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
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
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.
African Palace Ethiopian and Eritrean
Nazareth Run by three sisters, lively and good
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
Asteria Souvlaki Place
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.
Love Me Sweet
MeNami Handmade udon noodles, Mmmm
VIPS Sushi Tiny space, big on sushi. Best sushi in North York
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
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
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!
Barberians Steak House
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.
Blue Water Curry and Roti A West Indian/Guyanese roti shop, get the chicken roti and a bottle of Carib