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Mar 28, 2007 06:00 AM

Meron on Eglinton - really good

Just ate at Meron on Eglinton (West of Avenue Rd.) for the second time. Had a fantastic burger and fries. It looked like a burger should look! Nicely ground chuck, 8 or 9 oz. Beautifully seasoned with fresh herbs, cooked juicy medium just like I asked, gorgeous caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms, soft brioche bun. Killer. And the requested side of natural jus reduction made it all more luxurious. Wonderful fresh fries too. Really friendly and accommodating service. For $11 bucks I'd for sure get that again. The food I picked off my friends' plates was top notch too. And it's a real nice spot. That is all.

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    1. re: ddelicious

      Kosher? I have no idea. I don't think so. But who knows. I think you're thinking of Gladstone's.

      1. re: magic

        No, I'm not. Did you notice any shellfish or pork or dairy on the menu? I'm pretty sure we're talking about the same place. Small, on the north side? I've been there too, and thought the food was quite good.

        1. re: ddelicious

          Hmm, could be kosher then I guess. I know it caters to a predominantly Jewish clientele but I never really thought of it as Kosher. Could be. Although they were serving butter with the bread (would that make it unkosher - seeing as how meat is on the menu?). It's damn good that's all I know. And yes, it's on the north side a few blocks west of Avenue Rd., but I wouldn't say small...

      2. re: ddelicious

        Marron Bistro Moderne, on Eglinton west of Bathurst, is kosher.
        Meron, on Eglinton east of Bathurst, is not kosher.

        1. re: pescatarian

          Now I'm confused...firstly the "butter" with the bread could have been margarine.
          Otherwise it sounded like Marron, the kosher place.
          But what is the Meron on Eglinton? Is it related to the Meron Brothers in Thornhill? A fancy burger like that doesn't sound up their alley...

          Hopefully Magic can clarify whether it was here:

          or here:

          It shouldn't be so hard to keep resto names clear!
          It's like the CFL having two teams named RoughRiders.

          1. re: fleisch

            It's this one: - Meron. Eglinton, 2 blocks west of Avenue Road. I think it might be a second location of Meron Brothers of Thornill. As for the burger, maybe they are trying something new? Having never been to the original location I can't really comment on that, although I've heard it's good too. It was damn tasty though. And it was butter, (I was pretty sure...). Don't think there was pork or shellfish though.

            1. re: fleisch

              The non-kosher Meron is east of Bathurst on the north side. It is the upscale sister/brother/cousin of the one in Thornhill. I've been a few times and think it's delicious.
              The kosher Marron is west of Bathurst also on the north side, I think.
              Yes, it is confusing.

        2. I ate at Meron once, and I was underwhelmed to say the least. I found the menu to be totally uninspired. Our meal was okay, but flavours were muted/foods under-seasoned. Although it's in the neighbourhood, I've never felt the urge to return.

          1. I think this Meron is related to the one up north. It shares the same symbol. It seems to me what they've done is maintain the Israeli style of cooking but deleted most of the obvious Israeli choices (like falafel and shawarma). It feels like an attempt to make it more of a bistro and less of a falafel joint. That said, I think it has one of the best chicken shnitzels in the city!

            It's not kosher but they don't serve pork or shellfish.

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            1. re: tshames

              Meron on Eglinton is terrific. Excellent value. It's got great options if your'e on a low fat or carb diet or just want the goods if your'e not. Fresh cut fries. Home made jus and aeoli they will gladly bring with any order. Calimari is crisp and light. The chicken breast dinner is marinated and seasoned beautifully. It comes with 2-3 breasts in one order! They are a little stingy with the roast potato so I'd go for the fries personally. Their trout is killer. Simple and fresh. A whole massive fillet with garlic and butter....mmmmm. The salad to start is with cherry tomatoes and mixed greens with a nice home made house dressing. The decor makes you feel like your'e in a nice townhouse's living room in the Forest Hill brick, nice accent light fixtures. It's comfortable, casual with excellent food. The service is great to boot.

                1. re: magic

                  Thanks magic. Great minds think alike.

                  1. re: fleisch

                    Good question. Must be similar to "krab"

                    1. re: pescatarian

                      Oops CALAMARI. Thanks for the spelling correction. Are you a professional editor or school teacher as well as being an distinguished foodie with a discerning palate?

                      1. re: food face

                        lol, that's not what I meant, but thanks - what I meant was that calamari is not kosher as far as I know and neither is crab. Sometimes the fake crab that is served in kosher restaurants (among other places) is referred to as "krab" to indicate that it's not real.
                        I'm thinking that whatever calamari is served at Meron is not real calamari but made out of similar stuff as the fake crab (minced pollack, I believe).

                        1. re: food face

                          Sorry - by the way. I also was asking what is made out of rather than pointing out a spelling error. I actually typed it wrong by accident, being someone who has never eaten the stuff :)
                          (I am an editor, however...)

                          Now, what IS it made of??

                        2. re: pescatarian

                          Understood. Ok. Sorry. I thought you guys where being cheeky. Sorry.

                  2. Had the burger. Yes, they will cook to order, which is a nice switch from most. But the 'brioche' bun was italian and out of a package. Perhaps a brief transgression? My daughter's chicken fingers had clearly been made on site and fresh, which is also a good sign. Goulash was okay, as well. Not awe inspiring, but decent and reasonable.

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                    1. re: Snarf

                      I think at one time their buns used to be brioche or challah. But it's been awhile and they seem to be misleading patrons with their menu description, I agree. Personally, not crazy about those out-of-the-package Italian buns. Blach. Otherwise their burger is damn good. Worthy of reinstatement of a better bun.

                      I've never heard of mock calamari before but nothing about theirs striked me as imitation.

                      1. re: magic

                        But how could it not be imitation? Isn't it Kosher?

                        Edited: Sorry, my mistake. The place you are referring to is not kosher. I was thinking of Marron Bistro Moderne which is kosher.

                        1. re: pescatarian

                          There you go, no confusing the two! :)

                    2. Okay, guys, here are the place links to the two entirely different restos in discussion, feel free to add any information you think useful --

                      948 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C2C2, CA

                      514 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N1A5, CA

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                      1. re: JamieK

                        lol-all the threads on these two resto's get mixed up-!