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May 15, 2007 01:12 PM

Dining in Markham?

I'm taking a business trip to Toronto in early June. I'll be staying and working in the Markham area. Any suggestions for good eats in that vicinity?

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  1. Can you specify what vicinity you'll be (major intersection) since Markham covers a lot of territory. Also, will you have access to a car? What kind of food do you prefer and will you be writing off all of your meals (i.e is price an issue)?

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    1. re: Royaljelly

      I'm staying at the Hilton Suites in Markham, 8500 Warden Avenue.

      Yes, I will be on an expense account, but I'm not entertaining clients on this trip. The personal guideline for Toronto is about USD$50 per day...not a huge sum. Going slightly over the guideline (say 25%) isn't a problem, but exceeding it by more than that is frowned upon.

      I'm mainly looking for dinner suggestions. I'm sure I'll grab breakfast and lunch on the go.

    2. You're close to First Markham Place (just E of Woodbine on Hwy 7), which has lots of good chinese restuarants. Peaktop has good BBQ meats (try the suckling pig if they have it), seafood and other cantonese dishes. They have one fried rice dish that very light and almost as good as the one I had in the ultra expensive Lai Wah Heen downtown. Ding Tai Fung is shanghainese style cuisine, better for lunch (try the shao long bao).

      The Host (fine Indian restuarant) also has a very good weekday lunch buffet that's well priced, but flavours are a bit milder. If you want something a little spicier, you can try Jaipur.

      Some very good Vietnamese style curry crab at Saigon Star. Great with these little fresh baguettes to soak up the sauce.

      Towards Hwy 404/Leslie just north of Hwy 7 there's more of those large chain restaurants like Alice Fazooli's, Jack Astors and such, which I don't frequent at all.

      Just south of there, also a newer complex of restaurants include Bombay Bhel (some people like it, but I found it pricey), Brix Napa valley & Baton Rouge.

      Down south towards Steeles/Warden - there's Casa Imperial fine chinese. I've only tried dim sum, not dinner. Also Sam Woo at Bamburgh Circle (not the BBQ one, there's 2 places there called Sam Woo), also good fancier chinese food and good dim sum too.

      Celestial Court just W of Woodbine south of Hwy7 (opposite Costco) has good fine chinese, as well as Ambassador on Hwy 7 for dim sum.

      1. Which cuisine are you mainly looking for ?

        1. Empire Court inside your hotel has great chinese food, but not cheap.

        2. Lots of good chinese restaurants on Hwy 7 around your area. Drive a bit west to First Markham place, most of the chinese food there are ok to pretty good like Diamond for chinese food, Mei Long Noodle for noodles (their Taiwanese style beef noodle soup is one of the best in Toronto !)

        3. Japanese food - go to Julibee square (a bit west from First Markham place), Miyabi has authentic Japanese dishes and Akasaka for Teppanyaki and Fusion style Japanese food.

        4. Close by to Julibee square is O Mei, where you can have great Chinese food again there, try out their "budda jumps over the wall" soup, it is very tasty !!

        5. For Italian food, pub and some other international cuisine, go to Main Street, it is a street with small boutiques, restaurants and pubs, it gets quite a big crowd at night ! It is located at Main and Hwy 7 which is a bit east from your hotel, turn north when you hit Main street and you will see it.

        I think all of these should fit into your price range.

        There are fulls of nice chinese restaurants on Hwy 7 and Steeles and Casa Imperial suggested by Royaljelly is highly recommended on Steeles for dinner !

        Hope you find these recommendation helpful !

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        1. re: skylineR33

          skyline, I haven't tried O Mei before.. what kind of regional chinese do they serve? Any other dishes you'd suggest that's good?

          BTW, purplescout.. for a lot of the chinese places, if you can go with 3 or more people it would be ideal. That way, you could order more dishes to try, rather than just 1-2 courses. Otherwise, you could just doggy bag the left overs for your breakfast/lunch the next day!

          1. re: Royaljelly

            O Mei serves Cantonese cuisine mainly on the seafood side. I suggest you try their "Budda jumps over the wall" soup which is very tasty yet not very expensive, it is like ~$30 per person but the ingredient is good.

            Their fish dish is very good, don't know the english name of their famous dish, but the cantonese name is "Gum Dor Bowl". It is some of the most fresh fish I have ever eaten.

            The scallop with XO sauce and mango is also very nice. Lobster and huge king crab (10lbs but seasonal) is very nicely cooked, if you have a table of 8 ppl to share, it is perfect.

          2. re: skylineR33

            Second O Mei! Their house specialty - Wok fried jumbo lobster, alone, is worth the trip! However, make sure to check the prices. This is one restaurant that one can spend a bundle due to their attractive selection of exotic sea foods, all at 'market price' ( live Alaskan King Crab, Live Spotted Prawns from both BC and Florida, Giant Geoduck clams, Live French Turbot....etc)

            1. re: Charles Yu

              I remember over 15 yrs ago when I first moved to the area, my mom took us to O Mei. Pops threw a sissy fit in there because he felt the menu was too chop suey. We left before we ordered.

              My old man is a stickler that's for sure. I've never been back as a result. Perhaps I am missing out?

              1. re: aser

                15 yrs ?? The place has changed chef several times and has renovation.....

                1. re: skylineR33

                  that's a given, I just haven't gone back. Can't exactly pin why? I just thought it was an amusing anecdote, hence I brought it up.

                  I will go soon ok?

          3. Near the hotel, about 4 or 5 lights towards east on Highway 7, there's a street north of highway 7 called Main St. A quaint little street with little shops and a few different restaurants to choose from. Restaurants ranges from steakhouses, italian, french and pub food. If the weather is nice, you can opt for the patio and enjoy the weather.

            1. Lotsa good (and bad) eating out Markham way.

              Start at Ground Zero (Hilton Suites), insert Tums/Nexium/Pepcid, etc. and begin working your way through this list of 883 restaurants (addresses and map links included) that are within 5 kilometers (about 3 miles) of your hotel:
              . Report back when your belt expands three notches!

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              1. re: GeoNit

                The website is quite outdated like some restaurant has been closed down (eg. Ho Su has been replaced by "little fat lamb" chinese hot pot on Hwy 7)...