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Jul 30, 2007 02:58 PM

Best Russian restos/bakeries/delis

I'm trying to help a fellow CH in Toronto out with recommendations. I'm a native son but must profess relative ignorance in this area since I don't get back as much as I'd like. Any good choices for an out-of-towner?

I will direct my confrère to this thread in case he doesn't already scan the Montréal board

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  1. Can't believe no one's replied. Well, here are three places for you (I have recent experience of only the first):

    - Vova (5235 avenue du Parc between Fairmount and St-Viateur, 514 271-1355) has Russian breads, pastries, charcuteries, imported goods and rather good take-out dishes.

    - Troika (2171 rue Crescent, 514 849-9333) is an upscale downtown resto with wandering fiddlers.

    - La Caverne (5184A Côte-des-Neiges, 514 738-6555) is a "crazy Russian restaurant" that appears to be something of a hole in the wall (well, floor, since it's in a basement, whence the name) and has a reputation for making excellent dumplings. The menu certainly lists a bunch of them.

    There are or were also Russian restos on Queen Mary a half block west of the Snowdon metro station and, I believe, St-Mathieu north of Sherbrooke but someone else will have to provide the deets on those.

    5 Replies
    1. re: carswell

      "on Queen Mary a half block west of the Snowdon metro station"

      Actually, it's a half block east of Snowdon metro: Ermitage (5001 Queen Mary Rd., 514 735-3886).

      1. re: carswell

        Beyond what Carswell has already mentioned. Doing some checking. On Decarie(corner Queen Mary) there's Le Georgia restaurant. There's a Russian supper club called Astoriya at 5405 Queen Mary(near Coolbrook Ave.). In downtown, on 1409 St. Marc(corner Ste. Catherine) there's Kalinka. Also in downtown, on 1015 Beaver Hall Hill there's the Kremlin restaurant.

        1. re: BLM

          Just to help with the list, not that I've ever been to this place, but there's also Kalinka on St-Marc next to Wawel.


          1. re: SnackHappy

            It's the same place I mentioned above.

            1. re: BLM

              Oops, sorry about that. That was a doomed post anyway. I had also mentioned Maison Rustik, which unfortunately is Romanian. Oh well...