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Birthday Weekend Report Toronto

toro | Feb 23, 200808:39 AM

Just got back from B/day food Weekend in Toronto. Thanks hounds for all the recommendations. Well I had always wanted to go to Rain, but this board swayed me to Susur. We were not disssapointed. Called Wednesday for a Friday reservation. Stayed at the SOHO, home of Senses. Easy walk to Susur. No choice we had the only tasting menu and split a wine pairing. Food was mostly hits. The Peking Cornish Hen with lobster/sweet sherry sauce was sublime, as was the sablefish soup. Mostly the food was spot on, except the duck was a bit tough and bison tenderloin was a bit cold. With such diverse flavors the wine pairings were uninspiring. The real problem, mentioned in many posts was the service. It was stiff and boarding unfriendly. 20ish waiter somewhat smug for someone with no accomplishments. Wine pairings arrived at the wrong times and when questioned was told the ridiculous story that the wine was not paired to the courses. After recent trip to Le Bernadin and Per Se where the service outshined the memorable meals, I was a bit disappointed. Susur did make a dining room appearance. Overall enjoyable evening. Front desk at the hotel sent dessert from Senses, due to shower malfunction.
Next morning, walked to the St. Lawrence Market. Pork lovers paradise. Started with a Breakfast peameal bacon sandwhich from the Carosel Bakery, the just bought some rind on cooked bacon and ate it. Drove to Niagra Falls, hit a couple of ice winerys, and to Mengrai for dinner. Lots of love on your board for it, but I would call the food not authentic, but modern Thai. First I am suspect of any Thai restaurant that does not ask how spicy you want your food. Second the waitstaff could mot describe the food and did not know what yum woon sen was. The food was fine, signiture lychee red curry and sasi’s pad thai were acceptable. The best things was the Lychee martini, pumpkin soup and the mango salad. I’m not snob, but lived in Thailand for a summer. Still better than anything in Ann Arbor. Well thought about going to Rain for dessert, but just walked across the street to buy a pint of Ben and Jerry and watch a movie. While outside in my t-shirt ran into Michael Rubino walking home.
Well Sunday was raining, had big plans to explore Chinatown, but ended up at Lai Wah Heen. Lets just say not cheap, but left satisfied. Second best dim sum in I have had in North America, best is Koi Palace outside of San Francisco. Made to order, not oversalted, left without traditional dim sum headache. Well that’s it look forward to next trip, thanks for the recs, will be back for more. I have great recs for San Fran, NYC, and Dallas if interested.

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