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  1. I like Brock Sandwich on Bloor. The open faced sandwiches at Karelia Kitchen on Bloor are good. Locomotive has good sandwiches in the Junction. Nice panini at Forno Cultura on King W. Porchetta has great sandwiches on Dundas W. Also see http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/11/the_top_30_sandwiches_in_toronto_by_neighbourhood/
  2. If anyone is going to the Evergreen Asado event at the Brickworks, I hope to see you there. Maybe those of us who attend can describe what we will be wearing that evening. I will probably be wearing a little black dress. Ha ha. Should be a super event.
  3. Interesting. I finally tried Kom Jug Yuen on Spadina on Sun for supper. Good for a cheap bite. 3 of us ate for $40, inc tax and a nice tip. Have been enjoying Hungarian comfort food at Country Style lately, ordering off the daily specials. Cash only. Also like the fairly cheap fried chicken sandwich at Insomnia, which is open late each night. Still want to try Pukka and Maha. Despite the long waits for breakfast some people have described at Maha.
  4. Prima is alive and well here on egullet. Has anyone dined at Alo yet?
  5. Are there any "NY Italian" restaurants in Midtown West or Hell's Kitchen that any of you would recommend? I'm just looking for a midweek, pre-theater meal, so decent would be good enough for this occasion. I'm currently considering Puttanesca http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/puttanesca/menu and Trattoria Trecolori http://www.trattoriatrecolori.com/menu.html . I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks for any suggestions or comments.
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    Splendido

    Nice photos! I dined at Splendido last Wed. It was the first time I've dined at Splendido. I enjoyed the breads, the amuse bouche (chickpea fritter with cauliflower soup), the scallops (my friend's 1st course), the albacore tuna (my friend's main), and passion fruit genoise, but I was underwhelmed with my hen of the woods mushroom salad and monkfish main, which were both interesting in concept, and beautifully plated, but seemed more "interesting" than delicious. The monkfish was overcooked. Service was very good. I'll return, but I was surprised that I found the food I ordered at Splendido last Wed to be less delicious than past meals I've ordered at Scaramouche. Usually, it seems the menu at Scaramouche is a little more conservative than the menu at Splendido, but I've always found everything I've ordered at Scaramouche to be aligned with my taste buds. Splendido's menu does seem more innovative, but I didn't think the combinations of some flavours worked that well in some dishes. I like the seasonal dishes and seasonal desserts at Scaramouche. I preferred the service I experienced last week at Splendido to the sometimes slightly stuffy service at Scaramouche. I prefer the more contemporary atmosphere and vibe at Splendido, overall, although I was surprised they were playing techno/ambiant music between 5 and 7 pm last Wed, which became slightly grating after a while. Victor Barry is still the Chef at Splendido. He would have been the Chef in 2009/2010, afaik. Have you been to Auberge du Pommier lately? The menu seems a little more innovative than it was 5-10 years ago. Wondering how their service compares to Scaramouche and Splendido lately.
  7. Has anyone had any impressive meals in Saskatoon lately? I'm hoping to visit Weczeria, Truffles, Carver's (for a group dinner) and Genesis for dim sum. What other restaurants would you recommend?
  8. I'm staying near Billy Bishop City Airport, not the main Airport. Am I wrong in thinking I'm more or less downtown? I don't know the exact hotel yet (Corp people setting things up and they are sloooow) but I'd be very surprised if it wasn't one of the closest hotels to the airport because that's what they always do. Queen & Beaver looks great, as does Le Papillon - those are both in my file now. Any recommendations for sushi? For sushi in the downtown core, I like the sushi at Yuzu. http://yuzutoronto.com/ I'd recommend Le Select http://www.leselect.com/ . Biff's http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Biffs-Bistro.aspx is also decent for bistro food, and it's a couple blocks east of the Royal York, which you would be able to reach by the free shuttle that runs from Billy Bishop Airport. If you're willing to travel a little further (within a 20 minute taxi of Billy Bishop airport), Le Paradis http://www.leparadis.com/ and Pastis on Yonge are very good bistros that often attract a French-speaking clientele, for what its worth. For upscale Greek food downtown, I recommend Volos. I really like their octopus. http://volos.ca/ Khao San Road is great, if you like Thai food. Khao San Road doesn't currently offer delivery, but they do offer take-out. http://www.khaosanroad.ca/
  9. Isn't there an Owl on the Bloor strip? We tend to go to the Korean Village there. but, I really have no idea how it compares to similar joints around there. I've seen Susur in there a couple times at the sushi bar, if that means anything. Swish by Han just got reviewed in one of the weeklies. Definitely not old-school Korean though. More Korean-influenced. Fusion I believe was mentioned. Cheers, Geoff Yep, there is one Owl on Bloor, and there's another on Yonge south of Finch. I like Mot Na Son on Yonge, and Seoul House on Dufferin. I especially like the Galbi at Seoul House. I like Swish if I'm looking to eat near the Esplanade/St. Lawrence Market. I'd say it's closer to Korean than Korean-influenced, but sort of a Westernized, slightly upscale take. Maybe not spicy or garlicky enough for traditionalists, but the 5 or 6 dishes I've ordered still looked like Korean food. I thought it was a good value for what it was, considering the neighbourhood where it's located, but it is expensive compared to the equivalent dishes at Korean restaurants on Bloor near Clinton, or closer to Finch. That being said, the prices are reasonable compared to other places on the same block such as Lucien and Trevor. I like it for what it is.
  10. Thanks for mentioning your good experience at Cecconi's. Hope to try the breakfast at Cecconi's on another visit! http://www.cecconis.co.uk/food-menus/breakfast-1
  11. Thank you for all your comments and suggestions. We had many lovely meals during our visit to the UK. Here's my quick trip report, omitting a handful of meals or snacks that were mediocre. London Breakfasts Day 1 at the Patisserie Valerie location at the corner of Picadilly and Abermaryle. Decent breakfasts. I ordered the eggs florentine with a cappuccino (milkier than what I've come to expect in Canada and the US), and my friend was happy with his porridge, toast and pot of coffee. Day 2 at the Wolseley. I loved their fruit salad. Delicious rich canelé with a cappuccino. The cappuccino is also milkier than most cappuccini I order in Canada. Interestingly, my friend preferred Patisserie Valerie's porridge to the Wolseley's. Day 3 early breakfast at 7 am at the Wolseley, before the neighbouring Patisserie Valerie, Napkit and Henry's Pub have opened for breakfast. I enjoyed the rich, crusts-off Croque Monsieur, which came with a grilled tomato. Dinner J Sheekey, post-theatre. http://www.j-sheekey.co.uk/menu/ Lovely place to dine.Loved the prawn and endive salad. My friend's Cornish seafood stew was very good. I'm glad I tried the fish pie. The menu's offerings were slightly different that the online menu I had read the day before. My friend loved the plum crumble. Will return again. Down-to-earth and outgoing manager. Our server was serious and seemed to communicate more with the regulars than the non-UK-raised tourist/traveller types (like me and the people seated at the table next to mine). Cambridge Breakfasts All 3 breakfasts at the Bistro Du Vin, at the Hotel Du Vin. Very nice continental cold buffet, including fresh squeezed orange juice, and interesting hot options which are available a la carte. Day 1- kippers, Day 2- muesli and pastry, Day 3, full English breakfast. Dinner Very good prix fixe at Alimentum. http://www.restaurantalimentum.co.uk/ Surprisingly beautiful plating. Innovative take on "Scotch egg"- with a quails egg(soft yolk) surrounded by salt cod, breaded and deep-fried, and delicious pork cheek with pork sausage. Exeter Breakfasts All 3 breakfasts at Michael Caines Restaurant in the ABode hotel, which can be purchased at a discount, in advance, when booking a room. Good English breakfasts. A Vegetarian English Breakfast with vegetarian sausage was also offered. Their eggs benedict came with a non-lemony hollandaise, and ham that was more like bacon. Would stick with the English breakfast. Dinners Day 1 Michael Caines Restaurant. http://www.michaelcaines.com/restaurants/exeter Tried the prix fixe offered to the hotel's guests. Very nice cod, and good strawberry parfait. Day 2 Attempted to dine at At Angela's, The Conservatory, and Michael Caines' Restaurant as walk-ins on a Saturday night, but each restaurant was competely full. We ended up ordering a casual meal at Michael Caines' cafe in the Hotel ABode http://www.michaelcaines.com/cafe-bar/exeter/cafe-bar-menu , which turned out to be fine. I liked the pea and mint risotto with parmesan crisp, as well as the grilled asparagus with hollandaise. My friend was happy with his grilled lamb cutlets. Day 3 Lovely dinner At Angela's. http://www.angelasrestaurant.co.uk/ First time I've tried Grouse, and very nice summer pudding. If I return to Exeter, I'd make reservations At Angela's. Budleigh Salterton Premier Cafe for Fish and Chips. http://www.budleighfishandchips.co.uk/ Lovely haddock and tasty chips. My friend enjoyed the sardines. Friendly service. Neat little place to visit. Sidmouth snack coffee, devon cream and chocolate fudge from a fudge shop- not sure of the name, but the fudge was pretty good. Tavistock snack decent Cornish (pixie-sized) pasty and a cappuccino from an Oggy Oggy location. Surprisingly good cappuccino. Very friendly people at the counter. Plymouth tea and cake at the Tudor Rose. http://tudorrosetearoom.co.uk/ Victoria Sponge for me, and Banoffee pie for my friend- better than we expected, and no commercial taste to the cakes, despite the Tudor Rose Tea Room's location in a tourist district. A good option if you're looking for tea and cake in Plymouth, in a nice enclosed garden setting. Friendly service. Penzance Breakfasts All 3 tasty breakfasts at The Bay, in the Hotel Penzance. Best tasting breakfast sausage I've had in an English breakfast. Lovely smoked haddock, too. Would return to the Bay Restaurant for their Cornish breakfast, which is a very good deal at 6.5 GBP if I recall correctly. The breakfast is included with the room for hotel guests. Dinners Day 1 at the Bay Restaurant. http://www.bay-penzance.co.uk/ Modern British cuisine made with local ingredients. Tried local scallops, European sea bass, a panache of vegetables, as well as the selection of desserts, including saffron poached pear, sultana fancler, white cholate mousse, pistachio parfait. Coffee came with a sable cookie,fudge, and a truffle. Day 2 at Harris's Restaurant. http://www.harrissrestaurant.co.uk/ Classic British cuisine with French influences. Enjoyed the crab florentine, and the John Dory with saffron white wine cream sauce. Mixed vegetables were included with the meal. Very generous slice of treacle tart. Some small sweets were included with the coffee. Friendly service. Nice place for classic dishes and seafood. Truro Dinner at Saffron. http://www.saffronrestauranttruro.co.uk/ Very good deal, especially if you're in time for the early bird dinner, which runs from 5-6:45 pm during the week. Delicate summer vegetable ribollita, perfectly cooked Coley with potato, kea plum parfait for around 16 GBP. Neat little place. St. Ives a Cornish pasty (steak) from St. Ives Bakery http://fullofcake.blogspot.com/2008/06/st-ives-bakery.html , and a saffron bun from a small bakery near the bus station. The pasty had the nicest crust of the 3 pasties I ordered in the UK this trip. Falmouth Lunch of cod & chips at Harbour Lights. http://www.harbourlights.co.uk/ I didn't know fish and chips could be as tasty as what I found at Harbour Lights, and at Premier in Budleigh Salterton. Perfect cod. Friend ordered crab cakes, which seemed to have a fair amount of potato, compared to a more North American style crab cake (to which I'm more accustomed), which does not tend to include potato. snack a scoop of Roskilly's Cornish Fairing ice cream. http://www.roskillys.co.uk/My friend tried the Banoffee ice cream. Completely different texture than North American ice cream or gelato- more dense and sticky. Overall, we lucked out with good food on this trip, especially in Devon and Cornwall, where the seafood and vegetables always seemed to be top quality. I was surprised to see parfaits are a very common dessert in the Southwest of England. Almost every restaurant offered a parfait of some sort each night. If you're heading to Devon or Cornwall, I recommend making reservations in advance, especially if there are particular restaurants you'd like to visit. I found I got much more bang for my buck (better quality food for less $) in Devonshire and Cornwall than I've usually experienced in London, Cambridge and Oxford for similar types of food (in this case, mostly classic and modern British foods, heavy on English breakfasts, pasties and seafood). Looking forward to dining in the UK in the future. I hope to try more of the London restaurants that have been recommended on my next visit.
  12. re: breakfasts in London Besides the Wolseley (where I've dined on a couple previous trips), are there any restaurants you'd recommend that are close (which for me, would be within a 20 minute walk) to Mayfair or Green Park? I realize there are some modest, economical Cafes in/near Shepherd Market, and I'm aware of Automat (but prefer English, or at least non-American style, breakfasts when I'm visiting London). If you have a favourite place to breakfast, please share! re: source for quality produce near Mayfair/Green Park? Is there a place you'd recommend for nicer-than-average fruit, that would be within a 20 minute walk of Green Park? I've passed by Sainsbury's, and I guess I could look for fruit in the Food Halls of some of the nearby Department Stores within a 20-30 minute walk, but I would love to hear about any independent food shops selling good fruit/produce! Thanks for any suggestions.
  13. Thank you for your recommendations and the links, JoeHarsant. Hope to try both restaurants, as well as the Exploding Bakery.
  14. Thank you for your recommendations at Sheekey, as well as the recommendation of Sweetings. Much appreciated. Will make a reservation for Sheekey, and hope to try Sweetings if it looks like I'll be nearby during the day.
  15. I went all the way from Bristol to London on a special birthday treat to Quilon and was very disappointed. A little bit of background: Kerala cuisine is very close to my heart. I've spent a few months in Kerala and cook a lot of South Indian food at home including many dishes from Kerala. I thought Quilon was very expensive and severely lacking in terms of the taste of the dishes. The service was great yes, but I was oh so disappointed by the food - I couldn't believe we had gone all the way to London for that. Just a warning for you, YMMV of course. Thanks for your comments, Jenni. I had read mixed reviews re: Quilon. I really like the Keralan food that I've tried, but most of my exposure has been to a Canadianized, relatively fast food version of Keralan food, so I was hoping to try an upscale Keralan restaurant while I was in London. Sorry to hear the food was a disappointment for you.
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