Restaurants & Bars 4

Downtown Tips

Jim Leff | May 8, 2003 10:20 PM

This is from an email from a Toronto based chowhound who asked me to post it for her (she's not real computer savvy). I don't know her personally, so caveat eator:


I want to recommend to you a fairly new restaurant in my neighbourhood. It is a Chinese restaurant called Jade Village Chinese Cuisine, at 900 Don Mills Road, Unit 2, north of Eglinton, in the mall adjacent to Bob Bannerman Motors, next to Swiss Chalet.

This restaurant kept the decor from the previous Bar/Grill Nightclub and added a few things. It has clean surroundings, good fresh delicious food, we are fussy so we really enjoy this place. Ask for a table served by Johnny Wong, a restaurateur/waitperson extraordinaire. The dim sum is excellent, esp. the sticky rice steamed in a lotus leaf, great aroma and spicing, the food is fresh, hot, tasty, not heavy or oily. The staff are all well dressed Chinese style, cheerful, classy and gracious and welcoming. We have eaten there quite often since we discovered it. Sunday morning is best. They open early. It's noisy but not bad.

Around the corner of that same mall, try Noodle Delight, Chinese Food, McDonald's style, fast, but tasty and affordable. Otherwise there's not much excitement in the suburbs. You really gotta dig around for good grub in Don Mills.

Downtown on the south side of Dundas Street, between Chestnut Street and University there is a place called Istanbul Pizza, run by nice friendly Turkish people, they serve great pizza and Turkish food, shawarma, etc. worth the visit.

The Roti place in the Village by the Grange food court serves fresh, hot roti, and there is also Al's Fish & Chips in the same place, really good halibut and chips for $6.99. The only thing is they should serve a wedge of lemon and some tartar sauce with their orders. All the other condiments are on the table (vinegars, ketchup, salt, pepper.)

I work downtown so I eat out downtown. Baldwin street is worth checking out. Happy eating.

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