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Best authentic British food in Toronto?

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My husband and I are doing a culinary world tour of Toronto's restaurants. The next stop is Britain and we're looking for the best authentic British fare in Toronto. Would like to avoid a really pubbish atmosphere if possible. Also, one member of our party has a special request for that yummy Brit concoction 'spotted dick'.

Please send your ideas on the best British in Toronto.

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  1. High Street Fish and Chips on Underhill near Lawrence is the destination for many British ex-pats. Lots of savoury pies, mushy peas, etc. Don't know if they have spotted dick or not.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Actually, the Spotted Dick at the Spotted Dick is pretty good, but the rest of the fare is North American and so so....

    2. Any idea where I can find Scotch Eggs?

      1. Truly authentic British cuisine is pretty bland and tasteless, all the twists i've seen in Canada and States are a big improvement. I'd sooner seek out a place that prepares food in a british 'style'.

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        1. re: JamesJT

          What is British "style" versus authentic British exactly?

          1. re: badbhoy

            The english food that I've come across I'd describe as 'style'. Since most english food is extremely basic (they like it that way) but it's usually too boring for North American palettes as is. I've seen Sheppards Pie with cheese and garlic before. What i've had in england was pretty much just mash and mince, with little done to either.

            That's not everyone's experience, but being raised in London, I tended to avoid English food at all costs.

            Full English Breakfasts are the only really good thing we've exported.