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May 28, 2010 12:42 PM

West End - Ethnic Food

The whole family is coming up from Niagara on Saturday. I am looking for an ethnic restaurant that would be "different" for them.

They eat thai food all the time and my mother doesn't like Indian food. They can get "typical" chinese food, but if someone had a suggestion for something that was "different" from a chinese restaurant, that would be appreciated.

Nothing expensive, an ethnic family type restaurant would be great. Probably doesn't make a difference but there will be 2 toddlers with us.

Located in the west end would be preferable. We are in Etobicoke and don't mind a 20 min drive, but don't want to be going downtown.

Anyone have any suggestions? Have I missed any vital peices of information.

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  1. How about Barb's Roti for cheap and cheerful Caribbean in Mississauga or Grand Chinese Cuisine for upscale dim sum by the airport (in the Doubletree? I'm blanking). Totally different experiences, but both would fit your criteria. I know you said no Chinese, but the dim sum at Grand is not like anything you would get in a "typical" Chinese restaurant.

    Grand Chinese Cuisine
    655 Dixon Rd, Toronto, ON M9W1J3, CA

    Barb's Roti Shop
    1181 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5E1G1, CA

    1. Marcello's at St Clair & Dufferin.

      1163 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E1B2, CA

      St Clair Restaurant
      69 St Clair St, Chatham, ON N7L3H8, CA

      1. What about polish food at Cafe Polonez on Roncesvalles?
        There are a couple of Colombian restaurants in the west end too. First is Los Arrieros on Jane, north of Bloor and the second is Lenos on Dundas, just west of Keele.

        Los Arrieros
        276 Jane St, Toronto, ON M6S3Z2, CA

        Cafe Polonez
        195 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2L5, CA

        1. How about Vietnamese? Pho Huong in the Junction (394 Pacific Ave) is great, very inexpensive and very child friendly.

          There's also Pho Phuong on Dundas at Brock.

          Pho Phuong
          1603 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6K1T9, CA

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          1. re: tochipotle

            I would also recommend Pho Hunong on Pacific. Sooo yummy (and easy on the wallet).

          2. this place is a little rough around the edges but wow korean in mississauga has the best pork bone soup i've tried in the city. a very nuanced and cabbage intense broth. really fantastic. i haven't tried anything else though so the rest of the meal might not be as successful. people are very sweet but the space could do with a reno.

            on that note there are a couple korean places that are supposed to be great as well in the neighbourhood. i believe skylineR33 has posted about it before along with a couple others. sorry for how vague that is.

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            1. re: pinstripeprincess

              I second WOW Korean. I was really pleasantly surprised with this find - I have never been happy with pork bone soup downtown. The only thing missing from the gamjatang at WOW was heat - but I'll simply ask for more spice next time.

              I had:
              Pork Bone Soup (Gamjatang
              )I was immediately pleased when this arrived. It was meaty and tender - which has not been the case in restaurants downtown. Kachi and Owl of Minerva are very popular - but they don't offer this much meat or spices. The only downer was the lack of heat in the broth - but I'm quite sure that this could easily be fixed upon request.

              Seafood Pancake (Haemul Panjeon)
              Crispy and chock-full of calamari. Not little chopped up bits, but full well-cooked tentacles. The pancake was thick and fluffy on the inside, riddled with green onions, and arrived sizzling hot. Great find. The ones I've tried downtown were skimpy on the fillings, spongy at best, and very thin and oily in comparison.

              It was a nice little spot, a typical mom & pop Korean restaurant, and very quiet (it was a Thursday night). The banchan wasn't that great - in fact I disliked the cabbage kimchi and the pototoes quite a bit. The seaweed and the radish kimchi were fine. But the gamjatang was so tasty that I took one to go for a friend. She gleefully chowed down, and thought the level of heat was perfect. So, perhaps the spice-level is good for some...but needs to be cranked up a notch for me! First time I've been happy with pork bone soup at a restaurant since I've learned to make it on my own...such a pain, glad to have a place to go now :D

              Wow Korean Restaurant
              55 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L5A1W1, CA

              Owl of Minerva
              5661 Steeles Ave E, Toronto, ON M1V5P6, CA