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Restaurants at Bloor/Bathurst

DeniseBar Feb 29, 2012 09:35 AM

I am staying for a week in this area solo. Can I get recommendations for good Thai,Indian/Korean in this area > Within walking distance is important as I will have no car with me and I would also like a takeout option as i will be busy. Thank you all so much!

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  1. Baelsette RE: DeniseBar Feb 29, 2012 09:42 AM

    I have always enjoyed Mt. Everest restaurant for Indian. South side of Bloor east of Bathurt. For Thai I used to go to Real Thailand on the north side near Spadina. Food always consistently good.

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      childofthestorm RE: DeniseBar Feb 29, 2012 09:52 AM

      Guu Sakabar, Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu, Sushi Couture are all great.

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        juno RE: childofthestorm Feb 29, 2012 02:24 PM

        On the same block of Bloor St. as the above-mentioned Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu is Tofu Village, which I prefer for slightly better banchan (side dishes) and a larger menu. All at roughly the same price point for Korean food. Don't know if it does takeout, though. I always eat in on the theory that most food - particularly Korean food - invariably tastes better right out of the kitchen. Also, my go-to dish is the soup/stew-like vegetable soon tofu, which can't easily be transported without much sloshing around and spilling. Buk Chang Dong is still pretty good, too, though its short menu is almost exclusively soon tofu. Either place, you can be in and out in a half-hour for less than $10, all in, and be eminently satisfied. On the south side of Bloor St., a 10-minute walk west of Bathurst St.

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          childofthestorm RE: juno Mar 6, 2012 06:40 AM

          Thanks for reminding me that I need to try Tofu Village. My 3 year-old is not down with the soondubu so the expanded menu will come in handy.

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            acd123 RE: childofthestorm Oct 1, 2013 11:30 AM

            My two year old goes nuts for the seafood pancakes at Tofu Village. We do to. They are amazing.

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            szw RE: juno Oct 12, 2013 10:23 PM

            For me, korean food, especially the stews and soups, are better the next day. I like sunrise, its my favourite soon tofu along that strip of korean restaurants. They do takeout.

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          Cat123 RE: DeniseBar Feb 29, 2012 03:51 PM

          Maroli is great for South Indian.

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            DeniseBar RE: Cat123 Feb 29, 2012 04:55 PM

            Thanks everyone,making notes!

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            SweetSweetPotato RE: DeniseBar Mar 1, 2012 01:23 AM

            If you like Thai, Indian and Korean, I'm guessing you like bold flavours and spice. You have to try One Love, veggie Jamaican takeout one the west side of Bathurst a block north of Bloor. I make a point of stopping in if I'm in the area. Very craveable on grey days.

            1. miketoronto RE: DeniseBar Mar 1, 2012 07:43 AM

              No mention of Banjara? West of Christie station, one of the better Indian places in the city.

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                Jenny Ondioline RE: DeniseBar Mar 1, 2012 07:53 AM

                I realize it's not at all within your stated cuisines, but if you feel like branching out a touch, Country Style Hungarian Restaurant (nothing to do with the donut chain, obviously) at 450 Bloor Street West is quite likely my favorite restaurant in all of Toronto. The goulash, schnitzels and cabbage rolls are all particularly nice, as are the dessert crepes and custard.

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                  Danybear RE: Jenny Ondioline Mar 5, 2012 06:05 PM

                  Country Style has gone waaaaay downhill, right on the edge of oblivion. Food couldn't get up to mediocre and the service staff had a glint in their eyes as they know that your money for the "tax included price" will never get reported to HST or the Feds!

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                  topbanana RE: DeniseBar Mar 1, 2012 01:31 PM

                  There is also good Indian at Banjara, which is on Bloor just west of Christie, the next major intersection (and subway stop) west of Bathurst (a few minutes' walk away).

                  ETA. Oh wait, someone already mentioned that.

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                    pakmode RE: DeniseBar Mar 1, 2012 01:51 PM

                    I like Insomnia and visit there quite frequently. Their breakfast/brunch items, burgers and sandwiches are all pretty good and pretty cheap.

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                      DDD RE: pakmode Mar 1, 2012 04:41 PM

                      Tacos el Asador, Aroma for brunch and Sam James pocket for espresso are also good.

                    2. mariecollins RE: DeniseBar Mar 2, 2012 06:48 AM

                      Carribean Palace on Bathurst for Trinidadian Roti and doubles.

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                        prima RE: mariecollins Sep 29, 2013 04:25 PM

                        Does Caribbean Palace have any seating?

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                          SweetSweetPotato RE: prima Oct 5, 2013 09:13 AM

                          Yes, they have maybe a dozen seats. Their doubles are the best in the neighbourhood.

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                        snackysmore RE: DeniseBar Mar 2, 2012 08:55 AM

                        "Thumb's Up" @ 615 Bloor St W (Palmerston) has the city's best pork bone soup. Only $6 during lunch hours.

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                          szw RE: snackysmore Oct 12, 2013 10:24 PM

                          Not the city's best IMO...tried it there a few weeks ago. Was not impressed!

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                          schmecks RE: DeniseBar Sep 30, 2013 06:47 PM

                          Hidden away in the neighbourhood, but well worth a visit for their interesting and delicious menu (and beer selection), is the Serbian pub, Hrvati, just north of Bloor on Euclid.

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                            radiopolitic RE: schmecks Sep 30, 2013 07:08 PM


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                              schmecks RE: radiopolitic Sep 30, 2013 07:13 PM

                              Um, yes? A bit salty, but better than average pub food.

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                                schmecks RE: schmecks Sep 30, 2013 07:16 PM

                                Oh, and it's Croatian not Serbian. Not good with the Balkans.

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                                  foodyDudey RE: schmecks Oct 5, 2013 01:05 PM

                                  and are you sure they are still in business?

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                                    schmecks RE: foodyDudey Oct 5, 2013 06:13 PM

                                    As of a couple of weeks ago they were...

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                                      SweetSweetPotato RE: foodyDudey Oct 6, 2013 10:08 AM

                                      They were open last night.

                              2. meatnveg RE: DeniseBar Oct 6, 2013 08:28 PM

                                pho rex
                                white brick kitchen
                                mt everest
                                tacos el asador
                                grapefruit moon
                                insomnia cafe

                                1. Food Tourist RE: DeniseBar Oct 12, 2013 08:30 PM

                                  I often find myself eating or going out in this hood. I still love Maroli (their syrian beef was particularly good last weekend), Guu Sakabar, Hrvati Croatian, and Arisu for passable korean bbq. Tried the fried spicy sweet chicken at Yummy Korean the other night and it was predictably average.

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