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Help! Lunch in the Financial District?

JonasBrand Oct 2, 2007 04:58 PM

Is there any place to grab a tasty lunch in the financial district (near Wellington & Bay) that doesn't cost a fortune?


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    KitchenVoodoo RE: JonasBrand Oct 2, 2007 08:31 PM

    Depends what you call a fortune - and what you call tasty, and whether you want to sit down or eat on the run. For sit down, about $20 approx, including tip, you can get a very decent bento box - good sushi, shrimp and veg temura, rice, salad, miso soup at TakeSushi - 22 Front St. - the CIBC/Mrril Lynch office buiding. For on the run, I'd suggest the salad/panini place in the CIBC food court - about $10 - $12 - sorry can't remember its exact name.
    There's the Indian place on Temperance St. - strangely always ends up more expensive than you'd think for a shack, but around $10.

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      obstructionist RE: KitchenVoodoo Oct 3, 2007 05:57 AM

      The sandwich place you're thinking of is probably Fast Fresh Foods.

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        Mila RE: obstructionist Oct 3, 2007 06:57 AM

        Just opened across from Fast Fresh is Petit Four Bakery. I was hoping to try them out on Tuesday but service was so confused I gave up. It was a free lunch day so maybe they are more organized now.

        Looks really good: Ciabatta and Foccacia Sandwiches with salads and soups and petit fours.
        Sandwich + Soup + Salad + Petit Four - $13
        Sandwich + Soup + Petit Four - $11.50
        Sandwich + Salad - $9

        Here is a sample of one of their sandwiches...
        Beef & Blue
        Hot Braised Beef, Sweet Onion and Roquefort Cheese.

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          pescatarian RE: Mila Oct 3, 2007 07:46 AM

          Not that it means anything, I haven't tried them, but the bakery is part of the Sir Corp, aka the company that owns Soul of the Vine.

          Edited: I just tried a sandwich. Very tasty. A bit expensive - $6 for a 4 inch, but it was very fresh. I got the Multi-Grain Focaccia (Sliced Egg, Smoked Salmon, Caper Mayo). The bread fresh with a good chew for a multigrain and the egg and smoked salmon were very fresh. When I was paying for my sandwich I saw the petit four in the case - look very good - I'll have to try one on an afternoon when I need a pick-me-up. Can't tell if they are good because I haven't tasted them, but they look delicious. They had a lot of staff helping people in line figure out what to order, etc. also. Seems to be well run.

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            Otonabee RE: pescatarian Oct 9, 2007 04:25 PM

            I was just there today. The petit fours are very good though they are more like a mini dessert .I actually had the chocolate cherry crunch which was very rich and fantastic! For the takeout they actually serve it in a glass cup that they ask that you bring back (you get 50 cents off plus 50 cents goes to charity)

            I also had the salmon sandwich which I have to say was excellent! The squash soup was OK but I am really fussy with that kind of soup. Looking forward to trying some of the other ones.

            Absolutely do plan to go back!

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              Mila RE: pescatarian Oct 10, 2007 10:05 AM

              2nd that Smoked Salmon Foccacia. Very nice and service is great now. It seems expensive for the size of the sandwich (4") but the foccacia is thick and the fillings generous and great quality.

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          fickle RE: KitchenVoodoo Oct 3, 2007 04:37 PM

          The indian place on Temperance is called Spices. Decent but not spectacular.

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            jayseeca RE: fickle Oct 3, 2007 07:17 PM

            went here once and was really disappointed, and actually disgusted at what they served. everything was like soup... overcooked, bland... the rice was even dried out.

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          jayseeca RE: JonasBrand Oct 3, 2007 07:32 AM

          scotiabank plaza... the mediterranian place has really good quality food, thai express as well, and on the other side of thai express is a place that has daily changing buffet that i've found to be pretty good.
          a 6 minute walk to st lawrence market for a cheap but delicious sandwich or plate of pasta.

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            JonasBrand RE: jayseeca Oct 4, 2007 06:55 AM

            Thanks for the responses... Sounds pretty barren overall. I'm surprised considering the number of people downtown at lunch. Maybe they all think "Lunch is for wimps."

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              MeMeMe RE: JonasBrand Oct 5, 2007 08:21 AM

              Szechuan Szechuan - best chinese lunch downtown - reasonable and great lunch special. And did I mention delish?

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                jennjen18 RE: MeMeMe Oct 9, 2007 07:35 PM

                Kinda expensive, I found. It's good, but ... kinda excessive for lunch. Too big, and too extravagant.

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                  City_West RE: MeMeMe Oct 9, 2007 08:44 PM

                  I'm not sure if it's actually the best chinese downtown. I don't even think it's "kind of good".

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              Love it Spicy RE: JonasBrand Oct 5, 2007 10:21 AM

              There is a sandwich place(Sandwich Box) on richmond st, between bay & and york. Always packed and everything is fresh..

              1. Teep RE: JonasBrand Oct 5, 2007 11:37 AM

                Sometimes I go to a place at the Scotia Plaza underground, just outside the foodcourt, on the way to the King subway station. They have steam tables and salad bars, you pick what you want (into the styrofoam containers) and pay by weight. Their menu is quite varied, today there was chicken and broccoli in cheese sauce, pork with pineapple, sheppards pie etc. One time it was an all Carribean theme. For that kind of food, it is quite decent (better than the Kitchen Table one at First Canadian Place). It's right next to an ABM, the entrance is very small but it's big inside.

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                  peasontoast RE: Teep Oct 5, 2007 12:42 PM

                  I believe that place is called Marcello's.

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                    pescatarian RE: peasontoast Oct 5, 2007 12:47 PM

                    Isn't Marcello's in TD in the back corner?

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                      peasontoast RE: pescatarian Oct 5, 2007 12:54 PM

                      Google seems to suggest that Marcello's Market & Deli has two locations, one at 145 King West and the other at 40 King West. The Scotia Plaza web site lists Marcello's as being in unit 143. http://www.scotiaplaza.com/services_a...

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                        pescatarian RE: peasontoast Oct 5, 2007 01:08 PM

                        Interesting. I always forget about the one in TD. I didn't know there was also one in Scotia. I've tried a couple items at the one in TD and I don't think they are worth what you pay per weight.

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