The Best Restaurants in Toronto

Toronto’s culinary scene is full of great restaurants, ranging from the haute to the hip, from Canadian comfort food to a stunning variety of international cuisines. In Toronto’s booming food scene, you’ll surely find just what you’re craving.

794 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1V1, Canada
Suddenly, grub that is both Chinese and Jamaican is a thing. Chef Craig Wong, third generation Chinese-Jamaican himself, has taken over a Dundas West space and done quite the number on the local dining scene, turning out a cuisine of his own that manages to encapsulate all that is Toronto. Pick from eats like the Jamaican patty double down — chef’s take on the famed KFC number — and the dirty fried rice with red sausage and peas. For a small group, go with the so-called Whole Shebang and test out Wong’s take on jerk chicken. Dinner can be reserved, but if you’s aiming for brunch, be there when the place opens and tuck into the Hong Kong-style waffles and the luscious maple butter French toast.
81 Underhill Dr, North York, ON M3A 1K8, Canada
In Jamaica, jerk chicken is cooked in mammoth fire pits. If you arrive at a restaurant at the wrong time, you’ll end up waiting a long time for the billowing smoke to pass and your chicken, served in tinfoil, to emerge. At Allwyn’s Bakery, things are a little different. Located in Donwood Plaza, the tiny eatery has a simple sign with royal blue lettering that notes both its name and its fare: patties, jerk chicken, oxtail, and curry. But the main draw is the sandwich. For just $4.25 you get a mound of succulent, well-spiced chicken on a soft cocobun. The jerk seasoning consists of a melange of spices—cinnamon, cloves, ginger, star anise, allspice, and ground scotch bonnets for a kick. For some crunch and acidity, you can add slaw to the sandwich. And for the full Jamaican experience, order a beef patty too.
1374 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L8, Canada
When Torontonians heard that French pastry chef Bertrand Alépée was set to open a patisserie in Parkdale, tongues wagged. While the emerging ’hood had embraced plenty of hot-to-trot restaurants, the idea of locals coughing up $6 for an saccharine work of art was a bit questionable. Thing is, they were wrong. Since The Tempered Chef swung open its doors, a steady flow of sugar keeners has made its mark on the wooden floors. The inviting room sees a communal table up front along with plenty of smaller seating arrangements in a high-ceilinged space. A glass case displays an ever-changing set of rather handsome pastries like the choco citron (pictured), a lemon tart with a layer of milk chocolate ganache topped with meringue. Croissants, croque monsieur and mini quiches are also present, aimed at those seeking out a more lunch-y fare. Turns out, a patisserie was exactly what Parkdale wanted.
1 Benvenuto Pl
White tablecloths may have been cast aside at many Toronto establishments, but Scaramouche doesn’t play by trends. No barn-board tables or Edison bulbs can be found here. This swank uptown restaurant is a classic, having wined and dined customers—and topped many a restaurant list—for over 35 years. Take a tip from regulars and start the evening with the foie gras terrine before ordering entrées like Canadian grass-fed filet mignon or pork with hazelnut spaetzle and white asparagus. And, by all means, leave room for the coconut cream pie.
3328 Yonge Street
Shoushin is, hands down, Toronto’s finest destination for fish—and for convincing customers that they’ve somehow been transported to Tokyo. The fish isn’t gussied up with sauces and you won’t find a dragon roll in sight; instead, simplicity reigns supreme. The kitchen serves Edomae sushi, which is prepared in the most traditional way. (The ancient name for Tokyo is Edo.) Order either from the set menu or opt for an omakase dinner and leave the meal entirely in the chef’s hands.
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