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Sep 26, 2010 09:49 PM

lunches in downtown Toronto?


I'll be in Toronto for a conference in late October, and am looking forward to exploring some of your great restaurants!

Unfortunately, most dinners during the conference seem to have set arrangements, but the lunches are "on your own". This is an hour to get food, but limits where I can go from the Sheraton Toronto Centre in downtown. Any walking distance/easy transport great food that can be obtained and eaten within an hour?



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  1. financial district fast but good food is pretty slim pickings......1 hr doesn't buy you much time to travel far.

    ematei for good japanese cooked food
    ravi's soup - fast and tasty
    manpuku - ok udon, food court style

    1. This has been a very common question on the board:
      MIght be useful:
      Ravisoups is a good rec for quick food
      Queen Mother is around you, but i haven't been there for a long time so I'm not sure how quick their service is
      Grindhouse is walking distance, might be tight for only an hour though...maybe go on a day that you have a little bit over an hour to play it safe. Their bison burger is delish :) Same goes for Ackee Tree.
      Grab a sandiwch from:
      O&B Canteen, Petit Four, Fusaro's Kitchen

      Oh and the West Indian food cart @ Bay & King might be good for a day when time is extra tight

      I hope that helps! :)

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      1. re: ekim256

        The Queen Mum is pretty quick for lunch. Just let them know you're not able to stay too long and ask what dishes are the quickest to prepare. I love the Queen Mum!

        Also on Queen — Ho Su. Good for inexpensive Japanese and Korean.

      2. Just north of City Hall which is across the street from the Sheraton Centre is a popular place called Yueh Tung on the 2nd floor with luncheon specials (mainly various stir fry goodies on rice) during the work week. Suggest getting there by 11:30 am....otherwise a good chunk of your hour might be spent waiting for a table.

        Yueh Tung
        126 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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        1. re: T Long

          I used to like Yueh Tung quite a bit, everything arrived extremely salty for 2 dinners...then we never went back. I heard the ownership changed awhile ago, which is when the change happened? I've never been there for lunch though.

          Yueh Tung
          126 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

          1. re: ekim256

            I only went one time for dinner quite a few years ago and did not enjoy it as much as the lunches. I use to go fairly regularly for lunches more than 2 years ago when I worked in the area.

        2. I'd like to offer Swish by Han at 38 Wellington (just east of Yonge). Check out their website for the lunch menu. I think they close mid-afternoon to get read for the dinner service so if your lunch is "lunchtimeish" you should be ok. If you do wander over, don't miss out on the pork buns. These are soft, warm and loaded with flavour. You'll be craving them by the next day :) Enjoy!!