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Apr 27, 2010 03:57 PM

Good restaurants omitted by Toronto's leading food guide

Though most of us serious foodies treat the recommendations, ratings and reviews of our city's self proclaimed ' food bible' - Toronto Life Restaurant guide' with a grain of salt, this little booklet however does serve a purpose to the majority in its own special way.

However, whilst browsing through the 2010 guide I noticed some glaring omission of some of our CHer's favourites. Here are a few I have identified:

Chinese - Yang's, Emperor, Regal Palace, All the Casa's, O Mei, Fantasy Eatery, Northern
dumpling kitchen....etc
In fact, in general, I found their Chinese listing pathetic!!

Japanese - Japango, Cafe Michi, Inatei

Western - Simple Bistro, Tutto Bene, Richmond Grill

Korean - Karzan

Feel free to add ' deserve ones' to the list!

122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

Richmond Grill
10165 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C1T5, CA

Simple Bistro
619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

Fantasy Eatery
3320 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1V5E6, CA

Tutto Bene
8133 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2C6, CA

O Mei
248 Steeles Ave W, Thornhill, ON L4J1A1, CA

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  1. Sadly Charles, it's probably because the omitted restaurants do not advertise with said publication.

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    1. re: sloweater

      Sorry, sloweater, but your conspiracy theory makes no sense. There are, oh, 500 places in the food guide. Have you counted how many of those advertise with Toronto Life? Less than 100, I'd estimate. I wonder instead if it's that the food guide is produced by humans, on deadline?

      1. re: sloweater

        I know several of their reviewers, and this is most certainly not the case. Admittedly, it is frustrating and disappointing when the Guide isn't thorough.

        1. re: sloweater

          Folks, discussion of the magazines advertising and editorial policies belongs on our Food Media and News board rather than here.

          If you've got suggestions on great restaurants that aren't on the list, that's fine to add here, but if you want to discuss the whys and wherefores of the list, please start a new thread over here: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/33

        2. Sakawaya is listed, even thought it'd been closed for a while.

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          1. re: neighborguy

            this belongs more on the media board (chowhound team will probably move it), toronto life often 'gets it wrong'. the daily dish or 'the dish' as it is now called really blew it on the best 25 of roncesvalles, listing 5 out of 6 coffee shops as places on the list, and choosing some eateries over others...?

            1. re: neighborguy

              And Sakawaya was terrible after the original owner sold it, so that proves that the list can't be trusted. It was also empty every day of the week.

            2. True ethnic restaurants always play second fiddle in TL, it is after all a very waspy magazine.

              It speaks to a different audience, which I don't belong to.

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