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Best Lunch on Mt. Pleasant

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Being fairly linear in my thinking, I've been looking for a good place for lunch on Mt. Pleasant mid-week. I've tried Lai Toh Heen many times, and while it's generally delicious, it seems to add up to more than I would normally like to spend on lunch (difficult to leave under 40$ per person). Not fond of the food at Granite, and want an option where a glass of wine might be an option, which takes out Thobors and Jules.

Tried Debu today and was pleasantly surprised. The lunch menu is much less fusion-y than the dinner, and offers a 20$ three course prix-fixe, changing daily. There's a daily Biryani, butter chicken, veg of the day, soup of the day, dessert of the day, and a good selection of appetizers and mains. Soup of the day was lentil with fresh veg, followed by a good sized portion of Goan fish curry with naan and rice (basmati and biryani geometrically arranged, and a mango mousse as the dessert. Despite the scaled-down menu, they still did the complimentary spoons with different chaats as an amuse. For my money, beats burger and fries.

Anywhere else recommended on that strip?

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  1. If you don't mind going a bit North of Eglinton, you might try Dinah's Soup Kitchen. It's in the old Wanda's in the Kitchen with Dinah. I haven't visited yet, but I always enjoyed Dinah Koo's cooking when she had Tiger Lily on Queen St.

    1. Celestin has a nice lunch, and a pretty good wine list, if you're in the mood for French food. I liked the rose from Friuli that they were serving last time I was there.

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      1. re: phoenikia

        We went to Celestin last night, and it was dreadful. Pretentiously tiny portions and a very limited menu. I know my way around French food, and there is nothing authentic about the place - not even the waiter's 'ennui' at having to serve dinner right in the middle of his budding acting career.

        1. re: Ludivine

          went there last weekend based on recommendations.
          wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
          ordered the butternut squash ravioli.
          i kid not - 5 or 6 ravioli on the plate. everyone at the table kind of looked at it as if there was some kind of mistake.
          taste-wise, it was pretty good. not amazing. but pretty good.
          $15 for ravioli and to still be really hungry? no thanks.

          1. re: atomeyes

            Which fine dining establishment would you recommend where you can order a filling serving of ravioli for $15, atomeyes? ;)Those with inquiring minds would like to know ;)

            1. re: phoenikia

              clearly not Celestin.
              no one at our table was satisfied with our meals.
              but did i mention it was 5-6 ravioli? each the size of a quarter and the thickness of my pinky?

              for more filling places, any italian resto would have a dish at that price with 3x the quantity and similar, if not better, quality.

              1. re: atomeyes

                Seriously, which Italian restaurants would you (or any other Chowhounds) recommend for good quality ravioli (or other pastas) that cost $15?

                Most of the pastas I've ordered lately have been costing $18-$20, and places like L'Unita are charging $23 or more.

                1. re: phoenikia

                  Phoenikia, I always enjoy the ravioli at Pizza Pazza on Eglinton (1007 Eglinton Avenue West at Bathurst); it's not fancy, and it doesn't qualify for "fine dining", but the beef-stuffed ravioli are excellent and the portions are generous.

                  1. re: Ludivine

                    Thanks Ludivine- I've never been to Pizza Pazza....actually, this is the first I've heard of it...do you recommend anything else on their menu besides the ravioli? I don't tend to be a beefeater:)

                  2. re: phoenikia

                    Zucca's ravioli (no longer on their menu) was to-die-for but it was more like $20.

            2. re: Ludivine

              Thanks for your comments. It's exaxctly the feeling I got last time I was there, not long ago.

          2. I go to Cafe Pleiade (which I think you already know).

            1. Does anyone remember GoGo Burgers, near George's trains, in the 70's?
              They had a great homeburger, better than Fire Pit.

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              1. re: jayt90

                If you want a very casual Greek lunch, try Greece.

                  1. re: sherry f

                    You mean that place near Hillsdale? Are they licensed?

                    1. re: JamieK

                      They are on the east side, I think around Hillsdale. Blue and white sign.

                  2. re: jayt90

                    I liked Harry's in the 70's. I think Fire Pit (also known as Arm Pit) came about in the 80's, after Freckles closed.

                  3. I had Penrose Fish and Chips a few weeks back. A good solid F&C. Owners have had it in the family for over 50 years.

                    Not on Mt. P. but I had lunch at Churasco Villa on Friday. It was excellent. It's on the north side of Eglinton, a few doors west of Mt. P.

                    DT

                    1. Enjoy a croque monsieur from Jules at 617 Mt. Pleasant.

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                      1. re: Brain of J

                        How about Homeway? On Mt. Pleasant 4 blocks north of Eg. Good lunch place. Like their sweet potato fries.