...where would you eat? I'll be coming to Toronto the second week of July, and am interested in good, authentically-made food that I can't find in my native New York City. My budget leans toward the sparse, but I'm willing to shell out if it's really *that* good (like any true chowhound, eh?). I've gone through these boards and have found good recommendations --Chiado, Koto, Savunth. I've heard superb things about the Sicilian Ice Cream Factory.
First of all, are these places still up to speed? Any places I should avoid at all costs?
Secondly: I wouldn't mind sampling the cuisines of these restaurants--Portuguese, Tiawanese, and Sri Lankan, but what else can I try that I can't get (or get decently) in New York? Don't mean to sound snotty, I just don't feel like having Italian, Thai, French, Greek, etc. for the umpteenth time...unless it's really worth going out of my way for. I'm talking life-changing experience here.
Third and last, what would constitute a real Torontan, or real Canadian meal? Where can I find such a thing? Or is that elusive as asking me to define a "real" New Yorker's repast? I could do such a thing, actually, but I would have at least 10 meals on my list...not just one!
Thanks in advance for your help.