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Walking distance from Dundas St; recs for this week?

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  • ewanm Apr 2, 2011 09:49 AM
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HI folks -

- my parents (one foodie, one tolerant!) are in Toronto this week from the UK, and have no idea where to eat. They're at a hotel downtown on Dundas Street, so walkable from there would be a big plus but a shortish cab ride would also be OK. Looking for *either* top-level fine dining *or* excellent cheaper food, without regard to cuisine but an especial liking for French and probably not Indian or similar as that's so good at home; if there's anything characteristic of Toronto that would be a big plus.

Thanks!

Ewan

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  1. The only hotel I know on Dundas is the Bond Place at Dundas East & Bond St.

    Nearby: The Senator on Victoria- a 1930s diner with great atmosphere for North American style breakfasts in the $15 range (expensive for Toronto/cheap for the UK)

    Kenzo Ramen on Dundas W for Korean ramen noodle soups

    Terroni on Adelaide E for gourmet pizza in a beautiful 1850s courthouse/jail.

    Paramount on Yonge (pronounced "young") for middle eastern kebabs, falafel etc (much fancier upstairs)

    Le Select on Wellington W and La Palette on Queen W are the closest decent French bistros open both lunch and dinner and a 10 minute cab

    Lots to avoid in the area — it's very touristy (no offence).

    The most Toronto resto in the area is likely Canoe on the 54th floor of a bank tower. $200 and up for dinner for two. 10 minute walk away.

    Toronto isn't known for one type of cuisine. We do a bit of everything!

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    Le Select
    432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

    Kenzo Ramen
    6180 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M, CA

    La Palette
    492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

    3 Replies
    1. re: Herb

      Thanks, Herb.

      1. re: ewanm

        And Salad King at 340 Yonge. Ragged on regularly here but good value Thai with adjustable spice. Large space, short wait if any.

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        Salad King
        340 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M5B1R7, CA

      2. re: Herb

        Is Kenzo Ramen on Dundas still crazy busy these days? Looking for a lunch place this weekend while I'm attending a conference at Ryerson. Thinking of Japango for the other day, anyone know if they're super busy also? Is Milo still open? I think I remember reading somewhere that they had odd hours.

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        Japango
        122 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G1P5, CA

      3. Mercatto has a new restaurant in The Toronto Eaton's Center. Looks great if food is as good as other locations may be an option. trattoriamercatto.ca

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        Mercatto
        15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

        1. George is located nearby on Queen East, which runs parallel to Dundas, and would be within walking distance. George is one of the best bets for top-level dining in Toronto.

          Lai Wah Heen is also within walking distance, located a couple doors south of Dundas on the second level of the Metropolitan Hotel on Chestnut Street. Lai Wah Heen offers the best top-level Chinese food downtown and is especially well-known for its dim sum during the day. Some people consider Lai Wah Heen to be the best Chinese restaurant in Canada, if not North America.

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          George
          111 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2, CA

          Lai Wah Heen
          108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

          1. Barberians is a great steak place on Elm St (one street north of Dundas near Bay). The food is very expensive but service and quality is very good. They also charcoal grill the steaks, can't beat that.

            In fact, there are some other great places on Elm, in particular the Queen and the Beaver. This is British gastro-pub style so may not be what you're looking for since your visitors are from the UK, but still good food, nice atmosphere, and a nice selection of beers including usually a local cask.

            Spadina Garden near Dundas and Bay has good Chinese food if you want atmosphere and service that is a step up from the Chinatown fare.

            Sin and Redemption is a nice place, has reasonably priced food and a great selection of Belgian beer.

            I also echo Lai Wah Heen, it's quite expensive but has great peiking duck.

            There are also some good places on Baldwin Street, which is very close to Dundas, one block north near Beverly. It's a cute street with some solid food options.

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            Lai Wah Heen
            108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

            Barberian's
            7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

            Spadina Garden
            116 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON , CA

            1. I just tried Koryo's 'BBQ Beef Flamer' sandwich at the Yonge Dundas Square food court (on top of Future Shop, near the AMC theatres). Man was it ever good!

              Several slices of tender marinated Korean style beef with a Korean style coleslaw on a wonderfully soft hamburger bun. Very good! Great, beefy grilled smokiness. And for $5 and change it's a nicely done CHEAP lighter lunch. Add a pump of their 'hot sauce' aka Korean ketchup (not sure of its Korean name). While not necessary it definitely ups the "Koreanness" of this lovely beef sammo. Definitely going again.