In 2016, The Hubs and I continued travelling the world together from a two week vacation through Europe to weekend trips across the border. I’ve been terrible about blogging about my travel posts (in fact…none are up just yet) but I’ll be sharing them soon! Meanwhile in Toronto, it feels like more and more restaurants are hosting media events for Influencers. While, I always enjoy trying out newly opened restaurants and new menus, it was a a bit of a balancing act between attending events and visiting restaurants on my own. I still managed to find some new neighbourhood gems, restaurants I’ve already revisited and ones I hope to soon.

My hope for 2017, visit more restaurants on my ever growing wishlist (Canis, Doma, Le Banane) and get up early for brunch (The Commodore, Tabule Souk, White Lily Diner).

1. Shoushin

Rating/Price: 5.0 $$$$
Why? Indulgent, splurge worthy, high quality ingredients
Must Order: Omakase at the sushi bar
Good For? Special occasions, couples

2. Canoe

Rating/Price: 4.5 $$$$
Why? Classic Toronto restaurant, stunning view, beautiful plates
Must Order: Anything on special
Good For? Date night, special occasions, couples or small groups

3. Kookminhakgyo

Rating/Price: 4.5 $$
Why? Fun, unique decor, delicious authentic Korean BBQ
Must Order: Pork belly with skin
Good For? Small groups, carnivores

4. Branca

Rating/Price: 5.0 $$$
Why? Great service, fire roasted meats, the fries
Must Order: Short rib, ocotpus, fries
Good For? Groups, celebrations, birthday dinners

5. Aoyama

Rating/Price: 4.5 $$$
Why? High quality sushi at great value
Must Order: Omakase sushi set
Good For? Special occasions, sushi lovers, families, date night

6. Tendou Matcha & Dessert

Rating/Price: 4.5 $
Why? High quality matcha drinks and delicious desserts
Must Order: Cream puffs, houjicha latte
Good For? Dessert, small groups, takeout

7. Fishman Lobster Clubhouse

Rating/Price: 4.5 $$$
Why? Extravagant, interactive, high quality seafood
Must Order: Lobster tower
Good For? Big groups, family events, celebrations

Honorable Mentions:
Shinobu – 4.5 $$$
Kub Khao Thai Eatery – 4.5 $$
Mymy Chicken – 4.5 $
Pomegranate – 4.5 $$
Qin Tang Taste – 4.5 $
Szechuan Legend – 4.5 $$
Le Baratin – 4.5 $$

Did I miss your favourite restaurant? Let me know in the comments.

Last Updated: 02/17/2017