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May 15, 2007 12:49 PM

Csarda Restaurant, Toronto

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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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  1. 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

      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

        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

          Hm. Darn. Okay then...

          Any suggestions for restaurants in the Canon Theatre area?

          1. re: Medira

            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

              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

                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

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

                  1. re: ekammin

                    You may very well be right ;-)

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

                    1. re: embee

                      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

                        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

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