Chow in London, ON?
I'm moving to London, ON for two months for an internship. My friends told me to drive back every weekend for "decent food". I'm not expecting Toronto, but surely there must be recommendations for good chow in London? I mean, it's not Timbuktu. *grin*
lived there for 9 years and just left. i'll be missing:
1. Barakat: one of the best schwarma places i've ever been to (close tie with a vendor in New York in midtown)
2. Diem Hai Dang for vietnamese pho noodles. better than most places in toronto, if not all.
3. David's bistro. always had great meals at this place. there prix fix menu is probably the best dining value meal in the city. 3 courses for $30, and well worth it.
I haven't investigated the links above to see if it's buried in there, but when I visit inlaws in London my favourite place by far is the Vietnamese pho joint called Pho Ben Thanh on York St. Cheap and fantastic. The broth in their pho has yet to be equaled by any place I've been to in Toronto.
There's a Hungarian restaurant called Budapest on Dundas street. I'm a fan of this type of cuisine, but the uninitiated can be a bit intimidated as meals provide more food than can fit in an average human body. My meal was very tasty, the service was typically warm, and the decor is straight out of the Hungarian alps.
I just got back from an extended 5 months in London - and I know how you feel. For nice dining experiences I would go to the Black Trumpet on Richmond - and DEFINITELY go to THE ONLY on King Street - it is a small intimate extremely tastefully designed restaurant with good service and very very tasty food.
Here are some more recs for London:
My current favourite restaurants are Massey's, Si Senor, J. J.'s Bistro (in Byron), Mythic Grill and Barrakat.
For a great upscale grocery store (I actually like it better than Pusateri's), head to Remark at the corner of Hyde Park Rd and Oxford Street.
Also be sure to visit the Covent Garden Market on King Street downtown. Smith's Cheeses at the Covent Garden Market is as good as any cheese shop you'd find in the St. Lawrence Market. The burek place at the Market is one of my favourite places to stop for a snack. Kleiber's has lots of Central European groceries and meats.
East London doesn't get mentioned much on these boards, but there are some chowworthy shops and restaurants in that end, too, such as Imperio dos Francos for Portuguese churrasquierra, Nova Era's new location on Egerton for custard tarts and breads, the Greek bakery on Hamilton Road, International Bakery, the Viet Nam restaurant near the Kellogg's factory,etc.