Toronto Edition: Top Restaurants from 10 Different Cuisines

Toronto is home? I’ll call it my second home. But I am getting to know it better than my first home (Shanghai). I’m a foodie and I want to try all the amazing places in Toronto, and discover all the hidden gems to share with you guys! This definitely won’t be my last food post for Toronto.

Toronto is known for its multi-culturalism (if that’s even a word), so here are my top rated restaurants from 10 different cultures!

1. Chinese: Gou Bu Li

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Gou Bu Li https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/gou-bu-li-richmond-hill?select=ycBXYJS376VUWqcPPGJMsQ

Website: Gou Bu LiMy Yelp Review

Price Range: CAD15.00 – CAD20.00

Cuisine: Chinese

Attire: Casual | Dressy | Business Casual | Casual Elegant | Formal

Highlights:

  • Authentic Chinese food
  • Offers a variety of different dishes from different parts of the country
  • Clean, upscale environment without being pricy
  • Offers take out – just call 15 minutes in advance!
  • Accommodates small parties as well as huge parties

Lowlights:

  • If you go during dinner time on a weekend, most likely there will be a line

 

2. Japanese: 

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From the business https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/kinka-izakaya-original-toronto?select=UmtkQop7hERcJRPYgRiGJQ
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From the business https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/kinka-izakaya-original-toronto?select=B1ZyztQJBclekJFl1Nagyw

Website: KINKA IZAKAYA ORIGINALMy Yelp Review

Price Range: CAD20.00 – CAD25.00

Cuisine: Japanese

Attire: Casual | Dressy | Business Casual | Casual Elegant | Formal

Highlights:

  • Very traditional, authentic Izakaya style restaurant
  • Non-sushi Japanese food
  • Big menu, plenty to choose from
  • Always using the best, freshest ingredients
  • Service is superb

Lowlights:

  • You will most likely need a reservation

 

3. Thai: Pai Toronto

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Judy N. https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/pai-northern-thai-kitchen-toronto-5?select=ZC9zWVabToB40CbfsAFkTg
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Clea C. https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/pai-northern-thai-kitchen-toronto-5?select=MywcFzpczi3hJ7MLLmiXpA

Website: Pai Northern Thai KitchenMy Yelp Review

Price Range: CAD15.00 – CAD20.00

Cuisine: Thai

Attire: Casual | Dressy | Business Casual | Casual Elegant | Formal

Highlights:

  • Best Thai food, perfecting every Thai dish you can name
  • Lovely decor
  • Reasonable price
  • Portion is huge!

Lowlights:

  • You will need a reservation, or else wait time can go up to 3.5 hours

 

4. Indian: Utsav

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Lizan W. https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/utsav-toronto?select=KKfIzN1XnT_H7Sh1j1d-yw
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Wilson P. https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/utsav-toronto?select=NPwlDAJwonGFY3OP8hV3jw

Website: UtsavMy Yelp Review

Price Range: CAD15.00 – CAD20.00

Cuisine: Indian

Attire: Casual | Dressy | Business Casual | Casual Elegant | Formal

Highlights:

  • Elegant Indian restaurant, not something you see every day
  • Traditional music playing in the background lightly, and everyone talks in a soft indoor voice
  • Small, cozy environment, perfect for date nights
  • Good portions, reasonable price
  • Amazing naan

Lowlights:

  • None

 

5. Spanish: Rasa

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Itanni B. https://www.yelp.ca/user_details?userid=eRDWzHCldd6YXypRECvHYg
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Chris T. https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/rasa-toronto?select=93dH612pY0aMLup8CxTKDQ

Website: Rasa BarMy Yelp Review

Price Range: CAD18.00 – CAD25.00

Cuisine: Spanish / Tapa

Attire: Casual | Dressy | Business Casual | Casual Elegant | Formal

Highlights:

  • Tapa style, amazing food
  • Perfect date night restaurant
  • You probably never seen any of the dishes on the menu!
  • Superb customer service – goes over the menu and explains in each dish in detail when it arrives

Lowlights:

  • Even thought it’s tapa style, bring a date instead of your whole family
  • Need a reservation

6. Italian:

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Min C. https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/grazie-ristorante-toronto?select=ahCHRBMv_i2ZMaEWlDkRvg
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Michelle H. https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/grazie-ristorante-toronto?select=AkQlX-4UF3cmhzRh3zrmqg

Website: Grazie RistoranteMy Yelp Review

Price Range: CAD15.00 – CAD20.00

Cuisine: Italian

Attire: Casual | Dressy | Business Casual | Casual Elegant | Formal

Highlights:

  • One of those Italian restaurants that will not break the bank
  • Amazing selection of pizzas and pastas, and they all taste amazing (at least the ones I’ve tried)
  • The owner/manager tries to befriend everyone even thought it’s a relatively large restaurant
  • They sell their house made chilli oil, and it’s amazing

Lowlights:

  • No reservations for small parties, and you got to wait at the door!

 

7. Mexican: Playa Cabana

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Neverful L. https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/playa-cabana-toronto?select=Kwyc1uVf_evRUCpxCXMHRQ
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Sonia R. https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/playa-cabana-toronto?select=1DYaOIt3cPY0FU0h9FwlDQ

Website: Playa CabanaMy Yelp Review

Price Range: CAD15.00 – CAD20.00

Cuisine: Mexican

Attire: Casual | Dressy | Business Casual | Casual Elegant | Formal

Highlights:

  • Toronto does not offer great Mexican food, Playa Cabana on Dupont is the closest it gets to awesomeness
  • Adorable patio for the summer
  • Their margaritas are to die for

Lowlights:

  • Non

8. Korean: Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu

 

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Joanne L. https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/buk-chang-dong-soon-tofu-north-york-2?select=o5T9GPwN9dKFeOJu42-6Nw / Instagram: @canadianbites

Website: Buk Chang Dong Soon TofuMy Yelp Review

Price Range: CAD10.00 – CAD15.00

Cuisine: Korean

Attire: Casual | Dressy | Business Casual | Casual Elegant | Formal

Highlights:

  • Best Soon Tofu I’ve ever had
  • Low price point for a bunch of food you probably cannot finish
  • It comes with multiple “parts”
    • The Soon Tofu
    • Rice
    • The congee that they make with the rice remaining in the bowl

Lowlights:

  • Cash and debit
  • There are always flies flying around (??)

 

9. Caribbean: Chris Jerk Caribbean Bistro

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Shakira H. https://www.yelp.ca/biz_photos/chris-jerk-caribbean-bistro-toronto?select=kQXHOOq5NlLYKjfh0iXnQA / Instagram: @holdthefork

Website: My Yelp Review

Price Range: CAD8.00 – CAD15.00

Cuisine: Caribbean

Attire: Casual | Dressy | Business Casual | Casual Elegant | Formal

Highlights:

  • Lovely people making their local foods
  • Their jerk chicken poutine is to die for
  • Super generous with their portions
  • Lots of choices to choose from, chicken to beef, to oxtail

Lowlights:

  • The wait can be pretty long (~10-15 minutes)

 

10. Middle Eastern: Tabule Restaurant

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Dee P. https://www.yelp.ca/user_local_photos?select=rPOFJKwQRsTQuHJDjqvzcQ&userid=UAB1Zyg6Q0oEpXeYRf5K_g

Website: Tabule RestaurantMy Yelp Review

Price Range: CAD15.00 – CAD20.00

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Attire: Casual | Dressy | Business Casual | Casual Elegant | Formal

Highlights:

  • Did someone just say BEST FALAFELS IN TORONTO? -Yes
  • Lovely service, nice date evironment
  • They set up the atmosphere to be suitable for dinner dates as well as family meal
  • Street parking right outside
  • Great selection of Middle Eastern food

Lowlights:

  • None

Attire standards:

Casual

  • Women: yoga pants, sweatpants, hoodies, graphic Ts, and overalls are acceptable
  • Men: sweatpants, track pants, hoodies, overalls, and graphic Ts are acceptable
  • Comfortable

Dressy

  • Women: jeans, sweater, sweatshirts, and simple Ts are acceptable
  • Men: jeans, sweater, sweatshirt, and simple Ts are acceptable
  • Put together

Business Casual

  • Women: cardigans, dresses, skirts, flats, and jeans + blouse are acceptable
  • Men: jeans + dress shirts, button ups, and khakis, are acceptable
  • Dress to impress

Casual Elegant

  • Women: light jacket/blazer, heels, panty hose, blouse, dress pants, dress skirts are acceptable
  • Men: Dress pants, dress shoes, dress shirt, and jacket are acceptable
  • Sophisticated, elegant

Formal

  • Women: blazer, dress pants, formal dresses with jacket are acceptable
  • Men: Full suit, dress pants, and jacket are acceptable
  • Serious and determined

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