Start or finish a day at the museum at Diwan. Perched inside the Aga Khan Museum, Diwan brings you the best of Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian flavours. Diwan’s menu perfectly complements the artwork exhibited within the museum. For the perfect starter, go for onion bhajiis served with tamarind chutney or try goat kafta, braised goat meatballs with curry sauce and warm naan. Diwan’s fan-favourite dish, grilled salmon with organic red quinoa, spiced falafel, and pomegranate yogurt is definitely worth a try. The stunning décor, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows offer the luxury of a 19th-century Syrian home and a spectacular view of the Aga Khan Park. In summer, Diwan’s patio is also available for private events.
Diwan (at Aga Khan Museum), 77 Wynford Dr, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 646 4670
Located at Don Mills and Lawrence, Congee Queen serves high quality Cantonese food at reasonable prices. Go for the traditional supreme super bowl congee, tiger shrimp, assorted meatballs, cuttlefish, tripe, pork, egg and beef. Local favourites also include minced beef rice noodle roll and beef brisket lo mein. If you are craving something spicy, go for the softshell crab fried rice. The spicy squid is also a fan-favourite. If you would like to experiment, they also offer fusion flavours. The portions are generous and the ambience perfect for a wholesome evening meal.
Congee Queen, 895 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 916 0338
If you are craving some healthy Indian food, The Veggie Thali is the place to be. Just off Eglinton Square on Victoria Park Avenue, it is a small and cozy joint with wholesome, great tasting Indian vegetarian cuisine. Every dish comes with a rich blend of herbs and spices such as garlic, ginger, turmeric and cumin, all of which have proven health benefits. Go for an authentic Indian thali (‘thali’ means meal) with chana masala, butter paneer and dal makhani served with house-made Basmati rice, salad and fresh rotis (Indian bread) and a dessert. For something spicier try pav bhaji, a mesh of vegetables served with a bun. For drinks, go for a refreshing glass of mango shake. They also serve vegan options upon request.
The Veggie Thali, 1410 Victoria Park Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 285 8344
Head to Via Cibo at York Mills for some finger-licking Italian food. Try the pollo parmigiana (hand-breaded chicken with veggies served with side pasta) or one of their wood-oven baked pizzas, via casalinga, house-made Italian sausage, casalinga salami blended with fior di latte mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Don’t forget to call for a portion of Tuscan fries. For the sweet tooth, try the famous lemon blueberry pancake or indulge in the tiramisu French toast. The friendly servers encourage substitutions to create flavourful, made-to-order Italian dishes.
Via Cibo, 808 York Mills Road, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 352 7556