TOP TASTE TESTS 2013

Over the past year we’ve fed our res­i­dent chef, Grant van Gameren, ev­ery­thing from jerk chicken to coconut cream pie. Here, a roundup of the best our city has to of­fer.

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JAN­UARY: PEK­ING DUCK

WIN­NER: PEK­ING MAN, 1100 SHEP­PARD AVE. E., $36 The most im­pres­sive-look­ing of the bunch, the dish de­lights chef with its ten­der tex­ture and “mouth-wa­ter­ing” flavour.

FE­BRU­ARY: SPAGHETTI

WIN­NER: THE BIG RAGU, 1338 LANS­DOWNE AVE., $16 “This one smells de­li­cious,” van Gameren says. The sauce has a nice acid­ity and the meat­balls are the per­fect con­sis­tency.

MARCH: CAE­SAR SALAD

WIN­NER: THE OC­TAGON, 7529 YONGE ST., $14.50 (DIN­NER) “It’s got a good amount of dress­ing; the flavour’s there; they make their own crou­tons; they seem like real ba­con bits.”

APRIL: COCONUT CREAM PIE

WIN­NER: SCARAMOUCH­E, 1 BEN­VENUTO PL., $13 (SLICE) This pie is re­ally rich and sweet with­out be­ing overly sac­cha­rine. The white choco­late clinches this as the win­ner.

MAY: SAUSAGE

WIN­NER: BRUNO’S FINE FOODS, 1560 YONGE ST. HONEY GAR­LIC, $6.99/LB This pick ticks all chef’s boxes: salt level, qual­ity of sea­son­ing and mois­ture level. “It’s su­per juicy and has a unique flavour.”

JUNE: ICE CREAM SAND­WICH

WIN­NER: UN­CLE BETTY’S, 2590 YONGE ST., $5.50 SUGAR DONUT & TOASTED MARSH­MAL­LOW A big fan of cin­na­mon and sugar dough­nuts, chef is taken by the ad­di­tion of Skor bits and caramel. “It’s a pretty neat con­cept.”

JULY: BBQ RIBS

WIN­NER: AAA BAR, 138 ADE­LAIDE ST. E., SMOKED DRY RUB RIBS, $15 “These are su­per sim­ple but very well ex­e­cuted,” van Gameren notes. “Some­one is se­ri­ous about their smoker!”

AU­GUST: JERK CHICKEN

WIN­NER: MONA’S ROTI, 4810 SHEP­PARD AVE. E., $7.52 “This is hit­ting ev­ery flavour note that I’d like,” chef says. “You get all those tra­di­tional flavours –– this is def­i­nitely good jerk!”

SEPTEM­BER: DE­LIV­ERY PIZZA

WIN­NER: CLAS­SICO LOUIE’S, 2549 YONGE ST., $13.33 Chef points out the crispy pep­per­oni, the semolina flour and the thin crust, which folds nicely. “It’s more ar­ti­sanal,” he ob­serves.

OC­TO­BER: HOT TURKEY SAND­WICH

WIN­NER: GOOD BITE, 2463 YONGE ST., $10.95 Chef likes the mix of white and dark meat & the mushy peas.

NOVEMBER: BUT­TER TART

WIN­NER: LEAH’S, 621 ST. CLAIR AVE. W., $2.75 “It’s tasty and the flavours are bang on!” chef says.

(see De­cem­ber 2013 Taste Test next spread)

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