Toronto's plethora of ethnic food places is a direct result of its multiculturalism. The beauty of living in Toronto is that there's always something new to try out, whether it's a new restaurant like The Captain's Boil, which just opened in North York last month, or a unique activity like riding a Segway through the Distillery District. In this way, one could say that Torontonians are somewhat 'tourists' of their own city.
In honour of Toronto's multiculturalism, here are 10 restaurants you need to try to this holiday season:
1. Los Colibris (Mexican) // 220 King St W
Los Colibris is an upscale Mexican restaurant that serves authentic and uncompromising Mexican dishes. Make sure to try their chilies en nogada (poblano chilies, picadillo and walnut sauce); it won't disappoint!
2. Lai Wah Heen (Chinese) // 108 Chestnut St
Lai Wah Heen stands for 'luxurious meeting place' and it certainly lives up to that translation. They serve a variety of delicious Chinese and Hong Kong-style dishes and offer group deals as well.
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3. Rhum Corner (Jamaican) // 926 Dundas St W
Rhum Corner was inspired by the owner's husband, who loved to drink and serve rum and cokes to friends at the Cocktail Bar on the corner. It offers great Haitian food and, of course, lots and lots of rum.
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4. Volos (Greek) // 133 Richmond St W
Volos takes a selection of Greek dishes and puts its own twist on them using local Canadian ingredients. Along with lunch and dinner, they also have a pre-theatre menu for customers who have a show to attend later.
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5. Enoteca Sociale (Italian) // 1288 Dundas St W
Enoteca Sociale is an Italian red wine bar inspired by Roman life. It has a selection of superb Italian dishes, including smoked spaghetti (Manila clams, fennel sausage, chili and parsley) and gnocci (tomato, chili and smoked ricotta).
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6. Pukka (Indian) // 778 St Clair W
Pukka is an Indian restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere. It has a variety of family-style options that are great for group sit-ins.
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7. Chiado (Portugese) // 864 College St
Chiado is the creation of one of North America's leading chefs, Albino Silva. His roasted beef tenderloin, grilled Atlantic salmon and sinfully-sweet desserts are must-trys.
Photo cred - blog.rebeccalo.ca
8. Le Select Bistro (French) // 432 Wellington St W
Le Select Bistro offers an eating experience with all the charm and whimsy of an authentic French restaurant. Aside from their stellar menu, they also have a great list of indulgent French wines.
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9. Lamesa (Filipino) // 669 Queen St W
Lamesa is great choice for traditional Filipino cuisine. They offer a lot of unique dishes for the adventurous tongue, like pork octopus dinuguan (pork and octopus in pig blood stew).
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10. Kinka Izakaya (Japanese) // 389 Church St
Kinka Izakaya is a Japanese tapas bar. They offer party options for groups of 4 as well as birthday specials.