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Chung Moi Chinese Restaurant ( Kennedy & Eglinton )

I think this is one of the more underrated Hakka restaurants in Toronto, it's definitely a lot better than Lin Garden which for some reason gets a lot more love on food sites. Like others have posted, the hot and sour soup is really good along with the chili chicken which has a nice spicy kick and the chicken is not covered in fat. The only downside is the woman that owns the place can be really cranky at times.

Mar 14, 2012
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Big Meal, a new Japanese all-you-can-eat with table service

I thought I would comment since I wrote a pretty positive review on another website shortly after they first opened. I also want to mention I live right around the corner from Big Meal, so I usually go about once every two weeks since I live close by.

I was thinking about writing an updated review because I feel Big Meal is not keeping up the standards they initially had when they first opened and this happens to a lot of new restaurants that open but not all. A big part of this is attributed to the fact they are never really busy, I have gone numerous times for lunch and dinner whether it be the weekend or weekday and the busiest I have seen the place is 1/3 full. As a result I feel they are cutting costs in terms of food quality, availability and staffing. As some of the chowhounders have mentioned that specific area is a terrible place to do business for restaurants, so many restaurants and businesses have gone out of business over the years.

Here is my findings:

Food quality: The sashimi quality has gone down which was quite good initially and can be hit and miss. As others have mentioned a lot of times they don't have items available listed on the menu which can be quite frustrating. The grilled foods was always average with some items being hit and miss. One thing that stood out for me was the plate presentation for an AYCE but now that's not always consistent either. One thing I mentioned on my review was it was pretty good for an AYCE and I don't think it's fair to compare it to Zen or say Cafe Michi but rather to it's counterparts in Markham i.e. Sushi on 7 or Yang's Kitchen.

Service: The service was never really good, only average at best. Initially they would always have two servers but I'm thinking due to their lack of business, they now only employ one server most of the time and it really shows. The servers are nice but slow in attending to your needs and the delivery of the food.

Overall, I still think they are probably only one notch above their competitors but due to their lack of business they are cutting back in a few areas which is really starting to show. I sometimes wonder if Big Meal will survive in the long run because AYCE Japanese buffets make money based off volume (customers) and from the numerous times I have been their, they have never been more than 1/3 full.

Feb 10, 2012
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Casino Rama and Orillia area?

I'm quite familiar with Casino Rama, so here is a rundown of the different eateries that they have which are quite limited compared to say Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls and the surrounding area.

Like Kassi22 mentioned on a Saturday night with a concert, the minimum wait time will be most likely an hour for most of the restaurants, so if you can, try to book a reservation.

St.Germain's Steakhouse: this is their high end steakhouse and it's a little bit upscale. The steaks are definitely above average here. On a concert night, the wait time will be at least 1 hour.

Lombardi's: Nice Italian restaurant with reasonable pricing.

Weir's: Is the place that your probably looking for based off your requirements, good food and a relaxed dining atmosphere with reasonable pricing. Open 24 hours and located inside next to the Casino Rama hotel in the front. Service can be a little slow, so remember to factor that in.

Couchiching Court: Is Casino Rama's Canadian buffet, food is average at best, expect a super long line-up.

The Willow: Is Casino Rama's asian buffet, not too impressive and super oily.

The Noodle Bar: Is a small place with a counter and a some stools where people go to have a quick bowl of asian noodles whether it be beef brisket with noodles or wonton with noodles and a list of other. All bowls of noodles are under $10.

Dream Catcher Sports Bar: Probably not what your looking for, expect burgers, wings and other related bar food.

Cedar's: Small place that offers sandwiches and some basic comfort food.

As I mentioned earlier your best bet based off what you are looking for is Weir's restaurant.

Feb 09, 2012
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Copper Chimney

I decided to drop by for a quick dinner Friday night just after 6pm before we did some Christmas shopping at Yorkdale mall. This was my first time at this particular establishment, so I cannot comment on how it was before.

I ordered the butter chicken and my friend ordered the saag lamb with naan and rice.

The butter chicken was good, it wasn't too sweet, it was spiced correctly at least for me. The only problem was that the chicken was not as tender as I would like.

My friend ordered the saag lamb and it was good, I have tried saag lamb at other restaurants in Toronto and it's a lot better than most. Nice flavour, texture and the lamb used was very tender and flavourful.

The naan bread and rice were fine.

The service was really good, we served by a young gentleman who looked under 30 for sure. He was patient explaining different dishes to us, checked up on us on a regular basis to see if we needed anything and to fill our water glasses but not to the point where he was overbearing.

Overall, I would have to agree with a few other posters, the place doesn't blow you away but it definitely is better than most in Toronto and is very price competitive. Unfortunately when I was in the UK and NYC, I didn't get a chance to try Indian cuisine, so I can't comment on the comparison.

Dec 10, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Inexpensive french bistro in Toronto??

I'll second the recommendation of Le Paradis on Bedford Rd. As a previous poster mentioned you get really good value for what you are receiving (I think nearly all the mains are under $20 from what I remember) and the wine prices are very reasonable.

Also, you will notice that the place is always busy because of the quality food and the reasonable prices.

Le Paradis
166 Bedford Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2K9, CA

Nov 03, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Big Moe's Burger Review

It still is "Pay what you want" but I didn't mention it in my review because it's a small independant local business that serves a pretty good burger and is definitely a welcome addition to the area.

Also the owner Moe told me a story, how some high school kids gave him 20 cents because that's what they thought the burger was worth which is really unfortunate. The prices they charge for their burgers are really fair considering what you are receiving.

Nov 03, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Big Moe's Burger Review

So I'm walking home from Pacific Mall around 8pm tonight and I stumble upon this burger joint called Big Moe's Burgers on the S/E corner of Kennedy and Steeles, just below the Petro Canada gas station. Somewhere on there signage it says they use fresh grinded ground beef or something along those lines. So, if your familiar with the area it sticks out like a sore thumb because all the business in that particular area are chinese. So I go in and decide to give it a try.

Here is my review:

I order a burger with fries and a drink ($4.79 for the burger and $2.99 to make it a combo).

Surprisingly the burger was quite good, nicely seasoned, pretty juicy and a nice soft bun. I use Burger Priest as my measuring stick for burgers. If Burger Priest is a 9.5/10, Big Moe's is at least a 7.5/10. The reason for the point differential is because Burger Priest has a slightly juicier burger and I asked Big Moe himself why he doesn't cook the burger a little bit more rare and he indicated it was because of the demographics of the area and it's not something they might be accustomed to but I'm sure if you ask, he would accommodate you.

They also have veggie burgers on their menu, the girl sitting next to me at the counter ordered it and I quietly asked her of what she thought of the veggie burger and she said she really enjoyed it.

The fries were pretty good too, fresh cut fries that were nicely salted.

In addition the places also sells funnel cakes oddly enough.

The owner Moe indicated that they just opened last Saturday. Normally my first option would be Burger Priest but since I live near Pacific Mall, I think this place is a great option for people that live in upper Scarborough that want a good gourmet burger and don't want to make the trek to the beaches.

Nov 02, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pumpkin Foods in Toronto

For me pumpkins symbolizes the beauty of fall in so many ways, the colour, the food that is derived (pumpkin pie after a Thanksgiving meal) from it and Halloween (jack o lanterns, pumpkin carving).

To get back to your original question, I was at Whittamore`s farm yesterday on Steeles ave east, just east of 9th line (Markham). and they had great pumpkin pies, pumpkin brownies, tarts and jams for sales and more that I can`t remember. I bought a pie that was made same day and the filling was quite good, heated up and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Sep 18, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Rose's Cafe on Gerrard and Broadview is moving

I was getting off the bus going to Pacific Mall today and oddly enough I see Rose also getting off. So I asked her, when the new location would be open. She told me that it was initially slated to open for Canada Day but due to delays constructing the store they will be opening the following Friday On July 8th.

Jun 23, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fresh Slice Pizza

I always frequent the one at Pacific Mall, really bad location on the second floor and all the way in the back near the men's washroom. Regardless, the pizza is definitely above average in comparison to all the other franchises with the exception of Pizza Nova as jmarcroyal mentioned. It's definitely not your gourmet pizza but it's good value for what you are paying for.

Jun 08, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SUKHO THAI - what's going on?

I went to Sukothai last night around 7:30pm and was seated downstairs in the basement with my significant other. It was quite busy since it was a Friday night. Also, I have frequented this place when it first opened under Nuit and Jeff.

We ordered the Tom Khai Gai as a starter and the Khao Soi and the Sukothai Pad Thai as our main courses, the quality and value is more or less the same as before. I say this because when Nuit would cook the dishes in the past, they were perfect but sometimes she wouldn't get to the restaurant until 7pm because of other obligations.

The reason why I'm posting is the service is getting more atrocious each time, I went a bout a month ago and the filipino lady serving us was definitely overwhelmed and you could tell she really didn't have much experience as a waitress but she had good intentions. Now they have hired two males part-time who both have British accents to accomodate the large volume of business. The food took quite a long time to come but that's not unexpected especially when it's busy at Sukothai but what had me quite irritated was that we were pouring our own ice water since no waiter or waitress decided to visit the room downstairs for a legitimate 25 -30 minutes.

25- 30 minutes ( not exaggerating) is quite a long time to not have your server check up on you especially for a place of that size and the additional of two wait staff. Ideally two servers should be looking after upstairs and since it's quite small and one should be looking after downstairs.

I'm not sure whether this is something that occurs quite often when you are seated in the basement.

May 21, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hachi Tarou Vs Sushi On 7

I haven't been to Sushi on 7 for about a year now because of Hachitarou. Some people might disagree but I feel that Hachitarou is a lot better in many ways. For one, the menu is a lot more extensive and the quality of the food for a AYCE Japanese buffet is quite good, especially the grilled food. The beef sashimi and Osaka tempura are my two favourite dishes there. I'm quite surprised it hasn't received more attention in that area, everybody swears by Yang's kitchen which I use to frequent but not anymore but that's a whole other story.

One thing that can be quite annoying about Sushi on 7 is the seating quarters, especially if your placed in the middle, it can feel quite cramped and you feel like people are wizzing right by you and it creates an uncomfortable eating environment.

May 09, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Pho in T.O.

I have tried quite a few Vietnamese restaurants around Toronto and I'm half Vietnamese and I would say that the two best Pho places would be Pho Dau Bo on Finch Ave West and Pho Tien Thanh, my relatives who grew up in Vietnam and go back to visit at least once every two years always argue over which place serves a better bowl of Pho.

A good bowl of Pho should be judged on the meat served, whether the noodles are cooked properly (not undercooked or overcooked) and obviously the quality of the broth and the accompanying herb plate.

I read a few posts and just because a place is busy doesn't mean, that the food is good. Case in point, Vietnam Noodle Star at Finch and Midland is an embarassment but the lineups are out the door and Pho Xua Le at Dundas and Spadina serves a terrible bowl of Pho, and the meat is very suspect a lot of the times but it's quite busy because of the drunken clubbers late at night and it's in the heart of Chinatown.

Pho Tien Thanh
57 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Y9, CA

May 05, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best jamaican patties in the gta

I haven't had a chance to try Micheadean but I have tried Randy's and Allan's, I would say Randy's has a better filling inside but Allan's has the better crust and a pretty good tasty filling too.

I was quite surprised to find an Allan's bakery near Pacific Mall, it's in between Steeles Ave and Passmore Ave off Kennedy Rd in the same plaza as Ming's Noodle Cafe, it's hard to find a good patty in Upper Scarborough.

When I go there I usally get a spicy patty on a coco bun with a pop for $2.50 tax included and the patties are always fresh.

Ming's Noodle Cafe
3447 Kennedy Rd, Toronto, ON M1V4Y3, CA

May 05, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Caribbean in Toronto?

I have been lurking on this site for a while and I wanted to mention a small take out place that IMO has the best jerk chicken in the city, it's called Sansimian at Victoria Park and Sunrise Ave, it's one block south of Victoria Park and Eglinton in a small strip plaza.

It's owned by an older Jamaican lady, the chicken is flavourful and moist and the rice and peas with oxtail gravy on it, is pretty tasty. It's not well known because of the area and the people that frequent it from the closeby government housing, never post online reviews. Also, the owner doesn't seem too friendly unless she knows you but the food is excellent nonetheless.

I tried numerous different jerk chickens all around Toronto and they definitely are one of the best, one place commonly mentioned is the Mr.Jerk at Peanut Plaza which is a favourite of a few posters on this site, it's not even close in comparison.

May 05, 2011
DVT78 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)