Weekend Dining Adventure
My daughter will be visiting next weekend and I am trying to fill our time together with some off her faves and some new ones. We are staying downtown and she arrives Friday at 1. We are going to try and use TTC as much as possible, but can cab it as well.
Here is what we have scheduled so far and need to fill in the blanks. This will be accentuated with lots of shopping!!
Saturday: Lunch. Dinner will be at Scaramouche
Sunday: Lunch/ Dinner at Zucca,
A few ideas we have tossed around are. She enjoys Indian, Thai, Seafood.
Kao San Road : Dinner Friday/Lunch Saturday
Biff's ( Friday for their oyster special)
Banh Mi Boys ( quick sandwich)
Open for any suggestions, and alternatives to the above.
My husband loves Copper Chimney. He has eaten there a few times. It is his favourite Indian restaurant. He recommended it to a co-worker a few weeks ago and she has been there three times! He says the Samosas are amazing and he has liked every dish he has tried there.
Khao San Road is great. Their coconut milk based dishes are so tasty. Another good place for Thai in the city is Mengrai.
Buca is pretty good - try a pizza.
If your daughter likes seafood you may want to consider Catch, Starfish or Rodney's.
I haven't tried Scaramouche yet but my brother-in-law and his wife love it there. I'm hoping to go on my birthday, so please report back about what you ate.
I can't comment on anything else on your list, however if you like steak I HIGHLY recommend Jacob and Co. BEST steak I ever had, ever - and I've had a lot of steak! Fantastic service and a nice atmosphere. Another place I love for dinner is Scarpetta. We had a tasting menu and everything was so delicious.
Hope you have a good visit with your daughter!
Please do not go to Sushi Inn! The location is quite nice in Yorkville but it's quality is not good. It is very affordable for the area but fish quality is not better than any average AYCE.
For Indian food, there's a new Indian restaurant just opened up that looks quite tempting and has gotten favorably reviews here. Pukka is the restaurant and here's a thread on it.
If you love seafood, I agree with Teacherfoodie on Starfish for downtown seafood.
For moderately priced Japanese, there's Yuzu no hana. There's a fair bit of new izakayas around as well. Jabistro has been mentioned a few times but I find their pricing quite high.
For Thai food, I'd recommend Sabai Sabai and definitely order the squash fritters, the holy basil shrimp, and crispy white fish!
These are some places I've visited recently when I've had company from outside TO: tacos at Milagro before Les Mis, lunch at Zen (realize it's a pain on the TTC if you're staying downtown) , stopping at Arz for nuts and browsing, dinner at Patria, dim sum at Casa Imperial (realize it works better with a car- Dynasty and Crown Princess are more convenient if you're staying downtown and using the TTC), dinner at Sabai Sabai before Aladdin at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, huevos divorciados at Easy on College.
You won't go wrong with your choices of either Scaramouche - I prefer The Pasta Bar section over the main dining room - or Zucca. Two of the best, most consistent spots of their kind in Toronto. Zucca is easier to get to via subway. If you're staying downtown, Copper Chimney, on Avenue Rd. south of the 401, will be a chore to get to, either by TTC, cab or private car. I've never cared for Jaipur Grille - it's acceptable, but no more than that. The previously mentioned Sabai Sabai, on the edge of Ryerson University downtown, is a lot of fun - and the Thai cuisine there is good, too, as well as inexpensive. Don't know how it stacks up against Khao San Road, where I've never been.
Love Copper Chimney but it is at Avenue/Wilson, not really close to Shopping or other resto's, unless you subway to Yorkdale Mall, then cab it to C.C. (10 minutes or less from the mall). Yorkdale Mall has expanded recently with a lot of U.S. branches as well as some U.K. ones.
Eaton Centre/Queen Street downtown is closer to Khao San Road, Sabai Sabai, JaBistro, Banh Mi Boys, Jacob, Rodney's, Starfish. There's been an explosion of Japanese noodle and izakaya type places in the past year including Kinton, Sensotai etc all downtown.
Yorkville is close to Café Boulud (not on your daughter's list of food types though).
Always wanted to try Richmond Station. Love Patria but found it pricey.
Pukka on St Clair W is the newest Indian place to open, with strong reviews (read what estufarian and other Chowhounds have to say about Pukka: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/922376 ). Also consider Maroli (near Christie Station) and Trimurti (near Osgoode Station) if you're looking for decent Indian options closer to downtown.
Recommend reading FoodyDudey and garfield's posts re: Indian food.
Tried to switch reservation to the Scaramouche Pasta Bar, but only a 9:30 table. Too late. Keeping our original reservation. Will post review