Restaurants

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

TORONTO and GTA

Breweries
Bellwoods Brewery
Mill Street Brewery
Steam Whistle Brewing

Chinese
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
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
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

Filipino
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 Crepe Breakfast, lunch and dinner crepes, I like the chestnut cream! They also serve baguette sandwiches, paninis and a Parisian hot dog

Greek
Asteria Souvlaki Place

Hawaiian
Big Tuna Pokè Bar
Pokè Guys

Indian
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.
Blue Water Curry and Roti A West Indian/Guyanese roti shop, get the chicken roti and a bottle of Carib

Vietnamese
Angus Pho House
Pho Hung

The Fish Store and YuNes’ Sandwiches You pick your fish and they take care of the rest, baguette, lettuce, tomato, avocado and special sauce

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