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Asian Restaurants in Toronto

April 5th, 2013

When you think of good restaurants in Toronto, Asian cuisine probably isn't the first thing to pop into your head. However, Toronto does actually have a huge Chinatown area -- one of the biggest in North America -- in three separate locales throughout the city. In addition, there is quite a diverse group of Asian communities in Toronto, including Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean communities.

The largest and most central Chinatown area is located downtown, from Queen Street West to College Street and Bay Street to Spadina Avenue. Some foodies consider this area to be out of fashion, and prefer the newer Chinatown neighborhoods. These more fashionable Chinatown communities are located at Broadview Avenue and Gerrard Street, as well as Scarborough.

Here are some of the Asian food hot spots that you should try out in Toronto.

  1. Asian LegendThe original location of Asian Legend is on Dundas Street West, but there are now six locations throughout the Toronto area. Asian Legend offers Northern Chinese cuisine, and their specialties are dim sum and stir fry. They also serve a huge variety of dishes, including everything from cold platters to casseroles. Don't miss out on the rolled onion pancake with sliced beef. All of the dishes are very reasonably priced. Dining in the beautifully decorated restaurant is an experience you shouldn't miss, but carryout and delivery services are also available.

  2. Chinese Traditional Buns Chinese Traditional Buns is a great little authentic Northeastern Chinese restaurant located in the heart of downtown Toronto on Dundas West. The atmosphere is quite bare, but clean, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. To start, try the jellied bean curd for only $1.80. While it is technically considered a drink, it is really more like a soup. Given their headlining status, you must try the steamed buns. The Tianjin style steamed buns are particularly good. On the downside, this lovely spot does not have a liquor license. They only accept cash payment, but when two people can eat for less than $20, that isn't typically a problem.

  3. Chinese Traditional BunsFor all the sushi fans, try Fin Izakaya. This yummy Japanese spot has a great selection of drinks, including sake, cocktails, wine, and over 50 kinds of imported beer. The drink selection coupled with the extensive menu of appetizers and party trays make Fin Izakaya a great place for a special occasion or happy hour. Sushi, sashimi, and tempura bowls round out the menu.

  4. Thumbs UpThumbs Up is a gem located in Korea Town on Bloor Street West. The decor is quite sparse, but it is bright, clean, and busy. The menu isn't huge, but it includes Korean staples like kimchi, pickled daikon, and consomme. The prices are unbeatable; two people can eat dinner for $15 total, and the portions are quite large. Be prepared to pay cash for your meal, since credit cards are not accepted.

These are just a few of the hot spots in the Toronto Asian food scene. Go for a walk around Chinatown and discover more on your own.

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