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Yonge Dundas Square dinning - where to go?

htownca Mar 8, 2013 07:38 AM

Hey Hounds - Meeting a few colleagues in the YDS area and would appreciate any dinning rec's that would be "Hound" worthy.

Much appreciated!

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    ylsf Mar 8, 2013 07:42 AM

    Sabai Sabai for thai (church/Dundas)

    Santouka for ramen is near by in the same area

    Queen and Beaver or some other options on Elm street

    What are you in the mood for?

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    1. re: ylsf
      tinybites Mar 8, 2013 09:01 PM

      Probably late on this one, but FWIW +1 Queen and Beaver & Mercatto

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        akhorasanee Mar 9, 2013 03:26 PM

        I second sabai sabai!!

      2. Bobby Wham Mar 8, 2013 08:59 AM

        Five Guys, hands down

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          MissBingBing Mar 8, 2013 09:51 AM

          If you like eating in a food court.

        2. jlunar Mar 8, 2013 09:07 AM

          Also: Paramount has some decent options. I like their fresh bread and tabbouleh and falafels.

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          1. re: jlunar
            jlunar Mar 8, 2013 12:53 PM

            Oop. This one is not work-people appropriate. Missed that part too!

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            dubchild Mar 8, 2013 11:02 AM

            Mercatto in the eatons centre. Pizza is fair, veal sandwich very good, and the fried cauliflower is orgasmic. Pair that last dish with a glass of Pecorino.

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              bringonthelbs Mar 8, 2013 11:05 AM

              + 1 for Mercatto. Also Harlem is a short walk away and there's always the amazing Japango.

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                Googs Mar 9, 2013 01:20 PM

                I really wanna love Trattoria Mercatto, but unless you get the one server working his way through university service can be beyond terrible. Slow, absent when they should be checking the table, forgotten orders, wrong orders. It takes what should be a pleasant break from the Eaton Centre pandemonium and turns it into more stress. Being seated is the only diff.

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                  dubchild Mar 9, 2013 01:54 PM

                  Maybe my experience is different because I usually sit at the bar. I have sat once at a table which was near the bar, meaning that maybe bar staff look after those tables. Anyway, never a service issue and I find the food comes out of the kitchen ridiculously fast. I'll keep your comment in mind and either sit at or near the bar.

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                    Googs Mar 11, 2013 09:38 AM

                    I'll have to remember that the next time. Sit at the bar at Mercatto you say. Thanks.

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                      bringonthelbs Mar 11, 2013 11:01 AM

                      +1 for the bar reco too. I always sit in the bar area or at the actual bar and the servers are fantastic. They've gotten to know me by name and always remember my drink order, favourite specials, etc.

                      Plus you're closer to the wine! :)

              2. justxpete Mar 8, 2013 11:40 AM

                Seriously, go to Mila's Pita on the 2nd floor of the North East corner where the future shop is, in the food court. Some of the best Falafel in the city, and in such an odd spot. The shish toauk (chicken skewers) are also great.

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                  htownca Mar 8, 2013 12:15 PM

                  Thanks Folks! Kind of looking for more of a dinner type resto...no food court. There will be 5 of us - also looking for bar/lounge type for after dinner drinks.


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                  1. re: htownca
                    justxpete Mar 8, 2013 12:23 PM

                    Oops. Didn't see that part of the post. My apologies. Richmond Station isn't too far away - the Chef is the winner from TCC season 2, and use to do great things at Marben. Nothing too fancy, but very good food. On Richmond just west of Yonge.

                    1. re: htownca
                      MissBingBing Mar 8, 2013 01:36 PM

                      The Senator? Right there but booth seating so if there's more than four of you...

                    2. CocoaChanel Mar 8, 2013 04:40 PM

                      Richmond Station for sure

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                      1. re: CocoaChanel
                        MichelleS007 Mar 9, 2013 11:48 AM

                        Yeah don't waste time in a food court or burger joint, you can walk to something amazing in <3 min

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                        youdonut Mar 8, 2013 10:16 PM

                        barberians if you want and have the cash for.


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                          htownca Mar 11, 2013 09:00 AM

                          Thanks Folks! Richmond Station and Trattoria Mercatto seem decent and I'll suggest them to the other 4, hopefully we can come to an agreement - in the meatime, keep the rec's coming - we've already done Barberians.


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