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Restaurants around Yonge and Finch area

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

Thanks!

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  1. 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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    1. re: juno

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

      1. re: shekamoo

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

        1. re: szw

          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

          1. re: EatMePls

            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

            1. re: Crispier Crouton

              right, I was thinking of Ajisen. corrected.

            2. re: EatMePls

              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.

              1. re: juno

                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.

        2. re: juno

          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.

          1. re: Ruth

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

        3. 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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            1. re: mikeb

              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

            2. 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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              1. re: fickle

                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

              2. I second Thai Bistro.

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

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

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                  1. re: EatMePls

                    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

                    1. re: radiopolitic

                      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

                      1. re: radiopolitic

                        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

                        1. re: szw

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

                      2. re: EatMePls

                        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

                        1. re: Royaljelly

                          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