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Inexpensive AYCE buffets downtown

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ziggystardust Mar 20, 2011 09:14 AM

A co-worker has been tasked with finding an inexpensive AYCE buffet place to take a bunch of students. Mandarin fits the bill perfectly but it's been done too often and now we need new suggestions. The only requirements are that it be downtown or at least close to a subway station and that the price be reasonable. The diners will be none too fussy students so if it's chow worthy, great, if not, no biggie.

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  1. Herb RE: ziggystardust Mar 20, 2011 10:32 AM

    Woo is cheap at lunch Monday to Thursday.

    1. Teep RE: ziggystardust Mar 20, 2011 03:07 PM

      Bangkok Garden has a $15 lunch buffet. It's watered down Thai food but should be OK for hungry students. There are also numerous Indian buffets; a good one is Katmandu on Yonge north of College.

      http://www.kathmandurestaurant.ca/buf...

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      Bangkok Garden Restaurant
      557 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y2E2, CA

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        Dean Tudor RE: Teep Mar 21, 2011 01:36 PM

        I second the Indian buffets -- lots of them downtown, very meaty, basic ice cream for dessert.

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        ziggystardust RE: ziggystardust Mar 21, 2011 06:17 PM

        Thanks guys, we've got Indian covered (Bombay Palace). As odd as it may sound, are there any North American style buffets? The students in question are from overseas so something like a Town & Country might go over well.

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        Town & Country Restaurant
        231 Durnham S, Madoc, ON K0K, CA

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          Teep RE: ziggystardust Mar 21, 2011 07:09 PM

          Well the only thing I can think of during the week is Hot House Cafe's Wednesday dinner buffet. (You did say quality is not a requirement,)

          If you include Sunday Brunches there are a lot more options, like Free Times Cafe on College for a Jewish buffet.

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          Hot House
          35 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1T3, CA

          Free Times Cafe
          320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1S3, CA

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            ziggystardust RE: Teep Mar 21, 2011 07:12 PM

            Thanks for the recs Teep. I should've mentioned this upfront; it has to be a Friday lunch.

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              Dean Tudor RE: ziggystardust Mar 22, 2011 04:33 PM

              Not sure whether your overseas students would appeciate it or not, but there is Masa at 15 Charles Street (Comfort Hotel) , all you can eat Japanese, for about $13 Friday lunch.

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              Masa
              15 Charles E, Toronto, ON M4Y2A1, CA

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                Teep RE: Dean Tudor Mar 22, 2011 07:03 PM

                Masa is AYCE a la carte, the OP said buffet (where everything is prepared and laid out).

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                  ziggystardust RE: Dean Tudor Mar 22, 2011 07:03 PM

                  Thanks Dean, that idea works.

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                    Teep RE: ziggystardust Mar 22, 2011 08:24 PM

                    If AYCE a la carte is ok, Aji Sai on Queen and Spadina is better - the selection is at least 3 times more than Masa's. Or the Yonge north of Bloor location as well but that one is smaller and a bit stuffy.

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                    Masa
                    15 Charles E, Toronto, ON M4Y2A1, CA

                    Aji Sai
                    783 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L2, CA

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            merlot143 RE: ziggystardust Mar 22, 2011 08:05 PM

            You might consider Le Commensal. It's a vegetarian buffet. It's not AYCE however there is a coupon offer on their website -- $10 off a meal for two people.

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              ziggystardust RE: merlot143 Mar 23, 2011 07:05 PM

              I appreciate the idea but we might have a riot on our hands if we took them to a vegetarian place. Now if there was a place with a tub of bacon, we'd be getting somewhere.

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              carocantcook RE: ziggystardust Mar 23, 2011 08:39 PM

              There's Copacabana near Yonge and Eglinton. It's a Brazilian restaurant where the waiters come around with a variety of meats and shave it onto your plate at the table. They also have a buffet with side dishes and salads. The price per person varies depending on day and time. It can be quite expensive on Saturday nights ($50), but they are considerably cheaper at lunch time (not sure of the price, but I know they used have a $12.99 Friday lunch special).

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                Sherm_TO RE: ziggystardust Mar 24, 2011 07:19 AM

                Korean Grill House? One at Yonge and Dundas, One at Yonge and Bloor, one at Queen and Simcoe.

                Everyone will come out stuffed and will probably need a shower afterwards.

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