Best GTA Restaurants

Caplansky's Deli | College Street

So glad the deli king is back in business! Zane Caplansky made news in June when he had to get an injunction against his landlord for terminating the restaurant's lease because of failure "to effect repairs not authorized by the landlord." Caplansky said it was completely out of order, fought it, and now he's back making the best deli food in the city. And it's a good thing because Toronto was freaking out. The 6ix needs their smoked meat fix... where is Beyonce supposed to nosh when she's in town? This is the OG location of Caplansky's and the food is great whether you dine in or take it to go, which we did. My little man's favourite are the perfectly fried potato latkes, which did not make it home.

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Dragon Legend | Markham

Bian Lian or face changing is an ancient Chinese dramatic art. The masks are brightly painted and represent characters from Sichuan opera. Each colour represents a different character and the faces are highly differentiated. The performer wears an elaborate and vivid traditional costume moving quickly to fast paced music alternating movement with poses. With a swipe of the fan or a movement of their head their entire face changes before the eyes of an astonished audience. The secret of the face change has been passed down from one generation to the next within families. Traditionally only males were permitted to learn Bian Lian, the theory being that women do not stay within the family and would marry out passing the secret to another family. It is truly something to behold and is part of the rich cultural experience a guest at Dragon Legend can expect. Performances take place every Wednesday evening starting at 6:45 p.m.

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Oyaji Sushi | Richmond Hill

Tucked in a little strip mall on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill is Oyaji Sushi. The family who runs this Korean Japanese restaurant has been in the biz for awhile and it shows. The fish is fresh and packed with flavour. The complimentary starters arrived quickly and were hot and tasty; the tempura broth soup with noodles was a table favourite and the miso soup was delicious. Presentation was also quite lovely.

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Fancy Chinese Cuisine | Markham

If you are looking for the best dim sum in Toronto, I recommend heading over to Markham. Fancy Chinese Cuisine at Kennedy and 14th was one of the tastiest culinary experiences I have ever had, at the most reasonable price.

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Federick Restaurant | Markham

Welcome to Federick in Markham. This is where me and my work peeps eat lunch when we are in a happy mood and want to take our joy to the next level. Jordan is waiting patiently for our usual order of mixed vegetables, Hakka noodles, Manchurian fried rice and General Tso beef and chicken.

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Marca on Main | Markham

Tucked right in that lovely stretch of historic Main Street Markham is a beautiful restaurant with seriously authentic Italian food. Marca on Main is open for lunch on Friday afternoons and on a warm July day it felt like a little escape to a trattoria in Rome. No one wants to make tough decisions in the summer so we ordered most of the appetizers and lots of white wine. The calamari fritti were light and tasty, served with fresh horseradish, garlic and lemon aioli.

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Ding Tai Fung | Markham

We wrapped up Chopstick Walk 2015 with Shanghai-style dim sum at Ding Tai Fung on Highway 7. Located in the busy and huge First Markham Place strip mall, this restaurant is popular for its xiaolongbao (steamed buns prepared in bamboo steaming baskets.) The chefs make everything fresh to order. It's very cool to watch them do their dim sum thing behind a glass wall.

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Akasaka Japanese Restaurant | Richmond Hill

If you love watching highly skilled chefs creatively prepare delicious food as much as you love eating it, then you have to try the teppanyaki experience. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an hot iron griddle to prepare meat, fish and vegetables. The meal is cooked in the center of a table with diners surrounding the chef. Akasaka Steak House is located at 280 West Beaver Creeks minutes from the 404 even in rush hour. Its humble outside does not hint at the comfortable and traditional interior, the excellent service and the truly scrumptious food.

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