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Jan 12, 2008 12:09 PM

Cravings restaurant?

Can anyone tell me about this place? The name is too generic to do a search on. My 79-yr-old MIL has a friend who wants to take her to this place, but I don't know anything about it, including its location!

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  1. all i know is that it's on yonge st. south of the 401 and mentioned in this thread
    do a ctrl-F for the word

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    1. re: LemonLauren

      Thanks, LL! That's the only mention I could find, too, but it didn't list the location. I live in that area, though, so now I'll be able to find it and check it out myself. Thanks!

      1. re: TorontoJo

        Don't know if this is the one but there is one in Markham. It is on Woodbine north of Steeles but south of Denison. Very close to Frankie Tomato's. Actually I think it is beside the Shoeless Joe's. If I am right, it is a jamaican restaurant.

    2. i keep driving by this place and have been looking for info too on the web with no luck! It is on Yonge just north of Lawrence on the east side..It's an asian fusion place and would love to hear more..

        1. re: Googs

          Thanks, Googs! I did see some of those, but none contained any descriptors of the restaurant or the food. But given that it seems to be close to me, I'll be checking it out soon and will report back.

        2. It is on Yonge on the west side, N of Lawrence, at St Germain (across from Mastermind). I read a review of it in The Village Post (Post City Magazines, also publishes North Toronto Post) in Dec 2007. Unfortunately, they don't have their reviews on line. The review was very positive - I think it got 3.5 or 4 stars out of 5. Maybe you can email Post City Magazines and ask them to email you the review?

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          1. re: DeepS

            I have a copy of the review that I mentioned above in pdf format, but unfortunately I don't know how to attach a file to this post. The restaurant was rated 4 stars out of 5 with a price of $45 for dinner for two excluding tax, tip, and alcohol. To summarize, the restaurant was praised for the high quality of the cuisine and serenity of atmosphere, but the service wasn't quite mastered.

          2. OK, I finally made it to Cravings last night. It bills itself as a pan-Asian bistro, which is actually a fairly good description. Picture a restaurant that serves the most commonly ordered dishes (in Canada) from several Asian countries. I usually cringe at the idea of "pan-Asian" but wanted to check the place out, as it's very close to home.

            The menu is comprised of dishes from Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and several Chinese (Cantonese, Szechwan, possibly Hunan) cuisines, and is categorized by type of food: appetizers/small plates (which they rather irritatingly chose to call tapas), curries (all Thai), sashimi, maki, noodles, soups, salads and stir fries (I may be missing a couple of categories). The appetizer category had everything from edammame to yaki tori to satay to dim sum to salad rolls. The noodles had Cantonese-style fried noodles as well as Vietnamese curried rice noodles. Stir fries had black bean sauce, kung po and General Tsao.

            Hubby and I started with hot and sour soup for me and won ton soup for him, plus we split an order of crispy Thai spring rolls. Both soups were really good -- I'm a bit of a hot and sour soup snob, and this was the real deal. Good flavour to the broth, full of yummy ingredients (no pork, though) including wood ear, bamboo shoots and big chunks of deep fried tofu (which was a nice change from regular tofu). And the broth was not the gelatinous goop that so many places offer. There was the slightest hint of sweetness to the soup that I found unusual, but not off-putting in any way. The won ton soup had a nice clear chicken broth, a nice fresh baby bok choy and another veg or two (can't recall at this point). The two won tons (this was a single serving of soup) were declared "darn tasty" by my husband, but I didn't try them.

            The spring rolls were non-greasy and very good (my favourite are still at Golden Thai), with a good balance of noodles, veggies and chicken in the filling.

            For our main, hubby ordered the green curry (veg) and I ordered the Cantonese fried noodles. The curry was full of really fresh vegetables and more of the fried tofu and was slurped up by him. My fried noodles were, sadly, not as big a hit. While the meats (beef, chicken and shrimp) were good and the vegetables were absolutely fresh (and a nice mix: baby bok choy, broccoli, sugar snap peas, etc.) and stir fried just right, the sauce was waaaay too sweet. It had the right underlying flavours, but the overwhelming experience was sweet. Which was unfortunate, since that dish is total comfort food for me.

            The space is very nicely decorated in soft neutral tones and vague Asian accents. Comfortable booths. I think the family that runs the place is Cantonese (just a guess, I didn't ask, but thought I heard Cantonese spoken in the back).

            All in all, I'm really pleased with this addition to the neighbourhood and look forward to trying the other dishes (and avoiding the Cantonese fried noodles). It's a nice change from all the Italian places along the strip! And while you can get the same dishes at lots of places in Chinatown and elsewhere for cheaper, the immediate area was seriously lacking in Asian options. You'll pay a bit of a premium for the location and the decor, but the freshness of the ingredients was very nice. The total for the food I described above + tea + a lychee martini + tax/tip was $53. Not bad for what I imagine will become a good middle-of-the-week spot for me.

            Actually, I just realized that this place is like an upscale Spring Rolls (ugh), but with MUCH better quality food.

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            1. re: TorontoJo

              Agree the place is beautiful, but disagreee that the food is better than springrolls. Stopped in about a month ago, on the way to Loblaws after driving by about 100 times. Ordered green curry chicken, after the server/maitre'd confirmed the chicken was real chicken breast and not the typical glow in the dark, pressed white meat. Picked it up after a quick shop and was very disapointed when I got home. The order was tiny, with rice about $16.00 and the chicken was exactly what I didn't want. Not real breast meat, and the glow in the dark kind. Would definately not go back!!

              1. re: robb

                Surprised to hear comments like that. I've been twice, and found the food to be very good, with extremely fresh ingredients. The sushi chef seems to know what he is doing, and the soups do not taste 'mothered'. My little ones have had chicken in various forms, and it was very clearly from a breast. The 2 course for 12$ lunch specials are also very good, great value for the area.