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Lunch at Yonge & Eglinton

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Taking a good friend for lunch on Friday. We are meeting at Yonge & Eglinton. Any suggestions for a nice restaurant where 2 old friends can eat good food and catch up on old times? We like all foods. The cost is not an issue. I need your expert advice chowhounds!

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  1. I highly recommend Cha Liu for some delicious dim sum in a cozy atmosphere. Right at yonge and eg.

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    1. re: Amy

      I have to agree that this is an excellent place for yummy dim sum and has a cozy atmosphere. They also have excellent service. They have their own website with pictures and menu. The ws address escapes me...

      Dim Sum Restaurant
      Cha Liu

      dim sum Hands-on workshop with author Evelyn Chau. 9:30-11:30 am. $50. Cha Liu, 2532 Yonge. 416-653-6341.

      2352 Yonge St., Floor 2
      Toronto, ON M4P 2E6
      Phone: (416) 485-1725
      Fax: (647) 439-6448


      Link: http://www.toronto.com/feature/12521/

    2. Sushi Kai 5 minutes from yonge and eglinton. You can sit for hours. best spider rolls in TO.

      1. If you can, take a leisurely stroll over to Eg and Mt Pleasant for Churassco Chicken. Northwest corner. Perfect chicken. Aside from the roast potatoes, their sides are way pedestrian and don't deserve to be on the same plate as the chicken.

        1. I too recommend Cha Liu. It's a bit hard to find as it is located on the second floor. Hoever, the food is worth the search. Very good dim sum without as much oil as some of the places in Chinatown. Very attentive and nice service. Give it a try.


          1. More expensive than the previous suggestions but-
            Stork On The Roof - east side of Yonge 2 blocks north of Davisville. Continental food with a Dutch/Indonesian twist.

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            1. h

              Good food and quiet atmosphere:
              - Sono Japanese (just north of Eg, west side of road, step down). Good food, private rooms, very quiet.
              - Cha Liu (as per other's recommendations). I was just there last night for 1st time. Overall enjoyed it, some of the stuff was just ok (but I'm picky about my dim sum - I'm Chinese). Also very quiet.
              - For Italian: Alize(further north on Yonge, at Castlefield on the east side) or La Vecchia (across from Future Shop).
              - There's a French restaurant called Quartier that I liked, south of Eglinton (south of Cdn Tire) on west side of Yonge, but not sure if it's open for lunch.

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              1. re: haligonianhui

                Thanks Chowhounds for all of your suggesstions. I will report back after my lunch.

              2. if you're gonna do sushi, i suggest Sushi Rock Cafe. it's across the street from Cha Liu. they're sushi is quite good and their prices are amazing... especially for lunch in this area.

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                1. re: allie

                  Did you read the review earlier on about the drunken sushi chefs at Sushi Rock? I think it was for all you can eat sushi.

                2. I was in the Yonge and Davisville area this afternoon and among the four or five Japanese restaurants, I ended up in Sushi Rock Cafe. I had been to Sushi Supreme before and wanted to try another place in the area. Price is always determining factor, so lunch specials were on my mind.

                  I chose the 'Dancing Eel' maki (described as a california roll topped with eel) with soup & salad combo. 'I like california rolls. I like unagi. Price is not bad Heck, why not?'

                  The miso soup and salad were nothing special, so I expected the roll to be just "okay" as well. Hoo boy was I wrong! It was awesome!

                  I've had unagi at numerous places before and found it ranged from somewhat enjoyable to somewhat dissapointed. Yet, the eel topped well on the roll was buttery good. 'Melt in your mouth' good! Now combined with ultra-smooth avacado and I honestly can say that this is one of the best maki I've ever had!

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                  1. re: juniorcruz

                    I never really like sushi rock. IT's one of the more expensive sushi places in the Yonge and Eg strip. I always prefer sushi supreme and echo sushi for higher quality fish. They are both cheaper than Sushi Rock as well.

                    A great sushi find is at Don Mills, north of Lawrence www.takosushi.ca. They serve fresh lobster sashimi, broiled lobster tataki, amongst other great things! Amazing broth in their soups.

                    1. re: qtxniki

                      Thanks for the reply!

                      I had been to Sushi Supreme a couple of years ago, but for some reason decided on trying a different place, that day.
                      As for the few other Japanese places in that area, Echo Sushi is one that I remember seeing as I headed north of Davisville. I'll have to check that place next time I'm in the area.

                      In addition, Tako Sushi sounds great! I've checked the web site you gave and I'm very curious about their various types BBQ Eel maki. Plus, it's been some time since I've had Lobster Sashimi...
                      [I'm actually starting to salivate at this very minute!]