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ViPei Bistro - Has anyone been?

Googs Aug 28, 2011 03:21 PM

I'm quite prepared to do the recon myself as part of an Explore Kingston Road trip I'm planning. I'm not concerned with decor. I just want to know if the food and wine are any good. If anyone has any tips about best things to order, that would be welcome.
http://vipeibistro.com/

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    annamac Aug 28, 2011 05:03 PM

    ViPei is my mom's favourite resto and she is picky. I've been a few times and always satisfied for the $. They have quite a fusion approach to things. Sometimes I think it's a bit overdone trying to combine a few too many flavours. The breakfast is an awesome deal and always includes lots of fresh fruit as an included side. I've been happy with steak, pasta, burgers and salads.

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      voracious Aug 29, 2011 06:06 AM

      I've never been disappointed with anything on the menu at ViPei. Brunch and breakfast items are a good bet; SO likes their Indian King pasta with chicken so much he has it every single time.

      BTW they are opening a new location at 3101 Kingston Road, the same strip as Bye the Bluffs diner.

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        Smorgasbord Aug 29, 2011 06:26 AM

        Yep, as others say, you really can't go wrong with ViPei; same basic menu as Vivetha on Queen E. The food is really good, no matter what you order. They seem to do seafood quite well for the price point. The decor is dumpy, but you said you don't care anyway :)

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        Vivetha
        2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1H9, CA

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          Googs Aug 29, 2011 10:40 AM

          I do not. Clean is all I need. Decor's merely extra credit.

          I've been pleased with Vivetha Queen E in the past, but it's no indicator the sister will be just as good. Thanks for the help all. Good to know seafood's the strength. That's hard to find.

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          lily.violet Sep 6, 2011 09:37 PM

          I've been to ViPei and Vivetha and I really like them both! My favourite dish is their Tri-colour tortellini, the sauce is SO good! Very heavy though, so be warned.

          Their brunch is good too, I like their version of home fries, it's more like roast potatoes with onions and peppers. They give big portions and it's all really well priced too, like under $10 for most items.

          Depending on when you're going, a reservation couldn't hurt.

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          Vivetha
          2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1H9, CA

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            smartygirl Aug 31, 2012 07:19 PM

            went here tonight on the recommendation of this thread - looking for something kid-friendly, not too pricey in the bluffs area. was good! our server - the one and only server - seemed a bit overwhelmed, but the food was all pretty good - we had the grilled calamari (a bit on the chewy side), wild mushroom salad (excellent), spaghettini with scallops and bacon and stuff, and the "blushing lobster."

            i was tempted to order the "orange you nuts for this pasta ?!" but chickened out!

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              beach_cook Sep 11, 2012 07:30 AM

              Friend & I have had consistently excellent lunches there: breakfast, French toast, eggs ben, eggs florentine, burger, steak sandw, spinach salad, calamari. Meals too big for us to order pasta or bigger entrees. Also complete as piece ea of melon, orange, pineap makes a fine dessert.

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                beach_cook Sep 11, 2012 07:34 AM

                If you're exploring Kingston Rd, don't miss Gourmet Schnitzel a few doors east of ViPei for absolutely perfect schnitzel.

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