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Aug 20, 2009 08:10 PM

4 days in toronto for a foodie...

dear chowhounds...
I have 4 days in toronto for film festival and would like to not waste time finding some good food.
Money no object (well within reason) I would prefer the budget = the food, and not because zagats says it is so.
I welcome your opinions.
Many thanks
hungry in nyc

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  1. Do you have particular preferences? Also, try doing a search or even look on the first page. There are always tourist posts rehashing the same question.

    Now for the Cliff's notes.....

    nyc does most things better than Toronto, especially traditional fine dining. Your best bet is with Chinese and Portugeuse

    1. A few favourites - Le Celestin (Mt Pleasant Road), Torito - Spanish Tapas - great Sangria (on Augusta Ave), Gilead - good lunch spot (Gilead Place), Milagros - great Mexican (Yonge Street at Lawrence), for a great dinner (pricey but so worth it), Scaramouche - on Benvenuto.

      1. I'm told there is one thing Toronto does much better than NYC; price. Near the TIFF you'll find, Trattoria Nervosa and I reccomend going to Panorama for a drink because the view of the city is lovely. Downtown try Canoe for a drink, the view is different, but equally lovely. Do the Gallery Grill for brunch, Black Hoof for late nights, Simple Bistro for, you guessed it, bistro, and Colborne lane for molecular/modern tasting menu.
        Have fun.

        1. Try the top of the Hyatt at University and Bloor for a late night cocktail.
          The Pearl at Harbourfront if you want *decent* (not stellar) Chinese without the drive to Markam
          A Marc Thuet joint (whatever he happens to have open now) for real Alsatian cuisine.
          Table 25 at George for a nice intimate dinner
          The Fifth is always reliable
          Hi's for a steak and lots of booze in a nice room, with white-jacketed old-school waiters

          Avoid - Bar Chef. What an absolute waste of time. Home of useless poseurs and $30 cocktails that are incredibly pretentious and not at all tasty.

          1. If money is no object, I would choose Lai Wah Heen over Pearl @ Harbourfont. It's also closer to Yorkville area.

            Marc Thuet's newest resto is Conviction. I've heard mixed reviews, would recommend checking the website and menu out first. I don't think it's Alsatian focused.

            The Fifth is nice, with it's heated rooftop patio.

            I really like Splendido and find the menu well executed. Nota Bene is also quite good. Both have excellent service and food. These would be my two picks out of all I've suggested. Lai Wah Heen is close behind as well.