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Rikishi, Korean or other around Bloor and Ossington?

freshbread Nov 1, 2012 02:26 PM

I don't know this part of town well at all, but have heard good things about Rikishi. Are there other good options within a few minutes walk from where a friend wants to meet at Bloor & Ossington? Open to just about anything except chains and faux-pubs. Thanks!

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    eatravel RE: freshbread Nov 1, 2012 05:51 PM

    I haven't been to Rikishi in a while, but I recall it being hit or miss. The small vegetarian dishes are what makes Rikishi interesting.

    The new Ebi Sushi is okay. The nigiri dinner is good value, but the maki dinner is pretty boring. Their salmon is really good.

    La Bella Managua is really good. It's Nicaraguan food. The Nacatamale is good, as is the ceviche. They make a great mojito.

    The new Tall Boys has an interesting looking menu. They have a burger with kimchee, beer-battered fish tacos. I haven't been yet, but the beer is good and the owners are friendly.

    Banjara and Madras Masala near Christie Pits are both good.

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      mrsleny RE: eatravel Nov 1, 2012 07:53 PM

      We are hitting the Comedy Bar on Sat Nov 3 for a show at 8pm and want to have dinner first. I had been considering Disgraceland because they are veg friendly. But Tall Boys sounds so much better. There are some pretty good reviews on Yelp. I'd like to hear some Chowhound opinions.

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        piccola RE: mrsleny Nov 2, 2012 05:23 AM

        Disgraceland is not somewhere you want to eat sober. Fun bar, but the food is more miss than hit.

        If you want veg-friendly food, you can try one of the many Ethiopian places in the area, or try Hogtown Vegan. Otherwise, I second eatravel's recs.

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          mrsleny RE: piccola Nov 2, 2012 07:20 PM

          Thanks for the suggestions! I would love to try Hogtown Vegan but mr leny is a carnivore so I'm looking for a place to suit both of us. We love Ethiopian but have been eating too much of it lately. Think we are going to try Tall Boys.

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            piccola RE: mrsleny Nov 3, 2012 05:50 PM

            Please post about your dinner! I haven't tried Tall Boys yet.

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              mrsleny RE: piccola Nov 4, 2012 04:50 PM

              Tall Boys was great. Very cozy and friendly service. I had the chipotle tofu tacos with sweet potato fries. The tacos were nicely spiced but could have used a bit more cilantro and the fries were the best I've ever had. Mr Leny had the special of the day which was beer marinated pork chops served with crusted mashed potatoes and bacon topped brussel sprouts. He said the pork chops were very tender and juicy.

              Beers were $5/pint at the time we were there ... Mill St Cobblestone Stout for me and Junction Conductors Ale for him. We really enjoyed it and would definitely go back if we're in the neighbourhood.

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          freshbread RE: mrsleny Nov 3, 2012 07:30 AM

          Hey, sounds like we're both heading to see Maria Bamford--I'll be at the 8:00 show, too. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions here--much appreciated. I live out of town and it's such a drag when a night in Toronto defaults to a crappy roadhouse when there are other, better options nearby.

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          helenhelen RE: eatravel Dec 3, 2012 11:37 PM

          yes, definitely try banjara (north indian) and madras masala (south indian)! some of the tastiest options in the 'hood.

        4. aser RE: freshbread Nov 1, 2012 11:18 PM

          sunrise or lim ga ne in k-town.....

          Nazareth is down the block from the comedy bar and is veggie friendly. Huge lineups though....

          Pam's has great roti's.

          Gave up on Rikishi, just not that good. Ematei is a similar resto w/ much better execution.

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            mrsleny RE: aser Nov 2, 2012 07:20 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions. Will try Nazareth one day.

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