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Old 05-06-2014, 05:38 PM   #5876
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It is dry rubbed curry.. it is about $20/lb.

Not cheap but good.

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I hear that a lot. I'll likely gather the family to try it out. Is it a wet sauced curry? Or is it one of those dry-ish curry powder jobs?

I had some Portuguese curry crab in Macau, and I ended up getting it on a girl's shirt sitting beside me at another table. Suffice to say she wasn't impressed, and neither was I because she wasn't good looking enough to want to see her sans the shirt
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Absolutely horrible service from my waitress. Worst than what you would expect at a Chinese restaurant. Made us wait for everything - menus, refilling water/coffee, 40 min for food, asked twice for the bill. Got the breakfast wrap with salad on the side. Was pretty average. Dressing on salad was great. Food probably would've tasted better had it not been for such shit service.
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Home Restaurant at Hope

Had the usual mountain of mushroom burger and polished off rhubarb pie with ice cream..

I still think the Hope one is the best among the ones on Highway 5.
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Hida Takayama Ramen 9/10

hidden gem. in the middle of nowhere, inside robson public market
decent portion, clean-tasting broth
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I recall a few RS members recommending this place a while back.

What are the prices like and does the shop make their own noodles in house?
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I recall a few RS members recommending this place a while back.

What are the prices like and does the shop make their own noodles in house?
Noodles made in house; small food court unit, think it's a one man operation there; pricewise, IIRC $7.50-$8.50
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I recall a few RS members recommending this place a while back.

What are the prices like and does the shop make their own noodles in house?
It is very good, you should definitely check it out. Maybe I'll see you around.
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MoMa in Richmond.
Pretty decent slightly fancier french food in richmond.
I found everything to be slightly underseasoned.
Small plates are a better deal then the big plates.
Cute server!
Would go again when i don't feel like going to downtown.
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Summary (from what I remembered) of all the places I went to on my trip out east last week:

WVRST (Toronto) - 8.5/10
Terribly stupid line-up policy set up like a club since it is all communal tables (like a beer festival). When the restaurant is full, there is a bouncer telling people to line up. They wait until about half of the people leave then they let a whole bunch of people in. I was a single and first in line, was quite excruciating seeing through the door a nearly empty restaurant, yet the bouncer would not let just ONE person in. Any how, in the end the food was worth the ~30min wait.

I got the duck wurst (with maple and foie) with duck fat fries with Dieu du Ciel Morality IPA; absolutely delicious.

The Caledonian (Toronto) - 8/10
A Scottish public house/whiskey bar. Not your typical Donnolley "Public House" but a quieter restaurant more authentic type pub style with older clientele. Food was great, I had the roast dinner which was extremely tender and my brother had the haggis which was spot on with flavour and spices. Friendly waitress who I think was the owner.

416 Snack Bar (Toronto) - 7/10
Hip trendy tapas bar with shared tables, food was decent but pricey.

Bahn Mi Boys (Toronto) - 8/10
Momofuku-style pork belly bao's. So tasty, would be awesome late night after a few drinks. Bigger than I expected, tastes similar to a Bahn Mi but with more concentrated flavours and a nice sweetness from the hoisin.

Sneaky Dee's (Toronto) - 6.5/10
Dive rock bar but not sketchy; a wide range of customers. Cheap drinks and tex mex food, great music.

Play (Ottawa) - 7/10
A higher-end modern bistro style tapas place not too common in Ottawa. Food was good but nothing too memorable and neither was the decor or ambience.

Au Pied de Cochon (Montreal) - 9/10
Pretty much a big reason for this trip was a chance to come here. I was dining alone so was only able to get two dishes unfortunately since the portions were so huge, but food lived up to the hype. Started with the duck pie, shredded duck and cheeses baked into pie pastry with a creamy foie/mushroom sauce on top.

Then had the boudin & foie tart; my taste buds were in overdrive after the first dish that the flavour was just too much on the second one (it felt like I burned my tongue on something hot, but I didn't). The carmelized onions and the cured foie was so flavourful, but I'd be lying if I didn't say it was tough to finish everything at the end.

Dieu du Ciel (Montreal) - 9/10
The #1 rated beer-related place in Montreal on Ratebeer.com, a microbrew with a brewpub. Amazing beer with a wide range of styles and selection. Cool ambiance with a nice patio.

La Banquise (Montreal) - 8.5/10
Went for a basic poutine to load up my stomach before the beers. Very tasty; gravy was sweet and flavourful not salty at all, fries were crisp even with the gravy, and with real cheese curds.

Brasserie T! (Montreal) - 9.5/10
Possibly better than my Au Pied de Cochon experience due to the fact I was not struggling by the end of the meal, but the food in and of itself was just as good if not slightly better. Flavours were more refined and less a sledgehammer to the palate and gut that APdC was.

Started with sauteed wild mushrooms drizzled with a nice balsamic; simple, early and elegant. Second was the foie gras terrine, since I only had a few slices of cured foie from APdC I needed my fix. A generous brick of terrine; creamy and rich. Totally hit my foie spot. Ended with beef tartare with a simple green salad. Possibly the best tartare I've had. the perfect balance of tenderness and texture, very nicely spiced and seasoned. Went well with a basic salad of greens, good olive oil and mustard. Would highly recommend.

St. Viateur's Bagels (Montreal) - 2/10
I don't understand the hype but perhaps I ate it wrong. I thought they would have options of serving it with cream cheese or lox but nope, just plain bagels. Bit into them plain, just tastes like any other bagel. Maybe better texture but that's it.

Schwartz's (Montreal) - 8.5/10
Was afraid I would be let down with all the hype, but definitely not. The meat looks like it would be dry, but it was tender and moist (but not overly juicy). Seasoned perfectly not too salty, great bread and a bit of mustard. Definitely great.

Tavern Square Dominion (Montreal) - 8/10
Super cool but old school supper-club style restaurant with old school menu; fish and chips, braised beef shortrib, etc. I had the 'ploughman's lunch' which is a cold meat platter with pork terrine, duck prosciutto, salami, some fruit and veg. Solid food.

3 Brasseurs (Montreal) - 7/10
Just a big brew pub similar to Craft Beer Market or Yaletown Brewing Co. but with their own beers. Neither ambiance nor the beers were anything memorable.

Reuben's (Montreal) - 7.5/10
Old school chain diner. Just got a burger and poutine. Cool ambience, super old school service and food.

St. Hubert's (Montreal) - 6.5/10
Quebec version of Swiss Chalet basically. Nothing great, nothing terrible, chicken was moist and gravy was tasty.
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Beefy beef on Main.. quite a large menu.. a diverse crowd, but I find the broth is a bit weak.
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St. Viateur's Bagels (Montreal) - 2/10
I don't understand the hype but perhaps I ate it wrong. I thought they would have options of serving it with cream cheese or lox but nope, just plain bagels. Bit into them plain, just tastes like any other bagel. Maybe better texture but that's it.
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Felt the same way, it was such a pain to get there by transit and was hoping it would make it worth it. The novelty of having a fresh warm bagel was cool that was about it.
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Trattoria Italian Kitchen, Park Royal.

On Saturday, went to the restaurant for its first day opening to customers (after the press/reporter Grand Opening on Friday).

Appetizer - spicy calamari = VERY GOOD and big fat juicy squid (deep fried with great texture and spices)

Mains - Crab, lobster, and shrimp cannelloni which was very good with the right amount of meat and starch and the starch was a little crisp which is the way I like it.

Dessert - dessert platter consisting of Italian donuts, sorbet, lemon tarts, etc. - the right amount of sweetness and sour all mixed into one order/dish.

Service - the server was very attentive... being the first day, the food was slow to come out, but it is as expected (due to the first day opening "ramping" up time).

I had to wait about 1 hour and 15 minutes for a table, but they let you leave your phone number down at the restaurant and they will text you when the table is ready.

No reservations.

Ambiance - great vibe and it is LOUD... there is a second storey roof top outdoor dining area as well and some outside first floor perimeter tables.

Price: the food quality is "fine dining" quality but priced at a lower price point.

In fact, the restaurant COULD charge more for the food.

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I highly recommend the restaurant, but be prepared to wait a LONG time for a table (leave your phone number and walk around for 30 to 45 minutes).

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Sandbar / Hoshi Sushi 8/10

Service is far better than Tojo's imo which is where I would normally go but I was curious on trying Hoshis after that documentary that aired over the weekend
Tojos has the better menu though otherwise Hoshi could be my new fav




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Via tevere.
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Food was great, atmosphere was great but service was just good. Waitress seemed to be trying to hard to be edgy and funny but kinda came off a little smug. Will go back probably bi weekly based on my love of pizza.
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Shit wish I could have suggested that you try edulis in toronto. My former chef and her husband own it and they were two of the most awesome people I have had the pleasure of working under. I'd say they had the biggest influence on the style of food I love and my cooking out of anyone other than my grandmother. It also won best new restaurant in Canada in 2013 by enroute magazine.
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It is dry rubbed curry.. it is about $20/lb.

Not cheap but good.
Well, considering that dungeness crab cost $18/lb at most Chinese restaurants these days. $20/lb at James seems very reasonable as they make it very well.
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Food was great, atmosphere was great but service was just good. Waitress seemed to be trying to hard to be edgy and funny but kinda came off a little smug. Will go back probably bi weekly based on my love of pizza.

Shit wish I could have suggested that you try edulis in toronto. My former chef and her husband own it and they were two of the most awesome people I have had the pleasure of working under. I'd say they had the biggest influence on the style of food I love and my cooking out of anyone other than my grandmother. It also won best new restaurant in Canada in 2013 by enroute magazine.
Been wanting to try this pizzeria for awhile now. There's long lineups every night though.
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I think going early is the only hope. Had dinner @530 which is pretty ridiculously early, and it was 80% full by then.
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Been wanting to try this place, what did you get? And what warranted the 7/10?
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2 piece halibut with frites
Wild Harvested“Salmonitos”

The halibut was really good , maybe the best ive had 9/10 on that

but the Wild harvest salmoitos wasnt to my liking...

If i only had the halibut , i would give that place like 8.5-9/10.

I did love that everything was super doper fresh, next time ill try the Oyster Po’boy and dairy less clam chowder.




On another note, looks like oysters raw bar is closed for renovations..
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Shit wish I could have suggested that you try edulis in toronto. My former chef and her husband own it and they were two of the most awesome people I have had the pleasure of working under. I'd say they had the biggest influence on the style of food I love and my cooking out of anyone other than my grandmother. It also won best new restaurant in Canada in 2013 by enroute magazine.
Edulis is also on my radar as well. Saw a video where they do the old school french duck press haha so awesome. I only had time to hit up Momofuku noodle bar and Black Hoof on my recent trip.
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another +1 for Via Tevere, gone through a lot of pies in Vancouver and this place edges Barbarella just a bit

9.5/10 the atmosphere, food was quick, service was great. had my usual order of 2 meatballs (must try if you haven't tried them yet), and the vesuvio pizza. one of the guys who make the pizza recognized me, came over, chatted and had some good laughs.

I've been here 5 weeks straight religiously on cheat days lol
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+1 on Via Tevere edging Barbarella.

I went to both back to back (not on the same day!) and Via Tevere comes out top. I'll make sure to try the meatballs next time.
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