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Rediscovered Masellis Supermarket

We find the meat well-priced and alot of interesting condiments and canned/jarred items. The quality of their produce is really good and everyone working there is really nice. Excellent stop to prepare for a picnic.

about 13 hours ago
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bes Frutti Di Mare Pasta in Toronto?

Not very fancy but chock full of seafood are the pastas at Vivetha: http://www.vivethabistro.com/
I have only been to the one in the beach and have tried many dishes, all are fantastic and they are very, very generous with the seafood. Fruit de Mer, Seafruit fusilli, Seafood delight, seafood fettuccine and pesto seafood are good options.

Jul 23, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Pantry - the "new" one - on Gerrard East near Coxwell

Stopped in yesterday and bought some wonderful maple smoked cheddar and orange crush-rubbed mozzarella from Quebec (that is not a typo). The shop is lovely and the owner very nice and accommodating to my two cheese-loving kids. There was a good variety of Canadian organic cheeses and he packaged them in a nice plastic-lined paper and affixed printed labels naming and describing the cheeses and location. A nice touch and we will be back. Maybe later today...

What a terrific addition the the neighbourhood!

Jun 20, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anatolian's Turkish Halal Restaurant - WOW!

Thanks for posting Tatai, I read that recently revived thread and decided to go to Anatolian with my family and parents for Mother's Day and have been meaning to write about it. Wow. We are all eager to return. We had the mixed appetizer and standouts on that plate were the babaganush, caclik, spinach torator and eggplant with tomato sauce (had a nice kick). Actually we liked everything on that plate. My son had the fried kalamari and it was so good we ordered a second plate of it. We shared the gavurdaji salad and it was fantastic. There were bits of roasted ground walnuts and it was tangy and fresh. I could eat that every day. We also all shared the chef's mix and I thought the doner was the best part of that plate but I did not try the lamb chop. We had the lahmacun and I prefer it at Pide on Gerrard plus we had way too much food for six people at this point. We had Turkish coffee in gorgeous cups and shared the kunefe at the recommendation of our wonderful server. It was a sweet, warm, delicious indulgence. The room was lovely and spacious and we had two women serving us and they were helpful, accommodating, charming and made great recommendations. They truly seemed proud of the place and the food. We will be back.

May 28, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Day-before Mother's Day recom

thanks!

May 08, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Day-before Mother's Day recom

Needed to move Mother's Day to the day before. We can do brunch or early dinner (lupper). Kid- friendly (ages 7 and 10, they eat). Need to ensure mom feels spoiled but not too $$ please.

Is this too vague?

South east or south central only please.
Thanks!

May 07, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

McGugan's - Scottish pub at Gerrard and Jones

We finally tried the food there. I had been turned off when I went in for a scotch the year they opened and the bartender/manager lectured me when I politely declined to add water to my scotch. (If I wanted a lecture I'd have audited a class somewhere).

Last night we settled on it as it was late, the kids were hungry and we could not eat at Aprile Bambina Cucina because my husband is allergic to scents and when we opened the door to Aprile it was clear that some of the diners had been quite liberal with their cologne and perfume.

Ambience: McGugan's back room, as already described was not particularly cozy but there were many choices of tables and sports on the big screen so son and husband were pleased. The music was irritatingly awful and the upholstery on many of the chairs was heavily stained.

Server: He was lovely. Efficient, polite, honest and patient.

Drinks: Husband enjoyed his beer, a sign on the wall indicated that specific pints are $5 from 2-7 on weekends and holidays. My McGugan's Old Fashioned ($11) was the smallest cocktail I have ever had. The tiny beverage tasted fine, and was garnished with three maraschino cherries but had I not added water it would have been gone in two sips. Poor value. I would not order a cocktail here again.

Food: son had the signature sandwich "McGugan's Beef Sannie" ($14.95) as described in Ms. Ladybug's post and he was in heaven. I tasted it and it was fantastic. It came with very good fries. This dish was a winner. Daughter was not very hungry and had fries.

Nachos ($10.95). I just didn't like these. I didn't like the taste of the tortillas they used, the toppings were mounded in the middle and thus not evenly distributed and leading to very soggy, mushy chips. Maybe we make nachos at home too often and have become nacho elitists? Or we simply favour our own?

Wings ($11.95). We ordered these hot and had a side of their hottest sauce (I forget the name they gave it). It was very hot and quite good. The wings were really, very good but I found it odd that only one was a drum. In my experience about half the order should be drums. I really enjoyed these but found that unusual.

Overall we found it $73.00 (including tip) to be very $$ for a local pub and while we live just a few blocks away I would not return unless one or more of us were craving that beef sandwich. I read the posts about the demographic and it is really very mixed in these parts. In my opinion the prices at Sum Kee next door are a good reflection of what a significant portion of the neighbourhood spends on restaurant/takeout food. For what we paid, Sushi on Gerrard would have been a better bet-healthier, tastier and better value. I expect to pay at least $60 for sushi for two adults and two kids.

Apr 28, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gilead Wine Bar

What about brunch? Has anyone tried their brunch? Considering it for Mother's Day. Kind of a high-risk day to try something new....

Apr 22, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Resto serving Passsover Seder

I was looking for kosher seder catering in Montreal for a small group and called as many kosher caterers as I could find and came up with only one who was serving kosher for Passover, Ashkenazi: Ernie and Ellie. Fortunately we were invited to a seder but I wanted to share this info because I made a lot of calls...

Mar 31, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant "Har Gow" on Danforth

We loved this place and ordered take-out and dined-in fairly regularly since they opened. Hadn't been for a while (for no specific reason) and returned a few weeks ago with my daughter. All the tables were occupied and there were even two diners at the bar. We grabbed a table as someone vacated it and although pleased with our conquest, we were disappointed with the food. Had the dim sum combo and as I don't like the beef sui mai I was offered extra pork sui mai. The portions seemed smaller. The sui mai was raw. Raw pork and cold. I brought it to the counter very inconspicuously and without an apology or any comment at all the young man at the counter returned it to the cook. The sticky rice was still super-tasty but seemed to have less meat and "bits" and more rice and it seemed smaller. The har gow was good, the won tons were almost entirely dough with a tiny spot of something (shrimp?) We also ordered the chow mein/fried noodle and this was greasy, salty and not tasty at all, we brought it home and nobody wanted it so nearly the entire dish was trashed. At the end of the meal the sui mai was returned, including the piece I had bitten. I forced myself to taste it to be polite but just did not feel like eating it. Brought it home; nobody wanted it. We will try again because everybody has an off day and between the customers dining in and revolving door of takeout orders, they were very busy and maybe understaffed. I almost didn't want to post this but wonder if anyone else has had similar experiences lately?

Mar 25, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Visiting Montreal in April after years away

Thanks

Mar 25, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Visiting Montreal in April after years away

Thanks! My grandfather grew up with the (probably former?) owner of Beauty's and was friendly with Snowdon del folks. It's my first time back since the funeral and just can't go to his old haunts without him. Will for sure hit Schwartz's. I used to know the quieter times to go when Iived around the corner. I guess 11 or 2? Kids will dig Banquise, we will try that.

Mar 25, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Visiting Montreal in April after years away

We have a fair bit of that here, I was hoping for uniquely Montreal experiences if you know what I mean?

Mar 24, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Visiting Montreal in April after years away

Thanks, I did notice that they were scattered around town, which is ok. I will do some research...

Mar 24, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Visiting Montreal in April after years away

Thanks EB, I can't believe Momesso's is still around, is it worth the drive? And Daou, I loved that place. As we only have a few days which of the above-list is/are a must-do and that you think kids will enjoy? they like to go out.

Mar 24, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Visiting Montreal in April after years away

Hi there, I am a former Montrealer, now a Toronto-hound coming to Montreal in April, with husband and kids (10 and 7) looking for reasonable and fun food options in the Plateau or Old Montreal. We will be staying at McGill and Notre Dame. We will for sure visit Wilenskys (love it there and tell the kids about it often) and have taken the kids to the Julep and the Creperie Bretonne le Triskell. Wondering if Fondumentale is still good? As a student we loved Edouardo's-is it awful as a grown-up? And how has Au 14 Prince Arthur fared after all these years? Recoms for lunch and dinner would be much appreciated. No fancy dinners, budget travelling.
Thanks!

Mar 24, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Sushi on Gerrard - pretty good!

The woman who is usually serving is Queenie, the chef's lovely wife (and co-owner). She was a teacher in China and I am sure the transition to restaurating has been hard. I hope they are successful enough to be able to hire servers so she can spend more time with their children and/or teaching/pursuing her goals. I believe the restaurant is her husband's dream.

Mar 21, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sushi on Gerrard - pretty good!

I can't believe I haven't written about SOG on this board. This restaurant is my new favourite find. We first visited in December and now it's our regular. The owners are lovely and accommodating and it is a family-friendly place. Their spicy sauce is different from that used at many other places, less mayonnaise, more heat. Handrolls are fantastic; great fish:rice ratio and ultra-crisp nori. Spicy scallop rolls are fantastic. We tried the unakyu (bbq eel and cucumber) last night and it had a nice sauce. Spciy white tuna roll is great. Negihama is well-chopped and has a good balance of fish:green onion. Cooked food is great too-crisp, light tempura and the steak teriyaki is a hit with the kids. The adults enjoy the perfectly cooked veggies that accompany the steak and are abandoned by the children. The spinach ohitashi is delicious as is the sunomono salad. As KV said above, the salad and dressing are very nice. I read on a review site that the soy sauce is home made but I forgot to ask Queenie about this. The booths are comfy, the washrooms are new and clean and a liquor licence is in the works, should be a few months.

Mar 20, 2014
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

I have been meaning to write about the new sushi spot. We have already been twice and really, really like it. The new owners are delightful. More to come.

Dec 13, 2013
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hammersmiths

I did see them and was surprised because I am not THAT picky. Yes it was July 2011. And I left out the part about how hot and smelly/greasy it was because it is not their fault they did not have A/C yet. I am sure they have added many things to the menu (there was no press coffee when we were there). It is never good to judge a place when they are really new but the prices and my kids' disappointment will prevent us from returning for a family breakfast or brunch.

Jan 24, 2012
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Hammersmiths

I hate to rain on any parades but we tried this place when it opened and were disappointed We met the owner while walking by the night before and he showed us around and was very pleasant. We had such high hopes. I realize they had just opened but...the portions were small, even the toast. Our kids wanted more toast. My daughter's over easy eggs were cooked solid, my omelette was small and definitely inferior to omelettes at our usual places, the coffee was not great, the sausages expensive and unbelievably dry, bland and overcooked. The best part of the meal was the lemonade. All in all, we felt that $60 for two adults and two kids to eat breakfast and still be hungry was just too steep. We will stick with our favourite places: Vi Vetha, Buffet at Whitlock's, New York Cafe, Tulip, Leslieville Diner...

Jan 24, 2012
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Zucchini Carpaccio with Feta and Pine Nuts

How could I have lived without this dish all these years? Thank you for this fabulous, delicious and easy crowd-pleaser.

Jul 23, 2010
greenwoodgerrard in Recipes

Why are there such disparate reviews of Tomi Kro?

I have never had a bad or even mediocre meal there. The food is great and I usually like the service, although some of the men are a little on the casual side and tend to hang out on the curb in between serving. I have dined many, many times at Tomi Kro and recommend it. Try the tenderloin.

Nov 26, 2008
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chinatown East (Gerrard) Recommendations?

Hi Sinfulia, I have lived in the area since 1999 and agree with many of the posts below but I'd like to add Sum Kee Noodle House. 1060 Gerrard Street East (416) 465-4167‎. They are one business west of the northwest corner of Gerrard and Jones. The food is delicious, cheap and fast. My only complaint is that while you can request no added msg, their meat has already been seasoned with it. I have not found it overwhelming and I eat the food regularly.

The elderly couple that owned and cooked there have recently sold to a young couple and they have kept the original menu and added some "Canadian Chinese" food. Chicken can be subsituted for pork for a nominal fee. They are polite and efficient and already know me on the phone, which is nice.

I can recommend about the following items that are all terrific. Hot and Sour soup, shrimp wonton noodle soup, spicy (chilli) fried squid, cashew chicken, braised chilli bean sauce chicken, beef with brocolli, egg noodles with meat and veg, chow mein (tastes very different from the usual bland version ), Chinese broccoli, malaysian noodles (curry), sliced spicy fillet mignon with thick noodles (I forget what they call this dish but it is on the back of the takeout menu), the fried rice is great, kids we had over recently raved about the chicken balls (a new addition to the menu) and the General Tsao chicken (I found both too sweet but kids like that) and the shrimp dishes are great. You can order anything with extra heat and they will amp it up, which is a bonus. Enjoy.

Nov 17, 2008
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Strickland Meats on Greenwood?

This place is very special. The men are so lovely. It is like an old-fashioned family business. (I think I smell bryl cream in there). They make their own sausages and the German onion sausages are amazing.

Oct 17, 2008
greenwoodgerrard in Ontario (inc. Toronto)