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Thornhill or Richmond Hill: Any New Restaurants?

FlavoursGal Jan 31, 2007 10:51 AM

I don't know much about the restaurants in Thornhill and Richmond Hill. We'll be taking out a friend who lives near Hwy 7, and who's probably tried every restaurant in the area. She doesn't like to stray too far from home, and we'd like to surprise her with a decent, new restaurant.

Does such a place exist in the cities above Toronto?

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  1. Chester Eleganté RE: FlavoursGal Jan 31, 2007 11:12 AM

    What kind of cuisine might she be interested in?

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      FlavoursGal RE: Chester Eleganté Jan 31, 2007 11:25 AM

      She's a very adventurous eater, Chester. Anything and everything, any price range.

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        Chester Eleganté RE: FlavoursGal Jan 31, 2007 12:21 PM

        FG - check out the posting on Ngau Kee @ First Markham below. Quality seafood, Cantonese style. Have to try that tenderloin as well.

        On a semi-related note, I'm completely with you on Sofra Grill. Top of the charts stuff. I'm kinda busy at the moment but I'll make more mention of it later on.

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          pescatarian RE: Chester Eleganté Jan 31, 2007 12:30 PM

          I generally agree that it's good, but I prefer the hummus on its own. They offer it with hot mushrooms. I tried it once and the mushrooms took away from the great tasting hummus and I didn't think the warm mushrooms and room temp hummus went well together.

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            Chester Eleganté RE: pescatarian Jan 31, 2007 08:57 PM

            Hah..back to the hummus debate again. I don't know what you're referring to here, because I've only ever had it there plain, not with no hot mushrooms. I speak moreso to the falafel, though.

            Love the roti at Restoran Malaysia.

            There's actually a pretty interesting new place at 360 Hwy 7 E., tucked in next to Fisherman's Delight. It's called Café Serene, and there's this sweet lady there who runs the whole place by herself (it's pretty tiny in there though). Anyway, the specialty there is the Heidelberg smoked pork hock -- you can either get the entire 2lb. hock on rice for $12.99 or have a few slices shaved onto a bowl of pretty tasty ramen for $3.99. Your meal also comes with both a choice of tea and a dessert (either cheesecake or a wicked little rice pudding). It's a great deal. The menu is pretty interesting -- it's this mix and match of all sorts of items like sandwiches, salads, little chicken pies, mango pudding, various teas and coffees, etc. I think there's a set of eight or ten different types of cheesecakes that she sells for under six bucks as well. Do try the pork hock.

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              jonnybee RE: pescatarian Feb 1, 2007 10:09 AM

              So how does the Sofra Grill compare to all the other Israeli restaurants in the area? I've become partial to Me Va Me express, most of the time the shawarma is good, sometimes great. Now only if the Israeli places would start carrying the purple turnips and labneh (c'mon the food isn't really kosher, most of us would let it slide) :)

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                pescatarian RE: jonnybee Feb 1, 2007 10:46 AM

                I'm a dip person myself and I think that the dips at Sofra are better than Me Va Me, although I enjoy Me Va Me's. My favourite dips are still at Tov Li. The falafels are definitely better at Sofra and Tov Li. I haven't had the shawarma at Sofra. Tov Li wouldn't have it because it's all dairy. Their garlic pizza is good. I am pretty sure that Tov Li has purple turnips. I could swear I just had some from there.

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                  junior35 RE: jonnybee Feb 1, 2007 01:09 PM

                  The shawarma ANYWHERE in Ontario is only mediocre,since the essential ingredient--the lamb tail fat (liya) is forbidden for some funny ministry of health regulation

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                    FlavoursGal RE: junior35 Feb 1, 2007 02:17 PM

                    Sofra Grill (Dufferin & Rutherford) serves the best Israeli food I've had in Toronto. The menus in these restaurants tend to be carbon copies of each other, and Sofra's menu is no different. It seems to me that the dips (with the exception of the very sweet tomatoey eggplant dip) are a cut above those at MeVaMe, and the falafel is just about the lightest and crispiest, as well as the most flavourful, I've ever had. Tov Li's falafel does not come close, in my opinion.

                    As for the chicken shawarma, it's quite juicy and nicely seasoned. The beef shawarma, however, is best avoided; it's quite dry and tasteless.

                    It's a very casual place, nothing fancy, but the food really was good when we were there shortly after it opened, about 3 months ago.

                    Now, if we could only get the Turkish-born owner to put some Turkish food on the menu, it would be even more interesting.

        2. pescatarian RE: FlavoursGal Jan 31, 2007 11:17 AM

          I don't know of anything new, but I would love to hear about some new ones as I am up there a lot. I like Sweet Basil at Major Mackenzie and Bayview, but it is not new, and while the food is good, the service is VERY, VERY slow. If you ever go there, I suggest ordering an appetizer as soon as you sit down. You might not see them again for awhile.
          I have had take out from the thai food restaurant in the plaza at Laureleaf and Bayview (next to Longo's). I don't remember all the dishes, but I remember a beef dish I had there being very good. I don't know what it's like inside though.

          I think that area is in dire need of some new good chowish restaurants though!

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            fleisch RE: pescatarian Feb 1, 2007 06:47 AM

            FYI - the Thai place is Coco Urban Thai, 7355 Bayview.
            Haven't eaten there so can't vouch for it. Must be about 2 or 3 years old now...

          2. Mr.D RE: FlavoursGal Jan 31, 2007 11:42 AM

            Well if they are into healthy eating may I suggest Fire and Ice on Hwy 7 one block west of Woodbine. Its not new but the food is delicious fresh healthy and not to expensive. For something a little more galamorous with a nice ambence The Brixx would be fabulous choice. Food is wonderful there especially the mixed salad with goat cheese. bon apetite'

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              pescatarian RE: Mr.D Jan 31, 2007 11:49 AM

              I respectfully disagree re Fire and Ice - not my cup of tea and not chowish IMHO.
              I've never been to Brixx so can't comment.

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                galambo RE: pescatarian Feb 3, 2007 05:07 PM

                I agree a poor imitation of Hot pot rest. that are in the area

              2. re: Mr.D
                FlavoursGal RE: Mr.D Jan 31, 2007 12:11 PM

                I just checked out the Brix website, and they have a new sister restaurant called Nava. Have you tried it?

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                  Mr.D RE: FlavoursGal Jan 31, 2007 12:53 PM

                  No I have not but I certainly will look into it. Do you happen to know where they are located?

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                    FlavoursGal RE: Mr.D Jan 31, 2007 12:56 PM

                    Around Bathurst and 7, but anywhere in Thornhill/Richmond Hill would be fine.

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                      pescatarian RE: Mr.D Jan 31, 2007 12:57 PM

                      I believe they are in the East Beaver Creek plaza where Rocky Mountain High used to be - I haven't been, but I seem to recall someone on here having a successful private function there several months ago.

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                  LikeTheWolf RE: FlavoursGal Jan 31, 2007 11:50 AM

                  Kenny Gourmet on the northside of Major Mac, west of Leslie. They opened up about 6 months ago. Good Chinese food.Not really "new" as this is a sister restaurant of about 3.5 other restaurants with almost identical menus. The .5 is for a "Thai" place at Woodbine/Apple Creek that has many Chinese items among the Thai selections.

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                    FlavoursGal RE: LikeTheWolf Jan 31, 2007 12:22 PM

                    Thanks, Wolf. I'll check it out.

                  2. aser RE: FlavoursGal Jan 31, 2007 12:15 PM

                    it depends on what you're looking for. Traditional french/western fine dining, probably not the best area. Only thing I can think of that fits the bill is Terra on Yonge.

                    However, if your friend likes asian food, then Richmond Hill is pretty much the mecca. If you know her preferences, I'm sure we can help you narrow it down more.

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                      FlavoursGal RE: aser Jan 31, 2007 12:21 PM

                      aser, I'd prefer something that's opened in the past six months or so. Any ideas?

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                        aser RE: FlavoursGal Jan 31, 2007 12:59 PM

                        does newly renovated count?

                        Restoran Malaysia on Bayview & Major Mack has gone through an entire facelift. The food is still outstanding as usual and the ambience has been bumped up a notch. It's been talked about much on here as the de facto Malaysian spot in the city.


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                          FlavoursGal RE: aser Jan 31, 2007 01:14 PM

                          Oh, sounds great. I love Malaysian. Have you been to Matahari Grill? If so, how does it compare?

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                            aser RE: FlavoursGal Jan 31, 2007 09:28 PM

                            Better, food and value wise. Do a search if interested, there has been quite a few posts on Restoran Malaysia (get the spelling right, heh).

                            Their signature is their roti.

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