas, Leslieville - one guy putting together great dishes, and making vegetables exciting!

      1. jinxie RE: prima Apr 3, 2013 01:51 PM

        notwithstanding some service issues- i find myself thinking back to my meal at Porzia and hoping to go back soon.

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          ylsf RE: jinxie Apr 4, 2013 08:03 AM

          Yeah, I enjoyed a meal there as well.

        2. justsayn RE: prima Apr 3, 2013 02:22 PM

          Biggest surprise was awesome taste menu at Bent though dessert set was weakish.

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            happycamper RE: justsayn Apr 3, 2013 07:45 PM

            What were the standouts and the price point?

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              justsayn RE: happycamper Apr 4, 2013 12:50 PM

              It was a surprise to me as well. All 4 of us had the taste menu. When asked, we told the waiter we were hungry and interested in everything, and lots of it. Susur came by the table to confirm no allergies or preferences. He was gracious as always.

              The biggest standout was the bill at the end. $60 pp. We were all blown away by the value. We were all stuffed and so satisfied.

              Bests: 1)sashimi plate with lobster, scallop, Hamachi, salmon, etc all super fresh with added elements/flavours which really worked. 2)pressed octopus ceviche 3)tofu tempura 4)smoked cod

              Other dishes had too many competing flavours. The short rib was overcooked and stringy like the mess served at Campagnolo's, rather than the sublime at Kingyo (although sometimes too sweet).

              The best dishes were really great. The mediocre had all the workings of a great dish but too many things going on to enjoy as a whole so I picked them apart and enjoyed ingredient by ingredient. The short rib was a fail and the desserts were OK.

              We left very satisfied, full and wanting to return.

              Great vibe.

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                MissBingBing RE: justsayn Apr 5, 2013 05:36 AM

                Are desserts still free?

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                  justsayn RE: MissBingBing Apr 5, 2013 10:31 AM

                  Not sure as it was part of our taste menu. But I can say that they are certainly simple and small enough to be given away as free.

                  The lemon "pudding" was good, the donut ball was glutinous and tasty with sesame, the crappy chocolate cake bomb thing was spongy and lacking chocolate flavour and possibly heated in the microwave? and there was a fourth item that I forget but it was in the range of OK. They need to rethink their dessert strategy.

          2. happycamper RE: prima Apr 3, 2013 07:44 PM

            Edulis's truffle menu - loved both the truffled beef tartar and the truffle + egg.

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              JennaBean RE: prima Apr 4, 2013 07:17 AM

              For sure the tasting menu at the Grove. Loved the food, the room and the great price point.

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                childofthestorm RE: prima Apr 4, 2013 08:06 AM

                Bar Isabel blew my doors off.

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                  hungryabbey RE: childofthestorm Apr 5, 2013 05:00 AM

                  Ah can't wait I'm going tonight. Any recos?

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                  ctl98 RE: prima Apr 4, 2013 07:00 PM

                  Just came from Bar Isabel and was very happy with our meal. Fried chicken with sticky eggplant was delicious and the basque cake was so good I wanted to lick my plate clean. Excellent cocktails too.

                  Had the 6-course tasting at Auberge and was really, really surprised at how much we enjoyed our meal! Wine tastings were not exotic but well done. Service was impeccable. A really nice fine dining evening for us.

                  Ordered the omakase at Zen and it still an old reliable for us. Each piece was just amazing, and the shari still as consistent as ever. This meal has never failed us.

                  Skin and Bones was a lot of fun. Big list of wines, reasonably priced. Chicken tails...addictive fatty, salty bits of goodness.

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                    TeacherFoodie RE: prima Apr 5, 2013 03:08 PM

                    We had some apps, a salad and the burger at Bestsellen and everything was delicious. Service was friendly and helpful. Looking forward to a second visit.

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                      downtownfoodie RE: prima Apr 9, 2013 02:44 AM

                      dinner at Ursa last week. between the table we ordered just about everything on the menu and there was nothing that wasn't really really good and a couple of things (the lamb...best piece of baaaa i have ever eaten, the mushroom to start). i was a little disappointed in the "raw bread" but that's only because i was starving and was hoping for something a little heartier to tide me over till the food started arriving. the use of such vibrant colours in their presentations was just a bonus

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                        akhorasanee RE: prima Apr 9, 2013 03:32 AM

                        chantaclers tasting menu

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                          fickle RE: akhorasanee Apr 9, 2013 09:53 AM

                          +1 for the Chantecler tasting menu. Fantastic meal all around (great service, delicious food). Highlights for me were the spicy silken tofu, shrimp/potato/seaweed/roe jar of yumminess, smoked duck and a delicious meringue parfait. Can't wait to return.

                          Also enjoying my meals at Rose & Sons - highlights are the fried chicken, the king oyster mushrooms and the griddled cornbread.

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                          piccola RE: prima Apr 9, 2013 05:06 AM

                          I finally went to Origin and I was totally impressed. The food was amazing -- complex but not too heavy -- and the portion size was generous given the "small plates" approach. Two dishes and a glass of wine for $40. Will definitely return.

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                            TeacherFoodie RE: piccola Apr 9, 2013 01:49 PM

                            Which location were you at?

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                              piccola RE: TeacherFoodie Apr 10, 2013 04:33 AM

                              The, uh, original one at King and Church.

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                            glickjor RE: prima Apr 9, 2013 07:49 AM

                            I was wowed by a tasting menu at Acadia - taste, texture and execution were spot on. Sadly, it was a Thursday evening and there were only 2 other couples in the restaurant. I hope this is not a sign that they are experiencing trouble getting people through the door.

                            Fresh pasta at Zucca with sausage and fennel sauce, followed by whole Porgy was delicious.

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