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Where to Eat Dinner in London

This Friday night my wife and I will be in London, Ontario. Please recommend a restaurant for dinner. We like all types of food. Thanks.

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  1. For Greek, I'd recommend Mythic Grill on Albert St. It serves the freshest tasting Greek food in London right now, in my opinion.

    For good contemporary/continental food in a relaxed yet upscale setting, I'd go to Blackfriar's Cafe on Blackfriars. Last night, I had a very tender turkey schnitzel with herb spaetzle and red cabbage, followed by a huge serving of pear spice cake served with caramel sauce at Blackfriars.

    For more formal fine dining, I'd recommend Volker's on Hyde Park, or Aroma on Picadilly. The courtyard setting is particularly nice at Aroma. There are several Portuguese selections at Aroma, as well as Continental.

    Volker's is located inside a Victorian house in the country, about a 10 minute drive from downtown. It feels much like a formal dining room. Many of his dishes have a contemporary twist. He spent some time as a chef in the Caribbean, so a few of his dishes reflect this, like the Shrimp and Scallop Curry.

    For Japanese, I'd recommend Shiki on Wellington.

    For Indian, I'd recommend Massey's on King.

    A new restaurant that I haven't tried yet is the new Auberge du Petit Prince, serving French food. Chris Squire owned and operated a French restaurant with the same name in the same space which very throughout the 80s and early 90s.

    I was not overly impressed with Crave, which opened recently on Fanshawe Park Road.

    1. London is not known for great restaurants, but it is a large diverse city and gems can be found.
      For authentic portugeuse, go to the bottom of Wellington at 401 where there is a Churassco which was written up in the TO star as one of the most authentic in Canada, best for lunch experience.
      For quality/trendy you might try Tru, which is downtown.
      For old school/fine dining the Idlewyld Inn is good.
      Try Crave, portions are large, menu larger, but if you compare to Toronto "cool resto" quality, it is average.
      Why not head out of town and go to Bayfield? They have the Little Inn and Black Dog bistro which are quite good. About an hours drive.
      Black Trumpet on Richmond (which is like Yonge Street in TO) has a good reputation and downtown.
      If you like Thai, try Try Thaiphoon, downtown. Quite authentic and upscale.

      Enjoy!

      1. Hey there,

        London has a number of great restaurants, don't listen to this other person.

        One of the finest is Murano on Waterloo St., owner and chef Bryan Lavery has gotten into the slow food stuff recently, so ingredients all market fresh, high quality. Very creative and talented chef.

        Jambalaya on Richmond Street is a great little Caribean restaurant -- delicious rotis and jerk chicken, a little Thai in there also.

        Waldo's in the Covent Garden market downtown is also a good casual spot.

        Ben Thanh on York St. is excellent for traditional Thai, pretty busy though.

        Garlic's on Richmond St., is a decent spot in the mid-priced range, steer clear of the house wine, but make sure you try the garlic soup.

        Home restaurant on King Street if its still there is excellent, reservations though, it's small.

        Village Cafe on Richmond Street also very good.

        Under the Volcano for Mexican.

        Fellini Koolinis on Albert Street is an amazingly fun spot for Italian, a blast, and good food to boot. Great date spot.

        cheers,
        Ron

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        1. re: antifoodie

          I lived in London from 1990 - 95, and some of those were there then. We LOVED Under the Volcano!! and Fellini Koolini! Also is the Indian place on Richmond still there? It was where I really learned to eat Indian food, and it will always stand out in my memory. And there was a place, was it Oscar Taylor? On Richmond, great breakfasts too. As was Blackfriars.

          1. re: Lipant

            Hello Londoners!

            I lived there in the early 90s as well and remember Taste of India very fondly too.

            Is Sebastian's still around? It really stands out in my memory as a Whole Foods-style supermarket ahead of its time...or so it seemed to this impressionable young'un. :)

            1. re: Wench Foraday

              There are two Indian restaurants on Richmond. Personally, i think Jewel of India is the best.
              As for Sebastians, rumour has it, they expanded really quickly and got themselves locked into a lease that they couldn't get out of. Shortly thereafter they had a timely bankruptcy declaration, a month later, they opened up in all but a couple of locations as Sebatini's and then sometime last year changed the name back to Sebastians....
              Shady business dealings and as a result, I choose not to go back there.

              To the OP, I second Volkers, probably my favourite place to eat in London. After that, check out Blackfriars or Blue Oyster.

          2. re: antifoodie

            I agree with Antifoodie. London does have some great restaurants according to the above post, except for the chains.
            My mistake.

          3. I live in London right now - but I am counting the days until I return to TO... as great as this city is... there is something about our food choices in Toronto.

            I would recommend Ben Thanh - very casual - my favorite place right now.

            Taste of India on richmond is pretty good for dinner (not buffet lunch) & La Casa on King(?)& Talbot is pretty decent. I ate there last week.

            For a step above all of these places- I would recommend Volkers.

            1. From most expensive to least, my recommendations are: The Black Trumpet, Blackfriars's Bistro/Village Cafe/Willy's, and... If you wouldn't mind going off the beaten path - you can head east of Adelaide, on Dundas (near the Kellog's factory) there are two of our favourites from our 2 years in London, Africa Restaurant (for Ethiopian), and Vietnam. It's been a few years, but we still think the two latter places top many we've been to of both cuisine's in Toronto.

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              1. re: Delish

                Please tell me what happened to the Africa Restaurant. I've been craving it for 6 years now. I have tried the other Addis on Dundas and although good, it just isn't the same. does anyone know what happened there or where I can get comparable?

                1. re: bloominfreckles

                  I don't know what happened to Africa restaurant.

                  Have you tried Enat located at 379 Horton? I've only been once, but it was pretty good.

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                  379 Horton St E, London, ON N6B1L6, CA