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Oct 17, 2011 11:50 AM

5 days between U Toronto and Downtown Sheraton: looking for authentic Chinese, Indian and Korean

I would love some suggestions for a chowhoundish experience for my 5 days in Toronto. I will be in between U Toronto and the downtown sheraton and would love some good, authentic, reasonably priced flavorful food in this order:
1. Chinese - I have lived in China and like daodi / authentic chinese food and have heard about a few around Spadina/Dundas like Yueh Tung. I am not a Canotnese expert and would like any non-Cantonese rec.s like Chinese Traditional Buns.
2. Indian - I like good, authentic Indian food and would like some tips for Indian in this area.
3. Korean - where might I find good kimchi chigae to warm me up on a cold fall night?

I am an omnivore so any other must-eats? Please let me know, and I will eat!
Thanks in Advance,

Edwin from Nashville

Chinese Traditional Buns
536 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

Yueh Tung
126 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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  1. Are you at the St. George campus of U of T?

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    1. re: JennaBean

      The downtown campus, so yes, I think!

    2. I don't know Indian well, but I work with a lot of people from India and south east Asia, and they took me to Kama on King at University. Everything I chose at the buffet was great and they had some specialty dishes that I had to "learn" how to eat.

      1. Would you be up for a good pork bone soup/gamjatang instead of kimchi chigae (it's just as warming, if not more)? If so, head to Owl of Minerva at Bloor/Clinton. Bonus: it's open 24 hours and very affordable (cash only). Downside: it's a little out of your specified area, but accessible by TTC (Christie station).

        For something within your area, try Manpuku in the Village on the Grange for affordable and filling Japanese noodle and rice dishes, like hayashi rice, curry rice, and kitsune udon. They are not at all like the usual sushi/teriyaki joints in Toronto. Bonus: also very affordable and filling. You can get out of there for less than $15 (after tax and tip).

        105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

        Owl of Minerva
        5661 Steeles Ave E, Toronto, ON M1V5P6, CA

        1. I like the xian cured pork sandwich & pork soup dumplings at Chinese Traditional Buns.

          Trimurti is frequently recommended, and is located a few blocks west of the Sheraton. You also might want to head up to Maroli (Keralan cuisine) or Banjara (pan-Indian cuisine) on Bloor, which aren't too far from U of T.

          There are also dosas available at South Indian Dosa Mahal Restaurant ,which is located even further west, but easy to reach by subway. I think there might be a couple other dosa options on Bloor.

          Lots of Korean options are available along Bloor W near Clinton, some specializing in pork bone soup and other stews. Haven't tried any for a while, but I'm sure some people can pipe in on the current best bets.

          If you like Thai food, Khao San Road serves tasty food, and is located within a 10 minute walk of the Sheraton.

          Chinese Traditional Buns
          536 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

          Korean Village
          628 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

          265 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z4, CA

          796 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L7, CA

          630 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1K7, CA

          Il Bun Ji Restaurant
          668 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G1L2, CA

          South Indian Dosa Mahal Restaurant
          1284 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1N8, CA

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