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Where can I eat exotic foods in Toronto?

Visiting Toronto  for the first time next month. I am looking for foods not generally found in the u.s. I heard there was a place that served horse tar tar but have since forgotten the name... Also, seal? I'm up for anything new. Suggestions? 

4 Answers

answered by
Kim from Canada

You're probably thinking of The Black Hoof who are known for their unusual or offal meats. Not far from there a french restaurant La Palettealso serves horse but not tartare. Chinatown will give you a wide span of foods to try, but best to ask the employees of the Asian supermarkets along that strip which restaurants to go to if you're looking for particular things to try - they each have their own specialties and regional dishes. 

Toronto is super cultural so you can get any international cuisine here. Questionable meats like horse and seal aren't common and usually come with a lot of ethical controversies. It's a lot easier and more common to fine game meats like venison, elk, bison, even reindeer and caribou meat above those. 

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  1. The Black Hoof (restaurant)
  2. La Palette (restaurant)
  3. Chinatown (attraction)
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answered by
Jennifer from Toronto

Hi Maggie,

Not sure what your definition of exotic is, but here are some examples of excellent restaurants with amazing quality food and interesting experiences:

Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto ($$$$ Japanese Canadian, absolutely delicious) Yasu (city's best nigiri, reservation only) Guu SakaBar (pioneer of izakaya in the city), O. Noir (dining-in-the-dark, 1st location opened in Montreal)

For cocktails:

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  1. Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto (restaurant)
  2. Yasu (restaurant)
  3. Guu SakaBar (restaurant)
  4. O. Noir (restaurant)
  5. BarChef (attraction)
  6. Cocktail Bar (attraction)
  7. Bar Raval (restaurant)
  8. The Harbord Room (restaurant)

answered by
Katia from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hey Maggie, 

Theres a restaurant called Bar Isabel. Check out their menu it has a lot of different delicacies like bone marrow and tar tar. 

Also, some restaurants are starting to serve Crickets, but that is a very acquired taste I think. One of them is El Catrin.

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  1. Bar Isabel (attraction)
  2. El Catrin (restaurant)

answered first by
Steve from Toronto, Ontario

Downtown China town on Spadina Ave

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  1. Spadina Ave (attraction)

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