59 Ossington Ave., Ossington
One of the most original meals you’ll eat anywhere, husband-and-wife team Wayne Morris and Evelyn Wu have crafted a menu that is pure Canadiana, from the country’s inception to the present day (and with no poutine in sight). Expect dishes ranging from traditional Aboriginal Canadian cuisine, to what was eaten by the first European settlers—everything from deviled Chinese tea eggs and pigeon pie, to the especially wonderful l’eclade (an aromatic dish of mussels smoked in pine needles). The interior may be simple but the diverse medley of flavors—so thoughtful and considered—keeps you coming back.
207 Ossington Ave., Ossington
Although Chef Tom Thai emigrated from Vietnam in the late 1970's, Foxley—primarily a South Asian bistro—pulls foodie inspiration from the large immigrant population that defines modern Toronto. Think ceviche infused with Asian flavors like arctic char with green apple and pickled ginger, or chimichurri hanger steak. While the décor is fairly straightforward, chef Thai’s food, always with just the right amount of seasoning and acidity, keeps the dining room full nightly.
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