The restaurant scene in Toronto is as vibrant as the city itself. People from all over the globe have settled here resulting in a huge international offering of  restaurants serving up local dishes. With so many options, we’ve set out to find the best of each cuisine to help you go on a mini Toronto food tour experience of the city. Here’s our list of great Toronto Eats:

1. Pai

Pai is one of the places where you should go early, or wait in line! Claiming to serve up real Thai food, their dishes did not disappoint! We tried the Khao Soi which is egg noodles in a golden curry  topped with crispy noodles, coriander, and crispy onions. The curry was so delicious on its own that we were eating it like soup.

 

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Khao Soi at Pai

 

2. Paleteria

With the vegan trend so strong in Toronto, we decided to try Paleteria, a shop that sells paletas and soft serves. The store is a colorful place in Kensington and their sundaes look just as fun. We tried a lime Pastella, which was refreshing, and their top seller: the Colada Sundae. The Colada Sundae’s base is a pineapple serve topped with coconut whipped cream and coconut flakes. Very tropical flavors.

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Colada Sundae at Paleteria

 

3. Saffron Spice Kitchen

It’s always important to know a good Indian restaurant that can fulfill your curry craving, and Saffron spice hits the spot! The food is prepared by Sri Lankan chefs using authentic flavors. Curries to try: eggplant, palak paneer, and mattar paneer. Also make sure you try their Kothu Roti, a popular Sri Lankan street snack.

 

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Huge selection of Indian and Sri Lankan curries

 

4. Grand Electric

A nice bar on Queen West which also happens to have great food! Although their specialty is tacos, we especially loved the appetizers they serve here. We tried the spicy squid which is crispy squid topped with avocado, sour cream, heavenly sauces and chillis. The Tuna Ceviche, also mixed with avocado had a nice mix of spicy and sour.

 

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Tuna Ceviche and Spicy Squid plates

5. La Revolucion

We got our fill for a hearty Mexican meal at La Revolucion, a restaurant run by a Mexican family. All the traditional Mexican dishes tasted homey and delicious. We especially loved the twist on the Canadian poutine with a dish that replaced the gravy with a Mexican mole sauce.

 

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Chicken Enchiladas with a side of black beans and rice

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Poutine Mexican style with mole sauce instead of gravy

6. Tabule

Probably the best Lebanese food in town, this joint on the East side of Toronto is owned by a Lebanese family who have made sure to keep the authentic flavors in their dishes. We tried different appetizers like falafel, fried eggplant, tabule, hummus and muttabal.

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Delicious Lebanese mezze at Tabule

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7. Hibiscus

Hibiscus is a vegeterian cafe specializing in savoury and sweet crepes + other vegeterian snacks. All the crepes are made with a buckwheat batter. We tried the Vegan Cheddar Chutney Pecan Pear, Goat Cheese Tomato Basil, and Mozzarella Cheese Spinach Mushroom. All tasted great despite the super healthy ingredients. We especially loved the pear chutney which was actually thin slices of pears that have gone through a sweet pickle process.

 

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Cheddar Cheese Chutney Crepe

8. Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake

This is probably the fluffiest cheesecake you will ever taste. This Japanese style cheesecake has no crust and is made entirely from a cheese batter. The taste is light and the texture leaves every bite melting in your mouth! Expect to wait at least 30 minutes in line before getting your hands on one.

 

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The fluffiest, melt-in-your-mouth cheese cake you will ever taste!

9. Saku

Our favorite place for Sushi in Toronto so far, serving up fresh ingredients with great flavors. We especially love the use of thinly sliced fried yam as the crispy element instead of fried batter on most of their sushi rolls.

 

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Avocado shrimp roll topped with crispy yam

 

Want to discover the best eats in the Trinity Bellwoods neighborhood? Check out the Toronto Food Tour!

Other Useful Resources

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Try cooking class in Athens or learn the secrets of cooking Sri Lankan food in Galle. Also, Nepali cooking class  is recommended if you are in Kathmandu.