Monthly Archives: November 2017

3 days. 3 restaurants.


A work conference in Scarborough and a 50th birthday celebration in Kitchener provided the opportunity to do some long overdue shopping and to visit a few of my favourite restaurants. On Saturday I went to the Kitchener Market then headed across the street to Pho Dau Bo. I’ve eaten at a bunch of Vietnamese restaurants and PDB in Kitchener is the best one I’ve ever been to outside of a street stall in Hanoi. So good.

It had been a long time since I’d visited the Kitchener Market. I’m glad I stopped in but I much prefer my Combermere market now. Real farmers and real food win the day every time.

On Sunday I went to Dumpling House in China Town East in Toronto. Scott and I  had been there before and it was OK.  Dill dumplings.  Braised beef noodle soup. Roasted eggplant and potatoes. Overall pretty good but not outstanding.

And then,  my special treat. Saravanaa Bhavan is my favourite restaurant (of all time, bar none) and I ordered my favourite meal. The thali comes with 10 small dishes,  the rasam  and the sambar are outstanding. And papad,  poori,  and pickle. I love it.  I used to go to the one in Mississauga regularly and I miss it. It was a special treat.

Trips to southern Ontario are a necessary evil from time to time. Thankfully there are restaurants to make it all worthwhile.  🙂

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