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Nov 19, 2009 11:40 AM

Resto close to Toronto Centre for the Arts?

I'm coming to Toronto from Montreal for one evening in December. Can anyone suggest a great restaurant close to (walking distance) the Toronto Centre for the Arts to eat dinner at?

I'm a BIG foodie, traveling with two less adventurous people. We're looking for something not too expensive (about $20/person) that's special to Toronto. Anything with lots of pork is out. Seafood is okay, as long as there are other options.

Any tasty suggestions? :)

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  1. That area is a disaster. I have meetings near there every month and can't think of anywhere to recommend. There are some Korean and Persian places within a short drive - but nothing I can think of that you could walk to. But it is right on the subway (North York Centre) so with some planning something may be possible - how much time do you have to eat?

    1. I'm sad to report that there is nothing great within walking distance of the theatre. There are a few chains (Baton Rouge, Milestones, Moxies), and a couple of ok, but not great Japanese options. If you like Korean food and don't mind go a little further north, there are lots of good places around Yonge and Finch. It's about a 20 minute walk or a super quick cab ride. Let us know if Korean works for you and we can give you some recs.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        ohhh! how sad!

        we're going on a trip for work, and are seeing a show at the centre that evening. we wouldn't be able to justify a taxi ride fare to our boss.

        the only other area we'll be in would be near Pembroke Street (low 100s)...does that have anything delicious close by?

        1. re: kimberleyblue

          It is sad. It's a remarkably pathetic area for food. BTW, the taxi ride would only be around $6 or $7. So split between the 3 of you, it's pretty cheap. :)

          If you do want to stick close, 2 blocks South of the theatre is a street called Spring Garden Ave. It runs East off of Yonge. There are several Japanese and Korean places along there. They will not rock your world, but will do in a pinch. There used to be a Korean bakery that made walnut cakes, but I don't know if it's still there. If so, pick some up to stash in your purse for intermission!

          Of the chains nearby, Milestone's will be your best bet. It is one block North of the theatre in the Empress Walk centre.

          1. re: TorontoJo

            Oh, I and just thought of Asian Legend for Northern Chinese food. Once again, it's not great, but it's fine for a pre-show dinner within walking distance. I can't remember what they're called, but the onion pancake wrapped around marinated beef are pretty tasty.


            1. re: TorontoJo

              There used to be an OK Korean place on Spring Garden - but it had changed hands when I went back. If people are less adventurous, Korean may not be the best option.

            2. re: kimberleyblue

              In fitting with your criteria, stick with Pembroke and head over to Sukhothai over at Dundas and Parliament. Should be about a ten minute walk. There are multiple threads devoted to this place. They cook to order, so call ahead if you're tight on time.


              1. re: Chester Eleganté

                Thanks for the suggestion! We did go to Sukhothai...I ordered the khao soi and it was superb! I asked for very, very spicy....It had a nice heat, though nowhere near as spicy as I would've liked. That aside, the dish was fantastic, and wonderfully satisfying. My co-eaters ordered a yellow curry and a green curry and were very pleased. The "combo salad" is also fantastic.

                What a great place....anytime any of my Montreal friends head over to Toronto, I'm going to recommend this place! Thanks!

                1. re: kimberleyblue

                  Nice, you made the right choice. And that khao soi is a great dish. It sounds like you'd have specifically ask her to grind some chilies in there to get to your requisite heat levels for next time. You definitely hit up one of our gems though.

                  274 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

          2. Has anyone been to Chez Laurent?
            How is it?

            1. Actually I can recommend Thai Bistro. Haven't been in a long time but it used to be just fine.
              Its like 5 -10 minutes walk north on Yonge.