TIFF is around the corner, and while Yorkville used to be the centre of the movie festival action, the Shangri-La and Ritz Carlton have moved the action south to King West. It’s already one of the fastest growing neighbourhoods in Toronto, with condos, boutiques, and bars on every corner.
We especially love the choices of restaurants and cafes in the area, and because of Minto775, we’ve had the opportunity to check out some of the best dining in the city. See our picks for the best restaurants on the King West strip, and if you check them out in the next two weeks keep your eyes peeled for Hollywood’s A List.
A new Latin American restaurant serving great mojitos and spicy margaritas. Don’t worry – if you’re looking for a place that serves more than just amazing drinks, you’re still in the right place. Meals are prepared by Top Chef Canada’s fan favourite, Steve Gonzalez, who brings his Colombian roots to Toronto making Valdez the only “original Latino Street Food Fiesta in town”.
Must-try: Empanadas followed by the Bandeja. End the meal with the Tres Leches Pudding.
You can’t miss Weslodge – it’s the restaurant with the bright yellow doors, and that’s just a glimpse of the decorating scheme inside. An old-school tavern look with vintage touches and Victorian paintings, the decor is really what makes this restaurant one of our favourites. However, the food isn’t too shabby either.
Must-try: Ricotta Dumplings and Baked Oysters. Don’t forget to grab a cocktail (or two!)
We love Spanish tapas and Patria sure has quite a variety of them. We may be biased because they’re in our neighbourhood, but we think they may very well serve the best paella in the city. If you’re on the hunt for authentic Spanish cuisine, then this is your place. It’s also a great date night venue, with beautiful decor and ambiance.
Must-try: Pan Con Tomate and patatas bravas followed by Leche Frita Con Helado de Azafron. And of course, White Sangria!
The website describes Lee as a ‘bento box of sensory pleasures’ and we couldn’t agree more! The meals are cooked by celebrity chef Susur Lee, who was a finalist in the second season of the Bravo TV show Top Chef: Masters. This restaurant is best known for its signature dish, the Singapore Slaw.
Must-try: Singapore Slaw and the Sorbet (seasonal)
What’s a list of the best dining in the city without an Italian place? Gusto 101 serves wood-oven pizzas and amazing house wine priced at a dollar per ounce. But this isn’t your average Italian restaurant – many of the dishes are paired with an unexpected global flavour, so your taste buds are in for a surprise. There’s also an amazing cellar room downstairs that you can book for private events.
Must-try: Margherita Pizze and the Pollo al Mattone
Home of one of the best burgers in Toronto, Marben is a definite must-visit on King West. We love the open view of the kitchen, allowing patrons to see the chefs in action! It’s also well-decorated after a somewhat recent renovation two years ago, with reclaimed wood and Mason jar lights.
Must-try: John’s Burger and the Ceviche Cones
CONTEST: We love Marben so much that we want you to have a great night out here too! Simply follow us on Twitter, and tweet us a picture of your favourite TIFF 2013 moment to qualify. Contest ends September 13, 2013 at noon.
Did we miss any well-loved restaurants on King West? Let us know!