Experience a World of Flavours in Toronto
One of the best things about living in the world’s most multicultural city is all the delicious and diverse food options! Whether you’re in the mood for Italian, Mexican, Chinese, or Ethiopian, you won’t have a problem finding a delicious meal to satisfy your craving in Toronto.
A Taste of Europe
Every summer in August, Torontonians flock to the annual Taste of the Danforth Festival. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait for the festival to enjoy delicious Greek food in Toronto. Pan on the Danforth in Greektown has long been recognized as a go-to spot for authentic quality Greek cuisine. Dig in to fresh goat cheese salad, saganaki, and moussaka on their sunny street-side patio. If you’d rather stay close to the downtown core, Estiatorio Volos in the Financial District specializes in traditional Greek dishes using local Canadian ingredients.
Do pasta, pizza, and pinot grigio sound more up your alley? Then you’ll love Toronto’s selection of Italian restaurants. On College Street West between Euclid Avenue and Shaw Street lies Little Italy, a charming neighbourhood packed with Italian cafés, restaurants, and trattorias. Downtown, you’ll find several upscale Italian restaurants including Il Fornello – rated as one of “Toronto’s Top Ten” restaurants by Zagat – and Aria Ristorante, conveniently located close to Union Station.
French cuisine is the ultimate in taste and sophistication. Located in the heart of the theatre district, Marcel’s boasts an award-winning Provencal menu that is surprisingly affordable. With its extensive wine list, mood lighting, and nightly entertainment, Marcel’s is the perfect place for a romantic night out. Another fine choice, La Société in fashionable Yorkville epitomizes old world Parisian elegance – complete with an illuminated stained glass ceiling and two European-style terraces.
How about Spanish tapas? Patria offers savoury Spanish favourites like empanadas and croquetas, along with a tasty selection of cocktails and desserts. Also worth trying is Tapas at Embrujo, which boasts a complete Spanish menu, extensive wine list, and Flamenco shows.
A Taste of the Americas
Who says that Canada doesn’t have a distinct cuisine of its own? At Bannock, the chefs pay homage to traditional Canadian comfort foods reflective of our country’s rich regional and cultural diversity. Likewise at Canoe, Executive Chef John Horne has created a regionally inspired Canadian menu including dishes like Pan Seared Québec Foie Gras and Alberta Lamb – not to mention, the view from the 54th floor of the TD Tower can’t be beat.
Ragin’ for some Cajun? The sights, sounds, and tastes of New Orleans await you at Southern Accent Restaurant, where it’s always Mardi Gras! Or head to the Entertainment District, where Big Daddy’s Bourbon Street Bistro and Oyster Bar has several Cajun and Creole dishes on the menu, along with a daily selection of seafood and oysters.
A plate of nachos, some tacos and burritos, and an ice cold margarita to wash it down with – nothing hits the spot quite like Mexican food. There’s no shortage of Mexican eateries in Toronto. La Carnita, a mobile street-food spot turned hole-in-the-wall restaurant on College Street, is always a happening spot (the exceptional tacos are worth the long lines). For a more sophisticated atmosphere, Milagro Cantina Mexicana serves up traditional dishes from all culinary regions of Mexico at its three Toronto locations.
There’s a whole other continent south of Mexico, and its food is as vibrant as its culture. South American cuisine mixes culinary traditions from European, Asian, African, and indigenous influences. Experience an authentic Brazilian Rodizio at Copacabana, where unlimited servings of meats are carved right at your table. Or try authentic Peruvian Lomo Saltado (stir fry) with chicha morada (spiced purple corn beverage) at El Fogón on St. Clair Avenue West.
A Taste of Asia
East Asian and Southeast Asian food is as diverse as it is delicious. From dumplings and fried rice, to teriyaki steak and tempura, to butter chicken and biryani, the choices are endless.
Make your way over to Chinatown on Spadina Avenue (the largest of several Chinatowns in Toronto) for Cantonese seafood and Dim sum at Rosewood Chinese Cuisine. Then explore the rows of authentic Chinese shops and markets before grabbing a bubble tea. If you prefer a view with your meal, Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Cuisine provides scenic vistas of Lake Ontario, along with tasty Cantonese and Szechuan dishes.
Japanese food is about more than just sushi. At Benihana Japanese Steakhouse (winner of WHERE magazine’s “Most Memorable Meal” for two consecutive years), sit back and enjoy a show with your meal as the chefs cook your food teppan-style right at your table. Or gather a group of friends together to share sake, beer, and izakaya snack foods at ki modern japanese + bar.
Have a craving for some curry? You’ll find plenty of Indian restaurants on Gerrard Street East between Coxwell and Greenwood, in colourful Little India. Downtown, 309 dhaba provides an authentic Indian eating experience that has been repeatedly called “divine” and “innovative” by Toronto’s top food critics.
If you prefer your curry Thai-style (red, green, or yellow), it’s hard to beat Khao San Road – winner of numerous awards and a regular topper of lists of the best Thai food in the city. Alternately, check out Bangkok Garden – one of only four Thai restaurants in Toronto to be awarded the Thai Select Premium designation from the Thai Consulate, recognizing authentic food and outstanding service.
A Taste of Africa
If you haven’t tried African cuisine, you’re missing out. Toronto has a growing number of Ethiopian and East African restaurants, especially in the west end. Here, spicy meat and vegetable dishes are served on a large sourdough flatbread called injera. There’s no need for utensils – simply break off pieces of injera and use them to dig in.
For some of the best Ethiopian food in the city, head over to Nazareth at Dovercourt and Bloor. The cozy space means there’s often a line-up, but it’s worth the wait. You can’t go wrong with any of the shockingly affordable menu items, but the vegetarian platter (feeds two for $8) is a popular choice. Another hot spot for Ethiopian food is Addis Ababa, which has been serving the Queen and Dufferin area for over 20 years.
Your Culinary Journey Awaits
In Toronto, the diversity of flavours is matched only by the diversity of our people. Come experience a world of flavours at some of the best restaurants our city has to offer!