Hi, Toronto has one of the most active Chowhound boards I've seen!
My wife and I are visiting Toronto for 3 days and we're looking for some great food while we're there. We're looking for quintessentially Toronto experiences, and we're willing to travel for food. Really, our primary objective on this trip is to hang out in the neighborhoods and eat some great ethnic food, so we're very willing to hop on public transportation or take a cab to get out of downtown.
For one of our meals I'd like to visit a modern Canadian restaurant. Black Hoof seems to be mentioned a lot, but I've read some mixed reviews. Any thoughts on a spot for great chef-driven cuisine? I'd prefer something casual and energetic rather than upscale or fancy.
We will definitely be getting dim sum at least once. The best dim sum I've ever had was in Mississauga (don't remember the name of the restaurant), so I'm very excited to try some more. Lai Wah Heen is frequently mentioned as the cream of the crop. Is that still the best choice, or is there somewhere else I should consider?
Besides those two meals, we're pretty open minded. We love ethnic food and I know Toronto is famous for its tremendous diversity (I'm Turkish and my wife is Taiwanese, so we'll fit right in). Our preference is for ethnic dives that are super-authentic and primarily catering to immigrants, but I'm open to all suggestions. Portuguese, Caribbean, Filipino, really anything as long as it's the real deal. What does Toronto do best? That's what we're looking for.
Lastly, I'd like to visit some cocktail bars. I've read that the craft cocktail bar trend has reached Toronto. Any recommendations on where to get great cocktails?
Thanks in advance.