Toronto is an incredibly diverse city, but did you know that the best way to explore the area’s different cultures is through food? Check out these authentic and inspired takes on different popular cuisines in Canada’s largest city! 


1. Lamesa

Cuisine: Filipino

Price range: $

Though this restaurant is listed as Filipino fare online, it actually doesn’t serve traditional Filipino food— instead, it offers Filipino-inspired dishes. The menu, divided into sections with quirky subtitles (such as “just like you” under “Specials”), boasts a variety of Silogs, a classic Filipino breakfast dish. They also offer Discovery Dinners and Discovery Brunches, which allow two customers to experience a wide range of Filipino comfort foods without ordering everything individually off the menu. 



Cuisine: Italian/Mediterranean

Price range: $$

This unique restaurant focuses primarily on Sicilian dishes and culinary traditions while also dipping into other Mediterranean foods. The delicious menu consists of ethically sourced meat, fresh-caught fish, handmade artisanal pasta, and more food that tastes authentic to Italy. DOVA also offers customers the opportunity to shop from their pantry and purchase incredible Italian olive oils, pasta sauces, and dark chocolate bars in a range of flavors from a Sicilian chocolatier. 


3. Laissez Faire

Cuisine: French 

Price range: $$

With a name that roughly translates to “allowing things to happen,” this restaurant has a laid-back atmosphere while still boasting chic decor and sophisticated sharing plates. The menu features upscale eats ranging from truffle gnocchi to roasted acorn squash. If you’re looking for an elegant dining experience with French-inspired foods, look no further than Laissez-Faire. 


4. Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen

Cuisine: Caribbean

Price range: $$

This homestyle restaurant provides a healthy twist on typical Caribbean foods while leaning into the warmth and hospitality of Jamaican culture. Complete with a rum-tasting section, the menu features jerk chicken, oxtail stew, and Jamaican patties among other Caribbean comfort foods. Swing by during Island Time— their version of happy hour— for creative cocktails and “Likkle Bites.”


5. Ruby Soho

Cuisine: American

Price range: $$

Grab some delicious craft cocktails late at night at Ruby Soho— or pay a visit to the restaurant a little earlier to enjoy their expansive menu of twists on classic pub fare. From lobster bacon mac & cheese to vegan chorizo, there’s a variety of options for good eats at this casual bar. Their wide range of starters and sharers is great for groups, and their brunch menu offers cereal milk pancakes to die for. 


6. Grand Electric

Cuisine: Mexican 

Price range: $

From tacos to quesadillas, this Mexican restaurant has all the staples. The menu offers a range of different protein options to put in your flour tortilla or organic corn taco shell, any of which you can pair with their inspired collection of cocktails. Or, ask about their small selection of organic or biodynamic wines to complement their vegan guacamole & chips! 

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