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metwin1 Feb 18, 2011 08:14 AM

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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    sumdumgoy RE: metwin1 Feb 18, 2011 08:26 AM

    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. Splendid Wine Snob RE: metwin1 Feb 18, 2011 08:55 AM

      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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        bytepusher RE: Splendid Wine Snob Feb 18, 2011 11:13 AM

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

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          prima RE: bytepusher Feb 18, 2011 11:20 AM

          http://danishpastry.ca/

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/710779

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            Splendid Wine Snob RE: bytepusher Feb 18, 2011 11:21 AM

            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...

        2. GoodGravy RE: metwin1 Feb 18, 2011 10:01 AM

          IKEA.

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            sumdumgoy RE: GoodGravy Feb 18, 2011 10:19 AM

            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.

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              Herb RE: sumdumgoy Feb 18, 2011 10:35 AM

              You can get Swedish meatballs. Dreadful stuff.

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                GoodGravy RE: sumdumgoy Feb 18, 2011 10:36 AM

                Technically, it's a Scandinavian resto.

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                pakmode RE: GoodGravy Feb 18, 2011 11:11 AM

                LOL.

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                  Chatty Cathy RE: GoodGravy Feb 19, 2011 06:27 AM

                  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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