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Best Lunch on Mt. Pleasant

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Snarf Jun 5, 2009 01:13 PM

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?

  1. TorontoJo Jun 5, 2009 01:27 PM

    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.

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      phoenikia Jun 5, 2009 01:32 PM

      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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        Ludivine Jul 23, 2009 09:26 PM

        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.

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          atomeyes Jul 24, 2009 06:08 AM

          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.

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            phoenikia Jul 24, 2009 06:28 AM

            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 ;)

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              atomeyes Jul 24, 2009 08:16 AM

              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.

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                phoenikia Jul 24, 2009 09:18 PM

                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.

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                  Ludivine Jul 25, 2009 11:04 PM

                  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.

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                    phoenikia Jul 26, 2009 06:22 PM

                    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:)

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                    blinknoodle Jul 26, 2009 05:46 AM

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

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                      phoenikia Jul 26, 2009 06:23 PM

                      Good to know. Thanks blinknoodle.

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              lamaranthe Jul 24, 2009 02:35 PM

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

          2. estufarian Jun 5, 2009 02:45 PM

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

            1. jayt90 Jun 5, 2009 04:15 PM

              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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                sherry f Jun 6, 2009 06:25 PM

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

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                  jayt90 Jun 6, 2009 06:33 PM

                  where?

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                    JamieK Jun 7, 2009 05:06 AM

                    You mean that place near Hillsdale? Are they licensed?

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                      sherry f Jun 7, 2009 04:25 PM

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

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                    Snarf Jun 7, 2009 07:24 AM

                    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. Davwud Jun 8, 2009 06:00 AM

                    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. Brain of J Jun 8, 2009 12:35 PM

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

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                        lowchen Jun 9, 2009 02:54 PM

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

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                          Davwud Jun 9, 2009 03:32 PM

                          I like this place too.

                          DT

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