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Salad King


340 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
(Yonge St & Dundas St)
T: (416) 971-7041
www.saladking.com

Reopened earlier this year, Salad King still attracts the crowds from Ryerson, Eaton Centre and Yonge Street.

Although conveniently located, SK is not one of favourite restaurants because I find the noise really travels and have difficulty listening to the person I am dining with. Although I only like a couple of dishes, I do prefer SK more than Spring Rolls.

Recommendations
• Calamari
• Green curry chicken

Good to Know
• Best seats: None; mostly community tables
• Service: Mediocre
• Atmosphere: Simple; long steel tables and bench seats
• Ideal for: Quick eat; take away
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No; first-come-first-serve; they do not take reservations
• Patio recommended: N/A

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Barburrito


736 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 2M4
(Gerrard St W & Bay St)
647-352-4441

I find the service at most quick-eat-and-go places lacking friendliness and the “personable” factor. This is not the case at this Mexican fast food. From all the times I’ve been there, I have been greeted with big smiles and friendly faces.

Recommendations
• Burrito
• Quesadilla

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Friendly
• Atmosphere: basic fast food
• Ideal for: Quick eats or take out
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Pho Orchid


124 Chestnut St Toronto, ON M5G 1R3
(University Ave & Dundas St)
T: (416) 506-1725

I’m not sure if it’s just my luck, but lately I’ve been disappointed with many of the Vietnamese restaurants that I’ve tried.

Although conveniently located, I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the food and drinks. It was okay but I felt the pho broth was on the bland side (for my taste) and missing the strong, flavourful herb taste I usually enjoy in (smaller more authentic?) Vietnamese restaurants.

Recommendations
• No particular recommendations

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Okay
• Atmosphere: Brightly lit, clean, white
• Ideal for: Lunch, casual, quick eat
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Xe Lua Vietnamese Cuisine


625 Gerrard Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 1Y2
(416) 466-5887

There are a number of Vietnamese restaurants in this part of the city. (In fact, on the same block). Deciding on which one to try can be mind-boggling.

Xe Lua has a number of locations in the GTA, including Chinatown and Scarborough. This particular location, Broadview/Riverdale area has been around for years! Although I think their broth (they use for Pho) is tasty and flavourful, I’m concerned about how clean their kitchen is. I’ve had a few experiences where I’ve found “foreign objects” (i.e. a small piece of wire and cement) in my food on separate occasions. Maybe, it was just my luck?!

Recommendations
• Pho – rare beef noodle soup
• Tomato Beef Brisket Stew – served with chunks of beef and carrots that are soft and juicy from the stewing process. Another flavourful dish. This item can be served with noodles or bread.

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Okay
• Atmosphere: Simple. Chairs and tables are closely packed back-to-back.
• Ideal for: Casual, quick eats, take out
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Ravi Soup


322 Adelaide Street West Toronto, ON M5V 1R1
(Spadina & Queen)
T: (647) 435-8365

Nothing like a nice big bowl of soup to warm up in winter days like these. Soup is my comfort food so accidentally stumbling across Ravi’s was godsent!

As you can tell from the photos, this restaurant is very small and has limited seating capacity. There’s basically one community table and two other small tables at the back.

Recommendations
• Ravi Stew (with chicken, edamame, wild rice, baby spinach, potatoes, carrots, yams, cilantro and shallots)
• Freshly baked tea biscuits

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Very friendly
• Atmosphere: Basic
• Ideal for: Quick eat or takeout
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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Que Ling Vietnamese Restaurant


248 Boulton Avenue Toronto, ON M4M 2K1
(Gerrard St E & Broadview Ave)
T: (416) 778-4038

Tucked away in a small side street, this tiny Vietnamese restaurant is one of Toronto’s undiscovered gems. This small family run restaurant has approximately 6 tables and a very simple menu with 10 or so items. (If you plan to go for dinner, note they close at 7pm.)

Recommendations
• Item #1 Vietnamese Steam Rolls with Meat – freshly made when ordered so it nice and soft
• Item #4 – Rare Beef Rice Noodles in Soup
• Shakes made with real fruit (if you are daring, try durian which has a strong pungent flavour that is an acquired taste; otherwise, other flavours available include jack fruit, mango and strawberry).

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Nice
• Atmosphere: small, basic, two TV sets suspended from the ceiling on opposite sides of the restaurant
• Ideal for: Casual, quick eat
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No

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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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Tiny Tom’s Donuts


7323 Woodbine Ave
(Denison & Woodbine)
www.tinytomdonuts.com

I was surprised to see a Tiny Tom’s up in Markham (totally off CNE grounds), I had to run in and buy a dozen … or two. As soon as I popped the first tiny donut in my mouth, I thought about the happier (and warmer days) at the Ex and how much I miss summer. Somehow, the warm Apple-and-Cinnamon sprinkled donut tasted better than I remember!

Flavours: Sugar Icing, Cinnamon, Apple & Cinnamon, Chocolate
Price: $3.75/dozen
Special: Buy two dozen and get the third one free!

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FunLFun Funnel Shop


1788 Avenue Rd, Unit 1, Toronto, ON M5M
(Avenue Rd & Lawrence)
T: (416) 500-6010
www.funlfun.com

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Here’s a fun funnel specialty shop located in GTA. A nice place to chit-chat and nibble on the acclaimed “World’s Best Funnel Cake”.

Recommendations
• Funnel – three sizes and various toppings to choose from (see photos)

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Slow
• Atmosphere: Fun colours; never busy
• Ideal for: Casual, chit-chat, desserts
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No
• Parking: A few spots behind the store

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Seoul Restaurant


621 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K8
(Christie & Bloor)
(416) 532-9669

Although this place lacks “atmosphere”, it is one of my favourite Korean restaurants in the area (and there are lots to choose from).

Recommendations
• Pork Bone Soup (Gam Ja Tang)
• Galbi (ribs on iron plate) with rice

Good to Know
• Best seats: No particular preference
• Service: Nice
• Atmosphere: Basic (looks like a family run business)
• Ideal for: Casual, quick eat, take out, budget/deal seekers
• Attire: Casual (almost anything goes)
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: N/A

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