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Aug 20, 2007 07:44 PM

Aussie Chowhound needs reccs! Chinese/Malaysian/French

We're in Toronto for 6 days staying near the Eaton center.

We'd love to have some reccs on good Chinese, Malaysian, French and anything I shouldn't miss out on. Good bakeries? Patisseries? Brunches?

We're willing to take the subway but not be too far.

Thanks in advance!


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  1. From the Eaton Centre, it's not too far to Spadina which has a plethora of Chinese and Vietnamese choices. Pho 88 is very popular, and most of the Chinese places are quite good (if restrained in the decor). Look for a line-up of Chinese people; that's almost always a good recommendation. BTW, the crabs and lobsters in the Northern hemisphere are much smaller than the ones you see in Oz ( I recall seeing a crab as big around as a small table while in Sydney; the ones you get here are about the size of a small dinner plate, and our lobsters are generally between 1 and 2 lbs).

    Get your concierge to show you where the Kensington Market is; that's a great stroll with lots of interesting food shops if you want an impromptu picnic.

    Take the subway up to Bloor (about six-seven minutes), and walk west to Bellair (about two blocks), then go north to Cumberland and Yorkville - lots of shops and cafes (although a fair amount of construction right now). This also takes you close to the Royal Ontario Museum, which has just had a giant facelift (corner of Bloor and Avenue Rd). If the weather's nice, a sunset drink at the Park Hyatt Rooftop lounge (nw corner of Bloor and Avenue) offers a great view of the city.

    Also, the subway to Bloor, then east to either Chester or Pape (about 15 minutes total trip), lets you out in the middle of Greektown, which has some very upscale Greek spots (Mezes, Ouzeri), along with lots of cheap 'n cheerful spots (Astoria, Friendly Greek, etc.). As you walk further west to Broadview, there are a variety of cuisines available (vegan, Japanese, Indian, etc.).

    Enjoy your trip!

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    1. re: KevinB

      I'll further Kevin's recommendation and add in a couple of specific restaurants on the Danforth. Even though they don't meet the specifics (Chinese/Malay/French), they're also worth a look.

      Pantheon has never let me down for greek food. Mambo Lounge is great for cuban and it also serves the best mojito I've ever had. Globe is a little more upscale, but always a solid choice for good food. The Red Violin is a Brazilian rodizio. I'd suggest reservations if you choose to try the Red Violin though.

      Enjoy your visit!

      124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

      120 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

      Red Violin
      95 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N2, CA

      407 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

    2. thanks! I love Greek food as well. That's a good recc. I've been living in Dallas Tx so good chinese and general ethnic food is hard to come by.

      1. I'll sound like a broken record here, but if you want great Malaysian food, do check out Matahari Grill, which is not that far from the Eaton Center.

        1. If you want upscale chinese, Lai Wah Hein at the Metropolitan Hotel has great food - also, the last time we were there, the Wiggles were at the table next to us :-)

          Metropolitan hotel (super close to the Eaton's centre):
          Address : 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3
          Telephone : 416-977-5000

          1. For French I would recommend Batifole: It's on Gerrard East, so you would have to take the TTC - but it's well worth it. I would suggest making reservations as it's fairly small.
            From Eaton Centre, take the subway (or walk) to Yonge & College and get the streetcar going east. This should take a right turn at Parliament and a left at Gerrard. I don't think it would take too long, maybe a half hour. Someone correct me if I'm wrong about the route!

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            1. re: sam_1

              correct - it will take about 15 mins without traffic, 25 with.