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Restaurant supply in TO or nearby

Try Tap Phong on spadina. It' south of college and north of dundas on the west side. Big yellow sign. While you are there, get a bowl of Pho at Pho Hueng just south on the corner. It's the best pho in toronto.

Too many needs, Marche?

no, they don't during the day and it's really really expensive to park there (I used to work in the building). They only validate it 1/2 even at night.

Betel Leaf

i know that you can get paan in the numan centre at hurontario and dundas if you live in the west end...but not sure if you can get just the leaf there...

Summerlicious: To avoid or not to avoid

I would rather, myself, go to a place that does a good prix fixe all the time, or just order a la carte. I think that summerlicious is a great thing for restaurants, i worked in one for a few years, but honestly, i, myself, would just go before or after and get what I really want....

ISO the perfect place...

Amuse Bouche has a small patio out front, but it's on a side street, so it's nice to dine there and not too annoying with cars and such....

Snug Harbour

a good experience? really? I lived near it for years and only went there to sit on the patio and drink things that came into the restaurant in bottles.

Fish and Chips in Miss/Oakville

I totally agree. Helens is really bad--and the fish and chips are not at all good. Go down the street to Country.

Fish and Chips in Miss/Oakville

Country Fish and Chips in Port Credit. South side of Lakeshore, east of Hurontario. Best in the area for sure.

lunch near U. of Toronto?

I would just walk to chinatown and get a great meal there....

Any places take Discover Card?

i *think* acqua takes it, but i'm not sure........call to check...

Langolino : A Review

Everyone just wants a good plate of pasta. Having dinner earlier in the week in Little Italy left me with hope, and when I went out with a few friends last Sunday, we were hoping for the best; a good plate of pasta. I have never understood why restaurants continue to screw up this classic, simple, easy dish. Tomato sauce, or olive oil, cream or pesto; everyone just wants a simple, good pasta. We ventured into Langolino, on Clinton, just north of College street, thinking that this mid priced bistro, with no table cloths, and a waiter with his shirt un-tucked would be a good bet for a good, casual pasta.
Being an ex-waiter, I notice things that others might not notice or care about. The mis-matched water glasses, something I would never put up with if I had a restaurant, didn’t bother me here. Even the casual treatment of our wine didn’t faze me, after all, we are here for a simple plate of pasta. I sipped a Stiegl while my companions started on the wine, and we perused the menu.
I can never understand bulky menus; and less so when the dishes seem almost the same with tiny differences; but I ordered what I wanted, pasta, with mussels in a white wine sauce to start, and started into the late-coming bread with gusto.
My mussels were typical but tasty. Overcooked, but as so few know how to cook seafood, we can let it go. The same went for the Caesar salad, across from me--not great but not bad--but the problems started with the roasted veggies. A confused mass of pre-roasted peppers and zucchini; slopped onto a plate with greens, warm on the outside and cold in the middle betrayed the ‘grab from the fridge and toss onto the grill’ treatment of a possibly seldom ordered appetizer. If it doesn’t sell, it should be taken off the menu rather than afforded this embarrassing treatment. They were picked at and ultimately left.
The wait between the appetizers and mains was approaching critical when the waiter returned to the table. One guest wanted the salmon on the prix fixe, but a la carte, and ordered it so, indicating that any price charged would be fine. Now, 30 minutes after the appetizers were cleared, the waiter approached, clarified the makeup of the dish, and left, embarrassing the guest when he could have just checked the menu. ‘so you want the salmon with shrimp? From the prix fixe? Because the prix fixe has changed from time to time’ It had been made fairly clear when ordered, but the waiter then checked the menu, and confirmed that we were, indeed correct that the salmon came with shrimp. Phew; glad we weren’t wrong or he would have been the last one laughing.
The mains came, the salmon overcooked, the pasta overcooked, the sausage tasting like it had been overcooked the day before, and the hilarious difference between the ‘two best pastas on the menu’ (according to the waiter) being chicken for capers. I gave up on my sausage, capers , mushrooms and tomato cream fettuccini, a tasteless mass of starch, 1/3rd or the way through, while my companions made their way through ½ of the pasta. We assured the waiter that everything was fine but we were full, a tragic but necessary lie, with the knowledge that the owner will read this review if s/he has any desire to improve their food and service.
To top things off, the bill, $140 with wine, had a small ‘suggest gratuity’ written in on the bottom. Flabbergasted, I asked my companions of they had ever seen that on a party of less than 6. Of course they hadn’t. I gave him exactly the $21 he asked for, though as a former waiter I usually tip 20-25% after tax. It almost seemed like everyone there had given up at some point. We left, and will not return.

mississauga....quick and tasty

on weekdays you have to order from the menu, but it's still dim sum....carts and weekends (and some of the nicest cart ladies this side of kowloon!)

mississauga....quick and tasty

yeah that's the one heh. I guess the price flux is due to what you eat, i usually take my parents there, have coke and a beer for my german mother, and eat about 8 dishes for 30, which, i think, is pretty good for 3 people....

Kulfi?

I have never had Kulfi as good as in Bombay. Anyone have any places that do a particularly nice job?

100 Tastes to try before you die?

Well, I would add a few things:

Pista Kulfi (from chowpatty beach in Bombay, if possible...i'm not sure where to get it here, but little india would be a good start)

Masala Dosa with Sambar and coconut chutney (any south indian restaurant)

I agree with Durian, it's so great, but the stuff here is not as good as in Asia, just like all of the tropical fruit.

mississauga....quick and tasty

best value dim sum in mississauga is on dixie just north of dundas, in the plaza on the north east corner. it's called like 'lucky special seafood chinese extravaganza' but does wonderful dim sum for very cheap. much much much better than tremendous IMHO. VERY BUSY on weekends, so get there before noon.

mississauga....quick and tasty

The Newman centre at dundas and hurontario is a mall with a very ethnic food court...dosas, jamacian, japanese, pakistani, korean. There are also 2 portugese chicken places around there which do a nice job, and a 24 hour pho place across dundas east of 10 called 'pho me tu hai'

Best value for the money?

I see Quince mentioned over and over again on this board...I should check it out. As for wine, I expect it to be marked up 3x, which I know is the standard in the business. If a wine is $7 at the LCBO, then if it is sold for 21 you are doing well. A friend in the business told me that cheaper wines are often marked up more than that to make up for less of a mark up on more expensive wines, keeping the overall 'wine cost' at 30% or so. I find it funny that we get so upset at some of the markups on wine, but never blink when we order a rum and coke at 5 dollars, rum being under a dollar an ounce, and that coke from the gun at about 3 cents. Ohwell, i'm off to research Quince!

anyone know about Madras Dosa Hut?

i know i can't find good mysore pak here at all. Dammit. got hooked on the stuff in Trivanderum. The buffet was just old and boring when i was there, but i got there late. i tend to hate buffets anyhow, and i like masala dosas which the buffet didn't have, they also didn't have paper dosas, just soggy ones. bleh. Don't get me wrong, i love it there, but forgo the buffet.

Can't find skate in Toronto restaurants!

because many many diners don't care about endangered fish, and sea bass is delicious. (they don't call it 'chilean sea bass on the menu, just sea bass or european sea bass)

Can't find skate in Toronto restaurants!

Acqua has a nice skate dish on their menu. Keep in mind with the fish endangered thing, that not everything is as it seems. So called 'Sea Bass' is often actually Branzino, which isn't on the montery bay site...and even the chilean sea bass is said on that site to be avoided only b/c of it's danger to sea birds.....Skate is dirt cheap, which is weird if it's endangered....

anyone know about Madras Dosa Hut?

I don't know about that one, but the http://www.saravanaabhavan.ca/ has outlets over the GTA (and the world...i was astounded to find one in Madras, and another in KL after eating at the one in mississauga for years!

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The buffet sucks, but if you order a la carte, it's fantastic. Very authentic.

Best value for the money?

Does anyone have any suggestions about value for money? I have a few myself, but wanted to hear what everyone else says first. Now, value can mean many things, so i want to hear all opinions, from good value at 50/ main course and 10/ main course. So many times I've been ticked off when leaving a restaurant simply because i didn't think the service and food matched the cheque....

Colborne Lane: Dinner as Entertainment

Sounds like you had a great dinner. I've heard luke warm things about WD50 from foodies. I've heard nothing bad about Colborne Land, but have only had the time for a few drinks there....