I started to type this in the same post asking about Tiger Lily's but realized this deserves its own message.
I just noticed what was the terrible Big Bowl restaurant just west of Tiger Lily's has changed to a Japanese restaurant called Krispy Rolls. Has anyone dared to try this place yet? I think this location is cursed but maybe this new place will break it?
Krispy Rolls happens to also be the name of the new restaurant opened by the family who ran the great Vietnamese restaurant on Spadina, Dai Nam, which closed a year or so ago. Even forgetting the coincidence with the above restaurant, this name is awful. I had been planning to go to their new place for sometime but since it's way out in deep Scarberia (Warden just south of Eglinton), it's not very convenient. I finally went this past weekend for lunch. It's in a small plaza across the street from Wal-Mart (actually it's surrounded by every big box store you can think of).
Some of the more obscure items (no more anchovy broth noodle soup!) have disappeared from the menu but most have remained just with different numbers. I always liked their interesting non-pho noodle soups and tried one that wasn't at Dai Nam. I had the "Cambodian style" noodle soup. It has a pork-based broth with pork, shrimp, and squid. Very nice. One great change from Dai Nam is they serve everyone a complimentary dessert "soup" with tapioca and coconut, something that is common at Chinese restaurants.
I spoke with the owner who recognized me from the Dai Nam days. She says she's ordered a new store sign that will include "Dai Nam" underneath "Krispy Roll" so people will know the connection. I guess the Krispy name is supposed to attract the suburban crowd, but at least now her old clientele will have something to recognize.
Below is a link to the TO Star article where I found out that Dai Nam lives on. (The long URL didn't work in the links form box.)