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Toronto Trip Report

curiousgeo | Apr 1, 2014 03:17 PM

We had a great short visit to Toronto despite your cold late March weather with snow flurries. Managed to do a tour of UToronto, visited Eaton Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum's fabulous Forbidden City exhibit and Kensington Market.

We arrived from NYC around noon and it was near 2:00pm once we checked into our hotel. Having only coffee so far we were all ready for a late lunch. Our newly vegetarian son was hankering for spaghetti, so we walked over to Dimmi. They served him fettuccine with tomato sauce, we ordered a sausage pizza. His pasta was excellent, cooked al dente with a fresh tasting sauce and a generous helping of parmesan cheese, he devoured it wiping the bowl clean with his bread. The pizza was tasty, not as good as the Neapolitan pie we had in New York, but fine for a quick lunch.

Dinner our first night was at the Duke of York pub. Our son had a salad and order of poutine, my wife wasn't too hungry so ordered soup and salad. I had the Bombay chicken curry with basamati rice and naan bread. Everything was well made, especially the curry plate which I really enjoyed. We washed our meal down with Steam Whistle beer, this being my son's first legal brew, that was fun. Dessert was the sticky toffee to share, I should have ordered two the way it disappeared so quickly.

Lunch the next day after our UToronto campus tour was dim sum at Crown Princess. I thought this would be a regular Chinese restaurant, but wasn't expecting such an opulent place, even the toilets were over the top nice.

We ordered deep fried tofu, taro mushroom dumplings and e-mein with mushrooms and broccoli for our son. He enjoyed the food here, especially the e-mein noodles with thick slices of delectable mushrooms. When the dish arrived I thought there was no way we would finish the noodles, but he ate most of it with our help.

We had the baked bbq pork dumplings, flaky and filled with delicious sweet pork. The har gow and scallop dumplings were excellent, as was the steamed chicken rice wrapped in lotus leaves. CP is a bit fancy for us, but it was a nice contrast to Dynasty where we ate on our last trip. Maybe we'll try Rol San in Chinatown next time around to see what that's like.

Dinner that evening was Jacques Bistro du Parc, a real gem of a place in Yorkville. I knew we would have a good meal here as soon as we walked in the door. There was a warm garlicy aroma of well cooked food when we entered, reminding me of small neighborhood bistros in Paris.

Our son had the onion soup and Nicoise (vegetarian) omelet, my wife had the salade Nicoise with fresh salmon and I had the pork tenderloin in mustard sauce. The salade Nicoise was excellent, beautifully prepared with each component of the salad perfectly cooked and presented. My tenderloin was moist and tender with a delicious sauce. Our son ended the meal with a Remy Martin and coffee, sophisticated 19 year old college student that he is.

Breakfast the next morning was at Over Easy, a return visit for us, being just doors away from our hotel. Challah french toast, banana pancakes and sausage with eggs were a great start to our day. I really like the pot of coffee they bring to the table, keeping it nice and hot.

Our final dinner was at Chiado which we really enjoyed on our last visit. They did not disappoint on our return. We started with fresh, crisp salads, son had an excellent vegetable risotto, my wife and I had the grilled sea bass with asparagus and roasted potato. Everything here was fresh and well prepared, service was excellent, a bit pricey but delicious food.

Coffee in Toronto was mostly at Second Cup, a very decent chain, although we really enjoyed Jimmy's Coffee at Kensington. Their coffee was smooth and rich.

There are some great looking places to eat in that area we would love to try next time, Seven Lives for tacos, a popular, great looking jerk chicken vendor next door (anyone know the name?). Also King Noodle in Chinatown with some delicious looking roasted meats hanging in the window. I'd love to try their roast duck wun tun min or roast pork with choy sum over rice next time.

Thanks to everyone for their input and suggestion. We ate well and enjoyed your city!

Dimmi Bar & Trattoria,
Steam Whistle Brewing,
Rol San Restaurant,
Over Easy,
Seven Lives,
Second Cup,
Jimmy's Coffee
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