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Yonge Dundas Square dinning - where to go?

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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  1. Sabai Sabai for thai (church/Dundas)

    Santouka for ramen is near by in the same area
    http://santouka.co.jp/en/index.html

    Queen and Beaver or some other options on Elm street

    What are you in the mood for?

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    1. re: ylsf

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

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

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          1. re: jlunar

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

          2. 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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            1. re: dubchild

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

              1. re: dubchild

                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.

                1. re: Googs

                  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.

                  1. re: dubchild

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

                    1. re: Googs

                      +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. 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.