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Globe-Trot at the Table

CHINESE You’re spoilt for choice: Dim sum destination Lai Wah Heen was voted Where Toronto‘s 2007 MMM Award–winner for Best Chinese. Its sister resto, Lai Toh Heen, is a more casual place for Cantonese and other mainland dishes. In the west end, try Grand Chinese Cuisine, with formal service and broad menu selections—don’t miss the golden deep-fried dumplings with shrimp and pork.

ITALIAN Head over to Terroni for authentic thin-crust pizzas, Kit Kat Italian Bar & Grill for pasta, and Little Anthony’s, where it’s homemade! Angelini’s (page 81) tenders classic dishes like veal marsala, and Florentine Court has been around for 40 years for a reason. Favourites in the Little Italy neighbourhood include La Forchetta, with offerings like osso bucco and more than 600 wines, and Coco Lezzone, a romantic spot that fuses Italian with Mediterranean cuisine and boasts dishes like wild mushroom risotto and grilled veal scalloppine.

INDIAN At Babur, dishes hail from northern India, like its specialty tandoori and butter chicken. The recent reno at 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence is just one reason to go—better ones include the lunch buffet and extensive, taste-inventive menu. New buffet items appear weekly at family-run favourite Little India Restaurant, complementing à la carte meals like chicken tikka masala or curried lamb vindaloo.

MEDITERRANEAN For Portuguese, the place to go is Chiado, where Emeril eats when he’s in town. Good Greek abounds at Avli—the unparalleled skordalia dip there tastes like the gods themselves have offered up their recipe for ambrosia. Pan On The Danforth serves up traditional Hellenic fare with a twist, and Christina’s On The Danforth, the 2007 MMM Award–winner for Best Greek, marries Grecian cookery with live belly dancing. For dessert, Gallic pastries are a big hit at Le Petit Gourmet (1064 Yonge St., 416-966-3811).

LATIN Try house-made tortillas and pork cooked in banana leaves with Yucatán spices at Milagro Restaurante. Spice it up at hot Kensington hangout Torito Tapas Bar, which mixes Spanish, Chilean and Argentinean flavours with aplomb.

AFRICAN Drop your fork in favour of eating Ethiopian with your hands, such as warm bread-pancake-like injera topped with meat or vegetables served at Addis Ababa (1184 Queen St. W., 416-538-0059) or Sheba Ethiopian (418 College St., 416-963-5527). 93 Harbord melds Middle Eastern and North African dishes like tagine with veg, plus halal and organic options. For French-Moroccan food accompanied by a belly dancing show (join them if you dare!) amid a colourful-lantern decor, visit The Sultan’s Tent & Café Moroc.

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