Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Montecito Restaurant299 Adelaide St W, Toronto
2. DaiLo503 College St, Toronto
3. Mamakas Taverna80 Ossingnton, Toronto
4. Fat Pasha414 Dupont St, Toronto
5. Pai18 Duncan St, Toronto
6. Cluny Bistro35 Tank House Ln, Toronto
7. People's Eatery307 Spadina Ave, Toronto
8. Thoroughbred Food & Drink304 Richmond St W, Toronto
9. Nodo2885 Dundas St, Toronto
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.
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.
Designed to look like an open-air Greek market, MT features a variety of flavourful mezzes, grilled items, salads, and sides in Ossington.
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.
Fancy a trip to Thailand but the budget gods haven’t bestowed enough extra zeros to the end of your bank statement? Head straight for Pai. The design of the space takes inspiration directly from its name (a town in Northern Thailand) and the décor reflects the region. The menu boasts delicious pad Thai, and creamy khao soi; a Northern Thai specialty w/ egg noodles in a golden curry topped with crispy noodles.
Cluny’s 11,000sqft of space is designed to look like a French bistro, and the menu is divided into sections incl. small plates, a raw bar and seafood counter, large plates, and a cheese section.
This two-story space in Chinatown bills itself as two eateries in one. The main floor is where to go for more snack-style fare (potato latkes, a deluxe smoked fish plate, etc.), while upstairs you get a set menu (BBQ pork bao, a Peking duck platter, etc.) and more formal, yet still easygoing space where everything can be ordered with or without drink pairings.
Housed in a three-story Victorian in the Entertainment District, Thoroughbred's food is billed as contemporary Canadian, which basically gives the place license to serve just about anything, and it does so with options like Kung pao cauliflower, and a mixed Waldorf salad w/ miso & almond.
This casual whitewashed eatery, housed in a former antique shop, features homey Italian fare with a sophisticated twist. Try the house-made gnocchi, pizzas, or the Terra e Bosco (“earth to forest”) platter, an almost-too-pretty-to-eat deconstructed salad of vibrant veggies scattered artfully among dollops of citrusy ricotta cream sauce.