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badbhoy Dec 12, 2006 05:30 PM

I know it may not be the most popular cuisine but it does exist! The only restaurant I have ever been to was in Ottawa and it was pretty good.

Any places in T.O.?

  1. Bob Catt Jul 8, 2007 08:38 AM

    If you want to shop for Scottish take-home foods, try Mrs. Bridges British Bakery in the Eglinton Square Mall, Victoria Park Ave. and Eglinton Avenue Rd. East. Mushy peas, Scottish baked goods, kippers, Scotch meat pies etc. The best Scottish restaurant in Toronto closed some years ago. Anyone remember The Croft on Queen St. East, with its authentic Scottish menu and decor? And if it was anyone's birthday, the owner would pipe a birthday cake to the table! The only restaurant I can think of today that pretends to be Scottish is Brigadoon at the corner of Victoria Park Ave. and St. Clair East. When it was run by its former Scottish owners under the name The Scotch Corner it WAS Scottish, with a menu to match. Not now, unfortunately.

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      andrea905 Mar 6, 2008 08:24 AM

      You could try The Scottish Nook in King Township, York Region. They have fresh baked goods, specialty meats, pies, dry and canned goods imported from the UK as well as rugby / golf shirts etc.

      They also do formal kilt rentals: 13080 Hwy #27, 905-859-8078, www.thescottishnook.com

      I've been there and had tea and scone on the patio in summer, it's a really cute place.

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        dory Mar 7, 2008 11:18 AM

        I can't believe how many times I must have driven by and not noticed this place. Thanks for your post!

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          js288uk Mar 10, 2008 08:26 AM

          Just to say that High Street now does a take-out Melton Mowbray pork pie alongside its exemplary fish and chips and sticky toffee puddings - man was it good - for our pie pig-fest last week we also got good steak pie and a different kind of pork pie from Butt n'Ben - also black pudding which I am saving for a fry-up weekend breakfast - we plan to try Mrs Bridges next!

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        rat under paper Mar 10, 2008 05:31 PM

        I remember the Croft! They made a truly great haggis- not deep-fried, as so many f&c shops do with theirs. However, they did charge extra for bread and butter. LOL.

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        hungry_pangolin Jul 7, 2007 06:47 PM

        I realise that this thread is a bit old, BUT... Scottish food in Toronto is rare, and having visited Scotland a number of times, I know how good the food can be. (yeah yeah yeah... can be terrible, as well). This I know: Mathew Sutherland, chef/co-owner of Fat Cat (Eglinton W) and Fat Cat Wine Bar (Roncesvalles) used to do a Robbie Burns dinner that was the best of Scots cuisine... smoked fish, venison, skirlie, even made his own (splendid) haggis.... My God, it was good. He's no longer doing it, but come the cooler seasons, if you phone in advance, he might be able to accomodate certain requests.

        1. MiniMom Dec 13, 2006 02:24 PM

          There is Clarkson Scottish Bakery, really good pies, pasties, Irn Bru and everyting scottish..good prices too. It's behind the plaza with CIBC on Lakeshore and Clarkson Road North. Kinda hard to see but on the lower level.

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            GuyNamedBen Dec 15, 2006 03:41 PM

            The only thing Scottish "aboot" Clarkson Scottish Bakery is it's name. The owners aren't even from Scotland! For good fish & chips drive to "Thistle Fish & Chips" in Burlington - 3455 Fairview Street.

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            Yongeman Dec 13, 2006 03:03 AM

            There is a Scottish bakery on Weston Rd. just south of Church St. in Weston. Meat pies, sausage rolls, haggis pie, Scotch pies etc. Sorry, don't remember the name, but it's on the east side in a little plaza.

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              TheWheel Mar 7, 2008 04:08 PM

              The Scottish Bakery on Weston was a John Baird as the one in Eglinton Square was. The Weston is now closed but there is a scottish butcher named Allan's in the same plaza where you can get Scottish bread, sausage and the like

            2. Non Doctor Dec 12, 2006 11:28 PM

              I have to admit that I don't think of mushy peas as being very Scottish... pickled eggs maybe?

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                badbhoy Dec 13, 2006 02:02 AM

                I know mushy peas are more from the north of England but close enough. :) I think most Scottish chippies serve them a little different than their English counterparts.

                The key is using marrowfat peas. I've had some pretty offensive imitations that actually use green peas and white vinegar. Ewww!

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                  Tour boi Dec 13, 2006 02:29 AM

                  do any of thses places do the beer batter snickers or mars bars? Tour boi

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                    cherrytreegirl Mar 16, 2008 12:24 PM

                    Old York fish and chips has deep-fried Mars bars now.

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                js288uk Dec 12, 2006 07:21 PM

                High Street Fish and Chips - they have haggis as well as great fish and chips, and they are a sweet old Scottish couple. Be warned, they close on Mondays and at 8.30 pm every night.

                55 Underhill Drive
                North York, ON M3A 2J8
                416-510-8905

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                  badbhoy Dec 12, 2006 09:24 PM

                  There are countless fish and chip shops that claim to be Scottish so I hope that they've got it all. Irn Bru, proper bread and butter, mushy peas, pickled onions and beetroot. No ketchup and tartar sauce either. I want brown sauce and malt vinegar! And a snowball for dessert.

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                    Brain of J Dec 13, 2006 05:22 PM

                    What is brown sauce?

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                      Trice Dec 13, 2006 05:36 PM

                      I think it's HP sauce...

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                      TexSquared Mar 7, 2008 05:28 PM

                      I think these reviews should answer your questions. The first one points out the place is frequented by British ex-pats which should verify authenticity :-)

                      http://www.nationalpost.com/arts/Story.html?id=30754
                      http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2007-09-27/goods_foodfeature2.php

                      And here's the menu:
                      http://www.electricscotland.com/lifes...

                      1. re: badbhoy
                        Finnegan Mar 10, 2008 11:59 AM

                        St. Andrews Fish and Chips Fits your bill badbhoy...haggis and chips, Mealie pudding and chips...heck you can even order a deep fried Mars bar for dessert. Also the But n' Ben scottish butcher is in the same plaza (in case you want to buy a homemade haggis...my source for Robbie Burns Day party fixings)

                        http://www.standrewsfishandchips.com/

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                          fickle Mar 16, 2008 07:10 AM

                          Hey Finnegan,
                          Your posting peaked my curiousity so we went last night to check out St Andrews. Deep fried goodness. Yum yum! We had the deep fried haggis (very good!) & deep fried black pudding (too dry) dinner with mushy peas (not mushy enough, some peas were still crunchy), a side order of deep fried mealie (again, very good) and deep fried haddock (good also) & chips. The deep fried mars bar was sweet & savoury in a deliciously evil way but the highlight was the deep fried easter creme egg, all that gooey goodness. I thought I was going to have a cardiac arrest skating afterwards, that's a lot of deep fried goodness to be carrying around in one round ;-) Thanks for the rec, I don't think I need to indulge again in so much deep fried goodness for quite some time!

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                            JamieK Mar 16, 2008 08:01 AM

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                            St. Andrews Fish and Chips
                            1589 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2Y3, CA

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                        dannyboy Dec 13, 2006 01:26 AM

                        High Street absolutely --- yes badbhoy they have all of what you mentioned as well as some brilliant homemade pies.

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