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Good food around Pearson airport?

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This hasn't been discussed for a while so I thought I'd ask fellow Chowers if there have been any improvements in the dining options around the airport. Where would you go for good Indian food that wouldn't be an hugely expensive (+$20) taxi ride? Or Chinese food that isn't all fat/sugar/mechanically separated meat?

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  1. For Chinese, hands down 'The Grand' inside the Doubletree.

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      Thanks Charles, I've heard from a Chinese friend that Dim Sum there is great, but how about dinner?

      1. re: KitchenVoodoo

        Pretty high standard! Comparable to some of Richmond Hill and Markham's top restaurants like Spring Villa, Yang's, Emperor...etc.
        Attached a few dinner dishes I had there :

        - Fried honey glazed jumbo oysters
        - Pork Chop in Chinese Chinkiang vinegar
        - Poached 'Empress' Free range chicken
        - Pseudo-vegetarian dish of creamy milk and
        egg white custard on Yuba-skin
        - Dried scallops and Enoki mushrooms on pea
        shoot
        - Fried glutinous rice with diced Chinese
        wind dried preserved meat and sausages.

         
         
         
         
         
         
      2. re: Charles Yu

        Thank you, Charles. Your recommendation resulted in a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner for me and my parents, who found themselves staying at a hotel nearby because there was no power in their home as a result of the ice storm. I had horrible visions of having to take two Asian seniors to some loud chain restaurant serving bland food, until I luckily came across your post.

        The Grand made my parents extremely happy. Not surprised, though. I figured that if it's good enough for a connoisseur like Mr. Yu, it would be good enough to cheer up my parents who were headed for a miserable Christmas Eve.

        Thanks again, Charles. Happy Holidays, good sir!

      3. there's a strip mall on the NE corner (if that makes sense, since the road's at an angle) of Airport and Derry. i want to say that it's called Maxiel place. you get there by driving on Derry towards Airport road (towards the airport) and turning right just before the intersection.
        there's a hakaa restaurant there whose name i don't know. i've been eating there since 2003. for what it is, it is great. slightly greasy. lunch specials are great. hot and sour soup is surprisingly really good (strange consistency, though). their Pad Thai is really tasty. has a burnt, sesame flavour.

        here's a map of the intersection. https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=Pearson...