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"Ethnic" Resto in Toronto?

LurveToEat Nov 16, 2007 06:38 AM

I'm taking my dad out for dinner tonight for his birthday. He enjoys ethnic food in a nice setting. Anyone know of any "upscale-ish" ethnic restaurants in the city?

Thanks to all who replied...for clarity lets narrow it down to something with indian or middle eastern or african flavours...but I am open to any other types of cuisines that you may have suggestions on. The challenge that I face is that most posts related to this type of cuisine are for lunch or casual dining....

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    Yum2MyTum RE: LurveToEat Nov 16, 2007 06:48 AM

    think you're going to have to be more specific. Perhaps naming a continent/sub-continent would help?

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      c_snapper RE: LurveToEat Nov 16, 2007 07:16 AM

      the host is a nice upscale looking indian resto

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        LurveToEat RE: c_snapper Nov 16, 2007 07:35 AM

        thanks c_snapper!.i do like The Host, but i've been there many times, so looking for something new.

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        Gary RE: LurveToEat Nov 16, 2007 07:18 AM

        All people, including Caucasians, are members of at least one ethnic group. Therefore, aren't all restaurants "ethnic"?

        I recommend clicking the "search this board" link above and searching with some keywords related to the types of cuisine you might be interested in, for example: indian, thai, chinese, japanese, greek, etc. You'll find many recent threads discussing each.

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          pescatarian RE: Gary Nov 16, 2007 07:21 AM

          I agree with Gary.

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            LurveToEat RE: pescatarian Nov 16, 2007 07:30 AM

            please see the edit to the original post

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              pescatarian RE: LurveToEat Nov 16, 2007 07:35 AM

              I love the food at Tabla: http://www.dine.to/tablawinebar

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                estufarian RE: pescatarian Nov 16, 2007 12:43 PM

                I think Tabla is currently the best 'Indian" place in Toronto.

        2. pinstripeprincess RE: LurveToEat Nov 16, 2007 07:34 AM

          clarity perhaps in defining "upscale-ish" as well?

          could that include trendy and hip? or are we looking at formal dining service with table cloths?

          if trendy and hip does apply, then i might suggest banu on queen west. they can be upscale-ish in that their service is nice and the setting is certainly not a dive... but you will have to be ok with the 20-30 somethings that invade the place mostly for the hookas.

          would 93 harbord fit into that description as well? this is still a resto that i haven't made my way towards.

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            TorontoJo RE: pinstripeprincess Nov 16, 2007 08:15 AM

            Yep, I was going to suggest 93 Harbord for upscale dining with middle eastern flavours. Xacutti might also fit the bill. It's not authentic Indian, but rather upscale cuisine that uses Indian flavours.

            Decor at 93 Harbord is more elegant, and at Xacutti is more urban hip.

            Here's the dinner menu at Xacutti: http://www.xacutti.com/site/menus/Din...

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              JamieK RE: pinstripeprincess Nov 16, 2007 09:35 AM

              I was going to suggest 93 Harbord too --

              93 Harbord
              93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

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                Splendid Wine Snob RE: JamieK Nov 16, 2007 12:38 PM

                I "third" 93 Harbord

            2. JonasBrand RE: LurveToEat Nov 16, 2007 08:41 AM

              Matahari is the spot. Excellent Malaysian cuisine. Super nice staff. Both cozy and upscale. Won't break the bank either. Mmmmm, enjoy!

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

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                vorpal RE: JonasBrand Nov 16, 2007 11:40 AM

                I was also going to suggest MataHari, but you've beaten me to it. One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto. The food is divine: I generally dislike seafood (especially shrimp), but at this place I find the prawns irresistible as they're so large and tender.

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                  Splendid Wine Snob RE: vorpal Nov 16, 2007 12:38 PM

                  I also "third" Matahari ;)

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                phoenikia RE: LurveToEat Nov 16, 2007 08:46 AM

                For Middle Eastern, I'd suggest Tabule. I'm not sure if it fits your idea of upscale, but it has a nicer atmosphere than most Middle Eastern restos. As TorontoJo and Pinstripe suggested, 93 Harbord is another option for upscale Middle Eastern. I like the food better at Tabule.

                For Indian, I'd suggest Tabla near Yonge and Lawrence. Or Amaya on Bayview.

                I don't know of any "upscale-ish" African restaurants, but if you're interested in some upscale contemporary dining with African influences and flavours, you might want to try the Spice Room in Hazelton Lanes. http://www.spiceroommanyata.com/spice...

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                  Yum2MyTum RE: LurveToEat Nov 16, 2007 08:47 AM

                  I've been meaning to try Amaya The Indian Room on Bayview. It's gotten some good reviews as an upscale Indian eatery.

                  1701 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M4G 2C1, CA

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                    insideman RE: Yum2MyTum Nov 16, 2007 03:10 PM

                    couillard's spice room?

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                    tarteaucitron RE: LurveToEat Nov 18, 2007 03:51 PM

                    I'm a little surprised no one has mentioned this one yet. I don't know if it is "upscale-ish" enough because the place is somewhat casual (and you even eat with your fingers). I do see a lot of intimate dinners going on whenever I am there, though.

                    There are many good places that I do not go back often because I don't like being repetitive, but I keep going back to this one.


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                      pistachio peas RE: LurveToEat Nov 18, 2007 06:19 PM

                      pomegranate on college, just east of bathurst is a nice persian place. i like the atmosphere and the service is pleasant. try the fesenjan with chicken. it's a stew made with walnuts and pomegranate.

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