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The Best Chinese Restaurants in Toronto

Picture of Sahar Aman
Staff Writer
Updated: 18 December 2017
Chinese food is loved all over the world. Hot stir-fried noodles, warming soups, freshly steamed dim sum, crunchy egg rolls, crispy beef—the list of favorites can go on and on. Toronto is home to six Chinatowns, so there’s no shortage of Chinese cuisine here. Most of the restaurants are pretty good, but the following spots stand out for various reasons. From a modest noodle house that packs a tasty punch to a French take on traditional dishes, and dumplings made from an old family recipe, here are some of Culture Trip’s favorite Chinese restaurants in Toronto.

DaiLo

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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DaiLo serves up Chinese dishes with a French spin. They only use high-quality ingredients for their delicious new Asian cuisine. On the menu, you’ll find ancient favorites that have been recreated with local and sustainable produce for a modern palate. The tantalizing menu will leave epicures drooling! Their offerings include pumpkin dumplings in brown butter sauce, truffle fried egg rice, and confit pepper pork cheeks.

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Jim Chai Kee Noodles

Chinese, $$$
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This unassuming cheap and cheerful noodle joint is a hidden gem. The menu is simple, but their hearty bowls of wonton noodle soup speak for themselves and keep the customers coming back. The house-made shrimp wontons, in particular, get a lot of love from the regulars. If you are craving Chinese food and something tasty and filling, then this is the place to go.
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Mon - Tue:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sun:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Buddha’s Vegetarian Foods

Restaurant, Chinese, Vegetarian, $$$
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With a menu full of crowd-pleasing favorites, this hole-in-the-wall vegetarian restaurant serves up Chinese dishes made with mock meats. Somewhat of a jewel in Kensington Market, Buddha’s Vegetarian Foods was one of Toronto’s early vegan restaurants and has been around since 1991. Even the most ardent meat eaters will be pleased with dishes such as crispy ginger veggie beef, mock duck and veggies on crispy noodles, and soya steak and noodle soup.
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Mon:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Sun:
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Mother’s Dumplings

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Consistently voted as the best Chinese restaurant by NOW magazine readers for the past five years (except for 2014 when it was a runner-up), Mother’s Dumplings, a Northern Chinese restaurant, is one to add to your Toronto restaurant bucket list. The house-made dumplings at this cozy and welcoming eatery are an old family recipe and everything you could want in a morsel of food, but the dishes featuring buns and noodles are also must-tries.

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Sun - Thu:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

Danforth Dragon Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Toronto’s Danforth is renowned for its vibrant Mediterranean fare, but this Hakka Chinese restaurant can hold its own in Greektown. The menu is full of familiar dishes that go well with their house-made hot sauces. The crispy beef and crunchy spring rolls will definitely hit the spot.
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Mon - Wed:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu - Fri:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Swatow

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Swatow is probably the best place to fulfill your late-night Chinese food cravings. Their menu is full of traditional dishes laced with the right amount of grease and are popular with night owls, Toronto’s clubbing crowd, and people looking for a midnight munchies fix. Try the Swatow Fried Noodle, wheat noodles stir-fried with soy and sesame oil, crunchy bean sprouts, barbecue pork, and shrimp. The Swatow Roasted Duck with Special Sauce (sizzling duck breast served with pineapple and shrimp crackers in a plum sauce) is another goodie.
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Lee Restaurant

Restaurant, Fusion, $$$
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Chef Susur Lee's signature 19-ingredient salad | © Lee Restaurant

Chef Susur Lee’s evocative fusion food takes taste buds beyond the norm. Sip on some of Lee’s signature cocktails while you feast your eyes on the menu. The small plates are made for sharing so that you can enjoy several different things. Definitely order some of Lee’s signature dishes, such as the Instagram-worthy Singaporean-Style Slaw (a 19-ingredient salad that’s tossed with flair at your table) and their French and Chinese Tong Yuen (warm, sweet rice dumpling with chocolate nougat, Indian pastry, strawberry, crème brûlée, apricot, and rosewater).
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Mon - Sun:
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Meal service:

Dinner

Atmosphere:

Fine Dining, Gourmet