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Places to eat that we miss in Toronto

July 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Where to start – there are quite a few places (not to mention friends) that we miss.

Kensington Market in general- special mention to Jumbo Empanadas, Cheese Magic, and Urban Herbivore (love their vegan muffins – may be too dry for some people, namely T)

Celestin – great pain au chocolat (although disappointingly not up to par the last time we had them)

Ghandi’s Roti – butter chicken roti to die for. Also don’t miss the muttar paneer roti. Gigant, jumbo sized rotis that you will eat the whole thing and ask why? why can’t all food be this delicious?

Lahore Tikka house – great Pakistani food in India Town; starting to get upscale (considering it used to be trailers and tents) – but some fabulous food. Before anyone says that Vancouver has great South Asian food, they need to eat here once and start to understand the variety of food available throughout all of Canada.

California Sandwiches and Commisso’s– great veal sandwiches – see the showdown.

Jamie Kennedy’s Wine bar – great food and wine, fun to sit at the bar and watch the chefs in action. Always some interesting pairings – we probably went to this place 4 times in the course of a year. Definitely great atmosphere, great food and some interesting pairings. The rest of JKs restos haven’t always turned out so well, but he hits it out of the ballpark with this one.

JS Bonbons – great chocolate with interesting flavours, sea salt caramel is one of D’s favourites – by far our favourite boutique chocolatier in Canada.

Buddha’s Vegetarian Restaurant – great mock duck (nothing like duck at all), huge servings, cheap. Spectacular fungus plate.

Gale’s – SUPER CHEAP and very friendly service, where else can you get lunch complete with milkshake for less than $5 including a generous tip.

Hiro sushi – sushi with a spectacular freshness and flavour that you may have never had before – in our opinion, this place can easily take on Tojo’s any day. According to D, not quite as amazing as Sushi Kaji, but way easier to get to.

Lai Wah Heen – so many memories of great dinners here with V. By far though, their Dim Sum is the meal that you should not miss here. Foie gras in your dim sum, sir? Indeed.

The Richtree Marche @ BCE Place – this one comes with lots of qualifications. The only time worth coming here I ever found was on weekend mornings during the greyness of Toronto winters. I’d have a passable pain au chocolat and cafe au lait and stare at the beauty that are Calatrava’s arches in the great hall while feeling for a few hours while reading The Globe & Mail that just maybe it’s not February and maybe I’m not in a Canadian winter. The rest of the time, I found the food to be quite so-so and really, if it’s a beautiful day outside, try to eat someplace other than in an office tower.

The Summerhill LCBO store – by far the nicest liquor store that I have ever seen in my life, this building used to be a train station that the LCBO rescued and turned into their flagship store. So much variety, so pleasant to browse, and great tastings on Saturdays!

Eigensinn Farm – the best restaurant that we have had the honor of eating at in Canada. Just spectacular food. Not in Toronto, but rather a couple of hours north near Collingwood. Michael Stadtlander, his wife Nobuyo, their family, and the many talented chefs who come and work with them produce a unique prix fixe dinner for about 12 guests per evening. A singular dining experience not to be missed.

Sigh…so much to do, so little time…

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