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Butter in sticks

I've got President's Choice unsalted country churned butter in 4-stick format, in my fridge. Hubby got it at No Frills.

A place to eat, in the Downsview area for 10-12 people.

Help Please - Lunch around North York Civic Centre

I like the Novotel's Trio Restaurant. I've read pretty good reviews for Agra Fine Indian, just north of Sheppard, but have never tried it.

where is the best fish and chips in Toronto/GTA??

I enjoyed Sea Witch. The server was very pleasant and efficient. The fish was a good sized piece and not too much breading. I'd give it a 7. The fries were better, an 8. Not as good as High Street and I probably won't got back, its not close to me, but it was enjoyable.

where is the best fish and chips in Toronto/GTA??

Can anyone tell me what's going on with Old Yorke Fish and Chips on Laird? Apparently they're now called "Posh" but they still have fish and chips. Their website is still the same.

Any good Indian restaurants in North Toronto?

Copper Chimney opened to rave reviews and after that... well, checkout Dinesafe and Yelp. Let's just say they had no customers for awhile.

Any good Indian restaurants in North Toronto?

There's this place as well.... apparently their butter chicken poutine is their big thing.....


Any good Indian restaurants in North Toronto?

I forgot about Adrak. Thank you Charles for reminding me. I haven' tried Indian Cuisine but I'll still keep them on my list. If my expectations are low, then I'll be ok.

Any good Indian restaurants in North Toronto?

Indian Kitchen just moved to a new location, at the corner of Yonge and Morgan in Thornhill (almost directly across the street from their old place at Yonge and Clark). At least its now all sparkly new. There's also Indian Cuisine on Steeles just west of Yonge before you get to Bathurst. It gets a lot of good reviews. And there's also Earth Indian on Yonge just south of Steeles, north of Finch.

Summerlicious 2015

They need to fix the website because the filter option does not work. I'm going to try to get to Kamasutra Indian, missed it last time.

Some love for Paese...

I used to go a couple of times a year, its a 2-min walk from my house. Last time, not so good. I ordered pasta - no garnish, not even a teeny piece of parsley, it looked very sad in that bowl. The waiter also never came around with the grated cheese. They couldn't serve me my original pasta order because "it didn't turn out so good". Well, at least they were honest, but take it off the menu because its the little things like that which brings things downhill. Years ago, before they expanded and before they opened the (now-closed) second location downtown, this place was probably a big money-maker for the owner. It was tiny, but always, always busy. Then he went big, expanded this location, opened another one, and things went downhill. He was too stretched,I think. Nowadays, that parking lot isn't often full. I'll give him another try. This is a crummy neighbourhood and we need all the businesses like his we can get.

Does anyone know where to buy these kimchi containers in Toronto?

Maybe try the Seasons grocery store in the newly-opened World on Yonge complex (condos/retail) at Yonge and Doncaster in Thornhill. About a 3 min drive north of Steeles. I think they're Korean. I know they have all kinds of rice cookers, so maybe they have this as well. I see they also just opened in Brampton, too.


Pain Perdu Yonge and Lawrence closed???

Sorry, I just realized that the name was noted previously.

Pain Perdu Yonge and Lawrence closed???

Can someone please tell us the name of the bakery? thanks.

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

I'd bet that's how they make it at the restaurant. Years ago, I worked at St. Hubert. Their dip was powder, to which we added water. I'm sure SC is the same thing.

2015 Butter Tart Debate

Any comments on the Grandmother's brand butter tarts available at Bruno's?

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

Yup, its the quality too. My mom does her own version of Swiss Chalet now. She buys the whole roasted chickens at Longos - $7.99 Wednesday night special, a packet of the Swiss Chalet sauce powder at the grocery store, does her own fries and voila! Swiss Chalet for 1/2 the price of Swiss Chalet.

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

I've been saying this for the past while. Their business in in trouble. So many special offers now, so many new items to entice sales, and the closing of stores. The one at Yonge & Steeles was disgusting, nothing had been done to it since I started going there 40+ years ago. Their biggest appeal was always the price. Well, they ain't so cheap anymore. By the time you add on the surcharge for white meat, a basic quarter chicken dinner, with fries and the infamous inedible roll, is $14. That's insane for what it is (although they do have a special right now, two dinners for $25). Add to that their inability to fix the glitches with their website, so you couldn't order online, which took them months and months to correct.

Superb Suliko Lunch - Steeles and Alness

From their Facebook page: $9.95 lunch photo: looks good, its on my list. Do you think they'll be open Good Friday?


What is your current "List"? (i.e. places you want to try)

Sophisticated I am not....

Smoked and Cracked for lobster roll
Kovalsky's Polish on Royal York
Sushi Moto Yonge and Sheppard
Nawab at Yonge and Sheppard
Savera Indian on St. Clair
Adrak Indian on Wertheim Ct.
the new Moe Pancer's

Jamaican ice cream shop

The No Frills at Bathurst & Wilson carries Tropical Treats' Indian flavours: pistachio, rose, and mango kulfi.

are there any good fish&chip places

Actually, that's a really demand neighbourhood to live in. Sheppard Avenue itself is nothing special but the residential streets just north and south of it are very desirable. In 15-20 min you can walk to Yonge Street, there's the subway and every kind of shop/restaurant/service one would need. The original 2-bdrm. woodframe houses list for 800K+. But I'm getting sidetracked.... Jerry's had to be doing something right, or else maybe his rent was very low. The place had about 3 tables and was mostly takeout. You are right, there's no fish and chip specialty place in that area now. Personally I would make the drive to either High Street or Old York, might as well make the effort to eat the best of the best.

are there any good fish&chip places

Juno, I'm not sure where you are getting the name "Pick up Fish & Chips", because the location you describe is the former home of "Jerry's Fish and Chip" which recently moved to somewhere in Scarborough, after being at that Sheppard and Senlac location for about 5 million years. I wouldn't say the area was desolate - they were right on Sheppard and in a residential area. Not sure why they moved but they must have been doing something right as they had been there for so long.

Pancer's is back

Really great news. Nice to see them back. Hopefully the first thing will be a good scrubbing, inside and out, the windows get washed and the entry vestibule gets a fresh coat of paint.

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

Moe Pancer's, a Toronto institution for about 50 million years has been closed down for non-payment of rent. (This is the original location on Bathurst St, not the new location in Vaughan). It was a shadow of its former self ever since Lorne Pancer sold out and moved up to Vaughan.

Monster Lobster

Ive never been to either but have read a couple of negative reviews for LM. Smoked and Cracked, on the other hand, everyone loves and it is highly regarded, especially their lobster rolls.

Best soufganyot?(Chanukah donuts)

Richmond has jelly (it was really just fruit jam, either raspberry or strawberry), something that looked like Nutella and I think a custard.

Best soufganyot?(Chanukah donuts)

Well, I walk by Amazing Donuts everyday on my way to work and based on what I see from looking through the windows, I would suggest you go elsewhere. Won't say any more than that. However, yesterday I went to Richmond Kosher Bakery, which is just up the street at Bathurst and York Downs, from Amazing. If you are driving, its another 2 min. in the car, going north. Lots of parking out the front. The store is very clean, the employees are pleasant, and the product is good. They had a rack of different kinds, I just buy the jelly. They were lovely. As well, I also purchased yesterday from Happy Bagel at the corner of Bathurst & Finch. Same deal - a rack of mixed jelly, chocolate and something else. I can't say there's much of a difference in the soufanyot from either place, but they were both very heavy. I think they're supposed to be that way? Amadeus Fine Cakes also on Bathurst by Promenade Mall, is always recommended but I've never had them. Its another 20 min or so up the street. So yesterday I ate 3 soufanyot. No guilt, but I skipped dinner. Happy Hannukah!

Museum Tavern

Has anyone tried their lobster roll? Its highly rated but I'd like a first-hand review.

Christmas Day Dinner Delivery - downtown Toronto

Here's the link to the Royal YOrk's takeout dinner. I'm sure they don't deliver, but you could always send a cab to pick it up. Have fun and enjoy your new addition.