It’s no secret that Toronto is home to some pretty spectacular restaurants. In a city as multicultural as ours, it’s only natural that the culinary scene would begin to reflect it. From Italian to Asian-French fusion to Southern BBQ and more, there’s no end to the diverse gastronomical experiences to be had in Toronto.
That said, having so much choice can be overwhelming at times. Lucky for you, we’ve done our research narrowed down some of the must-try dishes at Toronto’s must-try restaurants so that you don’t have to. If you’ve already tried all 14 of these dishes, then congrats, you’re a bonafide Toronto foodie.
Lee // Singapore Slaw
This Asian and French fusion eatery is known for its small but creative dishes, particularly their famous crunchy Singapore Slaw.
Bar Isabel // Grilled Octopus
Bar Isabel is a Spanish-inspired restaurant with a menu filled with inventive and unique dishes.
Buca // Bigoli Pasta
Made with torchio-cranked pasta, duck offal ragu, and venetian spices, the Bigoli Pasta is the must-try item at this Italian hotspot.
Boralia // Pan Roasted Elk
Inspired by the natives and early settlers of Canada, the food at this restaurant undeniably unique.
Blu Ristorante & Lounge// Beef Carpaccio
This romantic restaurant is known for its live music and authentic Italian fare, particularly the Beef Carpaccio.
Carbon Bar // Pit Master Platter
Carbon Bar is a laidback BBQ joint that serves up authentic Southern classics, like the Pit Master platter.
Nervosa // Mafalde ai Funghi
This Yorkville hotspot has a number of classic yet trendy Italian dishes on the menu, including the creamy Mafalde ai Funghi, topped with with oyster mushrooms and tossed in truffle paste.
Richmond Station // Station Burger
This eclectic spot is co-owned by the winner of Top Chef Canada and boasts arguably the most famous burger in Toronto.
Baro // Chaufa Fried Rice
Baro is a King Street hot spot that puts a unique spin on traditional fried rice by topping it with duck confit.
Terroni // Tonnarelli Alla Norcina
This Italian eatery has three locations across Toronto and after trying their Tonnarelli Alla Norcina, topped with black truffle shavings and spicy sausage, it’s not difficult to see why.
Miku // Aburi Prime Sushi
Miku offers a fine dining experience on Bay Street with a menu that focuses on flame seared sushi.
La Societe // Seafood Platter
This sophisticated Yorkville eatery is best known for their elevated brunch, but their incredible seafood platter for dinner is the real pièce de résistance, at the French restaurant.
Joso’s // Squid Ink Risotto
Joso’s is an upscale Davenport eatery that serves up inventive seafood dishes.