Recommendations for a visitor?
Hello Toronto Hounds!
I'll be visiting your fair city at the end of October, and am hoping for a couple of recommendations. I'm coming for a conference for three days (over a weekend), and dinners are covered, but I'd love a lunch recommendation, particularly dim sum. We'll be near the Hospital for Sick Kids, but are willing to cab or take public transit.
Thanks for your help!
Besides the dim sum recommadations already noted you are well situated for lots of great lunch options in easy walking distance. On Elm Street which is just south of the hospital is the Queen & Beaver which is a british gastropub. If you walk a few minutes west to Baldwin Street there are lots of choices - Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian, French etc. Matahari for Malaysian gets high ratings on chowhound. Walking a little further west you are in the heart of Chinatown. I'd recommend Pho Hung (Vietnamese) and Mother's Dumplings (421 Spadina).
By "near HSC" you probably actually mean in the MaRS discovery complex which is nearby and includes some of the HSC Research Labs including the Labatt Institute.
It's nearby but it's two very long blocks/one subway stop North of the hospital itself on College street. This changes the walking distance recommendations somewhat. It does put Mother's Dumplings within range for walking.
If you don't feel like paying out the nose for dim sum, Dim Sum King is a better option than Lai Wah Heen- it's at 421 Dundas West (10-15 min walk from Sick Kids) and it's terrific for no-frills, tasty dim sum.
Japango's got great sushi- on Elizabeth, just south of Dundas, but it's a tiny room so either go off-hours or make a reservation.
Best dim sum bets nearby:
- Lai Wah Heen (Walkable, most expensive, modern-ish room, more non-traditional varieties).
- Crown Princess (Cabbable, pretty traditional, very fancy decor, moderate-to-high price).
- Pearl Harbourfront (Cabblable, traditional, moderate-to-high price, nice view).
Though there are much cheaper options in Chinatown. Depends on what you're looking for. I also haven't been to any of these places super recently (about 6-18 months now), but have had good dim sum at all. I also think that LWH isn't quite worth the price, whereas Crown Princess was really good about the same time 12+ months ago. I hear CP is looking a little worn these days.
Agree with Lai wah Heen.
Yes, it's expensive - but you order a la carte (as opposed to a cart) and their selection is almost certain to contain stuff you've never tried before. It's really a 'fine dining' version - but I actually prefer the lunch to the more formal evening menu.
I've had decent dim sum at Dynasty in Yorkville over the last year. I like their dim sum better than what I've ordered at Crown Princess, but it's been 2 years since my last visit to Crown Princess, so the dim sum could be better now. Dynasty is around a 20-30 minute walk from Sick Kids, and a short walk from Bay or Yonge/Bloor station.
Cha Lau is a dim sum option on Yonge. Cheaper than most of those mentioned, and a little fancier than the dim sum found in Chinatown. Within a 15 minute walk of Sick Kids. Haven't been yet.
LWH is likely the best, but I'm always happy w Dynasty.