Anyone know of any Dutch or Viennese restaurants in Toronto?
- Lizzy-lu Jun 10, 2005 11:55 AM
Does anyone know of any good, reasonably-priced Dutch or Viennese restaurants in Toronto? I have exhausted all other sources, so any help would be appreciated!
The Sweet Galllery on Mt Pleasant serves some Viennese and Austrian desserts and pastries, as does Schiller's on the Danforth. They also have lunch and brunch items, but the only savoury item I've tried at the Sweet Gallery is the schnitzel on the bun which wasn't that great.
I haven't tried Konditor on Queen E yet, but I've heard good things about it.
What kind of dishes in particular are you looking for and did you mean Deutch?. Deutch (as in German) and Viennese cuisines are similar. Dutch and Viennese is very different. I am sure that if we knew what you are looking for, someone on this board could steer you in the right direction.
Toronto does not have a large Dutch community, therefore it has few Dutch run establishments. Stork on the Roof was the only restaurant run by Dutch Canadians that I knew of, and they recently closed. Dutch Dreams icecream is the only other establishment I know of, and they only serve ice cream.
Many Dutch and Deutsch(German) foods are actually quite similar. Germany has many different regional cuisines, some are more similar to Dutch cuisine, others are more similar to Austrian style cuisine.
Dutch food is very similar to the Northern German regional cuisine, especially that found along the Baltic Sea. They both use a lot of herring,cabbage, sour cream, bacon, cheese, sausages, potatoes,and apples. Lots of apple and cinnamon flavoured kuchens and strudel type pastries are found in Holland and Germany. Edam and Gouda cheese are eaten throughout Germany and Holland.
Southern German cuisine, including Swabian, Bavarian,and Thuringer cuisine, is similar to the cuisine one would find in Vienna, Salzburg and even in Czech Republic, Croatia and Hungary. They tend to serve schnitzels,sauerkraut, goulash,dumplings, spaetzle, sauerbraten. Sweets and coffee are a ritual each afternoon thoughout the former Austro-Hungarian empire, and there are many immigrants from the former Austro-Hungarian empire living in Toronto(especially those from Poland, the Ukraine, Croatia and Serbia) so it fairly easy to find Viennese (or more accurately MittelEuropean) style foods in Toronto, especially at the delis and bakeries in Bloor W Village and Roncesvalles. Many Polish and Ukrainian shops carry German and Austrian imports.
They tend to serve schnitzels,sauerkraut, goulash,dumplings, spaetzle, sauerbraten?
Your idea of German food is more than slightly limited. The most common food is a variety of wurst (sausages.) Belegte Brot (open face sandwhichs) are also very common, most often with ham and/or cheese.
I was just generally looking for either authentic Dutch (from the Netherlands) food, or authentic Viennese food for dinner in Toronto. The book club I belong to meets at restaurants, and we like to match the location of the book's narrative with the nationality of the food we eat.
From the sounds of it, it seems that we will be enjoying German/Austrian food.
Thanks for all the help everyone. I knew if you guys did't know of a restaurant, no one would!
I loathe recommending places I haven't been to. I see this is still a problem, though, so here goes. During Oktoberfest both the Globe and The Star reviewed Amadeus somewhat favourably. There's Viennese fare on the menu. Hope it's what your book club's looking for.
There may be some confusion in hounds guessing you mean German and Viennese cuisines, but your mention of Dutch does spark a curiosity that never occured to me before about what Dutch cuisine might offer?? Don't think I have ever seen a Dutch store even and expect that Dutch immigrants never settled into a single neighbourhood. The few Dutch folks I have met range from living downtown or living/working a farm.
Don't know if one can get any more Viennese (in Toronto) than Schiller's on the Danforth. Kaffee mit schlagobbers und Kuchen is pretty good, though I have never had the lunch menu. Here it is alright however.
Viennese non-cake food is more or less schnitzel, speatzle and dumplings. Hungarian is actually pretty similar in some ways. And there is a lot of that around.
Though the flavor is more German, Brandt Meats in Mississauga runs a nice lunch counter featuring their first-rate products. Problem is, though, it's just lunch and open only Wed-Sat. Simon's Smokehouse in Brampton is all that's left of Simon DeGroot's small Dutch food empire that once reigned on Church St. They have a few Dutch style meat products but it's a pretty thin offering.