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lunches in downtown Toronto?

daveinmd Sep 26, 2010 09:49 PM


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?



  1. c
    Canadian Cook Sep 28, 2010 07:54 AM

    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!!

    1. T Long Sep 27, 2010 02:44 PM

      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
        ekim256 Sep 27, 2010 05:08 PM

        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
          T Long Sep 27, 2010 07:05 PM

          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. ekim256 Sep 27, 2010 12:27 AM

        This has been a very common question on the board:
        MIght be useful: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/640941
        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
          Sarah Cat Sep 27, 2010 02:24 PM

          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. aser Sep 26, 2010 11:26 PM

          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

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