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2ottman Nov 3, 2009 04:14 AM

I am looking for the good bad and ugly.
Storeys or reviews of the London Ontario food scene?
Any suggestions or warnings ?
Let me know.

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  1. jemmy RE: 2ottman Nov 3, 2009 08:39 PM


    Well it's been a few months since I've been in London, but from what I remember there are a few good ones. Keep in mind you can't compare London to Toronto, so if I say it's good, keep it in perspective:


    1) Thuan Kieu - Amazing Vietnamese food, in fact, better than any I've had in Toronto by far. This place is an absolute must if you like Vietnamese food!

    2)Spageddy Eddy's - Dirt cheap pasta and for around $10 you get a HUGE bowl. Don't expect excellent quality, you go for the price and portion size!


    3) Cello Supper Club - $20 something entrees, it's fusion/contemporary food (the place also doubles as a lounge).. For the price point, the food is good and more on the 'hip' side.

    4) Black Trumpet - More on the "pricier" side, the food is standard fare (read beef tenderloin, salmon, etc.) but at least it's tasty! Nice, cozy, and romantic restaurant

    It's been a while so I can't recall much, but I'm sure there are many more places. Take a look at http://www.restaurantica.com/on/london for opinions on restaurants. Hope I was able to help a little!

    Black Trumpet
    523 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3E8, CA

    cello supper club
    london, ON, London, ON , CA

    Thuan Kieu Restaurant
    1472 Huron St, London, ON N5V2E5, CA

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      Phillip Sticky RE: jemmy Nov 16, 2009 02:20 PM

      I concur with jemmy's opinion of Thuan Kieu. We were in London Nov 14 and 15 for Cirque du Soleil. We went to Thuan Kieu based solely on one recommendation.

      We weren't disappointed. We had 4 items from the menu (veggie spring rolls, chicken vermicelli, soup with beef and chicken curry) Spring rolls were on the greasy side but the other 3 items were, as jemmy commented, better than any we've had in Toronto. The chicken curry was absolutely delightful.

      The only downside was the decor, typical Asian tables, chairs, chopsticks. The staff were friendly and helpful. Customers were 50 Asian and 50 Caucasian, many were young. Getting a table was not a problem at 4PM but it quickly filled up. The bill, $25 and change.

      We will be back.

      Thuan Kieu Restaurant
      1472 Huron St, London, ON N5V2E5, CA

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        PoppiYYZ RE: Phillip Sticky Dec 16, 2013 07:08 AM


        Searched for Thuan Kieu and the address is listed at 1275 Highbury Ave and no listing at 1472 Huron St. Have they moved ? Are they still good ?

        1. re: PoppiYYZ
          ibbileyta RE: PoppiYYZ Dec 18, 2013 04:52 PM

          You can see the nice new digs here:
          Haven't tried them at the new location yet.

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      Blush RE: 2ottman Nov 4, 2009 12:27 PM

      Out in the west end are two of my faves; both small and well-priced:

      Cafe Milagro, which is a bistro with thai undertones, and Comforts, a more traditional bistro. They are nearly across the road from one another on Commissioners Rd. W in Byron, west of Boler.

      Cafe Milagro's
      1271 Commissioners Rd W, London, ON N6K1C9, CA

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        prima RE: Blush Apr 25, 2011 09:28 AM

        Have you been to Comforts recently, Blush? What do you recommend on their menu?

        Which dishes do you recommend the most at Cafe Milagro's? Noticed in a restaurantica review that the ownership changed around 9 months ago, and that new management was planning to change the name of the restaurant. Has the name been changed? Is the current menu more Thai than bistro with Thai undertones?

        Cafe Milagro's
        1271 Commissioners Rd W, London, ON N6K1C9, CA

        Comforts Restaurant
        1304 Commissioners Road West, London, ON N6B, CA

      2. Rabbit RE: 2ottman Nov 4, 2009 01:20 PM

        Check out: www.theonlyonking.ca

        I haven't been yet, but I have family in London and that's where I'm going next time around (and I'd selfishly love a report).

        Otherwise, we go to: www.aubergerestaurant.ca
        It's old school, but quite good.

        Is Prince Albert's Diner still around (in uni it was good for post-bar food and milkshakes). Honestly quite charming and very generous/reasonable.

        The Covent Garden Market is quite nice for foodie exploring.

        Prince Albert's Diner
        565 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3G2, CA

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          grandgourmand RE: Rabbit Nov 4, 2009 01:41 PM

          I went to The Only. We received a gift certificate from family, not that it matters. I have to say I left unimpressed. It was a few months ago, so my memory is pretty hazy. We had the tasting menu.

          It all started out very well with a carrot and ginger soup. The presence of ginger was just strong enough to be interesting, but not to overwhelm. It was a delicious soup. Then there was a fish course, some whitefish. Perch from lake erie would have been a great local selection, but it was something "exotic" and I kept wondering about how fresh it could it . The flavour was ok, but it was terribly overcooked. The meat dish, honestly, I can't remember. I think it was duck breast. I recall a bunch of flavours that didn't work well together. And overall, there wasn't a consistent theme to the tasting menu. They all seemed like distinct dishes. You only realize the importance of a theme if it's missing, I guess.

          As an aside, we have some good friends who had been about a week prior to us, who had similar feedback.

          Sorry to burst the bubble. As an aside, pricing is pretty much on par with Toronto.

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            Rabbit RE: grandgourmand Nov 4, 2009 02:33 PM

            Yeah, that's bubble-bursting... but better before than after, non?

            I'll probably still give it a try because it doesn't seem there are many other option in London, but I will definitely re-calibrate expectations.

            Sigh - Rab!

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              grandgourmand RE: Rabbit Nov 4, 2009 04:33 PM

              You never know. I might have caught them on a bad night. It's a nice (not fancy) space. Service was pretty good. And they have Chimay Reserve (750mls) for $15/bottle I think it was. If you're into beer, 'tis the time of year for Chimay.

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                option13 RE: grandgourmand Nov 16, 2009 02:34 PM

                I will vouch for the Only, it was the best meal I've had in London. I brought my sister there (visiting from Calgary) and she thoroughly enjoyed it too, especially considering that tasting menus there often cost double what they charge at the Only.

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            fickle RE: Rabbit Nov 4, 2009 05:15 PM

            Prince Albert's Diner is still there and still busy. We prefer Billy's Deli on Dundas at Talbot for breakfast.

            Across the street from Prince Albert's is Barakat's. They make an awesome schwarma sandwich. The garlic sauce is very yummy.

            We went to Mystic further down Albert street for dinner in early October, the souvlakis were fair but their seafood dishes were weak.

            There's also Ben Thanh for vietnamese. It's along the same lines as Pho Hung.

            Barakat Restaurant
            , London, ON N6B, CA

            Prince Albert's Diner
            565 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3G2, CA

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            phoenikia RE: 2ottman Nov 4, 2009 05:15 PM

            Earlier thread that covers a lot:

            My favourite restaurants in London right now are Massey's for Indian, Barakat for Shawarma, JJ's Bistro in Byron for continental classics, the Only for local/casual/continental, Shiki for Japanese.

            There's a new Italian restaurant across from the market at 119 King called Abruzzi that opened recently, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

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              phoenikia RE: phoenikia Nov 14, 2009 08:47 PM

              I had a lovely lunch at On the Fork in Museum London this week. It was the best upscale lunch I've had in London this year, after some hit or miss lunches at a couple restaurants on Richmond Row and near the Market.

              Artichoke cauliflower soup, followed by gnocchi with leek sauce and oxtail. This was the best version of gnocchi I've found in London. The leek sauce was tangy, with a lemony basil flavour. I'm sure I'll be back to On the Fork for dinner some time in the near future.

              Sent my friends to Abbruzi last night, and they really enjoyed it. One of them enjoyed the seafood stew more than the version at David's. I'm looking forward to trying it soon.

              On The Fork
              421 Ridout St N, London, ON N6A5H4, CA

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                phoenikia RE: phoenikia Dec 8, 2009 12:56 PM

                Had a chance to try Abruzzi today. Turns out the chef and one of the owners had been involved with On the Fork, prior to opening Abruzzi.

                Interesting chestnut & chickpea soup, good version of housemade orrechiette with rapini, roasted garlic and hot peppers, delicious light limoncello cheesecake. One of the better places to eat in London right now.

                Not much apart from the address & phone number on the website right now:

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                AnnaFoat RE: phoenikia Oct 2, 2010 07:52 AM

                Ambruzzi is lovely. Great specials and true Italian food - not a plate full of starch and tomatoes.

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                option13 RE: 2ottman Nov 16, 2009 02:41 PM

                My faves:

                -Billy's Deli for breakfast
                -Hong Ping for Chinese
                -Shiki for Japanese/sushi
                -True Taco for legit Mexican tacos
                -El Pinolero for nacatamales
                -Bondi's for pizza
                -Rei dos Leitoes for rotisserie chicken
                -The Only on King
                -Thuan Kieu for Vietnamese

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                  tj2007 RE: 2ottman Nov 16, 2009 04:48 PM

                  I used to live in London, and when I was last there (a year ago) Thaifoon was quite good for Thai food. Barakat is a must for shawarma's and falafels. I still think their sandwiches beat the hell out of anything i've had in Toronto (although my SO disagrees). I agree with the other recs for sushi. Black trumpet is probably the best in terms of fine dining/ambiance and was a fave for corporate functions, romantic/ special occasion dinners. That being said, i've always heard good things about Michael on the Thames but never managed to make it there. On Richmond Row, Garlic's I never did like. Always found it was overrated. I did like the Tasting Room, but always found it loud. Enjoyed the food though. There was a fantastic Vietnamese place on Dundas (I believe) it was across the street from the Kellogg's factory. I think it was called Viet Nam Restaurant. Wonderful food, friendly service and dirt cheap. Never disappointed there.

                  120 Dundas St, London, ON N6A1G1, CA

                  Tasting Room
                  483 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3E4, CA

                  Barakat Restaurant
                  551 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3E9, CA

                  Viet Nam Restaurant
                  1074 Dundas St, London, ON N5W3A6, CA

                  1. Muffin__Top RE: 2ottman Nov 17, 2009 03:32 AM

                    Blue Ginger was pretty decent for the 22 dollar prix fixe at the time (appetizer, main and dessert)
                    Bakarat for the shwarma
                    Went to an all you can eat sushi place.. I forget the name but it was on Richmond street, wasn't too impressed but it wasn't TERRIBLE
                    I liked "On the Fork" for their tapas
                    Went to Bertoldi's and while their pizza/pasta was decent (pizza was probably too small though) their salad had old not fresh lettuce (was turning pink)
                    Had a great experience at Tasting Room - seared Ahi tuna, coconut lobster lollipops, crab cakes and trio of mini burgers are the appetizers I recommend!!

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                      ms. cornbread RE: 2ottman Sep 20, 2010 08:37 AM

                      I've read this thread, and the other London threads, but I'm still having a tough time making a decision for lunch this coming Saturday.

                      I'm new to London, and my family is coming for a birthday lunch on Saturday. I don't want entrees going over $15, and I don't want anyone to leave hungry. A brunch type menu is also an option. My family enjoys all types of cuisines. I considered Indian (Massey's), but I think that's a bit heavier then I wanted. Attention to local produce is a plus.

                      I'm currently considering: On the Fork, Abruzzi, David's Bistro, Garlics. I'm open to other suggestions, as well as more casual/inexpensive/ethnic options. My family loves authentic Mexican.


                      David's Bistro
                      432 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3C9, CA

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                        phoenikia RE: ms. cornbread Sep 20, 2010 08:57 AM

                        I like On the Fork the best out of the places you're considering. Nice view of the Thames River, too. Portions are on the small side.

                        I've dined at Abruzzi twice, and it was ok. I haven't liked their soups, but they have a nice salad/pasta combo at lunch. Portions are on the small side.

                        David's serves some of the best seafood in London. I usually dine there at dinner, so I haven't tried the lunchand don't know how large the lunch portions would be. Scroll down for the lunch menu: http://www.davidsbistro.ca/?cat=2

                        Garlic's is a decent option, but it hasn't wowed me in a long time. http://garlicsoflondon.com/

                        There's also the Church Key Pub which has upscale pub food and a nice patio. http://www.thechurchkey.ca/

                        Blackfriars is another good option for an upscale lunch or brunch.

                        Braise in another option for local produce. The burger is supposed to be pretty good, but I haven't tried it. I like their smoked fish salad. Some of their sandwiches aren't that great. I really liked their grilled sausage and octopus dish they served at a charity event in the spring, but it wasn't on the menu last time I was there. Nice modern atmosphere. Small portions. http://braise.ca/

                        Most of the restaurants you're considering serve smallish portions at lunch, and that is how they can keep the mains under $15. At dinner, most of their mains cost somewhere between $20 and $30, and the dinner portions are significantly more generous.

                        Masseys serves a buffet at lunch, so pricewise, it might be your best bet if you're hoping people will leave satisfied (not hungry), and you want to spend closer to $15 per person before tax and tip. http://www.masseys.ca/buffet/

                        London does not have what I consider to be good authentic Mexican food. Si Senor serves Mexico-style Mexican, but portions are on the small side, some of the food is hit or miss, and it probably cost more than $15 pp if you don't want anyone leaving hungry.

                        Barakat serves great shawarma, but the environment is very casual, and there's no table service. If you want bang for your buck, Barakat is one of your best bets in London.

                        Si Senor
                        394 Waterloo St, London, ON N6B2N8, CA

                        46 Blackfriars St, London, ON N6H1K7, CA

                        Church Key
                        476 Richmond St, London, ON N6A, CA

                        Barakat Restaurant
                        , London, ON N6B, CA

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                          ms. cornbread RE: phoenikia Sep 20, 2010 03:25 PM

                          Thanks for the detailed response phoenikia, I was hoping you would respond.

                          I was a bit concerned about some of the more upscale places having small portions at lunch. My Italian background forces me to be concerned always about my guests leaving full and satisfied. Will have to mull over this. Massey's might be the best bet - is that what you consider the best Indian in the city?

                          Will definitely be trying Barakat at some point while I live in London, I live nearby.

                          Any input on Rei dos Leitoes (not necessarily for this weekend), and Katina Cafe?

                          Barakat Restaurant
                          , London, ON N6B, CA

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                            phoenikia RE: ms. cornbread Sep 20, 2010 03:43 PM

                            You're welcome, ms.cornbread ;-)

                            I would think your guests would be satisfied & full if they ordered an appetizer & main, or main & dessert at most lunch places, but the base price for lunch would be closer to $20-$25 per person. I know that's a little outside your inital paramaters, but it might work. The atmosphere is certainly nice at each of the places you mentioned initially.

                            La Casa is another restaurant you might want to consider for lunch, with roughly the same prices as David's, Garlic's and On the Fork. I have found the dinner portions to be decent-sized, but haven't had lunch at La Casa.

                            One restaurant that has generous portions is the Marienbad, which has some Czech and German food. The Marienbad might be your best bet for generous portions at lunch. The schnitzels are a good size. The food is traditional, and the atmosphere is very old-world.

                            I completely understand re: wanting your guests to leave full & satisfied. I do like Massey's the best out of the Indian options in London. Raja is newer, and has a nicer atmosphere, but I like the food better at Massey's. I haven't ordered the lunch buffet at either restaurant, but I have had dinner at Massey's over a dozen times, and I order take-out every couple months.

                            Katana Cafe is owned by David Chapman, who owns David's. Similar type of menu & portions, and nice service. It's located near the airport, so it isn't central, but it is a nice place for lunch or dinner, and you can watch small planes land and take off. The restaurant faces a small runway.

                            Rei dos Leitos serves good churrasco chicken, as does its competitor across the street, Imperio dos Frangos. I've only gotten take-out, so I can't comment on the dine-in experience ;-


                            122 Carling St, London, ON N6A1H6, CA

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                              ms. cornbread RE: phoenikia Sep 20, 2010 04:27 PM

                              Just noticed Marienbad the other night. That would definitely fulfill my cravings I've had since being in Prague and Vienna this summer!

                              Oops, didn't mean Katana Cafe (or Katina as I wrote), but Kantina - the Serbian place on Talbot. Their website is under construction so I can't get a sense of pricing, or full menu.

                              122 Carling St, London, ON N6A1H6, CA

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                                phoenikia RE: ms. cornbread Sep 20, 2010 05:03 PM

                                Haven't had a chance to try Kantina Cafe. I'd guess the prices would be reasonable. Probably less expensive that the Marienbad. The decor looks more stylish than the decor at Marienbad.

                                Here is a facebook page with some information about prices and hours: http://www.facebook.com/pages/London-...

                                Bryan Lavery (a respected chef in London who also writes) reviewed Kantina (pages 16-19 on the actual pages/pages 18-21 at the top of the viewer) in this edition of eatdrink: http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/Cit...

                                If you decide to try Kantina, please report back ;-)

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                                  ms. cornbread RE: phoenikia Sep 20, 2010 06:20 PM

                                  I read that review right when I moved to London - didn't realize Bryan Lavery was a respected chef. Kantina is definitely a possibility.

                                  Thanks so much for all your input and suggestions, I will report back!

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                                    ms. cornbread RE: ms. cornbread Sep 26, 2010 02:37 PM

                                    Update - we ended up at Church Key on Saturday.

                                    I was really pleasantly surprised by this choice, and would go back. The lunch menu is great and I found it to be very reasonably priced for the quality and quantity.

                                    I sampled the daily soup (a parsnip soup with apple chutney), the curry fries, and the salmon with potato rosti. I had a "sheperd's pie" which wasn't a traditional sheperd's pie but featured really flavourful mushy peas, something resembling a mash potato patty and berkshire pork. The only thing I didn't like was the bourbon bbq sauce drizzled on top of it.

                                    Thanks again for all the input phoenikia! I have a list that I intend to go through in my 8 months in London, so hoping to find some great food. So far I've tried True Taco & Prince Albert. Massey's and Barakat are next on my list.

                                    Church Key
                                    476 Richmond St, London, ON N6A, CA

                                    Barakat Restaurant
                                    , London, ON N6B, CA

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                                      phoenikia RE: ms. cornbread Sep 26, 2010 04:10 PM

                                      Happy you had a good experience at the Church Key, ms.cornbread!

                                      I'm hoping to try the Church Key's brunch some Sunday in the near future ;-)

                                      Church Key
                                      476 Richmond St, London, ON N6A, CA

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                                        ms. cornbread RE: phoenikia Sep 26, 2010 07:23 PM

                                        Report back if you go for brunch, I'm curious to know how it is.

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                                    prima RE: phoenikia May 20, 2011 09:25 AM

                                    Adding link for Kantina.

                                    349 Talbot St, London, ON N6A 2R5, CA

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                                      prima RE: phoenikia Nov 24, 2011 06:41 AM

                                      I finally tried Kantina, and I really liked it. Prices are similar to the Marienbad, but local ingredients are more of a focus at Kantina. The space is a more contemporary, with Euro pop music playing at dinner time. Some of the food is fairly traditional Serbian food, and some of it is more contemporary (arugula/pomegranate/pan-fried carrot/blue cheese/apple salad).

                                      They also serve a Sunday brunch.

                                      Really lovely service, and a down-to-earth Chef.

                                      Looking forward to trying their schnitzel & baklava.

                                      122 Carling St, London, ON N6A1H6, CA

                                      349 Talbot St, London, ON N6A 2R5, CA

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                            ellecue RE: 2ottman Oct 3, 2010 02:55 PM

                            For Chinese food, Shanghai restaurant is one of the best, but has execrable service. Nearby Tasty Coast is pretty good. My dad considers their Singapore Fried Noodles the best in the city. I really like their rijstaffel, even though it's pretty much all Chinese and the dessert is a little ridiculous, and their lunch comes with soup/salad & tea/coffee for less than $10. Golden Dragon in Byron is also supposed to be good, and has dim sum. A new place that opened up on Wonderland near Southdale called Green Tea is also good (also with dim sum), and is the sleekest looking place out of all of them.

                            If you're looking to try vegetarian/vegan, there's Veg Out on Richmond Row downtown. The restaurant that used to be there, Jambalaya (now on Dundas near the John Labatt Centre), is fine for food but the last time we went they took over an hour; don't go there.

                            You should probably check out Covent Garden Market downtown, across from the John Labatt Centre. There are definitely good food experiences to be had there. The pad thai at the Thai place is good and cheap, and the giant tempura shrimp at the bakery across it (yeah, a little strange) is fun to get.

                            Tasty Coast
                            344 Springbank Dr, London, ON N6J1G5, CA

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                              phoenikia RE: 2ottman Nov 29, 2010 12:50 PM

                              Had a delicious wrap at Willie's Cafe (not to be confused with William's Coffee Pub et al). The wrap was called a Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burrito, although I'd consider it more of a Jamaican Curried Chicken Wrap (i.e. don't expect the chicken to taste like Jerk Chicken). Casual place, only open for lunch.

                              Willie's Cafe
                              731 Wellington St, London, ON N6A3S1, CA

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                                pookiefatcat RE: 2ottman Dec 2, 2010 11:46 AM

                                Went to Braise on Saturday night. I really enjoyed it.

                                It was expensive but super yummy! The Chocolate Pave I had for dessert was so rich, I think it squashed any chocolate cravings for the next few months. I should have shared it, but I was greedy.


                                1. pamsaliba RE: 2ottman Dec 6, 2010 08:15 AM

                                  Los Comales (Richmond and York) is really worth a visit.

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                                    prima RE: pamsaliba May 20, 2011 09:32 AM

                                    Adding link for Los Comales.



                                    Los Comales
                                    346 Richmond St, London, ON , CA

                                  2. prima RE: 2ottman Mar 4, 2011 08:11 AM

                                    Just a quick update, since I dined at Black Trumpet and David's this week.

                                    Ordered the beet & stilton salad, salmon with maltaise sauce, and carrot cake at the Black Trumpet this past week. Probably wouldn't order that particular beet salad on a future visit. Salmon was perfectly cooked, and included more vegetables that expected. The carrot cake was the best version I've tasted. Black Trumpet is one of the most expensive restaurants in London, with mains that cost upwards of $30, but their food is very good.

                                    Had a nice meal at David's the following night. Delicious, generous portion of duck confit with lingonberry sauce and a rosti, which cost somewhere around $23, including 2 legs.

                                    2 of the best restaurant meals I've had in London in a long time.

                                    David's Bistro
                                    432 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3C9, CA

                                    Black Trumpet
                                    523 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3E8, CA

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                                      thriftygourmet RE: 2ottman Apr 3, 2011 02:47 PM

                                      I would like to warn you off Bernies in Byron--it used to be a good neighborhood type place
                                      but has been going downhill in my estimation--for example the quality and size of wine
                                      glass has deteriorated and last week we went with a coupon for 50% off a second entree
                                      --we both ordered $16.00 "entrees" for LUNCH, no less and the coupon was refused because
                                      my meal was ordered off the favorites and not the entree section. To make it worst, my meal
                                      was supposed to be 2lb of chicken wings--instead I received 15 small to med size pieces--it
                                      was shorted by at least three, perhaps five wings. My friend could not eat her half-chicken it
                                      was so dry and the the chef (owner) came out and argued with her about it. He made it very unpleasant. The service was very slow as well but that is usual there.

                                      1. prima RE: 2ottman Apr 4, 2011 07:57 AM

                                        The Black Shire Pub on Talbot is a gastropub using locally-sourced ingredients when possible, including Monforte cheese on their Baa Baa burger, and locally-sourced chicken wings. Hoping to try their wings this month.


                                        Black Shire Pub
                                        511 Talbot St, London, ON N6A 5N7, CA

                                        1. prima RE: 2ottman Apr 5, 2011 09:31 AM

                                          Finally got around to trying breakfast at The Bag Lady Variety this morning, a little cafe in an old house that was formerly a variety store, located at Pall Mall and Maitland in Old North.

                                          Neat, down-to-earth, unique place to have breakfast or lunch in London.



                                          I tried the breakfast burrito filled with scrambled eggs, sausage, peppers, chipotle salsa and a side of home fries, which included cubes of both white potatoes and sweet potatoes. Also picked up a cinnamon bun, and butter tart with raisins. They serve Las Chicas del Cafe fairtrade coffee. They also sell muffins (variety varies, today they had banana muffins and carrot muffins available), lemon poppyseed loaf, and cookies.

                                          Enjoyed everything I ordered, and prices are reasonable. The breakfast burrito, home fries, cinnamon bun, butter tart and coffee cost came to just under $18, not including tip. They'll also pack their breakfasts and lunches to go, if you don't have time to dine in.

                                          Looking forward to more breakfasts and lunches at The Bag Lady Variety.

                                          The Bag Lady Variety
                                          474 Pall Mall St, London, ON N5Y 2Z3, CA

                                          1. prima RE: 2ottman Apr 25, 2011 09:02 AM

                                            Has anyone dined at Trichilo's, located at 691 Richmond?

                                            http://www.trichilos.ca/ Have heard some good things from some Italian Cdn friends that work nearby, but I haven't had a chance to try Trichilo's yet. Good to see they offer gluten-free pasta for people who have celiac, gluten allergies or gluten intolerance. I haven't noticed on many menus in London offering gluten-free pasta. http://www.trichilos.ca/cartamenu/din...

                                            Has anyone tried Crossings Grill & Pub in Hyde Park? I'm guessing the food will be typical pub food, but if anyone has tried Crossings, and finds what they have ordered to be better than average, please post.


                                            Crossings Grill & Pub
                                            1269 Hyde Park Road, London, ON , CA

                                            Trichilo's Ristorante
                                            691 Richmond St, London, ON N6A 5M8, CA

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                                              prima RE: prima Apr 25, 2011 12:51 PM

                                              recent review of Trichilo's (read with grain of salt, it seems somewhat shillian to me) : http://www.metronews.ca/london/commen...

                                              Trichilo's is owned by David Brebner and Terianne Trichilo Brebner. Does anyone know the name of the chef ? Is Terianne the chef as well as the owner/operator?

                                              Not sure what makes this restaurant's menu Calabrese, since the menu looks like the usual mishmash found on Italian Cdn resto menus in Ontario. Hopefully the food tastes good. ;-)


                                              1. re: prima
                                                prima RE: prima Apr 29, 2011 05:53 AM

                                                According to the review of Trichilo's in the most recent issue of London City Life Magazine, the chef working at Trichilo's is Kent Cherevaty, who worked in the kitchen at Canoe before relocating to London, On. According the the article, many of therestaurant's recipes are based on recipes that Terianne Trichilo Brebner learned while growing up in an Italian Cdn family living in Northern Ontario.

                                                Trichilo's is owned by the Brebners and Terianne's brother Frank Trichilo and his wife Linda. Frank and Linda Trichilo also run Drifters in Terrace Bay, ON.

                                                Drifters Restaurant
                                                3 Simcoe Plaza, Terrace Bay, ON P0T2W0, CA

                                                Trichilo's Ristorante
                                                691 Richmond St, London, ON N6A 5M8, CA

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                                              abigllama RE: 2ottman Apr 25, 2011 11:11 AM

                                              Anyone have any experience with The Black Shire pub on Talbot? http://www.blackshire.ca/ This was rec'd to us by a Toronto friend. We'll be there next weekend and plan to check out a couple of the suggestions on this thread. We have one night with a picky eater and wanted to go for solid pub grub and this looks to fit the bill. Looked at the Blackfriar Bistro but the menu is a bit too advanced for the picky eater. Thanks for any help!

                                              46 Blackfriars St, London, ON N6H1K7, CA

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                                              1. re: abigllama
                                                prima RE: abigllama Apr 29, 2011 06:06 AM

                                                I haven't ordered any meals at the Black Shire yet, but I was there for drinks last week, and a friend ordered a nice cheese plate- nothing too adventurous, but good quality cheeses, and generous portions. The staff was very friendly. Looks like a typical traditional pub, with more local ingredients on the menu than most places in London.


                                                The Churchkey is another option for pub grub downtown. Good service, decent food, with a more upscale atmosphere than the Black Shire.

                                                Joe Kool's is also a perennial favourite for pub food in London.

                                                If you do decide to try the Black Shire, let us know how the food is. ;-


                                                Church Key
                                                476 Richmond St, London, ON N6A, CA

                                                Joe Kool's
                                                595 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3G2, CA

                                                Black Shire Pub
                                                511 Talbot St, London, ON N6A 5N7, CA

                                                1. re: prima
                                                  greenduck RE: prima May 22, 2011 10:38 AM

                                                  Yea I've only been to Churchkey once but the food was very good. I had a chicken pot pie, my husband had fish & chips - both were excellent.

                                              2. prima RE: 2ottman May 19, 2011 02:09 PM

                                                Has anyone tried the Old South Village Pub in Wortley Village?


                                                Or Tamarine at 118 Dundas St?




                                                Old South Village Pub
                                                149 Wortley Rd, London, ON N6C 1H2, CA

                                                Tamarine Restaurant
                                                118 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 1G1, CA

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                                                1. re: prima
                                                  prima RE: prima May 20, 2011 09:11 AM

                                                  Had a lovely modern Vietnamese dinner at Tamarine last night.
                                                  Looking forward to trying out more of their menu this summer. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785663

                                                  Tamarine Restaurant
                                                  London, London, ON , CA

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                                                  option13 RE: 2ottman May 20, 2011 09:45 AM

                                                  A new Peruvian takeout place just opened at 137 Wellington Street, where El Pinolero used to be. It's called Pollos Micky (I think?) and they do a pretty good pollo a la brasa. Their menu says that anticuchos are available on weekends, which is exciting.

                                                  El Pinolero
                                                  137 Wellington St, London, ON N6B, CA

                                                  1. jayt90 RE: 2ottman May 22, 2011 04:07 PM

                                                    I am moving to the area and would like to know if there are good Asian stores or markets. I know T&T is not there yet, but this type of store, or a little more earthy, is what I have in mind.

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                                                      prima RE: jayt90 May 22, 2011 05:51 PM

                                                      You're in luck, jayt90. United recently opened a store, which is located at 1062 Adelaide St N. Closest thing London has ever had to a T & T. There are also several small Indian and Korean shops in London.

                                                      Thread re: United http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/692598


                                                    2. euclid RE: 2ottman Jun 29, 2011 02:32 PM

                                                      One of my favourites in London is Fellini Koolini's. In my opinion, the best pasta in London with arguable one of the coolest atmospheres/interiors around, it is absolutely beautiful. Moderately pricey, most entrees around ~15-20. They also have a fairly large selection of wines to choose from.

                                                      Well worth trying if you haven't been there.

                                                      (It's just down Albert St. downtown)


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                                                      1. re: euclid
                                                        prima RE: euclid Jun 29, 2011 02:37 PM

                                                        Have you tried Abruzzi's pasta dishes lately? Abruzzi changed hands a few months ago, and I noticed the food has improved since an earlier visit last winter.

                                                        Haven't been to Fellini Koolini's in years. Their Dill Shrimp Fettuccine with Blush sauce was my favourite pasta to order in London 15 years ago, but I don't think it was on the menu the last time I visited.

                                                        Which pastas do you recommend the most at Fellini Koolini's?

                                                        Fellini Koolini's Italian Cuisini
                                                        155 Albert St, London, ON N6A1L9, CA

                                                        Abruzzi Restaurant
                                                        119 King St, London, ON N6A 1C3, CA

                                                      2. prima RE: 2ottman Jul 3, 2011 10:25 AM

                                                        Have been hearing good things about the burgers at Bungalow Neighbourhood Hub, at 910 Waterloo, at the corner of Cheapside & Waterloo, on the site of what had been North, and before that, Jade Gardens.



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                                                        1. re: prima
                                                          euclid RE: prima Jul 3, 2011 10:57 AM

                                                          "Wild boar burger stuffed with Brie and roasted garlic."

                                                          I must go here

                                                          1. re: prima
                                                            prima RE: prima Jan 30, 2012 10:46 AM

                                                            Finally tried the burger at Bungalow. Great burger, probably the best I've ordered in London. I had a beef burger, topped with gorgonzola, lettuce and tomato, on a sesame kaiser. Liked that there was a choice of 3 types of bun, and liked that there was a choice of at least 8 different sides. I tried the cheese potato habanero bacon soup as my side. Rich & spicy.

                                                            Friendly service. Will return again to try out more of the menu.

                                                          2. prima RE: 2ottman Nov 6, 2011 07:38 AM

                                                            A new upscale option has opened in London:

                                                            The Springs, located at 310 Springbank Drive, in a converted church.

                                                            I haven't tried it yet, but I had a chance to stop in and see the menu, which is what I'd consider fresh market/contemporary/continental. A number of local ingredients are featured on the menu, including Perth County's Monforte cheeses.



                                                            The Springs
                                                            310 Springbank Dr, London, ON N6J 1G5, CA

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                                                            1. re: prima
                                                              Luvtooeat RE: prima Nov 23, 2011 07:05 PM

                                                              Is there any good Korean Bi Bam Bap in London , On ?

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                                                                prima RE: Luvtooeat Nov 24, 2011 06:26 AM

                                                                I like the Dolsot Bi Bim Bap at the new Kimchi House at 500 Oxford Street West. They have both Dolsot Bi Bim Bap and regular Bi Bim Bap. Friendly service. It seems quite popular with young Korean Canadians. http://www.urbanspoon.com/u/menu/1600300

                                                                It's also on the menu at Manna Grill (also friendly service), and other Korean restos around London.

                                                                Manna Grill
                                                                276 Wharncliffe Rd N, London, ON N6H2C3, CA

                                                                1. re: prima
                                                                  newtothegame RE: prima Nov 25, 2012 09:24 AM

                                                                  I'm often in london for work, but unfortunately trapped near the 401. Off the top of your far more knowledgeable Londoner minds- Are any of the places above- or are there any other rec's near the 401? Any help is much appreciated.. I'll be stopping for late lunch later today.

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                                                                    pookiefatcat RE: newtothegame Nov 25, 2012 09:34 AM

                                                                    Depends where near the 401.

                                                                    Adelaide and Southdale has a new Middle East place called Paramount Bakery. They also have full menu. I have only had the baked goods but they are pretty tasty.

                                                                    Smoke and Bones is decent BBQ. (Wellington and Southdale)

                                                                    Haru Sushi AYCE is pretty good, we have been there twice. (Wellington and Exeter)

                                                                    Otherwise it's all chains around here. :(

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                                                                      afong56 RE: pookiefatcat Nov 25, 2012 02:57 PM

                                                                      paramount is actually a chain--i've been to their location across from the eaton centre in toronto. still, not a bad place to get a simple, quick bite to eat.


                                                                    2. re: newtothegame
                                                                      prima RE: newtothegame Nov 25, 2012 03:02 PM

                                                                      Dolcetto is the probably the best restaurant in London that's located relatively close to the 401. 3020 Colonel Talbot Rd. http://dolcettoristo.com/

                                                                      Shiki is also reliable. http://www.shiki.ca/

                                                                      1. re: prima
                                                                        BigDynezito RE: prima Nov 27, 2012 03:27 PM

                                                                        Not sure if it's been mentioned, but Milos' Craft Beer Emporium (http://pubmilos.com/), has replaced the forgettable Gig's at the corner of Talbot and Carling, and it is, hands down, the best beer bar in the city (prob top 3 in the province), with a huge (20+) assortment of mainly Ontario craft beers, as well as a ton of bottle selection.

                                                                        The menu features house made, locally sourced upscale pub fare, like GREAT house smoked wings, prob the best onion rings I've had, as well as an assortment sandwiches, meatloaf, schnitzel, etc. but none of the standard vanilla bar fare. Almost at the level of Church Key, but not as ambitious, it's the beer that's the primary focus here.

                                                                        I just discovered Nemats in North London (an area which is really hurting for eats). something like 50 different kinds of samosas ($6.99/doz), and legit, delicious Pakastani/Indian must haves (butter chicken, Niharim, korma. dal, tandori chicken, etc), all rotated so there's something new on the menu on any given day.

                                                                        The best part is the place is very fast take out, which i love. The owner is also super nice, and offered me samples of everything. I will be giving this guy my business for sure

                                                                        1. re: BigDynezito
                                                                          prima RE: BigDynezito Dec 18, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                          Thought I'd add some comments re: food in Northwest London.

                                                                          Agree the samosas at Nemat's are good. Dangerous to have Nemat's located right next to the entrance/exit of Goodlife.

                                                                          A couple other Northwest London options close to Nemat's include the Thai restaurant on Gainsborough near Hyde Park Rd and Porcino on Hyde Park Rd. I've also had an ok pub food lunch at Crossings on Hyde Park Rd, which is quite a busy place at lunch, due to the specials. Crossings isn't worth a detour to Hyde Park, but it's nice to have an alternative to the chains found near Hyde Park Rd and Fanshawe Park Rd.

                                                                          There's also a new brew pub called Beertown http://www.beertown.ca/ , part of a small chain, afaik, in Masonville, in the strip plaza with the Winners east of Masonville Place mall. I haven't been yet. I haven't been to Wit's End Pub on Richmond north of Fanshawe Park Rd for years, probably will revisit sometime soon.

                                                                          Other take-out options I like in West London include the souvlaki dinner from Malibu restaurant at Oxford and Wonderland, the chicken/ribs from King of the Pigs in Cherryhill Village Mall, and the heat-at-home, to-go meals from Remark Market at Hyde Park Rd and Oxford West.

                                                                          I recently tried Angelo's hot table, for the first time since its reopening, and I'd recommend avoiding the veal parmigiana (which was a ground veal cutlet, rather than veal scallopini). The cabbage rolls was meh. The deli, breads, pantry and produce at Angelo's are still good, but the hot table isn't as good as it once was.

                                                                          There's also a new congee restaurant in the Wonderland Corners strip plaza on Wonderland Road N south of Sarnia Rd, which I haven't tried.

                                                                          Downtown, I recently tried Blu Duby on Dundas, which replaced Braise. Reasonably priced continental, and open on Sunday nights, when most downtown restaurants are closed.

                                                                          1. re: prima
                                                                            ibbileyta RE: prima Dec 18, 2013 07:31 PM

                                                                            The new congee place is doing quite well - a number of staff have migrated from Green Tea. Hearty authentic fare.

                                                                            Went to Blu Duby a couple of times some while ago, and the mains were well executed, especially considering the prices. Desserts are not made in house, and personally I would skip if going again.

                                                              2. PoppiYYZ RE: 2ottman Dec 20, 2013 06:09 AM

                                                                In town for a couple of days and walked out of the Morirssey house after looking at the unappealing menu, disliking the atmosphere (disjointed layout, poor lighting, crappy music), and catching some attitude and neglect from the very young staff.

                                                                Went to Chaucer's Pub instead. Nice selection of European beers including Pilsner Urquell, but the relatively expensive food was small portioned and blah. The schnitzel was small and not crisp (premade maybe?), few roasted potatoes and watery veggies likely from a hot plate. The goulash meat was tender but dried out (even smothered in sauce) and served with with thick slices of some horrible softball sized dry spongy dumpling. Really really bad food, service wasn't much better.

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