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Restaurant "Har Gow" on Danforth

Yes, we are a big delivery family due to 2 young kids, so will definitely try it.

The message from the young guy working the counter (co-owner?) was that they would be doing delivery but not yet -- I think they are just trying to get their bearings and get marketing info out.

Nov 22, 2011
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant "Har Gow" on Danforth

We finally got a chance to try this place out on Sunday evening (did take out after the kids went to bed) and, like other posters, we weren't disappointed.

We got the har gow, siu mai, tofu with spicy meat sauce, curry squid, spring rolls (some of the best I've had in a while), green onion pancake (probably the only sub-par item), short ribs (yum!!), and steamed bbq pork buns.

Everything was made fresh, travelled well, and the price was right. They also have a full menu of "Traditional" (e.g. American-style) Chinese food items that it'll be worth trying sometime (since most of the Danforth Chinese options are very meh -- our current go-to is Sea Spray on Queen).

Hope this place makes it in a risky neighbourhood!

Nov 21, 2011
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant "Har Gow" on Danforth

So, now that it's been open a few days, anyone actually try this place yet? Thinking of ordering in tonight, and wondering if Har Gow actually has (decent) dim sum, or whether it's just dressed up standard Danforth Chinese fare (bleh).

Thanks!

Craig

Nov 18, 2011
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Birthday dinner for wife at "kid-friendly" restaurant?

Thanks everyone for recommendations! We have reservations at Melanie's Bistro so I'll report back on how it goes (both food-wise and kid-friendly-wise). I checked with them on the phone and they seemed happy to accomodate kids, so barring a blow-up we should be good. :)

(PS - Keep meaning to try Le Select Bistro as well, but haven't gotten down there yet. Now that I know they have a kids' menu, it's one more excuse to go at some point!)

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Le Select
432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

Melanie's Bistro
1870 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1J4, CA

Jul 21, 2010
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Birthday dinner for wife at "kid-friendly" restaurant?

Hi all,

We're planning on going out for a birthday dinner for my wife tomorrow, but with a catch -- we're bringing the kids along!

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a mid-range restaurant that would provide a nice birthday dinner but still be OK with serving a three-year old. He's well behaved in restaurants, but not very adventurous when it comes to food (we're working on it!!).

Ideal location would be somewhere downtown (I work at Adelaide & Spadina) or in the East End (we're at Danforth & Coxwell). However, have-car-will-travel.

Without suggestions we'll probably end up at --- blegh --- Red Lobster or something similar. Would much rather have a great suggestion for a non-chain place with better food.

Looking forward to your suggestions, and thanks in advance!

Craig

Jul 20, 2010
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pre-Theatre Dinner at Yonge & Sheppard

Thanks for the suggestions Googs! We have been to Colborne Lane twice and loved it (did the Chef's Table the 2nd time for my parents' 40th anniversary) -- a great suggestion though.

I will definitely check out Nota Bene - we don't mind traveling, we'll probably just take a cab wherever we end up going since it's so freakin' cold out. :)

Craig

Jan 30, 2010
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pre-Theatre Dinner at Yonge & Sheppard

Thanks! Friday we ended up at Pouquoi Pas, which was "fine" since we were in a hurry, but wouldn't go back.

For tonight, we are open to anything except Indian (we've had it 2 nights out of the last 3) and sushi (since my wife can't eat it at the moment). Money is not an issue for dinner - Canoe was a great suggestion (actually have never been there) but as you said it's not open today.

We haven't dined in Toronto for a while - anything new and excellent you'd recommend?

Jan 30, 2010
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Pre-Theatre Dinner at Yonge & Sheppard

Hi there!

My wife and I are seeing Jersey Boys on Friday night as part of a 5th anniversary weekend in Toronto. Any recommendations on restaurants near Mel Lastman Square (Yonge & Sheppard) where we could have a nice early-ish dinner before the show. We are open to pretty much any cuisine, but I'd like a reasonably nice place.

DIFFICULTY: Sushi is out, as she's pregnant and can't eat raw fish. :)

BONUS: We also need suggestions for a good dinner Saturday night. We're staying at the Royal York, but are fine traveling a reasonable distance. Nothing blow-your-mind expensive, but maybe something upscale and a little different.

I leave it to you Toronto Chowhounds! Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

Craig

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

Best Caesar (not the Salad) in Toronto

Had to reply to this, even though it's 8 months old. Just had dinner at Czehoski (excellent). Both my wife and I ordered the Czehoski Caesar which explicitly on the menu indicates that they add a "splash" of red wine to it (as well as fresh horseradish and all the other normal ingredients). Both of us thought it was a fantastic twist on the usual drink, and I Googled it immediately when I got home to see if I could find a recipe. What I came across was this Chowhound posting. :)

Anyway, I realize it's not your standard Caesar, but in our opinion it wasn't "really bad" by any means. Quite the opposite, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in creative alternatives to standard cocktails in Toronto.

Sep 01, 2008
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner for 2 on Labour Day - What's Open?

Hi all,

My wife and I are kid-free for the day, and are looking for somewhere to have a nice dinner.

Is anything open on Labour Day, or should we consider cooking for ourselves (or hitting a -- gasp! -- chain resto)?

Price range somewhere around $100 for two people would be great, although we're flexible. Downtown or West End preferred, although... we're flexible. Non-Asian preferred, as we've eaten a lot of Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, etc. lately (and cook it often at home).

Any suggestions for those folks hanging around on Chowhound this holiday weekend would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

Craig

Sep 01, 2008
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Delivery in Jersey City

Thanks nixienox!

I'll pretty much eat anything, although Mexican sounds somewhat appealing at the moment. Being from Toronto, I don't get it very often as our Mexican food scene is very VERY limited.

Last time I was hear I think I recall having some good Indian food as well, but I can't remember from where...

Delivery in Jersey City

I'll be staying in Jersey City this evening, and although normally I'd go out to eat, unfortunately I'll be working into the wee hours of the night in my hotel room and will likely need to get something delivered.

Can anyone suggest some really good delivery options that would be in range of the Doubletree Hotel in Jersey City? Ones with online menus would be ideal, so I can pick what to order. Otherwise, some ideas of what to order would also be great.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Craig

Dinner Tonight - Downtown Toronto

Hi all,

My wife and I have a (rare) opportunity to go out for dinner this evening (18-month old and very few babysitters around make this rare). However, it's been so long since we've dined out downtown that we're stuck for ideas.

Can anyone recommend a good restaurant with a nice (but not uber-hardcore trendy) atmosphere in the downtown area? We're probably hitting a movie theatre this afternoon (maybe the AMC at Dundas/Yonge) but we're glad to travel a reasonable distance for dinner (walk or TTC). We are generally open to any cuisine, although both of us are sort of thinking we're up for something a little more mainstream today -- not a restriction though!

Also, we're trying not to blow the budget TOO much, so around $100-150 for the two of us would be a good target price range (although we can always be convinced to splurge [or save!] for the right meal).

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Craig

Apr 05, 2008
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Huge Chowfind: Chodang Soon Tofu

This sounds great, thanks for posting the review. I live in the area and would really like to try it but... I can't decipher your directions.

Burnhamthorpe runs east-west and Kipling runs north-south. I realize Dundas is a little wacky in that area, but I still can't quite figure out where this place would be from what you said. Do you have an address? Or perhaps another street in there to make an intersection (pretty sure it's not at Dundas & Kipling, as I go by there every day and haven't noticed it).

Thanks!

Craig

Jan 07, 2008
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for interesting eating experience.

Another great place for Kaiseki cuisine (which is fairly hard to come by in Toronto, and definitely interesting and unique) is Kaiseki yu zen Hashimoto.

It's in a funny place (a strip mall in Mississauga), but once you get inside you won't know it, and you'll have a beautiful, delicious meal.

http://www.kaiseki.ca/

Nov 06, 2007
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

New Portuguese restaurant in Etobicoke

Hi everyone,

Just wondering if anyone has tried the new Portuguese restaurant in Etobicoke. It's on Dundas just east of East Mall.

The name is something like O Barao (I may have butchered the spelling).

Would love to get some reviews or opinions before we try it out.

Thanks!

Craig

Jun 17, 2007
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Schokinag Drinking Chocolate

Sorry to mislead you baby tran... they definitely had additional flavours before, but I guess they must have sold out. The ones you mentioned wouldn't have been my choice, either. :)

I've never seen it anywhere else, unfortunately. Hope you didn't go too far out of your way!

Dec 12, 2006
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Schokinag Drinking Chocolate

Yes! You can find it at Le Gourmand on Spadina north of Richmond. They have it for sale in canisters, and you can also order about 5 or 6 different varieties from the coffee and baked goods counter. Try the Extreme Dark... it's awesome.

I should also mention that Le Gourmand is just generally good, with great sandwiches, salads, breakfasts and coffee, as well as a huge variety of gourmet groceries and premade frozen stuff. Check it out!

Dec 08, 2006
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

favorite tempura spot?

Not to threadjack, but on a related note...

I just got back from Tokyo, and at a lot of the tempura joints there, you sit at the bar and the chef basically prepares, batters, and deep fries the tempura in front of you. He then drops it immediately onto your plate (or a special platter) with only a few seconds of drying time between fryer and plate (and mouth).

Any places in Toronto that do it this way, are are we stuck with the tempura-on-a-plate (which is all I had before going to Japan)?

Thanks!

Craig

Nov 02, 2006
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Fantastic Kaiseki in Tokyo

So I ended up at Kikunoi on Tuesday night... what a great recommendation!

The meal and restaurant were, in a word: fantastic! One of the most beautiful--and delicious--meals I've ever had. I've had only one kaiseki style meal to compare it to, at Hashimoto near Toronto. Hashimoto is very special for what/where it is, but doesn't even compare to the "real thing" in tokyo.

Service was top notch, each course was beautifully prepared, and the restaurant itself was a gem in the middle of Tokyo's urban-ness as well. I can't really begin to recall each individual course... although the ones that stood out were the most 'unique'... they brought out a pair of flopping fish in a basket, for example, and seemed to be asking my approval about something (in Japanese)... I just smiled and nodded, and moments later, the fishies show up on my plate, crispy grilled. Now that's fresh!

Other courses were fantastic as well, from sashimi/sushi to various types of mushrooms that came with their own wood grill, and on and on. The only semi-disappointing dish of the night was dessert, but perhaps only in comparison with the rest of the meal. In general, I find Japanese desserts are not my bag, so I may be biased.

Anyway, as I said, it was incredible from start to finish, and I even got to meet some nice people sitting at the counter (and one rather interesting, rather intoxicated older businessman with a very young companion who tried to make me guess how much he'd spent on dinner at the 'number one' kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto).

Major downside was I felt guilty my wife wasn't here to share it with me, as she would have loved it as well, but we'll definitely be making a non-work journey back here in a few years or so, so hopefully it will still be around.

Thanks again for the recommendation, steamer, and for all the other suggestions I sadly don't have time to try out.

Craig

PS - Coincidentally, I bought Chef Murata's new book on kaiseki two days before I'd ever heard of his restaurant, and didn't realize the two were related until I got there and he was showing it to some other customers. Funny!

Oct 26, 2006
Craig in Japan

Traveling to Tokyo for 2 weeks... help me eat well!

Thanks! I'm still in Tokyo for another few days, and I will definitely try one or both of these ramen places, since I'm blowing most of the rest of my budget on a fancy kaiseki dinner tonight. :) Much appreciated!

Craig

Oct 24, 2006
Craig in Japan

Fantastic Kaiseki in Tokyo

I'm in Tokyo for two weeks, and I've got enough budgeted for one more really nice meal before I go home on Friday.

I'd prefer it to be a traditional Japanese kaiseki type meal, and was wondering if someone could recommend a good place to go for it. I'm staying at the ANA Hotel in Tameike/Akasaka, but I'm willing to travel a bit. Must be able to start as late as 7:30 or so since I'm working days.

Price range preferably 15000-20000 yen, although I can go a little higher if need be (or lower if something good can be had for less!)

Looking forward to some great suggestions. Thanks!

Craig

Oct 22, 2006
Craig in Japan

Traveling to Tokyo for 2 weeks... help me eat well!

Hi all,

I'm a semi-lurker on the Toronto Chowhound boards, but for the last two weeks in October I will be in Tokyo on business. It's my first time to Japan. I'll be staying Saturday-Saturday, and will be working normal hours (~8:30-6 I'm guessing) on weekdays, so I'll have 3 weekend days plus evenings to go out and do stuff. I'm looking forward to trying anything and everything I can get my hands (or mouth) on, but I have no idea where to start.

I'll be staying at the ANA Hotel Tokyo in Akasaka, Minato-ku, so that will be my starting point for most food journeys.

I'll have a decent, but not extravagant, per diem, but I should be able to do a couple highish-end meals. However, I'm sure there are a lot of great cheap- to average-priced eats out there too.

I'm open to pretty much everything, although my knowledge of Japanese cuisine is somewhat limited at this point. Help me out Chowhounders!

Oct 07, 2006
Craig in Japan

Chinese Traditional Buns

Does this place do take-out, or just eat-in?

I'm craving some BBQ pork buns, but I'm all the way down at Adelaide & Spadina, so I won't have time to eat there...

Sep 14, 2006
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

naan at king palace

I had it happen once when I was there, and I had the same concerns as you... and then the next time I went, it was back to normal again!

Maybe they have an emergency supply of store-bought naan when they run out of the ingredients/dough/whatever for the good stuff?

Sep 14, 2006
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto

Yes, sorry, Mississauga... their website seems to be down, though, so I wondered if they had shut down.

Thanks,

Craig

Sep 12, 2006
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto

Has this place in Etobicoke closed? We really wanted to go back for an anniversary, having had a beautiful meal here a few years ago...

Thanks!

Craig

Sep 11, 2006
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Organic Groceries in Etobicoke

Wow! I had never heard of this, but it's a great idea... and I like the element of surprise. If there's a dropoff point near us, we will definitely try this. Thanks xtal!

Craig

Sep 06, 2006
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Organic Groceries in Etobicoke

For a variety of reasons, my wife and I have decided to "go organic" as much as we possibly can. Is there a reasonable organic grocery store in Etobicoke (as close to Bloor & Kipling as possible)?

A "one-stop" option would be ideal, since we don't really have the time to run around for various types of groceries (although we will if we have to).

In case it matters, we currently shop mainly at the big Loblaws on East Mall north of Bloor, which has a pretty good boxed/packaged organic section but is lacking in the fresh food dept.

Thanks in advance!

Craig

Sep 05, 2006
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Macaroni and Cheese?

Haven't tried it myself, but the mac & cheese at the Avenue Open Kitchen (little street off the west side of Spadina, south of Richmond) is very popular here at the office, at least when people are looking for comfort food. Very low end, though -- if you want gourmet, see great suggestions above!

Aug 31, 2006
Craig in Ontario (inc. Toronto)