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Csarda Restaurant, Toronto

Medira May 15, 2007 12:49 PM

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Has anybody eaten at Csarda on Elm Street in Toronto? I've been looking for information about it online, but can't seem to find anything.

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Okay then...that's what I get for trusting a couple of online mentions.

Any recommendations for good restaurants in the Canon Theatre area?

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    caddie May 15, 2007 01:14 PM

    I could be wrong but didn't that close several years ago?
    Maybe someone else knows for certain.

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    1. re: caddie
      outofit May 15, 2007 01:29 PM

      I am sure you are right, I believe the Elm Street site closed almost 10 years ago. Before Elm Csarda was at a number of other locations, I remember 2 on Bay.

      1. re: outofit
        estufarian May 15, 2007 01:36 PM

        It 'finally' closed in 1998. All of the various incarnations were owned by Tibor Firentzy - I tried Googling him and found nothing!

        1. re: outofit
          Medira May 15, 2007 01:37 PM

          Hm. Darn. Okay then...

          Any suggestions for restaurants in the Canon Theatre area?

          1. re: Medira
            estufarian May 15, 2007 01:44 PM

            There have been a few threads on this (try a search for Canon). My best bet is Linda's - an upscale Thai restaurant - more like a bistro. It's on Gould street (opposite back door of Sam the Record man) but has a Yonge St address. Only a 5 minute walk from theatre.

            1. re: estufarian
              ekammin May 16, 2007 10:17 AM

              Toronto used to have a much better collection of Hungarian restaurants, as a result, I think, of refugees from the 1956 revolution coming here. My own favourite was the Tarogato, on Bloor Street - noisy, crowded, but cheap and delicious. Anyone rememeber it?

              1. re: ekammin
                embee May 16, 2007 06:24 PM

                Yes, that was also my favourite. It was a bit different than the others - a sort of fusion experience: Hungarian/Jewish/Argentinean (or somewhere else in South America).

                Only Country Style remains on that strip of Bloor, and it is terrible.

                1. re: embee
                  ekammin May 17, 2007 07:39 AM

                  I recall that the "Argentinean" dishes seemed very much like the Hungarian ones, but with Spanish names.

                  1. re: ekammin
                    embee May 17, 2007 11:23 AM

                    You may very well be right ;-)

                    But his food did taste somewhat different from, say, Continental, Country Style, and the others.

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                      ekammin May 17, 2007 12:30 PM

                      There was one dish that, for me, was utter nostalgia. It was a mixture of buttered noodles, dry cottage cheese and bacon. My grandmother, who was from Transylvania, used to make it, and, outside of Tarogato, I have never seen it anywhere else.

                      1. re: ekammin
                        DockPotato May 17, 2007 01:22 PM

                        Paprika at 3450 Bathurst St. has those same cottage cheese noodles as well as poppy seed and cabbage. They also have "gomboc" - prune or plum filled dumplings fried in breadcrumbs, mushroom paprikas, real Hungarian beef soup with liver noodles and other everyday home cooking that you just won't find anywhere else. It's about as close you can get as to what your grandmother put on the table.

                        1. re: DockPotato
                          ekammin May 17, 2007 07:59 PM

                          I was there once, but it was so crowded I didn't stay. But, I'll try it again.

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