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Recently the community was so kind to help me out with an itinerary (see https://www.chowhound.com/post/finali...)
This is the trip report.
Fantastic experience. Fine-dining, Canadian Style. Innovative and creative but recognizable.
Went with tasting menu.
On request they paired with exclusively Canadian wines and it was superb. Got a taste of icewine, highly recommended.
Friendly, good service. Excellent fine-dining. If Michelin came to Canada, this would be 1* at the very least!
Royal Thai in a bar-food type principle.
Very good. Choose 4 courses, of which the highlights were the rice platter and the dim sums.
Especially the rice dish - we regularly avoid rice but this was superb!
Good cocktails. Other wine pairing was good but not noteworthy.
They did change our seating (to forced bar seats) last minute but this did not prove to be a problem.
Recommended since this is unique I imagine. Not a regular Thai but Royal. And in a shared-food/bar-food principle.
Tasting menu with 7 courses.
Very nice blend of French(/Italian) and Korean. Sometimes blended in style, sometimes ingredients, sometimes more one or the other. Steak tartare with spicy korean sauce. Ravioli made from dim sum.
Highly recommended. Interesting price/quality wise.
Wine pairings were ok but not noteworthy.
KuKum Kitchen -
Aboriginal. AVOID! Bad! Service was poor though not unfriendly.
They did not take into account our agreed preference in wine/food pairing, just throwing the food and giving no time to enjoy an aperitif.
The food... Had the Seal as first course which was good but the Elk Osso Bucco was a risotto and I do not know if there was elk inside.
Because the food was rushed, the wine was not paired and the main course was a risotto I was disappointed.
Also, very expensive considering what we got.
All in all - I quite liked my trip. Toronto is a great city and I would return to any of these restaurants in a heartbeat, except for KuKum
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