I recently visited my friend Cindy Gordon who runs Helix Commerce International in Toronto. It specializes in knowledge management and collaboration commerce services. Cindy is a long time resident and she gave me her favorites places to eat there. They variety of places is a good sampling of the diversity of Toronto places. I lived there in the early 19070s and remember it is a great place for many ethic restaurants.
Su Sur is an Asian/Fusion place in the King West Village area of downtown Toronto. It looks quite upscale and the chef, Su Sur Lee, has a new cook book out that you can see on their site. The site indicates that a UK restaurant magazine rated it as one of the top 50 places in the world. They have a 14 course tasting menu that diminishes in size as you go along. It is located at 601 King Street (416) 603-2205.
Joso’s is a Mediterranean seafood place in a converted old house, located on the Northern edge of Yorkville. In the summer you can sit outside which is really the only way to eat Mediterranean seafood. It is located at 202 Davenport Road, (416) 925-1903
Jump offers good food and good people watching. Frommer’s says that “Jump is, appropriately enough, always hopping. A sprawling space in Commerce Court, it can be tricky to find. Just follow the buzz -- as the decibel level rises (above romantic, but not uncomfortable), you'll know you're on the right track. Power brokers drop by for lunch or after-work drinks. The dinner scene is a mix of celebratory couples and suits in deal-making mode.” They also the food is really good. On the other hand their web site is too cute and flashy so it is hard to get information from it. We will excuse this since the food is great. It is located at 1 Wellington St. W near the King Street subway stop. 416/363-3400
Millie’s Bistro & Gourmet Market is rated by Frommer’s as best for kids with sdunny rooms and a special kids menu. It is located at 1980 Avenue Road, (416) 481-1247.
Nami is a Japanese seafood restaurant in the St. Lawrence market which is a good place to go. The New York Times quotes Foder’s, “You're likely to see a chef toss all manner of edibles on the grill: soft-shell crab, skewers of scallops and shrimp, and asparagus, which is raised to its highest potential when prepared this way.” So bring an apron. It is located at 55 Adelaide St. E. (416) 362-7373
Canoe is a long time favorite of the best places to eat in Toronto lists such as Gourmet’s. It describes the décor as elegantly minimalist with clever references to our national heritage. I could not think of a better set up for something funny to write in response but I will leave that to your imagination. It is located in the 54th Floor, Toronto Dominion Bank Tower 66 Wellington Street West 416-364-0054