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HELP! Need to locate BUFFET resaturants in TORONTO!!

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FATClub Nov 22, 2006 02:59 PM

HI
Just wondering if anyone knows of any good buffet restaurants in and around Toronto?
Something different from the usual would be great=)

THANKS!

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    estragon Nov 22, 2006 03:05 PM

    Little India on Queen, just west of University, has the best Indian lunch buffet in town. Is that the kind of thing you're looking for?

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      food_lover Nov 22, 2006 03:44 PM

      Agra on Sheppard/Yonge is a wonderful Indian buffett and it's a decent price too. 9.95 :-)

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        Davwud Nov 23, 2006 01:31 AM

        I'd have to say Chef of India has the best lunch buffet in town.

        DT

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          dal Nov 23, 2006 06:09 PM

          I can't say it's better than Agra or Chef of India because I haven't been there, but I agree with estragon about Little India. Every meal there has been excellent.

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            Fwagra Nov 24, 2006 06:43 PM

            I have been to all three and agree that Little India is the best, if only a shade or two better than Chef of India which is excellent.

            Agra is not in the same league; not nearly as good as the other two.

            I would also nominate Trimurti (just a few doors down from Little India). Great buffet.

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        sangii77 Nov 22, 2006 03:09 PM

        Yep, Been wondering about that myself as Iam new to the city and staying here for good...other than Indian and Chinese are there any worthwhile buffets or market place kind of restaurants where there are food stations?

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          estragon Nov 22, 2006 03:14 PM

          Food stations? There's the Richtree Market at Yonge and Front. It's beloved by tourists, but not exactly Chow-worthy.

        2. Teep Nov 22, 2006 03:19 PM

          You need to specify what kind of cuisine you're looking for. Canadian? Chinese? Japanese? Indian? Korean?

          Here is a link with a lot of entries but is quite out of date

          http://www.geocities.com/thetorontoem...
          (2 more pages

          )

          Also search for "buffet" or "AYCE" on this board.

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            sangii77 Nov 22, 2006 04:39 PM

            Mainly looking for Italian, or anything with atleast a few veg options as Iam one, I'll check out the links, thanks...

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            ishmael Nov 22, 2006 04:21 PM

            Genghis Khan Mongolian Grill --2 locations but I've only been to the one at Don MIlls north of Eglinton. Pick your own ingredients( Pork, beef chicken lamb many veggies and other items and a variety of sauces and flavour enhancers-- garlic ginger chili paste etc etc)variety of noodles and give it to the cook to stir fry on massive round cast iron grill.

            Also many surprise-- carb legs good sized shtimp, decent spring rolls, BBQ ribs, Noodles etc.etc.

            Cant remember exact price but something like 9.95 lunch 14.95 dinner AYCE

            1. xtal Nov 22, 2006 06:19 PM

              Free Times Café has a Jewish Sunday brunch that is apparently very good:

              http://www.freetimescafe.com/

              1. sierramum Nov 22, 2006 09:00 PM

                Don't forget that Bangkok Garden is open now. They have their lunch buffets from Mon-Fri.

                1. Davwud Nov 23, 2006 01:33 AM

                  For Italian, there's Frankie Tomato's at Woodbine and Steeles. I haven't been in years but it was quite acceptable then.
                  Also there is Tuckers Market Place. I think there is one at York Mills and Warden.

                  DT

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                    jennjen18 Nov 23, 2006 05:28 AM

                    Frankie's is just unacceptable.. their quality of food is very poor, and service is just as poor, though they try to make it light and fun. Its great if youre entertaining kids or elders (I think Seniors eat free on Wednesday, with an adult paying full price), but otherwise, its horrible. Tacky.

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                      pescatarian Nov 23, 2006 05:18 PM

                      I agree, Frankie's is not good. Neither is Tuckers.
                      I think it's rare to find a good buffet.

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                        Teep Nov 23, 2006 05:44 PM

                        The Old Mill Inn also offers a dinner buffer, has anyone tried it? their Brunch is pretty good, AYCE lobster halves that were quite fresh.

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                          icey Nov 23, 2006 06:08 PM

                          Last august, we attended a wedding at the Old Mill which was buffet..I thought that the buffet was quite good for a buffet...not spectacular, blow your mind...but very good food, and I can probably saftely say that it was my best experience at a buffet. I cant recall exactly what was on the buffet, but there were lots of vegetables and salads (cold), 2 hot meats, 2 hot veg. the best buffet of alllllll time in my opinion was PIA'S PLACE in Bolton. We went often as a family, and it was a wonderful italian buffet. However, several years ago, it was sold, and became Caesar's Place or something like that, and it was never the same...Too bad.

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                    phoenikia Nov 23, 2006 02:01 AM

                    Jerusalem on Leslie near Finch has a good Middle-eastern buffet at lunch.

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                      Mushka Nov 23, 2006 01:28 PM

                      I second the Free Times Cafe Sunday brunch. It's quite different from the usual Chinese, Indian or Italian style places. The food is wonderful and there are lots of salads and vegetarian options (in fact there is no meat - just fish). There's often entertainment as well.

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                        Fwagra Nov 23, 2006 04:25 PM

                        I have really enjoyed the Free Times brunch. It's fresh, good quality food. And it's unique in the city.

                        I believe that there is entertainment every week; both times I went, the entertainment was very good too (small Klezmer combos).

                        I recommend this brunch.

                      2. Teep Nov 23, 2006 05:14 PM

                        I mentioned Korean buffet earlier and maybe I should clarify that. Hodori on Bloor near Christie is still listed as a buffet resto in yellowpages.ca, but I haven't been in maybe 5 years. They served mostly home style food, nothing fancy or spectacular. E.g. egg coated fried fish, stuffed peppers, chicken /beef dishes, several veggie dishes etc. One problem was they serve mostly Koreans and spoke almost no English. Once there was a sign that said something like "Please take only one plate". We were confused and thought you were allowed only one trip to the buffet, but really they meant for you to use the same plate for the entire meal. (You dump the bones or whatever onto a plate on the table I think.)

                        Maybe some brave adventurous CH can try it and report back!

                        1. orangewasabi Nov 23, 2006 09:13 PM

                          I second the Jerusalem Restaurant buffet -- great middle eastern food. It has moved to a new location-- to Leslie, on the east side between Sheppard and Finch. It's buffet for lunch and dinner now, and you can also order a la carte

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                            lynx Nov 24, 2006 07:20 PM

                            My top picks would have to be:

                            1) Sushi on 7 for all-you-can-eat sushi and sashimi
                            2) Mandarin on Yonge/Eglinton

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