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14 Essential Toronto Restaurants That You Thought Were Good But Are Actually Amazing

There's no denying 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.

Then there are those restaurants that are so adored by Toronto foodies that they fall into a category of their own. While there's no denying these spots are good, we think they deserve even more credit. Here are 

Imanishi Japanese Kitchen // 1330 Dundas St W

Located in Little Portugal, this Japanese kitchen is one of the must-visit spots in a neighbourhood that's already filled with amazing eats. Imanishi is known for their homestyle Japanese meals, as well as their affordable prices and cozy atmosphere. 

The Black Hoof // 928 Dundas St W

At The Black Hoof, everything is made from charcuterie - including cocktail garnishes! This meat-lover's paradise offers insane dishes like pork tongue and blood terrine, pig's ear slaw, and more.

Bar Isabel // 797 College St

Bar Isabel is a Spanish-influenced resto known for their creative and inventive dishes. The ambient reddish lighting and mosaic tile floor make for a particularly stylish dining experience. 

Rasa // 196 Robert St

From food truck team the Food Dudes comes Rasa, a casual spot in Harbord Village. Offering "Toronto" cuisine, the food is decidely global, a tribute to the various cultures present in the city.

Little Sister // 2031 Yonge St

Located at Yonge & Eg, this Indonesian-Dutch fusion restaurant is one of the most unique in the city. Offering up small plates in a funky setting, the menu features curries, skewers, and more.  

Union // 72 Ossington Ave

This Parisian-inspired bistro puts a unique, Canadian spin on classic French dishes. Union serves only local, fresh ingredients and makes many items, like their pasta, in house, making for a particularly tasty dining experience.  

Adamson Barbeque // 176 Wicksteed Ave

Modeled after classic Texan BBQ joints, Adamson Barbeque is known for their extensive menu of smoked meat. Housed in a rustic-chic converted warehouse, Adamson Barbeque offers a fittingly laidback but tasty approch to BBQ eats. 

Lake Inez // 1471 Gerrard St E,

This cozy gastropub serves up hearty, Asian-inspired comfort food. Located in Little India, Lake Inez is an electic, warm space filled with antiques purchased on Craigslist. 

Salt Wine Bar // 225 Ossington Ave

Salt Wine Bar is a sleek Lower-Ossington restaurant serving flavourful Portuguese and Spanish cuisine. With an extensive wine list, and stunning wood-covered decor, Salt Wine Bar is the perfect spot for a romantic date. 

Bodega Henriette // 1801 Gerrard St E

Part convenience store, part restaurant, Bodega Henriette is a distinctly quirkly space. Known for their fresh pastries and sandwiches, as well as a killer brunch on the weekends, it's no wonder this Upper Beaches spot is a neighbourhood favourite. 

White Lily Diner // 678 Queen St E

White Lily is an elevated diner located in the city's east end. The menu includes comfort food classics like corned beef hash, buttermilk griddle cakes, and steak and eggs. 

Superpoint // 184 Ossington Ave 

Superpoint is a contemporary Italian restaurant that offers both classic and unique fare. Complete with an incredible wine bar and a cozy atmosphere, it's probably one of the best spots on Lower Ossington. 

Chantecler // 1320 Queen St W

Small and cozy, Chantecler serves small French plates and inventive cocktails. If you're an oyster fan, you need to head here on Tuesdays: Chantecler offers a $1/oyster, $1/ounce of wine deal each week that is worth waiting for.

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