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THE BEST ASIAN RESTAURANTS IN TORONTO

BEST ASIAN RESTAURANTS IN TORONTO
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From Chinatown to Little Tokyo, Toronto boasts authentic Asian and fusion dishes that tantalise taste buds with the perfect balance of sweet and savoury, intricate spices, and exquisite presentation.

Celebrate diversity, embrace the extraordinary, and support these amazing Asian-owned restaurants in the city!

THE BEST ASIAN RESTAURANTS IN TORONTO

How We Chose the Best Asian Restaurants in Toronto

Expertise: We picked Asian restaurants that serve authentic Asian cuisine with a solid reputation among culinary experts and the general public. 
Overall Value: We selected Asian restaurants that offer competitive prices without compromising on taste or experience. They also have deals, discounts, and loyalty programs for their guests.
Ambiance and Vibe: We listed Asian restaurants that create a pleasant dining experience through the overall ambiance and atmosphere, interior design, seating arrangements, lighting, and background music.
Food Quality: We selected restaurants that use fresh, high-quality, and local ingredients, present Asian delicacies and modern fusions, and provide accommodate various dietary requirements to satisfy their guests.

1. Chiang Mai

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WEBSITEhttps://www.chiangmai.ca/
ADDRESSEtobicoke

84 Park Lawn Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8Y 0B6

Toronto

171 E Liberty St Unit 144, Toronto, ON M6K 3P6

Toronto

353 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N7

Toronto

2998 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z3

SOCIAL MEDIAFacebook

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CONTACT DETAILS(647) 748-8424
OPERATING HOURSMon: Closed

Tue: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM; 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Wed: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM; 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Thu: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM; 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Fri: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM; 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Sat: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Sun: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Chiang Mai prides itself on offering authentic Thai cuisine at its best. The menu showcases a variety of fresh and flavorful dishes prepared using traditional techniques, providing a genuine taste of Thailand for diners in Toronto.

Their menu features special selections of iconic Thai dishes, including the popular Khao Soi, Pineapple Fried Rice, Famous Pad Thai, Red Curry, and Tom Kha (Coconut Soup). Each dish is available with a variety of protein options, catering to diverse preferences.

Customer testimonials highlight the excellence of Chiang Mai’s cuisine. Praises include the excellence of Tom Yum soup, fresh and warm food presentation, decent menu choices, and attentive service. Positive experiences, such as birthday treats for patrons, contribute to the restaurant’s positive reputation.

While some customers appreciate the generous portion sizes, others may find them challenging to finish. Adjusting portion sizes or offering customizable options could cater to a broader range of appetites.

Overall, Chiang Mai emerges as a standout destination for authentic Thai cuisine in Toronto. With a commitment to using premium ingredients, offering a diverse menu, and providing excellent service, the restaurant has garnered positive reviews from satisfied customers. 

Pros

  • Premium Ingredients and Local Sourcing
  • Special Selections Highlighting Thai Classics
  • Multiple Locations for Convenience

Cons

  • Slight Customization Limitations on Portion Sizes

Here are some reviews from their clients:

“One of the best thai restaurants in Toronto area. The Tom yum is excellent! All dishes were freshly prepared and served warm…food presentation and serving size is quite good. They carry halal chicken and the menu choice is decent. Our server Mark took good care of us. Overall, wonderful first time experience.”

“My husband and I came here for lunch and got seated in a nice booth. The atmosphere is beautiful, pretty tiled floors, clean, tasteful and modern. Based on others’ reviews we knew portions were large but we wanted to try a bunch of things. Calamari, sweet potato fritters, islamic noodles were all great! Basil stir fry was also good but wouldn’t reorder as there’s so much more on the menu to try. Went home with almost half of every dish we ordered, and were stuffed after lunch! Definitely coming back.”

2. Lee

Lee's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://leerestaurant.com/
ADDRESS505 Richmond St, Toronto, ON M5V 1Y3
SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM
CONTACT DETAILSPHONE: (416) 504-7867
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Sunday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Nestled inside the historic Waterworks building, Lee blends upscale hip eatery aesthetics with an expensive nightclub vibe. It reinvents Asian cuisine with French influences, thanks to Chef Susur Lee. Originally from Hong Kong, he moved to Toronto in 1978 and made his mark on Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters.

Crowd favourites include cheeseburger spring rolls made with bacon, Angus beef, aged cheddar, and chipotle mayo encased in lettuce wraps, and their 24-ingredient signature Singapore-style slaw with salted plum dressing.

They also offer tapas-sized plates for sharing, such as the tuna ceviche with rocoto and chili, Asian pear, and pickled sweet onion; and the Top Chef curry chicken roulade with spiced pineapple, mint chutney, Indian tomato jam, and serrano chili.

Other bestsellers include the wild caramelised black cod with miso mustard and the Indochina rack of lamb with assam tamarind curry and a crispy onion ring.

Pros

  • Competitive pricing
  • Takeout and delivery options
  • Vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options 

Cons

  • Limited seating
  • High noise level during peak hours

The service is immaculate

“I finally tried this beautiful place… and it was worthwhile. A very relaxed but swanky vibe. Love the decor. The service is immaculate. They are informative and ensure you have a great experience. The drinks…. amazing. The best espresso martini I have ever had in my entire life. The food. Delicious. I can’t say it enough how flavourful and fantastic every bite of each meal was. Please go if you have the chance you will not regret it.”

Alanna Cassells, Google Review

Our server was patient and treated us well

“Dined here a couple of weeks ago. The server was very attentive and knew the menu well. They got to convince us to try the chef’s tasting menu. This was a lot of food (8 plates and 2 desserts if I recall well) but we enjoyed most of them. One of my favorite was the signature slaw. My tastebuds were pleased. We were one of the last guests, yet our server was patient and treated us well. Dinner was pricey but it was worth the experience.”

Eunice Ade, Google Review

3. DaiLo 

DaiLo's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttp://www.dailoto.com/
ADDRESS503 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1A5
SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM
CONTACT DETAILSPHONE: (647) 341-8882
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Sunday: 5:00 am - 11:00 pm

DaiLo’s New Asian cuisine blends traditional Chinese flavours with a French twist, inspired by Chef Liu’s Canadian upbringing with Hakka parents and using local and sustainable ingredients. 

The restaurant’s name means “big brother,” embodying a deep respect for elders and a strong connection to the future with heritage dishes that Chef Liu’s ancestors have been eating and cooking for hundreds of years. DaiLo believes that eating well is living well, where thoughtful, high-quality ingredients create not only more delicious meals but also better lives.

A crowd-pleaser is the smoked duck bokkeum, featuring tender duck with zesty kimchi-pickled vegetables, gochugaru onion jam, miso blue potato salad, and crispy wild rice. 

Their 90-day dry-aged rib eye with bok choy, soy-pickled mushrooms, and a luscious black bean sauce is another popular choice among loyal customers. 

Pros

  • Competitive pricing
  • Locally-sourced ingredients 
  • Heritage dishes with a modern twist
  • Chinese and French cuisine fusion

Cons

  • Limited seating
  • Can be noisy during peak times

Perfect for sharing

“Majestic culinary experience. Perfect for sharing. Okay joyed the pumpkin dumplings, duck and fried watermelon. Flavour profiles took you on a journey. Service was amazing. Atmosphere was great and covid friendly.”

Halli Berry, Google Review 

Service was so friendly/helpful 

“Amazing place, service and food. First of all the service was so friendly/helpful with the meal, making it more memorable. All the food items we ordered were delicious – we especially loved the dumpling and lobster noodles; we decided to do a half-size fried rice (server recommended this) and it was the perfect portion. Would go back to try other dishes!”

Sally Chung, Google Review 

4. PAI

PAI's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttp://www.paitoronto.com/
ADDRESS18 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5H 3G8
SOCIAL MEDIAFACEBOOK
CONTACT DETAILSPHONE: (416) 901-4724
OPERATING HOURSTuesday - Sunday: 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Monday: 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Pai’s journey began in her hometown in Northern Thailand, where she met her would-be-husband chef Jeff. 

After getting married, they moved to Toronto, where they opened Sukhothai to recreate the authentic Thai experience. Sukhothai’s success led to a family of restaurants, including PAI Northern Thai Kitchen.

Pai was awarded the coveted Thai SELECT certification by the government of Thailand for its authentic dishes. It was also named one of TO’s Best Restaurants for several years in a row by NOW Magazein. Regular herself has also become an acclaimed chef, having been named Nine and Nine winner at the Gourmet Food and Wine expo in 2009. 

Their signature Pad Thai features stir-fried rice noodles in homemade tamarind sauce with beansprouts, tofu, egg, chives, Thai coriander, fresh lime, and roasted peanuts. 

Pad Gra Prow comes in a close second, made with holy basil stir-fried with plant-based protein, red bell pepper, onion, and yardlong beans, served on jasmine rice.

Pros

  • Eco-friendly practices
  • Competitive pricing 
  • Vegetarian, vegan, and pescatarian options
  • Award-winning chef and restaurant

Cons

  • Queue during peak hours 

The main course was so delicious

“Amazing spot for authentic Thai food. The Tom Yum soup was spicy and tangy and packs a punch. The main course was so delicious I forgot to take pictures. Can’t wait to go again and try new items.”

Sara, Google Review

The food tastes so homemade and authentic

“Loved this place. The food tastes so homemade and authentic. We went at 2pm and had to wait for 30 min, at 3 it dies down a bit. I had the Pad Thai and it was amazing but the see ew was the star of the evening, so tasty and flavorful. Definitely recommend coming here.”

Carmen Berlioz, Google Review

5. To-Ne Sushi

To-Ne Sushi's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttp://www.tonesushi.ca/
ADDRESS414 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A7
SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM
CONTACT DETAILSPHONE: (416) 866-8200
OPERATING HOURSWednesday - Saturday: 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sunday: 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tuesday: Closed

Located conveniently near Queen and Spadina in Chinatown, To-Ne Sushi takes inspiration from Japan’s Tone-gawa River.

The menu boasts classic sushi rolls, sashimi bowls with miso soup, and delightful bento combos. They have unique sushi pizzas that shine a spotlight on key ingredients such as salmon, shiitake, and crab meat; and eye-catching sushi boat trays.

To-Ne Sushi’s rustic interior and warm lighting make it cozy and charming, and the super-friendly, efficient staff adds to the appeal. The best part is that To-Ne Sushi keeps prices wallet-friendly, ensuring you can savour scrumptious meals without any budget worries.

Just be prepared for longer wait times or lines, especially during peak hours. Whether you plan to reserve a table or opt for takeout, it’s best to plan your visit ahead.

Pros

  • Prompt service
  • Affordable prices
  • Vegetarian options 

Cons

  • Limited seating

Excellent service

“Consistent food quality for many years, recommend the rolls the most. Tempura was crispy and fresh. Miso was the right temperature, also enjoyed the chilled beer glass. Excellent service!”

Jane Bae, Google Review

Very reasonably priced

“Excellent sushi. Its not all you can eat, but you don’t need it to be. An order of sushi comes with miso and tempura, and by the end I was comfortably full (and I can eat a lot). Very reasonably priced and far better and fresher than a lot of sushi places I’ve been to. Atmosphere was very pleasant and comfortable, the sushi chef is on full display, and the staff were all very friendly. Will definitely go back and can’t recommend enough.”

Stan Barber, Google Review

6.  PLANTA Queen

PLANTA Queen's Homepage
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WEBSITEhttps://www.plantarestaurants.com/location/planta-queen-yorkville/
ADDRESS180 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X3
SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM
CONTACT DETAILSPHONE: (647) 812-1210
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Friday: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 am - 10:30 pm

Founded in 2016 by CEO Steven Salm and Executive Chef David Lee, PLANTA aims to make plant-based dining accessible and enjoyable. 

Here, guests enjoy the street market-style seating, intimate spaces, custom wall coverings with mega-floral imagery, and warm lighting. The menu offers a fusion of Asian flavours and plant-based goodness, featuring small, refined, shareable dishes in an “izakaya-style” concept.

Notable dishes include the refreshingly cold soba noodles and the delightful spinach shiitake. Handcrafted, healthy cocktails like Tonica’s kombucha and fresh juices from Village Juicery are also must-tries.

Planta prioritises sustainability by sourcing locally and seasonally, supporting local farmers, and embracing paperless transactions to reduce their carbon footprint.

Pros

  • Locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients
  • Plant-based food
  • Paperless transactions

Cons

  • Pricier than competitors

Fantastic dining experience

“I had a fantastic dining experience here! The cauliflower tots were amazing. The Japanese sweet potatoe was amazing. I only had a bite of the chicken fried mushroom but that was really good. Our main dish was the Singapore noodles and those were phenomenal. I’m not sure if there is a bad dish on the menu!”

Daniel Hefford, Google Review

You will have a great time

“The place lives up to the hype. I never ate broccoli with such happiness but their Bang Bang Broccoli is AMAZING!! You must try it. The Mango pineapple salad was fresh and light. The restaurant is beautiful and you will have a great time. Our server Taylor was nice. She ensured that we have a good time.”

Siddhartha Bhati, Google Review


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