Hawker Bar – Simply Singaporean street food with major flavor on lower Ossington. Its dishes are consistently delicious and on point. I always order their Chili Salt Tofu and Singaporean Chicken Wings to start off, then Hainanese Chicken Rice with their holy trinity of ginger puree, sweet dark soy and chili sauce combo.
The Saint Tavern – Another Ossington goodie, feels like a contemporary NYC tavern with a very cool vibe. I had brunch here last weekend and enjoyed it oh so very much. Everything on their menu sounds tasty and offers good variety. I had the Poached Eggs and Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus with Pommes Dauphine. Their coffee is great (I was impressed) and a friend recommended their burgers for next time!
La Carnita – A girl friend and I came here for a late dinner a couple of weeks ago before a night out and needless to say, we considered just staying at their bar. They spin old-school hip hop that gradually increases in volume until conversations are loud and filled with tequila cocktails. Mexican Street Corn, Chorizo Taco and Paletas are must-orders. This spot wins in food, service and atmosphere.
Tacos El Asador – Since we’re talking about tacos already, thought I’d also mention.. Only in Toronto can you find an authentic El Salvadorian taco spot in Korea town. My boyfriend and his nephew love it here. I can eat their fresh guacamole like it’s my job. Don’t forget to try their hot sauce!
Kinton Ramen – A Baldwin Village gem with noodles of perfection and rich broth that’s been simmering for hours. I will come here for lunch or dinner even when there’s a wait. Trust me, it’s so worth it – best ramen I’ve had, second to NYC’s Ippudo. Spicy Garlic Ramen with Pork Belly if I’m feeling adventurous (aka super garlic breath), otherwise Miso Ramen with extra corn.
Fresh – My go-to for modern vibrant vegetarian food because their Buddha bowls on soba noodles are irresistible: thai peanut sauce, marinated tofu cubes, tomato, cilantro, cucumber, bean sprouts, chopped peanuts with herbs and spices. Table for one when I’m shopping solo downtown. Paired with a Date Almond Smoothie.