How Toronto's Multicultural Food Scene Has Made the City a Celebrated Culinary Destination

Foodable Network is always on the lookout for culinary food scenes with a vibrant, yet unique character.

With our "Food in Your City" series, we visit cities offering food scenes unlike any other.

Toronto is referred to as the "New York of Canada" and for good reason. There's a tremendous amount of flavor.

With the majority of the population speaking multiple languages, it makes sense that this culinary destination would have an equally diverse and dynamic food culture.

"When you're eating out in a city as diverse as Toronto, a whole world of flavors is always within walking distance. From hole-in-the-wall joints with no phone to luxurious tasting menus, Toronto is a food lover's dream city," writes "Bon Appétit."

Popular cuisines include Korean, Cuban, Southern American, Brazilian, and so on. Toronto continues to be rooted in culture and heritage and this reflects in the food.

“Unlike being a melting pot, the diversity still stays, so not only do we have communities and neighborhoods, we also have the heritage of those people who are coming from different countries to live here with us," said Donna Dooher, president and CEO of Restaurants Canada.

Renowned restaurateurs like David Chang and Daniel Boulud have opened restaurants in Toronto, but the local talented chefs like Grant van Gameren, Lynn Crawford and Patrick Kriss are helping to make Toronto the celebrated food city it is.

But it isn't just the local chefs elevating the food and beverage scene either. Toronto is home to some of the best bartenders in the business like Frankie Solarik and Robin Goodfellow. These mixology masters are showing guests a whole new world when it comes to their cocktail creations.

Read more about Toronto's food scene here and watch the "On Foodable Side Dish: Food in Your City" episode below to learn more about this culinary city.

Food in Your City: Exploring Toronto’s Culinary Scene

Food in Your City: Exploring Toronto’s Culinary Scene

“Food in Your City,” a new original mini-series umbrellaed underneath the Foodable Network's "On Foodable Side Dish" channel, brings viewers into different cities around the world, painting a realistic picture of the local culinary canvas. An artistic interpretation that showcases various cultures’ approach to dining, “Food in Your City” celebrates food vendors, street markets, restaurants, and the people who have dedicated their livelihood to the craft of food production, in the most raw, original form. In this second installation, we visit Toronto. [Check out our first installation featuring Tokyo here.]

Toronto (and Canada in general) has been on our radar for some time now, hence Foodable’s recent Canada launch. Four years ago, David Chang expanded his Momofuku empire into Toronto with three restaurants, including a 3-story restaurant, but not just because the local culinary scene was heating up. Rather, he saw its potential. He even told The Canadian Press as recently as 2014, “We’re not there yet — I don’t think anywhere close — but I believe it will happen.” Now, with so much diversity to pull from — its population stands at 6M+ — and well-known chefs building presence in this city, Toronto, known as being the “New York of Canada,” has become a culinary force to compete with. True Torontonians know this sentiment goes beyond peameal bacon sandwiches at St. Lawrence Market (though there’s that, too).

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Meet the Creative Minds Behind Bar Raval’s Epic Design Work

Meet the Creative Minds Behind Bar Raval’s Epic Design Work

It’s no longer “safe” for your restaurant to just sling great food or your bar to serve up decent cocktails. With plenty of competition, concepts must differentiate themselves and the guest experience in other ways. Ambiance is a huge factor, and ultimately determines how a space makes guests feel, which directly impacts how long they’ll stay and whether they’ll return. Ambiance can be communicated through a lot of different elements, a major one being design. And no place strikes this as evidently as Toronto’s Bar Raval, which was designed by Partisans Projects, a Toronto-based architecture and design studio led by Alex Josephson.

The Partisans team “primarily makes the improbable possible,” says Josephson. “We believe in the political power of architecture.” (One of the projects Partisans has received much acclaim for, and what ultimately drew the Bar Raval team to select Partisans, is the Grotto Sauna, which you can view here.)

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