Ruth M.
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Ruth M. Reviews

Kraft Berger LLP
Markham, ON
Jun 17, 2009
This is a firm that actually cares about it's clients as people. They are friendly, helpful and chock full of great ideas to help you save money. I have never met a person there I didn't like and respect. Try them. You won't be sorry.
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Lolita's Lust
Toronto, ON
Feb 22, 2009
We had been there before and loved it so, when we saw that Lolita's Lust had a Winterlicious menu at a good price ($25/per person) we decided to go back there. It was dissapointing. The place seemed a little run down which is not how I remember it, although it is a couple of years older now. The staff were great, friendly and knowledgable. We all ordered potato and leek soup as a starter. Since when are either potatoes or leeks brown? It was tasteless - we asked for salt but it didn't help. The main courses, stuffed chicken, salmon or gnocchi were pretty good, but nothing to rave about - not special. Desert was the same - ok.We were dissapointed but have decided not to give up on the place. The regular menu looked interesting and we notice that the place had contstant turnover and was constantly full so we figure it must (usually) be good.We will try again. Dissapointed, but not disillusioned!
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By debsil on Feb 23, 2009
We too had fond memories of this restaurant (at least 5-6 years ago), but skipped winterlicious there because of a bad experience a couple of years ago. We were the ONLY ones in the place (was a Friday night at 7pm) and service was extremely slow and food not that good. I think it's seen its day!
By Ruth on Feb 23, 2009
When we walked in at 7:30 there was only one other table with people but by the time we left the place was full and there was a constant turnover. Those people must know something we don't, so we will try again.

Ferrovia
Thornhill, ON
Feb 17, 2009
I went with a girlfriend the other night. It is indeed a "hidden gem". It is dimly lit with a sexy but relaxing atmosphere. We had two different types of pizza and shared. Both were excellent. The wine was also very light and good.Wait staff were really nice, food was very good and wine was wonderful.I would say it was worth a try, wouldn't you?
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Jump Cafe & Bar
Toronto, ON
Feb 17, 2009
Went there for Winterlicious last week. Had no problem getting a reservation for a Saturday night which was a surprise but that's the recession I guess.Sat at the bar for drinks as they were clearing our table. Martinis were excellent and they had mixed nuts at the bar which are my weakness. The nice thing was that our table was ready almost immediately but they allowed us to sit at the bar to finish our drinks. It was really nice not to be rushed. It made the evening last longer and seem like more than just "dinner".The winterlicious menu had something from every category. One of us ordered fish, two of us had a veal stew and the other ordered gnocchi. As a matter of fact my girlfriend and I shared the gnocchi and the veal. The food was absolutely fabulous. After one bite of the veal, I knew I would never forget it and I haven't.Desert was varied and good - not great, but good.I loved the place, I love the waiter (easy going and funny and sweet and cute) and I loved the food.It was a perfect evening.
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Stonefire Bar & Grill
Thornhill, ON
Aug 24, 2008
They had been fixing this place up for a while. I drive by almost every day and was beginning to wonder if it would ever open. A couple of days ago I finally saw a sign "Open"! Of course we had to try it as soon as possible.It was the first Saturday night so there were a few kinks to iron out but all in all we were very pleased. The place is really nice with comfortable but minimalist trendy decor with an open kitchen. I didn't much actually like sitting next to the entry into the back of the kitchen but I made my husband face that way and I got to look at the rest of the place. There is a back room which is glassed in and I suppose perfect for private functions as well. We arrived at 6:15 which is very early for a Saturday night so many of the tables had kids at them which was surprising because this was not a kid's place or a kid's type menu but apparently there is a kid's menu as well and by the time we left there was only "grown ups" in the place.I ordered a Martini. They have a variety of different types but I went for straight up. Kink = small olives but I made sure that the large ones are now on order and I guarantee that by the time you read this they will have large olives in their Martinis. The bread was really good, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and the butter was especially good but I can't tell you why that is. They don't have beer on draft yet but that too is coming.Because we got there early we got right in but based on how full the place got as the evening progressed, I suggest reservations. You will need them.We ordered the cheese and spinach dip. Cheese tasted cheddary and as it cooled on the table, it got clumpy. It was not bad but I've had better.The menu is not big but has enough things in every category that you won't have a problem finding something you like. All of the food looked really good but "make your own pizza" seemed to be a specialty and baked in a stone oven, so we decided to try that. You pick the type of crust, then the type of dressing (ie. tomato sauce, herb and garlic oil, etc.) then the toppings. Some toppings were the usual type and some were really different. My husband has sushi grade tuna on his pizza and not just a couple of pieces but quite a lot. I ordered boccochino cheese, shrimps, grilled zucchini and asparagus tips on my pizza. Didn’t see any boccochino (maybe it was just totally melted in which case I owe them $3.50) on the pizza but there were a ton of shrimps (and not the baby shrimps but regular size, perfectly cooked shrimp). The crusts were thin and light - really home made type and very good. I think mine could have used some salt in the dressing but otherwise they were unusual and delicious. Portions are quite generous. Personal size pizza is 12 inches as opposed to the usual 8 or 9 inches but because the crust is so light it is easily finishable. We also noticed that other portions were large. Rack of Lamb included four pieces instead of the usual two pieces that most "trendy" restaurants serve.Then came desert. There was a large desert menu and it was hard to chose. I ordered Pecan Pie and my husband had Chocolate Lava cake. The lava cake flowed as it should but the pecan pie had next to no pecans. I’m a nut nut so I noticed. Both of the deserts came with large dollops of ice cream but the taste of the ice cream seemed to overpower the taste of the deserts. Perhaps smaller dollops or a dusting of icing sugar – not sure – but we want to taste the deserts, not ice cream.Espresso was quite good as was the Baileys coffee although the cold whipped cream made the coffee taste cold until you got to the bottom. Guess I should have mixed better or maybe less – not sure. The prices are slightly high but considering the portion sizes, I guess the prices are fair. If this restaurant were downtown, and it easily could be, I would say the prices were on the high side of average. It just feels higher because it is in the burbs. But truthfully you could pick up this place and plop it anywhere in downtown Toronto and neither the look nor the menu would be out of place.The absolutely best thing about this restaurant was the service. If you go, ask to sit in Ariela's section. The girl is a doll and really loves her job. The owner is also a really nice guy and his philosophy is that the customer can have anything they want. Good philosophy, no? He told us that he likes to hire experienced people who know what they are doing and like doing it. It shows.This is an upscale Italian restaurant, both in terms of its look and its menu and we are happy it came to Thornhill. If the food stays consistent (not always easy in the restaurant business) and the service is half as good as it was tonight, this place will do very very well and deservedly so.
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By Ruth on Aug 25, 2008
But not to pictures!
By lutz on Aug 25, 2008
RUTH!! i think you beat me to the longest review on n49! way to go :-)
By Ruth on Aug 26, 2008
I will try to remember to carry my camera around with me from now on. Promise!
By jennifer on Aug 26, 2008
let's get Ruth and N49 camera! :)
By neala on Sep 01, 2008
After Ruth's review, 2 other reviews with half a star. Just one week later. We too drive by every day and are eager to hear about it. Ruth says portions are generous, KK says they are extremely small. Ruth says service was great, KK says it was terrible. Was that indeed a picture of pizza you posted? it did look like pitas.
By Ruth on Sep 01, 2008
The pictures were taken with my cell phone so they are lousy. The pizza crusts were light in colour but very crispy, not pita like. We thought both the pizza sizes and the entre sizes were generous, but not cheap. The service was excellent when we were there. Perhaps they have gotten overwhelmed - but without the great service, the place would only have rated 3 stars even for us so the service was an important part. Sorry you didn't like it. We will try the other place you mentioned.
By kk1004 on Sep 01, 2008
I din't say the service was terrible, just very slow. The size of the portions refers to main entries, ruth was talking about pizza.
By justme2 on Sep 21, 2008
somebody i personally know went to stonefire and said it was just awful and service was horrible and when it came to dessert their cappuccino arrived with their cake following a half hour later!
 
 some people shouldnt be critics if every place they go to is wonderful, the greatest, the best and delicious, otherwise we will never know the truth about a place if by chance others do not comment!
By Ruth on Sep 27, 2008
Never claimed to be a critic. I had a good experience there. It's just amazing that you can not fathom that one person can have a good experience somewhere while another person can have a bad experience. Perhaps you should find someone else's reviews to rely on since you don't agree with mine!

Restoran Malaysia
Richmond Hill, ON
Aug 23, 2008
My daughter suggested this place but we were sceptical. It is located in a small strip plaza and from the outside looks like a dive.Guess what - it's not! You walk it and are immedately taken aback. It is sleek and classy looking with a cool bar right at the front. The tables are not fancy - paper napkins, but clean and minimalist looking, not at all like a dive. My daughter suggested the shrimp chips and peanut dip. It was good but nothing I would write home about. To be fair, I am told that they are very good there by people who know - it's just that I am not crazy about shrimp chips, I guess. My husband and I then ordered something I cannot pronounce. It had large flat noodles, bean sprouts, shrimps and was just a little spicy. My daughter ordered the Pad Thai. Both meals were generous in portion and very very good. As opposed to Chinese Food, this Malaysian Food is much lighter and more flavourful.I would go back and will go back. The menu is huge so we will have to go back many times to try out different things. Based on what we already ate, I am confident that the rest of the menu will be delicious.The drinks were interesting. They have no liquor licence - so pre-drink! I ordered iced lichi - excellent and my husband ordered iced honey lemon water - also excellent. Go figure, take some water and add honey and lemon and its good!The shrimp chips came practically before we could even finish ordering them and the rest of the food came within five minutes. Funnily, the drinks took a while. Apparently they have several cooks but only one bartender. They also do take-out.Bottom line - very good! Go!
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Sunset Grill
Richmond Hill, ON
Aug 10, 2008
This restaurant seems to be popping up all around us. They have opened three of them within a ten mile radius around our house. It is a real breakfast place! Small menu with everything you could want for breakfast and that's that. Food is good. Eggs were ordered over medium, which is a hard one to get right, but they really were medium on the first try. Homes fried potatoes were good - needed salt but I guess that's good cause everyone can add but can't take it off if there is too much. Rye toast was excellent. Fruit and yogurt tasted like a Sundae - it was that good. My daughter tells me the chocolate chip pancakes are really good and plentiful. Issues - coffee is ok (hard to compete with Starbucks next door). If you want organic maple syrup or real whipped cream, etc. there is an extra $1-3 charge. Not the end of the world since the prices are quite good. Full breakfasts for 4 came to $33.00. Can't complain about that. Tell them to clean the sticky (syrup) off the tables and salt and pepper shakers and menus - but I guess that's par for the course. The place was quite busy for 9:30 on a Sunday morning and I can see why. I'd definately go back - not for a delicacy but for a decent down home breakfast - any time.
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By silver on Aug 10, 2008
so they got it right this time...buts what's so hard about over medium anyway? I can do it myself and I'm not even a pro. These guys make like 2,000 eggs a day - you'd think they would know how to get it right. The sunset grill that i frequent severs 3 smaller eggs and "ever medium" always seems to come hard.

Strada
Toronto, ON
Aug 10, 2008
We went for dinner on the recommendation of our friend's daughter who went for a friend's birthday and loved the place. It was a Saturday night. We got there around 7 and left at about 10:30. There was a large party of about 10 kids, one other couple and the four of us - no-one else came in all night, so I don't know how long the place will remain in business. The atmosphere is really nice, loungy and relaxing with sleek modern surroundings and really comfortable chairs. The martini's were perfect. The fruity ones were good - but the real test, straight vodka martinis with olives, were also excellent with really large olives. Only problem was that were ordered Grey Goose martinis which added $3.00 to each one so that they got quite pricey quite quickly.They have tapas platters (3 or 5 items of your choice) which is interesting. My girlfriend and I ordered that. She liked everything on her plate while I really liked the coconut shrimp and everything else was ok (should have been better at a price of $35.00 for a plate of 5 items). My husband had the rack of lamb which was good and my friend's husband had a form of pasta with lobster and shrimp which was really good with huge pieces of lobster - quite impressive at a cost of only $19.00.We started with an order of sweet potato fries (one of my favourites) but they were cold, not luke warm, but cold. We sent them back and new hot ones came. They were very little and did not seem fresh. The dip was good but the fries were so little it was hard to dip them. The rest of the food was luke warm. Hard to understand since the place was empty so why would it have been sitting and waiting. Oh well.We enjoyed the evening, especially the martinis (not the price so much, but the taste) and would go back for a drink. Wouldn't say no to the place if someone wanted to go but probably would not suggest it. The meal came to close to $300 for the four or us but it didn't have to. Next time we would order the meals instead of the Tapas and maybe wine instead of a total of 8 Martinis. Bottoms up!
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By jennifer on Aug 11, 2008
Your tapas platter was 35$? that's just nuts.. I saw the photo..so not worth 35!

Byblos Uptown
Toronto, ON
Jul 18, 2008
I had never been to this restaurant before although from what I had heard about it, I had always wanted to go. It is not a cheap place so, since it is summerlicious time right now, I took the opportunity to try it. I went with rick.n49.ca as we were going to Absolute Comedy (nearby) to see Dr. Ron afterwards who is our favourite comedian. To say that I wasn't dissapointed would be an understatement. The food was amazing. I started with scallops and rick.49.ca had a form of ceasar salad. Both were very very very good. Even the bread was an olive artisian bread - amazing. Then both of us ordered filet mignon - medium. rick.n49.ca thought it was on the well done side of medium but I thought it was perfect (just a touch of pink). The point was the flavour - it was orgasmic! I don't know what they put into their steak but I've never had a better steak in my life. Lastly we had deserts, both of which were lovely. The portions were not big, as is usual in this kind of place, but I found that I felt satisfied and not stuffed, which is exactly what one wants from dinner. It is really true - YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!Oh yes - and the company was excellent tooo!
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By silver on Jul 17, 2008
I agree with everything - even if I do look like a goof in that picture. You didn't mention the service which was outstanding and very friendly, professional but still warm. And good looking to top it off. Maggie was it?

TLC Laser Eye Centers
Mississauga, ON
Apr 22, 2008
I was scared. I admit it. It is surgery after all. My sister-in-law is an Optometrist in Halifax and told me that if I decide to do this I should see Dr. Brown at the TLC Clinic in Mississauga. I said "But they are not the most expensive. How can they be the best?" Stupid, huh? Turns out that they are in fact the best - at least as far as I am concerned.I went to see Dr. Brown so she could "map" my eyes. She was very nice and very understanding and explained everthing clearly. The best part about her was that she was "real". She didn't talk down to me or overly nicely - just "real". Nothing I asked for was a bother. I was amazed. I said I wanted the surgery as soon as possible (when I want something, I want it now) and it was arranged for the next week.The best part was that I got to have Dr. Jeffery J. Machat himself do the surgery. He started TLC Clincs and there are now several clinics all over the United States and Canada. He is probably the best doctor there is for this procedure and I got him! He also explained everything in detail and treated me with such respect and kindness. He talks to you thoughout the procedure explaining how it's going.I have found that, in general, doctors (somehow especially optometrists and eye doctors), do not have a lot of people skills, even when very skilled at their profession. I'm happy to say that at this clinic, this generalization does not apply! I did not need to be afraid. I can see! Both close up and far away. It's amazing! I was a typical patient - all upset and concerned because my vision was not clear immediately after surgery and emailed Dr. Brown very concerned. She immediately responded explaining that my eyes were swollen and to give it time. Within a week, I could see! Truthfully, I am having a little problem with dry eyes, being an issue that is very common in women going through menopause. They are dealing with this and have already helped the problem which they claim they will get rid of completely over the next few months.I am very pleased with the results and extremely pleased with the TLC Clinic in Mississauga. Try it. You will be very happy you did!
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By Mystique on Apr 22, 2008
Congrats on finding the perfect place 4 ur surgery, Ruth & going 4 it!
 Sounds like an amazing clinic indeed! From the perspective of being an RN myself & as well, dealing with optometrists myself personally (my oldest son was born with a congenital cataract!), I totally have to agree with you about the lack of people skills issue!
 So nice to hear that this wasn't an issue with this clinic :)
By jennifer on Apr 23, 2008
That's fantastic!

Zafferano
Woodbridge, ON
Apr 13, 2008
I asked a friend who lives in Woodbridge what the best restaurant in Woodbridge was. Zafferano was the answer. I checked it our online and it seemed to have good reviews, so off we went. The place was packed and someone else who tried to get a table without a reservation was told that there was no room so it was a good thing we had a reservation. We were seated immediately and the waiter came right over to offer us drinks. We decided to have "house wine". We had the Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc. Both were excellent - better than we would ever have expected for the house wine.The ambiance was lovely. Very richly Italian (not checkered tablecloths but dark and rich like a nice castle). It was a little noisy but as it was packed, what would you expect?When we perused the menu, we noticed that the prices were more than reasonable; amazing actually. There were so many choices it took a while to read the menu. Everything sounded so good and there was definitely something for every taste. As appetizers, we ordered the calamari fritti, caprese salad and ceasar salad. All the portions were large and the flavours were excellent. Calamari came as huge circles, which you would assume could be chewy because the pieces were so big. Nope, they were tender and delicious. Dressings on the salad were superb.Dinners were trout special, tilapia, seafood platter and risotto with seafood. All were perfect. The seafood platter included 1/2 lobster, shrimp, calamari, mussels, scallops, etc. and cost $29.00. The risotto included all of the same seafood items (but less of each) including the 1/2 lobster and cost $18.00. Amazing! And the taste of the risotto (that was mine) was mouth watering. All of it was so fresh! The tilapia came with cabbage so we requested some veggies and potatoes as well and it came in 2 minutes. The waiters were so attentive and there as soon as we needed them but never hovered.Do I sound like I loved the place? Well we all walked out of there amazed at how good the food was, how reasonable the prices were and how much we enjoyed the evening.The only possible negative was the length of time we waited between the appetizers and the main course, which seemed a little excessive, but it's much better than being rushed and we were spending the evening in a lovely place so what's the hurry? Try this place! You won't be disappointed. I promise! Sorry I forgot to take pictures, but I will be going back so I will add pictures next time. In the interim, check out their web site.
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Everest
Toronto, ON
Jan 28, 2008
The decor is sleek, modern and trendy. Great place for a drink after work and I'll bet that the bar is a good place to meet people. The CN Tower is right outside the window and you can watch the lights go up and down all night.We went there last week for Erin23.n49.ca 's birthday. As you can tell from her review, she really likes the place. The waitress was really helpful as she told hilary.n49.ca not to order the Liche Martini because she said it tastes like medicine. That kind of information is very useful. All of the martini's we ended up ordering were very good. We then ordered dinner. The appetizers came fairly quickly which was good as it was nine at night and we were hungry. That is when the problem began. I had taken about five bites of my salad and dinner arrived. I had to eat the salad and the main course at the same time. What's the hurry? I will admit that the salad, nachos, shrimp and tortellini were all very very good. You can see that I enjoyed my shrimp by the picture of the cleaned plate attached!Desert came with a candle in it for Erin's birthday and was on the house, which was very nice. I would highly recommend the place if not for the fact that we were in and out of there in one hour - that's with three courses and drinks. Toooooo fast!Read other reviews on this restaurant before you decide whether you want to eat there!
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By autismmom on Jan 28, 2008
Looks great!
By Mystique on Jan 28, 2008
Great review, Ruth, as always, :) . I agree with you, when you go to a nicer place to have more than just a one course meal, it should be served in a slightly more leisurely fashion; not so that you have to wait 'forever' between courses but you should have time to finish one course before the next comes.
 The pictures look great, btw!
 Happy Belated Birthday, Erin!
 Thanx for sharing this Ruth. :)
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