toronto avenue road and bloor where to eat
we will be in toronto in may...staying near avenue road and bloor...where to eat on a friday night?...would like to walk... we like chinese,italian, french, bistro...does any place take reservations?...do we have to go to chinatown for good chinese?... price is not a major concern but the food is...thanks
Spuntini on avenue road (just north of bloor...you can see their website on toronto.com)is by far my fave italian resto in the city. Great atmosphere, wonderful service and excellent food for the price. Very accommodating when it comes to sharing plates, modifying orders & the like. I've recommended the place to numerous people over the past decade and all have now become regulars in their own right.
Indian -- definitely "The Host", on Prince Arthur Ave.
Chinese -- definitely "Dynasty" on Bloor, for their dimsum during the morning/lunch.
Japanese -- definitely Yamato in Yorkville, as they have some of the most authentic sushi in Toronto, and great teppanyaki grill as well.
Pangaea is really good, I hear... Sassafraz is hit or miss, can be inconsistent but maybe you'll get lucky.
If the weather's warm and you don't mind a short walk, head north up Yonge Street (a couple of streets over from Avenue) to the Rebel House for a decent selection of Canadian beers, good home-cooking type food and a small but very nice patio. A couple of blocks north of there is the Rosedale Diner, which also has a nice garden in the back, although it's a little pricier.
I recommend: Focaccia (416) 323- 0179 which is a nice little restaurant at Yonge& Bloor, an easy walk. I also recommend Boba ( 416) 961- 2622 which is on Avenue Road. For sushi, I like Asuka which is on Yorkville Ave. Jacques Bistro is great for lunch. I have not done dinner there. Happy Eating
Here are a few suggestions that you may want to look into. The Bathurst and Bloor area is known as the Annex and it is about a ten to fifteen minute walk from your location.
My favourite restaurant in the area would have to be Elixir which is located at Bathurst and Bloor. If you walk west from there along Bloor, you will see Honest Ed's (no, do not eat there). Go south on Markham and you will find the Butler's Pantry (inexpensive but tasty dishes for both vegans and meat eaters) as well as Southern Accent (New Orleans).
Ever want to try Korean? You are just two minutes (further west) away from Korea town and you really can't go wrong with any of these restaurants.
If you wish to stay in the Avenue and Bloor area, I would suggest that you go to 7 West (Yonge and Charles) for a meal. It's quick, easy and open 24 hours a day. Along Yonge St., just south of Bloor, you have a choice of a number of Panasian restaurants. My favourite would be Spring Rolls which is consistent and authentic. If you are looking for a bistro that is decent, there are two. I like Le Matignon which is located on St. Nicolas Street. Good service and very civilized. There is also the Brownstone Bistro which is located at Yonge and Gloucester. Much more casual than Le Matignon but fun nevertheless.
Have fun and enjoy your stay. If you need to look up any addresses of these places, use www.toronto.com.
Chinese, no... within walking distance at Bloor and Avenue (just east of the intersection, south side) is Dynasty.
Regarding Italian, French et al., there's quite a selection along Cumberland and Yorkville (both just north of Bloor)... Jacques Bistro du Parc, Remy's, Bellini's... There's also Pangaea just north of Bloor on Bay (that's about 5 minutes walk west of Avenue).
Course, you can always cop out and opt for the 'hotel restaurant' at the Four Seasons, Truffles. ;) Just a thought.