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post #151 of 963
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I've always wondered - is this a franchise? What's the difference between this one and the one on Wellesley or around Dundas?

Different places--the one on Wellesley is nicer/more expensive. I've also seen a BH in Montreal before. I think it's somewhat of a generic name.
post #152 of 963
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which would be anything from 68 year old artists to 25 year old high class Russian hookers.

That's still around. Actually I noticed a lot more Russian money around Toronto the last couple of years.

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How come brunch is the hardest meal to eat out for?
So...anybody have any ideas?

Line up at Marche/Richtree at Brookfield Place on a Sunday! That's fun!

As for avoiding to get kicked out, I usually order a couple of mimosas and a beer - that seems to keep the waiter at bay during the busy brunches.

Since I have an 800 sq feet place and little to no culinary skills, eating out is much easier for me
post #153 of 963
Thanks for the recommendations. I'm staying at The Delta Chelsea, and it looks like some of the recommended spots are close by.
post #154 of 963
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Line up at Marche/Richtree at Brookfield Place on a Sunday! That's fun!

Oh...I already do Marche on Sunday...only for an actual early morning bite, rather than brunch.

My Sunday ritual involves catching the 5:30 AM streetcar outside my building to get to the flea market (St Lawrence) before 6:00. By 9:00 AM I am done the scouring, and head to BCE Place to thoroughly scour the magazine store for a while. Then I go into Marche (not yet busy) and have something light (omelet, coffee) and read a magazine. Then I usually head home or head somewhere else. By the time 1:00PM rolls around, I'm starving and in need of a serious brunch. And therin lies my line-up/timing problem.
post #155 of 963
Anyone heard anything about 5th Element?

It's right by the University of Toronto. Looks interesting.

Do nice places in Toronto generally require reservations to be made a day or two in advance? I know it depends on the place, but I'm used to Western NY where reservations made in the afternoon are usually fine for that evening. I've heard from some people in bigger cities that they need to make them further in advance.
post #156 of 963
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Do nice places in Toronto generally require reservations to be made a day or two in advance?

Policies range from never...to same day...to months, even a year for a place like Eigensinn. Find a place and Google their policy.

Eigensinn...now there's one of the few places I would go, just to say I've been.
post #157 of 963
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Oh...I already do Marche on Sunday...only for an actual early morning bite, rather than brunch.

My Sunday ritual involves catching the 5:30 AM streetcar outside my building to get to the flea market (St Lawrence) before 6:00. By 9:00 AM I am done the scouring, and head to BCE Place to thoroughly scour the magazine store for a while. Then I go into Marche (not yet busy) and have something light (omelet, coffee) and read a magazine. Then I usually head home or head somewhere else. By the time 1:00PM rolls around, I'm starving and in need of a serious brunch. And therin lies my line-up/timing problem.

I live around the ACC - not quite CityPlace. I was trying to be politically correct by calling the places with the "correct" name. I still call it SkyDome

That's a pretty rigorous Sunday ritual to be honest. If I'm not hung over I might try it one day although I don't really find much in St. Lawrence that excites me except for food. Hey, did you ever try kangaroo meat at The Bottom Line on Front or Biff's? That's probably the last two places in the downtown core I haven't tried and I was wondering whether it'd be worth it.
post #158 of 963
Annex hang out day: Went to the Tranzac club. That place was dodgy as hell to walk into if I hadn't gone in with me mate. I realized I had the strongest accent there for a place purportedly made up of Aussies and Kiwis.

Prior to that, I went to the Paupers pub which calls itself an English pub. Television had on UFC and baseball (where's the football? rugby? cricket?). Bartender recommended I get Coors Light or Canadian, no London Pride, and I didn't get baked beans with my breakfast. Very disconcerting.

Well at least I was knackered enough to make all the rainy weather go away.
post #159 of 963
Trip Report

Pomegranate: (College Street) Excellent Iranian food. Service was friendly, but slow and inefficient. Good prices too (mains were around $10-$14). Beautifully fragrant and savory sauces, with perfectly prepared meats.

5th Elementt: (Bay Street) This one was not so good. They offered two prixe fixe menus (each 4 courses for $25 or $35), and both of them were lacking. The food was supposed to be a fusion of Indian and continental, but they definitely failed. Flavors were terribly bland, and the food lacked any sort of technique. Very disappointing.
post #160 of 963
I ate at spice route (down on spadina south of richmond I think). Phenomenal!
post #161 of 963
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thanks for the info

Yes, I will have a car, but I'd prefer to not drive it too far. We'll be spending most of our time around the downtown area I suppose, but we plan to spend some time in Chinatown.

Lai Wah Heen looks a bit too expensive for me. Is there anything that's tasty and more reasonable? I'd prefer a spot that uses the carts.

Maybe a place in Chnatown where we can get a dim sum lunch?

Iranian food is comprised mostly of stuff like stews, kabobs, and rice dishes with sauce. We're looking for something nicer than a kabob shop though - a sit down place (sofreh?). My travel companion is Iranian, and she's been deprived of good Iranian restaurants for too long in Western NY.

If we're going to do dim sum for lunch, then we'll need another spot for dinner. Are there any good French restaurants where two people can eat (with wine) for under $10
0 (or less if possible). Are there any hidden gems? Interesting ethnic places?

We ate a place last time we were there. it was in china town, on the main East west rd (sorry I am terrible with the road names) on the university (east) side. it was upstairs, and huge and it was good. Its quite the experiance especially if you dont speak the language cause I have no idea what half of what we ate was.
post #162 of 963
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I ate at spice route (down on spadina south of richmond I think). Phenomenal!

+1

I'll add Le Select Bistro in the Annex. Phenomenal wine list. Good French food.
post #163 of 963
I would go to SOTTO SOTTO for a nice sea food or Harbour sixty for the nice steak
you could also go to www.torontoluxurylife.com and find what you looking for in toronto.
post #164 of 963
Don't know if it's been listed , but my choice would be George. If you're adventurous do the 7 course wine menu with pairings. If not, order off the menu. The other place would be Delux on Ossington. Cool atmosphere, great food. And come on, any place that has chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk for dessert can't be bad ...
post #165 of 963
Last night, drinks at Wolf and Firkin on Elm...
Homeless people you need to beat off with a stick on Elm Street when going for a smoke and some really dodgy blokes coming in and pretending they're your friend. Had to have staff kick one of them out.
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