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Aug 25, 2006 02:56 PM

Toronto Hungarian Restaurants

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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  1. 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

      its OK food. Pad thai and lesco interesting combination

      1. re: galambo

        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

          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

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

      3. 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

          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

            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

              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

                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

                  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

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

                  2. re: caddie

                    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

                      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

                    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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                        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

                        Country Style is NOWHERE near what it used to be.

                      4. re: RYP

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

                      5. Is Cosmo restaurant still open?

                        Heard great things about their shnitzel & also the duck confit

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                        1. re: mgs

                          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.

                        2. 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

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

                            Highly recommended

                            1. re: Otonabee

                              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.

                          2. I believe the Yorkville restaurant is called the Coffee Mill.