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Craving Italian or Indian? Looking for the best steak or a vegetarian buffet? Start here.
Note: Because restaurant picks are so subjective, wherever possible this page links to threads on the Toronto Forum discussing each type of cuisine, and to reviews from major Toronto publications. You may also want to see the Dining Overview page for links to review sites, restaurant guides, and more.
You can never cover everything about Toronto Chinese, and there are more opinions than there are dialects in China. Two places to start:
Just east of downtown, Batifole is a great little bistro tucked into Chinatown East (along Gerrard, a few blocks east of Broadview; by TTC take the 506 streetcar east from College subway station).
Much further out, nestled in a ravine along Yonge Street south of Highway 401 (York Mills subway station), you'll find Auberge du Pommier . It's a beautiful spot with a classic French menu, more fine-dining than bistro and more expensive.
Just east of downtown, there's an area known as Greektown along Danforth Avenue (known as "The Danforth" to locals; by subway, get off at Chester). Not surprisingly, this area dominates the discussion of the best Greek restaurants from the TripAdvisor Toronto Forum.
For lunch buffets, top picks are Little India and Trimurti, both on Queen, just west of University. For high-end Indian, The Host in Yorkville and Debu Saha's Biryani House, near Wellesley and Yonge, are the choice of South Asians serious about food.
The Little India neighbourhood serves up at least a dozen great options along Gerrard Street East. (Take the 506 streetcar east from College subway station; most choices are between Greenwood and Coxwell.) Lahore Tikka House is a great choice for northern halal, and Udupi Palace is a favorite for South Asian vegetarian cuisine. Garam Masala for reasonable fine indian restaurant. If you're a bit adventurous, just go to the neighbourhood and follow the crowds.
Most of the major chain steakhouses have Toronto locations, often in hotels, but according to the discussion in the TripAdvisor Toronto forum, some independent choices are the local favourites. (The original poster followed up with a review.)
Toronto also has a range of vegetarian restaurants with the café atmosphere of Fresh by Juice for Life, which offers both vegan and vegetarian options in fusion cuisine, to the pay-by-weight buffet style of Le Commensal.