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Sep 11, 2008 06:15 PM

Any good Bistros in Toronto-Don Valley

Coming to town on business and looking for good Canadian/European/MidEast Bistros. I like to find where locals go and not so pretentious. Also open to good oriental-Thai, Chinese, Japanese.

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  1. Try 93 Harbord...higher end middle eastern food. lovely atmosphere, unpretentious, well-priced and definitely where locals go.

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    1. Can you be more specific as to where you are staying/looking? "Don Valley" is not really a neighbourhood, rather it's an actual geographic feature that runs North/South on the East end of the city.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        Near Eglington. It looks like Younge may be close.

        1. re: SusanInSeneca

          Gotcha -- I'm guessing you are staying on or near Don Mills. Yonge is about a 5 - 10 minute drive along Eglinton. Lots of great options near Yonge and Eglinton. Tabule is a fantastic Middle Eastern place, but it may not be open when you arrive, as they are expanding into the space next door. Give them a call. You can find them at

          Just up the street from Tabule is Coquine, a great French bistro. Mirabelle is a cute little wine bar. Zucca is excellent, casual Italian.

          On Mt. Pleasant (the main street just East of Yonge) is Zee Grill for fantastic fresh fish and seafood. Lai Toh Heen is quite upscale Chinese and the sister restaurant to Lai Wah Heen, which is downtown and has phenomenal dim sum.

          Have a great trip!

          1. re: TorontoJo

            Thanks. I have heard of Zucca and the Lai Wah Heen so these are great recommendations!!!

            1. re: TorontoJo

              We went to was Italian I have ever had..really wonderful and I have lived in the Northeast in US (Connecticut, New Jersey). Thanks so much.

        2. Depending on where you're staying and how you're getting around, there are a couple of neighbourhood spots on Laird, just south of Eglinton, definitely unpretentious and local faves. If you're closer to Yonge than Don Mills, it may not be worth your while but if you're in the area:
          Marvellous Edibles - bistro-ish (also serves breakfast) --

          Old Yorke seafood/fish&chips

          Marvellous Edibles
          120 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V3, CA

          Olde Yorke
          96 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V3, CA