Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >
Dec 1, 2004 11:54 AM


  • n

Is there anyplace worth eating in Pickering? Any cuisine - chow-ish rather than fancy.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Nothing worthwhile in Pickering - all roadhouses and pubs. We go to Whitby where there are a few good spots - Shrimp Cocktail, Mondo Cafe, Pimento's or to Pepperberries in Brooklin.

    1 Reply
    1. re: Dottie

      I guess you haven't really looked around. I wouldn't say that all of Pickering is roadhouses and pubs. There are a few gems in Pickering, but it takes time to weed out all the roadhouses/pubs and chain restos to find them. Unfortunately Pickering is dotted with chain restos and bad pubs so it's hard to notice the good restos.

    2. Well, we had lunch at an Indian place called Mount Everest, on the recommendation of a Chowhound who e-mailed me privately. The restaurant is right on Highway 2, south side, just west of Brock Rd. They have a $7.99 lunch buffet. I'm not a big fan of buffets, but wanted to try the restaurant. The food was tasty, fresh, nicely spiced and there was a small but interesting selection of dishes - meat and veg. I would very much like to try the place during "menu" hours next time.

      Right across the street is a Caribbean place which I'd also like to try. I believe there are chowhound-worthy place in Pickering. You just have to be brave.

      1. I ate at Mount Everest restaurant this evening in usual the food was excellent! The buffet looked good and the smell in the restaurant was heavenly but we decided to choose from the menu and my Chicken Korma in a cashew and almond sauce was absolutely wonderful. My company had an assorted plater which was also very good. I had started with a tomato coconut soup which I enjoyed very much and recommend highly. My son had the Mulligatawny soup that was nicely spiced.

        We always enjoy the food here. Serving sizes are quite generous so we always bring some home. The owner chef comes out to see if you enjoyed your meal. Service is very good, price is moderate.

        Mount Everest
        611 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L9, CA

        1 Reply
        1. re: heathercheryl

          I highly recommend Bombay Grill for Indian ... it is almost next door to Mount Everest (on the same side, just part of the plaza that is west of Mount Everest. It's a little larger dining room, with fabulous food and service. We have not been disappointed!

          Mount Everest
          611 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L9, CA

        2. There is another thread going by the title "Whitby/Durham restaurants that don't suck". Check it out as it has recommendations for Pickering. I personally reviewed a Japanese resto called "Kobo" in Pickering (across from the Toyota dealership on Hwy 2 east of Rougemount on the north side in a plaza). It's very good Japanese food.

          3 Replies
          1. re: scarberian

            Kobo, Mt.Everest, and Casa Verde for pasta. Don't know if Sauter's is still good, as they had an excellent Sri Lankhan chef last year .

            1. re: jayt90

              Was there at the Sauter's a month ago, not good

            2. I like Red House Thai. It's a small restaurant, usually packed. I don't know how it compares to some of the bigger named Thai places in the Big Smoke, but I haven't had a bad meal there.... They have some very reasonable lunch specials.


              5 Replies
              1. re: Dr Butcher

                I agree. Better quality and lower prices than that god-awful "Thai One On" chain across the street (if you haven't been, don't bother).

                Other recommendations (which I've posted in the other thread) include Burb's Bistro for fine dining (they're the only Pickering restaurant reviewed by Toronto Life), and for Italian sandwiches, it's a tie between Bellagio's and Sinatra's. Kobo Sushi is excellent, owned and operated by a Japanese chef.

                1. re: TexSquared

                  I used to be a huge fan of Sinatra's at their location in Oshawa. I have tried their location in Pickering on 2 occasions and was not impressed. The quantity is there but the quality seems to be lacking. The veal was quite tough. Perhaps it was "growing pains" but I think that I will be going to Lamanna's Bakery @ 401 & Port Union Rd. in future.

                  1. re: TexSquared

                    Burb's Bistro! thanks Tex. - I was going to recommend that place too but just could not for the life of me remember the name...

                  2. re: Dr Butcher

                    I enjoyed the Glass Noodle dish at Red House Thai, it was nicely spiced but was disappointed in the Pad wasn't peanutty at all.

                    1. re: heathercheryl

                      They used to have a spicy beef dish on their lunch special menu I really enjoyed, I usually get the Mee Hoon Goreng, my wife loves the Cashew Chicken. I also really enjoy their Thai chicken wings, I've had them a couple of times, I preferred the hot version over the mild. I also like their squid appetizer and the fried banana dessert.