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Wheelchair accessibility in Toronto?

May 28, 2007
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi Grade Tuna - a triple request

First, chefcliff, J-town is one of the largest Japanese food stores around the city. Here's a web site to check it out: http://www.japantown.ca/

As for bluesbreaker1969 questions, here are my 2 cents:

1. Lobster Island at Finch and Kennedy Road. Typically the cater to restaurants, but a couple of curious travellers like myself have managed to get some. Here is the "Toronto Life" description: http://www.torontolife.com/guide/food...

2. I'm not entirely sure but Red-Sea Fish Importing may have Alaskan black cod. When I went in there the fish was fresh and more affordable. Specs:

Red-Sea Fish Importing
1480 Jane Street
North York, ON M9N 2R1
(416) 241-3504

3. Pat's Barbershop on Dundas St. north of McCaul, across the street from the AGO in the lower level. The barber's is actually Pat's son Sam and he used to be located on McCaul in between College and Dundas (his old fashion shop made a few movies too). He's real traditional: cuts without washing and has all the Playboys.

Hope this helps...

May 07, 2007
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need Wheelchair Accessible Restaurants

I can't be entirely sure but you may want to try Celestin (http://celestin.sites.toronto.com/). The reason why I say this is because the chef, Pascal Ribreau is himself in a wheelchair.

Incidentally, here is his story: http://www.torontolife.com/features/s...

Apr 12, 2007
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Devonshire Cream - buying in the GTA?

We've had a few posts about high/afternoon tea that mention this wondefully decadent yummy stuff. Now, can anyone tell me where I can buy some for myself, especially withing Toronto and close surrounding area?

My craving for Devo cream thanks you ahead of time.

Jan 21, 2007
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

prix fixe menu

I second this. You also get a good choice in the "fixe".

Nov 13, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Any great restaurants in the Newmarket/Aurora, Ontario area?

For the Asian flavours:

Solo Sushi Ya, 291 Davis Drive
Pho Saigon, 16925 Yonge Street

Oct 31, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

spicy chocolate bars, or just more interesting ones

Every Thursday at the Dufferin Grove Farmer's Market (across from Dufferin Mall) there is a lad who sells all sorts of raw foods from around the world. One is cocoa beans. As far as I know he "experiments" with the cocoa beans and produces some really interesting stuff. The hot chocolate - amazing! Also tried the chocolate with chiles - quite the kick. Here's a web site:

http://www.dufferinpark.ca/market/wik...

I believe it is the "Nujima Living Foods" but can't be enitrely sure. Look for the raw cocoa beans.

Oct 19, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Late Dining around new Opera House

The only place that popped into mind is The Korean Grill House on Queen Steet. The only thing about this place is it's informal and you essentially are cooking for yourself i.e. they bring you the raw goods of your choice and you grill. Here's a link:

http://www.toronto.com/restaurants/li...

Oct 03, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wanted: Really Good Pumpkin Pie

Yup, it's that time of year again - overeating and falling asleep afterwards...the Thanksgiving feast. It's my responsibility to WOW the family before they enter the tryptophan slumber by getting the pumpkin pie.

Where should I go for some awesome pumpkin pie in Toronto?

Oct 02, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Wedding Dinner

Again I am recommending Midi Bistro...I don't work for them really! If I am entertaining a small group of people this is where I'd go. Besides, no rental fee. It is also French and they have vegetarian options. Here's a web link:

http://www.midibistro.com/catering_di...

Sep 28, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

bistro type dining near the Four Seasons Centre

I may be sounding a bit like a broken record (check my posts!), but you may enjoy Midi Bistro's southern French cuisine. Take a walk north on McCaul past Dundas. Here's a look at the place: www.midibistro.com

If it's not for you, continue to Baldwin street.

Others? I also enjoy "Little India" and "The Queen Mother" on Queen street, but would go for my first suggestions before those.

Enjoy the food and the opera!

Sep 28, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Americanized palates? The real deal?

For Japanese: Sushi Kaji and Hashimoto I'd say fit the bill.

Sep 26, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

near AGO

I have eaten there numerous times since it has opened. You won't be blown away by the menu, but I've never been disappointed with the dishes I have ordered. I have also brought plenty of people along and they have also enjoyed it. I would sum it up this way: tasty, simple and reliable.

Ps I enjoy the profiterolles very much...but that's me

Sep 24, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

near AGO

Lots of choice. Hmmm, let me see:

1. Asian restaurants along Dundas street (between McCaul and Spadina) and along Spadina. I especially like Mother's Dumplings on Huron Street.

2. Midi Bistro along McCaul Street. Southern French fare and you can get a fixed price 3 course menu for $32 each: www.midibistro.com

3. All sorts of restaurants along Baldwin Street: French, Japanese, Mongolian, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Vegetarian etc.

Have fun!

Sep 24, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Need a Toronto bistro type resto for Wednesday night...

Midi Bistro - Southern French fare (nice lamb shank). It's on McCaul at Elizabeth street. www.midibistro.com

Enjoy

Sep 19, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Quiet downtown restaurant recommendations wanted!!!

I recommend Midi Bistro, but for dinner only (lunch is a bit nuts). It's on McCaul at Elizabeth Street: www.midibistro.com

Sep 15, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

kitchen knives...where in Toronto

Try Fortune on Spadina (West side), north of Baldwin, near Kensington market.

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

Toronto on a Sunday???

Sushi Kaji is opened that day: http://www.sushikaji.com

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

Kyoto - Cheap Eats?

My hubby and I walked along the main shopping strip (sorry can't recall the name - it wasn't a covered street) and found a place in a basement. It was a pub style place where you could order multiple small dishes of yummy food. There was pretty much no English spoken - we found out later that booze came free with the meal, depending on what you order...DEAL!

Here is a web site from the flyer we picked up from the restaurant: www.teng.co.jp

If you understand the language it will help you out. Otherwise I'm sorry! The other places I would recommend for cheap take out are the basements of the major department stores. Gosh I wish they had those in Toronto!

Good luck and bon appetite

Sep 10, 2006
oishi in Japan

Best Grocery Stores In TO . . . . Where do you shop?

Here's a web site for some info:

http://www.tnt-supermarket.com/

Sep 09, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Grocery Stores In TO . . . . Where do you shop?

T&T - it's nuts but great fun.

Sep 09, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

serious non-chain coffee in downtown Toronto

Try wandering through Kensington - there are a few good ones there e.g. Moonbeam, Kensingtons. And don't forget to take some home with you...yummy.

Sep 09, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

MIRIN-Where can I buy it?

Mirin is becoming quite popular so I would not be surprised if you were able to find it in a larger grocery store (like Loblaws or Dominion). If not try an Asian supermarket. You can't go wrong with Japanese grocery stores, but there aren't as many around, especially in the Beaches area. Downtown: "Little Tokyo" in Kensington Market, "Sanko" on Queen Street West.

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

Decent Shawarma

I may have the name wrong, but I think it's called "Mediterranean on the Go". It's location is on Dundas, east of University on the south side (yellow sign). Yummy!

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

IKEA

Ya, I meant Pesto. But thanks for letting me know about the National life cafeteria!

Sep 02, 2006
oishi in Chains

IKEA

I agree with beckiefd in that IKEA is price over quality for their cafeteria food, but I have tried their gravlax and it's actually pretty good. Besides, how can you resist those cinnamon buns after check-out?

As for cafeteria style food, I believe there is a place on University Avenue by Sick Kids in this style. I honestly can't remember the name of it but it's on the South-East corner of University and Elm Street.

Sep 02, 2006
oishi in Chains

India Gate in Newmarket!

Where abouts is it?

Aug 30, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Japango

First of all THAT video is SO funny...maa maa maa...oh toh toh. HA HA HA!

Second, I want to have chopsticks at Japango!

Aug 30, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

moules/frites

McCaul street between Dundas and College. Here's their web site for a look: www.midibistro.com. You can get them done up several ways also.

Aug 25, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

moules/frites

I rather like Midi Bistro's - simple and good.

Aug 25, 2006
oishi in Ontario (inc. Toronto)