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Any good places close to the ROM?

ThomOnTheNet May 28, 2004 09:33 AM

I'm going to the ROM with friends and need a good restaurant within walking distance - not too expensive, Truffles is out of question - to have dinner in the area on a Sunday evening.

The first place that came to my mind was Kensington Kitchen on Habord, west of Spadina, but then I realized the walking distance was too far.

I'm not familiar with the restaurants around the ROM, and would love to hear suggestions for a good place for dinner.

Thanks in advance,


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    Dina May 28, 2004 09:59 AM

    A 10-minute walk to Kensington Kitchen is not within walking distance?!

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    1. re: Dina
      ThomOnTheNet May 28, 2004 11:18 AM

      First, I find hard to believe that there are no good restaurants closer to the ROM compared to Kensington Kitchen.

      Second, if I'd like to repeat the experience again during winter time, I would certainly NOT want to walk from the ROM to Kensington Kitchen in the snow.

      Third, I've been to Kensington Kitchen numerous times. It would be nice to find a new great place to eat. Actually, I've been thinking about trying the Ethiopian House on 4 Irvin... never been there.

      I just would appreciate some recommendations for good restaurants close to the ROM.



      1. re: ThomOnTheNet
        Garp7 May 28, 2004 02:33 PM

        Too bad Over Easy isn't open at nights. To be honest, the closest restaurant in my mind would be Pho Hung on the 2nd floor next to McDonald's but that may be too cheap for your taste. Sushi Inn isn't too far away in Yorkville and not pricey at all.

        Ethiopia House is a bit of a walk (Yonge and between Wellesley and Bloor) but if you want to walk over there, there are plenty of cheap and decent restaurants around that area. Sister Saigon, Springroll, Fire on the East

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          Peppermint Pate May 28, 2004 02:47 PM

          Pho Hung is great but they're closed on Sundays. Dynasty should be open - their dim sum is great but I've never tried anything off their regular menu. If you want something a bit more upscale, you can head north on Avenue Road to either Boba or Sotto Sotto - not quite as luxe as Truffles but not cheap either. You could also have a club sandwich or burger at the Studio Cafe or maybe even the Avenue Bar at the Four Seasons - not what I'd call great value but tasty sandwiches and decent atmosphere.

        2. re: ThomOnTheNet
          Maureen May 31, 2004 11:37 AM

          Yokrkville, which is a 5 minute walk, is filled with restaurants.
          Prince Arthur, about a 4 minute walk north, has two nice pubs at either end of the street as well as the Host, an Indian restaurant,in between.
          The Gallery Grill at Hart House is about 5 min south.
          There are also restaurants in the hotels nearby along Bloor
          You couldn't be in a more central spot for restaurant choices.
          Baldwin is a bit far flung in my opinion, being just north of Dundas.

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        estufarian May 28, 2004 10:49 AM

        Try anything on Baldwin St - immediately north of AGO two blocks. There's a plethora of restaurants - just choose one that looks good (and is open on a Sunday).

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          Fickle May 28, 2004 01:56 PM

          The Bedford Academy on Prince Arthur.

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            Elastic Waistband May 28, 2004 02:15 PM

            I have had several good meals at Il Posto Nuevo in Hazelton Lanes (actually in the square just off of Yorkville on your way into Hazelton Lanes). Good Italian food, nice wines and good service. They have a patio as well, depending on the weather I suppose.

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              tjsilverjeep May 28, 2004 04:03 PM

              I like the Courtyard Restaurant in Yorkville. It has great shnitzel. Good service. Reasonable prices. It is open Sunday evenings and it has a patio-weather permitting. Good luck.

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                marni May 28, 2004 04:18 PM

                I think the restaurant you are thinking about is called the Coffee Mill (99 Yorkville Avenue). They have very good Hungarian food (schnitzel, goulash, cabbage rolls, palascinta, chestnut purée) and light salads & sandwiches. Quite reasonable.

                1. re: marni
                  tjsilverjeep May 29, 2004 11:43 AM

                  There is a restauraunt which serves shnitzel: Courtyard Restaurant at 121 Yorkville Ave. (close to Avenue Road). 416- 513 - 9688. We have been there many times and we have enjoyed it.

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                    Maureen May 31, 2004 11:19 AM

                    Yes, it is the Coffee Mill. It has a courtyard patio as well as a nice inside space

                    1. re: marni
                      Maureen May 31, 2004 11:19 AM

                      Yes, it is the Coffee Mill. It has a courtyard patio as well as a nice inside space

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