PHOTO – TORONTO – THE PORTS OF CALL RESTAURANTS – 1145 YONGE AT SHAFTSBURY AVE – IT INCLUDED SEVERAL RESTAURANTS AND BARS – THE BALI HAI ROOM WAS MY FAVORITE – ALTHOUGH KIND OF KITSCHY CORPORATE TIKI PLACE IT WAS FUN WITH DRINKS SERVED IN PINEAPPLES AND SUCH – AND IT HAD THAT WONDERFUL AMERICAN-CHINESE DISH I DISCOVERED IN CHICAGO THAT NO ONE ELSE IN TORONTO MADE, PRESSED DUCK – YEARS LATER I MADE IT FROM A RECIPE I DISCOVERED AND IT IS A LOT OF EFFORT BUT SIMPLY DELICIOUS – GRANDPA LIKED THE DICKENS ROOM AT THE PORTS AND I DID TOO – 1960s   1 comment

PHOTO - TORONTO - THE PORTS OF CALL RESTAURANTS - 1145 YONGE AT SHAFTSBURY AVE - 1960s

Posted September 15, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

One response to “PHOTO – TORONTO – THE PORTS OF CALL RESTAURANTS – 1145 YONGE AT SHAFTSBURY AVE – IT INCLUDED SEVERAL RESTAURANTS AND BARS – THE BALI HAI ROOM WAS MY FAVORITE – ALTHOUGH KIND OF KITSCHY CORPORATE TIKI PLACE IT WAS FUN WITH DRINKS SERVED IN PINEAPPLES AND SUCH – AND IT HAD THAT WONDERFUL AMERICAN-CHINESE DISH I DISCOVERED IN CHICAGO THAT NO ONE ELSE IN TORONTO MADE, PRESSED DUCK – YEARS LATER I MADE IT FROM A RECIPE I DISCOVERED AND IT IS A LOT OF EFFORT BUT SIMPLY DELICIOUS – GRANDPA LIKED THE DICKENS ROOM AT THE PORTS AND I DID TOO – 1960s

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  1. I was thinking of this place as I walked down Yonge Street in the Summerhill area a while back. I enjoyed the Dickens Room, too and remember having their roast beef, followed by a selection from the pastry tray. Wasn’t there a little bridge over some water in the Bali Hai Room? It was an interesting place, and I was sorry to hear it was slated for demolition, but that’s progress.

    Yes, there was a hokey little bridge over a small bit of water. The kind of stuff that is not my style at all.

    But there was the pressed duck – just a wonderful dish – and there were the fun drinks, and they were quite well made.

    Definitely, a pleasant memory.

    John Chuckman

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