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Looking for an interesting place to eat Thursday evening - downtown TO. Looking for some ethnic experience. The Sultan's Tent looks soooo interesting but the reviews are terrible. Suggestions?????

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  1. May I recommend strongly against the Sultan's Tent? A friend and I went there once and found the food to be quite disappointing. The appetizers and the tea were spectacular, but the desserts and the mains were very poor. Additionally, the belly dancing, while a cool concept in theory, made us feel quite uncomfortable, with the one belly dancer being very aggresively and sexually "in your face."

    Two places I would highly recommend around the same price point are Matahari Grill on the Baldwin strip, which serves outstanding Nyona style Malaysian cuisine, and Mengrai Thai, on Ontario at Richmond, which is one of the few places in the city which offers exceptional Thai cuisine. Both have nice atmospheres, with Matahari being a bit more trendy but noisier, and neither one, I would imagine, could disappoint.

    1. A great choice might be Mezzetta on St. Clair West near Christie - they serve small mediterrenean plates (mezzes) like yummy hummous and babdghanoush, skewers of grilled meats, stuffed vine leaves, moussaka, smoky fried eggplant, yummy yammy fries, etc. They also have live jazz on wednesday nights. easily the best baklava in the city!

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        Matahari
        39 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1L1, CA

        Mezzetta
        681 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A7, CA

        Mengrai
        82 Ontario Street, Toronto, ON M5A 2V3, CA

        1. Dhaba for Indian buffet, on King near John.

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          1. re: Scary Bill

            I was at Dhaba couple weeks ago and based on my experience I would not recommend it. We did not have the buffet, but instead ordered from the menu.
            The chicken and paneer were both dry, the sauces homogenous, and they are charging fine dining prices and it is not a fine dining experience.
            In my experience, buffets are worse than ordering off the menu, so I wouldn't expect it to be better at Dhaba.

            1. re: pescatarian

              Then it has gone downhill both in terms of food and pricing from my experience, which admittedly was some time ago.

              I recall it as one of the best Indian meals I have had, with incredible flavours and overall excellent preparation.

              Too bad.

          2. Try Ethiopian food for an interesting ethnic experience.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/393693

            1. I would suggest Kaiseki Sakura on Church if you like Japanese. A bit spendy and it won't be a quick meal, but it's fairly unique for downtown.

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              1. re: childofthestorm

                Another great place for Kaiseki cuisine (which is fairly hard to come by in Toronto, and definitely interesting and unique) is Kaiseki yu zen Hashimoto.

                It's in a funny place (a strip mall in Mississauga), but once you get inside you won't know it, and you'll have a beautiful, delicious meal.

                http://www.kaiseki.ca/

              2. I guess it really depends on what you mean by "interesting place to eat". The Sultan's Tent can be an interesting place to eat - with the tents, the lighting and the bellydancer. Keep in mind that you would have to spend at least $40 on the prix fixe menu in order to get into the back to for this experience. Food is ok, not great. However, if it's dinner and live bellydancing that you're after, I'm not sure where else you could go on a Thursday night.

                If it's ethnic authenticity you're looking for, you probably won't find it at the Sultan's Tent.
                It's a bit of a tourist trap. Entertainment, yes. Authenticity, no. Maybe try Ethiopian House?