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Jan 10, 2011 04:03 AM

Openings 2011

Don't see a thread so starting a new one for 2011.

It looks like 5th Elementt is opening - or shall I say, "reopening" in a new location / previous location of Bangkok Paradise on 506 Queen St. West. There's a groupon deal today for those interested. 70% off ($12 for $40 worth of food). Looks like it's only good for dinner, but they're offering similar prix fixe lunches as they used to - $11.99 for a 3 course meal. I'm curious how they will do in this new location!

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  1. Interesting, I figured the place just went out of business totally. I went there for a meal once in the old location and it was okay but nothing worth going out of my way for. For this discounted price it might be worthwhile trying since there is no expiry date. BTW, for others looking for it, it is on Dealgetters, not on Groupon (I guess that is becoming generic like "Kleenex" :) )...

    1. I was just about to come and post the same thing :) ylsf is right. 5th Elementt was never an "out of the way" dining destination, but served reliably good food. They often offered special 4-course dinners at a heavily discounted price which was a bonus.

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      1. re: LTL

        I hope they manage to build up some consistency. I visited the old location fairly regularly, and had an even mix of fantastic and terrible experiences. It was a bit frustrating not knowing if you're going to get their A-game or D-game on any given night.

      2. The Canadian Pie Company is now open on 198 Queen East.

        Canadian Pie
        1071 Danforth, Toronto, ON M4J1M1, CA

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        1. re: jlunar

          Sure hope they don't sprinkle all of their pies with icing and/or granulated sugar as shown on their home page. One of my greatest pet peeves...

          1. re: Tatai

            I passed by but haven't been in. Hoping for some decent savoury pies!

            1. re: jlunar

              I second the savory pie cravings. N.Americans go nuts over fruit pies but where i come from Savoury pies are king and I have not had 1 decent one since coming to canada :(

            2. re: Tatai

              As I understand it these are the same people who have been at some of the farmer's markets over the last few weeks and were at the Xmas market at the distillery. We bought a couple savory pies to take home and warm up (one mushroom and the second was chicken I think) and I was reasonably impressed.

              No sign of any powdered sugar at the markets...

          2. hold up,is Bankok Paradise gone:(

            I used to love that place, some of the best pad thai in the city!

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            1. re: jmarcroyal

              No, I think Bangkok Paradise has shifted down the street to where a Japanese restaurant used to be (I Love Sushi? something like that).

              1. re: ggom1

                A bit of a trek for most chowpeeps, but recently went for dinner to AZUBA indian restaurant, opened about 3 months ago. Its all you can eat, which i dont' usually favour, but was surprised by the selection and quality of food. Its in brampton at dixie and drew..I believe they have an a la carte menu too.

              2. re: jmarcroyal

                you could always try out the pad thai at the new khao san road opening any week now. it's about an 8 minute walk away from bangkok paradise and is run by Nuit and Jeff, formerly of sukhothai.


                1. re: pinstripeprincess

                  I love Nuit and Jeff and I LOVE Thailand but I really wish they didn't call it Khao San Road as it is one of my very least fav places in Thailand. I'm sure the food will be better than what you find on Khao San Road! :-)

                  1. re: JennaBean

                    That's EXACTLY what I thought. Why name it Khao San Road, the street where all the young, white backpackers hang out and eat bad springrolls and banana pancakes??? If you want to really get a feel for Bangkok, food and otherwise, you definitely stay away from Khoa San Road.

                    1. re: acd123

                      maybe because khao san road has a history greater than the white backpackers that don't originate from there? i can't remember exactly why jeff and nuit had wanted that name for a long time but it was a reasonably romantic explanation. should ask when you see them there.

                      1. re: pinstripeprincess

                        I'm sure you're right, and I will definitely ask one of them when I'm there. And perhaps kao san road does have a greater history, but there is no doubt that when someone mentions kao san road today, it evokes an certain image. The image is not of great thai food. There is also no doubt that Nuit (and Jeff) make the BEST Thai food in town.

              3. Just noticed that Pamier Kabob is opening on Spadina, a bit north of Adelaide (I think there was a convenience store/cafe in the spot before, right by the Canada Post outlet). From the few reviews I could find, seems like the food (Brampton location) is pretty decent?

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                1. re: ggom1

                  Very excited about this! Heard that as of now it's opened! Will be visiting the Mississauga location for lunch this week, then downtown location (at Spadina) for wknd dinner to compare!


                  1. re: jennjen18

                    Went to the Mississauga location this past weekend as Bamiyan was too busy and got the chicken and shami kabob dinner. The chicken was tasty and moist but the shami was overly salted and the restaurant smelled liked Windex! :( They even kept the spray bottle in the area where you put your plates and tray when you are finished. My SO even mentioned it to them about the smell. Hoping the downtown location is better!!

                    1. re: sasgirl

                      Actually went to Bamiyan in Markham (14th and Markham, appropriately located) instead of Pamier downtown since they did not have air conditioning working (it felt like being in an oven!). In any case, we enjoyed the Bamiyan in Markham .. it was crowded on a Saturday night though! Great food. Had the half chicken (LOVED THE SPICES) and sultani kebab. I now know I don't like borg kebab.