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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

              2. congee queen @ d mills and lawrence! ... do it!

                1. have you tried Iqbal 's which is off Thorncliffe Park Dr across from the mall and
                  near the Mosque. I do not know the name of the street.

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                  1. re: goaneat

                    Iqbal's, no. can you provide any information?

                    dad picked armenian kitchen and i commend him a bit for it just because he's never had any of this type of food before.

                    anisette tea, brightened up with a bit of sugar was just so perfect for my mood. loved how it was refreshing in a comforting type of way.

                    everything fried looked overdone or charred but it didn't properly represent the flavour. fried eggplant was a bit greasy on the exterior but it managed to have a great sweetness with a slight tang of bitter and a wonderfully soft melt in your mouth texture. throw in some hummus and a bit of tomato and parsley to round it out perfectly in the mouth.

                    kubbeh, i have no idea what it is actually supposed to be like, but the crispy thick exterior to this spiced meat ball was a bit dry. the flavour was nicely spiced although at times it could overwhlem the meat. the advertised pinenuts didn't seem to make much of an appearance except for one nut toppling onto the plate from the middle. the thing garlic sauce lining the bottom of the dish and tomatoes gave it the extra oomp it really needed to be quite tasty.

                    vegetable plate combo with meat, dad opted for the chicken shawarma. the chicken meat was tender and just moist enough but i long for the chicken shawarmas swimming in juices and their own grease. it was a sizeable portion with th eplate mostly covered with a large spread of hummus, taboule, 3 falafel balls, a quenelle of some mild garlic paste and a white roasted eggplant spread. overall it was ok. found the hummus to be mostly tahini in flavour and my dad didn't really enjoy the bitter eggplant spread as much as me.

                    falafel sandwich was nice but bland. no extras here. the pickled veg came at the beginning as large chunks that weren't taking too kindly to be shoved into the pita so all i had was a mix of tomato and parsley with the falafel balls and a smidge of garlic sauce. the falafel balls themselves had a great thick outer layer of crunch that wasn't greasy. the smooth interior was subtley spiced and tasty. i just wish there was more in the pita!!!

                    we were stuffed and had leftovers, most of my pita is sitting in the work fridge currently. add on a nestea and some tax and tips and we totalled out at about $30. would definitely go back just for the kubbeh and eggplant.

                    one big detractor.. my clothing smell like oil right now. ick.

                    1. re: pinstripeprincess

                      http://www.restaurantica.com/restaura... hope this will help. I found the place very good for East Indian food.

                  2. There are two places in Flemindon Plaza you should try...Caribbean Palms has great Jerk Chicken, rotis and a lunch buffet...the other place in that same plaza is right at the front next to the Food Basics...I think (?) it's called "Razi" or something like that...it's kebabs etc....very nice