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sforzando8 May 18, 2009 12:50 PM

Hi-
My husband and I are heading to Toronto for a mini-vacation... what can't we miss? We have 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and will be staying either at Soho Met or Hyatt, so anything w/in walking distance of those places is great (but if further away, that's ok too). High on our list are (i) best high end food experience, and (ii) best Trinidadian roti.

Thank you from Boston!
Ramona

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    wontonfm RE: sforzando8 May 18, 2009 01:50 PM

    Where are you two coming in from? that will help people give better suggestions so we can rules out foods that your area may do better than Toronto :)

    WON
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      LemonLauren RE: wontonfm May 18, 2009 05:10 PM

      i think it says "thank you from Boston!"

      ...so, pass on seafood here...not too familiar with ethnic cuisines there in beantown, but many people will be able to tell you about korean or chinese (i sadly cannot) if those interest you.

      if Middle Eatern interests you, 93 Harbord is nice restaurant on harbord st, not too far of a walk from the Hyatt hotel through the university area of town. it's not totally high end, but it is nice and the food offers somehing unique if you like the med sort or flavouring. if you are going to walk to Harbord, however, many CHers here will recommend you to Splendido, whcih many say is the city's best high end food. i prefer Harbord Room which is most casual in vibe, but i stand by the food as STUNNING! the rest of the bloor-yorkville area is mostly overpriced and not spectacular food experiences,

      near King West there are a few places that have been well-loved here at one point or another : Lee and Madelaine's both the work of Sursur Lee, the closest thing we have to a celebrity chef. also interesting if you like charcuterie is Marc Thuet's Bite Me, but again I don't know any of these places from experience myself.

      well that get you started, anyway. the SEARCH THE BOARD feature is your best bet for more detail.

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        LemonLauren RE: LemonLauren May 18, 2009 05:17 PM

        following my own lead, here is a link to recent thread about a boston foodie in TO:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/618105

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          wontonfm RE: LemonLauren May 18, 2009 09:03 PM

          Long weekend. Brain on vacation. Duh!

          WON

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            aser RE: LemonLauren May 19, 2009 01:27 PM

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/619392

            here's a Chinese thread aimed at tourists...

        2. Wahooty RE: sforzando8 May 18, 2009 05:24 PM

          The only roti joints I'm familiar with are, to my knowledge, Guyanese, not Trini, but I'll put them up here anyway. If you're staying at the Hyatt, just a couple of subway stops (or a short cab ride) away is Pam's Roti on Bloor just west of Dufferin. She doesn't seem to get a lot of press on this board, but her roti are excellent. Get the hot sauce. A couple of stops in a different direction is Island Foods, which is in a food court on the ground floor of the Village by the Grange building (walk a block west from St. Patrick station on Dundas). Their roti are good, but be forewarned that they are VERY soupy. It is sometimes easier to get the curries on rice to have something to soak up all the gravy rather than slurping it out of the roti as you eat.

          If you stay at the Soho Met, I think your closest options are Bacchus Roti Shop or another location of Island Foods, both on King West. I haven't been to either personally.

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            wontonfm RE: Wahooty May 18, 2009 09:11 PM

            I'm pretty sure the Island Foods clan is Trinidadian. (http://www.thestar.com/Life/article/1...). I've never found the rotis too soupy but I'm sure you could ask for just little juice/gravy.

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              Wahooty RE: wontonfm May 18, 2009 09:25 PM

              It seems like I've read accounts that classify them as either origin, so I don't know which to trust. At any rate, I've had to stop and find a seat while eating my roti on the way back to work because I was in danger of a major spill. If you're a knife-and-fork type, I'm sure it's no problem. But when the weather's good I'm an eat-and-walk type, and in my experience it takes talent to eat their goat roti on the move. Maybe you're just a better juggler than I, Won. :)

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                wontonfm RE: Wahooty May 18, 2009 10:07 PM

                I'm part of the knife and fork crew for sure. Would not attempt the eat-and-walk with a roti. I'm not that skilled at all.

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                  morefoodplz RE: Wahooty May 19, 2009 02:58 PM

                  Wahooty: It's pretty clear they are Trinidadian-run from their accents. And I've never heard that they were Guyanese before.

                  Eat-and-walk tends to work better in Trinidad; the rotis are often pre-packed before you order it there, so it doesn't end up dripping all over the place because some of the juices have already absorbed into the dhalpuri.

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                    Wahooty RE: morefoodplz May 19, 2009 03:27 PM

                    I can't remember where I saw them referred to as Guyanese, but I will absolutely take your word for it...I don't know my West Indian accents at all due to an absolute lack of exposure to them for most of my life. :) My eat-and-walk skills are pretty advanced, but for their roti, I have to sit down or risk wardrobe malfunction.

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                phoenikia RE: Wahooty May 18, 2009 09:15 PM

                The lady that owns Caribbean Bistro on Yonge north of Eg is Trinidadian (close to the Eglinton subway station, so it's not walkable from the Hyatt or Soho Met, unless you're up for a 90 minute walk). I like their doubles and chicken roti. The pholourie are mediocre. Maybe not the best roti, but better than Island Foods imo.

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                Caribbean Bistro
                2439 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

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                chillihigh RE: sforzando8 May 19, 2009 08:59 AM

                Please try pomegranate: Persian food, at bathurst and college. They are only open for dinner and you may need reservations. the food is excellent, and its the cutest little place

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                  rsvp7777 RE: sforzando8 May 19, 2009 09:34 AM

                  Best high end, hands down: NOTA BENE. And it's a five minute walk from either hotel.

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                    Wahooty RE: rsvp7777 May 19, 2009 10:11 AM

                    Wait...Hyatt Regency, or Park Hyatt? I was thinking of the latter, so disregard my directions if you're thinking Regency (which seems more likely, since it's closer to the Soho Met). But if you ARE thinking about the Park Hyatt, have a drink at the Rooftop Lounge before or after your high-end dinner. In fact, do that anyway if you find yourself in the neighborhood. :) Lovely view.

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