Mandarin: if you like Buffets
Mandarin is a Toronto institution! I think everyone I know has been there at least once. Not only do they offer and all you can eat buffet, but they also have menu items available...the restaurant is clean, pretty inexpensive and has a huge variety of food available, from Chinese to West Indian to East Indian, Canadian, American, Japanese, BBQ, a huge salads, fruit and dessert bar (with specialty cakes and desserts) They don't go cheap here. This is the perfect place to take your family...just make sure they are really hungry. Parents of teenage boys will appreciate this restaurant.
There are several all over Toronto, take a look at the webpage and find somewhere close to you.
I can usually feed my group for under $70.00 (four of us) The service is probably the best in Toronto..friendly, competent staff that dote on you...nice change from the usual.
Favorite Dish: Everything here is good
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Best Breakfast in New Toronto!: Around the Corner
This place is small and just off Lakeshore - practically hidden and probably something you would miss if you didn't know where to look for it. We actually discovered it by reading some local booklet that arrived in the mail. We've been twice and we love the atmosphere and the food. It's a little pricey but so worth it for local grown produce and organic ingredients. This is now our favorite place to go for breakfast!
Favorite Dish: Their berry stuffed french toast is to die for! With sauteed blueberries and strawberries over banana bed french toast and a drizzle of bitter chocolate sauce, it is pure heaven. If you're not into the sweet, you'd probably be a fan of their daily hash specials. With different meats available each day, you're able to try something new when you visit!
Aunties and Uncles: favorite hole in the wall lunch spot
only open from 9-4, A+U is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. Diner style offering also a selection of top notch sandwhiches... it is far more than your typical diner as all ingredients are fresh and home made right down to the ketchup.
Terribly busy on the weekends.
Favorite Dish: I'm a veggie... so my favorites are Pain Bagnet (a salty salad with tuna in a focaccia bun) OR a grilled sandwich on challah bread with carmelised onions, arugula and tomato!
Fresh Wood Grill: Lookin' For a New Kind of Burger?
We discovered Fresh Wood Grill one night when we tried to go to another restaurant in the area - only to find that they only accepted cash, no seating and were way too busy for how hungry we were. So we stopped in here and were impressed by the food. They had a variety of different burgers, and all of the meat they provide is local from an Ontario ranch, and completely organic! How nice! It's not the only location in Toronto, but it's right in our area (thank god). We've only been the one time, but we were happy that we could get different kinds of burgers (like lamb and buffalo) and you were able to choose what you wanted on top of it. They also have a bunch of other offerings like sandwiches, salads, breakfast. So if you're in the area stop by and check it out. (Note on the website it's listed as Long Branch - it's actually a few streets down from where "New Toronto" technically ends)
Burrito Boyz: Quick and Delicious
Burrito Boyz is one of those chains in the city where you will always find a line up, simply because their burritos are delicious. They have your usual steak and chicken options, but they also offer other great options like Halibut, Haddock and Shrimp, as well as vegetarian options. This location is a little less busy based on where they are, but even then there is usually a bit of a wait. Choose your own toppings and how spicy you want it. You're guaranteed to get exactly what you want! We love it!
Favorite Dish: I'm a stickler for the steak burrito, with everything on top and mild!
Carmen's: A REAL Steakhouse
Carmens is a very famous steakhouse located in the heart of downtown Toronto. It's a former mansion, I think it was opened in the 50's. The hallways are lined with stars endorsements (but don't let that turn you off) and the woodwork in the place is great. It's quite cluttered with porcelain, pewter, and paintings.
The food is second to none, with a tried and true menu that hasn't changed ever since I have been going there. The service is impeccable!
If your looking for a true steakhouse, this is it. Reservations must be made as I don't believe they take walk in's, and it does get quite busy.
Favorite Dish: I love the jumbo shrimp cocktail and of course the chateau briand, but really, everything here is great.
Just Japan: Delicious Japanese
Located almost directly across from our house, it was a given that we would eventually visit this restaurant. Coming home from work one night, we decided it was time to give it a go and headed over to see what they had to offer. It's a very small place, and if you look hard it's a little shabby, but it's clean and the staff were friendly.
I ordered the Chicken Udon Noodles and my boyfriend ordered the Chicken Teryaki. We were both really pleased with the meals that we received. Based on the food and the service we'd most definitely go back - especially since they also provide take out so we call in an order and then quickly run across the street to pick up our food. So if you're in the area and looking for some Japanese - why not give it a try?
Favorite Dish: I really loved the Chicken Udon noodles - it was a little salty, but overall I was pleased with it!
Dish It Out: In the Mood for Thai?
One Friday evening we both got home late and were looking for something to do for dinner. We'd heard a few people bring up "Dish It Out" before - a Thai place around the corner from our house. So we decided to head down there and see what they had to offer. I ordered the Beef with Shanghai Noodles and my boyfriend ordered their Chicken Pad Thai. We were both really pleased with the quality of the food. All of the ingredients were fresh and they made it right in front of us when we ordered. So it was fresh, hot and delicious. The portions were a really generous size as well.
It's a really small place and seems pretty misleading if you just look at it - but the food definitely makes it worth a visit. The girl behind the counter was really friendly as well. We're both really pleased to have such a great Thai place walking distance from our house. If you're ever in the area - I'd definitely recommend it for lunch or dinner.
Egglicious Cafe: Great Greasy Spoon Breakfast!
We decided to try this place after spending our first night in our first home. Just up the street (really close to the Mastercard Centre), it doesn't look like much (you'll know it by the dinosaur out front!), but we were pleased with the food! Big breakfast for a great price and I was able to get a nice big bowl of fresh fruit which was a great way to start the day. They have great on the go deals during the week. If you live in, or our visiting the area, and looking for a great place to get a good, quick breakfast for a reasonable price - then stop in!
Pulcinella: Diamond in the Rough!
Pulcinella is a brand new (as of early 2010), Italian Restaurant in South Etobicoke (New Toronto / Long Branch area). We had watched with interest as the restaurant prepared to open, and were quick to try it out. The atmosphere of the restaurant is fantastic. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and the design and decor was beautiful. We tried a lot of the recommended dishes which we fantastic. We had also overheard one staff member mentioning to someone that they have wine bar with a piano player, on their lower level, every Friday and Saturday night. What could be more enjoyable than that? Exactly what this area of the city needs! I would highly recommend the restaurant for a date night or a girls night!
Favorite Dish: We enjoyed everything we ate, and the menu is seasonal... so you'll just have to try whatever they have. Definitely try and the antipasti, and if it's an option, go for the bison steak! Fantastic!
The Niagara Ice Wine Truffle dessert is also a must!
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Sushi Time: Great Japanese Food, Great Price, Hug Portion
There are two Sushi Time, one on Queen St W, west of John St. (where Much Music is); another one on Bloor St W. (between Bathurst St. and Spadina St., on the North side walk). But I prefer the Queen St. location (original one). Should not miss this out if you feel like Japanese food. One of my favourite restaurant in Toronto. Most people like it anyway.
Favorite Dish: There are a few types of como box with the price from $9-$12 (remember, there's always 15% charge extra on almost everything you pay for in Ontario). Quite a large portion that includes mizo soup, salad, a choice of Teriyaki on rice (either Salmon, Beef or Chicken), a few piece of appetizer, some Tempura (vegetable & gambas), 6 pieces maki (3 cucumber & 3 tuna... however you can upgrade the sushi dish to for example 6 California Rolls for just $1.50).