Thanks to recommendations from you Chowhounds, we had a lovely time in your fair city. Toronto is such a great eating town! Because of our schedules and activities, we didn't get to many of our specific recommendations, but we were very happy with what we tried. Here, in no particular order, is where we ate.
Pho Hung on Bloor (one of my father's favorite places). Nice. The spring rolls were delicious, and the lovely fried fish with ginger sauce was something I haven't seen in my home-town Vietnamese restaurants. If I lived in Toronto, I'd be a regular here.
Udupi Palace on Girard (east of Coxwell) in Little India. YUMMY! We got the appetizer combo, spicy Mysore dosa, tomato-pea uthapam, and vegetable-coconut curry. All were delicious, and the lentil sauce that came with several dishes was amazing. And then we shared an order of carrot halwa - it was yummy but too much for four people. (One order for six people would be just about right.) This place was the top find of our trip; I wanted to eat all our meals here.
Amber Restaurant on Bloor West near Jane. OK. It was late, we were in the area, and very little else was open. The cabbage rolls were so-so, but the goulash soup was tasty (nice on a chilly evening), and they had great rye bread.
Hot Chocolate from J.S. Bonbons. WOW! Three of us had the lavender cocoa, and one had had the salted caramel cocoa). I also loved the orange, chai tea, and tarragon black-pepper truffles.
Albert's Real Jamaican Food on St. Clair. Great! I liked the oxtail, especially after adding lots of hot sauce, and I LOVED the curried goat with the slightly-sweet coleslaw. The jerk chicken was very good, too. (The nice thing about my family is that we share tastes of everything.) Even better was the homemade ginger beer and Irish Moss drink (made from seaweed). Sadly, we didn't get to have any ice cream for dessert - it was Monday and Dutch Dreams was closed.
A forgettable Chinese restaurant on Baldwin (near McCaul) for a quick afternoon snack (it was raining and we wanted some soup), followed by WONDERFUL egg tarts from the Yung Sing Pastry Shop down the street. I wish we had a bakery this good in Minneapolis! Yung Sing is tied with Udupi Palace as my favorite place in Toronto (not counting the Textile Museum).
Anatolia Restaurant on Dundas in Etobicoke. Great! I had to try this place because I love Turkish manti, and Juniper said that Anatolia made a good version. She was right - thanks! The eggplant appetizer (patlican kizarmtasi) was the hit of the evening. The manti were too rich to eat much of, so I stole some of my companions' gozleme and chicken kabobs, both quite yummy. The food wasn't quite as good as the best I had in Turkey, but it was very good for North America. My family says they'll definitely return.
Halina's Deli (Annette at Jane). A neighborhood treasure! Our meals at home featured their great lunchmeats and pastries, lucky us. And they make the best dang meatloaf sandwich I've ever had with peppery meatloaf and real, vine-ripened tomatoes (in November, yet!).
Hot Oven Bakery (Cloverdale Mall) for butter tarts. Yum! A nice suprise in a suburban shopping mall. Thanks for this recommendation - these are the best butter tarts I've had in Toronto so far. (But I didn't get the chance to compare with Le Gourmand and the Cake Boutique.) And they get my vote for the most convenient butter tarts on the way to the airport.
Did you know that people from Minnesota don't know about the delight of butter tarts? Our co-workers were very pleased to sample the dozen that we brought back. (We're trying to get a catering friend to start making them.)
I came back with several bottles of Niagara ice wine, too, but I'm NOT sharing them with my co-workers. They're mine, all mine!
Thanks again for the great recommendations, y'all!
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