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good restaurants in Brooklin, Whitby, Ajax?

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We're moving to Brooklin from the Yonge/Davisville area. Of course we're used to tons of restaurants here, but have no clue about what's good in our new area. Any great suggestions? We eat almost anything, from italian to thai to indian to everything inbetween.

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  1. You're going to be hard-pressed to find quality dining experiences in Oshawa/Whitby/Ajax, but there are a few.

    Gordon Biersch - this is a middle-class restaurant that serves REALLY good food, that isn't quite 'gourmet', but certainly isn't 'family style'. Here is a link to their menu. Portion sizes are nice and big. :)

    It's in the enormous AMC movie complex just off the 401 in Whitby (10 seconds before Oshawa). You can't miss it from the 401. Get off at the Thickson Rd. exit.

    Mondo - this is a 'fine dining' experience (Italian fusion). It's quite good, actually. I'd say it holds it's own against some of the high-end Italian spots in Toronto. A bit pricey, but WELL worth it.

    Their Website:
    http://www.mondoristorante.com (my favourite
    Hot Rocks - This is a really cool little spot. Their trademark is to serve food on hot rocks at your table. Really cool. They also have a wide range of sophisticated pastas and fish dishes. Nice wine list. GREAT desserts.

    Their Website:

    Shrimp Cocktail - Owned by the same people that own Hot Rocks, this restaurant features fish almost exclusively. Lots of creative flavours, and uncommon fish. Really nice room, very fun.

    Their Website:

    Welcome to the neighbourhood!


    Link: http://food.muvment.com

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    1. re: Chris Perry

      Anyone know if Gordon Biersch is still open in Whitby?

      1. re: Darren

        Has been closed for several years. Jack Astors is now there.

        1. re: Darren

          Last I heard it moved near the Airport.

      2. I have but one thing to say---good luck. I live in Ajax and the pickins are slim, although we have tried a zillion. Unfortunately most everything in this town is a chain---restaurants, stores, etc. I have heard good things about Hot Rox, and there are a few little gems in Pickering that the locals rave about...Jasper's Fish and Chips on Liverpool, The Fox Goes Free on Kingston Road by Altona. Good pizza can be had at Pizza Pinos on Westney in Ajax. But, for the most part, Durham is a wasteland!

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          Glenda McElwain

          There are some real gems I can recommend!!
          1) Near the SE corner of Hwy2 and Hwy 12 (Dundas & Brock) there is a fabulous bistro.. Nice Bistro. The food is fresh and authentic... the Bouillabaisse is fantastic... and there are many fabulous seasonal entrees to tickle the taste buds!!! Excellent wine list and fabulous ambience.
          2) Near Hwy 2 and Church in Ajax is Himalaya...a fantastic little place to sample authentic Nepalese cooking. The fragrance of spice hits you at the door and the food is FANTASTIC FRESH and wonderful. I recommend the weekend buffet... it is under 10 dollars and superb!!
          3) Pimentos.. across the street from Nice Bistro.. Excellent food and service. Pricey but worth it.
          4) The Prince Restaurant on Hwy 2 in Whitby just east of the railway underpass and adjacent to the Dairy Queen. VALUE extraordinaire!! This is where to go when you just don't feel like cooking.. It isn't fancy but the Souvlaki is wonderful.. cheap and they do take out.

          1. Good is a relative term in this area. Having lived in Whitby and Brooklin for 40 years, this area used to be a wasteland for food. However, as mentioned previously, things are looking up. As mentioned previously, Nice Bistro, and Pimento's are fine. Friendly staff and food quality is good. In Brooklin, the 1 year old Pepperberries Bistro is very popular and the one lunch meal I had there was good. I hope your move goes well and welcome to Brooklin.

            1. After moving from downtown to Brooklin in 2004, my wife and I have made quite a few favourites in the Whitby area.

              As already mentioned, both Hot Rocks and Shrimp Cocktail are excellent. The chef from Shrimp Cocktail recently opened his own place on Brock road, on the West side between Rossland and Brock. Its called Chatterpaul's, and you'll find some old favourites from S.C. have been carried over (like the lobster chowder!).


              If you like Mexican, check out The Eldorado. Its on Winchester, just east of Thickson. The food is great, and authentic.


              If you'd prefer Italian, there is an excellent spot (I forget the name, its Italian) in the same shopping complex as Chatterpauls. This place is on the north end however, next door to the Gym/Fitness Center.

              In the downtown core, Pimento's is a great Fusion/Canadian place - a great date joint.


              We are also really missing Wah-2, the Indonesian/Indian/Chinese restaurant which sadly closed. Anyone know what happened there? It was quite busy, often!

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              1. re: munkdogg

                I think the Italian place you're thinking of is Bella Notte. Food is always great - service ranges from great to almost rude. And I too miss Wah-2 - it was better than all of the Asian/Indonesian joints in my Toronto hood. It seemed to me that they did more take-out business than eat in. A new place opened up at the same location called Jino, Korean and Japanese Grill. Is it the same owners with different cuisine perhaps? Have you tried it?

              2. Good BBQ at Buster Rhino's ,Thickson and Wentworth in Whitby..South Carolina style home cookin'. M-T 10-3, W-F 10-8 no weekends.

                1. The best Mexican would be the place at the corner Chatterson St. and Taunton Rd., can't remember the name, Very nice and its owner operated.

                  1. I had to add to this as we have recently moved back to Whitby after being in TO for 15 years. It's true, there isn't nearly the selection you would get in Toronto but there are a few good options. Sweet Basil Thai on Hwy 2 in Whitby is very good and is actually run by a Thai family. The food is yummy. It's right next to the KFC (I know, I know) and is close to the Whitby Library. There is a great Mexican place at Taunton and Garrard across from the Lowe's. Looks like a dive from the outside but the food is great and the place is always packed. There was a terrific Cuban place but unfortunately it closed. We have been to a few Sushi places and our fav is Villa Sushi near Cochrane and Hwy 2. Always good. That's just Whitby, we haven't ventured anywhere else in Durham just yet but I'll add more if we find anything worthy.

                    1. Check out this thread:


                      Lots of recommendations for Pickering, Ajax and Whitby. It's not as dismal as some here have said. I've seen a place called "South" which has a menu partly created by chef David Adjey. I believe it's east of Hwy 2 and Harwood in a large plaza on the south side. Their menu seems to serve tapas. I have eaten at Kobo which is in Pickering. It's a Japanese resto and it's solid Japanese food (fresh, good quality food). Buster Rhinos, imho, is by far the best bbq in the GTA. Check out the above thread for more suggestions.

                      Buster Rhino's
                      2001 Thickson Rd S, Whitby, ON L1N, CA

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                      1. re: Londoner

                        Kerry's Pizza is Excellent bang for the buck Walk in specials on Wednesday is great.

                        Kerry's Pizza
                        36 Old Kingston Rd, Ajax, ON L1T2Z7, CA

                      2. There's a great Korean restaurant in Oshawa --Sushi King. Owned and operated by a husband and wife. They've had other restaurants in Pickering and Ajax so have been around in the area for a long time. The Korean side of the menu is authentic,varied and we haven't had a bad dish yet. The Japanese side is extensive and also really good. They're open in the evenings only but check it out. Ritson road just north of the 401.

                        1. If you r living in Brooklin and do not mind a short drive ...Port Perry Thai on Simcoe is a simple but surprizingly good little spot. And I have been to Corrados in Brooklin...not too bad for a date night w/out having to travel...

                          1. Baldwin Street Burger in Brooklin is hands down the best place I've found to eat since moving out this way 2 months ago. Fantastic burgers, gourmet toppings, excellent poutine and DEEP FRIED PICKLES! Yum.