Barsa Taberna
Nana
Little Sister
Patois
Yasu
bucayorkville
Luckee
Rasa
Montecito
DaiLo
CONNIE TSANG
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1. Barsa Taberna 26 Market Street, Toronto, M8Z 0A5

Barsa Taberna is one of the standouts in the St. Lawrence Market and it’s smartly taken the concept of Spanish tapas to a fresh new level by incorporating flavours from around the world.

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2. Nana 785 Queen St West, Toronto, M6J 1G1 (Queen St West)

This Queen St West spot doles out some of the tastiest Thai cuisine around, featuring authentic flavors and a variety of favorites -- Nana brings Thailand to Toronto.

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3. Little Sister 2031 Yonge St, Toronto, M4S 2A2

Little Sister is Toronto’s only Indonesian restaurant and the Uptown spot is where to go to fill up on traditional Indonesian eats (or pretend you’re on vacation in Bali). Flavours are bold, cocktails inventive, and the décor is decidedly more Downtown than Uptown. The dinner options are colorfully plated, spice-crusted, and well-paired with one of the restaurant's specialty cocktails -- it's no wonder the space is consistently packed with a trendy crowd.

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4. Patois 794 Dundas St West, Toronto, M6J 1V1

Caribbean meets Asian street food in an unexpected yet delicious union. This colourful space in Dundas West serves up dishes you won’t find anywhere else, like kimchi potstickers done “pierogi-style”, and a Jamaican patty double down featuring bacon, Swiss cheese fondue, and Sriracha.

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5. Yasu 81 Harbord St, Toronto, M5S 1G4 (The Annex)

With seating for only 12, this tiny, tucked-away sushi joint on the South end of The Annex is a haven for anyone who truly appreciates high-quality seafood. For $80 a person you get 18 pieces of edomae sushi and dessert, and what you eat is entirely up to the chef. A visit to YASU is a primer in adventurous eating-- sample ingredients come from as Sri Lanka and are so diverse as to include Ankimo, otherwise known as the "foie gras of the sea."

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6. Buca Yorkville 53 Scollard St, Toronto, M5R 0A1 (The Church And Wellesley)

Buca Yorkville is the seafood-centric sibling to Buca and Bar Buca. You can still get the repeat visit-worthy pizzas and pastas Buca is so well-known for at this incarnation, but the emphasis here is decidedly more pescatarian -- think cured fish platters, seafood-filled pastas, and a daily whole fish option.

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7. Luckee 328 Wellington St W, Toronto, M5V 3T4

This sleek space is vibrant, elegant, and very much the opposite of that hole-in-the-wall you might go to in Chinatown after a night of drinking. The creative menu is comprised of what Chef Susur Lee dubs “Nouvelle Chinoise cuisine” and on it you’ll find flavourful items inspired by several regions of China, including the Hunan, Shanghai, and Szechuan regions.

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8. Rasa 196 Robert St, Toronto, M5S 2K7 (Harbord Village)

Located in Harbord Village, the cozy, inviting space serves a globally-inspired menu big on bold flavours, creative preparation, and textures that surprise the palette.

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9. Montecito Restaurant 299 Adelaide St W, Toronto, M5V 1P7

This two-story space in the Entertainment District has a massive dining room, an upstairs lounge, private dining areas, as well as a large patio, and a menu that changes with what’s in season (usually featuring fare like confit duck, or a sharing ribeye) and uses local suppliers who're all handily listed on the menu.

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10. DaiLo 503 College St, Toronto, M6J 2J3 (Little Italy)

This Asian brasserie in Little Italy is divided into two parts: downstairs is a sit down restaurant with a full dinner menu, while upstairs is more casual, featuring bar snacks like Peking duck,and mushroom & scallion tacos.

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11. Fat Pasha 414 Dupont St, Toronto, M5R 1V9 (The Annex)

Yes, this place is busy, loud, and small, but that won’t matter when you take your first lustful bite of Fat Pasha’s falafel, perfectly crisp on the outside and pillowy soft inside -- ideally dragged through house-made hummus. And whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the whole (or half) roast cauliflower, doused in pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, tahini, and salty halloumi cheese.

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