first, thank you all so much for your hospitality. I ended up going to Dynasty on Bloor St for a quick dim sum lunch, then went to Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar for dinner.
I was quite impressed with Dynasty. I wasn't expecting much, so that helped, I'm sure! Unfortunately, I was alone, so there was only so much I could sample. But all that I had was very good.
I got the crispy dumplings with "assorted meat." (I think they called them dumplings... can't remember for sure). Anyhow, they weren't like any dumplings I'd ever had. They were football-shaped fried "dumplings" a light golden color, with a very light croquette-ish, blistered exterior that encompassed little delectible bits of savory chicken. Anyhow, very, very good. Definitely the best thing I ordered. Could have eaten those all day.
I also ordered crispy chicken and taro rolls in rice paper. I wasn't familiar with this kind of rice paper - it was a deep yellow, almost orange. the filling was almost a creamy mousse of chicken and taro with very subtle flavoring. Perhaps a little too subtle. But the textures were very good.
Last thing I ordered was crispy (realized I was on a deep fry kick that day) shrimp rolls. Very thin, neatly wraped rolls - between the size of a cigarette and a cigar - with a parchment-paper like wrapping. What was impressive with this was the freshness and flavor of the shrimp. they were nothing but shrimp and wrapping, yet they were full of fresh shrimp flavor. Pretty impressive.
Anyhow, I wish I could have tried more dishes... but from what I had, I was impressed that they took care in their preparation and their presentation. Not always the case at dim sum places.
Now for JKWB. I went with a friend so we were able to sample quite a lot of food. We had:
* Wild shrimp with tomatoes and basil
* Fried wild mushroom fritters
* Lamb poutine
* Black cod with Pork belly and fingerling potatoes
* Raclette sandwich
* Banana chocolate tart
* Assorted cheese platter
I think the highlights were the lamb poutine and the black cod. Very, very good. I didn't care much for the The mushroom fritters or raclette sandwich. The rest was good though. We were able to sit at the bar at the chef's station which was nice. Overall a very nice experience.
Anyhow, thanks all for the recommendations. Toronto was wonderful. Looking forward to coming out next time so I can eat more thoroughly (and visit chinatown).
Thanks again for all the recommendations!