FOR EXPLORATORY EATERS
Adventurous taste buds can get an ample workout at the city’s internationally flavoured hot spots. Now a few years removed from the hype of its opening, Foxley continues to be a fave of lay-diners and discerning critics alike thanks to chef Tom Thai’s stimulating combination of Southeast Asian and South American cookery.
More focused Asian dining experiences can be had at Chinese restaurant Lai Wah Heen, with its world-famous dim sum, Korean favourite Swish by Han, boisterous Japanese izakaya Guu and trendy Thai boîte Khao San Road. If you’re seeking something slightly more familiar—but no less zesty—the fresh fare of the Mediterranean is held in high regard at Estiatorio Volos, while Spanish tapas rules the day at Cava. Of course, Canadian cuisine can also be bold: look no further than hipster haunts The Black Hoof and Parts and Labour for some of T.O.’s more audacious preparations of meat, marrow and more.
Bonus: World-Beating Dishes
Savour these distinctive international favourites right here in Toronto.
- Rajasthani-style beef tenderloin in a red curry with house-made spices, 259 Host
- Ethiopian shiro wat, a puree of roasted spiced peas, Addis Ababa
- Red chicken curry with lychee, Mengrai Gourmet Thai
- Persian fesenjaan stew with mushrooms or chicken, The Pomegranate
- Roasted beet ravioli, Zucca Trattoria