If you're an adventurous eater, you likely enjoy sampling food from as many different cuisines as possible. While a trip abroad is the best way to taste exotic food, it isn't that easy to just board a plane and head to Italy (though I wish it were!)
Lucky for us, Toronto is home to a number of restaurants that pride themsleves on offering an authentic culinary experience. From Morocccan to Italian, here are 16 Toronto restaurants to try based on where you want to travel.
Germany: Wvrst // 609 King St W
One step into Wvrst and you'll be instantly transported to a Munich-style Beer Hall. Known for their sausages and impressive collection of craft beer, Wvrst offers a laidback yet authentic German experience.
Greece: Mamakas // 80 Ossington Ave
Featuring all-white decor and strings of tiny lights, even the design of Mamakas is distinctly Greek. Even more impressive than the interior is the unique approach to Greek food, by tackling the classics like Spanakopita yet always adding their own unique spin.
Italy: Ardo // 243 King Street East
This King West eatery serves classic Sicilian food in a modern space. The chef, Roberto Marotta, was born in Sicily, so a number of the dishes on the menu come from his own family recipes. A majoir bonus is that all of their delicious pastas and pizzas are made in house.
France: Colette Grand Cafe // 550 Wellington St W
Colette is practically an institution in the city and for good reason. Known for their incredible brunch and cute decor, Colette offers a little taste of French bistros in Toronto.
Peru: Los Chicos Bravas // 5308 Highway 7 East
Don't be fooled by the unassuming exterior of Los Chicos Bravas. As one of the few Peruvian restaurants in the city, this family owned restaurant definitely lives up to expectations with their famous Peruvian rotisserie chicken.
Spain: Barsa Taberna // 26 Market St
If you're craving real Spanish sangria, you need to head to Barsa Taberna. This stylish eatery serves delicious Spanish tapas on a patio that will make you think you're on the streets of Barcelona.
Mexico: El Trompo // 277 Augusta Ave
This bright and cheery hot spot has one of the coziest patios in the city. Known for their authentic and tasty tacos, El Trompo introduces a little bit of Mexico into Kensington Market.
Russia: Pravda // 44 Wellington St E
Offering the largest selection of vodka in the city, Pravda is a bar that Russians will definitely approve of. The elaborate decor and famous mushroom-stuffed perogies add to this restaurant's many attributes.
Poland: Inter Steer // 357 Roncesvalles Ave
This popular watering hole serves a menu filled with classic Polish dishes with a unique spin (example: nacho pierogies). Located in Roncesvalles, Inter Steer is a cozy spot to take in some of the city's best Polish-fusion food.
Thailand: Pai // 18 Duncan Street
Named for the Northern Thai town, there's no doubt that Pai is the real deal when it comes to Thai cuisine. Helmed by Chefs Nuit and Jeff Regular, Pai is a spaceous restaurant that incorporates a number of unique elements like a snack bar and market-inspired kitchen.
Korea: Song Cook's // 72 Steeles Avenue W
Practically hidden at the back of a strip mall, Song Cook's is the kind of place you need to know about to find. They pride themselves on offering truly authentic Korean fare, and with a massive menu to choose from, you can't go wrong.
Japan: Nami // 55 Adelaide St E
If you're looking for Japanese food, Nami has it all: a sushi bar, Robata grill and tabletop hot pots. Waiters in kimonos and traditional Japanese murals will make you forget that Toronto is just steps away.
Morocco: B'saha // 599 College Street
This simple eatery offers a straightforward approach to Moroccan street food. Though they specialize in Moroccan sausages, their authentic tagine is definitely a must-try.
India: Banjara // 796 Bloor St W
Though there are now two locations, it's the original Christie Pitts spot that earned the Indian restaurant its reputation. Despite its unassuming exterior, Banjara seems to always have a line of people ready to wait for their deliciously fresh naan and Aloo Korma.