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Oct 28, 2006 12:31 PM

Australian restaurants in Toronto?

Not sure if there is really such thing as 'Australian cuisine', but can anybody tell me if there are restaurants in Toronto that have an Australian or New Zealand theme?

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    1. I don't think that there are Australian restos in the city. The Outback doesn't count.

      If you are looking for a particular meal that you would find in Oz that you don't necessariy get here is roasted kangaroo. It tastes like a high grade beef though the smell of cooking roo is not particularly good on the nostrils.

      1. Ditto for Kiwi restos (and I have a bone to pick with the owners of KiWe, for momentarily getting my hopes up). You're more likely to find Aussie and Kiwi ingredients (Ostrich, Cervena, Kangaroo, Emu, green lipped Mussels, et. al.)

        There was a Kiwi chef in town a few years back, name of Vaughan Chittock. Loved his food (and his restaurant was papered with pages from NZ cookbooks - lotsa nostalgia). I believe he's moved out of Toronto.

        Hemingways is probably the closest you'll get to an Antipodean experience; great place but it's a bar, not exactly fine dining.

        If you find anything, let me know!

        1. I thought there was an Australian eatery between runnymede and keele along bloor street west. I cannot remember the name ? ? ? ? I might be completely wrong.

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            1. re: Food Tourist

              The owner cannot be a true Kiwi. Kiwis are some of the nicest, most laid back, gentle and generous of people.

              I guess we'll just have to wait until someone from Oz or NZ decides to come to Toronto, stay, and open a restaurant.

              1. re: Food Tourist

                Wow, that's a nasty piece of work and if he truly is from NZ, I'd like to apologize on behalf of the rest of us. Every country has its share of a$$holes, but that's just embarrassing.

                1. re: artgeek


                  I visited NZ twice before I became a true 'hound and missed out on all the great food. However, I enjoyed anzac biscuits, lamingtons and pavlova while living in Australia. My parents just returned from visiting my Nana in Melbourne with 4 packets of Tim Tams for me! They are trying to convince my pastry chef cousin to leave his position at the Perth casino to work in Canada, so maybe soon...

                  Anyone know a current source of Australian/Kiwi groceries such as Arnott's biscuits, in GTA or Golden Horseshoe area?

                  1. re: Food Tourist

                    Vegemite pops up regularly at Loblaws, but I haven't seen any biscuits. Try:


                    1. re: artgeek

                      Great links! Too bad they are both in the US. Nutri-grain cereal is $10.95 US plus shipping! I wonder if I could just get my relatives to ship directly from Oz?

                      1. re: Food Tourist

                        My husband is an Aussie and he's been reduced to Marmite at Loblaws, as of late. We had been able to get Vegemite there for quite a while now, but now we haven't found it.

                        Re: TimTams...I have heard a rumour that the Hasty Market on Elm and University carries them. I haven't checked myself but if you work in the downtown area, it might be worth it. We're on our last package for the last trip!

                2. re: Food Tourist

                  wow.....i had never been before, kinda glad, after hearing how bad it is.

              2. I once found TimTans (just labelled ARNOTT'S BISCUITS) at the IGA near Dupont & Christie. I thought I'd died... I ate every one like it was the last on earth! Tried to get my boyfriend to drink coffee through one... but he just thought I was nuts.

                I have checked back there several times, and have not seen them since. They are a branch of Sobeys though... so perhaps a large Sobeys would carry them.

                Good luck...