Volume 92, Issue 6
Friday, September 11, 1998
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Starving students no more!
Graphic by Luke Rundle
Wandering the streets searching for something to eat? London definitely has no shortage of restaurants. Here's a quick guide to them.
Casual Connections or Cheap and Plentiful
Most of these places are always packed with the university crowd.
Campus Hi-Fi 736 Richmond St.. A Western classic, this is the spot for that post-drinking binge breakfast. Breakfast ranges from four to six dollars, lunch and dinner between five and nine dollars. Open Tuesday to Friday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Felini Koolini's Italian Cuisini 155 Albert St.. Carrie Laing, bar manager of both the Runt Club and Felini Koolini's, says the restaurant specializes in fresh pasta, thin crust pizza, daily fish, an extensive wine list and party rooms. Entrées are approximately $10 and the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until everyone gets the hell out of there.
Five & Diner 650 Richmond St.. "We're really well known for our breakfasts, as well as our burgers," says shift supervisor Shelley Darroch of this '50s style restaurant. Darroch describes the atmosphere as "loud and boisterous" and suggests to be prepared to wait in line on the weekend. Breakfast runs between $5.25 and $7.95, with burgers about the same price. Hours are Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m..
Funky Mosquito 265 Wharncliffe Rd. North (at Oxford). All that needs to be said about this place is the decor is definitely creative and the food is CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP!!!
Joe Kool's 595 Richmond St.. The local definition of cheap and loud. Bar fare, good pizza and a friendly atmosphere combined with plenty of beers on tap make one great restaurant.
La Fiamma Ristorante 775 Adelaide St.. Part of the Palasad, La Fiamma offers wood-oven pizza running from $5.95 to $14.95. Open at 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
McGinnis Landing Restaurant 666 Wonderland Rd. North. "A casual but fun, relaxed atmosphere" is how general manager Tamara Geringh describes the place. Special services such as floor parties are available for students and the meal plan card is accepted. Entrées range from $6.99 to $14.99. Open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m..
Mario's Pizzeria 685 Richmond St.. A full pizzeria menu is offered here, as well as a 15 per cent student discount. Entrées range from $6.95 to $12.95 and the restaurant is open Sunday to Tuesday, 11 a.m. to midnight and Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3:30 a.m..
TJ Baxter's 660 Richmond St.. A perennial Western favourite, the menu is described as "a bit of everything" by kitchen manager Rob Walsh-Hill. The Western meal plan card is accepted here to pay for entrées which are priced from $7.99 to $15.99. Open daily 11 a.m. to 2 a.m..
These places will allow you indulge in your taste for the exotic...
Jade Garden Restaurant 910 Waterloo St.. A Chinese restaurant in Old North, the Jade Garden offers both eat-in and take-out at "reasonable prices," says restaurant manager Chester Chan. Average price per person is eight to 12 dollars. Open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Fridays, 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays.
Marienbad Restaurant & Tavern 122 Carling St.. Specializing in middle European food, this restaurant is described as having an atmosphere of "casual elegance" by manager Bryan Russell. All the food, including specialty items goulash and schnitzel, are home-cooked. Entrées average $12 and the restaurant is open Monday to Saturday noon to 1 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m..
Mexicali Rosa's 215 Piccadilly St.. Specializing in Cal-Mex food, Canadian dishes are also available. Dinner is priced from nine to 17 dollars. Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m..
Mongolian Grill 645 Richmond St.. Described as "Asian" cuisine by kitchen manager Terry Costello, the Mongolian Grill specializes in "build-your-own stir-fry." Lunch is between $6.95 and $9.95, dinner is $12.95. Arrive hungry!
Under the Volcano 300 Colborne St.. Elizabeth Alissa, a server at this primarily Mexican restaurant, says "the food is not necessarily spicy" and everything is made to order. Watch for the $10 gift certificate in the Western registration handbook. Entrées are priced between $7.25 and $14.95. Hours are Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays 4:30 to 9:30.
A Touch of Class
Looking for a place where the tables are NOT attached to the chairs? Try these...
Blackfriars Bistro 46 Blackfriars St.. Specializing in dishes with a Mediterranean flair, this more expensive bistro serves up pasta, seafood and thick-cut, rib-eye steak entrées for $13.50 to $18.50. Don't miss the Sunday brunch that runs from $4.50 to $9.25. Open Monday to Friday 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday for brunch.
Blue Ginger 644 Richmond St.. A new player on the Richmond Street scene, this five-star restaurant is described as having an "Asian overtone" by server Rob Vass. Dinner runs between $18 and $28. Open Monday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Reservations are recommended.
Fabrizio's Restaurant 196 Dundas St.. "A downtown Italian restaurant great for special occasions or an after movie dessert," is how one employee describes this restaurant. Entrées are $10.50 to $22.95 and the restaurant is open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.. Free parking is available.
Garlic's 481 Richmond St.. Vampires beware! Although this restaurant does feature some non-garlic items for those who dislike garlic or who are allergic to it, most dishes are based on the potent stuff. Owner Kathy Burns describes the atmosphere as "lively, colourful, eclectic and casual." Entrées range between $10.95 and $18.95. Open Monday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 to midnight and Sundays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m..
Windermere's Café 200 Collip Circle. Part of the Windermere Manor Conference Centre located across Windermere Road from Glenmore Residences, this café is described by supervisor Lorie-Ann Peschutter as a "quaint, quiet, secluded restaurant in a wooded area that makes you think that you're away from London." Prices are reasonable, especially when considering the setting. Ranging from $4.95 to $8.95 for lunch with dinner up to $18.95, vegetarian dishes are available and special dietary needs can be accommodated. Open 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m..
Village Café 715 Richmond St.. A "cozy and intimate" restaurant is how server Simone Viskupic describes this 10-table restaurant. Offering a full menu of continental cuisine, prices for entrées run $13.95 to $17.95. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays.
As well as these, London has a plethora of chain restaurants be sure to check out the Masonville commercial area (Richmond and Fanshawe) for familiar faces, including Jack Astor's, East Side Mario's, Swiss Chalet, the Great Canadian Bagel Company and the like. Most places will also deliver on campus, while many restaurants listed below also offer take-out.
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