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What was there 30 years ago ?

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  • hrh01 Feb 26, 2008 03:51 PM
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I hope somebody's memory is better than mine.

What was the name of the restaurant on the south/east corner of Yonge/Gerrard? The walls had pictures of movie stars.

Is it still there? (I know, fat chance.)

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  1. A French croissant shop? I don't remember the photos, but the fresh baked croissants were really good.

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    1. re: jayt90

      Think its name then was La Maison du Croissant. Used to pick up some on the way to work at 720 Bay back in the 90s. MIss it.

    2. Savern Restaurant...and yes it is long gone!

      1. Thank you ALL ! It WAS Bassel's when I went there with Rye-High friends/roommates. We didn't often have enough money to go there, but looked forward to doing so.
        I'll never forget my first night in T.O. We all walked over - each of us marvelling at the sheer size of everything in sight. As we approached the Yonge/Gerrard corner we were treated to live "entertainment" - a couple having QUITE a heated argument. "Welcome to Toronto!"

        1. I remember so many great places around Bloor/Yonge - Le Provencal, La Chaumiere, 3 small rooms, the original Courtyard Cafe, Bemelmans, Bloor St. Diner, Aristede's, and I'm sure more that have vanished in the general fog I refer to as my memory. I lived at Bloor and St. George, and, notwithstanding the fast food U of T strip along Bloor, there were some very fine dining options available for the, ahem, discerning student. Somehow, the young ladies I was seeing at the time found my knowledge of these spots attractive, which was a bonus in the... er.. end.

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          1. re: KevinB

            The Danish Food Centre! Didn't go to the Copenhagen Room for dinner very often but the 'liitle sandwiches' in the cafe up front were fabulous!...The 'original' Coffee Mill in Lothian Mews! Who could forget the 'original' Cakemaster on Cumberland with it's incredible 'danishes'...the cheese one was my favourite! There was also an amazing liitle place to eat that was done up to resemble a streetcar...it was called The Bay Streetcar and was underneath Cumberland Court near Holt Renfrew as I recall! Great lunch place!

            1. re: pearlD

              There was a very good French resto., just behind Bloor Yonge..
              Was it Le Provencal?
              To show my age, does anyone remember De Cosmos wonderful ribs with spicy tomato sauce?

              1. re: pearlD

                OH, YES! The Danish Food Centre had those fantastic, soft, almond cookies, as well.

                1. re: pearlD

                  Yes, it was the Provencal, and it was one of those restaurants people wish were still around. Escargots! Onion soup! The entrees! In an old building with character, just like Mary John's in the then-artsy Bay/Wellesley area, and the working-class Macedonian Village on Queen East near Parliament. Good food, served by a staff who cared about you. (Please Chowhound monitor, don't remove this post because it doesn't relate to today's restaurants. My remembrances are relevant when it comes to the present options in Toronto eateries now available.)

                  1. re: Bob Catt

                    We walked out of Le Provencal, fed up with hour long waits for reserved tables and their snooty attitude. That's how we found Three Small Rooms across the street. I REALLY miss Three Small Rooms! (And the original Fenton's, in the basement, which had a similar style and wonderful food).

                    1. re: embee

                      embee,
                      we never encountered poor service at Le Provencal, and it was our intro. to the likes of great onion soup.
                      We too, miss Three Small Rooms.
                      And on an earlier thread, people asked about favourite comfortable restaurants, I didn;t reply as restaurants are so specific to-day, and it depends upon what you are in the mood for..Chinese, Italian, etc.
                      I really miss the Noshery, as the variety and depth of the menu was fantastic.
                      Wish there was a place like this to-day.

                      Foods for any mood.

                      1. re: erly

                        Oh yeah, The Noshery. Looooved that place. Brings back so many great memories. That was our regular haunt as a family. In fact, our ONLY haunt. Whenever we went out it was always The Noshery. I can still see that pie carousel at the bar near the back door. And the basket of 'chicken tidbits' served with individually wrapped honey packets. Oh and the fancy drinks with the paper umbrellas!!!!

                        1. re: erly

                          Ah, the Noshery. The KKK platter, the chopped liver pouf, and the best French toast in the universe. They had a lot of mediocre food there, but much that was unique and delicious. Their steakouse at Yorkdale, the Corner Room, had wonderful aged rib steaks for good prices. Yes, I miss them also.

                          1. re: embee

                            Okay, I was trying to be really quiet...but the Noshery? And the back door off the parking lot, past the black 'n' white tile floor in the kitchen? You're gonna make me cry for my lost youth. Chicken in a basket...with honey. My kids think I'm insane for dipping french fries in honey. Oh, they just don't understand.

                            And the Danish Food Centre; steak tartare, black current akvavit, deep fried cambembert with current jam, and the first meeting of my parents with HIS parents...

                            I am so glad someone remembered Fentons; just tonight I made their recipe for Cream of Leek with Stilton Cheese soup...20 years later, and the spirit of Fentons lives on. 3 Small Rooms, the fondue room in the middle, and coeurs en creme for dessert.

                            Frosty coffees at the Lothian Mews Coffee Mill, with the amazing Marta representing the entire Hungarian village in Toronto; open faced tuna sandwiches, and debreziner sausages. Goulash soup on a cold winter Saturday.

                            And while we're at it...Auberge Gavroche on Avenue Road, and and very very young Jimmy Malloy on staff there...before he became one of the best real estate men in the city! Julie's Restaurant and the Bombay Bicycle Club anyone?

                            And thank you KevinB; La Chaumiere's famous dessert trolly was the subject of conversation just a few weeks ago, and NONE of us could remember the name of the establishment, just its location.

                            Sigh.

                    2. re: pearlD

                      I'm surprised that the Danish Food Centre has never had a successor. As I understand it, it was a marketing venture by the Danish Dairy Farmers co-op and they closed it when it wasn't really necessary for them any more. Ikea actually had decent Scandinavian food at one time, but the only thing still really good in their restaurant (as opposed to merely cheap) is a few of the desserts.

                      I haven't been to the Coffee Mill in a long time, but have heard reliably that the food and the ambiance are much the same as always (as is the 80-ish owner's temper).

                      The Bay Streetcar was part of the Three Small Rooms family. I'd forgotten about it. So there was great fast food in the early seventies. What happened?

                      Cake Master lasted until last year. The quality never flagged, and I still miss their pastries. (I never found their food wonderful, though.)

                      1. re: embee

                        I remember loving going to Danish Food Centre as a kid. Funny, embee, that it may have been Danish Dairy farmers marketing venture, because I always remember the huge mural of Copanhagan (? or some place in Denmark) on the far wall. I always loved the way it looked.

                        My parents also claim that it was the first outdoor cafe in Toronto. Not sure about that, but outdoor cafes were few and far between back then.

                        1. re: illy

                          The earliest sidewalk cafes I can remember were the Cafe Dip on College, the original Coffee Mill, and a long gone place on Bayview in Leaside, of all places, called Delicafe.

                          1. re: embee

                            You're right. As soon as I posted my response, I started thinking that it was the original Coffee Mill that had one of the first outdoor patios, not the Danish FC.

                  2. I too remember Le Provencal, Three Small Rooms and the Copenhagen Room with great fondness. There are entries for all three on the chef database if you want to check on the names of the personnel and wax even more nostalgic -

                    Le Provencal (had lobster for the first time there, will never forget it) -
                    http://www.chefdb.com/pl/263

                    Three Small Rooms (learned a lot about wine there) -
                    http://www.chefdb.com/pl/1041

                    Copenhagen Room (loved the duck breast open sandwich) -
                    http://www.chefdb.com/pl/1624