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TO Trip Report

Bagel Guy Mar 12, 2009 02:21 PM

Visiting Toronto from Calgary on business for a few days, I just wanted to report on our food experience while we were here.

King Street Social (Hyatt Regency on King)

We took in the new restaurant downstairs in the renovated Hyatt Regency (370 King West). We had a late lunch/early dinner at 3:30 in the afternoon, and were very happy. We shared a Tom Yum Kung soup, which was nice and tasty with just the right Thai spices and tomato. I had the Sticky Ribs, which had very interesting and delicate spices and herbs, again reminiscent of good Thai. They were sticky but not at all that yucky BBQ stuff that so often spoils a nice short rib. Miss L had a really nice Baked Lavash (flatbread, caramelized onions, asiago cheese, and baked tomato which the menu said was sundried, but was baked wedges). She said she would definitely have this again. The coffee was a nice roast from Starbucks (surprise!). When the server told us it was a Starbucks coffee, I was concerned since I don't generally like Starbucks and tend to stay away from them, but we were both pleasantly surprised. Must be the water they used. The service from Suzanne was excellent. Couldn't be better. Polite, friendly and with a good sense of humor. Considering it was 3:30 in the afternoon, and we were the only ones in the place, the kitchen did a wonderful job. We enjoyed our first meal in Toronto on this trip very much, and we returned to the "King Steet Social" several times, especially breakfast (excellent!).

Pho Aimy (221 Spadina)

Pretty darn good. Miss L had a chicken stir fry egg noodle, which was excellent. I had a Vermicelli with pork and veggies, whcih was one of the best I have had yet. All the flavors were clear and distinct. Service was excellent and polite. Nice decor. Would go back any time.

Thai Princess (387 King West)

Small old house, which they have made look pretty good. We shared the Lamb Curry with Eggplant, which was excellent. The Steamed Rice was prefect; and the Mango Chicken was really nice, although a little tartish for our taste. Probably becasue the mango wasn't as ripe as it could have been. Excellent service. Yes, we would go back.

Cora's (277 Wellington)

Completely overrated. Cora's (at least this franchised location) has a reputation that it definitely does not deserve at all. Breakfast eggs (fried with toast for me and a "surprise" for Miss L) were less than average. The crepes were good when hot, but turned into a tasteless carboard as they sat on a cold plate. Pretty sure it came out of a jar. The coffee was possibly the worst I have tasted in a long time. For some reason, this place is popular. I just don't get it. Maybe it was just this location. However, since it's a formula franchise, we will never go to a Cora's again.

Pizzaiolo Upstairs (270 Adelaide West)

Fantastic lunchtime pizza. Although it was called "Pizzaiolo Upstairs" it was really downstairs. Lots of selection. Hot. Great quality (they even use red peppers instead of the tasteless green ones almost everyone else uses). Became jam packed with people (sit in and take out) at lunch. Flavor, flavor. Yes, we would definitely go back.

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    currycue Mar 12, 2009 02:43 PM

    Glad to see you had such a positive experience. Don't sweat Cora's. I went to the original Montreal location and was sadly disappointed. Crepes were stale, weak espresso, etc. Next time if in that area, try Toronto's oldest restaurant: www.thesenator.com

    1. T Long Mar 12, 2009 02:38 PM

      Thx for your report. Just wondering, did you target any of the places from prior research or did you just take your chances while walking around. I didn't see many of the places recommended in the replies to your earlier post before coming to Toronto. Either way, your hit rate was pretty positive (except for Cora's)!....nice to see.

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        Bagel Guy Mar 12, 2009 02:46 PM

        It was hit and miss by walking around. No prior research. Risk is always good. Always learn lots that way. Most of the recommendations from other CHers this time was either too far away or not the kind of meals we wanted after a busy day, so we decided to take our chances. All in all, we're pretty happy with the results. And nice to visit Toronto again. Nice town, with lots of choice.

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