Favourite place to eat and why..
Starfish for oysters. The atmosphere is wonderful, the service is terrific, the oysters are always super fresh. We always walk in without a reservations (we just never think to "plan" to go there) and they have always fantastic to us. Tjough we have been turned away occaisionally because they are full (our own fault for no reservation), it was always done very gracefully. Did I mention how good the oysters are
My favorite: The Golden Turtle on Ossington Ave. between Queen West and Dundas West. Great pho, bustling little room, and the always tasty Vietnamese iced coffee.
Afterwards, visit the second-hand bookstore next door - they often have a decent selection of cookbooks in stock, among other things.
Gio Rana's for a fun and boisterous environment and very decent Italian small plates for sharing.
Ematei for really good izakaya-style Japanese hot appetizers in a retro-ish decor that somehow encourages me to drink lots of sake.
Torito for tapas and a chance to stroll around Kensington Market.
JKWB on a Sunday late afternoon when it's not too busy and I can linger at the bar watching the chefs ramp up for the evening.
The back patio of Allen's on a warm summer evening, under the weeping willow tree eating a nice rare burger.
Sushi Marché for takeout, just ask for omakase and marvel at what he's given you when you get home.