Where to Eat in Toronto

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Rasa by The Food Dudes

Toronto, Canada

Well known for their food truck, The Food Dudes have finally set up shop in Harbord Village. The rustic interior makes for a perfect spot to taste chef Adrian Niman’s internationally inspired dishes. From a delicious medley of mushrooms in the truffle gnudi to the strip steak topped with pickled shrimp and jalapeño, the menu gives global flavours a local twist. With their set Mondays consisting of a tasting menu, reduced price drinks and live music, there’s no better place to kick off the week.

Address

196 Robert Street M5S 2K8

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Buca

Toronto, Canada

After a tweet from Jamie Oliver heralded Executive Chef Rob Gentile a “humble genius”, Buca skyrocketed to the top of Toronto’s lists of must-visit restaurants. But let’s be honest, it was heading there anyway. With a large selection of charcuterie from both Canada and abroad, homemade pasta and pizza, Buca brings traditional Italian fare to a new level of refinement.

Address

604 King Street West M5V 1M6

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Woodlot

Toronto, Canada

With a wood oven burning and local wines flowing (yes, Canada produces wine) Woodlot offers a warm and elegant atmosphere to enjoy the comfort food of Canada. Situated on the eastern edge of Little Italy, the restaurant has become a mecca for Torontonians because it has a separate vegetarian menu and always takes an inventive approach to its ever-changing menu.

Address

293 Palmerston Avenue M6J 2J3

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Bar Isabel

Toronto, Canada

The buzz surrounding Bar Isabel has been going strong for over two years, and for good reason.

Address

797 College Street M6G 1C7

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Byblos

Toronto, Canada

While the city is overflowing with Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, Byblos puts a stylish spin on classics like acharuli, a Georgian street food of bread and melted cheese, and Turkish manti dumplings with smoked eggplant, yoghurt sauce and molasses. Located in the city's financial district, the attention to detail extends to the transportive décor, which is accented with beautifully patterned plates, geometric tiles and warm colours.

Address

11 Duncan Street M5V 3M2

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Bar Raval

Toronto, Canada

It’s almost impossible to mention Bar Isabel without talking about Bar Raval, another one of Grant Van Gameren’s Spanish taverna ventures.

Address

505 College Street M6G 1A4

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Kinka Izakaya

Toronto, Canada

With Toronto’s sea of sushi joints, Kinka Izakaya was a welcome and refreshing addition to the city’s Japanese food scene. The small, shareable plates include izakaya favourites like takoyaki, baked oysters and deep-fried chicken. Combining boisterous staff and an imaginative list of cocktails, you’re guaranteed to have a good time any night of the week at this lively spot.

Address

398 Church Street M5B 2A2

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Pick 6ix - CLOSED (maybe temporarily, but has no lease)

Toronto, Canada

The Six (“The 6ix” if you’re really down with the kids) is the name that rapper Drake popularised for Toronto – so why not appropriate it as the name of a restaurant? This place – co-owned by Toronto’s most famous musical export – is a glamorous haunt by night and chilled (ish) by day. The food straddles Korean, Japanese and Peruvian flavours that will make your tastebuds sing.

Address

33 Yonge Street M5E 0A9

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Luma

Toronto, Canada

The excitement of being in the bullseye of the famous Toronto International Film Festival’s HQ and cinema, the TIFF Lightbox, really adds to a dining experience at Luma. Catch a movie (perhaps something by Jean Luc Godard?) before you chow down on the excellent snails with bone marrow.

Address

350 King Street West 2nd Floor M5V 3X5

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Sotto Sotto

Toronto, Canada

Inject a bit of Hollywood glamour into your lunch at Sotto Sotto, which probably hosts more celebrity patrons than any other Toronto eatery. The walls are covered with photographs of the great and good eating here: Mariah Carey, John Hamm, David Beckham, Paul Rudd… and of course, Drake.

Address

120 Avenue Road M5R 2H4

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Sassafraz

Toronto, Canada

Recently reopened after a full-scale refurbishment, Sassafraz brings French flavours mixed with Indian and Mexican influences to Toronto in the midst of fresh white decor that’s will brighten your mood. Their fish dishes work without having to try hard – simple wild salmon with vegetables or fish tacos are the best on the menu.

Address

100 Cumberland Street M5R 1A6

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Montecito

Toronto, Canada

Canuck comedy legend Ivan Reitman directed Ghostbusters and Kindergarten Cop and produced Canada’s favourite comedy, the movie version of Trailer Park Boys, as well as the recent Ghostbusters reboot. His Toronto restaurant is plastered with photographs from his films, while the Italian fare is comforting and filling. Share a huge rib-eye steak (with their renowned kale salad) and finish with speciality cheeses like “dark side of the moon”, which is coated in coffee.

Address

299 Adelaide Street West ON M5V 1P7