Any suggestions of what to do?
Any suggestions of what to do?
You mean - what to do to get out of it?
Jeez, maybe feign injury? ... invent some story... claim you don't have a passport ...
Ask echerub - he'd probably have a few suggestions. You could do a bit of knife-related shopping there, too. I'm ex-TO and so my info is out of date.
Stay away from that Pete Tong guy, he's trouble. Um, I haven't been out much lately, Grand Electric was the last place I went and was pretty good, the Black Hoof is always good for people who have never been around. I have been meaning to get to Yours Truly to try that place out, pretty good reviews for a new spot. Plenty of good, cheap food around lately, shouldn't be too hard to find a bunch of places expensive/inexpensive.
I still like the tacos at El Trompo more than Grand Electric that's for sure, should go to El Trompo that's my favourite restaurant in Toronto, if you go you have to get a Horcahta or a Tamarind drink, being from New York though Mexican food is probably not what you want to checking out in Toronto. Hehe I work with a mexican guy now so I am heavily under the influence.
Toronto can be a terrible wasteland for sushi, so if I was going to get sushi and had one place to go, it would be Hashimoto. I haven't been in a chinese kitchen in awhile so I have no good chinese food references at the moment, but the asian food scene here is terrific. You will have no trouble getting some crappy paint by numbers chinese food menu, but you can find some of the real authentic chinese cuisines if you look hard enough, just go where there is no english and you will be fine
And when you go back to New York, tell Chang when he comes here to do it big, we are sick of Scott Conant's and stuck up New Yorkers thinking they can drop bad restaurants on us and we will eat it up with a spoon, we are better than that.
That's all I've got I guess, you could grab a Toronto Life they had the best restaurants guide out a few months ago, but since James Chatto left I don't trust a word they say. Also, please don't take my comment about New York restauranteurs seriously, just sick of people obviously thinking they can push a lesser product on us Canadians, is it because we are nice and we won't say anything? We want good food too, please bring us a David Chang restaurant uncensored and unfiltered, I know you have nothing to do with any of this, just ranting hehe.
Have fun here in Toronto and try and stay away from the big name restaurants, try to experience some of the ethnic neighbourhoods we have, massive Greek, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Caribbean of all flavours you can really get a good mix here, it might even remind you a bit of a tiny little part of home, I have been to New York and to me, it just 'feels' home to me, it must be that eastcoast melting pot city thing.
Helping the staff at the new digs?
Toronto is a world class city,tons of stuff to do.
cookinstuff has some great suggestions.Queen West,Ossington are close to the new Chang resto(I.m assuming that's why you're visiting our fair city)
I know you probably have enough knives,but check out Knife on Queen West and Tosho Knife Arts at Bloor and Bathurst.Both are great neighborhoods to explore regardless.
Kensington Market just west of China Town is cool to wander about,and while you're in Chinatown go to Swatow,one of my favorite cheap and cheerful Chinese restaurants for excellent "wok hay" style cooking.
Have a good trip and let us know when the restaurant is having the"KKF members" appreciation opening party!!
If you have access to a car,one of the best sushi restaurants in Canada, Kaji Sushi,is only about 20-25 mins from the downtown core.
I'm pretty sure the reason he's going is Chang related ......
"With great knives comes great responsibility."
That's why I asked...
Drive 25 minutes west and get a real meal, by me
Thanks for the info.
Reason I am going has nothing to do with the restaurant. Only going up for three days to see some friends I have not seen in quite a while.