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Jul 17, 2007 05:39 PM

Good dining at Bayview/401 area

Hi all,

We will be staying in Toronto near the Bayview/401 area. Are there any good restaurants around this area (say within 10-15 minutes drive).



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  1. depends on what you fancy but here's a start -

    just west of Bayview at Yonge/Sheppard are several Korean/BBQ/sushi places: Ichiban (on spring garden), Korean bbq on same street. go north on Yonge and you'll find Iranian restos (Zaffron, Karoon, North)

    south on Bayview, s of Eglinton are several restos: smalltalk, Amaya, duff's

    Leslie/401 - south of 401 is a Keg

    for Chinese, go north, to Leslie/Hwy 7 and take your pick (can't go wrong); can also find good Indian in this area (Jikonee Grill, Bombay Palace)

    outside of rush hour, it's only 10-15 min from bayview/401 to all of the places mentioned above

    1. on Yonge, just North of York Mills is Auberge du Pommier. Only a 5-10 minute drive from where you are.

      1. There are quite a lots of good Korean restaurant along Yonge street north of Sheppard. They are all owned by Korean and not too expensive.

        1. Quince is great and not very far at all. 5 - 10 minute drive.

          Certainly one of the best bets north of the downtown core:

          1. Thanks for all these suggestions. It is a rare dinner out away from our infant and toddler (but we can't be gone too long which is why we don't have time to travel downtown...). Is Auberge du Pommier worth the $? How does the food at Quince compare? We both really like Indian food so Amaya sounds intriguing.

            We might try the Korean on another night for something more casual. I imagine that they are pretty kid friendly if we went for an early dinner?

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            1. re: jacolis

              Although a few posts have mentioned that Cuisine of India has gone down hill a bit lately, back in the day they had great Indian food. They are on Yonge, N. of Sheppard, probably less than 10 minutes from where you are.

              1. re: jacolis

                Yes, all the korean restaurants there are casual and kid friendly ! Good and cheap.

                1. re: jacolis

                  Is Auberge du Pommier worth the big bucks?, you ask. Well, it's a very, very good spot, and just a short drive away from where you're staying. So if you think dinner is worth about $200 a couple (including a bottle of wine, tax and tip), you'll have a very good time. Quince is a cut or two below Auberge in quality and execution, but it's still quite good, and satisfying, and it's a cut or two below in price as well. It'll add another 15 minutes, though, to your drive to get there. (it's also a bit of a bother to find a decent parking spot nearby Quince.) Amaya, recently opened, has been seemingly well dissected in another thread on this site. While I don't want to swamp you with too many other choices, let me add a couple more choices just down Yonge Street from the Auberge. There's the Miller Tavern, just south of York Mills Rd., a few minutes south of the Auberge, with its very own parking lot. Nice setting on the edge of a park, pretty good food, reasonable quality for the price. Sit upstairs, ask for a table overlooking the park and/or the tennis courts. Good wine list and a number of good beers on tap. It'll cost you $100-$125 a couple (with wine). And further south on Yonge Street by about six short blocks is a gem called Sequel, with an imaginative menu, which clocks in at about $150 a couple, though you probably do it cheaper. Easy to park on one of the side streets running west from Yonge. Be aware that the Auberge, Quince and Sequel are all on the Summerlicious program till July 22, so - if you want to go to any of them during Summerlicious - you may find it tough to get a reservation time you want. Cuisine of India is, in my view, long past its prime.

                  1. re: juno

                    Thanks all! I just read on another post that Auberge du Pommier will be closed for renos for 5 weeks so that rules it out for us. I just checked the menu for Sequel and hubby and I are drooling already! I think we have a winner for our couples night out.... We will be trying some of the other suggestions with our kids too. Thanks again.

                    1. re: jacolis

                      Another option since it seems you are willing to go as far as Lawrence & Yonge, is Herbs restaurant. Focusing on modern, French cuisine, it tries to source organic and seasonal ingredients from small farms and fisheries in Ontario and Quebec.

                      It is open for lunch and dinner.