Toronto’s vast and impressive quality food offer (restaurants, bars, food trucks and much more) keeps on growing and has become a foodie culinary heaven when looking to discover emerging flavor and new trends. And for entrepreneurs looking to launch a new concept restaurant to an open-minded crowd looking for new fusion meals and emerging talents, Toronto is the perfect place to do it.
One of the reasons for such diversity is Toronto’s melting-pot from all over the world and the fusion of difference cuisine making every neighborhood in Toronto a unique foodie city guide. From Little Portugal to Koreatown, here is a small sample.
Little Portugal ( Pequeno Portuga) located west of downtown has Bairrada Churrasqueira (1000 College Street), a classic Portuguese gastronomy with a great wine selection. Alex Rei dos Leitões (219 Ossington Avenue), suckling pig or Leitão will have you salivating to taste this artisanal spit-roasted pork prepared in a traditional, handmade wood-fired stone oven. Head to Soos Restaurant/Bar (94 Ossington Ave.) to discover the exotic and complex flavors of Malay and Nyonya cuisines. And for some great craft beer, go to Bellwoods Brewery (124 Ossington Ave.) for an extensive selection.
Little Italy, located on College Street West (College and Grace Streets), lively neighborhood offers you Italian classic and world gastronomy. Black Hoof (928 Dundas Street W) offers charcuterie and cocktails. Are you more a sweet tooth? go to Dolce Gelato (697 College Street) to discover 60 delicious flavors of Gelato. Campagnolo’s (832 Dundas Street W) modern Italian dishes and tapas will have you booking the next visit before the dessert arrives.
Chinatown, located between Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue west in the center of the city. Toronto’s Chinatown is a hipster and food paradise for those looking for classic late at night Asian food or for a new café to hang out. Here are some restaurants to check out: Pow Wow Cafe (213 Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market) neo-Canadian cuisine and café. Homemade Ramen (263 Spadina Avenue) is your place to have authentic ramen with an amazing chicken + pork broth. Rol San (323 Spadina Avenue) deep-fried squid tentacle and shrimp rice rolls are to die for. Wah Sing Seafood Restaurant (47 Baldwin Street), a late night classic when you need some energy to continue the night, order the lobster special cooked with ginger and green onion. Kinton Ramen (51 Baldwin Street) authentic Japanese ramen bar focuses solely on ramen. Fika (8 Kensington Avenue) a Scandinavian inspired café with delicious Lavender White Hot Chocolate. Bar Hop (391 King Street W) awaits you with a large selection of local craft beer.
Koreatown, located on Bloor Street between Christie and Bathurst Streets in Seaton Village, is home to business and restaurant taking advantage of Korea’s international soft-power (K-Pop and Food). Need a Korean food fix? The Korean Kitchen (699 Bloor Street W) cocktails, grapefruit soju, food, and K-pop. Owl of Minerva (700 Bloor St W) is open late night for those looking for a spicy rice cakes, pork bone soup, and chicken wings appetizer. Arisu Korean BBQ & Sushi (584 Bloor Street W) Korean and Japanese BBQ straight to your table. Kevin’s Taiyaki (675 Bloor Street) is a Japanese Asian-fusion bakery, making fried shaped fish with red-beans and home to a Korean grocery store. Barrio Coreano (642 Bloor Street W) is the best of Mexican and Korean cuisine fusions, here you can get kalbi beef tacos to calamari with kimchi.
This is just a tiny pick of what the city has to offer, you still have much more neighborhoods to visite to get the full culinary experience. As you head out to eat, check out Baron’s Toronto Guide to cocktails and discover a great night-life with tons of cocktails and smiling faces. As you wait for your table or to get in a restaurant, go to online casino Canada for some great online action or click at best online casino sites Canada for a list of the best online casinos around. Enjoy!