I recently moved to Toronto, after living most of my life in Edmonton. I am very impressed with the choice and quality of the restaurant here so far. These ones
are my favourites already:
Eglington Fish & Chips-On Eglington E, W of Laird. I know that everyone raves about Penrose and they do have excellent fries, but I like the chinese-style batter on the halibut here, very light and crispy. ($10.95 for 2 pieces and chips)
Katmandu Restaurant-On Yonge, N of College. A tiny Indian restaurant with outstanding eggplant bharta and chicken vindaloo. ($6.99 and $8.99, respectively)
Doner King (that's how they spell it)-On Yonge, N of College. A hole-in-the-wall shop run by a friendly Turkish family. Superb Veal Donair and Beef Plate. The key component in both is their homemade spicy sauce. ($3.99 and $5.99, respectively)
Aristotle & McGregor's-On Mt. Pleasant, N of Davisville. This is the neighbourhood pub that all others should aspire to be. While we were there, we saw both families and older couples enjoying the atmosphere. Owner makes lip-smacking hot wings and his Mom makes the Greek food, including tasty example of Spanikopita. ($6.99 each)
Classico Pizza-On Yonge, a few blocks up from Eglington. The best pizza I've had here thus far, and whole wheat crust is available. (14.99 for 16" pie)
*****My only issue with pizza in Toronto is that most places use very cheap mozzarella, which ruins it for me.
Maroli Restaurant-Just E of Yonge, between Baliol and Mt. Pleasant in a small strip mall. Yummy Samosas and unique deep-fried Malabar Chicken. (4 samosas for $3 and $6.25 for the chicken with rice and salad!)
Esco Pazzo-On Yonge, just S of Eglington. A contender for the best carbonara I've ever had. They use the interesting bucatini pasta, which works really well.
($14.99 for a huge bowl of pasta)
Bread & Butter-On Mt. Pleasant, N of Davisville. Charming little cafe for great $3.99 breakfasts, cabbage rolls and Wiener Schnitzel.
Pi-Tom's-On Yonge, N of Davisville. Mouth-watering duck and lamb curries, something you don't see in Thai restaurants too often. ($11.95 each)
I've read a lot of negative commentary towards the steakhouses here in past Chowhound posts. However, I visited Barberian's last weekend and I have to report that it was beyond excellent. The service was friendly, but still formal. The wines were served at proper temperature and in finest glassware. The complementary garlic bread and assorted pickles were a real treat. Our appetizer Caesar salads, escargots and collosal shrimp cocktail were flawless.The steaks were charbroiled by a true master, not just put under a radiant broiler for the generic cooking treatment. Our sides of fries, baked potatoes, asparagus, spinach and bearnaise sauce were classically correct. The cheese plates and cheescake were the perfect end to a flawless evening.
*****As an added bonus, make sure you stroll around the dining room and admire not only the decor but also the amazing collection of Canadian art.