Michelin-starred chef dishes on where he eats and shops in Toronto

Everyone has their own opinions about the best spots in town to grab a bite or sip a cocktail, but nobody’s opinion is more informed than those who live, eat, and breathe Toronto’s food scene. We caught up with Michelin-starred chef Takeshi Sato of Kappo Sato to hear his top recommendations for dining, drinking and food shopping in the city.

What restaurant do you take visiting out-of-town friends and family to?


Zen Sanuki Udon is a great place to eat authentic Japanese Sanuki Udon at a reasonable price. 3270 Midland Ave.

Where do you go for the best cup of coffee in the city?


915 Dupont. The owner and team is very young so they have the right energy. They also have really good Japanese concept coffee and respect the culture. 915 DuPont St.

Where do you go when you’re craving dessert?


Jules Cafe Patisserie. It’s a go-to spot for family birthdays. And it’s Kappo Sato’s neighbour, on the same street in Mount Pleasant. 617 Mount Pleasant Rd.

Where’s your preferred watering hole or cocktail bar for a night out?


Izakaya Jyu. I am friends with the owner and I have been there several times since it opened in J-Town. 3-3160 Steeles Aven., E Markham

Do you have a favourite place where you shop for food?


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J -Town. This is where you can find most Japanese grocery stores and food in Toronto. Lots of places have Japanese but there are more detailed with specific food from Japan. 3160 Steeles Ave E., Markham

Is there a particular market or specialty food store in Toronto that you love to shop at for hard-to-find ingredients?


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Taro’s Fish. A lot of the seafood comes from Japan, like, for example, the sea urchin used at Kappo Sato sometimes comes from Taro’s Fish. Some specific items you can get only from this store.

What do you think is the best neighbourhood in Toronto for foodies?

Any outdoor farmer’s markets, because you can get seasonal vegetables and fruits in limited season. The Eglinton Way is usually the spot I prefer.

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