Category Archives: GTA-Toronto (North York)

Chez Laurent Restaurant


4965 Chez Laurent Restaurant
(Yonge St & Sheppard Ave)
T: 416-590-0909

Here’s a quaint family-owned restaurant/old style home located right on Yonge Street (just south of Sheppard). Although a bit run down, it complemented the ambiance .. cozy, homely and non-pretentious.
The food was spectacular and mostly homemade but it was the owner’s passion that gave the place its energy. This restaurant is truly a hidden gem within the city.

Recommendations
• Thin pasta wrapped with salmon, spinach and cheese (special, not on menu)
• White wine with cassis liquor (similar to a rose)

Good to Know
• Best seats: Next to the fireplace
• Service: Very friendly, knowledgable and passionate
• Atmosphere: Old fashion, traditional, cozy, non-pretentious; generally an older crowd
• Ideal for: Semi-casual gatherings; home cooked food lovers; pasta lovers
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: Yes

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Nakwon Korean Restaurant


5594 Yonge St Toronto, Ontario 
(Sheppard Ave W & Yonge)
(416) 590-1435

Nakwon is one of the oldest Korean restaurants in the area of Yonge and Sheppard. I like coming here if I’m nearby because of the convenience (right by the subway station and a few parking spaces at the back).

Recommendations
• Korean BBQ
• Gamja Tang (pork bone soup)

Good to Know
• Best seats: in the small rooms
• Service: Okay
• Atmosphere: Simple; pine wood picnic bench-style chairs and tables.
• Ideal for: Casual
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Penrose Fish and Chips


600 Mt Pleasant, Toronto, ON M5G 1P5
(Eglinton Ave E & Mount Pleasant Rd)
T: (416) 481-9444
www.penrosefishandchips.com

One of the best fish & chips restaurants in the city! These guys sure know what they’re doing. They’ve been around since 1950 and I hear many celebrities (including Barbara Streisand) come here when they’re in town.

Recommendations
• Halibut & Chips
• Chowder – rich and creamy

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Okay
• Atmosphere: simple diner style
• Ideal for: Casual, quick eat or takeout
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Grass Mountain Villa Seafood Restaurant


3555 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON M2H 3N3
(Don Mills & Finch)
T: (416) 756-7773

Located in a plaza beside No Frills, this Chinese restaurant has a constant flow of traffic. Although busy, I never had to wait long.

The food is generally good. I enjoyed many of the dishes, except the Siu Long Bao (steamed soup-filled dumplings). Even though the skin was very thick, it was impossible to keep in tact when lifting from the bamboo containers. This spoiled the experience since the dumpling should be consumed in its entirety – meat and soup together in the same bite.

Recommendations
• Puffy milk tarts – the custard wasn’t too sweet and the pastry was light and flaky
• “Kwun Tong Gao” (steamed soup-filled dumpling served in a bowl) (see photo)

Good to Know
• Best seats: No particular preference
• Service: Friendly (for a Chinese Restaurant)
• Atmosphere: Traditional Chinese restaurant decor with burgundy carpets, a gold dragon on the wall, red lanterns; but quite noisy
• Ideal for: Casual gatherings, large parties, birthdays, etc
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: N/A
• Specials: 20% from 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4:30pm

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Asian Legend


125 Ravel Road, Toronto, ON
(Leslie & Finch Ave E)
T: (416) 756-9388
www.asianlegend.ca

Asian Legend has six different locations across the GTA. (Please see their website.)

I expected more from this restaurant and was disappointed that it didn’t meet my expectations. Nevertheless, it is still a very popular place and has long lineups on weekends.

Recommendations

• Spicy fried tofu cubes
• Egg whites pastry – very light and fluffy (you need to eat this while it’s still fresh)

Good to Know
• Best seats: By the windows at the back of the restaurant. (Try to sit away from the main dining room where you can hear the loud clanging of chopsticks, bowls, etc.)
• Service: Average
• Atmosphere: Large restaurant with many different tables for various sized parties. (Even so, there are often lineups.)
• Ideal for: Casual, family, large groups, quick eat
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: N/A.
• Patio recommended: N/A

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