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Jan 31, 2007 10:06 AM

Visiting Toronto - need advice

I'll be in Toronto on buisiness for a few days next week and need suggestions for where to eat. I'm an adventurous eater and just want to have a couple of great meals (with great wine) while I'm there. I'd appreciate any suggestions!

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  1. Welcome in advance -- Do you know whereabouts you'll be staying or the areas you'll be in? And where are you coming from? Helps to give a frame of reference for suggestions.

    1. If you are on your own, go to Jaime Kennedy's Wine Bar...sit and the bar, drink wine pairings with your food - it will be fantastic!

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        1. re: mtampoya

          This is most overrated restaurant in Toronto. It's not bad, but people buy into the Jamie Kennedy name brand. It's really not anything special.

        2. For a fantastic French meal, visit Batifole at 744 Gerrard St. East. Fine bistro cuisine with unpretentious (but professional) service. A real gem. And will not break the bank.

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          1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

            Remember, Winterlicious is on. What are the chances of getting in?

            1. re: estufarian

              Sorry, I totally forgot. Don't participate, and don't care for the hype it generates.

          2. You might want to check this thread out too...some good suggestions.


            1. Thanks to everyone for your suggestions so far! To answer jamesm's questions, I'm staying at the Metropolitan Hotel downtown (near the Art Gallery of Ontario where I'll be working) and I'm from Boston. I'll probably be eating dinners alone so I love the idea of Jamie Kennedy's Wine Bar, and French bistro fare is some of my favorite (if you're ever in Boston, go to Tony Maws' place, Craigie Street Bistrot). Would also love some suggestions for Chinatown places, since I'll be staying right near there. Thanks!

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              1. re: kclo78

                Right in your hotel is Lai Waa Heen (sp?) which is probably the best (and priciest, though) dim sum in the city.

                1. re: sherry f

                  Absolutely try Lah Wah Hen in your hotel. It is pricer than most dim sum places, but the food and presentation are great.

                  Also, one block over from your hotel, on Elizabeth St. is Japango. Great Japanese food. It is quite small, but I love their signature maki rolls. They also do a tuna tartar that is not officially on the menu, but there is a picture of it and you can order it from that. It is quite rich, but great for sharing. I am not sure if I am confusing them with another place, but they may have some interesting sakis you can try.

                  I second Batifole also, but they are part of Winterlicious and they seem to be getting lots of attention, so getting in might be tough.

                  Starfish for fresh oysters and other seafood and Chiado for Portuguese would also be on my list. It's been awhile, but I am pretty sure Chiado has a good selection of Portuguese wines on their list.

                  1. re: dinin and dishin

                    Chiado has a spectacular Portuguese wine list -- most found nowhere else in Canada. Just ask the waiter or sommelier for some recommendations and you should be pleasantly surprised.

                    1. re: dinin and dishin

                      love japango, the tuna tartare used to be really quite good but i'm finding it's faltering. try a cod wrapper handroll, something not on the menu either, and you'll get something unique. as far as i know, they definitely don't have the unique sake's... that might be omi though.

                  2. re: kclo78

                    Forget Chinatown. The food there ranges from mediocre to poor. I'd go with Tutti Matti. You could walk there in 10-15 min.