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Help me find this Moroccan restaurant - Toronto

You're referring, I think, to the Boujadi Cafe, that popped up on Eglinton Ave. East, was wildly popular, then moved to Eglinton Ave. West - and pooped out. A family-run place, it was solid for awhile, but couldn't sustain consistent quality at comparatively low prices.

Apr 10, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Help me find this Moroccan restaurant - Toronto

The Walima Cafe turned up at its present location on Avenue Rd., between Lawrence Ave. and Wilson Ave., about a year or so ago, a transplant from its previous long-time location on the Danforth. Nor sure how long it lasted on the Danforth, but perhaps the OP doesn't recall the address correctly (memory does indeed grow furtive with the years), and that it was the Walima on the Danforth where he/she inhaled Moroccan cuisine. In any event, the Walima on Avenue Rd., I've decided in my one visit there last week, is acceptable, but hardly memorable. A charming little spot with stilted service, and some dishes better than others. Flavours seem to be muted. Nothing with much Moroccan zip. From the Danforth to north Avenue Rd. can be quite a change in demographics, with much menu tinkering. Not something I'd travel across town for. Mind, the place was packed the night I was there, and everyone seemed to be having a better time than I was. There's no accounting for taste (including my own), I guess.

Apr 10, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Ah yes, Archibald's. Bold flavours. Everything a good-value steak house should be. First-rate ribs, as nostalgiaD recalls. And also a classic Caesar salad, with lots of garlic and anchovy kick, long before timid, bastardized versions of the Caesar began appearing on menus all over town. Good service, a comfortable room. Owned by a genial fellow, whose name I forget, who at one time was a son-in-law in the family that owned Barbarian's. As correctly noted, Archibald's was on Eglinton's north side, several blocks west of Bathurst St., back when you could actually find a place to park on that now-chaotic stretch of Eglinton.

Apr 10, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sunday evening feasts and Monday evening dinner deals in Toronto

The Miller Tavern, at Yonge St. and York Mills Rd., offers a prime rib dinner from 4 p.m. on Sundays (and Saturdays as well). In three sizes, starting at $25 for 10 ounces. Includes mashed potatoes, veggies and Yorkshire pudding. Whether it qualifies as "delicious", "memorable", "amazing" or even a good deal, as the OP requested, I knoweth not, because I've never sampled it. But the Miller, which I drop in to occasionally - it's just a five-minute drive from my lodgings - usually does reasonably well with basic dishes like prime rib, steaks and such. Not so much "amazing", more like "satisfying" - if you stay with the tried and true menu items. Spacious, comfortable upstairs dining room overlooks a park. Good service. Attached free parking lot. Reasonably priced wine list (for uptown Yonge St.), with $1 corkage on Mondays.

Apr 07, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Liver

Here's another vote for the liver and onions at Steeles Deli. It's a deli classic. One of the delis's most popular mains. Maybe not top-quality provimi, but mighty tasty nonetheless, and at about $13-$14, with potatoes and veggies, it's a mad buy. Comes in two sizes, substantial and more substantial. Beats many fancier joints charging $25 and more for just about the same thing. And as farmgirl1836 advises, go for it medium rare.

Apr 03, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chinese food with good veg/seafood options near Bayview and Sheppard?

If you go to Sun Star, be aware that the more highly-priced fish and seafood specials - listed on a wall blackboard - are not translated into English. (They used to be, but not any more, probably because the clientele is overwhelmingly Asian.) Which means you'll have to ask the staff for a translation - or, better still, ask a nearby table of regulars. Seasoned veterans that they are, they'll invariably be delighted to recite the merits - and drawbacks - of each dish. A fun place.

Mar 19, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chinese food with good veg/seafood options near Bayview and Sheppard?

Sun Star is about a 5-8 minute drive from your starting point at Bayview and Sheppard, which doesn't seem all that far to me (if you have a car). But to your main question: does Sun Star have a licence to serve wine? Well, it's licensed, and though I've seen some beer in its open cooler, I don't know about wine - as I don't ordinarily drink wine with Chinese cuisine - but I've noticed bottles of wine on many tables in the evening, obviously brought by the customers themselves (including some quite fancy bottles). Whether Sun Star charges a corkage fee, I knoweth not. I strongly suspect that, like many small Chinese restos catering mainly to neighbourhood regulars, it doesn't do so.

Mar 19, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best chinese in the city of Toronto

Note: Chuan Yu-Home, which Charles mentions above, and Gourmet Paradise, which I've mentioned, are one and the same restaurant. Either way, it's good eatin'.

Mar 17, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chinese food with good veg/seafood options near Bayview and Sheppard?

There's nothing particularly distinctive at Bayview Village, a high-end indoor mall at Bayview and Sheppard. For women's clothing, it's a fine plaza, but not so much for Chinese.

But for years I've been patronizing Sun Star, a mid-level family resto in a mainly-Asian strip plaza on Finch Ave. between Bayview and Leslie. It specializes in fresh fish and seafood, which are understandably somewhat expensive. But just about everything else, including the veggie dishes, are modestly priced. I'm particularly partial to a veggie dish called Taiwanese Style Spicy Mixed, which seems to be on most every table when I'm there ($6.50). Always busy with local Asians who seem to know their nosh. Good service.

There's also an all-Asian mall on the northeast corner of Finch and Leslie, with at least a half dozen Chinese restos, but it has been awhile since I've been there. So maybe someone else from the neighbourhood can steer you around there more wisely.

Mar 17, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best chinese in the city of Toronto

I'll leave the omnivorous Charles Yu to tip the OP off to what's good uptown. He knows his stuff up that way - like his advice about Gourmet Paradise, a first-rate Szechuan joint in the northeast end of town, where I supped recently and enjoyed immensely. The smoked duck there - yowzah! But downtown, I find the all-purpose joint that most appeals to me - mostly Hunan, but touches of just about every other Chinese regional cuisine as well - is the venerable Yueh Tung, on Elizabeth St. just south of Dundas, and behind City Hall. St. Good at lunch, when it's packed, with lots of specials; even better at dinner. I've been going for years. Easy to take prices. Consistently solid. Still, northeast is where it's at for more imaginative Chinese. You'll need a car, natch.

Mar 17, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

More than 300 responses to this nostalgic thread within just a week; remarkable!

And it seems just about every resto that ever existed at one time in this city has been fondly recalled. Except: Tall Poppies, a delightful spot on Dundas St. across from the Art Gallery of Ontario, with a wonderful outdoor patio in back. It lasted just a few years; and, from the mid-'50s, Mary John's, a small light-meal joint (on Gerrard St. west of Bay St., if I recall) where, for the modest price of a fresh-made sandwich, you could dive into a gigantic salad bowl as often as you liked. Heavily patronized by impecunious Ryerson students, naturally, who used to give that salad bowl quite a workout.

Like Dr. John above, I also enjoyed the Russian nosh at Barmalay, though mostly at its original location, on St. Clair Ave. west of Oakwood. The eccentric Gregory Bruskin often ran the whole place by himself: maitre d', waiter, chef, musical entertainer and dishwasher all at once. The place lost steam, though, a few years after he moved to Mt. Pleasant Rd. Hard to keep up that killer pace for long, I suppose.

Feb 20, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

via Cibo @ York Mills / Leslie

Help! Either my computer - or the Chowhound website - has gone crazy.

Feb 18, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

via Cibo @ York Mills / Leslie

Kwass has Via Cibo pretty well figured. It's a good neighbourhood spot - and, happily, I live in the neighbourhood - but perhaps not worth schlepping across town for. Mind, I rather liked the portabello and goat cheese piadina that he/she didn't care for. Perhaps he/she would be more satisfied with the panino sandwiches on the more substantial calabrese bread - though I can't recall whether or not they're hot or cold sandwiches, only that they were mighty tasty. The cavolo salad? Kwass says it's done better at Gusto 101, where I've never ventured. But it's $14 (a.k.a. $13.95) at Gusto 101, and just $5 at Via Cibo (there's a larger $9 version), so Gusto's cavola damn well

Feb 18, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

via Cibo @ York Mills / Leslie

Kwass has Via Cibo pretty well figured. It's a good neighbourhood spot - and, happily, I live in the neighbourhood - but perhaps not worth schlepping across town for. Mind, I rather liked the portabello and goat cheese piadina that he/she didn't care for. Perhaps he/she would be more satisfied with the panino sandwiches on the more substantial calabrese bread - though I can't recall whether or not they're hot or cold sandwiches, only that they were mighty tasty. The cavolo salad? Kwass says it's done better at Gusto 101, where I've never ventured. But it's $14 (a.k.a. $13.95) at Gusto 101, and just $5 at Via Cibo (there's a larger $9 version), so Gusto's cavola damn well better be better.

Feb 18, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

via Cibo @ York Mills / Leslie

Kwass has Via Cibo pretty well figured. It's a good neighbourhood spot - and, happily, I live in the neighbourhood - but perhaps not worth schlepping across town for. Mind, I rather liked the portabello and goat cheese piadina that he/she didn't care for. Perhaps he/she would be more satisfied with the panino sandwiches on the more substantial calabrese bread - though I can't recall whether or not they're hot or cold sandwiches, only that they were mighty tasty. The cavolo salad? Kwass says it's done better at Gusto 101, where I've never ventured. But it's $14 (a.k.a. $13.95) at Gusto 101, and just $5 at Via Cibo (there's a larger $9 version), so Gusto's cavola damn well

Feb 18, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

via Cibo @ York Mills / Leslie

Kwass has Via Cibo pretty well figured. It's a good neighbourhood spot - and, happily, I live in the neighbourhood - but perhaps not worth schlepping across town for. Mind, I rather liked the portabello and goat cheese piadina that he/she didn't care for. Perhaps he/she would be more satisfied with the panino sandwiches on the more substantial calabrese bread - though I can't recall whether or not they're hot or cold sandwiches, only that they were mighty tasty. The cavolo salad? Kwass says it's done better at Gusto 101, where I've never ventured. But it's $14 (a.k.a. $13.95) at Gusto 101, and just $5 at Via Cibo (there's a larger $9 version), so Gusto's cavola damn well better be better.

Feb 18, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Ah yes, Sign of the Steer - the first fancy resto I ever went to. With real linen napkins yet! My, I was impressed.

And Tipplers, on Yonge St. south of St. Clair: the first resto in Toronto that I recall allowed you - indeed, encouraged you - to order wines by the glass, instead of forcing you to buy the whole bottle. Pretty good food as well.

And 12 1/2 (a.k.a. Hop Sam's), in Toronto's original Chinatown, upstairs at 12 1/2 Elizabeth St., south of Dundas St., the only Chinese resto my pals and I could afford in those days (the mid-Fifties).

Feb 16, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

'Chuan Yu-Home' - Some AWESOME tasting Sichuan food!!

I'm always up for Sichuan, and this sounds like my kind of joint, though I'm usually wary of any spot with the word "gourmet" in its name. Ba Shu Ren Jia, I've found lately, to be rather up and down, with some dishes much better than others. I'm particularly interested, Charles, in those minced pork noodles you happily inhaled at Gourmet Paradise. To me, that dish a good test of a Sichuan kitchen. Looks like I'll shortly have to make a safari up that way - it's great weather for eating Sichuan.

Feb 14, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

best salads, 2014 edition

Via Cibo, an offbeat Italian-style joint - a little bit cafeteria, a little bit chic sit-down resto - in a plaza at Leslie and York Mills, also does a respectable Cavolo salad. Both as a side ($5 and, for a side dish, quite substantial) or as a main ($9). Kale, lemon ricotta, olives, fennel, cipollini mushrooms in a gutsy balsamic citrus vinaigrette. You get lots of zip and distinct taste in Via Cibo's version.

Feb 14, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Sequel, on Yonge St. near St. Germain. Gone now about two years. The best, most imaginative resto on that strip of Yonge between York Mills Rd. and Lawrence Ave.

The Bagel, on College St. just west of Spadina.

+ for the Noshery, and Monte Carlo, on Eglinton Ave. west of Bathurst.

Feb 13, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

After less than a year in business, it looks like Pfannkuchen Koln Creperie and Cafe, on Yonge St. near Fairlawn, is out of action. Too bad. A cute little spot with a light menu of salads, crepes, sandwiches and German pancakes that never caught on with the neighbourhood. Either that or no one could remember its almost-unpronounceable name long enough to recommend it to friends. Commercial rents are high on that stretch of Yonge St. between Lawrence Ave. and York Mills Rd. and, if you're not a huge-turnover fast-food joint or a chain coffee shop - which this place wasn't - you're in for a rough time without a liquor licence. Which this place didn't have. It was just a place to dawdle over a griechischersalat ($8) or a German curry wurst ($6) and, therefore, probably unsustainable. It never seemed to be all that busy, especially when an Aroma Cafe moved in next door.

Feb 12, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Simone's Caribbean Restaurant, 596 Danforth Ave

Here's another vote for Simone's Caribbean resto. I don't get to the Danforth much (parking's too tough), or to Caribbean restos, but a friend lured me there the other night - and to me it's a little gem. I suppose it has a standard-issue Caribbean menu - jerk chicken, curry goat, assorted rotis, that sort of stuff - but the execution seems above and beyond the call of duty. Mighty tasty, especially the pumpkin chicken soup-of-the-day, one of seven soups rotated during the week. It was just about the most flavourful restaurant soup I've had in months, right up there with Mogette's (on Mt. Pleasant Rd.) $12 onion soup. Simone's soups, however, come in at $3.50, or $5 for a large bowl, with enough in it to make a light meal. Most everything else is also modestly priced, with many dishes available in two sizes. Also enjoyed: braised oxtail, rice and peas, goat roti and - for a shared dessert - black cake ($5.50), which I take to be the Caribbean version of old-fashioned Christmas cake. Dee-lish. A small beer and wine list, though I went for a Ting, the Caribbean grapefruit soda. Two could eat quite well for about $30-$35 or so, all in. Friendly service as well.

Alas, we were the only sit-down customers in the joint that night. It has been open just over three months, but I guess the place has yet to catch on with anyone looking for a good feed at dinner at a low-end price.. For sure, if I lived in the neighbourhood, I'd be in there every so often, if only for that richly pungent pumpkin chicken soup. Assuming it sustains its quality, it'd be a crime if Simone's met the same fate as previous occupants at this hard-luck location.

Jan 16, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Are there any good kosher restaurants or caterers in Toronto??!?!?!

Despite some interesting to and fro on this thread, no one has yet to answer the OP's original request: namely, can someone recommend a half-decent kosher caterer in the GTA? I would also be interested in learning about a specific outfit that might be able to pull off a sit-down for 75 at not too outrageous a price. Your nominations, please.

Jan 15, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chowhounds best 10 restaurants in GTA - 2014 voting

The liver and onions at the aforementioned Steeles Deli is justly revered among the denizens of that Yonge and Steeles establishment. About half the price of the fancy joints - though the liver is of slightly lesser quality - and pretty damn good. Seems to me I paid about $13 the last time I was in. Comes with soup or salad, veggies and choice of potato.

Jan 06, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Complicated old-fashioned French cuisine in GTA or beyond

Cassoulet is back on the menu at Mogette, on Mount Pleasant Rd., which also has a few other classic French offerings - first-rate onion soup, escargots, that sort of thing. Mogette's cooking is a cut or two above that of a French bistro (as are its prices), but everything on the limited menu is very well executed. Not sure if the menu has the Julia Child-ish breadth that the OP is looking for, but it's sure good enough for me when I feel like going upscale from Le Paradis. BYOB on Tuesdays for $2.

Jan 06, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Chowhounds best 10 restaurants in GTA - 2014 voting

I also don't let any valet park my idiosyncratic 1984 manual-shift Saab but me - even at Scaramouche, which reputedly has the most careful car jockeys in town, able to deal with all manner of exotic rides.

To foodyDudey: you are one very lucky foodyDudey, to be able to park thrice within a minute of Chiado's front door. I, alas, am not so lucky. Indeed, I've given up trying. (So unless you want to invite me along for the ride the next time you have a hankering for that excellent boîte, Chiado is a no-go zone for me).

Jan 03, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Chowhounds best 10 restaurants in GTA - 2014 voting

I take this Top 10 list to mean the 10 best GTA restos that I've personally experienced within the past year or so. That leaves room for all sorts of joints at all price levels. If I haven't been to, say, Chiado - a first-rate spot that I haven't been to in five years (finding a nearby parking spot is hell) - then it doesn't make my list, though I know it to be one of the city's best. What does make my list, though, are the following consistently superior restos:

1. Scaramouche Pasta Bar
2. Mogette
3. Dr. Laffa
4. Sabai Sabai
5. Universal Grill
6. Sun Star (mid-level Chinese)
7. Yang's (fine dining Chinese)
8. Hanna's
9. Quince
10. Stack

Jan 03, 2014
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Recommendations at St Lawrence market

Ah yes, you're referring to Phil's (though a Phil hasn't owned it in years), at the base of the west-side stairs of the south market building. A well-run spot with decent produce. I used to rummage through its narrow aisles regularly, and still do occasionally, but have decided that, especially in winter, there's not much difference in quality with the upstairs merchants - and, therefore, not worth the shlep up and down the stairs. As to the downstairs organic stand mentioned above by flonie, I find it's ordinarily no match with the range of goods at the upstairs organic merchant, though downstairs sometimes has slightly lower prices. The only reason I purposefully venture downstairs is to patronize Rube's for assorted rices.

Dec 28, 2013
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Recommendations at St Lawrence market

Agreed, there's a veggie merchant specializing in organic produce in the south market, hard by the fishmongers at the south end of the building. Clearly superior. But also clearly much more expensive. Most of the other produce dealers, congregated near the north end of that building, seem to have the same suppliers. In my view, not much difference, and identical prices. Though I lean toward the produce at the merchant in the extreme northeast end of the building, next door to the butcher La Boucherie. An occasional good buy on frisee, at a fraction of the price at Pusateri's.

Dec 28, 2013
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
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Using TTC from Don Mills & Sheppard - HELP.

The Galleria Korean supermarket is kinda fun to wander through. And though I haven't tried the Korean fried chicken there - I have a favourite spot on north Yonge St. for that - I have tried a few other dishes on the cafeteria-style menu. Pretty good. But be aware that the seating area is very, very utilitarian. And not all that cheaper than a sit-down restaurant.

Dec 28, 2013
juno in Ontario (inc. Toronto)