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Scarborough To-Do List - What have I missed? What SHOULD I miss?

I'm trying to pick a best-of for types of food. Please don't snicker, but is it possible the there's a French bistro hiding somewhere? Or maybe an Italian restaurant that isn't just this side of Pickering?

Here's my to-do thus far:
Anjappar Chettinad
Bella's Lechon
Blackhorn Dining Room
Casa Imperial / Dragon Dynasty
Gourmet Garden
Gumi (for Korean)
Hopper Hut
Izakaya Ju
Little Bavaria
Mandalay
Maple Yip Seafood
Le Cafe Michi
Mona's Roti Caribbean Food
My Place / St Andrew's Fish & Chips
Sam Woo BBQ

Been there, dug that:
Arkadia
Armenian Kitchen
Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill
Fratelli Village Pizzeria
Goody's Diner
Shawarma Empire
Zen Japanese

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    1. re: hal2010

      I'm looking for sit-down restaurants. Does Ghareed Nawaz have seating you'd want to spend time in?

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      Mandalay
      3478 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1H1A9, CA

      Hopper Hut
      880 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2W6, CA

      Zen
      2803 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2E1, CA

      Little Bavaria
      3222 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H6, CA

      Gu Mi
      1801 Lawrence Av E, Toronto, ON M1R2H3, CA

      Anjappar Chettinad
      3090 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1J2H1, CA

      Dragon Dynasty
      2301 Brimley Rd, Scarborough, ON M1S 5B8, CA

      Maple Yip Seafood Restaurant
      4227 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S5H5, CA

      St. Andrews Fish and Chips
      1589 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2Y3, CA

      Le Cafe Michi
      1802 Pharmacy Ave, Toronto, ON M1T1H6, CA

      Casa Imperial
      4125 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 3T4, CA

      Fratelli Village Pizzeria
      384 Old Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M1C1B6, CA

      Gourmet Garden Restaurant
      4465 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S, CA

      Armenian Kitchen
      1646 Victoria Pk, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

      Arkadia House
      2007 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1L2M9, CA

      Blackhorn Dining Room
      251 Ellesmere Rd, Scarborough, ON M1R4E4, CA

      Mona's Roti-Caribbean Food
      4810 Sheppard Av E, Toronto, ON M1S4N6, CA

      My Place Fish & Chips
      2577 Victoria Pk, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

      Sam Woo BBQ
      375 Bamburgh Cir, Scarborough, ON M1W 3Y1, CA

      Shawarma Empire
      1823 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R2Y3, CA

      Goody's Diner
      133 Manville Rd, Unit 17, Toronto, ON , CA

      Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill
      2105 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R 2Z4, CA

      Bella's Lechon
      1139 Morningside Ave, Scarborough, ON M1B 0A7, CA

      Izakaya Ju
      3160 Steeles Ave. E., Markham, ON L3R 4G9, CA

      1. re: Googs

        No. Strictly takeout at Ghareeb Nawaz

        1. re: hal2010

          Ghareeb Nawaz is my favorite byriani in scarborough, I have tried it from about 10 places. worth checking out.

      2. Pho Dai Nam - Birchmount + Danforth - Vietnamese
        Babu - Sri Lankan

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        1. re: mariecollins

          i second babu! it's in the same plaza as Mona's Roti Caribbean Food so you might as well hit 2 birds with 1 stone right? since you listed Gourmet Garden you might as well check out Gourmet Malaysia which is the new sit-down restaurant (same owners) across the street. the mee goreng at both gourmet garden/malaysia and babu's (yes, they do do mee goreng) are good.

          1. re: blitz

            Ah yes, I did mean the sit-down Gourmet Malaysia. I've been reading about Gourmet Garden for years and it sounds great every time. Can't imagine why I haven't gone yet. I haven't had good Malayasian since Sri-Malaysia in Kensington Market closed back in the 80's for goodness sakes.

        2. I've moved out of the area but would always come back to

          Aoyama

          Calabria, Thursday and Friday til 4PM

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          Aoyama
          2766 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M2J4A8, CA

          Calabria Bakery
          1772 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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          1. re: jayt90

            If being close to Scarborough was the criteria, J-town is also just over the boundary, like Aoyama which is on the North York side of Vic Park! For that matter, the Armenian Kitchen is also in North York.

            1. re: T Long

              Are you writing a magazine on scarborough dining?

              1. re: szw

                Nope, just referencing the OP who specified an area. Why not be precise if one can when talking about a topic as subjective as food!

                1. re: T Long

                  I didn't concern myself with restaurants right on the border. You're right, Armenian Kitchen is on the wrong side of VP and Izakaya Ju is on the wrong side of Steeles, but that just seemed like splitting hairs. I deliberately left off places such as Portugril because they're truly outside the boundaries.

                  1. re: T Long

                    Sorry I was wondering if the OP was writing something up about Scarborough, not you.

                    1. re: szw

                      No, this is strictly a pleasure cruise.

                      In my first 4 months of living in the east end (having moved from Cabbage-/Corktown area where there is an abundance of choice) I too thought like foodyDudey. I imagined nothing, but roadhouse style chain restaurants interrupted by the occasional grimey hole-in-the-wall.

                      As I've explored I've found I couldn't have been more wrong. It's a treasure trove of diverse delights that are a reflection of the waves of immigration and the settlements relative to them.

                      Realistically, though arguably, the only neighbourhood that could claim restaurant supremacy right now is Trinity-Bellwoods. We can't all live there. May as well celebrate where we live.

                2. re: T Long

                  True, but since there is very little to eat in Scarberia, you have to push the boundaries where you can!

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    Then why stop there....the Burger Priest is not "that" far away either! Btw, I disagree that there is little to eat here in Scarborough....it just depends on what kind of foods you like.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      You're absolutely right, foodyDudey. If you don't like Chinese, Italian, Japanese, or seafood there are DEFinitely no restaurants out here.

                        1. re: themiguel

                          Indeed. Is there an Indian restaurant you'd recommend themiguel?

                      1. re: T Long

                        I've heard good things about Karaikudi.

                        1. re: 1sweetpea

                          5 Guys just off Warden Ave..
                          + 1 for Mona's

                          1. re: 1sweetpea

                            I'll guess that you haven't been yourself, 1sweetpea, and ask this. What say you east end Hounds? Is Karaikudi a better Chettinad restaurant than Anjappur?

                            1. re: Googs

                              I'd forgotten i'd been to Karaikudi. Food didn't stand out and it was a little pricey.

                              1. re: Googs

                                Sorry Googs, the recommendation is from friends who are of the buffet grazing, butter chicken-loving ilk. They enjoyed themselves immensely, even when they discovered that the buffet was not available that day, but I suspect Anjappar Chettinad will be the more authentic and enjoyable choice, based on my perusal of the online menu. If I lived in Scarborough, I'd have sampled both by now. One place I can recommend as quick, cheap and filling is Hopper Hut. For $8, my mutton lamprie nearly sent me into a food coma. Great flavours, if you don't mind your distinct dishes heaped together in a giant pile on rice.

                                1. re: 1sweetpea

                                  second hopper hut. the plaza is kinda sketchy but the lamprie is massive. i had one for takeout once and i swear my arm got sore from carrying it. it's a pretty hefty/dense beast to tackle alone. be warned that it is quite fragrant...

                                2. re: Googs

                                  I've been to both. Karaikudi is prettier, but I prefer the food at Anjappar Chettinad. Both are worth a visit, though.

                                  1. re: Full tummy

                                    Thanks for the advice, Full tummy. I believe I'll start with Anjappar since it seems to be the high water mark. I think I can tie that in with a return trip from visitng the new polar bear cub at the zoo. Perhaps something like that may work for you too. While I destination dine, having a tie-in is my favourite.

                                    1. re: Googs

                                      It's great when it works out that way. I have a toddler, and Anjappar Chettinad was the first restaurant we made it out to with our (then) new baby. They have plenty of space, so I wasn't worried about the carseat being accommodated. The food leans toward the hotter end of the spectrum (spiciness) for local Indian/Pakistani restaurants, though perhaps not as hot as the lamprey I had at Hopper Hut many years ago. I hope you enjoy it.

                                  2. re: Googs

                                    I am crazy about Karaikudi. I have visited both Anjappar and Karaikudi. Although I visit Karaikudi more frequently, I visit Anjappar once in a while to see if things have changed.

                                    Food:: Karaikudi is more authentic. Anjappar caters more to the Sri Lankan crowd. The spice levels are very high. Karaikudi spice levels are the same as back in India. So in my opinion, that is more authentic. Once you cross spice level beyond certain point, the flavors are gone.

                                    Decor and cleanliness:: Karaikudi wins here. There have been occasions during my few visits to Anjappar when the washroom was not upto par. Karaikudi has always been clean and has a nice decor. Anjapppar is plain and stale sometimes.

                                    Pricing:: Anjappar used to be a bit cheaper than Karaikudi. Not anymore. When Anjappar's price is lower than Karaikudi, I have noticed that the quantity given by Anjappar is much smaller. E.g Chicken 65. Anjappar portion is half the size of Karaikudi. Both the prices are online. Check them out.

                                    Pricing Specials: Anjappar offers their buffet buy one get one free often. Keep checking their website for the specials. I have seen them do gimmics once in a while. Recently there was an ad for a buffet offer. I went in, but was told that the ad was a mistake and they gave another offer. Cheap trick IMHO.
                                    I have not seen Karaikudi discount their pricing, but they have a loyalty program. I have seen a couple of offers from Karaikudi. One is called "pay once dine twice" They give it during their anniversary celebration. They also had a groupon offer last year.

                                    Service: Karaikudi seems to care more about service than Anjappar. When I had complaints, Karaikudi was more willing to fix that than Anjappar.

                                    What I love the most about Karaikudi is their private room. Perfect when I go out with a bunch of friends or a small family outing. I think they seat 15 in that room.

                                    Anjappar has been in business longer than Karaikudi,

                                    Overall, my pick is Karaikudi.

                              2. re: jayt90

                                since you mentioned calabria...if you're looking for italian veal sandwiches there are a bunch clustered around pharmacy/finch. i had no idea there were so many nearby until i did my practicum at the highschool around there.

                                basilico italian bistro
                                primo veal
                                agincourt bakery

                                1. re: blitz

                                  We moved into the area and drive by Basilico all the time ... any specific recommends/reviews on this establishment?

                                  1. re: kerwintoronto

                                    I suggest you keep driving by Basilico and go to Primo. It's at Pharmacy and Sheppard.

                                2. re: jayt90

                                  jayt90, I do like Calabria and their Thurs-Fri wood oven pizza days, but they're strictly lunch. If I were tossing in lunch places, I'd have to add Vienna Fine Foods. Neither are more than casual afternoon places no matter how good they are.

                                  Francesca Italian Bakey is nice too, though I prefer Calabria.

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                                  Vienna Fine Foods
                                  1050 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON M1K 1S4, CA

                                3. I think Bella's Lechon is take out only.

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                                  1. re: jjmellon

                                    They have a couple tables of seating. You can get combos but you are at the mercy of the steam table rather than cook to order. We've eaten there on a weeknight and it was ok but on the weekend there is a lot more turnover of the food and the quality is much better.

                                  2. I had one of the best south Indian vegetarian meals in my life at Saravanaa Bhavan. http://www.saravanaabhavan.ca/

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                                    Saravanaa Bhavan
                                    1571 Sandhurst Cir, Toronto, ON M1V1V2, CA

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                                    1. re: Pincus

                                      Awesome. Sounds like dinner and a movie up there once the weather lets up a little.

                                      1. re: Pincus

                                        I really want to get up there. Just so darn far away from me.

                                        1. re: Full tummy

                                          It's far away from me too, but I really want to try their weekend brunch some time.