We’ve gone around the city trying to find the best Toronto eats - it’s a difficult ask, but someone’s got to do it. From sushi to pasta, we have left no stone unturned, so take a look and let us know if you agree!
1. Oretta - Cacio e Pepe
Someone once told us that the authenticity of an Italian restaurant lies within their Cacio e Pepe. A traditional Roman pasta dish that only requires 4 main ingredients, but if done wrong it’s definitely a travesty. Luckily Oretta’s take is spot on and elevated by being served tableside in a giant Parmesan Wheel! It’s meant to be shared between 2 but we won’t tell if you keep it all to yourself!
2. Trattoria Milano - Eataly Toronto - Veal Milanese
Few things excite us more than a perfectly crisp Milanese and Eataly has truly finessed it. You have the choice of Chicken, Pork or Veal but let’s be honest there’s no competing with a traditional ‘Elephant Ear’ thinly pounded bone-in veal chop. Just looking at it makes our mouths water. Pair it with one of their fresh pastas and don’t forget to stop by their Italian market to take home some treats.
3. Salmon Temaki - Muni Robata
If you’re looking for super fresh fish in the city, look no further than Muni Robata. After opening in late 2021, this hidden gem is starting to become a staple of the Toronto foodie scene. From interesting sushi rolls to authentic Sukiyaki, there were many dishes to highlight, however, our top choice has to be the Salmon Temaki. Whilst more accurately described as a sushi taco, this handheld bite is held together in a crispy nori shell and is bursting with fresh citrus from the yuzu mayo.
4. Rasa - Chopped Salad
Okay, so we know this probably isn’t a hot take, but there’s something about this salad that always hits the spot. It consists of kale, Napa cabbage, quinoa, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, grapes, mint & parsley with a red wine vinaigrette and of course you can’t forget the jalapeño feta smear. It gets finished off with crumbled feta, sumac and addictive harissa chickpeas. It's hearty enough as a mid-week dinner or split it with a friend and have it alongside their equally infamous burger - either way you can’t go wrong.
5. Emmer - Morning Bun
Is it our toxic trait that we think we’ve stumbled upon a hidden gem when really it’s one of Toronto’s worst-kept secrets? Yes, yes it is. But that doesn’t make the pastries at Emmer any less delectable. Whilst the crowds come in large and early for the pistachio croissants, the Morning Bun is what catches our eye every time. It looks low-key, but the taste is anything but that. Layers of flaky dough, which can best be described as a cross between a croissant and a doughnut and then covered in cinnamon sugar. There truly is no better start to your day! P.S. Don’t skip on the eggplant halloumi toast - you can thank us later.