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Need good lunch places nearby Bayview/Sheppard in North York

I work nearby Bayview/Sheppard in North York and every week we have various company representatives come in and bring us a lunch while they try to sell us their goods.

So far I've exhausted my list of places to get food from, just wondering if anyone can add any good suggestions to my current list. Our office typically prefers quite a variety of different foods, from chinese, thai, indian, mexican, persian, etc. We'd like not to have the Pickle Barrel or Swiss Chalet meals though... ugh.

I'm looking for places in particular that will do free delivery.

Ok, here's my list thus far that we frequent...

Oliver & Bonacini
Sierra Grill
Garden Bakery (in Bayview Village)
Sushi House
Paisano's
Bar Burrito
Asian Legend (on Finch/Leslie)
Roti Boys
Satay On The Road
Jerusalem

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  1. Check out the Hungarian Honey Bear for good schnitzel (chicken or pork). It's in a little strip mall on the south side of Sheppard, a bit west of Bayview. Don't let the small, unassuming look fool you. These ladies do a killer business in schnitzel and are usually out by 1 pm.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      You're right, TorontoJo, that's a good schnitzel sandwich. Also, there's a nice little sushi place in the next(?) mall to the west. I forget the name. I'm no sushi expert, but it was always tasty there.

      1. re: TorontoJo

        Hi Jo;
        I was in there the other day at 1:30PM to check out what they have (I'd just had lunch elsewhere but was in the nabe) and the older woman was sitting in the corner and said "hello" but the younger one asked if she could help me, and I explained I was looking..then when I moved from one part of the shop to another, she loomed over from behind the counter with a stern concerned look like she thought I was trying to steal something..don't know if that's just her way, but I'm not going back!

        1. re: Wiley

          I'm sorry to hear of your experience! I've only been in there when they've been busy, so haven't had the chance to get eyed suspiciously. But if you are in the area and want schnitzel, you should give it another chance.

          1. re: TorontoJo

            I've had their schnitzel twice now, along with sides of rice, pickles and potatoes. I'm not a big schnitzel connoisseur, so I don't know what to judge it by. Theirs is pretty decent sized and the breading is not too thick. Flavour was ok, but nothing stellar (but then again, I've never really had any breaded meats that were amazing). Service was pretty friendly too for a convenience store, the girl took the time to explain everything to me (she wasn't too busy at the time).

      2. That list shows just how poor the food in that area is. The best of these places is mediocre, and that's being generous. But there is very little that's any better. Cuisine of India is the best restaurant in the area, but their lunch buffet has declined vey badly, so I wouldn't recommend it. I had a good lunch once at Tuyen. But a subsequent dinner was a let down.

        All in all, I'd recommend Peking Man as the best option these days. It's somewhat above average Chinese.

        1. There's also Thai one On at York Mills/Leslie which is pretty good and it's not far.
          Ginza Sushi on Finch between Bayview and Leslie is solid, reasonably priced sushi.

          And I was going to say Paisanos but you already have it...
          OH, Mezza Notte on Yonge, just north of Finch. Similar food and similar prices, as I recall.
          Great pizza too.

          Aside from Bonacini, Bayview Village has amazingly weak food, eh?
          fleisch

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          1. re: fleisch

            Too right. It's weird. Upscale mall with upscale stores and crappy food...

            1. re: kawarthagirl

              Yeah..Bakery Garden is what it is; a fine soup/salad place.
              But why there is an A&W there - and how it stays in business -is utterly beyond me.

              Oh, and the sushi place is good - but expensive.

          2. Cuisine of India is at Yonge and Sheppard and they are great. They deliver through www.OrderIt.ca/416.932.3999

            1. Sierra Grill's lunch from regular menu really bad, the steak benedict I had there is as hard as a ROCK.

              But their $10 buffet looks quite good as my other friends had that last time.

              Maybe Maxim at Leslie/Finch ...

              1. I agree about Sierra Grill near Bayview Village, even that buffet is not redeeming. I just painfully went for their Winterlicious thinking it might redeem the other bad meals I have had there. Strike three.
                I'd recommend Persian food on Yonge: Alborz Restaurant. Cuisine: Casual 5907 Yonge Street North York, ON M2M 3T9 416-226-6564. Very good persian.
                If you like breakfast foods, I really like Sunshine Spot across from the Canadian Tire on Sheppard before Leslie on the North side, home style food but tasty.
                Also for ok Chinese food and closer than Congee Wong might be Congee Time on Yonge/Cummer. They deliver and it's similar to Congee Wong, though not quite as good.
                When oh when will good food take hold of Bayview/Sheppard and YOnge Sheppard?

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                1. re: Idas

                  Found Alborz very blah. Wouldn't go ther again.

                2. I live in the area (Yonge and Sheppard) and recently saw that a Wolfgang Puck place is opening. It looks like it will be an express/lunch place. It will be on the south side of Sheppard, about a block east of Yonge (next to Subway).

                  1. Yenching Garden is a small gem, right across from Oliver & Bonacini. Great chinese food, good specials, and they don't take all of your money.