My boyfriend and I are visiting Toronto from NYC for a long weekend and are planning our food itinerary. We arrive Fri., Feb. 6, at 8:30pm at Toronto's YYZ airport and are concerned that, by the time we get to Toronto and check in our hotel (downtown, Richmond St.), kitchens will be closing. Any suggestions on places that are open later in that area? Hopefully near a nice place to get drinks after? We leave the next Monday afternoon.
We eat everything but are looking for food that's better in Toronto than NYC. Barberians, Starfish Oyster Bed, and Dhaba have been recommended to us - thoughts? Always happy to splurge for great food, but it IS a recession, so maybe nothing TOO crazy. Food is the most important, and everything else is secondary... but if there are nice bars nearby to go to afterwards, that's a plus!
I'm Chinese and looking forward to Toronto's Chinatown - thoughts on dim sum/lunch/bakeries? From my Chow research, it seems Rol San, Dynasty, and Lai Wah Heen are the places to check out?
Not sure what else Toronto is known for food-wise (although from postings it seems like Portuguese/Alcatra?), but we're open to suggestions! And if there happens to be somewhere I can buy kaffir lime leaves to smuggle back (or any other ingredient/food I can take back that I can't get easily in NYC)....St. Lawrence/Kensington markets? (Thai/Indian food in NYC isn't so great, so I'm forced to try to make my own...)
Suggestions on sight-seeing/attractions geared towards people who live to eat are also welcome!
Thanks in advance for your help!