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Russian and Ukrainian food - Yummy Mart

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About 2 years ago I had some jarred tomatoes with some kind of Russian printing on the jar. These were semi-hot and preserved. Loved them. I later found out they were from a place called Yummy Mart of Dufferin St, just below Finch.
Being a dedicated person to trying "new" things, I ventured to the Yummy Mart today and was gobsmacked. There was a "Deli Counter" with many types of prepared foods that you could take-out. There was a huge prepared meat and cheese counter as well. Smoked fish in a bucket in front of the counter was enticing and I went for a nice smoked mackerel that found it's way to my plate.
I picked up some frozen pirogies, garlic pastrami, pickled mushrooms, jarred tomatoes, and some sausage along with some nice bread. The pricing was more than reasonable. So for now, I am in to trying out more Eastern European foods for a change. Are there any suggested Russian or Ukrainian restaurants that my fellow foodies would suggest?

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  1. I LOVE Yummy Mart, although I venture there infrequently as it's kinda far away for me. I see it as the Eastern European version of a T&T Supermarket. I love their Hot Table too, and the last time we were there, we picked up a baked fish, pierogies and other dumplings and devoured them in the car in the parking lot!
    As for restaurants, I don't have any specific Russian or Ukrainian reco's, but I often visit Prague Food Emporium (on Queen St West) for some casual Eastern European fare.

    1. Not many Ukrainain restos here, mostly Polish. On Roncesvalles, I enjoy Chopin. On Bloor east of Jane 3 blocks, there is Amber European for what I consider the best perogies here. Both areas have delis and bakeries to discover. There is also Starsky's, which is a Polish deli/grocery store that has two locations, we visit the one in Miss.

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      Starsky's
      2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

      1. I've never been, but Golden Lion is a Ukrainian restaurant in Etobicoke.
        www.goldenlion.ca/

        Second Chopin for Polish on Roncesvalles. Also recommend Cafe Polonez on Roncesvalles for Polish. Cafe Polonez is the restaurant where Lech Walesa dined when he visited TO a few years ago IIRC.

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

        Golden Lion Restaurant & Bar
        15 Canmotor Ave, Toronto, ON M8Z4E4, CA

        1. It's actually called Yummy Market, and I've been there many times and I agree that it's a gem... Best place I know to buy kasha (buckwheat) and wheat berries for a FRACTION of the price you'd pay at, say, Whole Foods. I also second Cafe Polonez for a good eastern european feed, but I'd just get a bunch of stuff take-out and deli stuff (including some of their fresh, warm, baked bread and fancy butter) from Yummy's or Starsky's and do a picnic at home. For a real artery-clogger at Yummy's prepared food section, try the baked salmon topped with shrimp, mayo (surprisingly the mayo works when baked) and dill, or the baked pork schnitzel covered in melted cheese and mushroom cream sauce. Mmmmm...

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          Starsky's
          2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

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

          1. Starsky, Starsky, Starsky. The Mississauga location is much bigger and has twice the deli counter that the Etobicoke store does (and that's REALLY saying something.) Where else can you find four types of Polish lardo? Sausage as far as the eye can see? Pickles and preserved veg and sauerkraut and a million imported things that you'd be hard pressed to find even on Roncesvalles, which is sadly today a shadow of the Roncy I remember from childhood, where English speakers were in the minority, and the lines for kabanosy and fresh paczki on a Saturday morning went out the doors of the many delis... Sigh.

            Um, anyway, go to Starsky. Bring money, and lots of free time. If you're the type of person for whom grocery shopping is recreation, you could spend the whole damn day there... I know I can.

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            Starsky's
            2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA