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Oct 11, 2007 04:08 PM

Cheap Pre-Bar Eats in Downtown Toronto

I've conceded to the fact that my friends typically dislike paying big bucks for meals, so I'm asking for a recommendation for good not-too expensive (let's say 20 dollars per person after tax without drinks) place that doesn't serve Chinese food. I'm thinking maybe Ethiopian House or something like that, although if someone knows a good Korean grill place that would be great too.

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  1. Grill Time (Yonge & College) or Yummy BBQ (Yonge & Wellesley) for cheap and cheerful Korean type BBQ. The former is a 'grill in the table' AYCE kind of place for about $15 per person, while the latter is a menu-based affair, for about $10 per person. Cheap and tasty, and just down the street from Ethiopian House.

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    1. re: xtal

      Just a heads up about Grill Time. If you're going out to bars after you will smell the meats you have been cooking at dinner.

      1. re: abigllama

        Good point, abigllama, although perhaps in chowhound circles the after-odour of Korean grill would be an aphrodisiac as opposed to a repellent... a guy can dream though.

        Anybody got any suggestions for other types of cuisine? Maybe Persian (assuming we don't walk out of it smelling like grease)?

        1. re: Blueicus

          pomegranate? they're more in the stew side of things and i dont' recall it being expensive.... toronto life says that their mains range from 8.50 to 15$. it's something different, tasty and the place has a good feel to it.

          terroni probably fits your bill too although it might be a bit tight on the high side as well.

          san? i love the setting and they do korean reasonably well and at a good price point albeit higher than your bloor west/christie locales.

          johnny banana? i don't care if they're authentic or not, they put out some pretty good food for the most part. again, on the higher side of your limit although it's possible it might exceed it a bit.

          okonomi house? i haven't been before and i hate suggesting it considering i haven't but i just thought i'd put it out there. they're really darn cheap and very different.

          akee tree? haven't been in a year but enjoyed it when it first opened and it seems to be doing well for itself.

          1. re: pinstripeprincess

            The only problem with San is that it's so small. Every time I try to go there, there isn't room for our party (anything over 2).

            1. re: pescatarian

              they don't take reservations?

              perhaps my friends and i are killjoys when it comes to spontaneity but if we're any larger than 2 we always make reservations. if there's no room, next resto on the list!

              i also haven't had a problem getting a table at san... but perhaps i'm going earlier than you've been.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                last time I tried, they wouldn't take reservations