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Long Branch, New Toronto, Mimico Restaurants & Food Shops

What are your favourite restaurants & food shops in this area? I want to try some new ones.

I love:

Sweet Olenka's for ice cream.

West Studio Cuisine has a great Saturday brunch, very reasonably priced, also good take out.

Mama Martino's is my Friday night place.

Il Paesno for delivery pizza.

The Cheese Boutique at 45 Ripley is fabulous for wonderful meat, cheese, produce etc.

I went to Mango Rain in Clarkson Village in Mississauga. A bit of a trek, but OH. MY. GOD. So happy with their Thai and Indian food and it is a straight shot on Lakeshore Boulevard West to Lakeshore Road.

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  1. New Toronto Fish Chips - I think its on 5th at Lakeshore. Very fresh and tasty if a bit greasy. Excellent rings too!

    1. Try Gourmet On The Go in Port Credit, they have a great gourmet hot table during the week and there prepared foods are also very good. Lakeshore and Hurontario

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        The food shops/outlets on and around Jutland (between Islington and Kipling, north of Queensway) have some good chow finds, e.g. Pasquale Bros. and Food Depot Intl.

        There is a farmers market at the Baptist church on Parklawn north of Queensway every Tuesday from 4 to 7 which I have yet to visit.

        1. Pizza - Pizzaiolo
          Thai - Siam Princess - formerly cozy thai
          Butcher - the new village butcher is great
          Italian/seafood - al lago in longbranch

          Have not tried the angry chef yet, Bombay by the lake is extremely hit and miss, just depends on what chef the guy is able to get to work that night.

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          1. re: TCB

            Bombay on the lake has new owners. They purchased the place shortly before my last post. Have eaten and ordered there quite a few times since then. Food quality is good now, service is consistent as well as the new owners are very pleasent. If you were turned off from previous experiences as I know some have and have seen from other diners in the past, it is worth going back to try again. Good luck

          2. I'm definitely going to check out some of your suggestions.

            But, Mama Martino's? Huh?

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            1. re: 5andman

              I agree, I can skip Mama Martino's any day. My wife and her family love it though. At least its cheap.

              Anyone have any new Lakeshore or Mimico favourites?

              1. re: Conductorchris

                When I was in this area, there was a place with a lot of buzz called Cafe Du Lac, a sort of Quebecois bistro on Lake Shore near Mimico.

                1. re: morefoodplz

                  We have eaten at Cafe Du Lac a couple of times. I think it is an asset to the area. A little more upscale then the other restaurants in the area (at least the ones I have found). Nice menu, cozyish atmosphere and the food has been pretty good.

                  I have also become a big fan of the Albatros Pub at Lakeshore and 11th. Something about this place just makes me love it. Plus the prices I find to be quite good for Toronto. The wings are huge, you get 5 in the small order ($6.95 with fries) and I am pretty sure that they weigh a pound.

                  Glad this thread has been revitalized. Have been in the area just under a year and never know where is good to eat.

                  1. re: camp1980

                    I too really like CDL. Their Duck in a Jar is fabulous! While they do have some service issues, their food makes up for it.

                    1. re: camp1980

                      Went to Albatros Pub for lunch with a co-worker on Friday (FYI they open at 4pm all weekdays except Friday they open at 12pm). Kicking myself in the butt for not going in years ago. The decor is so warm and welcoming with a lot of wood trim and tables. The menu has Polish food and also some pub food and they also had daily specials. We both ordered the perogi meal for about $11. We were able to each get a variety of the flavours in our order (cheese, mushroom and saukraut, and meat). Our meals arrived and we both had about 6-7 good size perogi, fresh vegtables (carrots, brocolli) and two good size servings of two different salads (one had chickpeas, dill and cut up Polish pickles and the other was a coleslaw). The perogi was home made and soooo good, lots of filling and not overly doughy. My favourite flavour was the cheese, then the mushroom/saurkraut, then the meat, however I always have a soft spot for the cheese. The veggies were good......huge carrots and the salads were great as well. It was so much food we could only force all the perogi, and a few bites of salad and veggie, althoug if I had the room, I would have gladly eaten it all. We will definitely be going back to try all other items on the menu (borsct, shnitzel, liver/onions, , potato pancake and lots of other Polish delights). If you like Polish food, give this place a try and you should not be disappointed.

                      1. re: fryerlover

                        Went back to Albatros Pub for lunch yesterday. Ordered the kopytka with goulash. Was served with two good size servings of two different salads. Salads were different than the last time I was there.One was a beet and kidney bean salad and one was a vinigary coleslaw. Both were tasty, however I preferred the beet salad. A very good helping of kopytka served with goulash (chunks of beef and gravy). And a small serving of fresh veggies. Another great meal and again I could not finish it all. You can tell the food is fresh made everyday and great Polish comfort food. They also offer pub favourites, however I plan to try all the Polish offerings. Can't wait to try the next item on the menu.

                2. re: 5andman

                  I'm happy to help revive this thread, as any new info on my area is always appreciated! Also, I agree - Mama Martino's? Crap. It's at the end of my street, and in the four years that I've lived here I've only been once. That pretty much says it all. Sure it's cheap, but that's because the ingredients they use in their vastly subpar dishes are cheap.

                  1. re: redearth

                    You have to try the seafood bisque soup at the Village Butcher. Chock full of huge pieces of various shellfish in a spicy chipotle cream. Yum!

                    I really enjoyed brunch at the Lucky Dice a couple of months ago. Good peameal bacon!

                    AVOID Bua Thai on Queensway. I just got take-out for supper and none of the dishes are a good example of Thai. I think they may even have made an error, because my tamarind curry with beef has no trace of tamarind.

                    1. re: Food Tourist

                      I LOVE Bua Thai! Their mango curry chicken is amazing. I crave it. We have ordered from there 4 times now and really like it.

                      1. re: etobicokefoodie

                        What other Thai restaurants do you enjoy in the GTA? Just trying to get an idea if our tastes are normally compatible or not.

                        1. re: Food Tourist

                          i've been the the Avenue Rd location a few times and it's always been good (meaning not fried items were not greasy, sauces were not excessive, gloopy or ketchupy and the food was well presented.)

                      2. re: Food Tourist

                        I've had good experiences at Bua Thai before, as well, but I have only been a few times, I'll admit.

                  2. There's a relatively new butcher shop on Dundas St. W. and Kipling called Medium Rare. They have 60 day aged meats, a large selection of homemade sausages, and lots of other prepared food which are really flavourful and cooked with care. Apparently, the have the same suppliers as Cumbrae's and Whitehouse. You will even find Iberico ham at a cost less than that of Scheffler's at the SLM. For me who lives in downtown Toronto, it is definitely worth the drive.
                    http://www.mediumrare.to/home.html

                    1. Anyone been to The Waffle Works in Mimico on Lakeshore next to Birds 'n' Beans yet?

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                      1. re: Food Tourist

                        I've had their fried chicken and waffles. Not something to travel a distance for but they are enjoyable. My SO had a waffle pizza (forgot if there was more than one) and it was okay; not something I'd order myself (when chicken and waffles could be had) but not bad by any means.

                        Overall, nice place to go for a breakfast treat. I'll have to drop by again sometime to try a dessert waffle though.

                        1. re: d00n

                          Wow, that sounds good - I've never had fried chicken and waffles (never been to the South I guess). I hope the chicken is crispy but not too greasy, with a juicy interior.

                          http://www.thewaffleworks.com/

                          They seem to have a big Southern influence, with grits and collard greens, and rice and black beans on the menu among other things.

                          1. re: Food Tourist

                            Definitely juicy chicken pieces (or at least when I went there). Skin was just right. A little more grease might have actually been better so that the waffle could soak it all up. :)

                        2. re: Food Tourist

                          I finally made it for lunch at The Waffle Works last weekend. We were the only customers. Excellent fried chicken. Pretty good candied yams and savoury waffles. Too-salty collard greens. Below average biscuits (soft like they were microwaved) and white gravy. Terrible coffee. This place has huge potential and great space (love the waffle wall decor) and it's supposedly a franchise from the South.

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                          The Waffle Works
                          Toronto Ontario, Toronto, ON , CA

                          1. re: Food Tourist

                            I've been back twice just for the fried chicken and found a difference in quality depending on the time of day. Weekends at noon, the chicken is consistently amazing. But in the evening, the chicken was terribly disappointing. I'm not a fan of the waffles themselves (tried regular and whole grain) nor the regular mac&cheese. I will try the deep fried mac&cheese next visit.

                          2. re: Food Tourist

                            Once. Waited twenty minutes for coffee. Placed our order. After another half an hour wait asked our waitress about our breakfast. She forgot to place the order. We left.
                            There were maybe five tables in total

                            1. re: Mimicoguy

                              I went on Saturday and had a similar experience. 35-40 minutes for my order (a BLT waffle) to be served.

                              The place has so much potential. It'd be a shame to see it go to waste.

                            2. re: Food Tourist

                              Not surprisingly, The Waffle Works finally closed down. The new sign reads Florentine Italian Ristorante or at least that's what I glimpsed as I sped past today. Is it open yet?

                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                I believe they had a private function on Feb 26th. So I expect them to be open soon.

                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                  Yah, that's promising. I am always interested in new restaurants on Lakeshore. We do a monthly girls night out dinner and we've run out of restaurants.

                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                    My husband and I decided to try Florentina in Mimico a couple of weeks ago and found the place up for lease. It wasn't open for 6 months before it closed.

                                    1. re: Lakeshore Treats

                                      That is the Kiss of Death location - and so sad because it has such a lovely view.

                                2. Thought I'd respond to this older post with an update of my favourites along Lakeshore Blvd West. I've been living in New Toronto (Lakeshore and Islington) for just over two years and enjoy all the little spots. These are not fine dining, but rather value for money.

                                  Bombay on the Lake (Indian) - tasty Indian food. It's changed owners a lot over the last few years. I was there 2 weeks ago with some vegetarian friends and we all really enjoyed it. Dinner for 4 with drinks and tip was under $100. The owner is friendly and greets my husband by name because of all the take-away he's ordered!

                                  Lucky Dice (diner) - very good greasy spoon, a regular breakfast favourite. I get french toast; breakfast special for my husband. There are all kinds of characters in here. Service is brusque but very efficient.

                                  New Toronto Fish and Chips - I agree this place is great. Best to go on a Friday; it's very busy, but quick, and you'll get just fried. Love the gravy. I know it's from some kind of mix, but tasty anyway!

                                  Sweet Olenkas (chocolate/desserts/cakes) - We got our wedding cake and numerous birthday cakes from Olenka. Lots of butter and cream - yum! Great ice cream and truffles too. Also love the brownies. You really can't go wrong in here! There's also an outdoor patio in the parking lot outside. Not the most picturesque, but somewhere to eat your cone before it melts.

                                  Kalamata (Greek) - great for brunch! I A nice Greek twist to the regular breakfast fare. They do eggs benny on portabello mushrooms. I've also been for dinner and enjoyed it. So far, not many customers, so hope this one stays around. The interior is a little restaurant chain looking, but the food is so tasty, it's easy to forgive. And - a treat on Lakeshore - spotless bathrooms!

                                  Cafe du Lac (French Canadian) - Mixed review on this one. I've had great experiences. Love the duck confit and poutine and mac and cheese. And the maple tart. My husband has had the ribs, wild boar burger, and hasn't been as impressed. Service has been spotty, but friendly.

                                  Thyme 4 Pizza and Pasta (Italian) - This one's actually on the Queensway. I really enjoy the gnocchi at this restaurant, but husband says the pizza could be better, but it's our go to place when the Italian urge strikes. We have also tried Al Lago, but found the 'no menu' situation a little worrisome. The food was pretty good, but the bill was a little higher than we were expecting.

                                  Burrito Boyz (Mexican) - just opened up in Long Branch. I'm a big fan of the one on Peter Street, and very happy to have one in my neck of the woods. Hope it's just a good.

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                                  1. re: mispiggy

                                    Re: Burrito Boyz in Long Branch_yep, they're just as good as the others. They've got a pretty high standard of quality.

                                    1. re: mispiggy

                                      I'm sad that Sweet Olenka's didn't make Now magazine's Top 10 ice cream list this week. I guess they are too far from downtown to qualify, but their quality and flavour far exceed some on the Now list. Their new patio is shady and perfect for the 'hood, but the parking lot owner is having second thoughts and they might have to dismantle it.

                                      I'll have to retry the gelato at Sanremo Bakery and will report back.

                                      Just had a halibut burrito from the new Lakeshore location! So exciting!

                                      1. re: mispiggy

                                        The brownies at Sweet Olenka are downright addictive. I think they're the best thing on the menu there!

                                        1. re: mispiggy

                                          How expensive is Al Lago?

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                                          Al Lago
                                          3423 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8W1N2, CA

                                          1. re: Davedigger

                                            A touch more expensive that I was expecting, but mid-range. Small plate of bruschetta, two plates of pasta and two glasses of house wine were just over $80.

                                            It was tasty enough, but given the area, atmosphere and food I was expecting the total to be about $20 less.

                                            1. re: FrenchSoda

                                              I agree with you. I ended up going there the same day I posted and we had pretty much the same as you. About $40 a head and truly, the food was just OK.

                                        2. Il Paesano was the worst pizza I have ever had, unless it was a one off I don't understand why people like it. For italian I like Lenny's at dundas and islington, more homey good take out too.

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                                          1. re: cooksified

                                            I agree with your assessment of Il Paesano. I usually give a bad pizza joint a second chance, but the pizza I got was absolutely disgusting. Threw out the whole thing.

                                            I haven't tried Lenny's pizza, but their pastas are pretty good.

                                          2. For pizza we buy our supplies at San Remos on royal york. They have homemade dough and sauce, and almost everything else you need, panceta, cheese etc. And we make our own pizza, its waaaaayyyyy better then anything you can get delivered.

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                                            1. re: cooksified

                                              I'm convinced you can make and start eating a fresh pizza in less time than it would take to order one and have it delivered, assuming you have pre-made dough ready to go.

                                              I get my dough from La Rose Bakery, a real homely italian place, also off Royal York, just north of Eglinton. They also have a great selection of fresh breads, a deli, lots of italian desserts, couples kinds of fresh fetas, etc. They don't make fresh pasta though, wish I could grab some there when I go!

                                              1. re: SocksManly

                                                I love La Rose! Their baked goods are fantastic, and their hot, prepared items are not too shabby, either!! Great little Italian bakery/deli!

                                            2. Check out the new Portuguese bakery on the North side of Lake Shore Boulevard, at Fifth Street. It's called "Deliciosa". The shop is fresh, bright and clean, and they have a very nice looking selection of breads, cakes and tarts. There is also a small deli counter. A small cafe is set up in the front of the store, and the coffee is excellent. I would highly recommend trying the small savories as an appetizer with a glass of wine, eaten outdoors! There are codfish fritters, and a kind of cheese and shrimp variety which is delicious! The traditional custard tartlets are also fab. The croissants are not exactly the flaky French style, and in fact are a bit more like a brioche in taste and texture, but they are quite delicious none-the-less. The staff are very helpful, attentive and friendly. This is a very nice addition to the neighbourhood!

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                                              1. re: daverblond

                                                It's called Delicia and it looks great from the outside - including outdoor seating. Can't wait to try the natas and beer tarts.

                                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                                  Delicia has a hot table. You must try their salt cod and potato casserole (resembles lasagne) -- it's divine!

                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                                    Taste Portugese cuisine is opening soon, one block from Delicia!

                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                      I hear that Taste has had the soft opening and will have the grand opening on Saturday, April 10th.

                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                        Mediocre food at Taste. Had the steak and steamed veg.

                                                    2. re: daverblond

                                                      Bought chocolate cannoli there last week. Delicious! Such a nice addition to lakeshore. And good prices. My total came to $5 for 2 cannoli and 100 grams of salami. Looking forward to sampling the hot table.
                                                      Will still stick to Chelsea Bakery for bread and Olenka's for cakes, but love the extra shop to add to my list of options!

                                                    3. where is sweet olenka's? i tried going online but the site is 'under construction'.

                                                      tks!

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                                                      1. re: lilaki

                                                        2834 Lake Shore Boulevard West, on the North side of Lakeshore near 3rd.

                                                        If you are looking for chocolates I also recommend Sitting Around Eating Bonbons a bit farther down at 3308 Lakeshore.

                                                        1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                          thank you!

                                                          is sweet olenka's open in the evenings? maybe we'll pop by some time this week after dinner...

                                                          1. re: lilaki

                                                            Now that I'm not sure about. I think I've only been in on Saturday afternoons. They're listed in the Canada411 though, you could call and see.

                                                            1. re: lilaki

                                                              I think Olenka's is open til 7pm or 8pm. Pretty sure it's 8pm, but wouldn't bet my life on it.
                                                              Sitting Around Eating Bonbons has nothing on Sweet Olenka's. The chocolate is okay, but not to my taste.

                                                              1. re: mispiggy

                                                                Sitting Around... is now history, though their website is still active.

                                                                1. re: mispiggy

                                                                  Sweet Olenka was still open at 9:00 pm when I passed by just now (Tuesday evening, summer hours).

                                                          2. Has anyone ever eaten at K lounge/Konrad Lounge on Lakeshore? I got a coupon last month for perogies and wanted to try, but chickened out in the end. That place might be too scary for me, but I may be enticed by the promise of good perogies...
                                                            And what about the vegetarian elephant place with drumming workshops? What's their menu/food like?

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                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                Nothing to be scared of at Sweet Olenka. The Konrad lounge on the other hand- it got the restaurant makeover & there were crackheads trying to steal the chairs during filming.

                                                                1. re: terrycar

                                                                  That is just so typical of the 'hood! Line-ups at The Beer Store at 10 am daily.

                                                                  BTW, I meant I was scared of the Jade Elephant. When it first opened, we walked through every room. The ocean-themed bank vault room is cool but not for claustrophobes. And I don't think a place serving food should smell like incense.

                                                                  I had a really good shish kebab special ($2.99) at Falafel Royal this evening. Juicy and tasty meat.

                                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                    Well, good to hear that my fears of both places (K lounge and the elephant) are not unfounded! Now I won't feel too bad for continuing to give them the miss...
                                                                    I also love Falafel Royal. Had a great falafel wrap there two weeks ago. Nice plump falafels for under $2. And it's the special on Saturdays. My husband prefers the shish kebab place further west, south side of the street for chicken wraps. It's the one by the thai massage place, smells a bit like cinnamon? But they don't have falafel there so we are at an impasse.

                                                                  2. re: terrycar

                                                                    The neighbourhood has changed dramatically since then. The remaining 'crack' houses have been renovated and full on gentrification is happening. Right behind Konrad now on 6th is an organic breakfast bar, run by the guys from the Village Butcher. It's opening soon.

                                                              2. I just tried Freshwood Grill (Long Branch) for the first time on Sunday. I had a lamburger with feta and sweet potato fries with chipotle mayo. My husband had the bison burger with poutine. Bill came to $28 pre-tip with two drinks.
                                                                I liked my lamburger and loved the fries - nice tang to them and crispy. My husband's burger was a little burnt and the gravy was very smokey (and not to either of our tastes).
                                                                Wondering what anyone else has thought of this place?

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                                                                1. re: mispiggy

                                                                  My wife and I have been to and gotten take-out from Freshwood many times (we live in New Toronto). We've never had bugers but have found the food to be the best available in NT, LB, and Mimico. Next time try one of the wraps, our favorite being the Cuban, the sourdough wraps they make are fabulous. Overall enjoy the place, just wish it was in New Toronto instead!

                                                                  Regarding previous posts on Konrads and the Jade elephant. I agree, stay away from Konrads. As for Jade Elephant, is it even still open? I've never eaten there but don't desire eating in a place full of used/dirty couches and only a microwave to cook food. Why would anyone want to go out specifically for food cooked in a microwave? We don't even have one in our house for that reason among others.

                                                                  1. re: TCB

                                                                    Unfortunately Freshwood Grill is now closed. Woody's Grill has now opened in it's place.

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                                                                    Freshwood Grill
                                                                    293 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2M3, CA

                                                                    1. re: chanelsmomma

                                                                      ate at Woody's on Saturday - it is the same chef as Freshwood with essentially the same menu. It seemed to me that the burgers were slightly smaller but every bit as tasty - we will eat there regularly!

                                                                2. One place that my wife and I enjoy is the Chicken Shawerma from The Kebab House at 2977 Lakeshore W. The shawerma is very good from here, one of the best we ever had. The chicken is well seasoned; also it is a combination (so I believe) of breast and leg meat, which imo is far better than just breast meat. The sauces are of good flavour, not some runny colored stuff. Even the hot sauce has a bite to it. Add the fresh toppings and this is good eats!

                                                                  Never eaten the beef but my wife said that it is also good. I spoke with the fellow who owns the place and he said that at times they also sell ground lamb shawerma, but unfortunately I’ve never had the lamb.

                                                                  If we are going to eat inside then we always order the Arabic style shawerma. It is a de-construed chicken shawerma, the meat is wrapped in a pita but the sauces and greens are served on the side. However, the pita is place on the hard-top and fried until the pita is crispy. The resulting texture is amazing. Also served are fried real potato wedges, not frozen potatoes, real potatoes.

                                                                  On a few occasions we have gone later in the night and he is sold out of chicken. This is a very good sign, because someone is eating all the chicken shawerma! I had the falafel a few times; it is a good as any falafel, but not as good as the chicken imo.

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                                                                  1. re: Pastryrocks

                                                                    hi pastryrocks,

                                                                    thanks for the reco for the kabob house ... hubby and i went tonight and it was AWESOME! we both had the chicken shawarma plates ... DELISH!

                                                                    we'll definitely be going back ... and we'll also take advantage of the catering! we had a good talk with the owner and apparently he does quite the catering business. i was really impressed that everything is homemade ...

                                                                  2. I've heard good things about West 39th Bistro from friends recently. Has anyone tried Kalamata? The menu looks good.

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                                                                    1. re: Davedigger

                                                                      I've been for dinner and a brunch at Kalamata and enjoyed both. Nothing ridiculously fancy but good food. The avgolemono soup in particular was very tasty though a touch salty for my particular taste.

                                                                      Lots of fresh fruit with the brunch and I especially liked the sauce on my poached eggs.

                                                                      West 39th had an amazing quail and pepper risotto the night I was there. My dining partner ate a steak that was so tender he used a butter knife to cut it.

                                                                      1. re: Davedigger

                                                                        West 39th bistro does not serve brunch. Kalamata has a 2-4-1 brunch coupon in this month's local coupon booklet.

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                                                                        Kalamata
                                                                        3473 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8W1N5, CA

                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                          Anyone else been to West 39th Bistro? Did you like it? I haven't ever been; could never figure out when they were open or what was on the menu on their old website (which is thankfully gone).
                                                                          I was thinking about trying their winterlicious menu. Gnocchi with duck confit is so enticing...but I don't think vegetarian as stated!
                                                                          http://www.toronto.com/winterlicious/...
                                                                          Also looks like they offer brunch on Sundays now.

                                                                          1. re: mispiggy

                                                                            I've been a couple times now. While the food is quite delish, the service was sorely lacking both times I was there.

                                                                            1. re: Davedigger

                                                                              Looks like W39 Bistro has been evicted? Sad for them and disappointing for the neighbourhood,

                                                                              1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                I agree, it's sad. Their food was really good. It's the brutal service that took them down. So many of my neighbours gave them a couple tries, as did I, but could never get past the painfully slow service.

                                                                      2. Has anyone every bought anything from Taste of Europe on Royal York? I pass by there nearly every day and wonder if it's worth popping in for a look.

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                                                                        1. re: tinybites

                                                                          Yes, a long time ago - I bought bourek. Seem to remember it being decent.

                                                                        2. I don't recommend The Big Guy's Little Coffee Shop though I commend them for using fair trade beans. The women who work there don't seem to know enough about coffee or how to make a proper latte.

                                                                          I have become addicted to Birds 'n' Beans' lattes. Warning - high caffeine content!

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                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                            I also don't recommend Coco's Cafe and Bar -- the landlord is the new owner of this business that took over the old Rocket Fuel space. Until he learns much more about coffee, I will be steering clear.

                                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                              This space (Coco's/Rocket Fuel) is now called Cafe Musique.

                                                                          2. I noticed a new "restaurant" on the Lakeshore this week. It's around Islington and Lakeshore, south side of the street. It's called Bur Pan Waf. It stands for Burritos, Pancakes, and Waffles. I think their tagline is something like 'a new approach to healthy eating'...
                                                                            Anyone felt adventurous and been yet?
                                                                            I think I may just have to try it; both the name and menu make me laugh.

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                                                                            1. re: mispiggy

                                                                              What's up with waffles and this area of town?!?!? Bur Pan Waf and The Waffle Works within a few blocks of each other!!! I must be missing something.

                                                                              1. re: mispiggy

                                                                                Bur Pan Waf closed down and is being replaced by Sushi Box.

                                                                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                  Somehow I'm not surprised. With a name like that, it had better be a cute little place that justifies its name... not seedy-looking with misspelled handwritten price signs in the windows.

                                                                                  Did anyone ever try it, though? I'm interested -- maybe it was more than met the eye...

                                                                              2. Bur Pan Waf is just a strange name. Drove by that intersection a few times this weekend and didn't notice the place, will have to take a closer look. Although the concept isn't grabbing me.

                                                                                Ate at Bombay by the Lake on Saturday night for the first time and was really happy. Has a great little mom & pop shop feel to it and the food was delicious. We don't eat indian food often, but will return to Bombay.

                                                                                Drove by Freshwood Grill on Saturday and noticed that it was closed and had a for rent sign in the window. I wonder if Burrito Boyz put them out of business.

                                                                                It looks like there is a new Italian restaurant going in somewhere around 30th on Lakeshore (didn't really note what street it was actually, but think it was close to 30th). Really like to see new places opening up in this neighborhood.

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                                                                                1. re: camp1980

                                                                                  It's easy to miss Bur Pan Waf; it's just a little pick-up place; there was a fish and chip place there for a few weeks this fall, but it quickly closed. I don't know why they even tried to compete with New Toronto Fish and Chips; must not have been local entrepreneurs.

                                                                                  Anyway, I'm pretty sure Bur Pan Waf will close just as quickly. I don't have high hopes for it based on their choice of name and menu, but it did make me smile...

                                                                                  Love Bombay on the Lake! The staff are so lovely and the food so delicious and reasonably priced!

                                                                                2. Yeah, I went by on the streetcar about a month ago and was surprised to see Freshwood closed. Was hoping it would succeed -- that block could use some brightening up.

                                                                                  Hoping for the best from Kalamata, too.

                                                                                  As far as greasy spoons go, I'm still mourning the loss of the greasiest of them all, the burger place across from the GO station that they demo'ed to make room for the condos. Nothing better before a night of heavy teenage drinking than a solid stomach-lining coating of saturated fat .

                                                                                  I've had many a good meal at George's (Lakeshore and Long Branch) but I've heard some negative things about it in the last couple years and I haven't been in quite some time. I'd hate to see it go downhill -- George is super nice and really made it enjoyable to eat there.

                                                                                  Dying to try Sweet Olenka's! Walked by it a million times...

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                                                                                  1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                                                                                    What are you waiting for? Sweet Olenka's is still amazing. Try the brownies and cookies when available above the chocolate counter.

                                                                                    My latest fave is the rice "salad" with lentils and fried onions next door at Falafel Royal. I have been craving it ever since my last visit. So tasty! It's not actually a salad but you'll see it sitting on the countertop near the cash register.

                                                                                    I'm surprised to hear Bombay is good -- I haven't given them a chance since their first year of operation with the revolving door of chefs and owners.

                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                      Bombay by the Lake is amazing as is Siam Princess! The new Italian resto is at the bottom of Browns Line and they should be opening soon...it looks amazing!

                                                                                      1. re: chanelsmomma

                                                                                        I'm also surprised to hear good things about Siam Princess! I guess I will give them a second try. What did you order there specifically and can you describe the flavours? How would you compare Siam to the new location of Thai Spring Roll nearby?

                                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                          One of my neighbours who has lived in Bangkok claims that Siam Princess is "authentic" and much better than Thai Spring Roll nearby. Apparently, Siam got new owners who redecorated with Barbie dolls dressed in Thai outfits, etc.

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                                                                                          Siam Princess
                                                                                          3039 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1K5, CA

                                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                            Siam Princess has been passed on to new owners. They are re-branding it.... something like longgrain, or longgrains asian cuisine? Will be open within the next week according to one of the workers outside the restaurant.

                                                                                            I didn't know Siam was closing. I heard word that the place was up for sale. I thought that the owners were very kind. All the best to them.

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                                                                                            Siam Princess
                                                                                            3039 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1K5, CA

                                                                                            1. re: Derksen

                                                                                              Has anyone been to Longrain since it changed over from Siam Princess? Any comments?

                                                                                              1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                Yes.

                                                                                                Unfortunately, it wasn't very good. The food we ate won't have us ordering from them again, unless we hear that our experience is different from the norm.

                                                                                                1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                  Too bad, thanks. I won't bother giving them a try then, unless someone else writes in. I do wish Freshrolls up on Queensway delivered!

                                                                                      2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                        I really like Bombay on the Lake! They seemed to have found good owners now. I know it was dodgy there for a while...we definitely had some spotty meals.
                                                                                        Do you like Everest in Mimico? I don't at all. The meat often tasted old and tough and the sauces were bland. Bombay is much better: always tender meat, and creamy sauces. Good garlic naan too. Give them a second chance!
                                                                                        ...Although I haven't done the same for Siam Princess, I went before it was Cozy Thai and haven't been able to forget the frozen veggies to muster up a retry...

                                                                                        1. re: mispiggy

                                                                                          Drove past new Italian restaurant at Lakeshore and 37th. Looked open. Anyone know if this is the case? anyone tried it?

                                                                                          1. re: pembleton

                                                                                            It's open, but as of Monday doesn't have its liquor license yet. Apparently it's going to have a piano bar on the lower level, as well.

                                                                                            1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                              I think this restaurant is called West 39th Bistro. I noticed it on the Winterlicious menu listings...menu looks good for $25. I am going with friends in early Feb and will report back

                                                                                              1. re: ciaociao1

                                                                                                West 39th is down just a little farther west from Pulcinella. I quite enjoy their food, though I somehow have often ended up trying to go there on nights or times they aren't open. My own fault for not figuring out the hours properly.

                                                                                            2. re: pembleton

                                                                                              Wnet to Pulcinella last night and had a very good meal
                                                                                              Dynomite decor and excellent Italien food
                                                                                              Entrees in the $18 to 30 range
                                                                                              Good service

                                                                                              1. re: pembleton

                                                                                                Went to Pulcinella last night with a group. Food was good but service was poor. Apps, entrees and desserts came out a few at a time. I hate that.
                                                                                                Got a BIG shock when the bill came. $50 for the special. WHAT???? If your specials are that expensive (well over the cost of other entree items, and half the size), you should tell people when you list them. I honestly don't think I will go back.

                                                                                                1. re: etobicokefoodie

                                                                                                  My wife and I ate at Pulcinella last night and had a wonderful meal.
                                                                                                  Antipasti was provided gratis to begin the meal and set the tone for the rest of the meal. I started with an imported beer (Morreti) and we shared a 1/2 litre of their acceptable Italian house wine.
                                                                                                  We split an order of Carpaccio .which was sliced razor-thin and melted like butter in our mouths. Two cuts of beef were used, tenderloin and sirloin, which made for a great presentation.
                                                                                                  For our mains, I had wild boar meatballs on a bed of fettucine with a simple tomato sauce. My wife had fagioli beans done two ways - one as found in the south of Italy served in a red sauce, one as found in the north done in a white sauce with ham hocks. Both of these dishes were delicious.
                                                                                                  The service was quite personable with the owner comping us a couple of grappas infused with chamomile to finish the meal which we enjoyed with a shared hazelnut mousse dessert.
                                                                                                  The price was reasonable (no $50 special surprises) with our meal coming out to under $100 before taxes/tip. We'll return here many times I think.

                                                                                                  1. re: etobicokefoodie

                                                                                                    we found the food "just" good. certainly not good enough for the price. The service was not very good. Found it to be very pretentious. I want it to succeed for the sake of the neighbourhood and to their credit they are almost always full but doubt we'll be back.

                                                                                          2. Longbranch Fish and Chips has new managment and has VERY good fish and fries. The decor is a bit spartan, but very clean...I'm going there tonight
                                                                                            Lake Shore,West of Kipling beside the 7-11
                                                                                            Lee's Thai Stick
                                                                                            Lake Shore west of Islington
                                                                                            moved from a nasty looking place to a very nicely remodelled black restaurant
                                                                                            prices are good and the food is good but not spicy
                                                                                            George's Pizza and Pasta
                                                                                            Lake shore west of Kipling near the Time Horton's
                                                                                            Average pizza, but you get a lot of pizza for the price
                                                                                            George the Greek
                                                                                            Lake shore east of Browns Line across from the Beer Store..good food..good prices
                                                                                            Kalamata
                                                                                            Lake shore east of Browns Line at 30th St
                                                                                            Good food and prices
                                                                                            Sloppy Joes, neasr Kalamata
                                                                                            Good wings and pub food

                                                                                            1. newish in the Mimico area:
                                                                                              Doner Shawarma
                                                                                              2491 West Lake Shore Boulevard
                                                                                              Toronto, ON M8V1C5
                                                                                              Tel: (416) 251-3700

                                                                                              Decent middle eastern takeout. Great value, large portions, friendly family-run.
                                                                                              A nice addition to the area.

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                                                                                              1. re: zukeeper

                                                                                                I dropped by for lunch yesterday. Very good shawarma. I hope they do well. As the only mid east takeout in Mimico, they are a welcome addition.

                                                                                                The owners are from Turkey and offer a lot of Turkish dishes in addition to the regular assortment of falafels and shawarmas.

                                                                                                1. re: Moorepark

                                                                                                  The owners plan to advertise in the Etobicoke coupon book for 3 months (1 down, 2 to go). Their business is called Konak Turkish Grill but the neon sign in the window says "Shawarma and Grill" and the big sign above the window says Doner Shawarma.

                                                                                                  Very authentic Turkish food: sigara boregi, meat or spinach gozleme (excellent), manti, lentil chicken soup, and much more, along with ayran (yogurt drink) and complimentary hot tea in the traditional glass cup. They also sell boxed turkish delight and large containers of black and green olives. They don't make pide or lahmacun.

                                                                                                  I am so excited to have real Turkish food right in my 'hood!

                                                                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                    Konak Turkish Grill is consistently good so far. They seem to make their own kebabs, etc. from scratch (a bit salty, though).

                                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                      Sadly, Konak Turkish Shawarma and Grill shut down, and has now been replaced with a place with very poor signage. It flaps in the wind and is written in font too small to read when driving by. It's across the street from the 7-11.

                                                                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                        The new new place in that plaza (across from 7-11) is Filipino food. Can't wait to try it.

                                                                                                  2. re: Moorepark

                                                                                                    Further comments on Doner Shawarma at 2491 W. Lake Shore Blvd. We tried it today for lunch. I would concur -- decent Turkish take-out at a decent price. I would not call the portions huge, but adequate in size. Nice people / English skills are not 100% and service was a little slow, but there are just two folks working all aspects. At one point, the gentleman left to make a delivery (from what I can tell). I would go back and try some more. It is not Anatolia(Dundas West) level / quality Turkish, but it is also cheaper.

                                                                                                2. I had Sloppy Joe's wings on the weekend. While they were cooked beautifully and were an awesome size, the sauce they put on (hot) was nasty. All I could taste was vinegar. I wish someone in Toronto would make sauces like Quaker Steak and Lube does in the States.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Davedigger

                                                                                                    We love Sloppy Joe's. The wings are huge. We usually order 10 and that's a whole meal. Here's a tip. We always order the sauce on the side.

                                                                                                    1. re: etobicokefoodie

                                                                                                      Actually, I found a really good wing sauce at Sobeys. It's Budweiser brand. I bought it in hot. I think now I'll go to SJ's and order with no sauce and bring my Bud from home. ;)

                                                                                                  2. We lived in Mimico up to 5 years ago and I loved the rye bread at the Polish Bakery on the north side of Lakeshore. I loved the texure and taste and they have the small loaves which are quite inexpensive. I passed by a few months ago and picked up a loaf. It is called Universal or Global or something like that, near Burlington St.

                                                                                                    1. Nothing to eat yet, but a little New Toronto neighbourhood gossip to whet your appetite.
                                                                                                      The Village Butcher is opening an all-day breakfast place around the corner of Sixth and Lakeshore.
                                                                                                      Sweet Olenka's is moving down the street to the old Philosopher's club/bar by Coffee Time - more stuff and eat-in!

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                                                                                                      1. re: mispiggy

                                                                                                        OMG, that is the best 'hood gossip EVER! Love, love, love both those businesses.

                                                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                          I've heard there will be duck confit hash!

                                                                                                          1. re: mispiggy

                                                                                                            Sweet Olenka is moving on May 1, 2010.

                                                                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                              Around the Corner (the village butcher's new breakfast venture) is set to open on March 20, the first day of spring.

                                                                                                              1. re: mispiggy

                                                                                                                Any more news about this FABULOUSLY EXCITING opening? March 20th is only a few days away...

                                                                                                                1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                  I heard Around the Corner's opening is delayed. It's looking like April now...

                                                                                                              2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                The new larger location of Sweet Olenka's is now open! They were getting tables and chairs today. Mexican spiced ice cream is really good...smooth gelato texture.

                                                                                                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                  Olenka now has coffee; and she told me the Birds and the Beans owners gave her lessons on her new espresso machine. You may want to check out her coffee if you haven't, Food Tourist!
                                                                                                                  I also saw some lovely waffles with whipped cream and fruit one morning - looked delicious!
                                                                                                                  Tried to go to Around the Corner this weekend but it's still not open <sigh>.

                                                                                                                  1. re: mispiggy

                                                                                                                    That's good news indeed, because B&B always closes at 6 pm, and that means we now have a source of good coffee in the evening!

                                                                                                                    One barista at Birds 'n' Beans is good at latte art...hopefully the others will learn how to pull and pour a little better each day.

                                                                                                                    1. re: mispiggy

                                                                                                                      Patio furniture out now at ATC - should be soon!

                                                                                                            2. re: mispiggy

                                                                                                              Around the Corner has dreadful food, but excellent drinks. Hash is oversalted potato cubes with underseasoned everything else. Was thirsty for hours! Very disappointed but still love that butcher regardless.

                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                I passed by the Village Butcher on monday & saw a Store for Rent sign in the window. Any word on if they are closing or moving?

                                                                                                                1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                  VB moved around the corner and is now right next door to the restaurant. I just popped in for breakfast yesterday for the first time and it was pretty good. I ordered the Hearty Breakfast and they did my eggs perfectly (over medium) which almost never happens, they asked how I liked my bacon done (crispy) which is a welcome surprise and the potatoes were delicious. The side of fruit that came with was very juicy and tasty.

                                                                                                                  It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows however - the toast was flavorless, the bacon wasn't great (I've been buying my bacon at VB for ages but this nitrate free stuff leaves much to be desired) and the pancakes were too sweet. The maple syrup was amazing and it was sweet that they asked if I wanted chocolate sauce, plus the pancakes came sprinkled with candy hearts :)

                                                                                                                  The americano was great and the prices were reasonable.

                                                                                                                  I'll definitely go again.

                                                                                                            3. i finally popped into tatsu's bread today (http://tatsusbread.com/). cute little neighbourhood bakery/cafe with quite a good selection of artisanal breads.

                                                                                                              1. I don't even live in Toronto any more, but ocassionally I have a job there and will have to go west to get back home. I always make it a point to stop at one of my favourites, depending on what I'm craving that day.
                                                                                                                San Remo's on Royal York has the best chocolate eclairs that I have ever had. Nice pastry, not cakey, and the filling...oooooh. My friend Vanessa says the apple fritters are the best, big, lumpy, and cooked perfectly. All there pastries are good, and lots to choose from.
                                                                                                                LaRose Bakery, although not by the lake, has an excellent hot table. Chicken fingers and potatoe wedges are great for lunch. And they make these raspberry and coconut cookies that are awsome. I will buy all they have and take them home and freeze them. Oh, I shouldn't have told about that one, because someone else likes them too and sometimes there aren't any, and I'm there just for them. They also have a coffee bar for real italian espresso. LaRose Bakery is family owned and run and has been around since I was a teenager living around the corner...long ago.
                                                                                                                Heading back down Royal York towards Mimico, MaGoo Burgers on Dundas just E of RY makes wicked burgers and good ice cream.
                                                                                                                Keep heading south to Queensway, E of RY, Izba resturant. If you like schnitzel... making myself hungry thinking about it. Large portion and the roasted potatoes are so good that I ask for more potatoes and no veggies. Just eat my veggies home.
                                                                                                                I think I need to do a drive to Toronto now...

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                                                                                                                Izba
                                                                                                                648 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Y1K7, CA

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                                                                                                                1. re: food is good

                                                                                                                  A new Ghazale franchise has opened in the strip mall on Lake Shore W. just west of Kipling.
                                                                                                                  Anyone been there yet?

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                                                                                                                  Ghazale
                                                                                                                  504 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y3, CA

                                                                                                                  1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                    That is the third restaurant in that location in a short amount of time!

                                                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                      Yes it seems to be one of those cursed locations. I hope for the new owners sake they can reverse this. We went there this past friday & got schwarmas, tabouli & beet salad and everything was excellent. The owner's comped us some lentil soup as well. Really nice people & we'll be making it a go to place.

                                                                                                                  2. re: food is good

                                                                                                                    We used to love the IZBA but have found they have really gone downhill. We don't go anymore.

                                                                                                                  3. A few places I have tried recently.
                                                                                                                    Sliders - it's a new burger place on the Queensway at Royal York. Really good burgers. Their sliders (small burgers) are 3.5 oz. A big slider really. You get 2 in an order. My husband and I usually split the slider combo. Great deal and a big enough burger for me. Try it out. They haven't been too busy since they opened and it would be a shame if they didn't make it.

                                                                                                                    Also, we recenly tried Dino's Pizza on the Queensway. Amazing. The best pizza I have had in ages. They have a big wood burning oven. PIzzas take a while to cook but are worth the wait.

                                                                                                                    1. Noticed new Fair Grounds coffee shop on Lakeshore just east of Browns Line, and the Organic Big Burger place on Browns Line. Will tour and report back soon.

                                                                                                                      http://www.fairgroundscoffee.ca/

                                                                                                                      http://www.organicbigburger.com/

                                                                                                                      Thread on Organic Big Burger: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/674379

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                        Chowfind! Fair Grounds is the real deal. Might give Birds 'n' Beans a run for their money in years to come. Owner-run place roasts fair trade organic beans in-house. Best of all: they are open 'til 10:00 pm EVERY NIGHT which is unusual for a non-chain cafe. This means it's great for a let's-go-for-coffee date! They also do some of the baking (muffins, date squares, scones). Eco-cups but not eco-lids. (Birds 'n' Beans has compostable lids.)

                                                                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                          I may have been a bit hasty in giving Fair Grounds the green light. Espresso-based drinks have only one shot as default, and taste is far from ideal thus far. Nice sandwiches on panini grill.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                            FG discontinued sandwiches. Still do savoury scones as only alternative to sweets. Coffee just okay.

                                                                                                                      2. OMG I am so excited to hear about the breakfast spot "Around the corner" on Sixth Street. We have been dreaming of a good morning spot since we moved to the area just over a year ago. Hope that the Village Butcher owners uses their fab organic bacon.... Does anyone know of any good sushi spots in Lakeshore Village/Mimico area. I saw a "sushi box" sign on a store front with brown paper in the window- does anyone know if that is a new place or an old place that is out of business?

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                                                                                                                        Lakeshore Restaurant
                                                                                                                        2390 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1C3, CA

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                                                                                                                        1. re: lakeshorevillagefoodie

                                                                                                                          A little out of the way if you're in Mimico, but I used to like Guru Sushi at Lakeshore and Browns Line. Reasonably priced, as I recall, and I don't think I ever had a bad meal there, though it's definitely been awhile since I was there last.

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                                                                                                                          Lakeshore Restaurant
                                                                                                                          2390 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1C3, CA

                                                                                                                          1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                                                                                                                            Guru Sushi was good, but they closed awhile back now.......think an Italian restaurant opened in it's spot.

                                                                                                                          2. re: lakeshorevillagefoodie

                                                                                                                            Latest word is April 25th for the opening of Mark's new place. Looking forward to it, for sure!

                                                                                                                            1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                              Had a tasty(and hefty) pulled pork sandwich today from Woody's Burgers, formerly
                                                                                                                              the Freshwood Grille, on Lake Shore W. Served Carolina style with slaw & fried onions.
                                                                                                                              Good Sweet Potato fries too. I'll be going back again.

                                                                                                                              1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                                Just had a burger at Woody's Burgers on Lakeshore Blvd near 40th Street. I am not a big burger fan in general, however this was one of the best burgers I've ever had. I had the Gorgonzola stuffed burger and it was yummy. They offer lots of different condiments/sauces/mayo's to add to your burger. I did not have a side dish so can't rate those, although they offered salads, fries and sweet potato fries. They have a website woodysburgers.com I say this place is a must try.

                                                                                                                                1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                                                  We had a burger at Woody's on Saturday. Delish! I had the 'alpine' burger, which came with smoked bacon, swiss cheese, sauteed onions and mushrooms, and dijon.

                                                                                                                                  The burger was juicy and tasty, but tough to judge the meat on it's own due to the load of toppings I couldn't resist. The smoked bacon really stood out. Wow. A very tasty meal for a reasonable price. We will be back.... all too often I'm sure!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                    Another bad ass burger at Woody's last night. Wow. I think the best to date. Beef burger with cheddar and bacon, smoked ketchup, chipotle mayo, and crispy fired onions. Mouth watering.

                                                                                                                                    The 1/2 price pints didn't hurt either. Delish!!

                                                                                                                              2. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                Mark just had a death in his immediate family...I imagine it will affect opening date plans.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                    I'm curious about this place too. I just called the Village Butcher and the woman who answered didn't know anything about it-told me the Coffee Time down the street serves breakfast-not exactly what I wanted to hear.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                      My husband and I tried Around the Corner last week for brunch. I had banana bread french toast (topped with chocolate sauce and sauteed frozen banana) and my husband had eggs, toast, hashbrowns, bacon, and pancakes. Bill came to just over $30 with coffee and juice.
                                                                                                                                      French toast was a little heavy (even for banana bread, perhaps because it was gluten free?), and I watched it sit on the counter for quite a while before the waiter brought it over with my husband's order; it was lukewarm. Bacon was not good at all - dry and tasteless, maybe reheated? - which was really disappointing. We left it on the plate. Orange juice was fantastic though, and a nice fresh mixed fruit salad came with every entree.
                                                                                                                                      I really, really, really wanted to love this place (love the meats at Village Butcher!), but my first impression wasn't great.
                                                                                                                                      Will try it again to have the duck duck hash (meats alternate and on Sunday pulled pork was featured), but I'm not in a rush to return.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: lakeshorevillagefoodie

                                                                                                                                    Sushi Box opened yesterday. It's their second location according to the woman taking my order. Owners are Korean. It's takeout (only two chairs and one small table).

                                                                                                                                    I just finished eating greasy vegetable tempura and Sushi B (nigiri). Mushy rice, substandard fish. In a word: awful. Don't waste your money. I hate to say it but if they can't get it right on day two, it's unlikely to improve.

                                                                                                                                    I remember thinking the sushi at Carol's Bakery (chinese bun place on Lakeshore) was edible. I'd go there instead if I were you.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                      Has anyone tried Just Japan near Kipling and Lakeshore?

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                                                                                                                                      Just Japan
                                                                                                                                      3226 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1M1, CA

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                        Sushi Box has renamed/revamped itself as Rolls&Chips.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                            Hi ElizabethS -- I swear I will make it out to the neighbourhood group one of these months!
                                                                                                                                            No, haven't tried Rolls&Chips. I assumed it was the same owner trying a new angle. I have already wasted money twice at Sushi Box so I'm not in a rush to waste more.

                                                                                                                                    2. The Blue Goose Tavern (across from the Mimico Go Station) is our neighbourhood pub, family owned and run for over fifty years. Just recently, they leased their kitchen to a professional chef and within a week she's turned the food from a deep-fried hellhole to food with gastropub sensibilities. Rosie's Place has a small but focussed menu with daily specials: a fabulous sirloin burger, fresh potato and sweet potato fries, homemade French Onion soup, pizza, a seafood medley (shrimp, scallops and calamari) to name a few. If you've been there before but were turned off by the food, it's worth a revisit.

                                                                                                                                      Have been to Cafe du Lac a half dozen times. Food is fine but the service is horrible There's a difference between casual and unprofessional service. Memo to server: you do NOT lean across me to remove another diner's plate. Unfortunately, the infuriating service cancels out the terrific food. Easy to fix. Just fix it.

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                                                                                                                                      Cafe du Lac
                                                                                                                                      2350 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V, CA

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Mimicoguy

                                                                                                                                        If you can tell me that the Blue Goose ripped out the old grungy carpets and gave itself a proper cleaning, I'd be there in a heartbeat. That new menu sounds fabulous.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                          When was the last time you were there?

                                                                                                                                          I don't pay much attention to carpets when I'm in a pub and as long as I've been there, the Goose is always clean. It may be a little shabby but it's not dirty

                                                                                                                                          And we were there last night: Rosie's homemade Mac & Cheese is, (literally) , to die for. Cheesy and creamy and a fresh side salad with a choice of about six homemade dressings.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mimicoguy

                                                                                                                                            At least two years ago. I'll give it another try. Great article on the Mimico area Neighbours Nite Out at Blue Goose in yesterday's Star.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                              Join us next month for Neighbour's Night Out - everyone is welcome - always the last Thursday of the month.

                                                                                                                                      2. So I was driving down Lakeshore yesterday and on the south side somewhere close to Brownsline, I am pretty sure that I saw a new poutine place that was open. Can anyone confirm what I saw (I was driving couldn't see that well). Anyone have any more info on the place?

                                                                                                                                        Also went to the Village Butcher yesterday to try the place out. Mark took great care of us. We ended up with a nice roast (I think sirloin cut), one of their meat pies and a pound of the double smoked bacon. The roast was beautiful and cooked up nicely, bacon tasted good and I will have to report back once I try the meat pie. Not cheap by any means, but since we are trying to eat more organic/natural, probably is worth the money (or at least that is what I am going to tell myself).

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: camp1980

                                                                                                                                          Do you remember a little more about seeing the poutine place? On the South side or North? Will definitely need to check that out. Though a poutine place in the area would be dangerious if it's a good one... (at the risk of starting another poutine war, the cream-sauce type offered by Cafe Du Lac is not to my taste.)

                                                                                                                                          1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                            My guess is it's the place that replaced Freshwood Grill.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                              No, that is now Woody's Burgers. The poutine place is called The Factory & is further east in the old Mama's Place, right across from the Beer Store(convenient). It doesn't really look inviting from the outside but you never know.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                                                Went with a friend last night to check out the offering at The Factory. YUM. This is an awfully dangerous place to have moved into the neighbourhood.

                                                                                                                                                I had the Traditional Poutine at $4.50 for a regular size and my friend had the Bacon Poutine at $5.00 for the regular. Both had thick, hand cut fries with the skin, layered real curds and a delicious gravy that was light, with a peppery flavour. The gravy was different from the usual, but great. The Bacon version had, of course, bits of bacon layered throughout and I was suprised at how much I enjoyed it. I'm usually a poutine tradionalist.

                                                                                                                                                Regular size looked a bit small at first but was filling for both of us, though we are not super-heavy eaters.

                                                                                                                                                The only drawback was the amount of gravy, the fries were curd-y but dry by the bottom. I'll ask for more gravy next time.

                                                                                                                                                A definite recommend. They plan to open a restaurant next door as well as soon as they have their liquor license, I look forward to trying it out.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                                  My husband and I tried the factory a few weeks ago. A weird place. Had large bacon and pulled pork poutine. Bacon seemed raw. Okay fries, but not great. We would not return.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mispiggy

                                                                                                                                                    Sorry your experience wasn't as good. That's too bad.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mispiggy

                                                                                                                                                      My friend and I recently went to the Factory and had a great experience...thought the place had cool feel...didn't find it "weird"! I tried the brie and mushroom poutine and my friend had the mini burgers...we LOVED everything!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jules11

                                                                                                                                                        Hmmm, maybe I went on an off night...

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mispiggy

                                                                                                                                                          Well we tried out the Factory last night and it was the WORST poutine I have EVER had. It was disgusting.

                                                                                                                                                          The fries tasted like they had been cooked (not blanched but cooked) at least twice and then had been dropped back into the grease that was probably really old to reheat them. The gravy had zero flavour to it at all.

                                                                                                                                                          I had bought a deal off of Teamsave that was suppose to provide me with a large poutine and a pop. My "large" poutine came in a little container that was smaller then the regular poutine my SO had ordered. I feel completely ripped off since I did actually pay money for the deal off of Teamsave.

                                                                                                                                                          The place itself was really uninviting. The restaurant that they look to be opening up looks really nice, but after having such a horrible experience with the poutine I will not be eating there.

                                                                                                                                                          Final note ... they had no vinegar. What type of place serves fries and doesn't carry vinegar? It costs nothing to buy 4L bottle of vinegar, run across the street to No Frills and serve vinegar. Oh yeah and salt and pepper shakers as opposed to have to spoon on salt and pepper from a dish would have been nice.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: camp1980

                                                                                                                                                            I was wondering about this place. I just never had the inclination to try them out & every time I pass by I see the staff sitting outside and nobody ever going in or out.
                                                                                                                                                            Now I know why.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                                                              On the upside, Baba Ali's is a new Lebanese bakery & takeout recently opened at 3371 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Excellent schwarmas and falafel, and once they fine tune their new oven (just shipped over from the old country) they'll be dishing up fresh made flatbreads, pizzas , etc. A grand opening is coming soon so watch this space.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                                                                Went back to Factory for the first time in a while and wow, do I now understand the poor comments on this poutine. It was NOTHING like the ones they were originally serving. Barely any curds or gravy (though admittedly they did still make an attempt at layering) and the fries weren't cold exactly, but not as hot as they should have been.

                                                                                                                                                                Oh Toronto - this really isn't a difficult dish. Why can't we get it right? Or when we do get it right, keep on getting it right?

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                                                  I went to the factory for Brunch over the weekend with a friend – I am hesitant to say what I thought part way through the meal, but I’ll get it off my chest: the Factory’s brunch is everything I had hope the Village Butcher’s around the corner would be.

                                                                                                                                                                  Apparently they have been serving brunch for a while now and I’m sorry I didn’t go earlier. The atmosphere was great, its small space with only 5 or so tables and there was live jazz being performed by two Humber students (who kept the volume down so it was easy to talk – congrats to them for paying attention to this detail). The service was friendly without being too intrusive.

                                                                                                                                                                  More importantly the food: the menu is short but with good variety. Started with coffee (nice blend/roast - not too sharp) and 2 types of breads (not toast) served with butter, sundried tomato butter, and homemade marmalade - we had to be careful not to devour everything because it was really good. For brunch we ordered Toad in the Hole with Bresoala and French Toast with Mango Jam and simple syrup – and were pleasantly surprised at how tasty everything was.

                                                                                                                                                                  Also ordered a side of the organic double smoked bacon and it is possibly the best slice of bacon I’ve ever had at a restaurant. I say slice because it was served as a single piece about an inch and a quarter thick, nicely cooked and extremely flavorful.

                                                                                                                                                                  Afterward my friend said they have a new favorite brunch spot in Etobicoke and I agree. I’ll be back soon to try other parts of the brunch menu and would like to know if anyone else has been for brunch and if they had as good an experience.

                                                                                                                                            2. Has anyone tried the empanada place south of Lakeshore around Browns Line? It is right by Fair Grounds.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                This place: http://www.empanada.ca/

                                                                                                                                                That place has really tasty fried empanadas!

                                                                                                                                                The baked one was not nearly as tasty. Can't remember what we tried but they were very good.

                                                                                                                                                Go farther west to Antojitos for very tasty and cheap beef and potato empanadas.

                                                                                                                                                Antojitos
                                                                                                                                                803 Lakeshore Road East,
                                                                                                                                                Mississauga, ON L5E 1C8
                                                                                                                                                905-274-2222

                                                                                                                                                1. re: panko

                                                                                                                                                  I've had an assortment of empanadas from The Empanada Company. Very tasty and friendly service! My favourites were the Indian and Portuguese versions. I also liked the cheese in cornmeal dough, although most of it leaked out!

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                                                                                                                                                  122 Fortieth St, Toronto, ON M8W3N3, Canada

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mispiggy

                                                                                                                                                    I just tried the Empanada Company today. Good size and good price. I really enjoyed the spinach variety.

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                                                                                                                                                    122 Fortieth St, Toronto, ON M8W3N3, Canada

                                                                                                                                                2. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                  Empanada Company is consistently good with the braised beef short rib merlot empanada. Avocado fries are also terrific.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                    Haven't been there in some time. Noticed there was an ad with a coupon, if memory serves, mentioning the avocado fries. If they're as good as their sweet potato fries, I'm going to have (another) food vice to deal with. Will make a point of stopping by this week! The short rib-merot empanada sounds great too!

                                                                                                                                                3. Anyone know if there is a good fish monger somewhere close to Lakeshore in New Toronto?

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                                                                                                                                                  2390 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1C3, CA

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                    The Village Butcher carries an assortment of fish if you are looking for a place you can walk to.
                                                                                                                                                    Otherwise, try Mike's Fish Market near Ikea -

                                                                                                                                                    http://maps.google.ca/places/ca/toron...

                                                                                                                                                    - It is attached to Allseas, one of the largest seafood purveyors in the GTA.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Tried Taste Portuguese Cuisine (by Faulkners in New Toronto) this week and was really disappointed.
                                                                                                                                                    Rotisserie chicken needs to be ordered one hour in advance, so I settled on a burger. The "onion relish" turned out to be 1/2 burnt, 1/2 raw onion. Fries were over done.
                                                                                                                                                    My husband had the pulled pork sandwich. It was really tasteless; not sure if it was microwaved, reheated, or just a funny sauce, but it didn't taste good.
                                                                                                                                                    My dad had the grilled fish, which smelled very fishy when it arrived at the table, and was filled with large bones.
                                                                                                                                                    The waitress/owner(?) was out of diet coke and blamed her day staff for not telling her.
                                                                                                                                                    I would not recommend.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Looking for a classy place for a Girls Night Out after SATC2 movie at Queensway Cinema. Preferably a place with cocktails or wine. Any alternatives to Via Allegro? Must have kitchen open after 10:00 pm. Within a 10 minute drive of the Queensway Cineplex is preferred. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                      1750 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M9C5H5, CA

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                        You might try Momo's - sounds like it might fit your requirements - I'm not sure, however, if the kitchen is open after 10. Worth checking out, though....

                                                                                                                                                        http://momosbistro.com/

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                          Thanks! Their website says kitchen is open until 11 pm nightly. And they have live music often, but not on the night we are going out which will help us to hear each other chat!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                            Let me know how it goes! I haven't been in a while, and I'm curious how it is...

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                              The owner, Bobby, assures me there is live music and DANCING on Friday nights!

                                                                                                                                                      2. Teamsave has a fifteen dollars for thirty deal for Kalamata on right now.

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                                                                                                                                                        3473 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8W1N5, CA

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                                                          Thanks Terrycar! We like this place but don't go very often. This gives us incentive to go. Really want to support the little local guys in the area.

                                                                                                                                                        2. Barb's roti shop. Good stuff!!

                                                                                                                                                          It's a little west of long branch station on lakeshore.

                                                                                                                                                          1. went to Cafe du Lac last night
                                                                                                                                                            nice decor....we ate at 6pm, so the service was good
                                                                                                                                                            good poutine, soup, wild boar burger, cod, chocolate mousse and lava cake
                                                                                                                                                            I had the duck in a jar....wonderful presentation, ....I don't think I like duck or fois gras... first time for me for duck or fois gras
                                                                                                                                                            $250 or 5 people ...3 non drinkers., my wife and I had a couple of interesting Quebec beers

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                                                                                                                                                            2350 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V, CA

                                                                                                                                                            1. Wow, I go away for 2 weeks and so many changes! Big Guy's became a big coffee shop, other places renamed, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                ...and there's a GBC (Gourmet Burger Co.) chain new location on Kipling north of Queensway, south of Dundas/Bloor. http://thegourmetburgerco.com/html/lo...

                                                                                                                                                                And a Swirls cupcake bakery on Dundas east of Royal York. A bit of a trek from the lakeshore but much easier than driving to Streetsville for the best cupcakes in the GTA! http://www.swirlscupcakes.ca/

                                                                                                                                                              2. Tried a new place on Lake Shore Blvd W where 35th St restaurant used to be near Browns line
                                                                                                                                                                Buster's Fish House
                                                                                                                                                                We had Haddock, Halibut and coconut shrimp with fries and slaw
                                                                                                                                                                Fish wasn't bad but only about 4 inch square servings...only 4 shrimp
                                                                                                                                                                Fries were out of a bag and cold
                                                                                                                                                                slaw wasn't bad
                                                                                                                                                                about $12 per meal...pretty expensive for bad food
                                                                                                                                                                If you want good fish go to Longbranch Fish by the 7-11 or 5th St Fish and avoid this place

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                                                                                                                                                                7501 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R2W1, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: 2k1sedan

                                                                                                                                                                  Does anyone know if this place has gotten any better over the last few months?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                                                                    A group of my friends went there last week and they all liked it. Their only complaint was no liquor;) I wasn't able to go with them but plan to check it out.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                                                                      I tried Buster's for the first time a few weeks ago and have been going once or twice a week since. The food is amazing and the portion are huge, in fact, I get at least two meals out of each order. I can't speak to what it was like when you went but I can tell you anyone I have taken there has felt the same way.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Not a restaurant, but a new specialty food store has opened on the Queensway (south side, 2 blocks East of Royal York). It's called Acqua. They are the folks that used to own the restaurant in BCE (now Brookfield) place. It's a little gourmet food store with incredible stuff. Not cheap but definitely worth every penny.

                                                                                                                                                                    To date, my husband and I have tried:
                                                                                                                                                                    Celeriac and Truffle Soup
                                                                                                                                                                    Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Quiche
                                                                                                                                                                    Pancetta and Caramelized Onion Quiche
                                                                                                                                                                    Beef and Mushroom Pie
                                                                                                                                                                    Chicken Curry
                                                                                                                                                                    Beef Bourguignon.

                                                                                                                                                                    ALL were wonderful. They also have a menu of sandwiches and other items (I'm dying to try the poutine and the pulled pork sandwich).

                                                                                                                                                                    It's great to have this kind of store in the neighbourhood and I really hope they succeed. Please try them out and then pass the word.

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                                                                                                                                                                    10 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: etobicokefoodie

                                                                                                                                                                      I wonder why the second outpost of Max's Market on Queensway hasn't opened yet?!

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                                                                                                                                                                      2299 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S, CA

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: etobicokefoodie

                                                                                                                                                                        Ambitious products for the neighbourhood - will check it out - thanks

                                                                                                                                                                      2. More Than Pies Baking Co. on Lakeshore west of Kipling is a decent bakery. Their pear-apple-ginger pie is good, as is their Empire cookies.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. It's a little North of this area, but has anyone been to the Spoon & Fork which opened on the Queensway/Kipling? I just drove past the other day and noticed the "Now Open" sign.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                                                            I recently went for lunch and had the Mango Salad. It was good, although I 've had better. Could have had a little more spice to it.........seemed to be mostly mango with a bit of red pepper and not much else. My co-workers both had pad thai and said it was good.
                                                                                                                                                                            They do have a lunch tasting menu for about $16/person, however everyone at the table must order it. It is all you can eat, but they bring each order to your table as there is no buffet.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Driving by yesterday evening I noticed a new sign with "Mexican Food" in large letters on Lakeshore right at the bottom of Brown's Line. Looks like something is going in there? Has anyone had a closer look?

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                                                              ? Hmm. Some real Mexican there would be awesome! I'll have a look next time I am close by.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                                                                Be still my beating heart - 25 years in the neighbourhood....waiting for Mexican!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                  Drove past again this afternoon. The sign says "Paco's Kitchen - Mexican Food - Take-out and Delivery - Coming Soon"

                                                                                                                                                                                  It also had a few examples on another sign, but as I was driving I only caught Molletes and Enchiladas.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                                                                    I did the same. Didn't catch more than just the name as I drove by. A quick google turned up this page where they offer cooking classes, and an item-less 'under construction' menu http://artsilverandthings.com/take-ou.... Looking forward to trying the food!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                      I keep hoping to see this place open, but nothing yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                                                                        Daily report: Help wanted sign in the window. At least there is progress.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                          Update: apparently Paco's Kitchen opened last night. It appears to be takeout only. Will have to check it out soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                            We grabbed some food from Paco's. They currently offer take-out only.

                                                                                                                                                                                            As I didn't have a menu, I had Paco (?...I think) choose our meal. We had the enchiladas (mole and verdes), soup, corn cake and walnut balls. I thought the corn cake would have been savoury, but it turned out to be a dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The enchiladas were tasty. Chicken nicely cooked. Fresh tortillas. Mole was a tad sweet for me, but the verdes was very nice. Both came with rice and beans, which were okay.

                                                                                                                                                                                            The soup was a spicy spinach soup. It was quite good. They added some crispy tortilla pieces.... more of these would have been nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Both desserts were good. Walnut balls were timbit sized. Moist. Tasty. Good flavour. The corn cake was so moist and light, it was like 50% cake 50% flan.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Crappy phone pic of the menu attached.

                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                        I made it to Paco's Kitchen for some take-out tonight. I've only been to Mexico once on a very short business trip so I can't comment on authenticity of the food, but oh the deliciousness of the sweet potato quesadilla we were given as a free treat! Yum. Like a cinnamon-sugar-covered pumpkin pie donut. Highly recommended!

                                                                                                                                                                                2. I dined at Cafe du Lac in Mimico for dinner recently and it was a disappointing night.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Our group of three started with their charcuterie platter. What we were served was good and the highlight of the night, but we had no idea what we were eating. Unfortunately, the server, who was friendly, didn't take the time to explain what was on the board. As for the mains, my friend and I decided to go with their $25 prix fixe option. It started off with a choice of soup or salad. We both went with the soup. Again, the server failed to inform us of what type of soup it was. Regardless, we both felt we should have went with the salad, as the butternut squash soup was quite bland and could of used more salt, or maybe even more time to cook, to develop the flavour. My friend decided to go with the poutine with braised short rib for his main and I went with the mussels, which were unlimited/AYCE. Both dishes were good. The mussels were in a pretty flavourful "spicy tomato sauce" (curry and white wine were the other options). The poutine was also good and avoided the soggy fries conundrum plaguing most restaurant poutines. Also, if a place is serving moules frites, it should automatically come with some bread. There was a huge pool of broth begging to be sopped up.

                                                                                                                                                                                  But there was a huge discrepancy in portion sizes and it was the thing that bothered me the most that night. The poutine was really small, certainly not the size of an entree. Conversely, the portion of mussels was massive. Literally too much, couldn't even finish it. How they expect people to order a second or third bowl is beyond me, perhaps the chefs give a lot on the first go, so they didn't have to fire up more orders in case they get swamped later on. The mussels came with fries, which were reasonably good, despite being made with Yukon Golds, which never get as crisp as russets, no matter how you cook it and for how long. It was served what I think was an attempt at homemade ketchup (again no explanation was offered). And frankly, it was one of the worst things I have ever tasted. Don't really know how to describe it, it was a bit like canned tomato paste mixed in with some water to thin it out. Bland and incredibly off-putting. Back to portion sizes, I was only halfway through my massive bowl of mussels, when my other companions had already finished their meals (the third person of our party went with a venison meatloaf that came with some veg. and an incredibly rich and delicious potato au gratin topped with foie gras). It was an awkward situation and they should seriously fix this.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The prix fixe was concluded with a serviceable dessert of crepes stuffed with some caramelized apples. Ultimately, I really wanted to like this place, as I'm a sucker for bistros and especially for ones in a great neighbourhood like Mimico. I really hope this place turns it around, though I probably won't be visiting any time soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  2350 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gomes

                                                                                                                                                                                    You are not alone here. A quick glance of local rating sites shows a disappointed audience. Truly a shame. I, and many others, would really love a great go-to bistro in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Just noticed Ranu Thai food at Lakeshore and 26th St. Part of the Just-eat delivery service. Will be interesting to try it and compare to Princess and Lee's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                      I tried the Pad see lew -a chicken/veg and noodle dish, at Ranu Thai for lunch today & in all honesty I found it pretty greasy with an unpleasant oily taste hours afterwards. i haven't tried Princess and Lee's, but I hope that they're better than this.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Tried the new Lebanese place called Mezza on the Queensway last night. (south side, just west of Royal York). It was fabulous. We just shared a few apps and all were delicious. They let us taste the Lebanese wine and we really liked it.
                                                                                                                                                                                        I would say definitely give it a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. A friend and I tried Mangosteens Thai Cuisine on the Queensway at Kipling recently. We had a very pleasant meal and the staff was extremely friendly and welcoming. We ordered fresh rolls to start which came with two different sauces. (One spicy, which I loved and was a little too much for my non-spice loving dinner partner so he was happy to have the second, both made in house) . A beef dish was delicious. We also had the Pad Thai, which was tasty but not quite at the level of the other two dishes. All tips were being donated to a Japan relief fund, which was nice,

                                                                                                                                                                                          I defintely recommend checking it out if you are in the neighbourhood and looking for Thai.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I wouldn't bother again with Spoon and Fork across the street from it. The atmosphere there was lovely, refreshing for that area but the food was very average.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                                                                            I second Mangosteens Thai Cuisine. I've been there twice now with my gf, and I'd go more if I lived anywhere near the area. We ordered the fresh rolls both times, for the main course I've tried the Pad Sew, the chili fish, the grilled spicy beef and Pad Thai. I loved all of them except perhaps the Pad Thai was a little on the average side. The chili fish was a fair bit hotter than I expected, but I tend to like really spicy food. The staff is really friendly and accomodating as well. Substitutions such as cashews for peanuts aren't a problem, and they seem to have really good recommendations. It still seems pretty empty though probably because of it's location hidden in the crook of an L-shaped building. You'll never see it if you're driving eastward along the Queensway.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                                                                              Went to Spoon and Fork last night...where the old Don Cherry's restaurant was in the Sobey's plaza. Nice decor and we enjoyed the food. Very popular, almost full on a Tuesday at 7pm....the server told us they have line ups on weekends. I thought the price was right and the food quite acceptable....if you have any fussy eaters they should be able to find something they like on the menu

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1414 2 Hwy W, Oshawa, ON L1E2J5, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                              Spoon and Fork
                                                                                                                                                                                              Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: 2k1sedan

                                                                                                                                                                                                We just also went to Mangosteens. Very friendly , attentive service, although not very knowledgeable...I'm sure they will learn with experience. Chili fish had a great authentic sauce, the fish was rainbow trout - which is a very odd choice for chili fish, but somehow it worked out quite well. Cashew chicken was also very good. The Pad See ew was quite tasty, not too greasy like others we've had in Toronto. Mango salad was quite good as was the mango sticky rice desert (maybe needed a bit more coconut milk/custard...but nitpicking here). They don't have quite as extensive a menu as some other Thai places, but enough for most tastes. A nice neighbourhood Thai joint. We will be back. Note, they do not have a liquor licence yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Has anyone tried Pearl Sushi?

                                                                                                                                                                                              It just open this past weekend on Superior - across the street from Valumart in the former Chasers Juice Bar space.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: panko

                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm new to the area, having just moved from Roncesvalles. I just gave this place a try for lunch today, after having looked online for reviews for it since it opened (I miss having sushi within walking distance). I was quite pleased with my lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                First of all, if you're looking to dine in, the place is small. There's a small table at the window that would seat three. Right now, they serve dine-in orders in to-go containers (tho I had a real teacup and dish of soya sauce, so that may change). They also are cash-only at the moment (may 27), tho they assured me this would change soon. They do deliver >$30 in the area, with free delivery > $50.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Their menu is huge for such a small place - including teriyaki, donburi, udong, katsu and a couple of Korean dishes in addition to the standard sushi options. I went for a few standard favourites - spider roll, spicy tuna hand-roll & maguro sushi to try the place out. I was pretty pleased with it all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The spicy-tuna hand-roll had large slices of tuna in it, which is nice to see instead of the standard diced-up tuna of unknown origin that you get many places. It contained cucumber sticks, and the ubiquitous chili/mayo sauce. The spider roll was larger in diameter than I normally like, but being stuffed with large chunks of tasty soft-shell crab, it was difficult to complain. Maguro tuna was good, pretty standard - but fish seemed very fresh, and the rice was quite good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I talked with one of the owners, and she explained that they had recently moved from Stratford, where they ran a full-sized restaurant. This explains the size of their menu, and looking up reviews for the restaurant in Stratford, they are generally very favourable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I haven't eaten at any other sushi restaurants in mimico/long branch/new toronto yet, except for Kaji, and that would be an unfair comparison, but I was generally very happy with it, and will definitely be back. From the initial sampling, it does compare favourably to Vincent Sushi, which I was a regular customer of in Ronces. I hope they succeed. With all the condos opening in the area, as well as the waterfront trail being extended basically to their doorstop next year, I predict they will.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                  sounds good
                                                                                                                                                                                                  what was the name? where?
                                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: 2k1sedan

                                                                                                                                                                                                    whoops.. nice rookie reivew, i forgot the name & address. it's pearl sushi, it just opened at superior & lakeshore in mimico.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                      We got takeout dinner from Pearl a couple of weekends ago. Very ordinary Korean-style and not dirt cheap, but if you don't want to drive far, it's an option! Very little variety on the platters. Kalbi wasn't bad either. The standout by far was the spicy rolls.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. We recently stopped by Sweet Olenka's for a ice cream. I opted for a regular cone, and the SO had a cup. Cost was $7ish. The portions were absolutely pathetic. I am not going back any time soon, unless portion sizes or pricing is revised.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I mentioned this in another post a couple of months ago, but the last time I went there the server actually weighed the scoop & cone before giving it to me and like you said it was a pathetic portion for the price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: terrycar

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I go to Sweet Olenka's regularly and I've never had the server weigh anything. The single scoop serving is more than generous and when I order a pint, she always packs as much as she can into the container

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Given that the ice cream is hand made with all natural ingredients, it's very good value. If you want something cheaper, try Chapman's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Mimicoguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nah I'll pass on the Chapman's. but the weighing thing and the little portion really did happen though maybe it was just a one off. And I'm fully aware of how it's made and how good it is which is enough to make me give them a second chance sometime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Mimicoguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                        The quality of the ingredients wasn't questioned, so your comment is a tad condescending. For $7, we received one small scoop each approx. 2-1/2" in diameter. That is NOT good value for 2 scoops of ice cream and a standard issue cone. If I ordered the regular size, what is the small? Less than a scoop?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have purchased pints before, and have no issue with the bulk pricing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Like I've said, I've been there lots of times--probably three dozen and have never received the size of a single scoop cone that you're talking about. Never.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mimicoguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                            You are luckier than terrycar & I then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Mimicoguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                          re the weighing of ice cream: a lot of ice cream places train new staff that way. once you know how to eyeball the right amount, no more weighing. (this actually came up in a discussion about a different place recently).

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Paco's Mexican .......a new take out place on the lake shore near Browns Line
                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had the pulled pork with tacos (pork tenderloin) and an bean and cheese appetizer...very good.....fed 3 for $20
                                                                                                                                                                                                      very nice man and a nice place....he has full meals and other dishes....I am not very knowledgeable about Mexican but we will definitely be returning

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I was in the neighborhood and tried Bombay on the Lake today. It's was as good as it gets for North Indian in Toronto.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hal2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed. Ordered Bombay by the Lake through Just-Eat.ca and thought it was better than most. Moist, juicy, flavourful, tasty. Hope it continues!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hal2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wonder if they have a new chef in the kitchen? I've ordered from Bombay On The Lake now and then over the past two years and it's been fine and tasty, but nothing I would write about. Then last week my dining partner and I ordered from them and it was amazing. The Chicken Madrasi in particular was one of the best Indian dishes I've ever eaten.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            As a side note they have always been some of the nicest people as well. Always so friendly and welcoming, even on the phone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: FrenchSoda

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Can anyone confirm - anybody try them lately? I've only had decent food from there, nothing terrible, not much great...but I haven't been in over a year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: hal2010

                                                                                                                                                                                                              There's another Indian place opening in Mimico called Kothur, I believe. Not sure what will distinguish them from Everest or Bombay on the Lake, but here's hoping it's authentic and/or delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kothur is owned by the same people as Everest. They will be making Everest a Hakka restaurant. They didnt say if they will be changing the name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: archive

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We ordered from them recently and the delivery man said that Everest will be known as Kothur and the Hakka restaurant will take over the space that is currently occupied by Everest. Apparently the new space is bigger - which is good because they are always so busy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The most recent takeout menu from Everest now says Kothur Restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Queen Margherita in our hood? Any guesses where specifically?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              "Queen Margherita's Mr. Chetti told The Globe and Mail this week that he's putting the finishing touches on a new, high-end, high-volume takeout pizza joint to be called Full Blooded Italian. Its location? At Lakeshore Boulevard and Park Lawn Road. On the west side, that is."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's in Mimico between Burlington Ave & Albert Ave in a building that used to be the Vatra Cheese & Deli store. They recently moved. Actual address is 2336 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love they're moving in since we live in Mimico. Awesome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Mimicoguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks! That is closer than expected. Do you know when they open for business?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh that's funny, I've been passing "FBI pizza" every day and didn't realize it was the same thing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Their website has been up for a while now. I emailed them about a month or so ago to find out when they would be opening (I'm in the neighbourhood) and they never got back to me. I walk by every day and never see anyone there. I hope they open soon. We need some good pie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mammoth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            glad to have another place in the neighbourhood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            was dissapointed from my last order from Dino's

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ssainani

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I am 50/50 with Dinos now. Very disappointing because we have had some great zah in the past but its become random.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tried calling for delivery tonight. No answer...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Davedigger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I ran into the proprietor while peering in the FBI windows on Wednesday. He said FBI pizza should be up and running hopefully 'within 2 weeks'.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the update. That is what I came into this thread to find out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They are finally open! For delivery only for now. http://fbipizza.com/ Menu is online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The bigger pizza is HUGE - 18". Arrived fast and hot. Ordered italian sausage, mushrooms and caramelized onions. The cheese they use is very tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The porchetta is not made in house - brought in from a supplier in Vaughn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What a great addition to the neighbourhood! And a nice change from Il Paesano.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: panko

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hurray! Finally. I'd also suggest that Yummy Pizzza (across from the Mimico Presbyterian Church on Royal York Road) is also one of the better indie pizza places in Mimico. Delivery can be a little slow but it's better than Il Paesano.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Mimicoguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes - I've tried Yummy. You can order through Just Eat - so a good option when they have a good promo going on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Mimicoguy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Awwwww, I used to live in the area and Il Pae has been in the community for so many years. It is a shame pizza has changed for the worse. They even used to deliver slices........not sure if they still do. This is going back 15 years

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: panko

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Salivating! Can't wait to try it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ordered the "bigger" pizza last night. Italian sausage, mushrooms, tomato sauce, and whole wheat crust. A very tasty pizza. Definitely the best we've had in the area - hands down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't had the pleasure of Queen Margherita, so I can't compare it to that. If QM is similar to Libretto, than FBI is not similar to either. The crust was good. No char spots... I take it that they use an electric oven? Their website notes 'a special blend of fior de latte'. The cheese had some orange tones... could this have been from the oil in the sausage, or is it the cheese? Whatever.... who cares. It was good! The sausage was very tasty. No skimping. Little hints of fennel seed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All things considered, a good pie. We will definitely order again. $24+tip for the pizza w/ toppings noted, and a homemade hot pepper dip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Got the "big" pizza delivered last night with white crust, porchetta, pancetta, caramelized onion and roasted red pepper, and the hot dip. It's not a "thin crust Neapolitan style" pizza but rather a New York style pizza (which let's face it, is pretty much Toronto style in this case because of lack of blisters/char). It's a good pizza but doesn't stand out overall. Would I order again? Yes, because nothing else in Mimico beats it for "normal" pizza. They say they will start making the sandwiches in the next week. By the way, you can save money by just getting standard toppings like pepperoni, but I seem to have splurged on expensive gourmet toppings. :) http://fbipizza.com/ There really is no similarity to Queen Margherita or Libretto here in terms of style of pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It definitely stands out for the 'hood, IMO. Doesn't stand out when you add the DT spots into the mix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It makes sense now why they didnt name it after QMP. While they are using QMP dough and perhaps their cheese, it is a different oven and outcome. This helps sum it up - http://www.nowtoronto.com/food/story....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I ordered from them the first week they were open and had a very good pizza with sausage and caramelized onions on one half, straight margherita on the other. The sausage/onion was particularly good. Unfortunately the crust was lackluster. It was a bit heavy for my tastes. We decided to give it a try again today and stopped by just to grab a slice. The crust was 100% better. It was light, crisp, tasty. I talked to the guy at the cash about it,he said the first week they ironed out a few kinks with the dough. We had both a white and whole wheat slice. The whole wheat was surprisingly delicious. I'd encourage you to try it again if you ordered the first week. It's not QMP or Libretto arriving at your door, but it's great pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. So what's the story with Cafe du Lac? Has anyone been recently? I was thinking about going next week, but am wondering if they are still having their service issues.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2350 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Davedigger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Strangely enough (at least judging by this board), I have never had a bad or poor service experience at Cafe du Lac. I've never had to wait long to get my meal, and the server and owner are always friendly and helpful. Yes, once the kitchen didn't turn out the proper meal, but that wasn't a service fault and she marched straight back to the kitchen to get the dish fixed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I never had a horrible experience either, but I do recall reading some stuff about the owner being aggresssive and rude in the not so distant past. I haven't been in a couple years so I just wanted to check what the latest feedback was. Thanks for your input. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Davedigger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We only went once about a year back, and had indifferent service and less than mediocre food. I really wanted to love this place. I'd be interested to see some current CH'er reviews to see if they have changed at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The new-ish chef is better than previous. The menu is back to being more Quebecois and interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How new-ish? Worth trying again? I'm on the exact same page, I always really want to like this place but it's never a great experience when I give it another chance. It's been a little while since I've been in, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Agree - always want to like it but never have.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Today I went for the church lunch at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Lakeshore Blvd. with co-workers. We had perogies and borscht. I found the perogies to be enjoyable, however not the best and would search for better. They were boiled and served with a few camalized onions and no-name store bought sour cream. The borsct I did not enjoy and same with 2 co-workers. Keep in mind I have only had Polish borscht in the past so not sure of the differences. I enjoy and am used to just a broth borscht with some slivers of beets and a very beety flavour. This seem to have had a meat base or something other than beets. It had a lot of beets shredded in with some kidney beans and I think a bit of carrot as well. There was a small layer of oil on top as well. All three of us only had about six spoonfulls. It was fun to try, however I will not be rushing back. A co-worker also had the kolbasa and said it was just okay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I do highly recommend perogies from Albatros Pub on Lakeshore Blvd. near 14th Street. Freshmade and the best I have had outside homemade. Actually all the Polish dishes I have had her have been outstanding. And decor is really old European, but very nice. Lots of wood in the decor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Melt Grilled Cheese opens today. Menu looks tasty, and the prices look fair. Will have to give it a go soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://meltgrilledcheese.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just as quickly as the excitement about Melt arose..... it disappeared. If I can some up the experience, I would say that there just isn't 'love' in what they are doing. Fries from frozen. Sad looking ingredients. Standard fare bread. Staff who really don't seem to care - surprising considering they JUST opened.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It just missed the mark on a homemade grilled cheese sammy. Damn!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That should have read "sum" up, not some... duh!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  we tried Melt and I wasn't impressed, but the staff were nice and prompt...they were quite open about catering to the Humber College crowd, and it is better than the building staying closed....my daughters liked it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: 2k1sedan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I went pretty early after the grand opening. Did you find the ingredient quality decent? It was lacking when we went. The fries they served were very sad too. Those potatoes died an unfortunate death.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Agreed re: occupancy vs. vacancy. The strip has too many vacant spaces, crappy dive bars, and a wicked amount of cheque cashing joints!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Derksen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I wanted to like Melt. Gave it two tries. Lacklustre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Adriano's Pizza is new to the lake shore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  west of Kipling across from the Tim Hortons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it is our new favourite pizza place

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: 2k1sedan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    went to al lago for the first time yesterday, it was awesome, there's no menu, you just tell the waiter/chef/owner what you want and he makes it, well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had veal parmigiana with bruschetta to start, burscetta was awesome, good bread, good amount of herbs and garlic a little cheese, with isn't traditional but was still excellent. then the veal came, it was the most tender veal i've had with a a little linguine on the side everything smothered in a good amount of cheese with a very tasty tomato sauce, i only needed a fork and spoon for the whole entree...looking forward to trying some other stuff there...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    now on to the decor, this place is OLD and it shows...lol...i think he'd be a perfect candidate for a restaurant makeover...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    anyone else been here lately?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nevrenuf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the review, if you don't mind me asking, what was the bill like? I have heard some say they thought they were overcharged - were you able to suggest a price range? thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. RIP Cafe du Lac - Toronto Life is reporting a Tapas Bar will open in that location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/ri...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Handwritten sign up now in the window "Lavinias"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Forgive me for being a little overly excited with this post. I was just down at Mimico & Lakeshore and noticed Grilllicious has been replaced by Maurya, which advertises itself as an East Indian Roti shop. But it turns out this isn't just any Indian Roti place, this is an offshoot of Gandhi's and Mother India... probably my favourite takeout in the city. We go 45 minutes out of our way to get takeout from their parkdale location. I peeked in, grabbed a menu and scanned it. It's identical to the menu at their other offerings. I even recognized staff. I haven't dined yet, but if it keeps up the quality of their other two restaurants, I'm a happy man. This restaurant opening is my most unexpected and pleasant discovery in ages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's at 2481 Lakeshore, Lakeshore & Mimico Ave, 647-748-6001. I have scanned/attached their menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Shut the front door! That IS exciting!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I saw it as I drove by. Can't wait to try it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just had the lamb saag roti and it was delicious! Confirmed that it is owned by the same people as Mother India. I also overheard her telling a regular from Mother India that they use recipes and measurements so that the food is the same at all locations. So aaronstasis you will likely be very happy with the food here. I ate in and started with a samosa and then my roti came in about 10mins even though there were three orders ahead of me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So happy this is in the hood!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shoot, I was hoping it WASN'T connected to Gandhi because I'm not a fan of their style of cooking and didn't have a good experience a few years ago. Oh well! As for LaVinia, time will tell if they can succeed as the "only" good restaurant in Mimico.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Enjoyed the chicken jalfrizi (jalfrezi) roti at Maurya the other night. Fresh, tasty, worth getting. It's the only non-veg roti with actual vegetables (peas and cauliflower both of which taste fresh and are not overcooked). It's worth calling ahead so you avoid a long-ish wait. I ordered "mild to medium" and it still had quite a bit of kick. ("Medium" is Indian medium not Canadian medium) It wasn't too rich nor greasy/heavy. Even so, I ate half the next day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Had the most booooring butter chicken roti at Maurya a few nights ago. Ho-hum. Stick to the jalfrezi or other stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stopped by for takeaway last night. I had the butter chicken roti ($12) my mate had the chicken tikka masala roti ($11). We both had the mulligatawny soup ($3/ea).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The soup was a bit mild for my liking, but tasty. We ordered two, but they came in 3 very small styro containers. Not sure if they gave us an extra one, or if they didn't have regular containers and had to give us the 2 servings in smaller containers...?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  His masala roti was very good - and had great heat. Generous portion, not at all messy, good mix of meat and veg (mostly potato). The roti 'bread' was really nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My butter chicken roti was also good. I'll admit that I've always avoided butter chicken as it seems like the standard thing in an indian resto to try (like Phad Thai in a thai resto). So, in fact this was the first time I'd tried it, haha. Was expecting something spicier, but what I got was anything but. That said, it was delicious. I can see why some people find it strangely addictive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'd recommend Maurya without hesitation. The folks that run the place are super nice, too. Prices are reasonable, and we're excited to have a good choice for takeaway (or eat in) in the hood - that isn't pizza!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Owners of Maurya have opened up Dino's Burritos in the shop next door (used to be that fish and chips place).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.just-eat.ca/restaurants-di...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Menu isn't online yet, but I picked up a menu in Maurya and it looks almost identical to NY Sub and Burrito menu.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://newyorksubsburritos.com/menu.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Will report back when I try it next week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: panko

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Indeed. I didn't have much hope for the place, but now that I know it's run by the Maurya folk, I'll give it a try. I always liked new York sub, but it's so close to gandhi's that if I'm in that part of town, roti always seemed like the more interesting option. It's becoming quite a decent plaza of food options. I hope they all stick around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed Aaronstasis! More and more (good) food options are popping up in the area which is great to see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The signage for Dino's is confusing but hopefully the food is tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: panko

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am eating a Dino's satay lamb burrito (whole wheat wrap, with potatoes and beans added) as we type. It's decent. I have never had NY sub. However, Dino's shop is as bare bones boring looking as you can get. The menu looks boring. I figured I would give the satay a try as at least it's spicy. The toppings are sad looking, however - guacamole and rice bins had seen better (longer!) days. When the very slow counter guy offered me "potatoes and beans" I said yes just because the toppings bar was so meagre in selection. To my joy, the potatoes are from next door - so they are bhaji style (indian spiced). That's a bonus! The beans are black eyed peas, also a bonus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is it just me or is the cook the same guy from New York sub and burritos?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: panko

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Confirmed - Dino's is the new New York Sub.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.yelp.ca/user_details?useri...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Urmila is actually the owner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Has anyone else noticed that certain baked goods and items containing chocolate can taste "freezer burnt" at Sweet Olenka's? It's an ongoing problem. I suspect it is not actually freezer burn but rather the chocolate taking on the taste of its storage or display cabinet. Can't quite explain it but not everything has that taste. Most recently it was the brownies inside the fudge brownie ICE CREAM. In the summer, it was the chocolate fig bombs and baileys cake bombs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I think Lavinia's has now opened (in the old Cafe du Lac space in Mimico).....will check it out today to see if I can grab a menu to scan and post.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kumo on Kipling just below Evans is a unique little Japanese restaurant that is definitely Chow-worthy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Interesting! It also got one star from Toronto Life. What did you eat there? Is everything "nouveau" sushi with mayo and deep fried tidbits?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                FT, not at all, though they do have some items like those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've only been there for lunch so far. The first few times i played it safe and just had their $10.95 special with soup, salad, and choice of 3 x 6-piece maki rolls from a list of 20 that were standard fare. They also have an $8.95 lunch with your choice of 2 rolls. Then i upgraded to the big-spender's $12 Bento box Salmon Teriyaki lunch that included tempura shrimp and vegetables, maki rolls and rice plus the usual miso soup and small salad. Recently I had the rice-less Eel & Avocado Naruto Roll that was novel to me. Also the Yankee Sandwich, an interesting eggplant tower with spicy tuna and salmon layers. I would eagerly reorder both but first there are many other attractive menu items that I want to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One attraction is they make their own uncoloured pickled ginger and watch out, they grate real wasabi for the rolls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Just one more warning, there is no "wow" factor to their interior. The wow is all on the plate. It looks like a recycled Subway shop with a few Japanese blandishments. If you need décor to enjoy your meal, you won't get it at Kumo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: iamafoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I couldn't resist - went for a late dinner at Kumo Sushi after some mall time. Friendly happy servers. They ran out of the live scallops but did have the uni so I ordered "sashimi". What came was absolutely wonderful - 4 pieces of uni squashed into a shot glass with a dot of fresh wasabi and a bit of tangy yuzu sauce The uni itself was surprisingly very, very tasty. I was shocked that they had decent uni and for only $7.95.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Had the etobicoke roll for $13.95 - panko tempura shrimp was lovely, not greasy, and spicy crab and cucumber-avocado interior. Weird topping that was supposed to be tuna and salmon (it seemed like deep fried soft something with no taste). Also wrapped in an unusual special seaweed and plate drizzled with spicy-sweet sauces.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would definitely return. Comfortable padded chairs, mood lighting -- what's not to like?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Forgot to mention that the uni is labelled as California uni. Also, that the presentation sucks. It's in a shot glass but isn't a "shooter" despite the server encouraging you to shoot it. You'd be better off with using your chopsticks. Regardless, it's a MUST-try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They also gave me a complimentary dessert of mango mochi ice cream - cubed and dressed with rainbow sprinkles, chocolatey sauce and whipped cream. So cute and tasty and a nice bonus. They don't make it in-house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just stopped in & spoke with the lovely friendly folks at Lavinia. They hope to open by Saturday 01 December - still awaiting their liquor license. The space has been refreshed, and is warm & welcoming, maintaining sophistication. Looking forward to sampling to the menu, which is posted in photos, below!:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: doc_j

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, paella, tapas and spanish food. Wonder if they were connected with any existing Spanish restaurants in town before branching out? Not sure how "regular" I'd be at a thematic restaurant like this. I was hoping for a wine bar with contemporary tapas.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hey, Lavinia Restaurant just called me - they're opening tomorrow, Saturday 24 November. They're then open every night for dinner, except closed Mondays. (There may be a weekend brunch, too, tbd).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. My DH and I are addicted to Tokyo Sushi which opened a few months ago on the Queensway, just west of Royal York. We needed more really good quality sushi restaurants in South Etobicoke. Here's a pic of one of our feasts. It is a bit ridiculous that only two people can take all this sushi down, but we do. Easily LOL! http://bit.ly/QuLNo1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Right now they have dine-in and pick-up only, no delivery. I think that may be coming soon. Yay!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rosie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.mytorontoscoop.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Any one been to the newish fish and chips place on Lakeshore just west of Mimico next to the new Roti place?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Everest Indian Cuisine just reopened this week as Everest Hakka House. It doesn't have a take-out menu yet, but has a small lunch menu, and a very extensive dinner menu. I have to admit I know nothing about Hakka food, but I stopped in for lunch for a huge plate of 'Mixed Hakka Noodles' with egg/shrimp/chicken/greens for $7.99. I guess it's in the vein of Indian interpretations of Chinese cuisine. Really tasty.. very fresh, well cooked, not greasy. I'm looking forward to trying their take-out when it's available next week. I'll try to post a menu. Everest Indian was always a great place for a cheap lunch, and now Everest Hakka is also a great choice, and a little more intriguing to me because I haven't experienced any of the food. Kothur, just down the street is now serving Everest's old menu. More and more options for a good lunch in this neighbourhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Hello neighbours! What is the best option for Thai now - willing to pick up or order delivery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. New Thai restaurant opening in strip mall across from the beer store in Mimico. It was Florentine (or something like that) most recently. Kiss of death location to date.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's called Nimman Thai. Went there today for lunch. I had a very good experience. It is set back from the street, but it has large/attractive signage. Interior is quite nice - attractive settings, flesh flowers, etc. No LLBO yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They have a lunch special for $9-$11 that comes with a soup of the day, salad and spring roll. They have your standard pad thai/red,green,peanut curries - but also a massaman dish, bbq salmon, and something called Nimman Long Song. I went for that since it was listed first on the menu and wasn't something I recognized. It was quite good, if unfamiliar. Steamed greens, chicken in a sauce on rice, some thai pickles and condiments on the side. Definitely tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I grabbed a takeout menu which is pretty extensive and has all your standard items, but also quite a few I'm not familiar with. I'll give them a shot next time I'm craving thai for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          416-255-4224, 2451 lakeshore blvd west

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Had an amazingly rich and delicious khao soi tonight. Tastier than the khao soi I had a few months ago at sabai sabai.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shrimp chips are the same - very flavourful and the peanut sauce is nice - chunky rather than saucy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Really happy to see another tasty place in the hood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Will upload menu when I can scan the menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No website for now, just FB page. https://www.facebook.com/NimmanThai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sadly, Nimman is pretty average compared to downtown Thai food. Though it's good for our neighbourhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spring rolls - 2 free with $30 takeout purchase - fresh interior, come with slightly spicy sweet chilli sauce. Standard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pad thai hor kai - "authentic" - lacks spice and flavour. Comes in a lovely wrapping of thin omelette - tear it open to reveal 2 shrimp and noodles with chicken. The chicken has almost no flavour. Sided by raw sprouts, lime, red onion, etc. I was disappointed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Green mango salad - yellow mango tossed with cashews, mint, coriander and red pepper, carrot, red onion, crushed peanuts. Nothing to write home about. Certainly not Chow-worthy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Khao Soi - I had high hopes but their version is fairly mundane. At least it's actually spicy hot. The beef is a bit tough. Noodles are the proper kind but otherwise this dish isn't special in any way. The broth isn't complex, just spicy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What's missing at Nimman seems to be the complex fresh flavours that downtown Thai places have in spades - thai basil, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, etc. I was suprised they didn't ask about heat level preference. "Mild" seems to be the default.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I just reread the menu and the description doesn't entirely match the product. Khao Soi was missing the advertised fried red shallot. Pad Thai Hor Kai was missing the sour turnip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My spouse and I just ate there for dinner and have to say we were pleasantly surprised. The service was friendly and prompt and the atmosphere was really nice. We ordered the Seafood Platter app for 2, Coconut Rice and Thai Spicy Chicken. Everything was fresh, tasty and flavours well balanced. We'll definitely go back to try more dishes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 of us ate there last week and it was very fresh and tasty. We had salad rolls and springs to start then split two curries (pumpkin and the "#1 on CNN" one) and a pad thai (with dark noodles) - sorry don't know Thai names. It was very good and the service was friendly and fast. (note - no liquor license yet - in a few weeks apparently)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nimman is so mediocre I'm yawning as I eat their mushy "spicy eggplant" and tough stringy "tamarind beef" right now (as we speak!) Seriously lacklustre. I'm so disappointed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm going to stick to Maurya next time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Agreed, the last time I went I was really disappointed. Maybe they have a new cook?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: panko

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They are lacklustre and the prepped food is clearly sitting around unused for too long before an order comes in. They only had 3 tables with dine-in customers on a Thursday at 7:00 pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Just tried a new place next to IZBA called Tiramisu Pasta & Grill. I have to say I was extremely impressed by the selection and prices on my initial perusing of the menu. Apps range from 6.95 - 12.95 (seafood being the most expensive). Pastas range from 12.95 - 18.95. Mains from 17.95 - 22.95. We were four sharing 2 apps, 3 of us had pastas and 1 had a main, with a bottle of wine and 2 desserts to share, it came to $50/pp with taxes and tip (and we tipped well). The portions were huge and there wasn't a dud among the chosen items except for maybe their namesake dessert. The dessert seems to be sourced out.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The dining room is quite comfortable with a modern aesthetic and there's a very small patio in the front that can seat about 8.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I don't frequent restaurants in the area very much even though I live a couple blocks from this restaurant. I often do takeout and delivery instead. Pizza, sushi, thai and chinese delivery is quite good in the area, in my opinion, however, I have never been happy with any of the pasta delivery places. All that has changed now that Tiramisu is in the hood. They are open 7 days a week and deliver. I asked them how they were doing and they did mention they were quite slow. Please go and check this place out. I don't think you'll be disappointed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    650 The Queensway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Looks like there's no website but here's their #: 416 255 8858

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CheddarCheese

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How does Tiramisu compare to say, Rocco's Plum Tomato, Santa Monica, or Via Allegro? Can you describe 2 or 3 of the best dishes you ate at Tiramisu?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Not sure if officially in this "zone" but if not close by. Islington and Lakeshore is going to see a new location for Pizza and Pazzi soon,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any current reviews of the Albatross Pub? Any sign of a menu on the web?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Herne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We are still loving the schnitzel at Albatros. They pound the meat to order. They now offer delicious roasted potatoes in addition to the boiled, dill topped potatoes and frozen fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The soups they offer are always quite tasty and the perogies are homemade.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Service can be slow at times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Don't see mention on here of the new Saturday Farmer's Market at Humber Bay Park West sponsored by the Humber Bay Shores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Condominium Association:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://wx.toronto.ca/festevents.nsf/5...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We were there mid June - not much in the way of vegetables then but will check it out this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Just in case you guys haven't seen it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/914237, went to the 'pie commission' near islington at the queensway. Really amazing personal-sized meat pies. Had the butter chicken one with some tasty fries to go. Got 4 others in a variety pack to stick in the freezer, i'm looking forward to trying them (beef rib, beer & beef, chicken cheddar mash, and another butter chicken).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the place is a little hard to find, just south of the queensway in the basement of the Max's market that is no more. Map on http://piecommission.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry! I didn't think to post it here and started that separate thread instead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: aaronstasis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pie Commission is excellent. Had the braised beef pie and chips and the taste and quality is great for $10 total. Their meat pies are so much better than the abysmal meat pies at the Pie Shack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I also still really love the Empanada Company. http://www.empanada.ca/ec/contacts/ just so you don't get mixed up with the other empanada places in Etobicoke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't like the Pie Commission beef 'n' beer pie - it's quite dry ground beef.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Can't believe I forgot to mention this, but there is a cute little Cuban Restaurant called Havana Style on Browns line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quite authentic cuban sandwich and lots of other tasty cuban food and drinks. Ask for the sandwich to be "well done" to get it fully crispy and melted. Mmmmm melty....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This place deserves some love and even a thread of their own. Worth checking out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: PoppiYYZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My husband and I went here in the spring. We each had a sandwich (can't remember which kind), two different kinds of plantain and also a coffee and cappuccino. The sandwiches were good, however this is not something I'd go back for. They were fresh bread, cheese, condiments and processed meats served hot. The plantain and beverages were great and we both really enjoyed them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's the type of place I would encourage everyone to try though as it could be for you. especially if you are a sandwich lover.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They did mention when we were there that they were in the process of getting there LLBO and were hoping to have live bands on the weekends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Was there any sign of this when you went PoppiYYZ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cool - I passed it the other day and almost pulled a u-turn out of curiosity - will stop next week for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LaVinia got some love on BlogTO's best spanish restaurants in town. Have yet to go - any new reviews from hounds?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Finally made it for a quick dinner at Havana Style Cafe & Art Gallery. Great decor; they really made an effort to create a crate & shipping container effect. Lovely co-owners, business partners, a friendly woman and a younger man. Many people speaking spanish came and went from the back door and seemed part of the owners' friends or family. I had a mojito (strong!), beef empanada (excellent, fried); guava empanada; Cubano sandwich (lots of bread, but well-made) which came with house-cut fries (slightly greasy but good); and a side of tostones (not the slightest bit greasy, and even mysteriously sided by a dip of specialty oil, salt and pepper). I would definitely return to try the black beans, rope vieja, disco, coffee, etc. They have salsa dancing every Friday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Neat place huh !

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I absolutely love Tostones. I have been trying to get them to make a shrimp filled version. Crispy open faced seafood boats.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: PoppiYYZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They do excel at non-greasy fried foods. The croquettes I got today were excellent. Cafe con leche not so much. But Iris, the owner, is so lovely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Cafe du Lac is closed and LaVenia is open in its place. Excellent Spanish! We've been there 6-7 times in the last year and the quality and service has been consistently excellent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The rabbit (occasionally on special) is one of the best dishes I've had.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Gwmollusk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My husband and I just had dinner there this past week with another couple. This was our first time there and our first time eating at a Spanish restaurant. We all had a great meal. The flavours were fantastic and the service excellent. The owner/chef is really friendly and checked on us after every course. We had a few tapas to start. Some of us had the lamb shank special while I had the Basque style cod stew. We'll definitely go back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Downtown Restos sure are coming to Mimico/New Toronto! For anyone who has enjoyed the 'burritos' at New York Subway on Queen Street - he has just relocated to Lakeshore and Mimico as Dino's Burritos. These are unbelievable - his satay chicken burrito with delicious spices, mushrooms and potatoes is indescribably good! He is related to the proprietor of Maurya which is also so good - Indian curries in rotis. Support both of these places - they are unassuming but really yummy and unique.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, Grappa from College is now on The Queensway - it's on our list to check out as well.