Best Chinese, Japanese, Greek and Italian
Favourite Greek: either Avli or Pappas Grill. Both are on Danforth. Avli is small and lovely - a little more expensive than others on the strip but also lacks that kitschy Greekness that the others have. Try their shrimp appetizer if it's available (it's done with fennel). They carry some interesting Greek wines if you're daring. Pappas Grill has the whole flaming cheese and souvlaki scene. Nice patio in summer.
I think all the tradional Greek restaurants are the same and I really believe there's one huge kitchen under ground the Danforth preparing Souvlakis for all the restaurants. Bears little resemblance to the food I ate in Greece. However, Lolita's Lust is located just west of the big Greek restaurants and is great. Gourmet food in a very casual, loud environment. Food has sort of a med feel to it, very fun and delicious.
Italian-Many choices-here's three
1) Noce-Queen about 4-5 blocks east of Dufferingreat homemade pasta in a beautiful spot
2)Trattoria Giancarlo-great food in a more hip enviroment in little Italy on College west of Bathurst
3)Mistura-Cal/Ital-grat food, Davenport west of Avenue,great food, beautiful place and beasutiful people
Chinese-Swatow, east side of Spadina about 2 blocks north of Dundas in the downtown Chinatown. Unique fook from the province Fukien-most dishes are ordinary however a couple are exceptional.
1) Shrimp Dumpling noodle soup (add a little chile oil). When you arrive you will see everyone is eating soup
2)Pan fried pork dumplings-unbelievable
3)Special noodles-loaded with veggies, shrimp, pork, the noodles are more like fettucine than chow mein noodles
4) beef and chinese brocoli