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NEWLY Opened 2015 restaurants and food stores in Toronto, from July 1 -

Assuming she's referring to;
Budapest Restaurant
1959 Gerrard St E, To

Aug 04, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dandelion or Good Son?

This isn't a fair comparison, but for arguments sake dandylion all the way.

Zen now open

In case you missed it, now officially open for dinner at their new Markham location.
7634 Woodbine Ave.

Jul 13, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Taste of Lawrence

Here's a list of all vendors and food items.

Natural Exotic Fruit - Juice Fresh Cane and Exotic Fruit Juices

Lotus Catering - Egyptian Style Chicken Shawerma, Fajitas

La Loteria - Food Truck Authentic Mexican Tacos, Burritos, Quesadilla, Tamales

Pancho Bakery I love Churros - Food

Summertime Lemonade- Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

Bloomin' Onions - Blooming Onions, Curly Ribbon Fries, Chicken Tenders

Chifles on the Go - Colombian style - Pulled Pork on a kaiser, Grilled Chicken,Grilled steak, Plantain with Melted Mozzarella on a stick,
Colombian Sausage, Fried Pork and Sweet Plantain with Riceand Salad.

Starlight Caribbean Cuisine -Jerk Chicken Souvlaki, Jerk Pork, Fried Dumplings, Jerk Salmon, Curry Goat, Jerk Chicken, Plantain, Patty, Oxtail, Coco Bread, Jerk Shrimp

Shopsy's - Food Truck Shopsy's Hot dog, Sausages, Burgers Jazzed, Corned Beef Sandwhich, Pastrami Sandwhich

Slushi Bear - Blend your own Slushies

Tiny Tom Donuts - Food Truck Tiny Tom Mini Donuts

Big Squeeze Lemonade - Lemonade

Nanalyn - Jerk Jerk Chicken on Rice, Jerk Pork, Curried Goat, Roti

Beavertails Mobile - Beavertails

Montreal Style Gourmet Poutine, Tornado potato, Chili Cheese Fries

Somlian Cuisine - Sabaya Sandwhich, Anjeer, Somali Style Samosas

Soul 2 Go Canada - Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese, Gourmet Empanadas, Skewers,
Bannock Tacos

Malaysian Kitchen - Malaysian Murtabak

Mis Amigos Catering - Grilled Chicken, Pulled Pork, or BBQ Steak served with Rice,Salad, and Bean Stew. Fried Plantains.
Beet+Beef Burger, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Mac 'n' Cheese
Hot Dog, Halifax Lobster Nachos, Coconut Pancake,

Roast Corn Express - Roasted Corn, Coconut Water from a Fresh Coconut

Jerk Paradise - Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, Oxtail, Beef Patty, Curry Goat, Roti

Liko's Hawaiian BBQ - Hawaiian BBQ Skewers, Kalua Pork Sandwhiches, Huli Huli chicken

Grandpa Ken's Back Bacon - Food Trailer Peameal Back Bacon served on on a Texas Burger

Corrado's Greek and Italian Cuisine - Arancini (Italian Rice Balls), Veal Sandwhich, Souvlaki,Sausage

Prince Edward Fries - Food Truck Poutine, Fresh Cut Flavoured Fries

The Shawarma Truck - Food Truck Chicken and Beef Shawarma, Falafel, Samosas

Spice is Right - Jerk Chicken, Fried Chicken, Dumpling, Plantain

Heavenly Dreams - Ice Cream Truck Ice Cream, Sundae, Snow Cones, Popsicles, Banana Boat

Kaboom Chicken - Korean Fried Chicken, Korean Pork Taco

Original Chimney's - Food Truck. Freshly Baked Bread Shaped like a Chimney, Prepared on a Rotisserie. Add Nutella or Cream Cheese Icing.

HK Seafood - Grilled Squid, Meatball, Fish Ball, Grilled Scallop, Osaka

Rebozo's - Food Truck Beef, Chicken, and Pork in Tacos or Tortas

Churros Ricos - Churros Churros

Jimmy's Fine Foods - Food Truck Fresh Cut Fries, Poutine, Hot Dogs, Burgers

Paramount - Tawook, Kafta, Falafel, Yalla Special

Vesta Lunch

Rebozo's - Food Truck Beef, Chicken, and Pork in Tacos or Tortas

Churros Ricos Churros Churros

Paramount Fine Foods - Food Truck

Jimmy's Fine Foods - Food Truck Fresh Cut Fries, Poutine, Hot Dogs, Burgers

Vesta Lunch - Healthy and Authentic Halal Foods. Chicken Shawarma, Shish

Mighty Cob - Japanese Octopus Ball, Tornado Potatoe, Blooming Onion,

Jul 04, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Downtown Toronto samosas!

Moti Mahal has really good samosas right now. Not sure if they changed the cook, but noticeably differen in the last year.

May 27, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Debu Saha is back -- Biryani house at 365 King W.

Ok lets try this again..
Debu Saha Biryani House (wellesley)
Debu Saha Nouvelle Cuisine (mt pleaseant)

Debu said to me today that his approach is to do less "fusion" and "experimenting" and more the kind of food he did at Wellesley. Have you been to both Debu projects before? IMHO they're not the same. The impression I got is that wanted to wind it back.

May 23, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Debu Saha is back -- Biryani house at 365 King W.

In soft opening mode right now. He took over the Agra restaurant space (King/Peter). Space looks more or less the same.

Spoke to him today, he looks quite happy for a change, finalizing details and officially launching on Monday. Lunch (buffet ala carte) and Dinner.

He says he's focusing on his classic Wellesley Biryani house cooking, not so much the nouvelle stuff he did on Mt Pleasant.

Menu looks great.

May 23, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sri Lankan in Toronto/Scarborough

sorry, bad list.

Apr 18, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone seen where Debu Saha is cooking lately?

He's no longer at Bindia so it was a short stint. Not sure what happened

Apr 15, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sri Lankan in Toronto/Scarborough

Surprised you like Hopper Hut, it's gone downhill over the years.
My list right now

Suvaiyakam - hoppers and snacks
Martin Bakery (Markham) - Fresh rotis, kothu roti, vadai, snacks
Nantha Bakery (bridletown / finch) - curries, biryani, snacks
Dindigul Thalappakattu Biriyani - hands down best biryani. (s.indan, north sri lankan)
Karaikudi - solid south indian /sri lankan lunch
Canbe - snacks, takeout
Gasa - kothu roti

Skip Babu


Definitely not dangerous, I live in the area. The restaurant is safe, just dont hang around at night. Walk, sit, eat, leave. You'll be fine

Apr 08, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)


May not fit with your criteria, but don't leave without hitting King Place (dundas/sherbourne). Pakistani food

Apr 07, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Alphonso Mangos 2014

12 in a box
They are $35 this year and currently available at Kohinoor Foods.

Apr 06, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)


Yeah when I first went, it was $9 like I mentioned on that post, then it went up to 9.50, and then again. He's adjusting since he just opened in Nov.

Should emphasize that this is a very authentic version of biryani for certain parts of South India (tamil nadu) and some parts of Sri Lanka. Thicker, creamier, almost paella like...and the most important part...not made with basmati rice.

Last week he experimented with a squid version (kanava) and it was fantastic. incredibly good.

Apr 01, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)


rashna has dropped in quality (noticeably) in the last 2 years. went from ordering takeout there once or twice a month to avoiding it altogether now.

Go to Saffron Spice Kitchen (queen/spadina) and get the kothu roti. The last few times was incredible.

uptown; Gasa, Dindigul Thalappakattu Biriyani (for biryani), Martin Bakery (mcnicoll), are all very very good right now.

Apr 01, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bar Raval (with pictures)

Doughnuts are in the morning (8a-11a)

Dulce de leche with esplette
dulce de leche with bacon
orange and honey
a cheese doughnut

recs for Thai red curry paste in Toronto

(this is a yellow curry paste but a good one)
This is the one I use, have had very good results.
I pick it up at Domino Foods in the St. Lawrence market (lower level).

Feb 12, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for ex Ursa bartender Atsushi Suzuki. Any idea where he is pouring drinks?

Last I heard he moved to Shanghai and now works at a bar called Speak Low there.

Jan 30, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Buster Rhino's Toronto Location

You can pretty much figure it out from their FB page.

Jan 28, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

Hanmoto (new project from Han brothers; Swish by Han, Oddseoul) opened Sat night after some delays. And it was really really good.
2 Lakeview Drive (dundas/ossington)

Anyone seen where Debu Saha is cooking lately?

So it turns out he's consulting at Bindia currently (Market street). he won't say much but that's where you can find him right now.

Jan 22, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone seen where Debu Saha is cooking lately?

Shame meaning he can't find work (his words). The right opportunity is a very subjective thing.

Jan 15, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone seen where Debu Saha is cooking lately?

Debu is in Toronto and currently looking for work. Shame, he's so talented.

Jan 15, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anyone seen where Debu Saha is cooking lately?

Last time i tried to track him down, i found out that he's cooking in Quebec. Not sure where right now as he was bouncing around for a bit i think.

Jan 13, 2015
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best soufganyot?(Chanukah donuts)

Seconded. Just tried a few different kinds today and Rolling Pin's were the best. Very good

Dec 18, 2014
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Food Events

I appreciate you trying to simplify it, but it isn't that easy. We're going to look for other options, but in the meantime, since we have already started selling tickets, this was just a gesture.

For the most part, Unii works well. Good backend features as well; analytics, cross platform integration, ticket management, plus as small-time organizers we do benefit from being listed amongst the other food events on Unii. We see a direct relation with someone that bought a ticket through Unii to another food event in Toronto, and finding out about us. There isn't another platform in Toronto that does this, like this, right now. It's a pretty comprehensive event database.
In the last two years, we processed about 3400 unique purchases, and of those, about 2% complained about Unii and didn't want to use it. So we basically put those guests on a list, and they registered at the door. But that slows down the line, etc etc.
But since more and more people dislike unii, we'll look at other options. This was a quickfixx, thats all.

Dec 18, 2014
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2015 Food Events

Hi Guys,

Listen, we're sorry you've had such a bad experience with the uniiverse ticketing system. We were pretty frustrated when buying tickets for The Stop Night Market as well. Unii is a local company and we want to support them.

Tickets for our events don't normally cause the kind of bandwidth issues that occurred during that incident and on the whole, we've had very few complaints with the uniiverse system as a way of managing our events (both in advance when selling tickets and for checking people into our events).

That being said we'd love to have you join us for our 2015 event line-up and if you feel strongly enough about Uniiverse to be dissuaded from joining in the festivities, then please contact myself or Frank and we can make other arrangements very easily.

We have a pretty great lineup of local and non-local chefs involved. An insane list.

Dec 18, 2014
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Thai place on Queen West [Nana]

Yup, its Nana, which has been written about.

Oct 29, 2014
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

AwesTRUCK 2012 - Food truck awards/event/party -Sept 9

It's safe to say that people are getting a little tired of lineups and crowded events, so we set a maximum # of guests to keep it comfortable and manageable. also added the vip option so people dont have to worry about pulling out their wallets at the event (speeds up the lines, and trucks are ready to pump out the food).

Plus we want to thank everyone for waiting in the lines at previous events etc etc. So we'll be giving away 100 general admission via the facebook/twitter channels.
So basically it will be a 'free' ticket that people can grab via the ticket page.
We'll chunk it off tomorrow and friday to try and make it as fair as possible. For eg, we'll release a batch of freebies tomorrow at 10am, then probably some in the afternoon, evening, and again on friday. etc etc. This way it evens the flow.

VIP giveaway will also work the same way. free ticket (1 per person) on the ticket page, spread between friday and monday or something.
If you want the freebies, your best bet is to watch the #awestruck2012 hashtag on twitter, or facebook.

hope that helps.
in terms of numbers, VIP will be smaller than the brick works picnic. like i said, I'm going for comfort here. plenty of vendors, small lines, fast moving.

(please dont delete these posts moderators)

Aug 08, 2012
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

AwesTRUCK 2012 - Food truck awards/event/party -Sept 9

It's a ticketed event because we're having it at the brick works site.
Limited number of tickets (trust me, it will be a lot less than what you're used to at street food events). event is designed to address the line issues.

The $60 ticket is exactly what it is. See the menus on the food truck eats site? you can eat from the top 8 trucks for 2 hours AND the 8 popups that we haven't announced yet, and have some drinks. It will also be a limited number of people for vip.

yes we're giving away vip tickets
yes we're giving away 100 general admission tickets

Aug 08, 2012
Suresh in Ontario (inc. Toronto)