Eat: Que Ling Restaurant

My go-to restaurant for Vietnamese food in East Chinatown was Mi Mi Restaurant, but it might just have to be Que Ling Restaurant.

Housed in a house (literally), this mom-and-pop restaurant keeps the menu small by doing what they know best: flavourful pho and my favourite… bánh cuốn.

When Jeff and I go here, we would order a small bánh cuốn to share and order a small pho for myself and a large for him.

Bánh Cuốn Thịt (small: $7.00, large: $8.00) – with Vietnamese sausage

I think the small has about 5 rice rolls. Nonetheless, I love bánh cuốn and a lot of Que Ling’s customers come here for the bánh cuốn.

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Phở đặc biệt (small: $8.00, large: $9.00)

Phở đặc biệt is essentially everything in a bowl of pho: tripe, brisket, flank, etc. Many, if not all phở restaurants would have a Phở đặc biệt on their menu.

The broth is flavourful, and not too salty. The only thing to note is the size. Jeff usually orders a large, but the large pho at Que Ling is more like a medium. If anything, there’s more room in your tummy for bánh cuốn.

Cash only.

Que Ling Restaurant
248 Boulton Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4M 2K1

 

 

 

Eat: Juliana Social Cafe

Changes are happening in East Chinatown.

Prior to its closure, my parents go-to shop for meats was Charlie’s Meats on Broadview, across the street from Riverdale Library. The building that housed the butcher shop, including several neighbouring businesses has been redeveloped, resulting in new and potential businesses opening up.

One of those businesses is Juliana Social Cafe, which has ties to Charlie’s Meat. The cafe is named after the great granddaughter of Charlie.

The cafe is spacious and bright. Offerings include coffee and tea beverages, sandwiches, salads and more.

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Squash and Kidney Beans Quinoa Salad, and Mocha.

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Juliana Social Cafe
387 Broadview Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4K 2M7