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Favourite Lunch Place in or near Yorkville?

kawarthagirl Jul 26, 2006 03:30 PM

What is your favourite? NOT pub food.....


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  1. mtampoya RE: kawarthagirl Jul 26, 2006 05:49 PM

    Try Veda - a really great Indian joint on Yonge, across from the Masonic Temple. www.mishsplayground.com

    1. Googs RE: kawarthagirl Jul 26, 2006 06:29 PM

      MBCo, 100 Bloor W 'round back on the north side of the bldg. Absolutely great sandwiches that are of the 'not your grandma's' variety. Licensed for beer & wine of which they have a nice selection by the glass. The restaurant faces the Yorkville parkette there and they have tables adjacent to it. Makes for nice people watching. I guess my only complaint would be the styrofoam plates!!!

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        Ivriniel RE: kawarthagirl Jul 26, 2006 07:32 PM

        Indochine Thai Vietnamese Restaurant (not to be confused with Indochine Pan Asian Cuisine at Dundas and University, they're unrelated ) is a great place for lunch. It's at 4 Collier St., just north of Toronto Reference Library, at Yonge and Bloor.

        Prices are very reasonable. I think the menu on the website is the dinner menu, but I am not certain since they seemed to have changed it since I was last there in December.


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          LovesToEat RE: kawarthagirl Jul 26, 2006 08:48 PM

          I like the Sushi Inn! Tasty and relatively cheap...you can get their lunch specials for less than $10.

          1. num nums RE: kawarthagirl Jul 27, 2006 04:07 AM

            i don't get to that area often at lunch time, but during the film fest i love going to esther's soup kitchen on the ground level of cumberland terrace. they have great soups and stews.

            another place to check out is camros organic foods. it's a cafeteria-style place with some seating featuring persian fare that's all organic and vegetarian. you get 4 choices for 7 bucks. a nice touch is that they use biodegradable takeaway containers. it's on hayden which is a small street south of bloor running east from yonge so it's nearby, but not yorkville. definitely worth the extra few minute trek for a great change of pace from what's typical in the area.

            and don't forget the prepared foods they have at whole foods market and pusateri's.

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              iridium11 RE: kawarthagirl Jul 27, 2006 07:44 PM

              The Bloor St. Diner in the Manulife Centre on Bloor (just south of "official" Yorkville) is generally pretty good, and they have a good fixed price menu.

              1. kawarthagirl RE: kawarthagirl Jul 27, 2006 09:36 PM

                Hi all - thanks for the responses.

                What about leisurely non-workday lunches where price isn't really a concern? (i.e. if someone else was paying?)


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                  peppermint pate RE: kawarthagirl Jul 27, 2006 09:39 PM

                  If someone else is paying...Holt's Cafe, Pangaea (though recently dissed by some on this board for Summerlicious, I've had many great upscale lunches there), Boba (but just around the Christmas holidays, I think, otherwise closed for lunch) and Studio Cafe. The new Jamie Kennedy resto has recently opened at the Gardiner which will hopefully be an awesome spot -amazed that nobody has posted about it yet - anyone been?

                2. Googs RE: kawarthagirl Jul 28, 2006 07:24 PM

                  If you have all the money in the world for lunch, then Studio Cafe at the Four Seasons. Beautiful, light, airy room; professional servers; great food.

                  I too have had good times at Pangaea. Summer-disses aside I've never had a problem with the service. On one occasion they had delisted one of my fave wines as a by-the-glass. After expressing my dismay they happily opened it up and poured.

                  1. kawarthagirl RE: kawarthagirl Aug 1, 2006 04:28 PM

                    We went to the studio cafe......... Lobster Risotto...... Need I say more ;)

                    1. Cereal Killer RE: kawarthagirl Aug 2, 2006 04:59 PM

                      Money not an object - get your friend's credit card over to Opus on Prince Arthur. And order wine.


                      ps. Did someone seriously post the Bloor Street Diner? Sigh.

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                        mtampoya RE: Cereal Killer Aug 2, 2006 06:26 PM

                        I agree. Bloor Street Diner is not a great place. Please do advise. www.mishsplayground.com

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                          peppermint pate RE: Cereal Killer Aug 2, 2006 06:44 PM

                          Is Opus open for lunch? I never knew that!

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                            Cereal Killer RE: peppermint pate Aug 2, 2006 07:22 PM

                            Dang - PP is right. Opus is only for dinner. Or a very late lunch!

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                              peppermint pate RE: Cereal Killer Aug 2, 2006 10:42 PM

                              Double Dang - I was looking forward to planning my next business lunch at Opus...:(

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                                Cereal Killer RE: peppermint pate Aug 3, 2006 07:58 PM

                                Sorry PP - I remember what a real chowhound you are. Didn't mean to raise expectations only to dash them!


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