Toronto great, not just good, food recs - HELP!
Food obsessed Calgarian here, in town for a week, and looking for suggestions for the best your city has to offer.....if it helps, I am pretty adventurous and am willing to explore the downtown area in search of great food....so bring it on! One caveat though, will be dining with an infant so child friendly, or at least tolerant, is a must!
The restaurant options in Toronto are enormously varied and words like "great" and "best" are quite subjective, so making recommendations here is a bit of a challenge. For example, it would help to know how much money you want to spend per person per meal, what kind of atmosphere you enjoy (ie. very formal, or casual, or hipster cool, etc.) and how open you are to more exotic foods (say, molecular gastronomy or charcuterie) or ethnic options (say, authentic Chinese, Japanese sushi, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, etc). You might want to search around on this board a bit to find other similar threads, see what things interest you, then post requests for help with more specific recommendations.
Here's are a couple recent threads from pending visitors that contain a variety of recommendations in different price ranges and parts of the city:
If it is truly the "best" you are seeking you'll get recommendations for expensive standbys like Canoe, Sushi Kaji, Splendido, George, Scaramouche, etc., all of which would result in excellent meals, but unless your budget is exceptional you'll probably not be able to eat every meal at these places!
As a visitor, I would also recommend breaking down your visit into trips to different parts of the city. Typical worthy locales would be Kensington Market/Chinatown, the St. Lawrence Market, Leslieville, West Queen West and the Ossington restaurant strip, and if you have access to a car, perhaps a trip out to Markham and Pacific Mall for a more modern authentic Chinese experience than the downtown Chinatown provides. If you search each of these you'll get an idea of the options available. Good luck!
Thanks for the suggestions so far! I am staying in the Yorkville area and am willing to explore a bit for good food, though ideally I would like to focus on downtown. Re: money, I don't have upper or lower limits on $ amount, as long as i get the value for money spent, so great dim sum, wow-worthy bistro fare, amazing sushi, a delicious roti....all of these and more are what I am looking for.
Wow. Where do I start? Despite what you may read here, I think Toronto has amazing food & I am a huge fan. With a small kid, Pizza Margarheta, a restaurant in China Town, such as Lee Garden, St. Lawrence Market (try to go during the week, they are way too busy on a Saturday and closed on Sunday), The Brickworks farmer's Market on Saturday (I know...two farmer's markets? But Brickworks often has awesome chefs making fresh, local food there on the weekend).
That's all I can contribute before my coffee...more later maybe.
St. Lawrence Market
92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA
Lee Garden Restaurant
331 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA