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Best bang for your buck? Downtown TO

What do you guys think are the best bang-for-your-buck restaurants downtown and why??

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  1. Kokyo at Yonge/College
    It's more like a quantity over quality place but they do have some yummy items like their salmon sushi pizza. I also got one order of their hamachi sashimi once which contains 3 pieces and found 8 big pieces in my takeout container when I got home. Albeit their sashimi is not that great in quality but it's still pretty fresh, I guess turnover is pretty fast because they are so generous.

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    1. re: hippotatomus

      Have you tried Mariko on Yonge near the old Future Shop? $14.50 all you can eat sushi and Japanese food.

      1. re: Teep

        SO refuses to go there because he went once and it was horrible. Not too sure what made it horrible but my SO is usually satisfied pretty easily when it comes to food.. so for him to say it was bad must mean it was 'really' bad.. for ayce sushi places though I like Sushi Tomato -- their sushi rice is really yummy. Tried Yang's kitchen recently after reading reviews that the food is good despite the service is bad and funny enough i found it the opposite! Bad food, good service :P They let us annoyingly change tables twice before settling on a third and service was extremely fast. Though I think I heard one of the sushi chefs make a comment in Chinese to each other about us coming at such as "early" time for lunch. It was only 1:30pm.

        1. re: hippotatomus

          When I went to Yang's Kitchen it was both bad food and bad service...

      2. I think the best bang for your buck in downtown is George's BBQ. The best rotisserie chicken and Montreal smoked meat to die for. Very well priced for what your get. Dundas in between Sherbourne and Jarvis.

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        1. re: megaal36

          Totally agree. The quarter chicken and the fries with gravy always calms any stomach growlings I've had.

          I am so glad they are still around.


          still sad that Wooden Green Fish & Chips is gone...baw bawwww

          1. re: megaal36

            montreal smoked meat? where are they getting it from?

          2. Chinatown Centre lower level food court. $3.50 for 6 choices, in a big ass container.

            Sure it's been shut down several times for infestation -- but that just means it's AUTHENTIC cuisine, man.

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            1. re: lexxypie

              Seconded for truly being best bang for your buck except it's a food court and not a restaurant.

              I say Little India lunch buffet is great bang for your buck. Solid buffet.

              1. re: lexxypie

                No matter how cheap and big the portions are. Not worth it. I would choose sanitary over cheap price any day. Only restaurants with green signs for me and my family.

                1. re: caitlink

                  The Chinatown Centre food Court isn't good enough for you and your family?!!! Hilarious. Chinatown has some good spots but the food court there is shady and has got some really bad hygene stories. I also heard that one of the places there where serving up strange household animals as meat. Not sure if that was in the news way back or if it's a racist urban legend?

                  I think Buddha's Vegetarian is great bang for the buck (666 Dundas). Massive portions. Go with a couple friends and you could spend $5 and be stuffed. The sweet and sour soup is great. The special buddha's noodles is greasy as hell but satisfying and lots of veggies to make up for the oil. The spring rolls are smokey flavorful and massive and a buck each. The diced veggies with cashews is also very good as is the curry noodles which are good with something accompanying them. Follow these recs and don't be a hero there as many of their dishes are not so good.

              2. Walk around Kensington Market with about 10-15 bucks in your pocket. Walk out stuffed.

                1. Nota Bene - reasonable prices for high quality food and atmosphere.
                  Le Paradis - cheap bistro goodies.
                  Sushi on Bloor - possibly only because I have fond memories of university sushi binges...

                  1. Oh so many to choose from...

                    South Indian Dosa Mahal
                    California Sandwiches
                    Whopper Wednesdays
                    Kensington Market
                    Chinatown - two words - lunch special
                    Patty King
                    Chip truck at City Hall (the blue truck)
                    Banh Mi sandwiches on Spadina
                    any good churrasquierra
                    Harbord Fish & Chips

                    Damn am I ever hungry now...

                    1. On the south side of Richmond, just east of Spadina is a little place called "CJ Lunch Box". It's open from around 11am to 5pm on weekdays. They serve California rolls, salmon rolls, that kind of thing ($3.81 for 8 pieces). They also serve dumplings (which they deep fry for you while you are waiting in line), edamame, noodles and a few other items. Miso soup is free with any purchase. Very fresh and quite inexpensive. A popular place at lunch, with the line up frequently extending completely out the front door.

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                      1. re: pizzatheorem

                        I will 2nd this - CJ LUNCH BOX is fantastic! You can get your whole lunch (noodles, chicken, dumplings) for under $10!
                        Great little resto at Spadina/Richmond. The service is quick and friendly and don't fear the huge line-up - it's not a long wait.

                        Full review with pics on my blog.

                      2. Also Gallery Sushi has a amazing special on selective rolls: 2 for $5.50 including tempura shrimp rolls, california, and a stellar selection of veggie rolls such as tempura yam, rolls with red pepper in them which is hard to find. The special is for take out only. It is our go-to place for Japanese. I would pay regular price for it because it is good quality and fresh. When they do up the tempura shrimp for the rolls, they fry it up fresh rather than taking it from a cold pre-made pile as many other cheaper priced places do. Theyr'e avocado is always jade yellow-green vibrant and perfectly ripe. It is superior to Hosu, New Generation and other low-mid range priced Japanese places. It is also very sweet and cute in the restaurant to eat in. The staff is kind and accomidating to boot. They have all you can eat as well for a good price which I can't remember. Gallery Sushi is on Dundas just west of McCaul and is on the outside perimeter of the Villiage by the Grange Mall.

                        1. Globe Bistro has a pretty good deal this month -- choice of cassoulet or moules frites plus glass of wine (5 oz) for $19.

                          I had the cassoulet, it was quite good. The skin on the duck confit was nice and crispy. The amount was just right for me for lunch plus you get a plate of nice warm artisanal bread with butter and dip.

                          If I were going for dinner, I'd still have room to enjoy some cheese after, they have a stellar cheese list.

                          and yes, I know it may not be considered "downtown" but the Globe is three subway stops or a five-minute drive from the centre of the universe at Yonge & Bloor.

                          124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

                          1. The prix fix menu at Sidecar is an excellent value for a delicious dinner. It is on Sunday to Wednesday, but make sure you reserve at least a day in advance or expect to be eating very early or very late.

                            1. Sandwich Box on Richmond at Bay. Forget about all those other make your own salad places. This is the only place that gets it right.

                              1. The roast chicken dinner at Peter Street Deli is just under $6 including tax! It's a quarter chicken, with stuffing, mashed potatoes, (properly) steamed veggies, and gravy. All made from scratch, you can taste sage in the stuffing. It's a weekly special only available on Wednesdays (or is it Thursdays?). They have other specials on other days like curry chicken on rice, shepherd's pie, hot beef plate, etc.

                                1. Yueh Tung - Huge portions!