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sanjay Feb 13, 2006 03:37 PM

i've recently moved to the lakeshore and parklawn area and am having a tough find hunting down great places to eat.

What is everyones favourite place in my area?

I'm open to anything!

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    ca Feb 13, 2006 03:52 PM

    There is a place I've been to a few times and really like called Momo's Bistro....on Queensway between Parklawn and Royal York.

    Food is good, jazz is awesome (a bit loud if you are in the bar area), nice decor and prices reasonable

    Link: http://www.momosbistro.com/

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      westender Feb 14, 2006 05:16 AM

      Try Pazzia Osteria near Queensway and Islington, Rocco's across from the Food Terminal, and Wise Guyz pizza at Royal York and the Queensway.

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        mailgirl Feb 14, 2006 04:29 PM

        Agree with all of the others plus Lantina on the Queensway(across from the House of Lancaster!!) and I am going to try Posticino at 755 the Queensway at the beginning of march so I'll let ya know how that goes...

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          Marasmus Apr 26, 2006 08:08 PM

          If you have money to spare, The Santa Monica restaurant at Queensway near Royal York is very good.
          If you like Schnitzel, Izbah, not far from Santa Monica, offers an inexpensive and good home-made schnitzel dinner.

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            winnied Jul 4, 2006 11:49 PM

            I do not reccommend Momo's Bistro, anymore.

            Our first visit when they initially opened was terrific - hence our trip back on a Saturday with guests from out of town.

            We arrived for 7pm reservations on a Sturday eve. The place was not busy, yet. Our greeting from the young waitstaff was a put off - they gave this attitude that we were bothering them. We should have taken that attitude as an omen, but decided to be seated anyways and give the benifit of the doubt regarding the staff attitude. Left to ponder the menu...for 30 minutes, we were then asked to order dinner...no offer of taking a cocktail order was made. After an hour wait our appetizers came....now by this time the place is getting busy and noisey and we are at the point of starvation that anything put in front of us would be devoured. Appetizers were all so-so.....but we were all so damned hungry each at all our portions. Mains were again, disappointing. Overdone red meat for one guest, underdone seafood for another and token overdone veggies for everyone. By this point we felt horrible for our dinner guests as it was at our insistence we dine at Momo's, so we salvaged the eve by opting out of dessert and requesting the bill (even tho we wanted to enjoy more of the great live jazz music). After another 30 minutes and the bill not arriving - we all just started to get up and go to retrieve our coats....that galvanized the waitstaff into action...to take our money. I don't know what happened to the place....their food and service used to be awesome!??? And I don't think it appropriate for the the pretty boy waitstaff to be wearing their black restaurant 'uniforms' then creatively accenting it with sweatily fragrant and dinged fleece Nike wristbands.

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              torontoeh Jul 5, 2006 12:08 AM

              THYME 4 is very good on The Queensway. And of course the best sushi in the city is at Sushi Kaji, but it is also very expensive. I used to think Queensway fish and chips (at kipling) was the best in the city, but it has been many years. For great grilled paninis and baked goods go to Artisano on Islington just north of The Queensway

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                winnied Jul 5, 2006 02:47 AM

                I agree with torontoeh Sushi Kaji is THE ultimate for sushi - omakase style, but has the price to match (but worth EVERY penny). Sushi2Go at Royal York and Bloor is great (casual sushi, sashiimi, maki and bento boxes). Casa Barcelona has terrific authentic tapas. Merlot is good for French bistro fare (tho the place is a bit on the noisey side). VIBo has been revamped and now has a spendid venue to showcase their awesome Italian fare....great service. Cru is a great upperscale stop as well (Royal York & Bloor). Chutneys has pleasant ambiance/decor and very good Indian food - however for the price, the portions are skimpy - but the meat/veggie TO sauce ratio is quite favourable....so I tend to get take out from Everest Indian Cuisine (used to be Exotic Papadum) - MUCH more value for your money, tho the place itself is very bare bones with zilch on the ambiance/decor. And skip Green Mango....My Thai Kitchen (west of Royal York and Bloor) is MUCH better......prompt courteous service, a plain yet pleasant restaurant and VERY good food.

                1. kerwintoronto Jul 5, 2006 02:54 AM

                  I add another vote for Sushi Kaji but it is more of an occassion restaurant (vis-a-vis the price).

                  California Sandwiches is a little further west but my wife and I swing by when we are in the area.

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                    topparo1 Mar 10, 2007 12:29 AM

                    Hands down momo's bistro (a little noisy) and santamonica (a little pricy) on the Queensway. They’re not in a great part of town yet, but in the next five years this will be one of Toronto’s hot areas with some great restaurants.

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                      DDD May 13, 2007 05:49 AM

                      Has anyone tried the Vietnamese place Hoaikuong? Great pho and spring rolls are good too...but can't find anything else that I liked on the menu (tried a few dishes...they were just ok). Anyone have suggestions?

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