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From tiny, hole-in-the-wall joints to upscale, elegant versions of Cantonese cuisine, Toronto’s Chinatown is full wonderful venues. Explore the length of Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street to experience one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. To help narrow the immense choice, here’s our guide to the 10 best places in the district to enjoy a classic Chinese meal.
At Taste of China, the specialty dishes all revolve around seafood, including Chinese versions of sauteed shrimp, scallops with king oyster mushrooms and lobster fried rice. If this is less to your taste, however, the menu is extensive enough to feature a huge amount of choice and plenty of meat or vegetarian options. All the dishes are made fresh and servings are generous so you can be sure you’ll leave satisfied.
Taste of China, 338 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 348 8828
The family-owned and operated Mother’s Dumplings has won awards from media organizations across Canada. Inspired by the owner’s mother’s family-famous dumpling recipes, the restaurant serves delicious Chinese comfort food. Boiled, steamed or pan fried dumplings are its specialty, but if you fancy trying something else then various noodle and rice dishes are also available.
A true neighborhood favorite, Swatow Restaurant serves very authentic Cantonese dishes in a modest, down-to-earth venue. Don’t expect anything fancy, just fresh food, quick service and generous portions. The restaurant has built a loyal customer base of regulars over the years so is often busy but efficient staff mean the wait time shouldn’t be too extensive.