Just returned to Los Angeles from a trip to Toronto. As usual, I spent time researching in advance - and was surprised by the volume of information and the energy of its expression on this Board. My congratulations and thanks to so many of you, whose practical and intelligent advice made this particular trip so outstanding an experience. Based upon suggestions I found here, we dined at:
Truffles at the Four Seasons, where we had the full 8 course tasting and wine tasting menu. It compares nicely to serious tasting menus elsewhere. While it lacks the uncanny acrobatics that are becoming more common in many tasting menus, it excels at service, quality, pacing and enormous elbow room.
Peter's Chung King, where the Hacked Cold Chicken with Peanut Sauce was fantastic among many superb dishes.
Dhaba, where the goat balti and okra okra are dishes we agreed we would miss for a long time.
Chiado, where one of my companions remarked, "I could not be happier". On returning, I would arrive earlier and more rested, drink less, and set a handsome sum aside to try whatever ports Mr. Silva would suggest.
Lai Wah Heen, where the squid shaped dim sum and the goose shaped dim sum were as simple, pretty, delicious and clever as I suppose dim sum might aspire to be.
If we had not been hampered by the last days of the heat wave, which made walking enough to support our eating habits on vacation quite the challenge, I would have hoped to try a few more of the restaurants we found on the Canada Board.
We did have a chance to visit the Inniskillin Winery to seek out ice wines and the Butterfly Conservatory near Niagara, which is one of the most dream like places I have ever seen in a waking state.
I do look forward to visiting Toronto again. As much as I am an avid fan of many things in Los Angeles, I would have to readily concede that ethnic cuisine in Toronto is superior in both quality and value.
Congratulations to you Toronto Chowhounds for supporting these remarkable restaurants and for so generously sharing your thoughtful opinions about them.
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