Please Critique My Toronto Must-Try List (Updated and Revised)
Here is my newly revised list for places I would like to try. Essentially I am hoping my list reflects Toronto’s “best of” for various price-points. Comments and suggestions are welcome! Let me know if you think I am missing any cateogories. I am happy to remove restaurants if necessary as well.
Aboriginal – Keriwa Cafe
Afghan – Bamiyan Kebab, Pamier Kabab
American/Canadian – Actinolite, Ursa, Harbord Room, Acadia, Black Hoof, Marben, Woodlot, Grand Electric, (have been to Burger’s Priest and Holy Chuck)
Bakeries/Ice Cream/Treats - Patisserie Royale for Middle Eastern (have been to Prairie Girl)
BBQ/Burgers – Barque, Big Smoke Burger, Goody’s Diner, Hadley’s, Paul and Sandy’s, Queen and Beaver (for the burger) and Buster Rhino's in Whitby (have been to Big Bone BBQ in Newmarket, Stack and Stockyards)
Chinese - New Sky, Yuen Tung, Spadina Garden, Congee Queen (Don Mills and Lawrence) and Brilliant Chinese in Markham (have been to Asian Legend at Leslie/7 and Lee Garden)
Dim Sum – Bamboo, Crown Princess, Rol San or Pearl
Dim Sum (Uptown) - Dragon Dynasty - Sheppard & Brimley, Yang's - 9665 Bayview Ave.,,Casa Imperial - Steeles & Warden, Casa Victoria - Warden & Hwy 7, Empire Court - Hilton Suite, Hwy 7, Markham
Ethiopian – Dukem
French - Pastis, Le Select, La Cigogne (tarte flambee on Saturdays) (have been to Didier, Celestin, Coquine and Le Papillon)
Greek – Pantheon, Avli, Pan, Volos
Indian - Copper Chimney or Jaipur Grille, Sher-E-Punjab, Savera and Saravanna Bhavann
Italian – Splendido, Scaramouche, Paese (King location), Tutti Mati, Mistura and Enoteca Sociale (have been to Buca, Campagnolo and Scarpetta)
Japanese - Zen, Guu Izakaya, Koyoi (have been to Qi and Solo Sushi-Ya in Newmarket)
Korean - ?
Lebanese – Paramount?
“Mexican” – Frida, Grand Electric, Agave y Aguacate, Rebozos, La Bella Managua (have been to El Rincon, Milagro and Playa Cabana ).
Pizza - Pizzeria Libretto, Pizza e Pazzi, Queen Margherita (going to Danforth location of Libretto this weekend)
Polish - Cafe Polonez
Portuguese - Bairrada Churrassqueira, Churrasqueira Estrela, Banaboia (have been to Bloor Village Grill and Chiado)
Sandwiches - Porchetta & Co, Cora's Kitchen, Buster’s Sea Cove, Bahn Mi Boys, Hey Meatball, California Sandwiches, Nino D'Aversa Italian Salumi
Seafood – Starfish, Catch, Rodney’s
Thai – Suko Thai (have been to Khao San Road, Linda and Mengrai)
Vietnamese – Pho Phuong, Tien Thanh
Brilliant in Markham is closed!
For higher end Chinese, head over to Yang's or the Emperor, both in Richmond Hill, instead.
For less formal, try Maple Yip or Honest Kitchen at Sheppard and Midland in Scarborough.
British Gastro-pub: The Grove!!
Middle Eastern/Lebanese - Instead of Paramount, I like Sababa, on Steeles, between Yonge and Bathurst.
Seafood: Instead of Rodney's either Zee Grill or Diana's
BTW, Splendido, despite of the name IS NOT Italian. Its fine dining French/Continental. So is Scaramouche!
I'd describe Keriwa as upscale/contemporary/continental with a few traditional First Nations ingredients/elements thrown in the mix rather than Aboriginal.
Mot Na Son and Seoul House for Korean
Black Camel for sandwiches
Not a fan of Tutti Matti. I plan to try the Italian brunch at Lil Baci Taverna on Yonge near Davisville in the near future. I also want to try Black Skirt, for its southern Italian food. http://www.blackskirtrestaurant.com/