Camel Restaurant ~ 675 Danforth Ave ~ (416) 778-8999

In Yemen, lunch is considered the most important meal of the day.  The Toronto Food Blog has enjoyed a few Yemeni lunches recently at the newly-opened Camel Restaurant (675 Danforth Ave).  “About as authentic a dining experience as you’ll find outside of Sana’a,” I’m told by a table full of students eating beside me, as…

Chakula Hut ~ 1871 O’Connor Dr ~ (416) 752-2786

Chakula Hut is an East African mom & pop in the Bermondsey neighbourhood that serves the traditional dishes of Uganda & Tanzania. Chakula means food in Swahili, and I chat with the friendly owner, Muni, as she prepares my lunch. Full of Indian influence, the first dish out of her Ismaili kitchen is a wonderfully…

Chamsine ~ 235 Queen St E ~ (416) 782-0870

Chamsine (235 Queen St E) is a newly-opened Syrian restaurant that brings a culinary respite to one of downtown’s toughest corners. The name of their game is elevated Middle Eastern.  The menu is simple and certified Halal.  Choose Falafel, Shawarma, Kofta, or Shish Tawook.  Your choice comes in a sandwich, atop multiple salads, or as…

Chelsea’s ~ 1027 Pape Avenue ~ (647) 346-3588

The Toronto Food Blog has been on a bit of a Filipino food kick lately.  The flavors, marinades and variety of vegetables…  I’m lucky to have a really good local spot in downtown East York.  Chelsea’s is a Tintinpiye in #papevillage (1027 Pape Ave), with a co-location in St. James Town. Ten bucks gets you…

Simon’s Wok ~ 797 Gerrard St E ~ (416) 778-9836

Simon’s Wok Vegetarian Kitchen is a popular Riverdale hole-in-the-wall that does veggies really, really well.  With over 100 items on their menu, Simon can whip-up just about anything you’d find on a typical Chinese food menu.  He’s got a knack for texture, using an array of vegetarian ingredients in such a way that you often forget…

Tinuno ~ 31 Howard St ~ (647) 343-9294

In the Philippines, Kamayan means to eat with one’s hands.  A military tradition, the mom & pop at Tinuno are bringing the Boodle Fight to a small patio in St. James Town.  Come hungry and ready to roll up your sleeves… Banana leaves are used as a place mat and get covered with a layer…