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Toronto Hungarian Restaurants

AlianaIharosi Aug 25, 2006 02:56 PM

I know of one Hungarian Restaurant in Yorkville, the Coffee Bar or Coffee Shop or something akin to such.

Any other places in Toronto where I can find some good Hungarian food?
I read an article in NOW which made me sad "Hungarian restaurants don't open in Toronto, they close".

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    Gary Aug 25, 2006 03:01 PM

    I'm only aware of the place called Hungary Thai on Augusta in Kensington Market, which I believe sells a fusion of Hungarian and, well, Thai food. I've never been so I can't vouch for its quality or the authenticity of the Hungarian aspects of their food, though something tells me that it would be somewhat non-traditional, ha. But they've been there for a long time so someone must like it.

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    1. re: Gary
      galambo Aug 26, 2006 03:54 AM

      its OK food. Pad thai and lesco interesting combination

      1. re: galambo
        Atahualpa Oct 13, 2006 01:41 AM

        It isn't fusion. It's simply served side by side. It's not good and not exactly awful. But, bad enough that I haven't been in a long long while.

        The owners are a married couple: One Thai, One Hungarian.

        1. re: Atahualpa
          bestandworst Oct 13, 2006 02:06 AM

          Atahualpa is right; no fusion, simply side by side. And personally, after 2 visits, maybe 3, I will never go back. I give it a 2 out of 10.

      2. re: Gary
        rosetide Oct 19, 2012 03:26 PM

        There is a Hungarian Restaurant on Bathurst st/ Rennee. It is called Paprika. I understand it is quite good.

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        RYP Aug 25, 2006 03:10 PM

        I remember going to one in the upper Beach. It was on Kingston Rd / Victoria Pk area. It was about four years ago and I don't remember the name. Sorry.

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        1. re: RYP
          Fwagra Aug 25, 2006 03:14 PM

          Isn't Country Style on Bloor Street Hungarian? There used to be a lot of good Hungarian on Bloor. Anyone remember Korona or the Continental?

          Anyhow, Country Style does decent food. Lots o' meat. They serve a wooden platter piled high with wiener schnitzel, homemade bacon, sausage, and, wait for it, deep fried chicken livers. The side dishes are not too memorable.

          1. re: Fwagra
            phoenikia Aug 25, 2006 03:27 PM

            Country Style is definitely Hungarian...They have nightly specials- the night I was there, they had sold out of their duck special...and it was only around 7 pm.
            The Paprikash and spaetzle are great at Country Style.
            The only other Hungarian restaurant left in the neighbourhood that I know of is Tuske, just w of Bathurst on the North side. It is more of a take-out set up, but there is a room to eat at the back.
            Goulash and the poppy seed pastries are great at Tuske.

            Corvina is the name of the Hungarian place on Kingston Road- haven't had a chance to eat there yet.

            There is also a Hungarian Place called Paprika on Bathurst south of Wilson. And a schnitzel place at Yonge and Steeles, in Yorkville North, might serve Hungarian food, too.

            If you're willing to drive, there's also a place on Yonge in Richmond Hill called Rhapsody.

            1. re: phoenikia
              caddie Aug 25, 2006 04:44 PM

              The last time I was at Country Style (several years ago and I will never return) the food was appallingly bad. I was embarrassed that I had brought friends there to sample Hungarian food. Paprika is a much better choice. I prefer to get take-out as the service is slow at best, painful at worst.

              And yes, the place at Yonge and Steeles is Hungarian (I can't remember the name right now though). :)

              1. re: caddie
                Jacquilynne Aug 25, 2006 05:22 PM

                Schnitzel House!

                They have a deep fried bread dough appetizer (langos? something like that?) that's insanely good (and insanely bad for you), and I quite like their schnitzels. The default veggies are pretty awful, though, so upgrade to the red cabbage.

                1. re: caddie
                  sevenblades Aug 23, 2007 12:21 PM

                  I was looking forward to eating at Country Style, but had a pretty bad experience. It was slow, and the food was really bad, I actually couldn't eat it! I actually really like Hungarian food, but something when I ate was off.

                  1. re: sevenblades
                    deelicious Aug 23, 2007 06:36 PM

                    It's off alright. Country Style is terrible now. We really like schnitzel house, especially for the chicken cutlet.

                  2. re: caddie
                    WWanderer Apr 4, 2009 09:43 AM

                    I agree about Country Style. The last time we went there, perhaps a couple of years ago now, I was very disappointed. Not terrible, just uninspiring, plain and bland. Service is very perfunctory. I grew up with the Hungarian Restaurants in this neighbourhood (they fed me through University); the Continental was my favourite, Korona fed us when we wanted to pig out on the Wooden Plate (huge meat special), and the Blue Cellar Room was the last restaurant standing, lasting into the late nineties.

                    1. re: WWanderer
                      somewhere4 Jul 22, 2010 01:26 PM

                      I agree that Country Style has seen better days. I think they've been coasting due to the lack of competition since Korona and the Blue Cellar closed their doors . CS still does a good roast duck but it's only available on certain days of the week.

                      Korona was my favourite. I think they packed it in around 2001 or so. A friend and I used to satisfy our carnivore cravings with their wooden plate. We could never manage to finish it.

                  3. re: phoenikia
                    galambo Aug 26, 2006 03:56 AM

                    the paprika is the most authentic Hungarian rest in to. bring cash as they don't accept credit card. their sitzille is for two.

                    1. re: phoenikia
                      Ubervache Aug 27, 2006 10:11 PM

                      I wouldn't recomend Paprika on Bathurst. Last time I was there (it was about two years ago), we waited for over an hour before we were served. The food was so so.

                      1. re: Ubervache
                        shpeizmaven Aug 22, 2008 08:11 AM

                        I used to eat there fairly regularly. Service is atrocious. I learned to only order schnitzel. No soup. Noting unusual, etc. Otehrwise it will take forever andf likely arrive cold. Food is okay.

                        1. re: shpeizmaven
                          juno Aug 22, 2008 12:35 PM

                          I defy anyone to find s-l-o-w-e-r service in Toronto than what exists at Paprika. And it doesn't even have a licence to help kill time till some real food arrives at your table.

                      2. re: phoenikia
                        figgy Aug 23, 2007 09:07 AM

                        My brothers from Ottawa call Country Style "Hungarian Overload" and they go there to do just that. Get perfectly palatable, sometimes good, hearty food to load up on, at a cheap price. "Strong like bull" food on a budget. But for more upscale Hungarian, I don't know.

                      3. re: wordsworth
                        bestandworst Sep 13, 2006 11:10 PM

                        Country Style is NOWHERE near what it used to be.

                      4. re: RYP
                        thenurse Aug 23, 2007 09:08 AM

                        Corvina is on Kingston Road... north of the Beach

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                        mgs Aug 25, 2006 03:49 PM

                        Is Cosmo restaurant still open?

                        Heard great things about their shnitzel & also the duck confit

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                        1. re: mgs
                          mikeb Aug 25, 2006 05:23 PM

                          Cosmo is closed. The space now sits empty. The Transylvanian Restaurant on the second floor on Yonge north of Sherwood is also gone. I swear that location has got to be one of the worst for a restaurant in Toronto.

                          The poppy seed pastries at Tuske are indeed good. There's also a Hungarian Deli on St Clair W as well. They have really good Hungarian Headcheese and Debreziners.

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                          starvin Aug 25, 2006 04:05 PM

                          I have a Hungarian friend who raves about "Corvina" on Kingston Road. I haven't eaten there yet but it looks quite cute from the outside...

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                          1. re: starvin
                            Otonabee Aug 25, 2006 09:55 PM

                            Corvina is an excellent spot for Hungarian. Huge portions and excellent food, VERY Filling. The owners are both really nice as well.

                            Highly recommended

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                              Full tummy Sep 9, 2006 09:25 PM

                              I agree. I ate at Corvina for the first time a few nights ago, and my husband and I really enjoyed everything from goulash soup to wiener schnitzel. We had lots left to take home. The atmosphere and decor are a lot nicer (and cleaner) than Country Style, and the owners are quite pleasant.

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                            kaka Aug 25, 2006 05:19 PM

                            I believe the Yorkville restaurant is called the Coffee Mill.

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                              galambo Aug 26, 2006 03:58 AM

                              on steele just west of yonge there is the sthinzeele (sp) house. not bad food, and they used to have a Hungarian all you can eat buffet/sunday brunch. don't know if they still do.

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                                DDD Aug 26, 2006 07:35 PM

                                There are also a couple of places on Queensway near Royal York. Izba at 648 queensway, is good for portion size, decent borsht and goulash and their schnitzel ranges from very good to mediocre, very nice service. Dinner for 2 their is similarly priced to country style (their schnitzel is not quite as consistent as country style) usually less than $30 for 2 people. There is also a night club / hungarian resto at 805 queensway called Fregata, never tried it because I haven't heard anything about it.

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                                1. re: DDD
                                  cream Aug 26, 2006 11:03 PM

                                  There is a Hungarian restaurant in North Beaches (Kingston Rd and Beech) called Cordovia (may be off on the spelling). Haven't eaten there, but very charming restaurant and the menu seems authentic (was in Budapest in the spring).

                                  1. re: DDD
                                    Anna B Oct 13, 2006 01:51 PM

                                    Fregata is also a Polish restaurant, not Hungarian.

                                  2. Leslieville Aug 27, 2006 02:11 AM

                                    Izba on the Queensway is Austrian, not Hungarian. It is quite popular, although I didn't find it exceptional. I think perhaps it was the sensory overload that I was suffering from. Those who complain about the decor at Bebiche should see this place!! There is no area left uncovered.

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                                    1. re: Leslieville
                                      hungry_pangolin Aug 23, 2007 12:40 PM

                                      Izba is, I believe, Polish. ("Izba" means cottage in Russian, and, I believe, Polish. It doesn't mean anything in German.)

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                                      chefworm Aug 27, 2006 02:40 AM

                                      the hungary thai is probably one of the worst restaurants i've ever been to. heres what we had:
                                      spring rolls were ordered to a respose of we dont do that anymore , by our server. we ordered cheese sticks instead. greasy and served with miracle whip for dippig. one HOUR later we got our mains, 2 schnitzel on a bun. dry, dry DRY, and on 2 peices of dry rye bread about 1/20th the size of the pork. a wedge of lemon and thats it.

                                      don't waste your time there!

                                      good luck finding a good hungarian place though

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                                      1. re: chefworm
                                        bestandworst Sep 10, 2006 09:15 PM

                                        Hungry Thai - terrible restaurant for sure! Sorry to hear Cosmo is gone. It was great! Corvina is great and so is the stand at Village by the Grange! Now I have to try the place on Steeles talked about.

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                                        phoenikia Sep 9, 2006 08:04 PM

                                        Just noticed a place serving Hungarian food on the west side of Yonge about 2 blocks north of Davisville. It's called Elizabeth's. Have any of you tried it yet? They had a board out today, listing their specialties like cabbage rolls and paprikash, as well as some European sweets. I'll report back as soon as I've had a chance to try them out....

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                                        1. re: phoenikia
                                          hungry_pangolin Aug 23, 2007 12:43 PM

                                          On a previous thread on a similar discussion, someone said that Elizabeth's had some connection to the previous ownership of the Country Style (back in the day when it was good), and spoke well of it.

                                          In Newmarket, I quite like Mr Hungarian, but haven't been there for a couple of years. What I liked was that there a number of very Hungarian items not often seen, certainly beyond the usual schnitzel, etc.

                                          1. re: hungry_pangolin
                                            phoenikia Aug 23, 2007 12:52 PM

                                            You're right, Elizabeth had some connection to Country Style. I think the owners may have separated.

                                            Elizabeth's is ok, but I'd hesitate to call it good. It's basically a hot table operation. The paprikash I ordered tasted pretty good, but it was tough instead of tender. I think it suffered from sitting under a heat lamp a little too long.

                                            For Hungarian hot tables, I've been happier with the food at Honey Bear Delicatessen on Sheppard near Bayview.

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                                          torontoeh Sep 9, 2006 09:09 PM

                                          Excellent made to order schnitzel in the food court of Village by the Grange...been there many many yrs.

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                                            arugula Sep 9, 2006 09:22 PM

                                            The Coffee Mill in Yorkville is not only a credible Hungarian Restaurant, it's a fascinating cultural institution. Many of the Central European refugees from the 1950s and 1960s, including a lot of Czechs, frequented the coffee mill. There were battles between cutomers in each room, mostly accusations of espionage and infidelity.

                                            The decor is Central European 1960s mod, and much of the food is very very good. I really do not like their salads, nor do I like having my bread buttered for me, but their goulash soup and schnitzel are fabulous.

                                            The best thing about the restaurant are the waitresses. They are all stikingly beautiful women of a certain age. There's just something dignified and calming about them. Sorry to ramble. I love this place.

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                                            1. re: arugula
                                              voracious Sep 11, 2006 07:24 PM

                                              I agree about Coffee Mill and have been going there for (yikes) decades. The treed courtyard is particularly nice in good weather.

                                              There is also a restaurant called the Cosy Hungarian Dining Room at 2448 Kingston Road (north side, between Kennedy and Midland). I haven't tried it yet, but I'm told it has been in business a long time. Does anyone know it?

                                              1. re: voracious
                                                Phillip Sticky Nov 5, 2010 12:57 PM

                                                I am hoping the Coffee Mill is still in operation.

                                                We were at the Cosy Hungarian about a month ago( Sept 2010). I enjoyed the goulash soup and the schnitzel. Service and decor were forgettable but the schnitzel made up for the shortcomings. http://cosyhungariandiningroom.com/

                                                Coffee Mill
                                                99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

                                                Cosy Hungarian
                                                2448 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M1N1V3, CA

                                                1. re: Phillip Sticky
                                                  TorontoJo Nov 5, 2010 01:01 PM

                                                  Coffee Mill is still going strong!

                                                  Coffee Mill
                                                  99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

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                                              profchristine Sep 10, 2006 09:18 PM

                                              I like Corvina's on Kingston Road, north side between Main Street and Victoria Park. Good food. Pleasant, friendly atmosphere.

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                                                tjsilverjeep Sep 11, 2006 12:18 AM

                                                There is great shnitzel at the Courtyard Restaurant in Yorkville. The service is also good.

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                                                  arugula Sep 12, 2006 02:53 AM

                                                  Has anyone tried the schnitzel house on Queen? It's just East of Sherbourne.

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                                                    lmm Sep 15, 2006 06:47 PM

                                                    I ate at Country Style maybe a year and a half ago. The food was not so good, and I do really enjoy eastern european food.
                                                    Service was good. i don't know if we just ordered the wrong dish from the menu or what, but it just wasnt good at all.

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                                                      hungryabbey Sep 15, 2006 07:06 PM

                                                      Does Corvina have a website? Where exactly on Kingston road is it?

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                                                      1. re: hungryabbey
                                                        Otonabee Sep 16, 2006 01:42 PM

                                                        I somehow doubt that they have a website. I just took a look but I didn't see one. It is located on the north side at 906 Kingston Rd. It is near Beech wihich is east of Main Street and West of Victoria Park.Their telephone number (I think) is (416) 698-6841. There is a sign with a Raven out front. If I recall correctly they are only open for dinner so keep that in mind. I think they are open on Sundays but I would check first.


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                                                        cookietin2 Sep 17, 2006 02:08 PM

                                                        I have two suggestions. There's a really authentic Hungarian lunch counter/variety store in North York called the Hungarian Honey Bear. I used to work across the street from it and their schnitzel sandwiches are fantastic, and really really afforable. Their doboz (sp?) is the best I've had outside of Hungary. They also have wonderful little jam-filled cookies with icing sugar and excellent strudel.

                                                        If it's schnitzel you're looking for, Wally's in Etobicoke is pretty excellent as well. Homemade sauerkraut with caraway seeds is to die for. And, they have great, really fresh German beer on tap. Our bill ended up being a little more than we were expecting from a place in a strip mall. But, that said, we left with some pretty hefty take out containers for the next day!

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                                                          phoenikia Oct 12, 2006 08:53 PM

                                                          Thanks for suggesting Honey Bear's hot table...it was great.
                                                          I had their cabbage rolls (2 for $4) and apricot paliscinta ($1.50) I'll be back to try their strudels and stuffed peppers sometime soon!

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                                                            oakvillemom Oct 13, 2006 01:35 PM

                                                            Since deli's are now on the list - try Blue Danube - its a hungarian deli with the usual deli stuff, and they have a hot lunch bar with schnitzel & cheese & raisin palachinta, and great (in my opinion anyways!!) pogacha which are essentially bacon scones/muffins.

                                                            They also have made on the premises frozen cabbage rolls, stuffed peppers, plum dumplings, and various soups and other things to take home. Its all yummy.

                                                            The cakes though leave something to be desired. Not sure where they get them, but I don't think that they are that great.

                                                            Speaking of cakes, can anyone recommend a place with good old fashioned "creamesh" -- Proper custard & cream Napoleons ?? Lately everyone I've tried from many many different places, seem to have the custard "cut" with gelatin and the custard is tasteless and quite awful compared to what we used to get way back when...

                                                            Blue Danube is: Blue Danube Sausage House Ltd
                                                            Address : 24 Chauncey Avenue, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 2Z4
                                                            Telephone : 416-234-9911
                                                            between Kipling and Islington, much closer to Islington.

                                                            Blue Danube is very close to the main Sweet Gallery.

                                                            1. Wench Foraday Oct 13, 2006 05:21 PM

                                                              Gosh, I don't know what everyone else gets at Country Style, but this is what I stick to and it's always good.

                                                              Goulash soup
                                                              Perogies with sausage (comes with lightly panfried onions)
                                                              Regular schnitzel
                                                              Hunter schnitzel (schnitzel with a chunky tomato sauce on top)
                                                              ...and always get the dumplings instead of the rice or potatoes!

                                                              I've tried the roast duck (good not great, but there is a lot of meat) and the chicken noodle soup (unimpressive, thin broth and not very chicken-y). Cordon bleu schnitzel was fine, but I much prefer the Hunter schnitzel.

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                                                                slinkilinki Oct 29, 2006 04:05 AM

                                                                Hello! We will be visiting Toronto from Montreal next month and wanted to know if it's possible to buy Unicum anywhere? The stash from our last trip to Hungary is running low...
                                                                Also, while googling for Hungarian restaurants in Toronto, I found an article about a place called Heavy Hungarian. The review was from 2003 - has the placed closed since then?
                                                                Thanks for any info!

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                                                                1. re: slinkilinki
                                                                  galambo Oct 29, 2006 01:21 PM

                                                                  UNICUM can be bought in vintage stores (LCBO) if they have any in stock. I tried a couple of months ago and it was in back order.I fact if you go to cornwall, and ask at the LCBO, that can get you some as well

                                                                  never heard of the 'heavy Hungarian' where is it?

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                                                                  slinkilinki Oct 29, 2006 07:02 PM

                                                                  My bad; on second look, it is called Hungarian Cuisine (I t-h-i-n-k) and is located at 1088 Bathurst. It is featured on nowtoronto.com.
                                                                  Thanks for the Unicum info!!!

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                                                                    gigi Oct 30, 2006 01:07 PM

                                                                    You can go into any LCBO and order Unicum. I actually have a bottle that I bought just because I like the tin...and I've never used it!

                                                                    1. JamieK Aug 23, 2007 06:52 PM

                                                                      Since the thread is current now, I'll add a few links to Places.

                                                                      Coffee Mill
                                                                      99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

                                                                      906 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

                                                                      648 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Y1K7, CA

                                                                      Hungary Thai
                                                                      196 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L6, CA

                                                                      Mr. Hungarian
                                                                      144 Main St N, Markham, ON L3P5T3, CA

                                                                      Honey Bear
                                                                      249 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M2N, CA

                                                                      Blue Danube
                                                                      1686 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1H2V5, CA

                                                                      Country Style
                                                                      450 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1X8, CA

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                                                                      1. re: JamieK
                                                                        deelicious Aug 23, 2007 07:28 PM

                                                                        Don't forget the Schnitzel House Hungarian Restaurant. They serve excellent schnitzel whereas Country Style is quite aweful!

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                                                                          Medira Aug 27, 2007 11:54 AM

                                                                          I'd also like to add the Courtyard Restaurant in Yorkville.

                                                                          121 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R, CA

                                                                        2. re: JamieK
                                                                          webomen Aug 27, 2007 12:05 PM

                                                                          I had the Schnitzel at the Blue Danube Restaurant on Ellesmere, it was awfully small, and the food tasted like hospital meals, not surprising the location is under a retirement home.

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                                                                          webomen Aug 27, 2007 12:02 PM

                                                                          whenever I went to schnitzel house on Yonge and Steeles it was closed, does anyone know if it is still operating and what times?..i would like to give it a try..for sure

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                                                                          1. re: webomen
                                                                            Vinnie Vidimangi Aug 27, 2007 12:09 PM

                                                                            I don't know their hours , but I do know that `they run an open trough bufffet on Saturday and Sunday , mid day, $13.50 adults, kids eat free, which I heartily recommend. They even have lots of salads.

                                                                            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                                                              galambo Aug 27, 2007 02:33 PM

                                                                              been there and while the food was OK, it is not the best hungarian rest around.

                                                                              my choice is the paprika on bathurst below wilson

                                                                              1. re: galambo
                                                                                Vinnie Vidimangi Sep 6, 2007 07:49 PM

                                                                                Respectfully disagree. I much prefer Schnitzel House
                                                                                The standard was set by Nick and the late Leslie at Hungarian Goulash Party Tavern on Queen.

                                                                              2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                                                                                blee Sep 6, 2007 06:26 PM

                                                                                I would highly recommend The Schnitzel House for sure. I always get the same thing and I'm always very satisfied and normally cannot finish everything. Start with a goulash, finish with a farmer's schnitzel (schnitzel with farmer's cheese) with the potatoes and red cabbage. The potatoes are fabulous, crispy with a hint of garlic, although the dumplings are also very good sometimes for a change.
                                                                                One warning though, although service is very friendly, it is slow sometimes beyond belief. So be prepared for at least a two hour meal. Oh and it's a family run business so the posted hours are sometimes more like suggestions. I think it 'closes' around 10pm, but if it's not busy they will close earlier. Best to get there before 9.
                                                                                I live downtown and I've been to Paprika and The Coffee Mill as well and would much rather drive to Richmond Hill for The Schnitzel House.

                                                                                1. re: blee
                                                                                  deelicious Sep 6, 2007 07:26 PM

                                                                                  I agree The Schnitzel House is great. I must say that I have never waiting longer than 20 minutes for our meals, and that includes the platter. I have been for many dinners around the usual times of 630-700.

                                                                                  enjoy the chicken schnitzel too - never over-cooked!

                                                                                  1. re: deelicious
                                                                                    Foodie1978 Aug 21, 2008 08:41 AM

                                                                                    Hi everyone,

                                                                                    Does anyone know of any Hungarian resto's in Toronto that serve Hortobagy? It's a potato pancake with either a chicken or veal stuffing - baked with cheese and sour cream. I'm drooling just thinking about it.

                                                                                    Please help! It's my favourite Hungarian dish and so far, I've only been able to get it in Budapest!

                                                                                    1. re: Foodie1978
                                                                                      JamieK Aug 21, 2008 01:55 PM

                                                                                      Is this what you're thinking of?

                                                                                      I'm drooling too! But I can't help you.

                                                                                      1. re: Foodie1978
                                                                                        DockPotato Aug 21, 2008 03:39 PM

                                                                                        Actually as I know them Hortobagyi pancakes are savoury palacintas filled with chicken or veal paprikas with additional sauce over them. Where have you had them with potato pancakes? I've never encuntered cheese either. Do you have a recipe?

                                                                                        By any road my first try would be Paprika, mentioned several times in this thread. Their menu had(has?) many dishes I've never found on other TO-Hungarian menus past or present.

                                                                                        And do you know what else? If you phone to inquire about the dish, they may just make it up for you as they do palacinta, and both veal and chicken paprikas.

                                                                                        Let us know how you fare.

                                                                                        1. re: DockPotato
                                                                                          yoyodyne Aug 22, 2008 06:52 AM

                                                                                          Oddly enough Cafe Polonez (yeah, it's a polish restaurant) has a hungarian potato pancake (veal stuffing) on the menu which is exactly as described above and it's practically the only thing i ever eat when i'm there...dee-lish! I think I've also seen it on the menu at Amber European Restaurant in Bloor West Village.

                                                                                          2372 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S1P5, CA

                                                                                          Cafe Polonez
                                                                                          195 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2L5, CA

                                                                                        2. re: Foodie1978
                                                                                          onoris Mar 26, 2009 05:00 PM

                                                                                          Not quite in Toronto, but Mr. Hungarian in Markham serves Hortobagy palacsinta, and it's pretty good.

                                                                                          1. re: onoris
                                                                                            summ3r Feb 14, 2011 05:02 PM

                                                                                            It looks like Mr. Hungarian in Markham is closed.
                                                                                            I tried calling to see about reserving a table and the phone number is out of service. We stopped by at 6pm on Valentine's Day and while there are tablecloths on the tables the place was dark.

                                                                                            Mr. Hungarian
                                                                                            144 Main St N, Markham, ON L3P5T3, CA

                                                                                          2. re: Foodie1978
                                                                                            yojoho Feb 9, 2010 04:33 PM

                                                                                            Rhapsody in Richmond Hill (on Yonge Street) serves these. Your description is not true to the Hortobagy that I know though. It is a palascinta (similar to crepe but not sweet) filled with csirke paprikas (paprika chicken) then served with the paprika sauce over top of it! Yum

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                                                                                    shpeizmaven Aug 22, 2008 08:14 AM

                                                                                    There's a spot called Europa(?) on Bathurst St. a block south of Lawrence Ave W on the west side of the street. Closest thing I've had to the glory days of the Korona and Continental.

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                                                                                    1. re: shpeizmaven
                                                                                      bobinken Aug 22, 2008 09:00 AM

                                                                                      I believe it's called Europe Bar and Restaurant Hungarian Kitchen, 3030 Bathurst Street, Toronto.
                                                                                      The owner, Maria or Marika, used to work at Country Style and she told me if you call ahead and give her enough notice she will make anything you want.


                                                                                      1. re: bobinken
                                                                                        phoenikia Oct 26, 2008 06:35 PM

                                                                                        Thanks for mentioning Europe Bar and Restaurant- wouldn't have known it existed if I hadn't read this post.

                                                                                        Loved the goulash soup. The Wooden Plate was generous, with sausage, bacon, schnitzel, pork chop, beets, potatoes, rice, mushrooms and perogies. The cherry strudel and palascinta were quite good. Looking forward to trying their paprikash and dobostorte on my next visit.

                                                                                        1 small bowl of goulash soup, a wooden plate for 2 and 2 desserts came to just under $45 before tip.

                                                                                        Friendly and quick service, too.

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                                                                                          kel Jun 14, 2010 05:01 AM

                                                                                          ANY MORE CURRENT UPDATES--PLEASE.

                                                                                    2. k
                                                                                      kneebonez Jun 14, 2010 10:39 AM

                                                                                      There is another place in Yorkville called the Courtyard. I tried and liked the Chicken Paprikash. Its OK and worth a visit.

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                                                                                        JesseJensen Jun 14, 2010 12:54 PM

                                                                                        I had a horrible meal at the coffee mill in the spring, my first time there, ..the goulash soup was swimming in oil.. in fact ,when it arrived my friend and I both looked at each in disbelief...the cabbage
                                                                                        roll was bland and the schnitzel just average..unless we hit an off day. I did
                                                                                        recently have a fabulous meal at Rhapsody in Richmond Hill, great food and service.
                                                                                        10150 Yonge St, (905) 884-0305

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                                                                                          aliangwb Jun 15, 2010 05:05 AM

                                                                                          I thought that Rhapsody was closed down and another Hungarian fast food shop open up instead.

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                                                                                            breezey Jun 15, 2010 06:45 AM

                                                                                            I second Rhapsody!!!
                                                                                            Unless it closed within the last month or so, this is our "go to" place for Hungarian.
                                                                                            Their stuffed cabbage tastes as good as my mother used to make it.
                                                                                            Their schnitzels are huge, chicken and veal paprikash and nokedli delicious and I love their liver dumpling soup.
                                                                                            Never had a bad meal there in the many times we have gone and the service is always first rate.

                                                                                        2. re: kneebonez
                                                                                          kel Jun 15, 2010 02:28 PM

                                                                                          Several of the desserts on the menu were not available couple of days ago. Food seems overpriced.

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                                                                                            MargieEv Feb 24, 2011 05:05 AM

                                                                                            I am reviving this thread as I am going to be in the Yorkville area for dinner tonight. We want to go for schnitzel and it looks like The Coffee Mill and Courtyard are the two choices. Any thoughts or does anyone know of another spot in this area?


                                                                                            Coffee Mill
                                                                                            99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

                                                                                            1. re: MargieEv
                                                                                              prima Feb 24, 2011 05:49 AM

                                                                                              The Coffee Mill & Courtyard are the only Hungarian restaurants in Yorkville.

                                                                                              I eat at the the Coffee Mill a few times each year, but I have never eaten the Courtyard. I've never read anything good or bad about the Courtyard.

                                                                                              I haven't ordered the Coffee Mill's schnitzel because I like goulash & paprikash more than schnitzel. That being said, my friend's schnitzel looked pretty good last time she ordered it, and I have a couple other friends who always order the schnitzel at the Coffee Mill.

                                                                                              Coffee Mill
                                                                                              99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

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                                                                                                TorontoJo Feb 24, 2011 06:01 AM

                                                                                                And if you do go to the Coffee Mill, ask if they have their chocolate banana cake that day. It's really just a fudgey chocolate cake with a wonderful fudgey chocolate frosting. Very old fashioned.

                                                                                                Coffee Mill
                                                                                                99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

                                                                                          2. prima Feb 24, 2011 06:02 AM

                                                                                            Krepesz serves sweet and savoury palascinta in the Kensington Market. I haven't been yet, but it's been mentioned in a few other threads over the past year.

                                                                                            Hungarian food lovers, have any of you been? What did you think?


                                                                                            BTW, have their been any Dobos Torte sitings in Toronto?

                                                                                            253 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                                                                            1. re: prima
                                                                                              julesrules Feb 24, 2011 06:45 AM

                                                                                              I'm curious about this place too, in particular the chimney cake:
                                                                                              'Chimney Cake is a Hungarian sweet pastry.It’s made with yeast-raised dough rolled on a wooden cylinder and baked in a rotisserie oven. Sugar caramelizes on the outside creating a sweet, crispy crust, but inside it stays soft!"

                                                                                              Ok I just watched the whole slide show and I'm disappointed they show them wrapped in plastic to sell. Seems like that would ruin the texture and shouldn't be necessary if they make them often enough.

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                                                                                                MargieEv Feb 24, 2011 06:51 AM

                                                                                                Thanks so much for your replies. The Coffee Mill it is.

                                                                                                Coffee Mill
                                                                                                99 Yorkville, Toronto, ON M5R3K5, CA

                                                                                                1. re: MargieEv
                                                                                                  Phillip Sticky Feb 24, 2011 07:14 AM

                                                                                                  Let us know how it goes.

                                                                                              2. re: prima
                                                                                                Full tummy Feb 28, 2011 06:12 AM

                                                                                                I believe Cosy Cafe on Danforth west of Woodbine sells dobos torte. Haven't tried it myself, but they seem competent there.

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                                                                                                  prima Feb 28, 2011 09:25 AM

                                                                                                  Noticed Cozy Cafe also serves schnitzel on a bun in the photo is this post:

                                                                                                  3030 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6B3B6, CA

                                                                                                  Cozy Cafe
                                                                                                  2075 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1J6, CA

                                                                                                  1. re: prima
                                                                                                    Full tummy Feb 28, 2011 11:16 AM

                                                                                                    Let us know what you have and how it is, if you go!!!

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                                                                                                TIGGERCAT Feb 24, 2011 11:38 AM

                                                                                                There is Paprika Restaurant on Bathurst between Lawrence and Wilson--cash only--very authentic--my late mother in law (Hungarian) gave it a good review

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                                                                                                  Foodie1978 Feb 24, 2011 11:52 AM

                                                                                                  There's a "new" hungarian resto @ Bathurst and Lawrence. Just south of Lawrence on the west side. It's called Europe Bar and Restaurant - but right underneath it says: "Hungarian Kitchen".

                                                                                                  Haven't had a chance to sample yet. Anyone else been to this place?

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                                                                                                    TIGGERCAT Feb 24, 2011 12:17 PM

                                                                                                    I've been to Europe Restaurant--my husband is Hungarian--the food i good, but we like Paprika better. Both places are good--it's just individual taste

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                                                                                                      TorontoJo Feb 24, 2011 12:22 PM

                                                                                                      Hmm... unless it's a re-opening, there is nothing new about Europe. Been there for years! I love it -- great schnitzel and goulash soup.

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                                                                                                        MargieEv Feb 25, 2011 05:30 AM

                                                                                                        Alas...after all my inquiries I was out voted and we ended up at Utsav a very good Indian restaurant just a few doors along the street. Now I still have my schnitzel yearnings!!

                                                                                                        69 Yorkville Ave ( Near Bloor and Yonge ), Toronto, ON M5R1B8, CA

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                                                                                                          breezey Feb 25, 2011 01:47 PM

                                                                                                          Just needed to share my recent experience at Rhapsody after I raved about it several months ago. We gave it a second try with the new owners (hadnt been there for a few months) and while the food is good, it just hasnt hit the mark for consistent quality and service. The staff all seem a bit nervous, made some mistakes with orders and don't pay attention to the small things like making sure someone who orders soup has a spoon. As far as the food goes, my stuffed cabbage which I lalways order had dry filling and my husband's stuffed chicken special was very dry. Guess it's time to give Europe a try.

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