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Great "European" Deli

mangikike | Feb 27, 2006 10:25 AM

Yummy Market, 4400 Dufferin Street, 416-665-0040, plaza next to Candian Tire, where White Rose Nursery used to be. Hours, 9-9, 7 days.

Yummy Market holds itself out a a European deli; it is Russian. For Russians, calling themselves European is akin to to the (Algerian) blackfeet telling you how close their birthplace is to Paris. See also the back pages of NOW magazine advertising personal services performed by atractive "European" providers.

Anyway, YM seems to be trying to be the Pusateri's of the Russian trade; lots of prepared food, large selelection of salamis etc, and cheeses. The difference is that Yummy is cheap rather than breath-takingly expensive, and cheap even in comparison to other Russian stores. I post because they are cheap and selection and quality are good; posted prices are per kilo, but if you are new to this , often you would think that the price is by the pound. Dare to get good value!

I haven't tried the prepared food, but here is what I have tried that I (and the children, mostly) have liked a lot. Macedonian feta, smoked chicken wieners, all chicken liver sausage (with parsely and plain), all veal bologna, Russian style smoked salmon slices ($20 a kilo), Baltic sprats (89 cents a can vs up to $1.49, sunflower seed halvah (I much prefer the plain).

Staff is friendly although English not so good sometimes. Ask for Alex the manager. Samples are gladly provided; indeed you better ask so as to avoid surprises, such as my whole(unsampled) smoked whitefish which looked great but was too salty (typical for Russian processed fish). Ask what is pork
free if it matters.

A good selection of apples.

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