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Hanoi/Northern Vietnamese food

I'm looking for a Northern Vietnamese (esp. Hanoian) restaurant in Toronto and am bumping this old thread up to see if there are any more current recommendations.

Thanks!

Looking for Uniquely Toronto Restaurants

Thanks, this is very helpful. I've got my reservations for Chiado and Canoe, and Origin looks very interesting. For a short trip, do you think it would be redundant to go to Canoe and Earth (say, on back-to-back nights?).

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Chiado
864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

Looking for Uniquely Toronto Restaurants

Thanks! That isn't so bad, especially if we can manage to find a snack somewhere while we wait.

Looking for Uniquely Toronto Restaurants

Thanks, Rabbit! All of your suggestions are appreciated; I'm most intrigued by Foxley and Globe Earth. I think I will try booking one of those for the remaining dinner that I have open. Also, great tip on the markets! I will check those out for sure.

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Foxley
207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

Looking for Uniquely Toronto Restaurants

Thanks, Jo! Origin looks like a cool place; we may try to squeeze that in.

I have a follow-up question on Black Hoof. It seems like the wait can be very long (living in Manhattan, this is not unfamiliar to me). How long do you think we should expect to wait if we show up at around 9:30 on a Friday night? Thanks!

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The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Looking for Uniquely Toronto Restaurants

Hi,

I will be in Toronto for a few days next month and would like to take the opportunity to try a few restaurants that are uniquely "Toronto." I was wondering if anyone could provide a little feedback on a few places that have already caught my eye just from browsing Zagat:

Canoe: described as "Canadian cuisine" on Zagat, which piqued my interest

Black Hoof: I'm always interested in restaurants described as "eclectic."

A couple that look appealing despite not necessarily being so unique to Toronto:

Chiado/Senhor Antonio: my hometown only has a couple good Portugese places, and they are really hard to get into!

Star Fish: I'm an Oyster fanatic!

I would be very interested in any other recommendations people may have, but I should disclose a couple biases. I am generally not interested in Japanese/Vietnamese/Chinese restaurants simply because I travel to those parts of the world often enough (also I live in Manhattan and we do pretty well with those cuisines ourselves!). I'm also not too interested in French places for similar reasons. Other than that, I am pretty open to anything, with a strong preference for experiences that would be difficult/impossible to replicate elsewhere.

Many thanks!

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The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

Leaving for Tokyo in One Week - Rate My Restaurant Picks

I guess I'm too late, but I'd skip Robouchon. It is really good, but I see no need to eat at the one in Tokyo. Also, reservations aren't really necessary - I walked in there on a weekend evening with no problem. I also agree with trying a different Ramen place (actually I'd recommend several different ramen places). Ippudo is good, but not uncommonly good for Tokyo ramen.

Sep 11, 2009
una mas in Japan

Ramen/Soba/Street food pointers

As far as Tokyo goes, my advice would be to eat whatever appeals to you once you get there and not to get hung up trying to find any place in particular. It can be extremely difficult to find specific places in Tokyo with its nameless and non-rectilinear streets and alleys, and it is much harder to find bad food than excellent food. That said, eat at a sushi stand at tsujiki (IMO, you don't have to wait hours in line for one of the popular ones, they are all really good) and don't overlook the department store/train station food courts and restaurants. Also eat at one of the eel places by Ueno park - there are two of them and they are both excellent (one is more popular than the other, but they are both really good).

Sep 11, 2009
una mas in Japan

Shake Shack Recommendations

I'm in the camp that thinks the fries are kind of gross and taste like they are cooked in Olestra or some other weird synthetic substitute for normal cooking oil. I'm also in the camp that cannot conceive of why anyone would spend an hour of their time waiting in line for what to my mind is a perfectly ordinary burger. But hey, different strokes...

Jun 04, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Is Union Square Cafe still good?

This was a staple restaurant for me up until a couple months ago when I had a food/service experience that was so bad it will be quite a while before I'm willing to return. I spoke with several other long time customers who were also unhappy with meals they had early this year. I'm glad to hear somone on the thread say they've turned it back around, but I have sufficiently bitter feelings that I personally need to stay away for a while longer before I give them another chance at jumping back in the rotation.

Jun 04, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Chanterelle tonight - what to order?

One of my favorite restaurants for the total experience. Unfortunately for you, many/most of their signature dishes are of the sea. I'd probably go with the lamb chops for a non-seafood entree; I've had them there at least twice before and they were great. For an appetizer, if you like foie gras I'd probably order that; otherwise I'm at a bit of a loss. Make sure to order a cheese course!

Jun 04, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

real wasabi

I've bought it at Sunrise before and it wasn't fresh. It had almost no taste.

Jun 01, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Red Cat questions

Agreed. Without meaning to imply anything about the original poster or her party, I would say "casual but not sloppy."

Jun 01, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Tough Sushi Choice

Not to mention the place always smells like cheap cleaning products to me - kind of hard to taste anything over that.

I really like Blue Ribbon Sushi. I can't say it is cheap, but I find it is a little less expensive than many of the other top sushi places, and just about as good.

Sushi of Gari is great, but fairly expensive.

May 22, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Foodie needs to compromise with boring eater. Help?!

My most recent trip was two months ago. It was awful in every respect. It used to be a staple restaurant of mine. I have checked with others I know who used to frequent the restaurant, and they have stopped going because of similar experiences. I have no idea how many times I've been there in total, but I will not be returning any time soon.

May 22, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Trendy & Romantic?!

I agree re: the places mentioned so far in this thread, but I could see *some* of the more old-school establishments being uh... "less friendly." Hate to say it, but I think it's true.

I really feel like Peasant is the best bet. While it isn't strictly a red sauce place, they do serve great red sauce dishes. The pizzas that they serve in the wine bar downstairs are great, too!

May 22, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

the glorious Copper River Salmon is here

Anyone know how the stock is holding up for Copper River Salmon? I know that the Alaskan varieties have been generally holding up better than Oregon (which were frightenly close to extinction last year), but I haven't heard any reports for the current season.

May 22, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Good storefront restaurant in Greenwich Village

Based on that I reiterate my rec of Le Gigot on Cornelia.

May 22, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Trendy & Romantic?!

Yeah, that's the thing. The "trendy" Italian places tend to focus on "trendy" (i.e. modern, updated) Italian food, not red sauce dishes. Maybe Supper? It has a lot of good basic red sauce dishes, and is definitely trendy. It also has "romantic potential" if you sit in the back, but the overall vibe is certainly not romantic.

May 22, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Food gift to take to SF

As I mentioned earlier, that used to be my default to bring home, but now that they have online ordering it isn't quite as special as it used to be. There is usually one waiting for me when I get back now! I think I have more out there than here!

May 22, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Food gift to take to SF

Unfortunately the cupcake craze is alive and well in SF. In fact, I think they were on that one before NYC. There was a place near pier 39 that had crazy long Magnolia-style lines like 10 years ago.

May 22, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Trendy & Romantic?!

Peasant seems like the best bet to me - definitely trendy and romantic, in a slightly rustic kind of way. Really good food, too.

For something more modern, A Voce has really good food, but I'm not sure anyone would call it romantic. It can get a little loud too.

There are better Italian restaurants in the city than those mentioned in this thread, but as LeahB said, they don't fit your requirements.

May 22, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Food gift to take to SF

La Taqueria is great. My favorite is Pancho Villa, not least because they make the best salsa verde I've ever had. The avocado chunks seal the deal.

May 21, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Food gift to take to SF

I know they do mail order now, but whenever I've taken a Katz's pastrami back home it has been well-received.

May 21, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Where should I go for upscale Chinese

Yeah, I like both of those places. I didn't think of OG as being upscale, but I see your point.

May 21, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Romantic italian in the village

This is a weird rec because I honestly don't like the place at all, but everyone else seems to love it and it fits your budget/neighborhood rquirements:

http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/...

May 21, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Food gift to take to SF

I'm from SF. Though I moved out here 10 years ago, I still visit often enough.

This is a tough problem, because you need something that basically ships well, but things that ship well tend to be available there.

I'm not the biggest bagel person, but what passes for a bagel in my hometown is typically more akin to a dinner roll with a hole in it. So that might be an idea.

BTW, last time I visited there I tried to bring back some Mission burritos with me. Didn't work. I knew it was a longshot, but I had to try.

May 21, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Where should I go for upscale Chinese

This is likely ignorance on my part, but when I hear "upscale Chinese" I tend to assume "Americanized." (Americanized Chinese obviously does not imply upscale, but what I think of as "upscale Chiese" is Americanized or at least Westernized in some fashion.) What restaurants do you consider upscale and authentic?

May 21, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Wu Liang Ye At Lunch

I concur that WLY on 48th>Szechuan Gourmet. I've also gotten some unbelievably spicy food from them. I get delivery from there to my office every now and then; rarely go to the restaurant and rarely order from the lunch menu.

May 21, 2009
una mas in Manhattan

Good French lunch near Metropolitan Museum of Art?

That's what I was going to write until I got to this post. IMO, the UES generally isn't good for casual French.

May 21, 2009
una mas in Manhattan