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10 Best Restaurants in Toronto’s Chinatown

10 Best Restaurants in Toronto’s Chinatown

I always love visiting Chinatown in Toronto for amazing and authentic Asian restaurants.

Kensington Market was the first place I called home, and growing up, my family visited Chinatown often for dim sum and exploring Chinatown Centre and Dragon City.

Although most people think of the Dundas & Spadina neighbourhood when they hear “Chinatown”, there are actually 6 different Chinatowns across the Greater Toronto Area!

There’s more than just Chinese food in Chinatown – you’ll find other types of Asian restaurants such as Korean and fusion cuisines.

Remember to also carry cash on-hand, because a lot of restaurants in Chinatown are cash or debit card-only.

And if you’re in the mood for a little dessert afterwards, grab some bubble tea in Chinatown!

Here are some of the best restaurants in Chinatown, Toronto!

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Best restaurants in Chinatown Toronto


Banh Mi Nguyen Huong in Toronto

Banh Mi Nguyen Huong

Nguyen Huong is your spot to get authentic banh mi in Toronto, and it’s also one of the best cheap food spots in the city.

If you don’t already know what banh mi is, it’s basically a Vietnamese sub sandwich.

It’s typically filled with meat, pickled veggies, pâté, and a butter/mayo spread, and it’s served on a French baguette.

Nguyen Huong Banh Mi Shop, Toronto

I’ve been coming to Nguyen Huong for as long as I can remember, and my grandma even used to make rice cakes for their store!

Be sure to also grab a cup of che ba mau (a Vietnamese dessert) if you’ve got a sweet tooth.

If you’ve heard of the other popular Toronto chain, Banh Mi Boys, you’ll be excited to hear that it’s owned by the sons of Nguyen Huong’s owners.

LOCATION: 322 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON


Rol San Dim Sum Restaurant in Toronto

Rol San Restaurant

I’ve been going to Rol San since I was a baby, and it’s my favourite dim sum restaurant in all of Toronto.

Their chicken feet and squid tentacles are so freaking delicious, and so is everything else on their menu.

Come with some friends so you can order a bunch of different dishes to try!

LOCATION: 323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON


Pho Hung in Chinatown, Toronto

Pho Hung

Although I’m part Vietnamese, I never actually had authentic pho until I was in high school.

When I first discovered pho, I had an obsession with it, and I tried a lot of different pho restaurants in and around Toronto.

Pho Hung is by far my all-time favourite pho restaurant in Toronto.

I always order a rare beef and beef ball pho with an avocado shake!

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Other pho restaurants I love in the GTA are Dear Saigon in Richmond Hill and The Pho Restaurant in Markham.

LOCATION: 350 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON


Pho Xe Lua

Pho Xe Lua is another great pho restaurant in Chinatown, and they’ve got a few locations across the GTA.

I actually went to their Richmond Hill location a lot when they opened up across from my high school.

We called it “Train” because their logo has a train in it (lol) but I think my mom also told me their name in Vietnamese actually means train!

I also always got their rare beef and beef ball pho here, and they have plenty of other delicious Vietnamese dishes like Nem Nuong (Vietnamese meatballs) and Minced Shrimp on Sugarcane!

LOCATION: 254 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON


Korean food from Owl of Minerva Restaurant in Toronto

The Owl of Minerva

Owl is probably the best restaurant in Toronto for authentic and home-style Korean food.

They’re a local chain with restaurants across the GTA, and they even have frozen foods available at Asian grocery stores!

I love their kamjatang (pork bone soup) and kalbi.

LOCATION: 280 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON


Four Four South Village Restaurant in Toronto

Four Four South Village

Enjoy authentic Taiwanese eats at this cozy spot on Dundas, including everything from Taipei beef noodles to braised meat dishes.

Their bento boxes are a great deal, and they have plenty of different options!

They’ve also got some slushies and other drinks for you to enjoy with your meal.

Their Dundas restaurant is actually by Dundas & Beverley (near the AGO), but it’s close enough to Chinatown that I’ve included it. Okay? Okay.

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You can also visit their two other locations at Yonge & Wellesley and in Scarborough!

LOCATION: 405 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON


Beefing with 7 Chinese restaurant in Toronto

Beefing with 7

Beefing with 7 is a Hong Kong-style restaurant by HK actor/singer Jordan Chan, and they’re all about homey Cantonese comfort foods.

Try their Signature Beef Brisket Noodles or Braised Pork Feet!

Their Satay Beef Noodles are my absolute fave – the soup and the beef slices are so dang delicious.

You also can’t enjoy an HK meal without a Hong Kong milk tea (called lai cha in Cantonese), which you can have iced or hot.

You can find their downtown location in Chinatown, and they also have several locations across the GTA, including in North York, Markham, and Richmond Hill.

LOCATION: 382 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON


Chat Bar

Chat Bar is an izakaya-style Chinese spot known for their chuan’r (AKA Chinese skewers).

It’s the perfect spot to grab savoury skewers and beer, and they’re even open late (until 2 AM every night).

They have all kinds of delicious meat and veggie skewer options (try their lamb skewers), plus other Chinese comfort food options.

You can also find them in Markham, Scarborough, and North York!

LOCATION: 307 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON


Ginger & Green Onion Lobster from New Sky Restaurant in Toronto's Chinatown

New Sky Restaurant

This casual Chinatown spot serves up dim sum and Cantonese eats like Clams with Black Bean Sauce and BBQ Duck, as well as Chinese-Peruvian fusion eats.

Fun fact (but also not so fun because it was a sad situation): 100,000 Chinese labourers migrated to Peru back in the 1800s, so there are roots there!

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If you’re looking for the westernized stuff, they’ve also got General Tao’s Chicken and Sweet & Sour Chicken Balls.

They’ve even got plenty of Chinese seafood options like lobster (go for the classic ginger & green onion) and Vancouver crab.

LOCATION: 353 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON


R&D

If you’re a MasterChef Canada fan (watch it on Crave Canada), you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to R&D.

It’s co-owned by Eric Chong, the season one winner, and Alvin Leung, one of the judges and one of the few self-trained Michelin Star chefs in the world!

R&D actually received Bib Gourmand designation on this year’s Toronto Michelin Guide, which is pretty awesome!

They serve up Chinese food with a Canadian flare, with fun dishes like their french onion spring roll, macau curry falafel, and kimbap tostadas.

LOCATION: 241 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON


Best restaurants in Chinatown Toronto:

  1. Banh Mi Nguyen Huong
  2. Rol San Restaurant
  3. Pho Hung
  4. Pho Xe Lua
  5. The Famous Owl of Minerva
  6. Four Four South Village
  7. Beefing with 7
  8. Chat Bar
  9. New Sky Restaurant
  10. R&D

Of course there are plenty more great restaurants in the Chinatown neighbourhood in Toronto, but these are just some of my favourites.

Have you visited any of these restaurants in Toronto’s Chinatown? Where are some other great places to eat in the neighbourhood? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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