When visiting a new city, I always struggle with “Where to eat?” but I have to admit because of Toronto`s multicultural influence you can find delicious food anywhere. The restaurants below are the ones I had the pleasure of visiting and where I easily satisfied my taste buds.
Brassaii Restaurant and Lounge
Brassaii Restaurant, in the heart of King West District, is Toronto’s sophisticated nouveau riche cosmopolitan and culture destination. It was the perfect setting for a weekend brunch. Lots of sweets, but also savoury dishes on the menu: omelette, donuts, bacon, French toast, … they have it all.
Adres: 461 King St. W (west of Spadina)
Bannock, at Queen and Bay (right across from Eaton Mall, if you want to grab lunch), is partly grab-and-go, but also partly dine-in. They serve Canadian comfort food and it was here that I tried my first poutine. Poutine is a famous Canadian dish of French fries and fresh cheese curds, covered with brown gravy or sauce.
Address: 401 Bay St., Toronto M5H 2Y4
Lunch at CN Tower’s 360 Restaurant was a treat, not only for my taste buds, but also for my eyes. While enjoying a delightful lunch, you can take in the spectacular views over Toronto, because of the revolving restaurant at a height of more than 351 metres (1,151 ft). In 72 minutes you`ve made the whole 360 degrees. A 3-course lunch menu starts at 52 Canadian dollars.
Fun Fact: The CN Tower also houses the World`s Highest Wine Cellar.
Address: 301 Front Street West
E11even is a restaurant that embraces Toronto`s energy in the heart of the entertainment district. Just around the corner from the Air Canada Center, a sports and entertainment venue where sports games and concerts are held. My favorite on the menu here were the knife & fork ribs because the meat was so tender cooked it just fell off and tasted divine.
Address: 15 York Street
Mengrai Gourmet Thai
This was definitely a fun experience, as I was allowed in the kitchen to make my own Lemongrass Soup. Sasi Meechai-Lim is Canada`s most famous Thai chef who cooks for film stars like Antonio Banderas. We were spoiled here with a table filled with spicy Thai dishes to satisfy our appetite.
My very own cooked Lemongrass soup!
Address: 82 Ontario Street (Ontario and Richmond st/ North West corner)
Ciao Wine Bar
The Ciao Wine Bar, in the Yorkville District, close to nice shops, offers an authentic Italian experience. Here you can choose between a diversity of pizza`s to gnocchi and pasta while enjoying a relaxing atmosphere.
Address: 133 Yorkville Ave
Fifth Grill & Terrace
Located on the rooftop of an old warehouse and accessible by a private elevator, The Fifth Grill & Terrace is an experience that you should not miss. The heated year-round rooftop terrace usually offers for nice views over Toronto, unfortunately when I was there it was foggy, but that didn`t take away from the culinary experience.
Address: 225 Richmond St. West (entrance from the alleyway south side of building)
If you`re a sweet tooth, like me, then make sure you pay a visit to Café Crêpe for the best crêpes in Toronto!
Thanks to Toronto Tourism for inviting me. The opinions in this post are my own.
Have you been to Toronto? Where is your favorite restaurant?