Toronto Casual Restaurants

Chodang Soon Tofu in Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Korea

If you enjoy tofu, especially tofu that is made fresh daily on site, you have to pay a visit to Chodang Soon Tofu in Etobicoke. They make their creamy silky smooth tofu fresh on site every morning. The menu is traditional Korean and the tofu stews come with lots of tasty savoury sides including fried fish, bean sprouts, kimchi and cold tofu.

Cho Dang Soon Tofu sides

An amazing way to start is with the tofu yaki... lightly grilled in a delicious sweet sesame sauce...

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Their specialty, the silken tofu, differs from the regular tofu because it is strained through silk instead of cheesecloth, making the consistency like a creamy custard.

Cho Dang Soon silken tofu

The soft tofu stew comes with a raw egg that you break into the stew to thicken it. There is a selection of flavours to choose from including beef, pork, oyster and mushroom. We had mushroom and beef.

Cho Dang Soon Tofu stew

The stew comes with a bowl of whole grain rice which is prepared in a separate stone pot. Hot tea then poured into the stone pot to loosen the rice. You are meant to eat this soaked rice (it's called 'burnt rice soup') after your meal to aid your digestion.

Cho Dang Soon Tofu rice

Cho Dang Soon Tofu is delicious, authentic and incredibly affordable. Two people can dine heartily, and quite healthily, for under $25. You can also get takeout and purchase their fresh tofu separately to eat later. Rosie :)

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Morocco House in Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Algeria

When researching traditional Algerian food, we quickly realized that we had to have tangine and coucous. And we learned that one of the best places to have those dishes in Toronto is at Morocco House, on Brown's Line in south Etobicoke.

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Tangine is a North African stew of spiced meat and vegetables that is cooked slowly in a shallow earthenware dish. This beef tagine was loaded with vegetables and chunks of juicy braised beef that melted in your mouth. The olives were amazing salty flavour bombs and there were lots of them, which always makes me happy.

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The chicken couscous was filled with caramelized onions, raisins and chickpeas, cooked with spices that were fragrant and lovely. A great third stop on the #WorldInOurCity tour! Rosie :)

Mrakovic Meat & Deli in Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Albania

For the next country on the list, I have to give a shout-out to Chowhound user Googs who gave me a great suggestion on where to find traditional eastern European food in Toronto. Mrakovic Meat & Deli is located in Etobicoke, in a plaza near the 427 and Eglinton area. While the Scoop will travel to any part of the GTA for amazing food, the west side of the city is a little more convenient and it's always wonderful to find treasures like this close to your hood that you didn't even know about! So thanks Googs! We had the ćevapi, which is a grilled dish of minced meat found traditionally in the countries of southeastern Europe (usually lamb, veal, pork or beef served with onion.) It was delicious, especially the bread the kebabs were nestled in which was so fresh, light and fluffy:

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Burek, which is flaky pastry stuffed full of any combination of meat, cheese, spinach and/or potatoes, is a staple in the cuisines of Balkans. It's so popular here at Mrakovic that they giggled at us when we tried to buy it in the late afternoon. All the fresh burek was sold out. So we bought a frozen meat burek and baked it the next day, and it was delicous.

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Mrakovic Meat & Deli serves daily-cooked homemade hot meals and salads. You can take-out or dine in. It is also a grocery store and deli where you can order all sorts of fresh meats and traditional southeastern European foods. Mrakovic is located in Etobicoke at 44 Wellesworth Drive. Remember go early for fresh burek so you don't get laughed at. Check back next weekend for the next country up in the #WorldInMyCity project, which is Algeria. Rosie :)

Mazar Kabob in Etobicoke #WorldInMyCity ~Afghanistan

The Scoop is very excited to start a brand new project today! For every single country in the world, we are going to find a restaurant in Toronto (or the GTA) & eat there. It's called #WorldInMyCity and we are starting in Afghanistan. There is no specific way we are choosing the restaurants... it's a mixture of recommendations, proximity, driving by and saying THAT LOOKS GOOD... so if you have a suggestion for any country please let me know! We started in the west side of Toronto at Mazar Kabob on the West Mall. The meals come with salad, grilled vegetables and perfect naan bread. The tandoori chicken was delicious and spicy:

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Chicken breast kabob was tender and full of flavour:

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The naan bread was so perfect, slightly charred at the edges:

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Meals come with a fresh green salad with a very spicy delicious dressing:

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Amazing! Mazar Kabob is located at 33 The West Mall #1 in Etobicoke, 416-620-9898. Afghanistan checked off. Next is Albania... if there is a restaurant you think we should check out let me know at rosie@mytorontoscoop.com. Thanks guys! Rosie :)

Butter Chicken Roti | West Queen West

This delicious roti restaurant is right on Queen West across from The Great Hall. The Butter Chicken Roti menu features classic Indian dishes with a contemporary take. The food is so tasty and the service is excellent. I like their spice scale:

Mild- Is water a spice?
Mild/Medium- I like it a little spicy
Medium- I never turn down the heat
Medium/Hot- Go Big, but not too big
Hot- Come at me, I got this
Extra Hot- What on earth is wrong with me?

Pictured below is my (mild/medium) butter chicken roti to go. One of my faves. Rosie :)

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