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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!!

Charles Yu Jul 24, 2013 02:36 PM

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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    bytepusher Jul 25, 2013 01:41 PM

    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
      grandgourmand Jul 26, 2013 05:17 AM

      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.

    2. KhaoSanRoad Jul 25, 2013 12:45 PM

      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
        Charles Yu Jul 25, 2013 04:18 PM

        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
          KhaoSanRoad Jul 26, 2013 09:08 AM

          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
            Charles Yu Jul 26, 2013 09:11 AM

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

            1. re: Charles Yu
              szw Oct 12, 2013 11:04 AM

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

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        JennaBean Jul 25, 2013 12:08 PM

        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!

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          millygirl Jul 25, 2013 09:00 AM

          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.


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          1. re: millygirl
            Charles Yu Jul 25, 2013 11:53 AM

            No! But thanks for the tips!!

          2. jlunar Jul 25, 2013 08:49 AM

            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. jinxie Jul 25, 2013 07:31 AM

              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.

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                Tatai Jul 24, 2013 08:58 PM

                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
                  Chester Eleganté Oct 9, 2013 12:44 PM

                  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
                    Charles Yu Oct 9, 2013 04:47 PM

                    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
                      trane Oct 12, 2013 10:46 AM

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

                      1. re: trane
                        Charles Yu Oct 12, 2013 01:08 PM

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

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