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summerlicious report - still on this week!

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The "Summerlicious" even continues through Thurs. We had dinner at Edo last night and the place was NOT full... so there is evidently space at some of the venues. I encourage all to take advantage of some great prices at very nice restaurants.

Our EDO dinner did have small portions (about perfect for me, but my husband was left a little hungry) but the food was delicious. An amuse of tofu salad followed by 6 barbecued salmon maki, then our choice of lemongrass chicken (delicious portions of chicken lightly fried in a thin, crisp breading & served with vegetables) or shrimp tempura (2 large shrimp and vegetables in non-greasy, light tempura with sauce) followed by a desert of fried banana with ice cream & chocolate sauce. All very tasty, and the bill for 2 with tax & tip came to $50.

Details of participating restaurants are on the website at www.toronto.com

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  1. Has anyone tried the Rosewater for summerlicious? How was the menu? Portion sizes?

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    1. re: Tina

      I didn't go to Rosewater for Summerlicious but from my experience with Winterlicious (this past February), the portion size was substantial. I had a scallop appetizer with 3 large scallops and the filet mignon was amazing. It was probably 8 oz. Not too shabby and at a reasonable price. I think the filet mignon itself was over $30.

    2. Tried the Brasserie at Bb33. Food was 'OK' but not inspired. Great value though, although the 'sponsored' Canadian wines weren't that exciting (although also cheaper than on their regular list). And only saw a couple of other tables ordering the Summerlicious menu.
      Have reservations for Lie Wah Heen and Brasserie Aix.
      It's also best to reserve - I heard that Cafe Pleiades could have turned all tables 5 times on Saturday if they'd been able to accept all reservations.
      So the whole idea seems to be a great success.
      Now lets push for a BYOB week!

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      1. re: estufarian

        I unfortunately did not get to try any Summerlicious restaurants, but I love your idea of a BYOB week! Count me IN!

        1. re: estufarian

          LWH was a disappointment. Good food, nicely presented, but the small portions even at a 'discount' and the whole experience was nothng to write home about. I'd never been there before and was expecting something much more grand.

          1. re: neighborguy

            I forgot to mention what we (3) had:
            Soup: wonton or hot and sour
            Meat:
            chicken stirfry with peppers, pineapple and pickeled ginger, or ;
            stirfry beef with mushrooms, or ;
            shimp in spicy sauce with minced port
            Served with a bowl of fried rice
            Desert: mango jelly

            Like I say, the food was good (not great), and the value was not there. I was not WOWed and can't say that I'd even think about returning to LWH. I know the chances of something great are as good going elsewhere.

          2. re: estufarian

            Estufarian's idea is a great idea...Let's get a groundswell of opinion and people and rush the Leg. Bldgs....that's what it will take. In the long run, it might be cheaper to charter a bus to Hull or Montreal...The Alco Games people will never agree...

            1. re: estufarian

              Estufarian's idea is a great idea...Let's get a groundswell of opinion and people and rush the Leg. Bldgs....that's what it will take. In the long run, it might be cheaper to charter a bus to Hull or Montreal...The Alco Games people will never agree...

            2. My sister and I went to Sintra on Thursday. We had a nice dinner, but I was surprised at the taxes when we got the bill. GST was listed, but instead of PST, there was a 10% "food tax". I haven't seen this before. Do other restaurants charge such a tax?

              1. We were at YYZ Saturday with a group of 8 and it was empty by the time we got there for our 9:30 reservation. Was surprised that there was only one choice for each course, however, the food was outstanding and great value. Appetizer was a sweet potato puree with slivered pear and procuitto, followed by the best grilled salmon I've eaten atop a shrimp risotta cake and a delicious soy-ginger reduction. Dessert was a banana strudel with caramel suace an vanilla ice cream. Non fish eaters will be very dissapointed as all that was offered was a veggie plate.

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                1. re: Bram

                  i was at YYZ on friday with 6 friends and while i am so sick of the uber modern decor thing, the food was great, especially the grilled asian salmon.

                  rosewater supper club is extending their prix fixe for all of this week and i'm going to welcome home a friend who has been travelling abroad for 6 months with a group, should be great, and as a group of university students we certainly couldnt afford the rosewater otherwise!

                2. Interesting. I, too, had dinner at EDO on that night. I was a bit surprised about how busy it was. They did not tell me that they were participating in the Summerlicious thing.

                  The only indication anywheer was a Summerlicious wine special which offered some unexceptional Ontario wines by the glass for high prices.

                  I like Edo, but it's overpriced.

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                  1. re: Fwagra

                    Didn't tell you? I think that is shabby. If the event is on everyone dining should be given the opportunity to choose that menu (if you want). I agree it is overpriced but for $20/person we were happy with our Summerlicious