Good restaurants omitted by Toronto's leading food guide
- Charles Yu Apr 27, 2010 03:57 PM
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
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
10165 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C1T5, CA
619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA
3320 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1V5E6, CA
8133 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2C6, CA
248 Steeles Ave W, Thornhill, ON L4J1A1, CA
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
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...?
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.
Folks, we asked in a post above to focus on discussing restaurants that aren't on the list. If you would like to discuss the policies that generated the list, please start a new thread on the Food Media and News board.
We've left all of the posts that were made here prior to the first Chowhound Team post, but will remove any additional posts that are not focused on restaurants recommendations.
re: Charles Yu
Charles: Perhaps you're not aware that Sequel went out of business at the end of October. Regrettably. Like you, I thought it was a little gem on that strip of Yonge St. between Lawrence Ave. and York Mills Rd. I still miss it. Though Mogette, also mentioned by you, makes for a decent substitute, albeit on Mount Pleasant Rd. south of Eglinton Ave. Though unlike you, I'm rather glad it's not included in the Toronto Life restaurant guide. It's a smallish place, and tough enough to get a table on many nights. Inclusion in the TL guide would only make it more difficult to get in.
Sequel out of business?! What a pity! I must be there just 'before' they close. The food was still pretty good.
Comparing Mogette and Simple, foodwise, I prefer Simple more. However, for TL to omit two really decent bistros in the Mt Pleasant area and just focus on the Harbord and/or Ossington stretch is no excuse! Especially, IMO, Simple's food is as good, if not better than your Harbord Room, Loire, Tati, Paramour or Delux. For that quality of food, their price is hard to beat too!!
BTW, 'Across the road' was also omitted. Has it too gone out of business?!
92 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z4, CA
89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA
581 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA
147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA
No mention of Le Paradis on Bedford Road, an excellent French Bistro, nor of Green Eggplant on Eglinton West or Queen Street in the Beach, an enjoyable Mediterranean leaning restaurant.
1968 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1H8, CA
166 Bedford Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2K9, CA