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Feb 26, 2008 01:00 PM

Visitor to your fair city needs good some recommendations


Living in Boston & being a fellow 'hound many people write to us asking for recommendations so now it's my turn. I am visiting friends in Toronto this weekend and if you would to be as kind to give me some tips on best ethnic (middle eastern, indian, etc) places that are vegetarian friendly, I would be grateful.

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  1. I would suggest 93 Harbord for great middle-eastern.
    Here's a review from the National Post -

    Globe & Mail -

    And if you do a search (or click on the place link) you'll find many favourable comments on this board. You'll need to make a reservation. Hope you enjoy yourself in TO!

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

    1. Lee's on King West is great...Miranda

      1. The good news is you'll have no shortage of places and recs, if you search the board wisely.

        For middle eastern, 93 Harbord is a lovely, swanky room with stunningly complex food and imbeccable service, though on the high end of my (admittedly student) budget.

        My favourite for something off the beaten track would be Mezzetta on St. Clair West. Not downtown, but worth the subway ride/drive. It's mezes - meaning small plates, med-style: dips (hummous, baba), stews (eggplant, tomato), skewers (shrimp, chicken, etc) plus traditional fare like moussaka and stuffed vine leaves. they have tonne of veggie choices like an amazing tabule, really yummy yams, and the best green beans i have ever had. and the city's best baklava. and live jazz on Wednesdays! i can't say enough. it's affordable, and authentic, and homey. very unique.

        for Indian, the city is riding a new "high end" or "haute" indian wave with places like Amaya, Tabla, Kama Sutra, etc. search the board - the opinions are very diverse. for truly veg-friendly indian, i recommend Saravana Bhavan, again, way out of the way in either Scarborough or Mississauga, but you won't be dissapointed. Dosas, lovely smoky curries, stews, daals, etc, and it's all vegetarian.

        those are my faves - not too mainstream, but worth it i promise!

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

        Saravanaa Bhavan
        1571 Sandhurst Cir, Toronto, ON M1V1V2, CA

        1. What area will you be staying in? If you're Midtown, Tabule (Middle Eastern) on Yonge St. north of Davisville is really good and has a pretty decent veg selection. I've never been to Jerusalem (at Eglinton and Bathurst) but it's meant to be excellent as well (though perhaps not as nice an atmosphere?). Tabla (Indian restaurant on Yonge b/w Eglinton and Lawrence) has gotten rave reviews on this site, and I just tried it last weekend and was duly impressed. It has a good veg selection - if you go, try the Eggplant Bhartha (sp?), as it's terrific.

          1. Hi Mr. Mangia,
            Welcome to our city! I have family in Boston and one thing they really miss is the Chinese (Cantonese) food in Toronto, which is far better priced and of better quality, in my opinion.

            Someone suggested Saravanaa Bhavan; in the same plaza is Ruby's Chinese Restaurant, which has cheap (but only mediocre) dim sum, but phenomenal dishes (including many vegetarian options) at dinner.

            There's also Grand Chinese Restaurant in the Doubletree Hilton in Mississauga which offers (in my opinion) some of the best dim sum in the city.

            Enjoy your stay!

            1571 Sandhurst Cir, Toronto, ON M1V1V2, CA

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            1. re: Yum2MyTum

              Picky point perhaps, but the Doubletree is in Toronto... close to Mississauga.