Restaurants

A WORK IN PROGRESS….

As every good cook should, not only do I have a passion for cooking, but for eating too. Below is an ongoing list of restaurants that I’ve tried, have come to love or just can’t get enough of:

TORONTO and GTA

Assembly Chef’s Hall: Chef driven community market. Experience some of the city’s very best, including global cuisines from 17 of Toronto’s top chefs and a monthly pop-up.

Breweries and Neighbourhood Bars
Amsterdam Brewery
Bellwoods Brewery
Birreria Volo: Soooooo many beers on top and you MUST order one of Toronto’s BEST fried chicken sandwiches from the PG Clucks which is connected to this quaint and cozy bar.
Blood Brothers Brewing:
Burdock Brewery: Brewery, bar and music hall, all in one!
The Lockhart: Harry Potter rejoice over butter beers:
Mill Street Brewery
Pinkerton Snack Bar and it’s sister establishment across the street Poor Romeo
Steam Whistle Brewing:

Brunch
Baddies:
La Cubana:
Lady Marmalade:
Le Petit DeJeuner:
Maha’s Egyptian Brunch:
White Lily Diner:

Chinese
Anne’s Magic Kitchen: Chinatown Sichuan staples
Asian Legend Specializes in Northern Cuisine, multiple locations the first location is on Dundas in Chinatown
Casa Imperial Fine Chinese Cuisine Traditional dim sum in a Victorian mansion
Chinese Dumpling House Great dumplings and I love the braised pomfret
Dragon Boat Fusion Dim Sum
Gloucester Bakery Over forty varieties of traditional Chinese buns, all preservative free
Lai Wah Heen Upscale Chinese for banquets and specialty items like Peking Duck
Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Cuisine Serving traditional dim sum and Chinese dishes overlooking the waterfront for 30 years
Magic Noodle 24 hour hand pulled noodles
Mother’s Dumplings Homemade dumplings, noodles and buns
Rol San Chinatown All Day Dim Sum
Sun’s Kitchen The best hand pulled noodles, food court of Pacific Mall
Szechuan Legend For a little ma la head to this spicy restaurant
The Old House The best Shui Zhu, Water Boiled Fish
Wah Sing Toronto’s mainstay for Chinese Fried Lobster

Coffee
Balzac’s Coffee Roasters
de Mello Palheta
Fika Cafe
Dark Horse Espresso

Egyptian
Maha’s Egyptian Brunch If you can get a seat, do it!
Mermaid Fish and Grill House Pick your fresh catch and seasoning and they grill it for you right there

English
The Olde Yorke Fish and Chips Ran by a couple who owned a few fish and chip stands in England, this is your traditional pub, good beer and good fish and chips.

Ethiopian
African Palace Ethiopian and Eritrean
Lalibela Top-rated Ethiopian in Toronto, love the veggie platter
Ethiopian House Restaurant Fun decor and good Ethiopian platters
Lucy Ethiopian Kitchen Family-owned, cozy and delicious

Filipino
Dolly’s Mojito Bar and Panciteria: Fun. Good food.
Tinuno Foods Traditional kamayan (eat with your hands) style feast
Pinoy Waffles Stall selling piping hot waffles filled with various flavors inside Pacific Mall

French
Auberge du Pommier
Cafe Cancan: Stunning decor, happy vibes
Cafe Crepe Breakfast, lunch and dinner crepes, I like the chestnut cream! They also serve baguette sandwiches, paninis and a Parisian hot dog
Greta Solomon’s Dining Room

Greek
Asteria Souvlaki Place

Hawaiian
Big Tuna Pokè Bar
Pokè Guys

Indian
Bombay Chowpatty
Udupi Palace
Madras Masala
King Palace Think late night Pakistani diner where cabbies congregate

Italian
*Note: we cook a LOT of Italian at home, but often go out for Napoletan Pizza
Dolce Gelato
Libretto
Pizza e Pazzi
Tutti Panini
Viva Napoli

Japanese
Izakaya Tsuki My favorite izakaya in the GTA, all of the seafood options are great especially the warayaki and the salmon collar.
Kenzo Japanese Noodle House Probably my favorite ramen joint, I love the tomato ramen here.
Kenzo Ramen If you like spice Kenzo has it!
Kevin’s Taiyaki Fish-shaped waffles filled with red bean, custard, green tea and black sesame fillings.
Kinka Izakaya
Kinton Ramen
Love Me Sweet
Sansotei Ramen
MeNami Handmade udon noodles, Mmmm
VIPS Sushi Tiny space, big on sushi. Best sushi in North York

Korean
Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu Traditional Korean hot stone soup and homemade tofu
Nak Won Traditional all night Korean joint… if you want service, push the red button!

Nomè Izakaya $1 oysters on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, fun bar and shareables
Poop Cafè Yup, a poop themed dessert cafe with Korean and Japanese desserts
Pojangmacha Food (Kim’s a la cart) Fried rice cakes, squid on a stick and taiyaki sold for looneys and tooneys at this popular street cart
The Owl of Minerva

Malaysian
Gourmet Malaysia

Mexican
Tacontento A great taco stand inside of Downsview Park Merchant Mart’s International Food Court.
Seven Lives Tacos Y Mariscos Get the polpo and don’t miss out on the ceviche, now across the street
Torterìa San Cosme You almost feel transported to Mexico, the elotes, tortas and lively music

Persian
Shabestan Cafe 24 hour Persian cafe serving traditional tea and dizy
Super Arzon Fire grilled meats, ash, daily salads and rice specials, don’t miss the saffron ice cream sandwiches in the freezer section!

Seafood
Diana’s Seafood
Oyster Boy
The Captain’s Boil

Steakhouse
Barberians Steak House

Tawainese
Bake Code A Euro-Asian bakery with bubble tea, pressed tea, coffee and espresso
Mama Bear
Share Tea

Thai
Mengrai Thai
Salad King

Trinidanian
Melo’s Kitchen Bake and Shark, Doubles, Chutney and HOT PEPPER, this food stand in the Downsview Park Merchant Mart’s International Food Court can’t be missed.
Mona’s Roti:

Vietnamese
Angus Pho House: If your in North York.
Pho Hung: Pho staple in Chinatown/Kensington
Pho Metro: It’s not on the menu but you have to try the Curry Beef Brisket Pho, it’s like laksa and pho entwined in a bowl. New banh mi shop is opening soon too!
The Fish Store and YuNes’ Sandwiches You pick your fish and they take care of the rest, baguette, lettuce, tomato, avocado and special sauce
Pinky’s Ca Phe: Situated in an old house this place transports you to another place entirely.
Que Ling: This hut like outpost on Toronto’s East end dishes out authentic homestyle eats. Love the banh cuon.

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