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Sunday lunch in Toronto

I have brought out of town guests for the lunch buffet at Little India restaurant on Queen St West. Lunch buffet is open from 1130am-330pm on Sundays. Many options.

Sunday lunch in Toronto

I prefer Mother India roti over Bacchus Roti. They are located quite close to one another in the Queen West area but Mother India is open at noon on Sundays. You can eat in the restaurant - simple, decent location. Or you may wish to take away and enjoy the roti in the sunshine near Sunnyside Park (waterfront). The roti is perfect for takeaway as it stays hot. And one roti is perfect for sharing.

Hidden gem brunch

Cardinal Rule on Roncesvalles (at Queen).

Best cafe with wifi to do online job hunting?

Croissant Tree at Church and Charles might work.

(Good luck!)

Sunday lunch in Toronto

I went to R & D for lunch on a Sunday a few weeks back. Service was stellar. Some items from dinner not available on lunch menu.

Fat Pasha is another place I have been to on a Sunday.

Takht e Tavoos is a more casual option.

If I had $500 in Toronto...

Canoe, Scaramouche, Splendido or even Borealis.

Saturday night buy out of restaurant in Toronto?

A nice option could be outdoor patio at Collette on a Saturday night in September. Pricey but possible.

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

I took 2 of my list this weekend (Borealia and R & D).

I stilll have Buca Yorkville, Flor de Sal and Market Street catch (* always on look out for a good seafood bouilliabaise for my signif other).

And I must confess that the Uncle Tetsu cheesecake intriques me - but not enough to loiter outside a greyhound bus terminal. The line ups are still impossibly long for me to consider.

2015 Mother's Day Brunch Buffet idea around GTA

Jazz Bistro on Victoria will have a jazz band playing Sinatra standards for brunch on Mother's Day.

Looking for a nice quiet dinner out with husband, for my 35th birthday, close to the Eaton chelsea.

Toca Sunday brunch is also an ideal place for a birthday celebration. Free flowing mimosa's and divine decadence. Truly unforgettable indulgence.

60th Birthday Dinner in Toronto (Most Memorable Restaurant Experience)

Scaramouche did a lovely birthday celebration for me. Great view, attentive service and divine food.

Looking for a nice quiet dinner out with husband, for my 35th birthday, close to the Eaton chelsea.

Canoe is doing a few Saturday openings with a fixed menu at 100 pp. A little out of your range but truly a romantic night with divine food and attentive service.

I was at Pearl Diver on Friday. Not really a romance spot - but we loved our meal.

And maybe look up the George Brown chef's house dinner (as you wish to be a chef).

Rio 40, Mata Petisco Bar or Brasileirissimo?

We went to Mata Petisco Bar (formerly Kiriwa Cafe) in Parkdale for brunch. Hours are 11-4pm. There was a line up at 11am but it slowed down around 130pm. Great service, great food. Worth the trek. Only quibble is some of the dishes we wanted are only served on dinner menu (octopus). And my friend missed the chance to have chicken livers though they may come back on menu in summer.

(Rio was 40 was a little out of the way for us and Brasileirossimo did not answer phone or have a web page. So it made decision a little easier. We might try Branca on next trip as my friend was also looking to sample Argentenian dishes.)

Rio 40, Mata Petisco Bar or Brasileirissimo?

RIO 40
Mata Petisco Bar

I have an out of town guest coming to town who will stay at 1kingwest. He has suggested dinner or brunch at one of the above establishments. Anyone have any thoughts or recommendations? He is a meat eater and will try different cuisines. His preference is for not 'too loud' and tables not too close to one another. Price is not a concern. And he is happy to take taxi anywhere.

Thank you.

Family Day - Downtown Lunch

Bannock (queen and bay).

New Yorker looking for quintessential Toronto cheap eats

https://nowtoronto.com/food-and-drink... might be worth a review.

(And look into getting a ttc day pass for public transit as you are so close to subway. You can buy a day pass for any day of the week but it is a better deal on weekend as 2 adults (and up to 4 children) travel on 1 pass on Saturday & Sunday. Gives you the ability to hop on, hop off in different areas. Well worth the $11 fee.)

I am looking for red pickled peppers stuffed with cabbage

On request for a dear friend who lives in northern Ontario I am looking for red pickled peppers stuffed with cabbage. I live downtown but could travel to GTA. I believe they may be Romanian, Turkish or Greek item. Any particular shops come to mind?

Ideas for a birthday party (table of 6) for this Sat night (Canoe is closed, Auberge du Pommier is booked)

Scaramouche was the perfect spot. I adored the truffle salad and lobster dish. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We made a last minute reservation with a phone call. Service was stellar. (I did BYOB for first time with 2 bottles of vintage champagne. Effortless accommodation from staff.)

Thanks to everyone for their responses.

Post Wedding Lunch for Mixed Tastes (but still fancy)

I found that I waited a long time for courses at Edulis on a regular evening. Can they handle a group?

Ideas for a birthday party (table of 6) for this Sat night (Canoe is closed, Auberge du Pommier is booked)

We prefer to make our own dinner selection so we do not wish to be limited by a tasting menu only.

Scaramouche may be best bet. Or perhaps Opus. Decisions, decisions. The birthday diner has been to both establishments. I had hoped to try somewhere new. But either would enjoyable.

Ideas for a birthday party (table of 6) for this Sat night (Canoe is closed, Auberge du Pommier is booked)

I am planning a last minute birthday party for Saturday night. Price is not an issue. I am looking for classy, upscale restaurant that can accommodate a last minute reservation.

Canoe or Auberge du Pommier would have been preference. Ideally it will be a downtown location. We prefer tables that are not on top off each other.

We have enjoyed Mideastro, Hy's, Harbour 60, Buca, Sunday brunch at Ritz Carlton, the Chase and Colette.

We will not go to One or Windsor Arms.

Bymark may be too dim (basement).

Any suggestions? I am thinking Toula or Toca. Both are easy for my out of town guests.

Monster Lobster

Anyone have an opinion of where to go for a lobster meal this weekend? Smoked and Cracked or Monster Lobster? Or other option?

2nd Ave deli, Sarge's Deli or Katz?

We went to 2nd Ave Deli (162 East 33rd location). Beautiful day for a cab ride. We waited about 10 minutes for a table. We had a lovely chat with a personable manager from Spain about the merits of living in Toronto before being seated. We had lovely, attentive service from Sofia. It was a wee bit of a zoo with tables crammed together but it just added to the experience. Overall it was an enjoyable dining experience. My dining companion enjoyed the cherry cola, cholent (he would have preferred no potato in the cholent), chopped liver, Matzoh ball soup (coined Jewish Penicillin on the menu) and a tongue sandwich. I tried the brisket sandwich and the potato salad. Nice touch having the pickles and coleslaw appear on table upon being seated. And a chocolate soda sample to end the meal.

Thanks for the advice. I will pay it forward on the Toronto board.

We went to Carnegie Deli on a previous occasion so it was nice to mix it up.

2nd Ave deli, Sarge's Deli or Katz?

We don't mind taking taxi - so I think we will try Artie's. Menu seems to be exactly what my traveling companion will enjoy. After he treated me to Per Se and Bouley - I am trying to treat him with an indulgence he can't get in northern Ontario.

Thanks all for the speedy responses.

Nov 23, 2014
mskatsam in Manhattan

2nd Ave deli, Sarge's Deli or Katz?

I am a Torontonian in upper west side with a Jewish traveling companion from a remote northern community.

We have dined at Per Se and Bouley.

We fly home this evening from Newark.

Any Chowhound recommendations for brunch/late lunch? We would prefer not to have a long line up.

Traveling companion adores Montreal smoked meat, tongue sandwiches so I thought I would make some suggestions. Chowhound previous reviews pointed to 2nd Ave deli, Sarge's or Katz.

Nov 23, 2014
mskatsam in Manhattan

Best bouillabaisse in Toronto?

My bf loves the bouillabaisse from Brussels Bistro in the beach. When I posted an inquiry for suggestions a few years ago - recommendations were for Scaramouche Pasta bar and Biff's on Front.

NY Hound in TO (North York/Yorkdale area) for the weekend Needs some decent recs

Collette for Sunday brunch, The Grove for a dinner and a Fat Pasha lunch suggestion.

Anyone going to the Royal Winter?

Day pass is the way to go if traveling with kids and adults. We were 2 adults, 2 children and a baby for $48.

Loved the lamb pie (perfectly flaky crust), so so butter tart from the food court (Cousins?), Grandpa Ken's back bacon was yummy - fresh bun ( I think he may the Grandpa Ken of Weston Farmer Market?) and enjoyed an Octoberfest sausage.

TTC might be the way to go. It is door to door if you leave the building near the Princes Gates exit and get a bus near Strachan. Otherwise it is more of a trek outside if you go to the ttc area closer to CNE food building.

If you want to avoid line up for tickets - use the automated machines that accept credit cards to the right of the line up for a cashier. No line ups.

The kids loved the apple chips and healthy granola snacks from the vendors. And I brought home a selection of cheese.

Sunday Lunch near Lower Ossington Theatre?

So many options in that area. Depends what kind of meal you are seeking. You could try the Saint if looking for a pub. Or take a stroll and see what doesn't have a long line for tables if you are in a time crunch.

NY Hound in TO (North York/Yorkdale area) for the weekend Needs some decent recs

You can always try the ttc subway from north york to downtown as well. Sometimes traffic can be a considerable pain - so worth a shot.

Our liquor store hours are limited (close at 9pm - most LCBO locations) but you could always pick up something here.