Trying to eat at a hot restaurant in Toronto can cost a pretty penny, but it doesn’t always have to be breaking the bank. Narcity spoke with six renowned chefs and restaurateurs from across town, who shared their best inexpensive food in the 6ix.
Whether it’s sipping delicious bowls of ramen or indulging in an incredible Indian lunch combo, there is a wide variety of inexpensive dishes to check out, and they won’t leave a hole in your wallet.
Mermaid Fish & Grill House
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Address: 44 St Clair Avenue East, Toronto, ON
Why you need to go: Chef Anthony Rose (behind Schmaltz Appetizing, Fat Pasha, Big Crow BBQ Rose And Sons and Fet Zun) told Narcity that he loves this place right now and considers it a place of “delicious. grilled fish and shrimp and squid. “
“Best place for a fourth date in town. Maybe a fifth,” Rose continued.
At the Mermaid Fish & Grill House, you can choose your fish from the restaurant’s catch of the day, say exactly how you want to cook it, and on top of that, choose two side orders of fries, salad, or seasoned rice.
Seafood platters range from $ 16 to $ 25, and their fish and chips start at $ 14. You can also order squid or shrimp as a starter for $ 8.
“So modest and always hits the right spot,” Rose called her.
Address: Right inside Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin St. # 612B, North York, ON
Why You Must Go: “It’s one of the city’s best-kept secrets for high-quality sushi and authentic Japanese cuisine without the fancy price tag,” Suzanne Barr, Chef, Author and Judge on Food Network Canada’s Wall of the Chefs, says Narcity. “Chef Young Son’s menu always strikes a good balance between simple and sophisticated options.”
According to the restaurant’s website, owner Seigo Nakamura is from Miyazaki, Japan, and has established a traditional-style sushi restaurant (known as Kaiten) in Toronto here in TORA. This restaurant also happens to be a sister restaurant to Miku, the famous 6ix financial district sushi restaurant.
“You can get everything from their sushi and uni oshi to udon noodles and yam fries,” Barr added. “I love going there with my family – they have a great kids’ menu and it feels like you’ve been transported into a futuristic sci-fi movie with all the alleys and high-tech gadgets.”
The most expensive item on the menu is a plate of Chu-Toro sashimi – a thin cut of tuna that comes from its fat belly but not the fat part – which costs $ 18.00, and the prices for the plates start. at just $ 2.25.
Addresses: 707 Dundas Street West and 2986 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
Why you need to go: Aburi Executive Chef Hana Ryusuke Nakagawa chose Kanto as his top choice for inexpensive dining because it’s “Filipino street food at its best.”
“The Lechon Kawali (fried pork) is my favorite every time … it’s super crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside and perfectly seasoned, all on a bed of simple garlic rice,” said Nakagawa told Narcity.
“On the sweeter side of things, I like the cassava cake for something light and in the summer you have to get the Halo Halo,” Nakagawa continued.
Kanto describes Halo Halo as a blend of tropical fruits, coconut jelly, and beans, and it’s filled with creamy condensed milk and crushed ice. It’s then topped with purple yams, crispy rice and Kanto’s homemade leche flan.
Indian banjara food
Addresses: 796 Bloor St. W. and 164 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto, ON
Why you need to go: Craig Wong, chef and owner of Patois and Bar Mignette, loves this restaurant but finds their Shahi Shrimp particularly succulent.
The Shahi Shrimp comes with giant tiger prawns cooked in creamy coconut milk and an onion sauce with spices, and it’ll set you back up to $ 17.99.
“It’s a huge platter of food, and you get a great mix of anything you could possibly want,” Wong told Narcity.
Banjara’s menus are expansive and they even come with lunch and dinner combos at a decent price. Their seafood combo lunch, for example, includes rice, naan, daal, veggie pakora, aloo gobi, rice pudding, and a seafood dish of your choice, all for the sake of it. price of $ 15.50!
Banh Mi Boys
Address: 392 Queen St. W., 399 Yonge St., 2365 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, and 95 The Pond Rd., Unit C10, North York, ON
Why you have to go: “Banh Mi Boys has to be my favorite non-Italian sandwich in town,” Massimo Capra told Narcity. Capra is a restaurateur and author, judge on Chopped Canada, and a chef animator on Food Network Restaurant makeover.
“[T]The right amount of well-seasoned sweet meat (pork belly), the right amount of pickles and a well-made bun is extremely satisfying to me, ”added Capra.
Banh Mi Boys offers steamed baos, tacos, banh mi, and iconic kimchi fries, with prices ranging from $ 4.25 to $ 9.00.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
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Address: 91 Dundas St. E., 2057 Yonge St., and 515 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
Why you need to go: Founder of The Food Dudes, Chef Adrian Niman chose this drool-worthy ramen spot as his top pick. It also happens to be one of Massimo Capra’s choices, so it’s doubly endorsed by the chef.
“…[T]he ramen [is] crunchy, the broth is rich and smooth and the service is quick, serves me well when I visit Cityline, ”Capra told Narcity.
Coming straight from Japan and opening its shop in several locations in 6ix, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka serves delicious soups.
Dundas St. Santouka offers seven different types of ramen as well as a salad version, with prices ranging from $ 14.50 to $ 20.95. For a few bucks more, you can opt for one of their combos that serve up a bowl of rice on the side.
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Address: 18 Duncan St., 229 Richmond St. W., 2335 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, and 935 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON
Why you have to go: “I love going to Pai for a really good Thai dinner,” Capra explained to Narcity. “I love this place for the youthful atmosphere, the excellent cocktails and the extremely pleasant food. Chef Nuit and her husband Jeff are a wonderful couple and most gracious hosts all the time.”
This northern Thai cuisine offers a variety of staples ranging from Pad Gra Prow – a holy basil stir-fry topped with a bed of jasmine rice and topped with a fried egg – to Khao Soi noodles, which is a golden curry made from coconut milk and fresh egg. noodles and your choice of protein, short ribs with tofu and vegetables.