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May 2, 2007 08:48 AM

3 Weeks in Toronto on an Expense Account

Help, I will be in Toronto for 3 weeks between May and June and need to eat at every restaurant worth eating at. I don't care if it is extremely cheap or very high end I just want to taste the best. I like all types of foods and won't shy away from trying anything please let me know any and all suggestions.

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    1. I'm sooo jealous as well!

      Where are you coming from? Will you be here for the weekends too? Do you have any preferences?

      - Kelly

      6 Replies
      1. re: FlavourPrincess

        Not fair! Okay, I'll start:

        North 44
        Colbourne Lane
        Lee (why not give it a try? he's on an expense account)
        Amuse Bouche
        Lai Wah Heen
        Sushi Kaji

        1. re: mickeyj

          what mickeyj said (especially Susur, Amuse Bouche and Starfish)... plus

          Jamie Kennedy's
          Senhor Antonio (Chiado)
          - pork and dill dumplings at Mother's Dumpling's
          - the often recommended peameal bacon sandwich at the St. Lawrence
          - Little India, just for a look-see and some Indian sweets
          - the black rum cake at the Caribbean bakery in Kensington
          - Coffee Porter from the Mill Street Brew Pub (you'll find it on tap in a few places throughout the city)

          1. re: Rabbit

            be sure to specify Jamie Kennedy's Wine Bar and not the Restaurant side... i dont' think i've heard of anyone coming out of that half of the venture with a single good thing to say.

            If you're going to go crazy for Japanese, I'd also throw in Hashimoto into the mix for Kaiseki. I wouldn't necessarily omakase at the sushi joints either, probably more so just order everything fresh in that day.

            from my own personal opinion, best curry goat roti is from Roti Lady in Parkdale (Queen West/Dunn) and best jamaican patties go to Caribbean Queen (Bloor/Lansdowne)... both very much take-out situations.

            this would take a bunch of time, but if you're here on the weekend I'd suggest dropping into a few of the different markets around town and packing yourself a picnic and sitting yourself down in trinity bellwoods park. cheese from Scheffler's at st lawrence market (if you're adventurous they have this kind of pork product that's a ground meat spread called cretons, popular in quebec/montreal - i personally love it), or go to the north market and grab some mennonite cheese from Monforte, peameal bacon sandwich (not from carousel, i personally don't understand the appeal.. paddingtons at least fries it up fresh), portugese chicken from the guy just across, a pint of pressed cider and maybe a mini pie from the farmer's north market again, a pint or few scoops of gelato from solferino on the way to getting some artisanal offerings from Atelier Thuet (which should be open by the time you're here) especially the bread, afterwards pop on up to Venezia on ossington north of queen for some natas... i can't think of others right now...

            if i have the time, i love that style of eating... last time i was in paris the first thing we did was abandon our packs at the hostel and then set out to aligre market and ate an immense amount of food snatched up from all the shops and stalls there. fantastic really.

            1. re: Rabbit

              I'd say skip the peameal bacon sandwiches (I don't really find them that great) and go to Mustachios downstairs for an eggplant sandwich! Soooo much yummier.

              1. re: jayseeca

                In defense of peameal (which I actually don't like)... it's a Canadian thing, and so a New Yorker might find it interesting. Mr. Rabbit, who is American, is quite fascinated by the Canadian pre-occupation with bacon, and he's very taken with those greasy, peameal-y snacks.

                1. re: Rabbit

                  If I were to rec a peameal sandwich it certainly wouldn't be the one from Carousel. I'm totally with PSP on that count. If I craved pig, I'd go with the one served at Zoulpy's a quick 3-4 minute walk from the SL Market. Much tastier, more filling, better able to get the toppings you want, aaaaand you can sit down, relax, and watch soccer with your meal.

                  Mustachio's preps most, if not all, their eggplant before 7am. I find it a little offputting that it isn't done on the spot.

        2. All I can say is that your expense account must be considerably better than mine. When I travel for business (and that was for several months last year), my company was cheap cheap cheap............

          1. I am in from NYC and will be in Toronto for little over three weeks straight weekends included. The company is very good about expenses especially when they are taking us away from friends and family for that long. Thanks for your help and keep them coming.

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            1. re: collinm

              Do you think you will ever return to our fair city? On your own dime? If so, I would do the upscale Toronto thing on this trip and do the cheaper things next time round.

              Either way I think this city has a lot to offer a NYC hound and you will thoroughly enjoy your 3 weeks here. Happy eating!

              - Kelly

              1. re: collinm

                Oh, I forgot to add my list of upscale favourites.

                Chiado, Canoe, Via Allegro, Kaji, Lai Wah Heen, Colborne Lane, Susur, Thuet, Truffles, 360 (just for the views and maybe a drink), Ultra Supper Club, Rain, Senses, Host, Rosebud, Mildred Pierce, Torito, JKWB, Perigee, Starfish.

                That's a list I would love to hit in a single month!

                - Kelly

                1. re: collinm

                  There is also a place I wish I could afford that gets great reviews. Its called Eigensinn Farm. I'm not sure if you can get a reservation this late but its worth a try.

                  - Kelly

                  1. re: FlavourPrincess

                    Just a note that this place is a couple of hours outside of the city and reservations are needed months in advance.

                    1. re: TorontoJo

                      Have you been? How was it? What did they serve?

                      - Kelly

                  2. re: collinm

                    Visit the Beach neighbourhood for the walk and the lake but stay away from most of the restaurants (See the thread on Beach restaurants). I have lived in this area for many years and I know tourists fall in love with it every time the set foot here but unless you just want a quick coffee from one of the 17 coffee shops that line the two mile strip of Queen street or fancy a beer at one of the many pubs you won't find much good chow. The onlt decent food iin my opinion is to be found at Sauvignon.

                  3. You've gotten some great recs so far. If you go to Lai Wah Heen, go for dim sum, not the regular menu. It's a good pick for one of your weekend lunches.

                    Of the places listed, my personal do-not-miss list include Perigee, Chiado and Splendido. All of these are serious expense account dinners. George is very good as well -- if the weather is nice, reserve a table on their patio.

                    My roti rec is Gandhi (Queen St., just east of Bathurst). If you're from NYC, chances are you've never had roti. Think of it as a big curry burrito. Totally addictive.

                    Great brunch spots: Aunties and Uncles or Dessert Trends Bistro. Note: two totally opposite ends of the spectrum, both very, very good.

                    If you're a beer fan, then head to Beerbistro (stay away from Biermarkt) for a phenomenal beer list or the Mill St. Brew Pub for some local brews. The latter is in the Distillery District, which is a fantastic area to spend a nice Saturday afternoon. Start early and grab a coffee at Balzac's and a sweet or savoury pastry at Brick St. Bakery. Wander the studios and shops, take a silly Segway ride, stop at Soma for a chocolate pick-me-up in the form of a shot of Mayan hot chocolate, then wander a bit more before having an early dinner at the Mill St. Brew Pub.

                    Oh, and I'm totally seconding pinstripeprincess' and jayseeca's recs. Mustachio's over peameal anyday.