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the_itinerant_gourmand May 18, 2011 07:05 AM

looking for a casual retaurant in west end toronto to meet a food-loving friend for lunch - QEW access a bonus

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    DDD May 18, 2011 07:24 AM

    please be a bit more specific ie. what type of food, price range. also, by QEW, do you mean that you're looking for something in mississuaga or somewhere near the Gardiner eg. bloor west village/kingsway village has a few options.

    1. the_itinerant_gourmand May 18, 2011 07:58 AM

      Ideally Kingsway to 427ish. Seeking a midpoint for me travelling from Scarboro and my friend from Oakville. Price not a concern. We sometimes meet at Via Allegro. Quality of food and ambience conducive to conversation are most important., Think Origin, Beast maybe even Terroni for food style.

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      Via Allegro
      1750 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M9C5H5, CA

      1. Rabbit May 18, 2011 09:55 AM

        Is Mildred's Temple Kitchen too far east? They have parking since you'll both be driving and they do a reasonably good lunch (patio space should be open soon).

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        Mildred's Temple Kitchen
        85 Hanna Avenue, Toronto, ON M6K 3S3, CA

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          DDD May 18, 2011 05:57 PM

          Not too much in that zone in the calibre of Via Allegro (ie wine list, food choices, price)...but if you are not looking for a particularly fancy lunch, there are several tasty/ethnic options. For sushi, I would look at Momiji sushi (Kingsway Village) and Kumai (near the 401/airport area... a bit out of your way) - both quite good, and consistent. For excellent Korean (great bibimbop and soon tofu soups) check out Chodang soon Tofu on dundas a few blocks west of kipling (easy access from 427 dundas exit) - this is a very mom and pop type operation. Also right near by is Anatolia for Turkish on the same stretch of Dundas. If you are looking for a more bistro type (slightly higher end) experience, Merlot in the Kingsway village has some decent offerings and some tasty wines. Pulcinella on Lakeshore and Browns Line has been a bit hit and miss for us (usually good, but a couple of disappointing visits especially the pizza...think opposite of Teroni).

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          Momiji
          2955 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1B8, CA

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          CocoTO May 18, 2011 06:41 PM

          Earth Bloor West opens this Friday ... it's right at the top of South Kingway at Bloor

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