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Best Restaurant on Elm Street?

Medira Jul 4, 2007 10:18 AM

It's been ages since I ate at any of the restaurants on Elm Street, but it looks like I'll be heading in that direction tonight. I have friends in town staying at the Delta Chelsea and Elm Street seems like the best idea for a nice dinner.

So, what is your favourite Elm Street restaurant? What type of cuisine?

  1. JonasBrand Jul 4, 2007 10:19 AM

    Around the block on Baldwin you'll find Matahari (Malaysian)... it is excellent.

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    1. re: JonasBrand
      vorpal Jul 4, 2007 12:05 PM

      I wholeheartedly second this recommendation. It's one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto.

      1. re: vorpal
        Dimbulb Jan 22, 2010 01:21 PM

        I think the OP is requesting a recommendation on Elm between Bay and Yonge across from the hotel.

        1. re: Dimbulb
          JamieK Jan 22, 2010 01:24 PM

          for a night that took place about three and half years ago....

          1. re: JamieK
            Dimbulb Jan 22, 2010 01:28 PM

            Just caught that after I hit send :}

            1. re: Dimbulb
              JamieK Jan 22, 2010 01:32 PM

              happens all the time... ;->

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      melly mel Jul 4, 2007 11:55 AM

      Adega is very good. It is Portuguese, so lots of seafood.

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      1. re: melly mel
        fickle Jul 4, 2007 12:15 PM

        I second Adega. I could eat the sundried olives and portuguese bread all night! Mmmm...


        1. re: fickle
          Strongbad789 Jan 22, 2010 01:07 PM

          I love the sardines at Adega, but I had the mushroom risotto recently and it was absolutely tasteless (as well as being overcooked). It was like eating gruel. I ate maybe 1/10 of it. The waiter noticed that I hadn't eaten it and asked if I liked it and I said that that I hadn't because it was too bland, so he took it away without another word (and I still got charged for it). Maybe I should have used the word tasteless?

        2. re: melly mel
          Medira Jul 4, 2007 12:23 PM

          It sounds great but (I forgot to mention this above), one of the members of our party has a seafood allergy.

          What would be your second choice?

          1. re: Medira
            fickle Jul 4, 2007 12:38 PM


            Barberian's steakhouse or Senator diner would be my next choice in that area.



            1. re: fickle
              Finnegan Jul 4, 2007 01:50 PM

              Mata Hari is a little far from the Delta Chelsea..I'm guessing you want to stay near the Yonge Street end of Elm St....what about the Bangkok Garden. Set in a nice old building, nice interior decor, mid range priced thai food. You can order lots of dishes and do some sampling.

              1. re: Finnegan
                Medira Jul 4, 2007 02:01 PM

                This sounds great. Thanks for the suggestion!

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          Redshifted Jul 4, 2007 03:11 PM

          The best restaurant on Elm St. has to be Oro. A bit pricier than most of the other choices listed but worth it.


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          1. re: Redshifted
            ctl98 Jul 4, 2007 03:27 PM

            I second Oro as well. Very attentive service. And very good food. Adega is excellent too. They have non-seafood dishes as well. I had an excellent seafood risotto there and my colleague had lamb. We both enjoyed our meals very much.

            1. re: ctl98
              ace123 Jul 4, 2007 05:24 PM

              Oro will be my choice. I went to Adega twice in the last 6 months & found their food not as good as before.

              1. re: ace123
                Medira Jul 5, 2007 07:34 AM

                Now that is disappointing to hear...

            2. re: Redshifted
              PDW Jan 22, 2010 12:15 PM

              Hmmm. I used to frequent ORO a few years back for their signature tea smoked sea bass, excellent service and great wine list. Was back this week. No tea smoked sea bass - but an advertised whole sea bass served as a meagre fillet with bitter swiss chard, an sad looking carrot halved not peeled and some undercooked, leathery green beans. Okay, the fist was perfectly cooked and the service was good. Not great, good. I ordered a glass of an acceptable pinot to wash it all down and was charged 18.00 for the glass. A castle rock pinot for 18 bucks?

              Starving and with a pretty bored pallette I left. 80 dollars poorer and wondering what happened to the ORO.

              Oro Restaurant
              45 Elm St., Toronto, ON M5G 1H1, CA

            3. food for life Jul 6, 2007 12:05 PM

              I recommend going to Baldwin st. far more ethnic, if thats what you want.
              You can't go wrong with any of the restaurant there.
              + atmosphere

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              1. re: food for life
                gregclow Jul 7, 2007 05:30 PM

                Sorry, but I'd have to say that you CAN go wrong with quite a few places on Baldwin.

                Bocca, which was once a decent pizza & pasta place, was absolutely awful the last time I was there.

                John's Italian has been surfing on their past reputation for quite a while now. If it wasn't for the patio, I doubt anyone would go there.

                Margarita's is a joke. Absolutely dreadful "Mexican" food.

                I've been dragged to the Chinese place on the corner of Baldwin & McCaul several times for lunches with groups from the office (I work nearby), and I've always been disappointed.

                Aside from Jodhpur Club, the Indian places along there are lacklustre.

                Even when I was a vegetarian, I found Vegetarian Haven to serve pretty bland and unexciting stuff.

                1. re: gregclow
                  melly mel Jul 7, 2007 06:52 PM

                  I completely agree that Margarita's is awful. Ugh. I went there once by mistake and will never return.

                  1. re: gregclow
                    vorpal Jul 7, 2007 08:22 PM

                    I agree with most of your assessment, with the exception of the dismissal of Gateways of India as being lacklustre. I've found it to be slightly better than Jodhpore Club, although they are both quite good.

                    1. re: vorpal
                      gregclow Jul 7, 2007 08:25 PM

                      To be fair, I've only tried the buffet at Gateways, since I've only been there on office lunch outings. So I'll withdraw my judgement until I have a proper meal there sometime.

                2. JonasBrand Jul 6, 2007 03:43 PM

                  Bangkok Garden... no good! AND EXPENSIVE! (at least for what it is). AVOID.

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                  1. re: JonasBrand
                    vorpal Jul 6, 2007 04:04 PM

                    I haven't been yet (I keep meaning to just to see how it compares to other Toronto "Thai" restaurants), but I agree that from looking at the menu online that it is ridiculously overpriced.

                  2. Dimbulb Jan 22, 2010 01:23 PM

                    Queen & Beaver. Fancy pub vibe, great burger, fish & chips, and cod cheeks & tongues.

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                      Dimbulb Jan 22, 2010 01:28 PM


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