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Any great restaurants in the Newmarket/Aurora, Ontario area?

Meadow May 15, 2006 01:15 PM

Any must try restaurants in this area?

Thank in advance for any replies!

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    Wannabe foodie RE: Meadow May 15, 2006 03:14 PM

    I like Chinook in Aurora (close to Bayview & Wellington/Aurora Rd). Been there a few times. Newmarket doesn't have much, and certainly nothing I'd consider great.

    Link: http://www.chinookrestaurant.ca/

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      Food Tourist RE: Wannabe foodie Oct 31, 2006 03:53 AM

      What are the best items on Chinook's menu and could you please describe the taste? I'm going there on Saturday for dinner with a non-'hound friend who suggested it.

      Has anyone been to Aw Shucks in Aurora?

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        Davwud RE: Food Tourist Oct 31, 2006 11:38 AM

        I've been there once. It was fine but there was something about it I didn't like. It was a while ago so I really don't remember what it was.


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          Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Jul 18, 2008 07:49 PM

          If you live in the northern 'burbs and don't have access to Starfish or Oyster Boy downtown, RUN don't walk to Aw Shucks in Aurora. It's a diamond in the rough.

          I don't know who the chef is, but he's brilliant with fish and seafood. The server, however, was completely clueless about seafood (though willing to please overall). We enjoyed Raspberry Points, sweet Lameques, and Thrumcap oysters (despite being slightly discouraged from ordering Thrumcaps by the server since other customers don't enjoy the briny salty taste!). Oysters are shucked and served with freshly grated horseradish, lemon wedges and a choice of several condiments and mignonettes. A couple of oysters had tiny shell particles showing a slightly inexperienced hand at shucking. We were highly impressed with jerk shrimp pineapple skewers (5 for $8) which were perfectly cooked to pop with juiciness. What a delight!

          Generously portioned mains (sea trout $22 - not on the menu - and Great Lake pickerel $24) featured confusing sides (navy beans - resembling southern BBQ style beans - not saucy, thankfully - and potatoes with pickerel - but no veggies.) Since sea trout was not on the menu, I had a chance to pick any other fish dish to replace the main ingredient - so I chose to "hold the diver scallops" to be able to enjoy 'truffled beluga lentils', crisp green beans and broccoli - the lentils drowning rather pleasantly in plenty of butter and dill with no discernable truffle aroma. Both huge fillets of fish were cooked perfectly.

          Drink specials after 7 pm on Thursdays led to a gin and tonic for $3.47 plus taxes. We both thoroughly enjoyed NZ Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc ($11.50 each glass - the other wines by the glass were much less expensive). No sparkling wines by the glass, but 3 chardonnays and many more whites and reds by the glass. 2 oz martinis for $8.

          Split a key lime tart ($7) for dessert - the meringue topping constructed into boulders resembling honeycomb candy. It almost worked. Lots of coconut in the crust. Kind of a coconut-key lime-lemon meringue hybrid.

          Upon first entering Aw Shucks, it looks and feels like a small town bar complete with casual picnic table patio out back and oysters on ice displayed by the booze. However, the side dining room is well-decorated and elegant, possibly justifying the $70 per person dinner. They even have a real espresso machine.


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            2bwed0609 RE: Food Tourist Sep 4, 2010 09:05 AM

            Aw Shucks is a great resto. Live music on the wknds, great bartenders, and good wait staff. The hosts were a bit distracted when we were there, and could have been more professional but otherwise the place was great and the food is fantastic! I am no oyster connoisseur but I had an appetizer of raw oysters with a bunch of different sauces/flavourings brought to the table, which all tasted great and very fresh, as well I had an out of this world Caldeirada Da Marisco (Portuguese Seafood Stew) and I can't remember what my hubby had but he enjoyed his as much. I'd definitely go again. Would be fun with a group as it's a lively place but not so lively that you can't hear each other. Definitely go! I've heard lots of good things about Chinook as well. Only been there once for coffee and lunch, had a big salad that was really good, I think a mixed greens with goat cheese and chicken or something... and I remember the coffee was really good too. My hubby had a jerk chicken sandwich on focaccia an it was quite good too. I wouldn't rate their food as outstanding but it's definitely good. The atmosphere is nice, almost like a market/marche style but a little dressier in a way (though not a formal restaurant by any means, I'd say dressy casual at best - though again haven't been for dinner either). NOt sure abotu the night time scene there. The service fluxed during our visit between pretty rude/ignorant and outstanding (different servers). My guess is they aim for quality service and usually hit it, unfortunately I think they have a few people working there who just can't be bothered. Or maybe it was an off day. But I'd give it another shot. There aren't a heap of places of that caliber here in Aurora... I'd say Aw Shucks and Chinook are the kinds of restaurants that in Toronto might blend in amongst myriad choices for fantastic food/service, but here in Aurora, they really stand out.

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            Food Tourist RE: Wannabe foodie Nov 5, 2006 04:27 AM

            Chinook is more casual and less intimate than expected, but the food is decent. 3 oz martinis for $8.95 and a huge variety of non-alcoholic options including smoothies and fresh granny smith and anjou pear juices impressed us. Basket of assorted breads (cold to the touch) arrived with the fanfare of special asian spice dipping oil, its concentrated flavour reminiscent of Japanese salad dressing found atop iceberg lettuce at most bargain sushi joints. 10 oz veal chop ($28) was a bit fatty and on the small side but enjoyable nevertheless, cooked at medium, the suggested minimum. Tarragon parm chicken ($18) pleased two of my companions and another enjoyed peppery tuna steak. A la carte sides provided simple or classic choices (one starch and two veggies) such as onion-laden tangy scalloped potatoes, fried "smashed" potato, grilled beets, asparagus, sweet potato, zucchini, giant portobello, etc. Server was knowledgeable but missing zucchini side was forgotten for too long. Most dishes are under $20, making it an affordable night out. Marketplace sells Dufflet cakes and truffles, imported chocolates, unique preserves, cheeses, and take-out meals. Try a bag of fraktals (belgian milk chocolate-covered toffee coated in cashews) $5 for 100g, made in Aurora. www.fraktals.com

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              Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Jul 18, 2008 07:57 PM

              The cheese selection in the take-away section of Chinook keeps improving. Though prices are high, many rarer cheeses (e.g. raw Montboissier de liva) are on sale - some of which can't be found at Pasquale Bros or other cheap Toronto cheese shops.

              Fraktals are up to $6 for small bag.

              Other gourmet items there are so ridiculously overpriced; I can only assume it's because there is no competition in Aurora.

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                HenryT RE: Food Tourist Jul 24, 2008 08:09 PM

                Went there, based on this recommendation. Overall positive, but for a Wednesday, it was very busy and maybe short a server. Staff were good, but the kitchen was having some trouble - meat was overcooked (twice!) probably due to lack of attention in the kitchen. Manager was good about it. Arrived at 6:30, with reservation, got appetizer after 7:00; mains around 8:00 pm. Had to leave without coffee, due to time pressure.

                Store is very interesting.

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                xssnrg RE: Wannabe foodie Nov 29, 2013 08:42 AM

                Lunch with dear friend. Outstanding experience. Service deft, engaging, & seamless. Menu eventive + standard fare available for less adventurous. Ceaser salads crisp, garnished with good portion shaved Parmesan, crostini, & prosciutto. Shared mains at suggestion of waitress. Chicken curry had chunks of white meat chicken well marinated in sauce, accompanied by fresh cucumber/ yogurt salad and rice. Seafood fettuccini had sautéed scallop, tiger shrimp, & sqid - on fresh pasta with tomato ragu & arugula. Desserts were delish! Chocolate mousse in candied pecan basket, and plate of tasters that we couldn't finish. Coffee fresh & hot - topped up. All in $103.00 for 2, including 1/2 litre of good merlot.

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                LikeTheWolf RE: Meadow Oct 31, 2006 09:02 AM

                only been to chinook for lunch. the eggplant parmesan is good. stay away from the seafood baguette.

                1. Davwud RE: Meadow Oct 31, 2006 11:45 AM

                  My wife and I really like India Time at the cornrer of Mulock and Yonge. There is a Thai restaurant in the same plaza that was good too. I've been told it has changed hands and has gone down though.

                  I don't know if it was because I wasn't expecting a lot but we ended up at Milestones last Valentines day and I was very pleasantly surprised. Had a great meal and a nice time.

                  If you want something a little more laid back, drive out to Kettleby. There is an Italian bakery in the old general store. They have a hot bar, sandwich bar and plenty of desert items. We go there a lot. The food is really good and all prepared fresh daily. Not exepensive at all either. They make their own bread and it's a great value too.

                  For fine dining, Hogans in King City is really good. There is also a small pub downstairs there that we stopped into once. Really nice place, food comes out of the Hogans kitchen and wasn't really expensive.

                  Heading a little further south to the north end of Richmond Hill, there is All Star Ribs and Wings. If wings are your thing. Same kinda idea as Wild Wing but so much better.


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                    randomthoughts RE: Davwud Nov 5, 2012 10:45 AM

                    Tried India Time, it was really dead - I was the only one there for lunch buffet... maybe it's better in the evenings. I can't say I thought much of the food.

                    I did like the All Star Ribs and Wings - mostly for the beef ribs. There's one in Newmarket now.

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                      Davwud RE: randomthoughts Nov 5, 2012 11:29 AM

                      I can't say that I've been to India Time in about 5 years or so. I usually get my Indian fix in the city.

                      I've been less than impressed with All Star in RH for a couple years now. A few buddies went last week and said it was terrible. All 3 had to send something back for one reason or another. No one came over to ask why. One complain was the fries were brutal. Even the waitress said the new ones they use are getting tons of complaints.


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                        randomthoughts RE: Davwud Nov 5, 2012 05:29 PM

                        Any of the Indian buffets I've been to in the city have been miles ahead of India Time... I guess the volume, etc.

                        My friends don't like the wings at All Star (I thought they were serviceable). I usually get the sweet potato fries, which could be crisper, but again, serviceable. I haven't tried the Newmarket location.

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                          Davwud RE: randomthoughts Nov 5, 2012 06:03 PM

                          I only did the buffet at IT once and it was fine. The other times I ate there it was dinner off the menu.

                          The wings there used to be better. I still think that some of my favourite flavours are still quite good. Not Duff's or King Henry's Arms good but still good.


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                            randomthoughts RE: Davwud Nov 9, 2012 07:44 AM

                            What are your favourite flavors? I've been meaning to go to the Newmarket location and I'll get a beef rib/wing combo :)

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                              Davwud RE: randomthoughts Nov 9, 2012 07:50 AM

                              Mehican Ranchero.
                              Hot Blonde
                              Wet and Wild
                              Nero's Epilogue
                              There's a couple others as well.


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                                randomthoughts RE: Davwud Nov 9, 2012 01:02 PM

                                Thanks! That'll do to get me started!

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                                  Davwud RE: randomthoughts Nov 9, 2012 02:15 PM

                                  Now keep in mind that since I went on my diet 30 months ago I've maybe been there half a dozen times.
                                  They do change the menu and sometimes flavours go away. So not all of them may be still there.

                                  Also, these are breaded wings though you can ask for them unbreaded. I found that I'd order them one way and then would start ordering them the other for a while.

                                  One other thing to keep in mind. There are flavours that are A + B + Hot Sauce named one thing and A + B + Suicide Sauce named another. The same wing only a step up.

                                  Some other flavours that buddies liked were Chill, God of Thunder, Ephestius, Caesar does Texas and Piza Piza


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                    oishi RE: Meadow Oct 31, 2006 01:20 PM

                    For the Asian flavours:

                    Solo Sushi Ya, 291 Davis Drive
                    Pho Saigon, 16925 Yonge Street

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                      kerwintoronto RE: oishi Nov 2, 2006 12:19 PM

                      Have to second that vote on Solo Sushi Ya!

                      We usually go during the week but I understand on weekends it pays to call ahead. Quite busy apparenty.

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                        randomthoughts RE: oishi Jun 10, 2011 08:40 PM

                        Solo Sushi Ya is awesome. Expensive, but awesome - one of my favorite restaurants. I'd like to go there more often but lack dining partners willing to spend that much. Their omakase doesn't vary all that much, it's more like a prix fixe - but it's a very good selection of raw and cooked dishes... I need to do a full review.

                        I've heard bad things about Pho Saigon from an ex-employee and will never go, whereas I've heard good things from a different ex-employee (and enjoy the food greatly) of Golden Bell Thai in the same plaza. Lunch at Golden Bell, however, is much cheaper than dinner, though the selection is limited. I plan on asking for my favorite dish (chicken satay noodles) to be made spicier, but I keep forgetting.

                        Golden Bell Thai Restaurant
                        16925 Yonge St, Newmarket, ON L3Y5Y1, CA

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                          Davwud RE: randomthoughts Jun 11, 2011 05:07 AM

                          I've been to Pho Saigon many times and think it's great. I've taken another hound who also loved it.
                          I'm not sure what it was you heard but if it was some sort of kitchen thing, both PS and Golden Bell are owned by the same person.


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                            randomthoughts RE: Davwud Jun 11, 2011 01:43 PM

                            I'll look into it, but I don't think that's the case - I had heard that PS is owned by a relative of the grocery next to GB.

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                            Charles Yu RE: randomthoughts Jun 11, 2011 06:16 AM

                            Considering Solo Sushi Ya is owned and run by Japanese. For the authenticity and quality of food provided, IMO their prices are more than reasonable (especially when compared to other similarly operated outfits). In fact, their Chef's tasting 'Omakase' menu at $55 per person is great value for money!

                            Sushi Ya
                            20 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T1L2, CA

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                          rbc RE: Meadow Nov 1, 2006 03:04 AM

                          Keswick's The Corner House is fantastic (it's around the corner from our cottage). The food is upscale bistro and very tasteful. I was there last year, so can't comment since it was so long ago.

                          Corner House Bistro - 240 Church Street - (905) 476-4800

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                            rbc RE: Meadow Nov 1, 2006 03:13 AM

                            Spiago is the other restaurant in Keswick that we frequent (in the Blockbuster Plaza on the Queensway). Excellent italian food, prices are a little bit high. We've had a few family parties at Spiago, and everyone has enjoyed the food immensely.

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                              Very Hungry Hippo RE: rbc Jan 27, 2011 11:04 AM

                              Hey RBC,

                              Have you tried the New Wave Cafe? I think it is pretty new. Was in Keswick recently and had a great meal there. Its very down to earth, but everything is fresh and made on the premises. Really good fish and chips and pastas. They also have some great desserts.


                            2. MiniMom RE: Meadow Nov 1, 2006 02:54 PM

                              Pizza in Aurora - Pure Pizza or Emilios(very good takeout only though)
                              Richmond Hill - The Richmond Grill on Yonge ST. (amazing ossobucco & venison)
                              There is a great Thai Rest on Yonge in Aurora North of Yonge on the West side near the new shoppers that used to be DMAC furniture.

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                                LikeTheWolf RE: MiniMom Nov 1, 2006 08:15 PM


                                address/directions/phone# of Thai restaurant in Aurora please. Thank you.

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                                  MiniMom RE: LikeTheWolf Nov 3, 2006 08:32 PM

                                  Orchid Thai Cuisine
                                  Cuisine: Thai
                                  15474 Yonge Street
                                  Aurora, Ontario L4G 1P2

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                                    halcyon1234 RE: MiniMom Aug 23, 2007 01:16 PM

                                    I second the Orchid Thai. Very nice dishes that all taste different, good portions, and reasonable prices.

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                                Lipant RE: Meadow Nov 1, 2006 11:44 PM

                                We have had great meals at India Gate in Newmarket. It's a new place, off Yonge and Davis same plaza as Tiger Direct. VERY good food and a lovely place, and the staff are wonderful. For Thai, Tuptim Thai is a small place at the corner of Steven and Mulock (one teensy block west of Bayview) and the food is great! Hot n Sour soup is the best.

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                                  szsz RE: Meadow Nov 2, 2006 08:47 PM

                                  I would recommend ordering a salad, something from the grill, or the short rib ragu. Stay away from the "asian inspired".

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                                    Food Tourist RE: szsz Nov 2, 2006 10:14 PM

                                    szsz, you are referring to Chinook's menu, right?

                                  2. Food Tourist RE: Meadow Aug 23, 2007 12:09 PM

                                    Amy Pataki referred to Solo Sushi-ya as one of the top 3 Japanese in the GTA (including Kaji and Hashimoto). Is it really that spectacular?

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                                      halcyon1234 RE: Meadow Aug 23, 2007 01:28 PM

                                      A must try is The Mango Tree:

                                      17830 Leslie Street
                                      Newmarket, ON L3Y 3E5

                                      I could eat there every day. Their Mango Chicken is wonderful. The "A Taste of Green" is the perfect veggie side dish to balance out any meaty meal. Soups = YES! The Pad Thai is so-so.

                                      My only concern is that it has just switched ownership, and that could be the deathkneel for any restaurant. The new owner says he wants to introduce some Malasyian food.

                                      And speaking of Malaysian food, there's the Restoran Malaysia
                                      815 Major MacKenzie Drive East
                                      Richmond Hill, ON L4C 9X2

                                      Richmond Hill also has Cafe en Passant, a nice French place that serves nice, fresh cooked food, without being overly expensive. They're in the Entertainment Book also, as a recurring coupon.

                                      Everything is good, and two can eat with soup for under $20. They just recently renovated and expanded-- and they're still packed almost every night. I suggest going a bit earlier, or taking out.

                                      Mango Tree
                                      17830 Leslie St, Newmarket, ON L3Y3E5, CA

                                      815 Major MacKenzie Dr E, Richmond Hill, ON L4C9X2, CA

                                      1. Davwud RE: Meadow Aug 24, 2007 10:12 AM

                                        Cedar Grill in the plaza on the S/E corner of Mulock and Yonge. Very good Lebanese food.
                                        Dorio's Kettleby Bakery is great as well. They're located in Kettleby (Jane and Aurora SR ish). They have a hot bar with from scratch Italian as well as an incredible selection of deserts and breads.


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                                          Davwud RE: Davwud Aug 25, 2007 02:31 PM

                                          I forgot Pho Saigon on Yonge north of Mulock in the Quaker Hill plaza


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                                            Awni RE: Davwud Sep 18, 2007 12:53 PM

                                            I second the recommendation for the Cedar Grill. I have sampled Lebanese food all over Toronto, and this is incredibly good quality.

                                            The other recommendation I would make for Thai food would be Thai Golden Bell in the same plaza as Licks used to be in (now closed), also the same plaza as Pho Saigon.

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                                              randomthoughts RE: Davwud Jun 10, 2011 08:48 PM

                                              Maybe it was a one-off, but my food at Cedar Grill was horrible, and I won't return.

                                              Chicken breast kabobs were charred and dry and were the best part of the meal...
                                              Everything was super acidic - even more than similar restaurants.
                                              The chick pea salad had not soaked the peas enough - they were chewy.
                                              The chicken thigh shwarma was somehow so overcooked that it was dry and HARD. Thighs!
                                              Potatoes were huge, mealy and starchy (I got a big combo platter of things).

                                              Service was great and the staff were so enthusiastic. The food was inedible (for both me and my fellow diner) so we lamely claimed that we weren't really hungry. Didn't have the heart to refuse the take out container, but dumped it in the bin outside.

                                              With the good reviews here, maybe it's just a bad day... but I just can't bring myself to give them another try. I vastly prefer Sofra Grill in Richmond Hill.

                                              Cedar Grill
                                              16655 Yonge St, Newmarket, ON L3X1V6, CA

                                              Sofra Grill
                                              8707 Dufferin St, Vaughan, ON L4J 0A6‎, CA

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                                                Davwud RE: randomthoughts Jun 19, 2011 11:52 AM

                                                Mrs. Sippi was talking to a Lebanese guy today and he said he used to love Cedar Grill but it's not at all good anymore. Dumbed down.

                                                I will say about a year ago I met the owner and he was driving a Bentley. I asked him about it and he said he was dealing used cars. I had one of those moments where I wondered if that was gonna be good for business. I'm guessing no.


                                                Cedar Grill
                                                16655 Yonge St, Newmarket, ON L3X1V6, CA

                                            2. Charles Yu RE: Meadow Aug 24, 2007 07:45 PM

                                              There are 'good' restaurants such as Solo Sushi-Ya in the area but as for 'great' ones, I'm sorry to say there are none!

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                                                PoppiYYZ RE: Charles Yu Apr 12, 2011 09:10 AM

                                                I've heard good things about Sushi Itto at 16775 Yonge, plus they have an 84% positive Urbanspoon rating. Anyone tried it ? Any comparisons to Solo Sushi-Ya ?

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                                                  JosephC RE: PoppiYYZ Apr 12, 2011 10:25 AM

                                                  I absolutely love Sushi Kui. The food, the atmosphere and the people are very nice. My friends and I go there every week. They have all you can eat and the price is very reasonable. I believe they are ranked #1 of all restaurants on Urbanspoon in Aurora for a while now! They even have a patio in the summer, my favourite place. Highly recommened.

                                                  Sushi Kui Japanese Restaurant
                                                  2 Orchard Heights Blvd, Aurora, ON L4G3W3, CA

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                                                    PoppiYYZ RE: PoppiYYZ Apr 18, 2011 06:56 AM

                                                    Stopped in to Sushi Itto last week for lunch. It was just Mehhh...

                                                    Next time it's Cedar Grill, Big Bones, or Solo Sushi-Ya...

                                                    Cedar Grill
                                                    16655 Yonge St, Newmarket, ON L3X1V6, CA

                                                    Solo Sushi-Ya
                                                    291 Davis Dr, Newmarket, ON L3Y2N6, CA

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                                                      Awni RE: PoppiYYZ Apr 18, 2011 07:37 AM

                                                      I have tried almost ALL the sush places in the Aurora/Newmarket area. By far my favorite place to eat is at Annalisa Asian Fusion (On Yonge just south of Wellington). The food is amazing. I have eaten there a dozen times and am never disappointed.

                                                      This place has amazing sushi, as well as Thai and Vietnamese food!

                                                      For those of you that like all you can eat, Thurs night is all you can eat.

                                                      You have to try this place!

                                                      Annalisa Asian Fusion Cuisine and Bar
                                                      15171 Yonge St, Aurora, ON L4G 1M1, CA

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                                                  dasbooth RE: Meadow Sep 27, 2007 07:42 AM

                                                  If you are willing to experiment with new and amazing food check out Solo Sushi Ya in Newmarket, 291 Davis. The ehad chef gets fresh fish daily from the airport and create custom menus each day depending on what he has.

                                                  I ate there a year ago with my girlfriend and we have yet to have a more interesting, deliciouus meal. the service was also very good, authentic and polite.

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                                                    garlicandwingnut RE: dasbooth Oct 9, 2008 06:20 AM

                                                    Thanks Davwud!
                                                    I now get up to the Aurora area quite regularly and this thread has been very helpful.
                                                    I particularly like India Time (Yonge and Mulock NE corner). I had a Garlic Naan and Chicken Tikka Masala, both of which I thought were very good and very reasonable.

                                                    I was not impressed with the Churrasco place, tiny chickens and uninteresting hot table sides with prices far above what the product (or the ambience) merited.

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                                                      Davwud RE: garlicandwingnut Sep 4, 2010 11:06 AM

                                                      You're welcome

                                                      I've never been to the Churasco place. I've not heard anything good about it either.
                                                      There is one in Oak Ridges that's supposed to be good. If you need that fix, you could try there.


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                                                        Wiley RE: Davwud Sep 4, 2010 02:59 PM

                                                        The churrasco in oak Ridges is soon-to-be Wimpy's...

                                                  2. Food Tourist RE: Meadow Feb 3, 2011 02:12 PM

                                                    Any opinions on the new Scorpion Mediterranean restaurant?

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                                                      Wiley RE: Food Tourist Apr 12, 2011 10:49 AM

                                                      Haven't been, but I hope it's better than its prior iteration, worst meal I have ever been served was there (can't think of what it was called then, I guess for a reason)

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                                                        Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Apr 18, 2011 07:38 PM

                                                        So, we did eat at Scorpion in early March and ordered their 3-course menu, which is GOOD VALUE for money as you get a huge amount of food for, on average, less than $30 all in. This is not a place that would fare well in Toronto proper, as they tend to do weird things like put 2 (two!) lamb shanks on the same plate (plenty of leftovers!) and dessert is extremely mediocre but they do well in terms of ambiance, decor, service and pricing. The recommended appetizer flatbread pizza was average; nice crust, toppings a bit sparse.

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                                                        randomthoughts RE: Meadow Jun 18, 2011 12:35 PM

                                                        Mexicanada is just a bit north in Bradford, maybe 10 minutes north of Newmarket.

                                                        It's super good, but don't go when you're famished as the food takes a while to come. I swear I can hear them start chopping in the back when we order. This is one of those restaurants, like Solo, that I mean to get to much more often than I do.

                                                        Also, call ahead to make sure they're open... their hours can be a bit wonky.

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                                                          Davwud RE: randomthoughts Jun 18, 2011 04:06 PM

                                                          They also close for January and February or something like that.

                                                          You're right though, it's fantastic.


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                                                            dory RE: Davwud Jun 19, 2011 11:11 AM

                                                            We also enjoy Mexicanada, and the Portuguese bakery Portuglia(south and on the east side of the street) has some tasty bread and sweets. Does anyone know if it has a bar/grill connected to it now too?

                                                            In Oak Ridges, you might want to give EspressoBlu a try. It's in the No-Frills plaza on Yonge north of King Sdrd, near the DOT furniture store. They're a family run coffee cafe, Italian style, and according to the owner they have live music ie. a vocalist on most Fridays. Small place but welcoming. Their baked goods taste homemade, ok, but not exceptional. They also have a small selection of sandwich choices, They also serve gelato, and the owner had mentioned that they might be offering a coffee granita at some point. Not what you'd call a great restaurant but good for what it is ; a place for an espresso, a gelato with a neighbourly atmosphere.

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                                                              randomthoughts RE: dory Jun 19, 2011 07:49 PM

                                                              I've had to give up on Portugalia. The freshness is just SO variable. When stuff is fresh, it's great... when it's not, it's horrible.

                                                              Their egg tarts are always ok, but they're great when they're fresh and the pastry is crispy. Once I got a filled canolli that was AWESOME, so the next time I went, I ordered a half dozen... they were soggy and ultra-gross.

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                                                          rochdale RE: Meadow Sep 7, 2011 09:21 AM

                                                          I'm a downtown Torontonian who dines out a lot and who happened to be in Newmarket for a weekend. Our friends recommended Bijoy, close to Wellington and Yonge in Aurora. It exceeded my expectations on several counts:

                                                          1. The setting in an old house was very pleasant. We had a table by a back window from where we could see the cardinals and finches congregating around the bird feeders.
                                                          2. You can bring your own wine. I doubt that we would have found a bottle of 2004 reserve Vino Nobile de Montepulciano for $43 ($28 LCBO plus $15 corkage fee) at any Italian restaurant downtown.
                                                          3. The service by the co-owner was knowledgeable and pleasant, informative but unintrusive.
                                                          4. The food was wonderful, all three courses, and the prices more than reasonable. For example, I had roast duck breast with a spicy orange sauce, roasted vegetables, and rostii potatoes for $24. My partner had tenderloin in a mouth-wateringly delicious sauce for the same price. And for $6 we had the best Pavlova I've tasted outside New Zealand.
                                                          5. Apart from these fairly routine choices, the menu was quite extensive. We would have no trouble going back and trying different things.
                                                          6. They also do breakfast and lunch. We saw the menu, and again the prices were incredible: $6.50 for eggs benedict. And given the quality of what we had at dinner, this would not be your typical diner Hollandaise out of a packet.

                                                          They've only been open a couple of years so I don't think they have the profile of some restaurants in the area, which makes it more of a find now.

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                                                          1. re: rochdale
                                                            Food Tourist RE: rochdale Nov 19, 2012 04:31 PM

                                                            Any recent reviews on Bijoy's or other top Aurora eateries?

                                                          2. jo_jo_ba RE: Meadow Nov 9, 2012 04:34 PM

                                                            Love Sushi Kui!

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