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French-style Almond Croissants in TO

Those almond croissants are pretty good, as are the mini tarts! I asked the staff at La Boheme once, and I'm 99% sure that they said the croissants are from Jules Bakery. Incidentally, I brought almond croissants yesterday from both Jules and Thobors and the latter were thoroughly disappointing: an oddly chemical tasting dough enclosing dry, pasty almond filling. The madeleine and chocolate almond croissant also underwhelmed. It was my first visit to Thobors. I'll go back maybe one more time to try their breads, but the combination of snooty service and overpriced mediocrity makes me hesitant about buying pastry from them again.

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Thobors
627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

La Boheme
2481 Yonge St, Toronto, ON , CA

Aug 19, 2010
mapotofu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Brazilian restaurants?

close by to the former brazilian star is kilo restaurant (1454 dundas w). it does steam table hot and cold food by weight, so definitely not a fancy place, but good turnover and their offerings are quite delicious and affordable. there's plantains, usually 2 rice dishes, around 4 meat/seafood, and couple veg, plus cold beet, potato, and leafy salads. feijoada and fried fish on weekends.

if you like fried food, do try their pastels. Delicately crispy dough, stuffed with meat, cheese, or sweet filling, freshly fried and comes to your table piping hot - so good!

to top it off, the staff are some of the nicest restaurant people I've met. very open to answering questions about brazillian cuisine.

Jun 03, 2010
mapotofu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good poutine in Toronto?

second the rec for stampede bison's poutine! excellent fries cooked in fresh oil, topped with lots and lots of squeeky curds. in fact, the consistently squeekiest poutine curds I've had so far in Toronto.

May 17, 2010
mapotofu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Okonomiyaki

kenzo on dundas has okononiyaki. when there recently on a ramen craving, I was told that it would take about 25 minutes to prepare. I couldn't wait that long unfortunately and so cannot say whether their version is any good, but hopefully the longer prep time is a positive sign.

otherwise, I know of okonomiyaki house on charles st. went 2ish years ago, and it was decent and comforting, if not as cooked through as I would have liked.

May 11, 2010
mapotofu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Found! Taiwanese Hamburger/Taco (Gua Bao)

I first tried gua bao in Vancouver, loved them, and was very excited to stumble onto them in Toronto. Here's some other food blog posts on gua bao:

http://hungryintaipei.blogspot.com/2008/08/revisited-i-still-strongly-recommend.html

http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/0...

The best gua bao is a brilliant synthesis of flavours and textures...the braised pork belly melts into the steamed bun, the cilantro adds bite, the pickled mustard greens and the sweet peanut sugar act as foils to the fatty pork...I didn't believe the flavours would work as first, until I tried my first in a Vancouver Asian food court.

They're $2 at Jin Cheng bakery at Metro Square on Steeles, along with other reasonably priced Asian bakery treats. Admittedly, the gua bao is just ok: the steamed bun could be fluffier, and the pork is not fatty enough. Worse, there is no cilantro! But the pickled greens had a spicy edge and there was a lot of peanut. As faulty as it may have been, it did the trick for my gua bao craving. I would definitely encourage people to try it, if at least to taste the unexpected blend of flavours. Plus, Jin Cheng has lots of other cheap Asian bakery goods! For $1 each, I also picked up some Taiwanese pineapple pastries that were individually packaged in an attractive little box. Made for good Chinese New Year presents!

Does anyone know where else one can find gua bao in the GTA?

Feb 16, 2010
mapotofu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Northeast Chinese Restaurant in downtown chinatown - anyone been?

Hey OP here. Sorry about all the confusion! I originally searched for Northeast Restaurant on dundas on google to come up with the address (476 dundas) for the original post. But the place I wrote about, as munchie HK rightfully pointed out, is actually on 428 Dundas W.

I think munchieHK and I are talking about the same restaurant. So, to clarify (without a photo yet, sorry!):
- ground level
- yellowish awning that says "northeast chinese restaurant" and "ten mile aroma"
- closer to asian legend and the lucky moose grocery than to spadina
- IMHO, better than chinese traditional buns for certain dishes and with a menu more typical of homestyle northern chinese dishes

A bunch of friends and I went again last week. Like before, it was rather quiet and the other guests all spoke mandarin. The one waitress speaks pretty good english. She was also quite patient and friendly with our various questions.

lamb skewers (appetizer section)
I don't eat lamb but friend reports delicious. 6 to an order, at $6ish. smoky, slightly nutty from cumin, and pleasantly spicy. she doesn't think it would appeal to the chili averse.

green onion pancake (appetizer section)
best contrast of crispy, flaky, and tender I've had in a green onion pancake in a long time. definitely needs more green onions though.

pork and garlic chive steamed buns (bun section)
3 to an order. the one dud of our meal. the bun dough was insufficiently leavened and had an astringent aftertaste.

pork and chive dumplings (dumpling section)
ordered because was intrigued by the value for money - 15 dumplings for $5. all right for a dumpling fix: good meat to wrapper ratio, notable chive taste. but I think the wrapper didn't start with a elastic enough dough and was a bit overboiled. dumpling king on yonge and finch is better.

pork and bokchoi dumplings
see above.

green beans with ground pork (veg section)
ordered this after reading munchieHK's description. fab! beans were laced with barely distinguishable in good way caramelized bits of pork, with further crunch coming from the beans themselves and liberally sprinkled salt crystals. good "wok hei" and beans had nice charred spots from the (deep) frying. went wonderfully with rice. deliciously unhealthy.

pork slivers with chili and garlic/yu xiang pork
stir fry of of pork, carrot, bamboo shoot, and wood ear mushroom slivers. fragrant with garlic though not really that spicy or at all vinegary. I do think that this dish reflects the heavier hand northern chinese cuisine sometimes has with oil and salt, but it's meant to be served with rice, and I liked its simple homestyle flavours.

kung pao chicken
ok version of "real" kung pao chicken. not spicy enough though and no sichuan peppercorns. flavour-wise is rather muddled - I tasted mostly soy sauce, and imperceptible ginger, garlic, or scallions.

Damage for 3 hungry people and enough leftovers for lunch was a little over $50. In terms of dishes, I think we ordered pretty conservatively this time. My read, from visits and reading others' experiences on this thread, is that this restaurant has a talented chef trained in certain chinese regional cuisines, who does not dumb down flavours, ingredients, and yes, use of oil and salt. The risk is that it may not appeal to sufficient people to sustain the business, and that it may take repeat visits to discover the gems in the menu. Luckily, it's also fairly affordable and transit friendly. So: go with some adventurous eaters! try it out! = )

Feb 07, 2010
mapotofu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Northeast Chinese Restaurant in downtown chinatown - anyone been?

heh my chinese is pretty abysmal and the scrawled menus on chinese restaurant walls are familiarly vexing = ). the what I think is jian bing is on the front page of the menu, under appetizers, and described something like crisp wrapped with green bean pancake.

Jan 28, 2010
mapotofu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Miu Garden - Cheap & Good Chinese Food (review + pics)

wow excellent review bokchoi! there's a mini chain of restaurants in vancouver called mui garden that serve hainan-ish chinese food (hainan chicken rice, curry, fish balls) and I initially thought that they opened up a toronto outpost (like guu!). the $30 menu is indeed steal, particularly if as it seems, the cook has deft frying technique. how's the "wok hei" of the dishes?

are the cheapie set menus all in chinese? I can make out frequent menu words, but am not so good with the more flowery names often used for chinese dishes.

Jan 28, 2010
mapotofu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Northeast Chinese Restaurant in downtown chinatown - anyone been?

hello everyone - I've been a lurker for some time and have enjoyed many of the discussions and recs on the board. I stumbled onto this restaurant tonight and am quite curious as to whether anyone else has been. I'm particularly intrigued by many of the street eats type offerings, which I've only seen so far in scarborough chinese restaurants.

my girlfriend and I had what I think is jian bing. it came as a chinese pancake smeared with bean sauce, topped with a fried egg, and wrapped around a crispy flat cruller. except that the pancake was greenish, due to green (mung?) beans in the batter. I loved the contrasting textures and the funk of the bean sauce.

we also had a chinese pancake rolled around smoked pork, cumin beef in bread, and homestyle tofu. the smoked pork pancake is awesome: crispy with a bit of chew, and the pork had a pleasant smokiness to it. I found the cumin beef dish to be a bit too salty and the bread too soft, but liked the liberal use of cumin and the crunchy green beans mixed in with the beef. the homestyle tofu was fried with black fungus mushrooms, pork, and carrots. it would go really great with rice, if we weren't already so stuffed. food for two hungry people, plus leftovers, tax and tips = $21! am planning to go back to explore the rest of the extensive and cheap menu. there's an assortment of dumplings (15 for $5), steamed buns, noodles, and protein dishes meant to be shared and eaten with rice. lots of variety meats too, which is always for me a sign of an authentic chinese restaurant.

if you've been and have recommendations on what to order, I'd love to hear them. this place is an exciting divergence from the usual spadina chinese fare!

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Northeast Chinese Restaurant
476 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T1G9, CA

Jan 27, 2010
mapotofu in Ontario (inc. Toronto)