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best greek restaurant on the Danforth for Thurs nite dinner

we had lamb sticks and the quail appetizer...was perfect.

Sep 19, 2011
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Where would you go for your next great meal out?

Cava for sure, great innovative dishes, great room, great crowd, great wine, great fun night out. If it's not on your already done list, you really need to go!

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Cava
1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

Sep 19, 2011
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best greek restaurant on the Danforth for Thurs nite dinner

wow, what a very strange strand of conversations based on my original post! Glad someone finally brought the focus back to the question.
Well, Pan was owned by Johnny K, not Michael K, 10 years ago. And I agree the food was great then but it was also a fairly new innovative idea for the time which I think our taste buds responded to.
Anyway, after the tea party discussion above, I decided to forego Avli and Pan that night. We ended up at Ouzeri and I was satisfied, the food was exactly what I expected, not outstanding but quite good enough. And we loved that we could get meat as a snack, rather than the half pounder souvlaki meals or other entrees.
I will still plan to make a visit to Pan later this autumn. It looked nice inside, the menu looks great..it's probably good enough. Hopefully I won't meet anyone there who wants to tell me how robbed I am ordering the prix fixe...LOL

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Avli
401 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

Ouzeri
500A Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K 1P6, CA

Sep 19, 2011
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best greek restaurant on the Danforth for Thurs nite dinner

Thanks all, I will look into Avli for sure. What about Pan? Anyone have feedback on the food there recently?

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Avli
401 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

Sep 14, 2011
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best greek restaurant on the Danforth for Thurs nite dinner

Hi all,

Looking for advice on the best place to eat on the Danforth, authentic greek food, sit down restaurant, not gyro or souvlaki pita sandwich places.

I haven't been to the Danforth to eat in well over 4 years. Last I dined on the strip, Pantheon had some great greek food, but the atmosphere was a bit garrish with the bright lights, pink walls etc. I'm thinking more about Pan, but I haven't been there or heard anything about it in 4 years.

Wondering if you can send me your latest suggestions on what is still good, what sucks now, etc.
It's dinner for 2 girlfriends, we want great food, with a good atmosphere, we like the place to be good looking but can compromise for outstanding food.

thanks, looking forward to hearing the words from the street!

Sep 14, 2011
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

desperately seeking holland herring in Toronto!

I found them at Food Depot - Islington/Lakeshore. They are $4.75 for a package of 2 full herrings.
They are frozen, but they are from Holland, and they are the real deal, the raw salted herring.
I defrost them overnight,rub them under cold water and serve up with diced raw white onion.
Heaven

Apr 18, 2011
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Thai in Toronto

Thai Magic closed down last year. It's now Le Petit Castor.

Jul 19, 2009
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Tamarind paste in Toronto

Wondering if anyone can recommend a good brand of tamarind paste they've tried, and best place
to buy it in Toronto?

Jul 08, 2009
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

dutch herring in gta?

I have scouted the entire city, and we don't have the type of Dutch herring you enjoy in NYC.
The closest thing is frozen dutch herring...they are still the raw matjies, salted, but not packed in oil. These are called Holland Herring, they come 2 herrings in a pack, frozen, and I have only been able to find them at The Food Depot:

Food Depot International Grocers
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14 Jutland Road
Etobicoke, ON M8Z 2G9
(416) 253-5257‎

A pack sells for $4.49. We defrost them over night, then remove the bony tail, rinse them and serve them with finely chopped raw onion....divine.

My dutch friends say this is the closest thing to the real, fresh dutch herring you're talking about..
Head to the Food Depot...stock up, and enjoy!

Jun 18, 2009
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best dinner out near Intercontinental Yorkville?

I would say Prego (corner of Avenue/Bloor ) would be your best bet for dinner, the food is great and will please all your guests. For drinks afterward, Lobby is a good recommendation or even better, the bar at One , Hazelton Hotel for nightcaps. All within a 5 minute walking distance from your hotel.

Feb 10, 2009
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

President's Choice Ravioli

you can find them at the small Ziggy's market in the St. Clair center - Yonge/St.Clair. I saw them there the other day, they do sell fast though.

Feb 01, 2009
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Who has the best Sunday breakfast and/or brunch in Cabbagetown?

I have to say Big Mama's boy has the best Sunday breakfast/brunch..local, often organic ingredients..yes great EGGS, perfect atmosphere with several room choices..upstairs is my favorite, but patio is great also.
House on Parliament has outstanding pub food, but I prefer them more for Sunday suppers than brunch.

Nov 11, 2008
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Favorite Cocktail Specialist Bar

Pegu Club is my favourite, I never miss it when in Manhatten. The bar has an old school asian cool sophistication feel to it, very dim lighting, cocktail waitresses dressed in charming asian like mini kimonos..soothing and relaxing.

The cocktails are works of art, leaning on the classic side rather than funky fusion. My favorite part of a Pegu visit is.. the bartenders/mixologists themselves. Park yourself right at the bar and start up a conversation with them, they usually love it, they know everything (or it seems that way to me after a few cocktails). Alistair from London was my favorite..gives great advice on where to go have fun in the village afterwards.

I've gone other times with friends and sat at a table..totally different experience. I definitely prefer the bar and watching the drinks being made. It's always been a little on the quiet side, I've never experienced huge crowds or waits. Couldn't love it more.

Nov 07, 2008
omegasea in Manhattan

Loblaw's - Quebec Artisanal Cheese

I was completely thrilled a few months ago when I noticed Alexis Portneuf's artisanal cheeses showing up in Loblaws stores (Danforth/Broadview, St. Clair Bathurst) and Ziggy's market at Yonge/St. Clair.
I had tried Portneuf's Brie and double Brie, and especially loved their Sauvagine...and I thought these were bonafide artisanal cheeses from Quebec...after all, All the Best food store sold them..must be the real deal. And yes! you can often find them half price at Loblaws if they are nearing their best before date, although they really are inexpensive even at regular price, another reason I loved to buy them. I thought I was getting the best kept deal in the cheese section at Loblaws...

Then I found this article:
http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/34866

Alexis Portneuf is owned by Saputo and seems their 'artisanal' cheese is not so artisanal or authentic as I was believing...great marketing plan..at the consumers expense. Read and educate!

Nov 05, 2008
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

desperately seeking holland herring in Toronto!

Thanks! I have heard Diana's mentioned in other online talks about herring so I think I will head there first. As for the Loblaw's and Sobey's, I've checked out several of their larger locations mid-town to downtown Toronto, and haven't found the salted herrings. An older dutch woman I know says she buys Holland Herring frozen from a Dutch specialty store somewhere in the northern parts of Toronto. Unfortunately she can't recall the name or whereabouts of that store as she simply drives up with her sister. Anyone have tips on that store? Sorry to be so vague..this is all I know..

Nov 02, 2008
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

desperately seeking holland herring in Toronto!

Please - does ANYONE know where I can buy holland herring in Toronto? Not looking for rollmops or pickled herring. This is salted raw herring, usually frozen.. someone told me SLM sells a brand of Holland Herring...but where??? any tips much appreciated...

Nov 02, 2008
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

desperately seeking holland herring in Toronto!

Please - does ANYONE know where I can buy holland herring in Toronto? Not looking for rollmops or pickled herring. This is salted raw herring, usually frozen.. someone told me SLM sells a brand of Holland Herring...but where??? any tips much appreciated...

Nov 02, 2008
omegasea in Ontario (inc. Toronto)