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Montrealer visiting Toronto for first time!

So I'm a foodie/student from Montreal visiting Toronto for the time! I'll be in TO for 2.5 days this week. Any musts? I'm on a budget for lunch (so 'hidden gem' so-called "ethnic" cheaper spots are appreciated!), but budget is less of a concern for dinner. Lunch ideally 10$, 15 or 20 (before tax/tip) and dinner 100$ for two taxes included. I'm staying in yorkville.

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  1. Ther are many great places, espcially chinese and other ethnics.
    Don't try to compare our delies or bagels to Montreal, Enjoy

    1. You won't be very far from the Black Camel which is a wonderful eclectic place for a great lunch sandwich (before 11 a.m. they serve what they call Eggspresso Sandwiches) but the main event is after 11 a.m. when they serve amazing pulled pork sandwiches and an amazing roasted Roma tomato sandwich too ... and it will fit your budget ...

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      Black Camel
      4 Crescent Rd, Toronto, ON M4W1S9, CA

      1. DO compare the montreal bagels and smoked meat. I am not up to speed on the newest places but do a search for smoked meat on here.

        Take a stroll around Yorkville for:
        - Crepe's a Go-Go (lovely little place w/ amazing owner)
        - Dessert Lady (on Cumberland)
        - Cafe insomnia (try the baked pancakes...bewarned they take 20 min to make)

        North of Bloor (toward Rosedale, Summer Hill etc)
        - Thuet's Bakery (a little expensive)
        - Origin (for dinner, expensive)
        - Veda (cheap Indian takeout...a cheap healthier take on Indian food)
        - King Palace (on Church St...cheap, not so healthy indian, flooded with Taxi drivers)

        U of T area (yonge to spadina-ish, on/south of bloor)
        - Any of the gourmet burger places: W Burger on College and Yonge, Craft Burger (Queen St) or go to the beaches area for Burgers Preist (high end burgers)
        - Kensington Mkt or Spadina for chinese duck/pork (cheap)
        - Kenzo Ramen (on Bloor, cheap)

        From Bloor-Spadina to Bloor-Christie for Vegan (Fresh), Middle Eastern (Sarah's shawarma), Sushi (lots of them), Korean (go to the walnut cake place if you can)

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        Thuet
        609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

        King Palace
        820 Church St, Toronto, ON M4W2M9, CA

        Dessert Lady
        12 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W 1J5, CA

        Kenzo Ramen
        6180 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M, CA

        Big Smoke Burger
        573 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M1, CA

        1. I'm from Montreal as well, moved here 7 years ago - I would definitely take advantage of the ethnic food advantage that Toronto has over the 514. Good lunch spots just a bit west on Bloor include Kenzo for ramen - not the equal what one gets in Japan, but the best in downtown Toronto and better than anything in MTL. Also, Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu for Korean tofu stew is a great lunch of $8. You should definitely go to Guu for dinner, it's a boisterous Japanese izakaya, packed to the gills with Asian students, and there is seriously nothing like it in Montreal. You'll wait an hour for a table at least as they don't take reservations, but whatever, you're used to the cold, and $100 for 2, stuffing your faces and with a pitcher (or two) of beer, is certainly not a stretch there. I would also recommend going for dim sum, Crown Princess right near where you're staying is the equal of many spots up in Richmond Hill, and if you go before 11am you can grab the early bird special. Cantonese food in Montreal is nowhere near the level it reaches here in Toronto.

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          Buk Chang Dong
          691 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

          Guu
          398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

          Crown Princess
          1033 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3A5, CA

          Kenzo
          Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

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          1. re: childofthestorm

            If Guu is busy, just hop over to Koyoi on Irwin.

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            Koyoi
            2 Irwin Ave, Toronto, ON M4Y 1K9, CA

          2. wow thanks everyone! does anyone have a rec for best indian, best sushi within reasonable distance of where I am? I did search the threads, but the indian thread seemed to have no consensus and the sushi places were all very far. If there is nothing decent an affordable cab/metro ride away I'll just skip sushi.
            Thanks for the recs for asian food! Asian food (specifically, Chinese) is really lacking in Montreal.
            I'll give a report when I come back for sure.

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            1. re: klagirl

              Eh you can get good Indian - or specifically, Northern Punjabi-style - in Montreal, and that's most of what you'll find in downtown Toronto. In the suburbs you'll find interesting regional places like Anjappar Chettinad, which have no equivalent in Montreal, but yeah, far without a car. Maybe go for southern Indian vegetarian, dosas and thali and chaat? In which case I'd recommend Udupi Palace in Little India.

              For sushi, Zen really is the best but it's far from downtown. Sushi Couture is quite nice, has gotten a bit of backlash on the board after its initial popularity, but the sushi chef Ken is to be trusted. Plus it's very close to where you're staying.

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              Udupi Palace
              1460 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L2A3, CA

              Sushi Couture
              456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

              1. re: klagirl

                Copper Chimney recently opened on Avenue Road (there is a thread somewhere here), and has been getting rave reviews.
                I also like Veda and King's Palace (mentioned earlier), but they are each a unique experience.. Veda is clean, healthy very western, King's is greasy, crowded with taxi drivers and not as pretty

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                King's Palace Restaurant
                111 Water St S, Cambridge, ON N1R3E1, CA

                1. re: klagirl

                  I would say not far from you is Kathmandu on Yonge South of Wellesley - Haven't been there in a while but I always loved their Thali plates.

                  I second Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu in K-Town, Crepes-a-gogo in Yorkville

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                  Buk Chang Dong
                  691 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G, CA