Toronto is a city filled with international foodies and there’s tons of options for a family of adventurous eaters.
Here are 6 family friendly restaurants in or around Toronto serving up unique and cultural dishes.
1. Omakase at Sushi Kaji
If you’re a sushi fan, a short drive west to Etobicoke you’ll find Sushi Kaji. Specializing in omakase (chef’s tasting menu) this sushi restaurant features the freshest raw fish dishes in the city.
It is a bit of a splurge as omakase is the only option at Sushi Kaji. You will not find sushi pizza or california rolls here but after the first bite, you’ll know why. Every dish is unique and the tasting menu changes from day to day.
2. Green Eggs and Ham Pizza at PIE Wood Fired Pizza Joint
Not your typical pizza, the Green Eggs and Ham Pizza at PIE Wood Fired Pizza Joint features pesto, potato, parmesan, bacon, spinach and eggs. PIE is located in the eastern part of Toronto in Pickering and is only 15 minutes away from the Toronto Zoo.
3. Anything at Smoke’s Poutinerie
If you haven’t tried poutine, you absolutely must. Fries, gravy, cheese curds – the ultimate cold weather comfort food. Smoke’s Poutinerie has several locations as well as some unique flavour combinations.
There’s even a food truck inside the Toronto Zoo. Poutine and then pizza afterwards? Sounds like an awesome day to me!
4. Okonomiyaki Fries & Sukiyaki Pasta at Shiso Tree Cafe
Still continuing with fries dishes, Shiso Tree Cafe in Markham (20 minutes north of Toronto) dresses up french fries with steak sauce, Japanese mayo, bonito fish flakes and green onions.
Shiso Tree Cafe is the only Japanese Italian fusion restaurant in the city and is worth the drive north.
All pasta dishes have a Japanese twist to them and we love the Sukiyaki – thinly sliced beef rib eye cooked with Japanese soya suace and beef jus. Pasta and meat are topped with mushooms, green onions, nori & shiso.
5. Pulled Pork Kimchi Fries at Banh Mi Boys
Tired of fries yet? Here’s one last french fry dish – Pulled Pork Kimchi Fries from Banh Mi Boys.
Savory meets sweet as kimchi (pickled cabbage), mayo, pulled pork and green onions are poured over freshly made french fries. One box of these is enough for lunch and most of the time we end up having to split it because it is quite heavy.
6. Crack Pie at Momofuku Milk Bar
Technically this isn’t a dish but a dessert. Crack Pie gained an international following when it debuted at David Chang’s NYC Momofuku restaurant and now visitors to Toronto and Torontonians can find it inside the Shangri-La hotel at Momofuku Milk Bar.
It’s is everything people say it is – and more. Sugary sweet, dense and addictive – a slice of pie will set you back $6. Can’t make it to Momofuku? They can deliver an entire pie to you but shipping costs are quite high as it’s coming from New York. Expect anywhere from US$45-60 for shipping.
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