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Remember JK Winebar's Chicken Liver Pate?? - Yummy Market's almost as good but only at a fraction of the price!!

For some of you seasoned hounds, no doubt the name 'JK Winebar' on Church will bring back some pretty fond food memories?!

For me, one really stand out dish was their 'Chicken Liver Pate' - smooth, silky and creamy, with the right touch of sweetness and alcohol infusion. Its a little taste of heaven.

Well folks, whilst visiting Yummy Market today, I walked by their Deli counter and noticed they have a "House made Chicken Liver Pate". Out of curiosity, I asked for a sample scoop. Wow!! What a surprise!! ( Yup! 2 surprises in 2 days!! Not bad!! Ha! ). It was amazingly good! First thing that came to mind was a comparison with the JK WineBar version. Just a touch shy of JK's silky smoothness, however, the taste and texture was pretty, pretty close!! But at about 1/4 of the price??!! A really great find, IMHO!!

I'm having some right now on Melba toast with a glass of sweet late harvest German Riesling!! Heaven!!....and Cholesterol galore!!!

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  1. Sounds more like a mousse than a pâté. I wonder if it's available at their Dufferin and Finch location. (I assume you purchased it in Richmond Hill.) Will have to try it.

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    1. re: Tatai

      They have it at both locations. It is indeed very good (and cheap). Note, this is different from the goose meat or chicken with parsley commercial pates they have in their deli section.

      1. re: Chester Eleganté

        Howdee CE! Me again! Looks like you are busy 'catching up'??!! Have you been away?!
        I tried the 'Goose Pate' once. No comparison!! More expensive and less good!!

        1. re: Chester Eleganté

          Where do they have it in the store. I could only find the commercial brand at the deli counter...

          1. re: trane

            Its in the deli section where they have all the 'beets' salad next to the hot food & smoked fish dept.

      2. My favourite chicken liver mousse is the Crostini alla Toscana at Ascari Enoteca...insane. so good. such great value ($8 for 3 healthy portions, easily shared)- i've had it every time I've gone and it has always been consistently outstanding.

        1. I believe you can also buy JK's chicken pate from Gilead Cafe. I have in the past.

          Good to know there's a less expensive (yet comparable) source!

          1. Hi Charles, well at least the melba toast is healthy. LOL

            Say, have you been to Spirit Tree Cidery? They make a killer clp. Also Summerhill Market's is insanely good too.

            Cheers

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            1. re: millygirl

              No! But thanks for the tips!!

            2. When JK first open I must have went six weeks in a row for that prefect quenelle of chicken liver pate. It was so delish. I may have to make a trip to Yummy Market!

              1. to be fair almost all things found in the grocery store compared to a nice upscale restaurant will be a quarter the price.

                as for pate, i loved the version at of "liver and onions" at black hoof. and dare i say, better than jkwb.

                - khao san road

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                1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                  Never tried "liver & onion" at JKWB.
                  Best "liver & onion" tasted in Toronto was Pastis Express! Perfectly seared outside and absolutely moist and pink interior. The lardon red wine reduction gravy was to die for!
                  Richmond Hill's Tutto Bene's version is mighty fine too!

                  Back to the CLP. In my case, emphasis was not on comparing deli counter product pricing with restaurant pricing. But rather, just to 'SPREAD'!! the news that similar quality products can be had at a more convenient location and at a much cheaper price!
                  Its always one's prerogative to pay a price premium for similar quality product!!

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    charles, the "liver and onions" at hoof is actually a pate with gorgeous and delicious roast onions. roasted til completely brown and super sweet. the pate is similar to that at jkwb, but maybe a little less sweet and a bit richer.

                    hahaha, maybe it was the double exclamation at the end of "fraction of the price" in the title that i was commenting to. but i hear you, good pate and cheap is a great thing :)

                    - khao san road

                    1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                      Liver and Onion pate!! Cool!! Have to give it a try if and when! Thanks!!

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        It's a really good dish. It's duck liver though not chicken.

                2. Of course a deli counter is going to be cheaper than a restaurant

                  Jason Bangerter the chef at Luma makes a killer chicken liver pate, some of us will remember him walking around at the final Brickworks picnic passing out spoonfuls of the stuff.

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                  1. re: bytepusher

                    Yeah, but to find cheaper and similar quality...that's the winner here.

                    Have to say I don't order it too often, although I love it. But the last really good chicken liver pate/mousse was at the Gabardine. However, it was one quenelle for $9. Not great value for something that is ridiculously cheap to make.