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Xtreme Taste

Posted by Staff / Reviewed on November 18, 2011 / review policy

Xtreme TasteXtreme Taste is serious about value, but is it seriously worth it? Pretty much — this is a hole in the wall that probably won't burn a hole in your pocket. Specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, the takeout line generally stretches out the open door and curls around the front window, which is an auspicious sign.

Each customer is served by the laughing ladies behind the counter who quickly portion-out pre-made meats, fish and salads. But make sure you're paying attention when your turn finally comes, or you might be the recipient of a "Hey you! Your order!?" This is, by definition, serious business.

Xtreme FoodI'm now convinced by the seriousness of their customer base and business tactics, but what about the food? I keep coming back to the price of it all, which is seriously palatable. $4.79 for a chicken kebab plate with rice and a choice of three salads. $5.00 for a chicken breast sandwich with two salads on the side — same goes for the veal. Ravished with hunger, my two dining companions and I dug into our meals, anticipating ultimate midday satisfaction. Overall, we went 1/3 on the scorecard.

Xtreme TasteThe chicken kebab plate was a clear winner, with a couple of moist, well-seasoned pieces of meat and a nice-sized side of slightly soggy fatoush salad, pasta salad and rice. We actually all ordered the fatoush as one of our sides due to a prior recommendation. It was, alas, overly acidic from a bit too much vinegar and lime juice, though somewhat balanced out by the fresh parsley.

Xtreme TasteThe veal and chicken sandwiches both missed the mark. Served in a standard pita, the sodden veal cutlet was untraditionally coupled with lettuce and tomato and lacked a defining flavour, not to mention the tongue-tickling bite that should have come with my "extra spicy" request.

Xtreme TasteIt's clear that one's options are limited when trying to beat, or even match the price-point of Xtreme Taste for a Yorkville lunch. So, when treating your wallet to a break, this is a fast and affordable option, but don't expect a special treat for your taste buds.

Xtreme TasteWriting by Jason Finestone. Photos by Abigail Ainsworth



Sam I Am / November 18, 2011 at 10:02 am
you missed the best dish, also with the most value, the $6 seafood combo - sea bass, squid and a shrimp skewer with the rice and salads. amazing value.
koochy / November 18, 2011 at 11:52 am
looks good!
Matt / November 18, 2011 at 01:36 pm
Just across the street is Salad King, inside Cumberland Terrace or whatever that place is called. Cheap, decent Cobb salad. Between Extreme Taste and Salad King, I don't know why anyone eats anywhere else in that godforsaken neighbourhood.
Jamaal / November 18, 2011 at 02:29 pm
MV above said it best
"this review is nothing without the seafood combo"

That's the reason almost everyone goes there..
$6 for decent sea bass, a skewer of shrimp, calamari, rice, tahini and your choice of two salads
Owen / November 19, 2011 at 09:27 am
This review is incomplete, go back and get the seafood combo. Sea bass, calamari, shrimp skewer, 2 salads and rice for $6, and it is all extremely tasty.
Richard replying to a comment from Matt / November 19, 2011 at 08:50 pm
Salad King? The only Salad Kings are inside the Ryerson Cafeteria and also at Yonge/Gerrard...

And FYI for the blog editor, this was never properly listed on the blog page (no link in the post,only way to find this is to go to the restaurants link).

And since we're on the subject of cheap food in the Yorkville area, how does that "Express" place next to the Bay station exit on cumberland fare?

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