WOW! Whoever it was that suggested I check out T&T Supermarket (asian grocer) was right! What a huge place and what a very busy place!
Lots of fun though and thankfully I did not arrive hungry or I would have bought a lot more. I got a hot dog bun, a beef curry bun, some hiyashi wakame (never tried it before - pretty darn good) and a whole pile of frozen dumplings & steamed buns which is usually why I hit the asian grocer.
There was such amazing selection for everything - at the sushi bar you could buy one piece of sushi for 75 cents and therefore try a whole bunch of different kinds. They had a dim sum bar with lots of great looking stuff. It baffled my mind really - I must have looked like an owl spinning my head every which way.
Good times anyway - I recommend it too! Btw, it was the Warden/Steeles location. Cheers!
re: Frank Lloyd
"Do any of the Toronto chowhounds know if toro can be purchased at these supermarkets? Meaning, nice fatty, raw tuna (oh toro, chu toro, whatever)."
from Toronto Star:
**** So we rang up Taro Akiyama, owner of Taros Fish Market (3160 Steeles Ave. E.(near Victoria Park/Woodbine), Markham), to ask what he looks for when he eats sushi. Taros sells fish to chefs across the GTA; among his clients is the esteemed Hashimoto restaurant in Mississauga.***
T&T Supermarket Store hours:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
5661 Steeles Avenue East/Middlefield (near McCowan)
(Promenade Shopping Centre)
Y007 - 1 Promenade Circle,
(New Horizon Centre)
7070 Warden Avenue/Steeles
I ventured forth to T&T yesterday and had a great experience! I went to the one at Steeles and Warden and was blown away by the selection. I actually laughed out loud at the hot sauce aisle... like nothing I have ever seen. The freezer section was really interesting with all kinds of really great looking frozen dumplings. (not the tasteless little frozen grenades you get at Loblaw's)
I brought home some nice dim sum and selection of mushrooms. Great prices on enoki (2 pkgs for $2.88) and king oyster mushrooms.
Everything was very fresh and the only thing that reminded me of the Chinatown grocers was the occasional whiff of mothballs. Not sure what that was about.
So I highly recommend it, but if you are a sane person best to go at off-peak times. Sunday afternoon was crazy.
And bring a loonie - the shopping carts are not the .25 cent variety.
I do like T&T a lot for a wide variety of reasons, Promenade location mostly. I have frequented many different Chinese Supermarkets and do like Lawrence Market ( at Black Creek ) and having only been once to the huge one at Kennedy & Steeles, am impressed by it and it's variety/prices. I suppose T&T is the future and old downtown Chinatown, as it looks today, not a great/sanitary choice, even today!