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Old School

I won't be back either - tried it, lacklustre food and service - who needs it?

Eulalie's Corner Store, Gerrard and Coxwell

My Indian boyfriend and I used to go there all the time - it was called the Dosa Hut - the Dosas were excellent - have never had a better one since they closed down. Anyone know if they have a new location?

Batifole?

Thanks JennaBean - what did you like from the chalkboard menu?

Batifole?

Anyone been lately? Very curious.
http://www.dine.to/news/2015-06-17/ba...

Anyone know what's going on with Sushi Marche in Leslieville?

Never liked it - tried it many times but execution was clumsy - fish and rice pieces too big and thick. Much prefer Sushi on Gerrard - you can get raw shrimp there.

Ossignton - what are your favourites?

Had a reason to be on Ossington on Friday and ran in to Golden Turtle because of a downpour - enjoyed their pork spring rolls and "rare" (actually very well cooked) Pho - flavour was good. It's been years since I lived in that neighbourhood and the street is now full of restaurants I'd like to explore.
First thought - Union's website - it's all about them - menu says steak is served medium rare, so I guess if you prefer it a different way, too bad. There's no splitting the bill either, so all that hassle is passed on to the customer. So I'll take my hefty dining out budget somewhere else that doesn't treat customers with such contempt. What ever happened to the idea that a restaurateur's first and foremost task is to offer hospitality, as in "what can I do to make this memorable for you?"
Which places are good - but not loud. Or is that an impossibility on Ossington? I saw some good reviews of Mamakas in earlier posts.

Le Paradis

Any update on this place? Haven't been for many years because it seemed to be pretty dirty, walls and floors were on the cusp of squalor, and service was disjointed and uncaring, and I received something like Uncle Ben's instant rice with my main because they had run out of potatoes.

Salade Nicoise?

Try the Shore Club next to the Ritz on Wellington west of Simcoe. I find their Nicoise to be good. Ask for extra egg, or anything you prefer an abundance of and they will oblige. But it's pricey.

Itinerary critique & suggestions

I like Japango. I think it has improved lately. I'm no expert on sushi, but when I first experienced it in Toronto in the 70's it was the real deal, and that set the standard for me - Japango comes as close to my memory of Tom's basement Sushi place on Yonge near Wellesley as possible.
Anyone else remember that place? When sushi was still Japanese?

Debu Saha is back -- Biryani house at 365 King W.

All the Indian buffet joints on King were pretty vile when I worked in the area a few years ago, so I hope this will be an improvement. Any idea if he is using humanely raised poultry and meat?

St. Urbain bagels - available anywhere in the path?

Wondering if there is a café in the path that does the St. Urbain bagels from SLM, and serves them toasted with cream cheese?

7 Dim Sum Danforth

Liked it very much. Hot and sour soup had deep flavour and good heat, shrimp and pork dumplings were great, as were the scallion pancakes. Great addition to the neighbourhood.

Any indian buffets actually worthwhile?

I have tried it, it's a 2 minute walk from my house! To be fair it was a few months after they opened, with the exact same menu of their first place a couple of block east, (since closed due to a fire) which I had also tried. (I try and I try and I try....:)!!) I just found that everything seemed to taste the same, and what's billed as lamb is actually tough old goat which seems to be a thing in a lot of lower priced Indian restaurants.

Hidden gem brunch

Le Papillion on Eastern Ave, just west of Coxwell has all the usual brunch standards, plus their famous crepes, with friendly and efficient service, very nice room, no waiting and lots of parking. Not a trendy place, so no excruciating music to make your ears bleed. It's for people who want to relax. I would never line up for food, especially not for eggs!

Anyone been to Vindaloo in Scarborough?

http://vindaloocuisine.com/index.html
Very curious to know if it's good, especially since I'm a fan of vindaloo the dish.

Anyone seen where Debu Saha is cooking lately?

Agree with estufarian - it's a race to the bottom on quality because everything is driven by low price menus. Amazing that in a city teeming with highly paid people (I know because I work with them) from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh - there are not loads of really good South Asian restaurants. Is Pukka the only one these days? 15 or so years ago there were several good places on the Little India strip but it is now completely mediocre - you are better off making your own at home.

Worst curries tasted in the GTA?!

It was probably goat, which is cheaper than lamb. Cheap Indian restaurants do this all the time - I guess they buy industrial quantities of frozen goat meat from who knows where and pass it off as lamb. I like lamb, have been eating it for 50 years, and I know the difference between lamb and goat. Submerging goat in a curry does not conceal what it is.

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.

AGAVE Y AGUACATE 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!

AGAVE Y AGUACATE CLOSED?

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.
http://oliverbonacini.com/Biffs-Bistr...

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:
http://www.volos.ca/
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.