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Jul 22, 2009 02:18 PM

Good hospital food?

Sometimes you find gems in the most unlikely places. The "On the Way Cafe" at Mount Sinai Hospital serves the most unbelievably delicious coconut chicken soup - to die for! I would love to make it at home. Have I hit rock bottom wanting to duplicate hospital food?

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  1. Mitzi....... Heelllllooo! you can probably guess who I am.

    Yes truly you have hit rock bottom looking for good food in hospitals ;)

    I recall Kingston General Hospital having a decent salad bar and it got me through many lunches. I used to load up on the fried chicken which were pretty good for cafeteria food.

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    1. re: doctorandchef

      I spent some time in St. Joseph' a patient the food is prepared offsite interestingly enough (better than some but that's not saying a lot LOL!!) but as a visitor, the Cafe is reasonably well made and always fresh. At Baycrest where I volunteer they have a Chicken Gumbo soup that is AMAZING, honestly it's so good I bring containers home quite frequently...I have no idea when (which days and when..seems to be rotated between dairy & meat days) I thought I would have it today since I thought that it would be the daily soup( I thought because it was Wednesday but it wasn't, it was a however , a 'meat' day but they had some other kind of Chicken soup...will try to find out the schedule. It is fantastic!! lots of chicken, lots of Okra and thick enough to stand a spoon upright!!

      1. re: pearlD

        I'll have to try it. My FIL is in Baycrest Apotex so hopefully I'll catch the gumbo on a visit day!

        1. re: pearlD

          The cafeteria at St. Joseph's surprisingly makes a pretty good beef vindaloo, butter chicken with biryani, tandoori chicken wings and daal .

          1. re: pearlD

            Ugh, I was visiting an elderly friend at St-Joseph's who was having trouble agreeing to eat due to her illness. While I was there she was served the most disgusting tomato-beef-elbow macaroni mess I have ever seen. I would have have refused it too!

            I hope it's better on other days, from what you say.

            1. re: FrenchSoda

              That's unfortunate since I would have told you to stay away from the pastas. As mentioned, for some strange reason, the Indian choices are good.

                1. re: FrenchSoda

                  And for some reason, I find the french fries served at St. Joe's (Toronto) cafeteria to be surprisingly good!

                  At Women's College, there's a little sandwich shop across the street which has a really tasty "Wicked Thai Soup" served on Thursday's. Yummy.

        2. The Shouldice in Richmond Hill has really good food. But I guess it doesn't count. ;->

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          1. re: JamieK

            The gravy and Shepherds pie of Richmond Hill's York central was pretty good too!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Hmmmm... I had heard the same about Shouldice!

              I am in there in a couple of weeks.


              1. re: Non Doctor

                yeah, it wasn't bad at all, the fish was quite good. But there will be no wine pairings there for you, my friend!

                But in compensation, after you start moving a little faster than the infamous "Shouldice shuffle", you can enjoy a game of pool or shoot nine holes.

                1. re: JamieK

                  Well... I was discharged from the Shouldice yesterday and documented the food as best I could for you:

                  Cod, Peas, Carrots and Mashed Potato...


                  Mustard Glazed Chicken, Beans and Basmati Rice.


                  Beef (???), Roast Potato and Corn...


                  Vegetable Pasta and Ceasar Salad


                  I have to be quite honest and say that I cleaned every plate... it had been many a year since I had tasted instant mashed potatoes... they have a very particular taste to them.

                  The staff were super-friendly too.

                  I'd probably recommend that you don't look at the other more visceral pictures though...

                  I'm feeling much better now thank you...

                  1. re: Non Doctor

                    That's the nicest hospital food I have ever seen. And let me be the first to say... "ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch!"

                    1. re: Non Doctor

                      I love it! Only a foodie would photograph his meals while recovering from surgery. I'm glad you are feeling better.
                      I have to say, I've never seen hospital food look so good.

                      1. re: Non Doctor

                        I was going to say that that doesn't look all that bad! I wish I'd been served food like that last time I was in the hospital. My friends brought me in meals so I wouldn't have to eat the slop they presented.

                        1. re: Non Doctor

                          Wow, there's actually a hospital out there serving food someone could get better on...

                2. I have to give thumbs up to the new hospital in Brampton..Brampton Civic. Good cafeteria food-and they have a Tim Hortons.

                  1. My husband raves about the hospital food at the Hospital near Western in London, On. He ate there often as a law-school student. Of course, it could have also been due to his student budget.

                    I think that when hospitalized, the strangest things taste delicious. I remember being in labour and eating ice chips (I know, a cliche) and loving them and thinking that I should make these as a low-fat, low-cal summer treat when this is all over...


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                    1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                      Ha... I know where you are coming from Toronto Fastfoodie!

                    2. There's "hospital food" and then there's food found in a hospital -- and there can be a vast difference between the two. Having had friends, family members and acquaintances all experience hospital food (as in what's fed to patients) in the past year, I'd have to say that it's next to impossible to find even decent patient food in a regular hospital (private hospitals or senior homes can be exceptions). In my limited research, I've learned that cost cutting has hit this area very hard, and the quality of the food has nosedived.

                      Retail food outlets found within hospitals (and even cafeterias) are handled quite differently. The quality can sometimes be fairly good, but the prices have probably gone up a lot over the years in order to keep that possible.

                      I'm confused about some of the posts in this thread. It's hard to tell at times whether the poster is describing visitor food purchased in a hospital, or patient meals.

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                      1. re: CeeQueue

                        Mine were certainly the latter... patient meals.

                        And the Shouldice Clinic is not (theoretically) a private hospital... I had no idea about all of that stuff until I Wikipedia'd it last night.

                        1. re: Non Doctor

                          Yes, you're right. I didn't know that until I looked through your Flickr photostream and saw the mention that it's covered by OHIP. You don't find many hospitals with golf and billiards, though, so I'm thinking it falls into a category of its own.