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lunch today - don mill and eg

having lunch with dad and can't stray too far from this area. say, 10-15 minute drive at most.

recently realized that he's much more adventurous than mom and so he's a bit tired of the usual chinese stuff they go for on the weekends (enough congee queen!). we often end up at the memories of japan, much to my regret (although the seafood udon is fairly palatable). i also don't want a japanese rec unless it's really good... too much bad quality sushi is not worth it!

so.... i know armenian kitchen is a dvp ride away... anything else interesting though?

thanks!

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  1. There's an Island Foods on Don Mills north of Eg, (north of Lawrence a bit). Unlicensed, seating is reminiscent of chain joints, and it's counter service, but they consistently do some of the best Caribbean food in town. Occasionally has long line-ups, though.

    Another option is Nando's, which is in a strip mall just east of Laird (across from the Lowry Piano shop in the south end of the mall which is on Eglinton). Very good flamed chicken served with varying degrees of heat, and some decent sides. It's the flagship for a South African chain, so they're eager to please. Licensed, nicer tables and decor.

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    1. re: Snarf

      thanks all for the suggestions thus far!

      i've done the island foods thing a couple of times and they just don't quite do it for me. although now that my fave doubles place has closed i may have to rethink it.

      dad is a bit health concious and so unfortunately fish and chips won't fly (although i have to admit ch got me craving it this week).

      i've done nando's in south africa and wasn't all that impressed with it there. it seemed saucy and unnecessarily spicy. although i only had it maybe twice at most and my host was very enthusiastic about it.

      i just recalled going to a caribbean buffet place.. near.. flemingdon?? does this ring a bell with anyone. can anyone vouch for it or any other unusual place like it?

      i know there's sushi near old yorke... mikado? anyone been to that recently perhaps? it was in the japanese by japanese thread of yore.

      1. re: pinstripeprincess

        There are a couple of Indian place in the mall across from the Science Centre, names escape me. The one I tried was quite decent.

        For doubles, the place on Kensington that specializes in Jamaican patties does them very well. A couple of doors from the dreadful chocolate place.

        1. re: Snarf

          the patty king ones were my first intro to doubles but now i find them terribly lacklustre and a stale kind of greasy... unfortunately drupatis is such a distance but i'm hoping they will freeze well.

          there are such huge variations across the city and nearly none of the ones i've tried can be considered similar except for the puffy pieces of fried dough and some kind of chickpea filling.

          didn't even notice indian places by the science centre! good to know!

        2. re: pinstripeprincess

          I haven't been to Mikado but I like the sushi etiquette tutorial on their website.
          http://www.mikadorestaurant.ca/

          As long as we're on Laird, I drive by Leonard's all the time but never hear anything about it. Anyone been there? It looks like a family-style basic resto but how's the food?

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          Mikado
          114 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V3, CA

          Leonard's
          220 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3X2, CA

      2. Go north on Don Mills to about half way between YM and Law and you'll find Island Foods. it's on the west side. Fantastic Caribbean food.

        DT

        1. Island Foods is just below Don Mills/York Mills on the west side. Some people may recommend Ganoe sushi in that same plaza, but I think they've really gone down hill in the last year. How about Marvelous Edibles on Laird?

          1. Marvellous Edibles, as already suggested, and Olde Yorke Fish & Chips is a nice sit-down restaurant (as compared to many F&C places where take-out is the main focus).

            http://www.marvellousedibles.ca/R_hom...

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            Marvellous Edibles
            120 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V3, CA

            Olde Yorke
            96 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V3, CA

            1. How about Bamiyan Kebab on Thornecliffe Park Drive?

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              1. re: foodyDudey

                how's the atmosphere there? dad is pretty much anything goes but i'd like a place with low noise levels just because he's a bit of a low talker.

                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  I'll second Bamiyan...outstanding kebabs and the flat bread is to die for...try the intersting yogurt shakes to