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Feb 18, 2011 08:14 AM

scandinavian restaurants...

I have a friend coming in from out of town, it seems like he's taken my comments that Toronto is a multi-cultural city to heart... he requested lunch at a scandinavian restaurant.

I don't know any scandinavian restaurants. In fact, I know nothing about scandinavian cuisine. Please? Help, advice, anything?

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  1. You may have to take him to Sunset Villa in Puslinch.

    Toronto may be multi-cultural but it is not omni-cultural. With the demise of The Danish Food Centre and with it the Copenhagen Room we lost an exceptional Scandinavian culinary resource.

    1. Unfortunately you are out of luck-there are none in Toronto. I'm quite anxious to see some Scandinavian influences in TO's food scene, but for now, you may want to consider other cuisines that Toronto does well, particularly Cantonese.

      Alternatively, you could make visits to Hillside Cafe for pulla or piirakka, or Kristapsons to pick up some smoked salmon.

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      1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

        Is the Danish Pastry Shop on Pape anything? I've been by it a million times but frankly never gone in.

          1. re: bytepusher

            I tried it once and wasn't impressed enough to return. The danishes were not fresh, the cookies were ok. I'm pretty picky with Scandinavian (and Danish pastries), primarily from my travels and ethnic heritage. I've been meaning to try them again, so perhaps I should do so this weekend and report back...

          1. re: GoodGravy

            I don't think the food selection in the IKEA cafeteria will impress anyone but they do sell a variety of herring and assorted Swedish foodstuffs near the checkout.

            1. re: sumdumgoy

              You can get Swedish meatballs. Dreadful stuff.

              1. re: sumdumgoy

                Technically, it's a Scandinavian resto.

                1. re: GoodGravy

                  I hate to admit this, but hubby and I tried the 99 cent meatball dinner special at Ikea last night and we thought the meatballs were pretty good. However, whether you like the food there or not, I wouldn't take an out-of-town friend there anyway because Ikea's food is about the same at just about every store and is hardly representative of Toronto.

                  I agree with SWS's suggestion about Hillside Cafe. You could pick up some nice rye bread, smoked salmon, Scandinavian cheese like lappi, and with a few veggies put together some traditional open-faced sandwiches to serve at home. For dessert, serve some Hillside pulla (a better choice as it's less commonly known than danishes which are kind of ubiquitous) and serve with a Finnish coffee or maybe a nice cup of hot Glogg (a spiced Swedish fruit drink).

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