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Nov 28, 2013 11:25 AM

Where else other than Black Hoof for cured meat, good cheese for a dinner out?

I have a craving for heaps of delicious cured meats, cheeses, maybe a small hot dish or two- and great red of course. The catch- I want to try something other than Black Hoof, which I love, but have been to a few times.

Anyone suggest a new spot somewhere in Toronto? I'm hoping to book for Saturday.

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    1. re: catherine88

      I am looking at Isabel and Patria but wasn't sure if they were focused on Charcuterie or mostly all hot tapas.

      1. re: newtothegame

        The cheese and cured meat selection at Bar Isabel is great - you can see their menu on their website. If you can't get a reservation, they do make room for drop-ins at the bar.

        Patria is wonderful too, a bigger, noisier restaurant experience (BI is more like a small bistro). I only had a small bit of ham at Patria, among a range of other dishes, so I can't speak to the full-on charcuterie offering from personal experience.They probably have a menu online too?

        1. re: newtothegame

          iirc The chef/owner of Bar Isabel was the original chef at Black Hoof.

        1. We ended up going to Patria.
          Overall a good dinner, but honestly not great.
          The best parts were the atmosphere- it's a great place to people watch and check out the "scenery". We had a Great bottle of wine with help from the amazing Sommelier. He educated me on all the various choices and was just a pleasure all around. The octopus was fantastic.
          We also had some cured meats / cheese and a ham and cheese hot dish. All of there were good, but I've definitely had better, and there was absolutely no presentation at all. Meat slices on a white plate. I'm not usually too fussed about presentations honestly, but even folding them over for a 3d effect, or a wood board or ANY sort of dressing up would have been nice.. The bread was awesome that came with the meat & cheese.
          I'd probably go back and try and get a bar seat mostly to hang out and drink delicious wines and try the tasting menu I think they offer.