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Good Sushi at Bay/Dundas: Think Cafe Michi Chirashi...

Here's a Post City article about the owners and division of labour:

Coffee shops, food shops, bakeries, breakfast and brunch between Avenue Road and Christie, Bloor and Dupont

A few places come to mind:

Abokichi (Dupont at Spadina) was the Annex Hodgepodge until recently. I like their onigiri made with half-milled rice (somewhere between brown and white rice) and they appear to be offering sandwiches too.

Rapido (Bathurst at Dupont) is a cafe run by Santaguida Fine Foods and they have nice sandwiches and salads. They're only open weekdays 8am-4pm.

Schmaltz Appetizing (Dupont at Howland, behind Fat Pasha) has yummy smoked salmon if you don't mind the resemblance to Russ & Daughters (as some have pointed out here).

Oh, and I really should give KOS (Bathurst at Dupont) a boost for their cheap, satisfying brunches.

Butler's Pantry/International Comfort Food

So don't go to Butler's Pantry for the plating!

Also, their house salad dressing looks (and tastes a bit) like Swiss Chalet dipping sauce.

Butler's Pantry/International Comfort Food

Thanks estufarian! I have spent a lot of time thinking about this bulgogi...

I do think OP will get closer results using any bulgogi recipe as long as they try a Chinese stir-fry technique (as described above).

Blue Goose at the Harbourfront -- seriously outstanding hamburgers

Ooh, thanks ylsf!

Butler's Pantry/International Comfort Food

I'll start by saying that I don't have the recipe, but I also used to eat Butler's Pantry bulgogi all the time and yeah, it's amazing.

I bet that you could tweak an existing recipe in the following ways:
- use a slightly thicker cut of meat - not tissue-thin
- caramelize thinly-sliced onions and mushrooms and add to beef after it's cooked
- this bulgogi is saucier than usual, so add the marinade (or mix together a sauce from the marinade ingredients) to the pan after the beef has been cooking for awhile
- maybe add more sugar to the marinade since it's pretty sweet, and to get more caramelization
- use a high heat and don't move the meat around too much
- work in batches - don't cook a huge clump of meat at once
- use a wok

Good luck! I might try to figure out a recipe myself.

Blue Goose at the Harbourfront -- seriously outstanding hamburgers

Thanks elvisahmed!

Blue Goose at the Harbourfront -- seriously outstanding hamburgers

Hey, does anyone know if these food crates at Harbourfront are still a thing? And if David Chrystian is still involved?

Suggest food/snacks to bring from HK to Canada?

Thanks for your thoughts, jsager01! It's been far too long since I've been to Hong Kong, so I'm pleased at the thought of all kinds of souvenirs.

I hadn't heard of the Chan Chee Kee cleaver before, but I just did some reading on it and it sounds like an excellent addition to the kitchen!

I agree generally that there's not much you can't get in Toronto/Vancouver. What I'm really craving is HK itself. Perhaps I should ask my relatives to smuggle over (in perfect condition, of course) a roast goose leg from Yat Lok or an egg tart from Tai Cheong? Hey, I can dream...

Suggest food/snacks to bring from HK to Canada?

You're right! I wanted to post here though since I've only ever lurked on this board :) Nice tea leaves is also a great idea. Thanks yippy!

Suggest food/snacks to bring from HK to Canada?

Ooh, good idea! Thanks kiyeoh!

Suggest food/snacks to bring from HK to Canada?

Hi everyone, I've got some HK relatives coming to Canada (Toronto specifically) in August. They have asked if they can bring anything over from Hong Kong. I must be very uncreative, because I can't think of anything they could bring.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Things that I can't get in Toronto, tasty snacks, yummy treats, and the like? Or non-edibles - cooking implements or dishware, for example.

They will probably bring the more usual things like dried mushrooms, etc. already, so I don't need to consider stuff like that.

Note that I won't be seeing them right away when they get to Canada - it will be around 5 days before we actually meet up - so anything perishable would have to wait until I make my own trip to HK, hopefully someday soon...

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

Word on the street - okay, Yelp - is that Fishbar has closed.

Cafe Michi - What happened to the food? Change of ownership?

I was there at the end of April and it seemed fine! Had the cafe au lait chirashi. If I am being honest, one of the two pieces of uni could have been fresher, but other than that, everything was good. Including the trifle :) I have no idea about the ownership question though.

Please help me remember the name of a restaurant on bathurst, south of DuPont, no longer exists

I'm not familiar with Black must be before I moved into the area. For greasy cheap breakfast in that block I rely on KOS.

Please help me remember the name of a restaurant on bathurst, south of DuPont, no longer exists

You're welcome!

Please help me remember the name of a restaurant on bathurst, south of DuPont, no longer exists

Grapefruit Moon is still around! I'm pretty sure sake is thinking of Noon, but we'll find out shortly. Here's an old thread about the place:

Despite living in the area for years I never went to Grapefruit Moon. Not sure why exactly - it certainly had its fans. A quick Google search reveals that the original owner was forced out and the other partners (?) continued under the same name.

Please help me remember the name of a restaurant on bathurst, south of DuPont, no longer exists

I believe that was Noon :)

Lucky Red

A few weeks ago we were there for Lucky Hour (5-7PM IIRC) and got the lucky wings, soi mung rice balls (sticky rice with Chinese sausage meets takoyaki), beet salad, fried chicken bao, and tuna tartare special. Everything was tasty, especially the wings, although I missed the pickled carrots and daikon they put on the bao at BMB. Salt levels were fine and so were the cocktails. Prices were comparable to Guu.

Toronto Ramen Roundup?

Me too! And bring along a tempura specialist while you're at it ;)

Toronto Ramen Roundup?

Couldn't agree more with this. If we're making a wishlist, I'd love to see a spicy yuzu ramen like Afuri, or a gindara or uni ramen like Gonokami Suisan (which, sadly, I've only had the pleasure of reading about so far).

FOUND Clam Strips in Toronto

Diverting the thread ever so slightly - did anyone ever try the fried whole clams at Black Irish Whiskey & Oyster Bar?

ISO Great Tonkatsu

I need to revisit Tokyo Kitchen - could have sworn that they changed hands a few years ago, but it's true that their cooked dishes were always great, if not as cheap as Tokyo Grill.

ISO Great Tonkatsu

NP! I'm going to use the bulldog for making hambaagu at home this week...mmm...

ISO Great Tonkatsu

I like Tokyo Grill for tonkatsu. And you can get Bulldog Tonkatsu sauce at PAT Central in Koreatown.

Eater Toronto launch

Reading this list makes you wonder about the reliability of the other Eater sites...

Dr. Laffa needs to requalify

You're probably safe - but fair enough!

Most Overrated Restaurant in Toronto

Glad that you mentioned this, pp, because I gather it is their tasting menu that is winning, and deserving of, the accolades. Despite the casual atmosphere I think it is more useful to conceive of Chantecler as a fine dining experience rather than, say, upscale comfort food (which is what I was looking for when I went).

Most Overrated Restaurant in Toronto

I'll be a jerk and say Chantecler. It was more or less tasty but wasn't at all a good deal. That calamari app was the tiniest plate I've ever paid $10+ for and the lettuce wrap meat reminded me of the great hunks of boiled pork that you get in freebie Chinese soup. I am well aware that this is a minority opinion.

Zakkushi is open!

With regret, I also report that there was little char on my first visit so far, which was last week. It's kind of the only yakitori game downtown, though, so I will be going back.