Toronto is full of great restaurants meaning you don’t have to go very far to taste the cuisines of the world. It seems like new restaurants are popping up almost every week and we know that it’s hard to keep up. With time and budget restrictions, you might not be able to make it out to all of Toronto’s new restaurants, but these are our suggestions for Toronto restaurants to try this fall:
1. Cafe Boulud
Located at the Four Seasons in Yorkville, the newly revamped Cafe Boulud is where to go if you’re looking to impress. Though the heart of the menu is traditionally French, it shines a spotlight on fresh Canadian ingredients. We suggest trying their Beignets de Calamar or anything made on their top-of-the-line Rotisol – the rotisserie chicken on potatoes and peppery greens, and the rotisserie lobster with bok choy cabbage and ginger beurre blanc are are superb!
2. Miss Thing’s
This pan-Asian, Polynesian-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar recently moved into the Wrongbar venue in Parkdale – providing a tropical escape for Torontonians without being overly tacky. House cocktails are served in playful vessels and because we believe in putting fried egg on just about anything, we suggest trying the Loco Moco – a marinated flank steak with a duck egg on coconut rice.
The doors of this new Parkdale spot opened just this fall and there is already tons of buzz surrounding it. The menu has seafood focus with an Italian spin. Dishes like Swordfish Crudo and Calamari Ragu Risotto steal the show. If you’re in the hood, this spot is a must-try for seafood lovers.
4. Bobbie Sue’s
The owner’s behind Poutini’s House of Poutine have recently opened a mac and cheese joint on Ossington Avenue. On the menu, there are a variety of delicious cheesy pastas to try including a classic, blue buffalo chicken, pulled pork, and carbonara. Prices start at just $5 and top at $12!
5. Rickshaw Bar
Located on Queen St. West, Rickshaw Bar serves up small dishes and snack sized plates with an Indian and Thai influence. The menu is a prime spot for vegetarians with dishes like roasted cauliflower with coconut, cilantro, mint, jalapeno and lime, and paratha tacos, but a fun spot for meat-lovers to check out as well.
Inspired by the streets of bustling Taipai, Kanpai Snack bar brings Taiwanese flavours to Toronto’s Cabbagetown. The menu is full of xiaochi or “cheap snacks” with hip-hop inspired names such as a Tribe Called Hakka (hakka-style spicy stirfry), Piggie Smalls (deep fried pork belly), and a 12-piece Taiwanese fried chicken platter that comes with a 6-pack of PBR, tater slaw, fried rice, Taiwanese antipasto and a side of bao with teriyaki butter.