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.
One thing that this coffee-house is clearly extremely proud of is its hospitality & customer service; with good reason, too. It regularly features in local magazines' lists of the best coffee joints in Toronto. The varied coffees on the menu are accompanied by an assortment of baked goods & sandwiches, made from fresh produce and approved even by lovers of all things organic. Jimmy's Coffee also aims to give a boost to the local art-scene by exhibiting works by local artists on its walls.
Step into Guu SakaBar and get transported right to Japan. The setting is authentically Japanese, with low seating and plain wooden low tables. The Tofu Steak, which is fried tofu with mushroom sauce and Yaki Udon, which is pan fried udon noodles with beef, mushrooms and scallion are wildly popular. The restaurant is located smack in the middle of Koreatown and is easily reachable by public transport. So the next time you’re in town, drop into Guu SakaBar for a flavorsome Japanese experience.
The Kitten and the Bear is the perfect place for afternoon tea, or morning tea, or evening tea, or tea anytime! Step inside this charming and tiny store and tea house to enjoy the friendly and cozy atmosphere along with amazing treats. Pick from their delightful selection of tea and try some of their delicious selection of jams and preserves, the perfect compliment to their tasty homemade scones. The tea house only has a few tables, making this a true hidden gem, though you're welcome to take their amazing products to-go. The Kitten and the Bear also serves delicious coffee.
A haven for hardcore carnivores, Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse is one of the finest restaurants, to serve deliciously handcrafted steaks. Located in the Fashion District, this lovey steakhouse, also doubles as a piano bar, where you can sit for hours and listen to the pianist play. Offering a lavish ambiance and courteous service, the restaurant serves an eclectic menu of meats, which are sourced from the best possible places. Eclectic and divine, the menu consists of a wide range of dishes, to please everyone's palette. Opt to try the Kurobuta Pork Ribeye, Dungeness Crab Salad, Beef Tartar and Seafood Tower, which promises to be as awesome as the list of house-aged steaks. The delicious desserts on offer include Monkey Bread, Pumpkin Cheesecake and the divine 12 Layer Chocolate Cake. Reserve a table for that special occasion, and allow the team at Jacob's to take you on an unforgettable gastronomical journey.
As the name suggests, Esther’s Soup Kitchen is a establishment serving flavorful and tasty soups. Nestled within the Cumberland Terrace, it is the best place if you are not looking for a complete meal but a delicious substitute for lunch. It serves variety of soups everyday, and patrons can even mix two soups of their choices. Call for details.
This in-house cafe is a trendy extension of the classy Holt Renfrew store. Subdued elegance with simplistic yet elegant decor makes for a dining space that is ideal for a business luncheon as well as friendly lunch. You can choose from short eats like Heirloom Carrot Salad, Brunch Tartine, Roasted Herb Chicken Breast and savor it along with a glass of cocktail. If you are in no mood for meals, try ordering the Indian teas that are infused with varied herbs and flavors. And, last but not the least, Holts Café offers 'sharing plates' option to its diners. For details, check website.
With a Tim Hortons down every alley in this area, this place is a good spot to enjoy a mid-day quick snack. Quite a popular outlet, this store is usually crowded, but the efficient staff will make sure that you have your order as soon as possible. Enjoy their range of coffees and teas, while kids will love their cold brews and milkshakes. Other dishes on the menu include burgers, sandwiches and wraps, as well as bagels, cookies, croissants and more.
Burgundy's offers a lavish ambience replete with peach walls adorned with attractive frames, a bar full of polished counters and sparkling liquor bottles. This bar is always bubbling with energy and excitement and offers a plethora of entertainment options such as pool tables and more than 10 high-definition television screens. Guests can start their meal with appetizers such as Kofta or Sultani Kabob, Tempura Calamari, Cajun Nachos Supreme and Five Spice Sweet Potatoes. Do not miss the Singapore Sling cocktail with triple sec, gin, cherry brandy, grenadine, orange and lemon juice. Customers can also unwind with Yellowtail Red Wine, chilled Strawberry Daiquiri, Mint Chocolate Martini and Melon Ball Shooter.
The Pilot Tavern, located in central Toronto specializes in contemporary food. Apart from being known for the delicious food served here, The Pilot Tavern is also known for the cozy atmosphere that envelopes this place. One more reason why this place is flocked on a regular basis is the number of events that take place here. Live concerts, social meet ups and corporate events take place in The Pilot Tavern on a regular basis. Check website for details.
Located at Yonge Street, Miss Korea serves delicious Korean specials. The interiors of the restaurant is quite modern and their service is very friendly. The must-try here are sam gyup sal, Kimchi Jjim, spicy seafood noodle soup, Spicy Pork Buns, Spicy Rice Cake with Pork Belly and tofu kimchi. They also have food with drinks combo. Though the main seating area is downstairs, they have karaoke room which can be pre-booked for parties. Miss Korea is a bit pricier than the other Asian restaurant in the vicinity but their portions are quite generous and the overall experience makes the visit worth it!