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This Saturday, some friends from out of town are coming for the weekend. Theyd like to visit Kensington Market.
I haven"t been in years. All I can think of is the dim sum place on Baldwin I used to frequent. Anything recommendations? What"s new and worthy? I know the neighbourhood is diverse so I am open to any type of cuisine. Thanks Chowhounders!

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Didn't see any mention of the equally worthy Torito, Patty King, Agave y Aguacate, Wanda's, Le Kensington, Amadeus or Hibiscus in either of those.

      The dim sum place on Baldwin is over at McCaul. Lots of restaurants, few more than OK. Nice patios, tho.

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      Torito
      276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

      1. re: iMarilyn

        Agave y Aguacate was definitely there, but my review of it is buried deep in the longer thread. Those were certainly not exhaustive threads, just a good place to start.

        1. re: iMarilyn

          Went to Le Kensington Bistro last night - it took over the former home of La Palette. It was disapointing!

          Charcuterie included maple braised pork belly which had no maple flavour and almost no pork flavour, the rilllette was too fatty, etc. etc. (bread was also stale).

          The vegetable crepe was bland and did not contain any of the ingredients the waiter mentioned. In addition, it was slightly cold.

          My husband's steak frite was kind of a joke. The steak so thin we wondered if it should be eaten and the frite were cooked too long in oil that was not hot enough resulting in soggy, greasy potatoes.

          The only saving grace was the wine list which is actually lovely.

          Oh, and they were playing reggae in this pseudo-french environment... a little strange.

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

          1. re: Anita Nap

            Lovely pithy review, thank you! And the prices??

            1. re: AzulH

              The prices were middle of the road - $19-$25 mains and portion size was not an issue. However, I would choose something else unless you absolutely must have something french in kensington.

      2. Not sure if you're thinking of the Yu Sing Pastry shop - a tiny place that sold dim sum out of a counter, but its long gone