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Any indian buffets actually worthwhile?

Little India restaurants seem to be on a race to the bottom - low prices and very low quality. I live in the area but have given up eating there, ever since the good places closed.


Me neither, it was on the list.... love Mexican food.

Best place for tacos in the east end?

Thanks - it is in Leslieville, right beside Table 17. Have to check it out, along with about a dozen other new places in Leslieville I haven't yet tried. Any Hounds up for a once a month dinner in Leslieville? It could take us over a year to complete!


So where now for decent and authentic Mexican food minus an erratic prima donna at the helm? Haven't been to Frida for a while, but I've noticed that their Mad Mexican retail products have become so bland as to be suitable for babyfood.

Anyone tried brunch at Geraldine?

Am wondering if there are long line ups - they don't take reservations for brunch and I loathe queuing up for food. How was the food you had?

Best place for tacos in the east end?

I haven't tried Gringo's in the Beaches - has anyone? Where else would you go for tacos - authentic Mexico City street vendor style east of the Don? Corn tortillas warmed, grilled meat, hot fresh salsa.

Maha-New Egyptian Sandwiches, Sides and Desserts on Greenwood near Gerrard

I pass by this place every Saturday and Sunday and it is always PACKED, with lineups at brunch time. Happy that they are doing so well, but even though it's walking distance from my house and the food is no doubt delicious, I will not line up for food, and slow service drives me crazy. Does anyone have an update on improvements in wait times for tables and service?

are there any good fish&chip places

Funny :) :)

Picko Lime Vietnamese Cuisine --- Vaughn Mills

I wish there was somewhere like the defunct Lalot on Bathurst - (chef's brother cooks at Monsoon in Seattle). Best Vietnamese food I've had since the defunct Kim's on Bloor West in the mid 80's.

Toronto restaurant for a large group

Let the Hounds know how things went, hope you have a successful dinner.

Toronto restaurant for a large group

The OP wanted places near the Fairmont, so Splendido on Harbord Street would mean a whole bunch of taxis.
I just remembered that Biff's on Front Street has a private room which I think would be big enough. And if oysters are something of interest they do "buck a shuck" from 5 p.m. until they run out. In the bar area that might be a good way to kick things off.

Toronto restaurant for a large group

Volos has a private dining room, I was there the other night and there was a group in it, I would say about 20 people? What's nice about that space is that although private, with its own door separating it from the rest of the place, that door and the walls flanking it are glass, so people in there don't feel closed in. But your group may not like that "fishbowl" feeling. Great food and service, nice place, civilised for grown ups. Take a look:
And it's walkable from the Fairmont.

Paralia (formerly Trinity Taverna) on the beach - still too loud/bad service?

Just went to Volos for dinner - LOVED it, and despite it being packed with diners (even in the bar area) my companions and I never had to raise our voices! Amazing. Food was great, and service was efficient and caring.

Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

I like Fresh from the Farm, but a lot of their stuff is frozen, and so not great when you need something to cook right away.

Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

I've been going to Stock & Trade since they opened - Danforth Ave just around the corner from the Greenwood TTC station. Their stuff is not labelled organic, but it is from good small producers, tastes amazing, and I am pretty happy with their pricing.

Recommended food at The Oxley?

How loud is the restaurant? I'm thinking of having a business dinner there on Tuesday or Wednesday evening, around 6p.m., and definitely do not want my companions to have to yell to be heard above blaring music or TVs or the curse of hard surfaces and a loud crowd.

Quiet place in Yorkville for early dinner?

Is the Oxley quiet? That would be my choice, not outrageously expensive, - I'm hosting a business dinner and need a quiet place with good food.

Deep pockets and love to see southern Ireland?

Alice Waters and other greats will be there

Jan 04, 2015
KitchenVoodoo in U.K./Ireland

$7.90 for cup of takeout soup!

Am I being overly frugal these days, or is $7.90 a fair price for a cup of takeout soup containing split peas, potatoes, a few bits of carrot, and bits of ham? None of those ingredients are expensive or rare. Nor was the soup billed as organic. And with respect to its taste, it was as forgettable as any old bowl of take out split pea soup. I queried the price, but the server was not able to explain how the prices are arrived at.
Perhaps this is just what people pay in that area (not my normal stomping ground). Epi bakery café on Bayview

Advice please: which McEwan establishment?

Only $20 for a burrata ball? When the store first opened it was $40+ ! I had visions of that little white ball being lovingly strapped in to its seat in the First Class cabin of the aircraft that brought it from Italy to Don Mills.

Why do they even bother with the fresh produce and household products in the rear of the store? You would need your head tested to be buying that stuff there, when you could save 50%+ by strolling over to Metro.

Sher-e-Punjab - Chow gathering on 9th Oct

As requested, they made Pork Vindaloo for us, and it was very good indeed (leftovers tasted even better the next day) but could have been spicier. I'm ok with nuclear level spiciness but as estufarian says, they probably keep things toned down to suit the typical patron. We tried an assortment of appetizers (samosas, pakoras and fish fry), which were tasty, but heavier than I prefer. The assorted Tandoori plate was good, nice smoky chicken and well favoured kebab. Shrimp were not great. Our main dishes (apart from the pork vindaloo) were lamb saag, butter chicken and eggplant. All good, well flavoured. Nan bread was lovely, and rice was properly cooked. Most appreciated feature was the lack of grease. Lamb and pork were a little dry, but I much prefer that than globs of untrimmed fat. Service was friendly and attentive, and the room is attractive and nicely lit. Great neighbourhood spot using local ingredients.

Coffee quest: Is there a Toronto equivalent of Vancouver's Cafe Artigiano?

I agree about Te Aro - their coffee brand is Pilot, and it's roasted on Wagstaff Drive (off Greenwood Ave, north of Gerrard) in a smartly designed space that also serves coffee and offers coffee tastings and barista training. http://www.pilotcoffeeroasters.com/pa...
My favourite roast is Brazil - has that sweetness you mention, rich caramel flavour, a coffee for coffee haters.
Pilot coffee is also served at Lazy Daisy's café at Gerrard and Coxwell.

Best bets for Thanksgiving dinner 2014?

I think Morgan's on the Danforth (at Greenwood subway station) will probably offer their usual Thanksgiving menu - it's pretty decent and was around $25 last year. No menu available until Tuesday.
In that area, Globe Bistro is also offering a $35 menu:
Any other suggestions for solo diners or couples looking for affordable turkey dinner next weekend?
The Tulip on Queen East is a stalwart for many, but I'd rather eat grass than Butterball and powdered gravy.


I enjoyed Janet Lynn's (20 years ago?) and also ArtBar which was outstanding - but it's closed now I think. wonder where the chef went, he knew his stuff.
And I see that 20 King which I also enjoyed back in the day is also closed.

Saturday Dinette on Gerrard

Great to hear that - what did you eat that was delicious? I have been wondering what would become of Hammersmith's. Any chance the Dinette people could post a menu with prices on their site?

Fennel Pollen

I got it at Longos down by the AC Center, but that was about 2 years ago. The brand is "Just a Pinch" - justapinch.ca and the pollen itself is from California.

best pastas in Toronto, 2014

Really? I've always found their pasta to be too dense, heavy and chewy. I love Zucca, and wish they would do a lighter house pasta.

Let's hear who has the best onion rings in Toronto!

Completely agree - the rings at Nota Bene are light and crispy - probably the best I've ever had.

Sher-e-Punjab - Chow gathering on 9th Oct

Five of us Chowhound subscribers have been conferring off line and have decided to meet for dinner at Sher-e-Punjab on October 9th, at 7 p.m., and we would like to invite others on this board to join us.

This initiative began as an excuse to visit an old reliable Indian restaurant (some of us haven't been there for 30 years!), along with curiosity about its new make over and their use of naturally raised meats, and a love for their pork vindaloo, which was on the menu back in the old days, and which we are requesting they cook for us on 9th.

Apart from that dish, here is their menu:

Let me know if you would like to join us, we would love to meet more fellow Chowhounds.

What are the best Riverside/Leslieville restos open for lunch?

I recommend Tabule, and also Bonjour Brioche next door, and County General. I don't recommend Joy Bistro or Prohibition.