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EatMePls Apr 15, 2010 07:32 AM

Just moved to the Yonge and Finch area. Does anyone have any restaurants they can recommend?

Thanks!

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    juno RE: EatMePls Apr 15, 2010 01:24 PM

    I'll leave the recommendation of the many Korean restos in the neighborhood to those better versed than I about Korean cuisine. But if you're prepared to drive up Yonge St. toward Steeles Ave., let me suggest two modest places you might find satisfying. One is Steeles Deli, a diner on the north side of Steeles Ave. W., in a large plaza just west of Yonge and across from the Canadian Tire store in Centrepoint Mall. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it does most everything right, and prices are easy to take. Very popular with the local older Jewish crowd, who know their nosh, and know good value. The other is a Japanese ramen joint called Kenzo, in a small strip plaza on the west side of Yonge St. a few lights south of Steeles. Limited menu, but mostly done well, especially - to my taste, anyway - the substantial ramen soups, and the delicious gyoza (Japanese dumplings). It's a small spot, well-priced, and popular with the young Asian crowd from the neighborhood. Not as good as it once was, I was told, but I haven't noticed any diminution of quality.

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      shekamoo RE: juno Apr 16, 2010 05:21 AM

      just to be clear, you are talking about the Kenzo that is actually south of Finch on Yonge, right?

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        szw RE: shekamoo Apr 16, 2010 07:14 AM

        Probably not, since Kenzo is not south of Finch on Yonge, it is exactly wher juno says it is.

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          EatMePls RE: szw Apr 16, 2010 08:39 AM

          Is this the same Kenzo as the one on Dundas?
          Thanks for the recommendation!

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          Kenzo
          138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

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            Crispier Crouton RE: EatMePls Apr 16, 2010 09:49 AM

            Juno is right about the location. This was the original Kenzo location, the owners sold it and opened their new Kenzo on Dundas. I don't know who runs this one now and I haven't been since the transfer. shekamoo is probably thinking of Ajisen, another ramen place south of Yonge and Finch. Ajisen is a popular chain in Japan, but I really dislike their ramen noodles at this location. Their broth is good, so I usually get udon instead of their ramen which tastes like spaghetti.

            I would also recommend Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu, Dumpling King at the Northtown plaza, and second Thai Bistro. Check the other threads, you'll find a bunch about this area.

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            Buk Chang Dong
            691 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

            Kenzo
            138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

            Dumpling King
            3290 Midland, Toronto, ON M1V4W8, CA

            Thai Bistro
            5306 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P9, CA

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              shekamoo RE: Crispier Crouton Apr 16, 2010 12:10 PM

              right, I was thinking of Ajisen. corrected.

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              juno RE: EatMePls Apr 16, 2010 10:00 AM

              The Kenzo I've recommended is the original location of Kenzo in Toronto. According to what I've read on this board - and, given that it's on this board, surely it must be gospel! - the owner of the uptown version of Kenzo, on Yonge St. south of Steeles, sold the uptown resto and opened a downtown version on Dundas St. W., west of Bay. From what I've learned, though I've never been to the downtown joint, the menus are substantially the same, with the downtown menu somewhat expanded. Despite new ownership uptown, I've noticed little change in both menu and - most important - execution. It's solid.

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                skylineR33 RE: juno Apr 16, 2010 10:44 AM

                I found the noodle of the uptown Kenzo too strong of the akaline taste with the kansui they use, it was not that strong before. They need to find a way to remove the akaline taste. The same problem happens in downtown Kenzo as well. Ajisen (the one on Spadina) actually has better noodle, it's noodle is not as hard as the other Ajisen locations uptown that I have tried years ago.

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          Ruth RE: juno May 24, 2010 03:24 PM

          Don't forget Laterna - Yonge just south of Steeles. We don't even look at the menu, split a large greek salad, 1 x chicken + 1 x lamb souvlaki.

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            justinisthebest RE: Ruth Sep 21, 2011 06:19 AM

            I second that, but order the souvlaki in the homemaid pita ... BEST.

        3. mikeb RE: EatMePls Apr 15, 2010 02:50 PM

          Considering the volume of places to eat, I find the area of Yonge between Sheppard and Steeles to pretty anemic for good non-Korean/non-Iranian food. If you want a burger, don't waste your time at the Jon Anderson's near finch or Jetsun's near North York Centre. Go up Yonge to north of Steeles to Golden Star. Their home made burger (not the standard one) is good. It's an old school burger joint that actually has good burgers.

          Thai Bistro north of North York Centre is a basic space with a small menu. Their offerings are simple but pretty good. It's the best Thai that I've had on Yonge north of the 401.

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          Thai Bistro
          5306 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P9, CA

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            EatMePls RE: mikeb Apr 16, 2010 08:39 AM

            Thanks!

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              Pizza Lover RE: mikeb Apr 16, 2010 10:25 AM

              Just beware - from my experience Thai Bistro keeps the oddest opening hours and will be randomly closed - but the food is good.

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              Thai Bistro
              5306 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P9, CA

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              fickle RE: EatMePls Apr 16, 2010 09:06 AM

              I recommend Zaffron for Persian. It's on Yonge, north of Finch on the west side (just south of Steeles). Their mirza ghasemi is very good with their inhouse flat bread. So are their kebobs (especially the barg - veal tenderloin one) and their stews (love the ghormeh sabzi one).

              http://www.zaffron.ca/

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              Zaffron
              6200 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M3X1, CA

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                shekamoo RE: fickle Apr 16, 2010 12:13 PM

                Zaffron is overpriced and inconsistent. I have never had a good Kebob there, and I have been dragged to the place many a time. For Kebob, Alborz, north of Finch on Yonge is better.

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                Zaffron
                6200 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M3X1, CA

                Alborz Restaurant
                5907 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M3T9, CA

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                garfield RE: EatMePls Apr 16, 2010 09:38 AM

                I second Thai Bistro.

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                Thai Bistro
                5306 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P9, CA

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                  EatMePls RE: EatMePls Apr 16, 2010 09:44 AM

                  Any recommendations for Korean? There are so many to choose from!

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                    radiopolitic RE: EatMePls Apr 16, 2010 10:58 AM

                    I find Ehwa makes a rather nice and well sized portion of Dolsot Bibimbap. Their ribs are also really good.

                    My Korean friend who's a serious foodie recommended it to me if it means anything and I happily return when I'm in the area.

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                    Ehwa Restaurant
                    5182 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P6, CA

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                      Crispier Crouton RE: radiopolitic Apr 16, 2010 11:33 AM

                      Haven't been to Ehwa but Buk Chang Dong has my favourite dolsot bibimbap in Toronto.

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                      Buk Chang Dong
                      691 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

                      Ehwa Restaurant
                      5182 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P6, CA

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                        szw RE: radiopolitic Apr 16, 2010 11:55 AM

                        I used to like Ehwa quite a lot but the last three times I visited I have been more and more disappointed. I have a feeling the owners changed, as the menu changed a bit, service and food were both very slow the last few times, and the banchan is no longer as good and varied. It used to be my go to place in the area but I won't return anymore.

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                        Ehwa Restaurant
                        5182 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P6, CA

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                          radiopolitic RE: szw Apr 16, 2010 11:57 AM

                          Hmm. I haven't been in about 6 months or so, have you been there recently?

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                        Royaljelly RE: EatMePls Apr 16, 2010 12:00 PM

                        Oh Geul Boh Geul is one Korean we often go to for a quick lunch. They give lots of banchans (side dishes). I was there last week and the Kal bi ribs were sensational (wasn't that way for a long time), I only wish they went back to using the purple rice that I like rather than the plain white stuff). It's located opposite the Metro on Yonge, next to Owl of Minerva.

                        Some people like Nakwon at Yonge/Finch.

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                        Oh Geul Boh Geul
                        5320 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P9, CA

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                          shelleypascual RE: Royaljelly Apr 16, 2010 07:42 PM

                          Love Oh Geul Boh Geul! Yes, lots of side dishes — affordable, generous portions, quality food. My favourite was their Tofu Soup. Hot and steamy. Loaded with pieces of soft tofu in a rich, slightly spicy broth. Truly, it warmed the soul.

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                          Oh Geul Boh Geul
                          5320 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P9, CA

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                        junkie RE: EatMePls Apr 16, 2010 11:59 AM

                        for tofu soup i would recommend wonjo which is north of finch on yonge in a small plaza across from the tim hortons plaza... bukchang has gone downhill with their dishes smelling like old rags with nasty soap ... ugh.

                        thai bistro i agree is great, but unfortunately their quality has gone downhill as well since they first opened... or ive been eating too much sukhothai lately... hmmmm i dunno

                        neogohyang is my go to for korean, as they have the best kimchi EVER, but stay away from their bulgogi, everything is else is great...

                        oh go bo geul is also recommended for korean - they have everything great side dishes as well...

                        for kebobs theres this new place which i cant mb the name exact ( tefsan kabob low calorie healthy? im sure someone can help me out here ) which has the BEST juiciest chicken kabobs ever, definitely a must try. i have yet to try out their other dishes cause im so addicted to the chicken kabobs... its beside another korean restaurant mot na son which is famous for their pork belly korean bbq....

                        mini/short reviews of other places @yonge and finch
                        soban: nothing spectacular... quick fix for bubble tea and korean food.. not really authentic, but the closest bbt restaurant around afar from yonge/sheppard
                        nakwon: regular korean menu but nothing special anymore since so many more opened..
                        toong: used to go here for the beer/soju combos, liked their kbbq.. but their food is a hit and miss... probably cause i tried it in the beginning but it was disgusting, so ive been afraid to risk that again...i do miss the old harubang tho.. oh ya.. must get the sweet corn with mayo or whatever it is
                        cafe princess: cute place, limited desserts... but nice to have a chat with some friends over tea/coffee or wahtever
                        neogohyang: its good, read above
                        not just dim sum: quick fix for dimsum IF desperate, but stay away for anything else
                        the kabob place n mot na son: read above
                        owl: 24 hours pork bone soup
                        oh go bo geul: above
                        turbo: good for beer, they have the large beer dispensers and the BEST beer appetizers ive got to say... which includes (edamame, some amazing pasta salad, few pieces of sashimi... etc oh and the egg soup)... the mains generally suck.. only good for apps and beer
                        thai bistro: best thai around the area
                        sapporo sushi: typical jap restaurant with random korean combos.. cute place, awesome service
                        wing machine: stay away.. baked wings fine, baked wings that are reheated gross..
                        lim ga ne: alright kbbq, u have the option of sitting without shoes... if u know what i mean
                        puck n wings: the wings are juicy but expensive, i rather go st louis...

                        24 hours around the area... jon anderson's which is burgers and that sort...
                        friendly house.. same idea
                        owl of minerva - korean all day menu
                        shoppers....
                        there are 3 korean 24hr supermarket/convenience markets... green mart, one west of yonge on finch, and royal market...

                        oh yea.. for breakfast.. the best western sandwich for 1.99 at the xerox tower food court at FIT for life..

                        has anybody tried a place called WONDER PHO just west on finch and yonge??? i believe it just opened....... ?

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                          Royaljelly RE: junkie Apr 16, 2010 03:41 PM

                          whereabouts is neogohyang? I tried to google search but couldn't find the address

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                            junkie RE: Royaljelly Apr 16, 2010 10:40 PM

                            its in the plaza strip of shoppers yk soban nakwon etc, specifically the restaurant/unit right beside shoppers with the green sign under yk 5576 yonge street on google maps

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                            marshies RE: junkie Jun 8, 2010 08:32 PM

                            I've tried this Wonderpho just 2 days ago.
                            The house special was nice, but the bun bo hue was not very good.
                            The broth tastes different than say, pho 88 and the other pho on Yonge and has a distinct beef flavor. I quite enjoyed it, though it was probably loaded with msg.
                            It's thus far my favourite pho within a 10 min biking radius of FInch and Yonge.

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                              vincechan RE: junkie Sep 16, 2010 11:20 AM

                              I just went to Wonder Pho today and had the Pho Special, definitely loaded with MSG... the shop looks like its ran by Mainlanders (China). Nothing wrong with that, as long as the kitchen knows how to do their stuff.

                              As a barometer, I used to frequent Pho 88 and Pho Viet around Warden/Steeles, since I moved to Yonge/Finch recently. Pho 88 on Yonge is terrible, and other favs like Pho Dau Bo and Pho Hung (Spadina), or the few Pho restaurants on Gerrard St, are simply too far for convenience. What I don't like? Places like Vietnam Noodle Star (midland/finch) and fervently detest Star King Viet Thai (also Warden/Steeles).. so now you have idea what my palette likes.

                              Wonder Pho is fair compromise if I have a sudden pho craving but am too lazy. The msg sweetness in the broth leans on the overpowering side. I personally don't like beef meatballs in my pho.. preferring more beef slices. The beef slices are quite thick and limp, I didn't enjoy the texture. They throw in a couple of beef tendons, but very little tripe. Without tripe, I wouldn't call it a "special" compared to versions elsewhere. Still, it gets marks for being better than the Pho 88 on Yonge, and that's not saying much really.

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                              Pho Hung
                              350 Spadina, Toronto, ON M5T2G4, CA

                              Viet Thai Restaurant
                              1675 The Chase, Mississauga, ON L5M5Y7, CA

                              Pho 88
                              5197 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5P7, CA

                              Star King
                              7050 Warden Ave., Markham, ON L3R 5Y3, CA

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                                cdnexpat RE: vincechan Aug 15, 2011 12:42 PM

                                I tried WonderPho shortly after it opened and it was awful. The broth was heavy on anise, and otherwise flat. Noodles were clumped at the bottom of the bowl, and the servers just couldn't get the table numbers right. We paid a ridiculous $4 for 2 small deep-fried previously frozen spring rolls that tasted like they were straight out of Food Basic's freezer section. My friend's kid had a "fresh" fruit mango smoothie that was so sweet even he couldn't drink it. It seemed made of mainly crushed ice, packaged orange juice, and some mango puree (from a box? Couldn't tell the freshness under all that sweetness).

                                Apparently they've improved their service and changed their recipe for the spring rolls since then, but I'm going to wait a bit until I give them another shot... Appallingly bad, first time around.

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                                  trane RE: cdnexpat Aug 18, 2011 08:53 AM

                                  Eh? Wonderpho has been gone for a few months, it's now a Tokyo Sushi.

                                  Wondering why you bumped a thread to report on a restaurant that's been gone for months...

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                                    LTL RE: trane Sep 19, 2011 02:21 PM

                                    I noticed a WonderPho recently opened on the SW corner of Don Mills and York Mills.

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                                lamaranthe RE: junkie Sep 21, 2011 02:48 PM

                                Thanks ! Exhaustive and very valuable reviews. Anything similar about resto places on Bathurst, between Centre St. and Rutherford?

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                                radiopolitic RE: EatMePls Apr 16, 2010 12:15 PM

                                There is also a newish Turkish place that opened up called Nephes that Amy Pataki liked at 6034 Yonge St. I've been meaning to try it out but haven't had the chance.

                                http://www.nephes.com

                                1. elvisahmed RE: EatMePls Jun 8, 2010 09:00 PM

                                  I like Sushi Bong and the new dumpling place in that area ( I used to live there a while ago) Sushi Bong is good for a good value meal (sushi/sashimi) and the dumpling place is kinda new but pretty good. If you can drive a bit I recommend the food court at Galleria (north of steels at Yonge and Me Va Mei on Bathurst and Steels.

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                                    zeva RE: elvisahmed Sep 20, 2011 09:04 AM

                                    +1 for food court at Galleria. My son and I will pop in and have a quick lunch of sushi or one of the many delicious soups/hot pots or combo dishes. Great price and even greater taste. Good shopping in there too.

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                                    smfan RE: EatMePls Jun 11, 2010 07:32 PM

                                    "Hello" on Yonge south of Church for Chinese wonton noodle soup <$5.

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                                      Royaljelly RE: smfan Jun 11, 2010 10:27 PM

                                      I saw that place too from across the street when I was eating at Oh Guel Boh Guel. Is it any good? Did you bring your pH test strips? Other choices besides wonton noodle on their menu?

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                                        smfan RE: Royaljelly Jun 18, 2010 06:06 PM

                                        The noodle is chewy and the alkaline is not overpowering. They are related to the "Jim Tsai Kee" . Wonton is jumbo size. I tried the beef brisket, fish balls, pork in chili sauce, and beef but not very impressed. Will stick with the wonton. I prefer them over Jun Jun.

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                                          smfan RE: smfan Oct 22, 2010 08:30 AM

                                          Had wonton yesterday at Hello. It tasted and lookd like shrimp ball in wonton wrappers. Very disappointing.

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                                      hari mirch RE: EatMePls Oct 22, 2010 12:31 PM

                                      It's not fine dining, but the tavola calda at Super Khorak a few blocks north of Finch, in a shopping plaza on the right side, is a favourite destination. You can choose from a lot of different traditional dishes, including tahcheen, meatballs, various khoresh possibilities, fesenjan, polow, kababs, etc. It's filling and pretty cheap. And you can get your shopping in at the same time. The place also has a bakery where you can get nun-e sangak and other Persian breads. Excellent pistachios and other nuts as well.

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