Established in 2009, Guu is an Izakaya styled restaurant and one of the best Asian restaurant in the city. Celebrating Japanese culture, the restaurant serves Izakaya style food and drinks. Traditional and authentic dishes include appetizers like Kurage - Marinated Jellyfish, Takowasabi - Marinated Octopus with wasabi stem, Grilled dishes like Karubi - Grilled beef short ribs with scallion sauce and noodle dishes like the tantalizing Kimchi Udon - Udon noodles with spicy cod roe, topped with kimchi. Make sure to ask and serve the 'Soup of the day', their delicious innovative chef's special soups are worth trying. Dessert options include cheesecakes, ice-creams, but try their 'Banana Tempera' - deep friend banana with coconut ice cream and chocolate & mango sauce! If you want to try something different for a change then this restaurant is worth a visit!
Dark interiors, country style décor, low lighting, a huge crowd and live music greet you as you enter the portals of The Dakota Tavern. Gorge on lip smacking mac and cheese, crunchy red cabbage, spiced nuts and cherry tomato salad, and fish served on tacos with cabbage and lime, as you listen to some fine country music. On their famous brunch days, your platter is lined up with unlimited food: cheese, steak, bacon, eggs, juice, coffee, pancakes among other goodies, that you can wash down with a mug of chilled beer. This is a good place to meet new people, groove to good music and have a filling meal.
Odd Seoul, as the name suggests is a Korean cuisine restaurant with an understated decor. Their food, however is absolutely delicious and includes dishes such as deviled eggs, bulgogi cheesesteak, pork neck and avocado slaw, along with an interesting range of cocktails. One will often find old school hip-hop playing in the restaurant to add to the overall relaxed vibe. The staff is very friendly and helpful; however the restaurant is small and it is advisable that you make a reservation.
If the divine smell of tandoori dishes make you hungry, then you have to visit Banjara, the amazing Indian restaurant in the heart of Koreatown. Located just next to Christie Pits Park, this little eatery has a modest ambiance, which seems perfect for a casual meal, or a quick take-away. Specializing in making tandoori dishes, the restaurant features a all-you-can-eat menu of 20 dishes, which are absolutely mouth-watering. An al-a-carte option is also available, for those who like a bit of indulgence, when it comes to biryanis and fat-laden kulchas. While all their dishes are simply gorgeous, the ones that customers seem to love include, butter chicken, mango lassi, Lamb Roganjosh and Navratan Korma.
Located in the bustling Queen West neighborhood, a meal at Alo Restaurant is a getaway that oozes class and charm. Subtle powder-blue tables, armchairs and booths are spaciously scattered throughout, giving this chic restaurant and bar and incredibly intimate ambiance. Dine on perfectly plated and delectable French cuisine dishes that are prepared with a contemporary twist. Bar Alo serves up perfectly crafted cocktails to complete a fantastic evening.
Bakerbots Baking opened in 2011 and is the brainchild of artist and baker, Rosanne Pezzelli. It is considered to be the best place in town for ice cream sandwiches. This tiny shop also has yummy cookies, macarons, cupcakes and cakes in their menu. You can choose your cookie and ice cream for your sandwiches that includes flavors like Ginger Molasses, Oatmeal and The Everything in cookies and French Mint, Maple Bacon and Guinness Stout in their rotating ice cream selection. The best option would be to check out their blackboard for combinations. It is indeed a nice stopover for sweet indulgences.
Sugo means sauce in Italian and this classic Italian-American diner sure knows to whip up some great comfort food. Since sauces play a vital role in Italian cuisine, this place takes them seriously no matter the type or color. The brainchild of a trio of self confessed Italian food lovers, this place is reminiscent of a traditional trattoria. Red and white checkered tablecloths, with a mimicking floor and white walls adorned with photos and artworks give it a we;coming ambiance. The foosball table is an additive part of the restaurant. Though their menu is limited, you can be sure of delicious goodness. These include the likes of tasty pastas, salads and sandwiches.
Enjoy a plethora of baked delicacies at Blackbird Baking, a local bakery established in 2011. Owned and operated by chef Simon Blackwell, the bakery is located in the vibrant Kensington Market neighborhood. Returning customers like their freshly baked bread varieties and cakes. Apart from their baked specials, they also serve burgers, puffs, rolls and sandwiches. Must try at this bakery is their Flour-less Chocolate Walnut Cake, Vanilla Cream Puff and Moroccan Flat Bread.
Pai Northern Thai Kitchen, is a family run restaurant known to cook authentic Asian cuisine with a traditional touch. The restaurant has also been featured in Now magazine for being one of the best restaurants in Toronto. Some of the specialties prepared here are Kung Tawt, Thai Fried Rice and Panang Beef Curry. A must try for trying out some of the best Thai cuisine, prepared by chef Nuit, who left her profession as a nurse to become a great chef here.
Rasa is a cozy restaurant serving innovative Canadian cuisine in Toronto. The place has an intimate setting with appropriate furnishing and an open kitchen. Their menu keeps evolving and Smoked Trout Dish and Beef Tongue Steak are some of the popular items from their extensive list. The restaurant has a friendly staff and they offer sharing as well as tasting menus for the benefit of the crowd.
Sushi Wa is a small and cosy bistro with two beautiful patios. They serve classic Japanese dishes with hints of Korean fusion. The menu has a variety of Japanese cuisines, but the recommended is the Tempura, Sushi and Sashimi bento, which is served in large portions and is certainly a good value for your money. Do visit this eatery to enjoy your favorite Sushi, and above all, meet the owner, Joseph, who is very friendly and makes the dining experience even more memorable.