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Toronto is one of those cities where you can eat around the world without taking a single flight. While authentic empanadas, falafels, dim sum and biryani joints speckle the downtown core, the city’s best homegrown chefs have brought international flavours and traditions into Toronto’s upmarket food scene.

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Rasa by The Food Dudes

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.

Buca

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.

Woodlot

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.

Bar Isabel

The buzz surrounding Bar Isabel has been going strong for over two years, and for good reason. With a team of some of the biggest names in Toronto’s food and drink scene including former Black Hoof chef Grant van Gameren and beer connoisseur Guy Rawlings, the Spanish-style bar on College Street does not disappoint. A sultry ambience complements tasty Spanish tapas such as roast bone marrow and spicy beef tartare and chicharrón.

Byblos

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

Bar Raval

It’s almost impossible to mention Bar Isabel without talking about Bar Raval, another one of Grant Van Gameren’s Spanish taverna ventures. The all-day Spanish pinxtos bar is evocative of Barcelona, right down to the Gaudi-inspired curving wood panels. Whether you’re stopping in for lunch or dinner, the croquetas and calamari will keep you coming back.

Kinka Izakaya

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 tuna sashimi. 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.

Rasa by the Food Dudes

Buca

Woodlot

Bar Isabel

Byblos

Bar Raval

Kinka Izakaya

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