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saltnpepperwhat Apr 13, 2011 01:07 PM

Hi,
I will be doing a foodie trip from Montreal during the Easter long weekend and will be staying near the Union train station. Could anybody recommend me some "must-try" restaurants near that area? Walkable distance would be great. No budget limit, nor cuisine preference. Thanks!!

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    childofthestorm RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 13, 2011 01:27 PM

    Canoe (closed weekends) would top my list.

    1. jlunar RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 13, 2011 01:43 PM

      I'm not sure that there are any must-try restaurants within walking distance of Union... if you're willing to cab, here are some restos I'd suggest:

      - The Black Hoof (no res, cash only)
      - Campagnolo (sit at the chef's bar)
      - Enoteca Sociale (half-priced enomatic wines if you can go on Mon/Tues)
      - Parts And Labour (had a lovely sweetbreads+papardelle last night. Also, the duck egg app was very good)
      - Buca (go for light snacks and stick with the apps)
      - Splendido for big-budget fine-dining

      George is good for fine-dining and has a lot of good buzz lately, but I haven't been in many years.

      ... I feel like I'm missing some stuff. Will ponder.

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

      Canoe
      54th Floor TD Bank Tower, 66 Wellington, Toronto, ON M5K 1H6, CA

      Splendido
      88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

      Buca
      604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

      The Black Hoof
      928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

      Parts & Labour
      1566 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R, CA

      Enoteca Sociale
      1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

      Campagnolo
      832 Dundas St. W, Toronto, ON , CA

      1. Breadcrumbs RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 13, 2011 04:22 PM

        Origin would get my vote:

        http://origintoronto.com/#/home/

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          Wil RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 14, 2011 02:42 AM

          Not too many *must* tries in that area unfortunately. Some good places around there you can walk to

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          Trevor Kitchen
          38 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E1C7, CA

          Canoe
          54th Floor TD Bank Tower, 66 Wellington, Toronto, ON M5K 1H6, CA

          Harbour Sixty
          60 Harbour Street, Toronto, ON M5J 1B7, CA

          Bymark
          66 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON M5K 1J3, CA

          Colborne Lane
          45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

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            saltnpepperwhat RE: Wil Apr 14, 2011 06:31 AM

            Just found out my vegetarian friend will be joining us! Any veg-friendly places??

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              MeMeMe RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 14, 2011 06:56 AM

              I really enjoy Ki (Japanese). Not sure what it is like on the weekends. They have the most amazing vegetarian side dishes - great vegetarian sushi as well.

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            caviartothegeneral RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 14, 2011 02:44 PM

            Biff's does credible French. Nota Bene is a not-too-far trip up Simcoe from Front. I have had some good experiences at Epic in the Royal York hotel.

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            Nota Bene
            180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

            1. ekim256 RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 14, 2011 08:23 PM

              Biff's is decently valued, and I agree with Canoe - the view there is quite nice so great if you've never been up to the CN Tower :-)
              I haven't tried, but I've heard very favourable things about Khao San Road. I really enjoyed the chef's cooking at her last restaurant, so I recommend it :-)
              I'm in the minority here that does not like Origin...
              Nota Bene's burger...is delicious! 9/oz Forked Wagyu with foie Gras, pancetta, pommes Frites, and truffle mayonnaise. Do it.

              Erin :-)

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              Nota Bene
              180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

              Khao San Road
              326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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                saltnpepperwhat RE: ekim256 Apr 15, 2011 06:21 AM

                Wao! Thanks for all your replies!! I'm trying to compile a list, and I think so far, we've decided to try the "vegetarian Omakase" at Yuzu on Adelaide. I'm not a vegetarian but am curious to see what kind of original vegetarian dishes the chefs can make at 60$ a head! :)

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                Yuzu
                236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

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                  Wil RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 19, 2011 05:24 AM

                  Good choice, Yuzu is pretty good, report back your findings!

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                  Yuzu
                  236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

                2. prima RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 15, 2011 07:11 AM

                  Union Station is located at the southern edge of the Financial District, and similar to Montreal, while there are some good restaurants operating in or near the Financial District on the weekend, most must-try restaurants, that are open on the weekend, are located in other parts of town.

                  I like Rodney's by Bay, a casual seafood restaurant, which is located within a 10 minute walk of Union Station.

                  Biff's and Epic inside the Royal York serve good quality, tasty food, but both have fairly conservative menus. They are the restaurants I frequent when I'm looking for a restaurant within a 5 minute walk of Union Station. Both have several vegetarian dishes on their menus.

                  Victoria's inside the King Eddy hotel on King St, east of Yonge, has a deluxe $69 Easter Brunch Buffet, which might be your best bet for a special lunch downtown on Easter Sunday.

                  Marben's brunch has been frequently recommended lately, and it is within a 20-25 minute walk of Union Station.

                  Agree with posters above, that George would be worth trying. George is also within a 20-25 minute walk of Union Station, and there's always a vegetarian tasting menu available. http://www.georgeonqueen.com/menus.asp

                  Lai Wah Heen is the best luxe Chinese restaurant downtown, and it's located within a 15-20 minute walk of Union Station . Great place to have delicious, beautiful and sometimes innovative dim sum, but not the best place to bring a strict vegetarian.

                  If I was looking for a must-try restaurant, within a 20 minute walk of Union Station, my top choices would be George and Lai Wah Heen.

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

                  Epic
                  100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J1E4, CA

                  Marben
                  488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

                  Rodney's By Bay
                  56 Temperance Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5, CA

                  Biff's Bistro
                  4 Front St. E, Toronto, ON M5E 1B2, CA

                  Victoria's Restaurant @ Le Meridien King Edward Hotel
                  37 King Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1E9, CA

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                    littlelam RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 20, 2011 01:41 PM

                    Both of these places have vegetarian options:

                    Not within easy walking distance (~25min walk from Union): If you like Kazu in Montreal, you'll LOVE Guu here in Toronto. It's a great Japanese izakaya and you don't really have that in Montreal.

                    Within walking distance: Swish by Haan, which provides a modern take on Korean cuisine. Not your average mom & pop Korean place. Love the yuzu tea, spicy pork neck tacos, and lobster bibimbap (though a bit short on the lobster).

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                      saltnpepperwhat RE: littlelam Apr 20, 2011 01:55 PM

                      Thanks for the suggestions! Swish is right near where i'll be staying! However, would a vegetarian be able to enjoy Swish by Han (or Guu) without having to eat only salads? :)

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                      Swish by Han
                      38 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON , CA

                      Guu
                      398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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                        littlelam RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 20, 2011 02:33 PM

                        Take a look at their menu and see what you think: http://swishbyhan.files.wordpress.com...

                        I've gone with vegetarian friends before who sampled the jap chae, tofu, kimchied pears and mushroom salad. The pears and the mushroom salad shared the same salad base so I'd advise against getting both, but otherwise, there should be enough variety in the menu.

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                          littlelam RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 20, 2011 02:34 PM

                          Here's Guu's menu: http://www.guu-izakaya.com/toronto.html

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                            saltnpepperwhat RE: littlelam Apr 25, 2011 10:57 AM

                            Went to Swish and Guu... Waaaoooo both were amazing! Thank goodness we were just two, so didn't have to wait 1h30 minutes at Guu. We were seated right next to where the food comes out, and got to see every single plate that they offer! We weren't that hungry so we tried only a few dishes (sesame spinach, baked oyster, hiroshima okomiyaki and seaweed salad). We wished we had 4 stomachs!! Everything looked delicious. A feast not only for the stomach but also the eyes. The atmosphere was awesome, this will definitely on my go-to place when I visit Toronto! :)

                            Swish was awesome too. We had to silken tofu, kimchied pear, and pork neck tacos. My favorite was the silken tofu, so soft and crunchy at the same time. Yum. The pear was a pleasant surprise, familiar kimchi taste with a soft sweetness from the pear. Very refreshing. :) The pork tacos was too sweet i find, but a nice interesting little dish.

                            We didn't go to Yuzu after all. Maybe next time!

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                            Guu
                            398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

                            Yuzu
                            236 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H1W7, CA

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                              ekim256 RE: saltnpepperwhat Apr 25, 2011 04:20 PM

                              Glad you had a good experience!. Mind you, it was right when it was new...but I wasn't a fan of the kimchied pear (out of season?) or the pork neck tacos on my first trip. However...I left happy on my second try! If you make your way back, I really enjoyed the lobster bibimbap - I love it when they put just enough sesame oil to make the bottom crunchy and they also had fernbrake and fiddle heads in it! I'll be honest and say that part of the joy in seeing them is because I used to pick fiddleheads with my parents for bibimbap and korean side dishes :-)
                              I also quite like their Swish - beef swish then congee. I'm really glad I gave it another go. I ought to blog about it - what a complete change in opinion from the first time :)

                              Thanks for the report, hope you enjoyed Toronto!

                              Erin
                              http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com

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