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Good and affordable eats at King St W / Shaw

mauie Aug 26, 2006 04:59 AM


Does anyone have recommendations for good, affordable places to eat near the King St W and Shaw area? Are there any good Jap food close-by?


  1. dinin and dishin Sep 1, 2006 11:48 AM

    Fickle mentions Little Tibet, but only as a landmark. I highly recommend it. I love their vege momos and their lamb curry (served with a side of steamed bread). I don't live in the neighbourhood, but I make regular visits just to go to Little Tibet.

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    1. re: dinin and dishin
      fickle Sep 1, 2006 06:07 PM

      And I'll second Little Tibet ;-) Love the momos (both the meat and the veg ones). Especially love the family who runs it, they are so friendly and accommodating.

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        dinin and dishin Sep 1, 2006 11:31 PM

        Fickle, thanks for mentioning the wonderful family that runs Little Tibet...they are a treat. I understand that they cooked for the Dahli Lama when he was last in town. That says something about the food quality. I always feel like I've visited a temple after spending time in their restaurant...it is so peaceful. My fav momos are the fried ones, and I'd love to get my hands on a recipe for the dipping sauce. It is so fresh. The one funny thing is that they charge an extra $1 when you order fried momos over steamed from the lunch menu. It is the only place where I've been charged for extra cooking time...but it is worth it.

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      fickle Aug 31, 2006 03:38 PM

      Izmi Sushi next to Little Tibet on Queen just west of Tecumseh on the north side has decent sushi. Small little family run place, great service, reasonable prices.

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        artificialard Aug 31, 2006 07:09 AM

        Live at King and Shaw too:

        Sugar at Queen+Shaw and also Niagara Street Cafe (http://www.niagarastreetcafe.com/home...) has delicious brunches and I suspect wonderful dinners. They both tie for the best eggs benedict in the city IMO.

        Swan on Queen has great brunch and dinner and a really great place to hangout for drinks. A great 'retro' space. They also get their oysters from Oyster Boy next door so they're very good.

        Kei is very interesting and I suspect some people enjoy while others will get turned off by the specialised menu. It's Malaysian cuisine. I always really enjoy their eggplant dish even though I'm not a vegetarian. Very interesting cocktails.

        Terroni at Queen and Manning has great Italian food, slow service and I suspect the only place that is 'affordable' in the bunch. It's becoming an unaffordable area.

        Do NOT go to Sweet Lulu on Queen near the 7-11. It looks cute and modern and while I'd love an Asian noodle house in the area this is where bad noodles are made.

        San is a relatively inexpensive place on Queen just a few blocks east of Shaw. It's Korean and has great combo boxes that include a little of everything that is a pretty good value.

        Every place here is crowded during mealtimes (except Kei) due to small size and popularity. Go on the off-hour or be prepared to wait. Especially during brunchtime.

        There's no great Japanese very close - trust me I've tried. Do NOT under any circumstances go to that suspicious little Japanese place on King just East of Strachan. I think it has 'red' in the name. Had a sushi takeout from there once. Fish was WARM and also did not taste fresh at all. I have to second the Japango rec for wonderful sushi at an amazing good price. Toshi I found was good but service was distant and it seemed a little expensive.

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          mauie Aug 29, 2006 02:11 AM

          Thanks all for all the responses =)
          Sorry for using the term. I didn't realize that it was offensive, and will be careful not use it again.

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            Apple Aug 29, 2006 01:41 AM

            Queen & Shaw area has a bevy of good restaurants closeby - Kei, Bar One, Fresh, Oyster boy...

            All delicious but sadly not one "Japanese" restaurant in the bunch - BTW, i think the term "Jap" is pejorative.

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            1. re: Apple
              Food Tourist Aug 29, 2006 02:19 AM

              If you go to Fresh, make sure to avoid the miso "gravy" that can be ordered with their french fries - it's quite disgusting. You'll be better off overall at Oyster Boy, One of a Kind (great salmon), or from the sounds of it, Politica.

            2. TOfoodie Aug 28, 2006 05:50 PM

              Terroni has excellent pizza. The only place I go for Japanese food is Japango near City Hall. The BEST breakfast and coffee in that area is Prague Deli.

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              1. re: TOfoodie
                tasoid Aug 30, 2006 03:46 AM

                TOfoodie, have you tried Vienna Home Bakery for breakfast? Right beside Prague Deli give it a try.

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                  TOfoodie Aug 31, 2006 04:13 PM

                  tasoid - I have tried Vienna Home Bakery and I still prefer Prague. Maybe I will try VHB one more time just to be sure...

              2. TheGloaming Aug 28, 2006 05:10 PM

                I don't know about "Jap food", but Sugar on Queen near Shaw has nice brunches. Swan, in the same area, has good bistro fare. Oyster Boy has great oysters.

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                  tasoid Aug 28, 2006 11:13 AM

                  Toshi at King and Bathurst is probably the best choice for sushi in that neighbourhood.

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                    cutehinano Aug 26, 2006 05:39 PM

                    Caju has great food - their fish stew (MOQUECA) is amazing. Excellent service as well.

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                      lister Aug 26, 2006 04:41 PM

                      At Queen St W and Shaw there's Caju which is a Brazilian influenced cuisine restaurant. My girlfriend really likes the place. (I haven't eaten the food there yet, just showed up late for drinks.) http://caju.ca/

                      At Queen St W east of Strachan there's One of a Kind Pasta. I eat there frequently and have never had a bad meal yet. http://oneofakindpasta.com/

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