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cwong5 Oct 12, 2006 11:36 PM

I find myself frequently in Yonge & Bloor area. (A little south of bloor). And I forsee it to become a habit in this near future, I would like some suggestions for dinner. Walking distance please? (Especially we are heading into winter) Good food rather than good astmophere. Recommend some dishes too! Thanks!

(P.S. I am editing down footage of the eating day trip. Something will come soon!)

  1. Otonabee Oct 12, 2006 11:37 PM

    The spot I tend to end up at is Saigon Sister. Good solid inexpensive Thai-style food. on Yonge south of Bloor.

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      cwong5 Oct 12, 2006 11:41 PM

      Cool. Any dish recommendations?

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        julesrules Oct 17, 2006 07:32 PM

        The appetizer platters (meant to be shared, they are bigger and more expensive than the mains) make a nice meal, very tasty, but I haven't had good luck with the mains.

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        ah123 Oct 24, 2006 03:45 AM

        I find Saigon Sister overpriced and overrated. The food is not bad. I just can't justify paying that much for Vietnamese food that isn't more than an unimaginative western spin on how to serve it in slick surroundings.

        Go to Ginger on Yonge or Church St few blocks aways, or even Indochine on Collier off Yonge (couple of blocks north of Bloor). Tempus on Yonge 2 blocks south of Wellesley for Persian food. I also like Ritz for quick Caribbean. Diner's Corner has great Island cooking on Gloucester off Yonge (spicy Jerk or savoury stewed chicken with warm festival fried bread and dipping gravy).

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          Teep Nov 3, 2006 07:55 PM

          Indochine is near-authentic Vietmese cuisine served in slick surroundings and is even more pricey than Saigon Sister.

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        Atahualpa Oct 13, 2006 12:34 AM

        Okonomi House (on Charles St. just east of Bay or one block west of Yonge) has good okonomi (Japanese pancake) and nice teriyaki. That is all they serve though. It is worth going to just for the location and the uniqueness of the restaurant. There is nothing else like this place.

        Volo has great beer at great prices. It is one block north of Wellesely on the east side of Yonge at Dundonald(?). The food isn't bad, but portions are small and the prices high.

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          cwong5 Oct 13, 2006 01:12 AM

          Yum Yum Yum... I think I am having Okonomi House for dinner tomorrow night. I will post up some pics. Thanks!!

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            oracle347 Oct 14, 2006 04:26 PM

            I second Okinomi House - I love the place!

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              cwong5 Oct 14, 2006 04:45 PM

              I did Okinomi House last night. The Okinomi was good. 2 people. I ordered a chicken and a shrimp Okinomi, plus an order of chicken teriyaki. The sauce on the Okinomi was be a bit much for me. I guess easy on the sauce is my special order. But they are delicious along with a brilliantly made teriyaki chicken. Great find all in all. Thanks guys!! (Tonight will be something in the Roy’s square. Hum.. I can’t wait) I will post up some shot of dinner last night!)

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                Atahualpa Oct 14, 2006 05:35 PM

                I think favourite part might be the excellent bean sprouts that come with the teriyaki.

                The Egg Custard desert is nice too. Although, it is really simply KozyShack Creme Caramel simply turned out onto a plate. But, that said, I'm not about to buy it and keep it around the house and KozyShack's quite good -- especially the chocolate pudding.

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            cwong5 Oct 14, 2006 08:13 PM

            Here is a link to the photo album on the meal!

            http://cwong5.multiply.com/photos/alb...

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              ctl98 Nov 2, 2006 11:22 PM

              I tried Okonomi house today and although I'm not a huge okonomiyaki fan, I must say their version is very good. I ordered some bonito flakes and put it on top and it added just a bit of saltiness/smokiness to offset the sweetness of the teriyaki sauce. I had the shrimp okonomi and a side order of mixed vegetables (this was VERY good, crunchy and sweet). The prices are good, the servings reasonably sized (I couldn't finish my order).

              Next time I'm trying the chicken teriyaki...

            2. Teep Oct 13, 2006 04:50 PM

              On Roy's Square you can find the following restaurents: Vietnamese/Asian, Chinese, Japanese/Korean, Veggie/Salad, Jamaican, Indian.

              Most of these are mainly take out, but the Indian one has table cloths and table service in the evening.

              (From Yonge St. it's just north of The Shoe Company, from Bloor it's just east of Harvey's.)

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                squeaks Oct 13, 2006 04:54 PM

                I second both Roy's square (especially the Indian place), and Okonomi House. There's also Ginger just south of Bloor on Yonge, if you're in the mood for Vietnamese.

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                  phoenikia Oct 13, 2006 06:21 PM

                  I second Ginger...it's my favourite take-out in the Yonge & Bloor area.

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                    John Manzo Oct 14, 2006 04:46 AM

                    I used to go to Ginger from the day it opened when I lived in TO- the one closer to Bloor is better (for some reason) from one towards Gerrard... I make a beeline there whenever I am in TO, and last time (January) I was back-- and they STILL do not have lemongrass chicken on the menu but I always order it and they always have it... their banh mi are great and small enough to make an appie (vs the banh mi in Calgary which are always massive)

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                      Teep Oct 15, 2006 02:37 AM

                      Yes the Ginger at Yonge/Bloor is best. Love their fish in tomato sauce on rice, and chicken bahn mi. The one near Gerrard suffers from really bad decor. The one at Church has good decor but poor ventilation, I came out smelling like I've been cooking in the kitchen!

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                  cwong5 Oct 15, 2006 12:45 AM

                  Just got home from BirYahi House (indian Food). It was amazing! The spices on all the food were just right! One of the best Indian food in Toronto. Check out some pictures.

                  http://cwong5.multiply.com/photos/alb...

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                    Teep Oct 15, 2006 02:39 AM

                    Glad you liked it! But I seem to remember that Biriyani House has a small menu. I personally like Nataraj best for Indian food, they're on Bloor west of Spadina.

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                      estragon Nov 3, 2006 08:28 PM

                      The Nataraj used to be fantastic, but has really gone downhill in the last few years. No longer Chow-worthy at all.

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                      SnoShoe Nov 6, 2006 06:25 PM

                      Fantastic Indian. Fast and great portions.

                      The Butter chicken here is wonderful!

                  2. pescatarian Oct 13, 2006 04:54 PM

                    I really look the noodle dishes/soups at Zyng and I love their szechuan green beans.

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                      pinkbuddhacookie Oct 13, 2006 05:58 PM

                      fire on the east side, yonge & glouster

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                        camp1980 Oct 13, 2006 06:41 PM

                        While I love Fire on the East Side, and would highly recommend this place, I would not consider it on my list of inexpensive places to go. While I do not think it is expensive and think that it is worth every penny, I just don't think that sandwiches for $11 is cheap.

                        I would just like to once again say how great this place is to eat. Actually I think that I will have to go next week for lunch.

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                          hungryabbey Oct 13, 2006 08:18 PM

                          What are the stand out items on the menu?

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                            camp1980 Oct 16, 2006 01:16 PM

                            That is the problem with Fire on the East Side, everything on the menu that I have had has been great. The 7 Layer Veggie Supreme sandwich is always a great choice. The '3 B snadwich' is one that I always enjoy.
                            I have only eaten there at lunch so I can't help out with the dinner menu. Check out their website http://www.fireontheeastside.ca

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                              hungryabbey Oct 17, 2006 10:48 AM

                              Thanks, i was always curious now I know I'll have to go.

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                            pinkbuddhacookie Oct 17, 2006 04:32 PM

                            I guess you are right, its not really really inexpensive, but I don't find that the prices are too high, considering you get very large portions (or I seem to when ever I have eaten there)

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                              ddelicious Oct 17, 2006 04:40 PM

                              I've looked at their menu and it sounds yummy. However every time I've walked by there at lunch it always seems to be empty. Does it get busy? They even have a nice patio which didn't seem to be occupied. Not wanting to break my (learned the hard way) rule of not eating in empty restaurants, I haven't tried it.

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                                camp1980 Oct 17, 2006 05:26 PM

                                Now that I think of it, it has never been busy. I would consider this place a hidden gem.
                                Went there with a large group for a good-bye party one time and while the food was still fantastic, we learned that the kitchen is small and not able to handle large crowds. I would take this to mean that the best time to go would be when they are not busy.
                                And just as an FYI, there were 30 of us in the group and people couldn't stop talking about how great their meals were. Not one single person complained about the food.

                          3. nummanumma Oct 13, 2006 07:32 PM

                            I second the Saigon Sister rec- the servers are hilarious however- and sometimes appear to be auditioning for a catwalk. Wish is great for a simple little meal- on Charles, just east of Yonge - extra bonus- a great selection of recent mags.

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                              qtxniki Oct 17, 2006 04:14 PM

                              my 2 scents:

                              Oja Noodle House
                              Yummy BBQ (closer to wellesley)-very good kamjatang, bbq, cutlets
                              Briyani House in roy's square for daily specials
                              Ginger (stay away from anything "red coloured" though, stick with the grilled meats)
                              Green Mango (not as good as it used ot be, but still filling)
                              Mama's pizza (north of bloor)
                              7west (on Charles) - great sandwiches
                              Rabba's (takeout counter foods are quite good i.e. meatballs, falafel, cababge rolls)
                              Not just Noodles (dont eat there, only get takeout)
                              Indian takeout beside 7west - very good stew and curries, rich and homestyle

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                                cwong5 Oct 17, 2006 10:38 PM

                                Thanks!!!
                                Here's some of my thoughts on them

                                Oja Noodle House - Just ate there on Sunday. I waited 40 mins for my food plus it was MSG hell! Never again!

                                Yummy BBQ (closer to wellesley) - One of my regulars! Love their Yummy Special. Yummy... Fried Egg Battered cucumber.

                                Briyani House - Just had dinner there last Friday. OMG. It was brilliant! Love the way they spice it up. Other than the cranky waiter, the meal was perfect!

                                Ginger - agreed on the grilled meat. But not a fan though

                                Green Mango - never been there!

                                Mama's pizza - Is it still very greasy?

                                7west (on Charles) - Need to try that!

                                Rabba's (takeout counter foods - Wow. Need to try that out!

                                Not just Noodles (dont eat there, only get takeout) - know EXACTLY what you mean!

                                Indian takeout beside 7west - I walked in there one time... I saw the buffet table and was scared away. hum...

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                                  pinstripeprincess Oct 17, 2006 10:43 PM

                                  i am really not a fan of 7 west... it's all of very mediocre quality with lacklustre service.

                                  i have to be dragged there at 3am when we have no where else to munch.

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                                    Teep Oct 23, 2006 02:42 PM

                                    There are 2 Green Mangoes - a fast food version on the east side of Yonge for take out, and one on the west side for sit down table service. Recommend the latter if you want to try it; not much care is given to the cooking and serving at the take out location.

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                                  crank Oct 17, 2006 07:26 PM

                                  flava- west side of yonge, just north of wellesley. jamaican. goat roti is great, fantastic slaw and plantains.
                                  indochine- just north of bloor to the east. set lunches are good.
                                  and like others said, ginger is great, esp for the bahn mi made with the grilled pork, which i have yet to find elsewhere.
                                  happy chowing!

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                                    sierramum Oct 17, 2006 09:50 PM

                                    I was finally able to check out the bahn mi at Ginger the other day. I ordered the grilled chicken (I was dithering between that and the pork. Guess I'll have to try the pork next time!). I was surprisingly pleased with it. The bread was awesome in taste and the chicken was delicious. Very small portion of pickled veggies though, and the coriander was really sparse but next time, I'll make sure to ask for more. Do they do spicy if you ask?

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                                      qtxniki Oct 23, 2006 04:53 AM

                                      Flava is long gone... I used to love it there too =(.

                                      Now, it's been replaced with a Ritz.

                                    2. orangewasabi Nov 2, 2006 02:45 AM

                                      Not yet mentioned:

                                      Natural Sushi: West side of Yonge, South of Charles. Good value sushi, esp. the spicy tuna rolls, california rolls and tobiko sushi. I also like the lunch tempura (all veggies).

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                                        cwong5 Nov 3, 2006 01:07 PM

                                        that's not the place they offer "HOT DOG rolls"? (Yes, I can't remember which one, but one of the sushi places on yonge wrapped HOT DOGS with rice and seaweed and called it HOT DOG Roll. ewwwww

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                                        cwong5 Nov 3, 2006 08:54 PM

                                        I cna still use a bit more recommendations! I am there for dinner again!
                                        Thanks for all the ones so far!

                                        1. orangewasabi Nov 5, 2006 02:26 PM

                                          cwong5>> hot dogs in sushi???? now, I love redhots, but that sounds terrible. Nah, natural sushi's pretty darn natural.

                                          btw, sorry I didn't respond directly. For some reason, when I "reply to the comment above" I can type a response but the 'post my reply' button is hidden 'underneath the post below. is there a fix?

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                                            cwong5 Nov 5, 2006 11:50 PM

                                            LOL. Yeah... I couldn't believe it when it came in my friend's lunch special. LOL. I will definitely try Natural Sushi.
                                            I actually went to Ginger for lunch today. You know, I didn't like it the last time I was there, but today, they were on fire! i will definitely recommend Ginger again ;)

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                                            miranda Nov 5, 2006 09:27 PM

                                            I like Foccacia on Hayden just South of Bloor off Yonge...Miranda

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                                              jayseeca Nov 6, 2006 02:24 AM

                                              How about BiBimQ on Yonge, South of Bloor - it's past the McDonalds. Nothing amazing, but they usually have some kind of special for $5-$6 which is filling and yummy... I'm addicted to their potato salad.

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                                                pgfuzz Sep 22, 2007 05:16 PM

                                                Horrible place! This is a cafeteria style Korean restaurant. Food was cold and wasn't tasty.

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                                                capiscum Nov 13, 2006 05:56 PM

                                                saigon sister and 7 west are both thumbs down in my opinion. thanks camp1980, i am going to try Fire on the East Side next week.

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                                                  pgfuzz Sep 22, 2007 05:14 PM

                                                  Ginger is the best value place to go. You can't beat the price/quality anywhere else in the area. Highly recommend the following dishes:

                                                  - Pork Bun
                                                  - Roti Chicken
                                                  - Lemongrass Beef
                                                  - Spicy Grill Chicken Lime Leef

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