For chef Anna Chen’s first stand-alone restaurant, she opted to open a 32-seater in the west end. Blonde wood accents the minimalist room, and soulful tunes play overhead, foreshadowing Chen’s highly elegant take on comfort food. Buoyed by her knowledge from stints at Figo and Scaramouche — plus an upbringing in India — Chen has
Congee Queen is a multi-location Chinese food restaurant with six restaurants across the GTA. Its flagship store is located in Thornhill, although its most popular is in Mississauga at Dundas Street and Highway 427. Congee is a type of rice porridge which tends to be served alongside protein and other side dishes. At Congee Queen,
The line starts forming at 11:15 for a noon opening at this culinary dark horse of Geary Avenue. Behind Famiglia Baldassarre’s counter, pasta-makers stand at a large work top, forming perfectly uniform squares of ravioli, totally unfazed as the front of the room fills with hungry diners who are just getting a taste of whatever
Four Four South Village has a mission to serve the best Taiwanese beef noodles to overseas Chinese people around the world, and thankfully that now includes Toronto. Taking its name from the military dependants village in Taipei that was best known for originating the beloved beef noodle soup, Four Four South Village is striving for
Downtown Markham is getting pretty fishy with Good Catch Boil House. Toronto restaurateur Patrick McMurray is responsible for bringing one of the first raw seafood bars to the area in addition to the freshest daily seafood catches that are served. Good Catch Boil House is not serving up just your average seafood favourites, though its
A halal family restaurant, Gourmet Malaysia serves up (yep, you guessed it) Malaysian, Singaporean and Indonesian cuisine with a menu that’s varied and deliciously affordable. Sitting in a 6,000-square-foot dining hall, this restaurant and banquet space is made to fit the entire extended family. The menu is colourful and lively with tastes of Southeast Asia
From the outside, Greedy Duck might just look like another one of Little Italy’s hole-in-the-wall restaurants. A vibrant yellow painted building and a sign with a smiling duck in a cowboy hat invites you into a small, yet well kept take-away spot serving the best Wuhan-style duck outside of China. The Qin family spent over
Cheesy dakgalbi is the speciality at Korea Town’s Hancook. The Bloor West hot spot for cheesy goodness is serving up some of the most authentic and delicious dakgalbi in the city. At Hancook, they are focused on using fresh and local ingredients to make the most traditional Korean grub they can, and it shows. Hancook
This no-frills Chinatown bakery offers an array of traditional baked goods, from sesame balls to egg tarts. Most pastries are displayed in a self-service area, where customers can pick their own items and then pay at the front counter. Hong Kong Island Bakery’s prices are rock-bottom, with many baked goods available for less than $1.
Hong Shing Chinese Restaurant is a Toronto mainstay. Joining the Chinatown neighbourhood back in March of 1997, Hong Shing has proven that it has lasting power in Toronto’s competitive restaurant industry. The restaurant offers family style dishes inspired by many of China’s regional flavours. All your favourites are on the menu from spring rolls to
One can be overwhelmed with choices when it comes to choosing a spot to eat in Chinatown. House of Gourmet is one of those one-stop-spots. Its extensive menu covers the gamut of your Chinese food craving du jour from Hong Kong-style cafe dishes such as baked rice in an assortment of sauces to congee and
“Chic” and “sleek” would be two words to describe Imm Thai Kitchen, the second restaurant from owners of Sala Modern Thai on the Danforth. Opting for something a little more classy, this Thai house in Little Italy is the perfect spot for great Thai classics with a modern twist. Try their classic pad Thai with
Taste a mother’s love in every bite from Jack and Lil’s. The open kitchen was founded by the mother-and-son team of Lauren and Dan, the latter with professional culinary experience and the former with a sharp eye for style and fusing influences. The original Jack and Lil, Lauren’s parents, were South African, and much of
Over at Bloor and Clinton in Koreatown, Japas opened in the old Camto corner lot on Wednesday. The concept: a Japanese tapas and oyster bar with plenty of Japanese beer and cocktails flowing. It’s also meant to be distinctly un-izakaya in nature (read: no yelling and no gongs) while offering a fun, casual space for people to meet and share a few bites over drinks.
Scarborough’s new Thai joint, Jatujak, serves up some bold flavours that contrast with the room’s modest decor. The highlights at this two-week old takeout spot are bright orange curries and vibrant yellow khao sois — but if you’re looking for a ruby-red pad Thai, you’ll have better luck elsewhere.
Translating loosely to “I stay at the sake house”, Kintaro Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant on College Street that specializes in the culture’s version of tapas. The design is very intimate as the floor is filled with booths, allowing you to directly enjoy your company and the time you spend together. They specialize in a
If you haven’t been to Mineral yet, one of the city’s busiest and buzziest restaurants, you must. Since 2019, owners Bruce Ly and Greg Toscan-Robbins, along with Hong Kong–born executive chef-owner Daniel Cancino, have been offering diners a mix of Filipino comfort food with a contemporary spin, serving dishes that are big on flavour in
Chef David Chang’s New York City restaurant is setting the ramen bar high at Momofuku Noodle Bar. Located in the Shangri-La Hotel, this communal-style noodle bar is serving up modern ramen with a pan-Asian twist. With a background in French, Japanese and Korean cooking, David Chang is now one of the world’s leading top chefs.
Pai is a Thai restaurant run by chef Nuit Regular and her husband and business partner, Jeff Regular. There are two Pai locations in the city—the original restaurant, located at 18 Duncan St. opened in 2014, was named after a small village in Northern Thailand where the couple met. The second location (and Chef Nuit’s