THE TREND­SET­TERS

Richmond Hill Post - - Best Food -

Chef Shinji Mori, the sushi master be­yond TOSHI RYORITEN, has been metic­u­lously slic­ing only the best cuts of sushi for the truly dis­cern­ing au­di­ences for 16 years in Toronto. 1380 Ma­jor Mackenzie Dr. E., G-1

BEST DINER EVER

Hav­ing turned out Thorn­hill’s favourite burg­ers since 1964,

GOLDEN STAR’s iconic sign at Yonge and Stee­les still beck­ons sali­vat­ing nos­tal­gics to its now retro din­ing room for a steak on a kaiser or the char­broiled All Star burger, a six-ounce beef burg topped with the spe­cial bar­be­cue sauce. 7123 Yonge St.

BEST BUB­BLE TEA

Bub­ble tea ar­ti­sans have re­ally upped their game in the GTA, and no bet­ter tes­ta­ment to that is THE AL­LEY, where they make their spe­cialty flavoured tapi­oca pearls by hand, right in front of cus­tomers. The menu is stocked with clas­sic milk tea flavours, some avail­able in soy, with no ar­ti­fi­cial pow­ders. 505 Hwy. 7 E., Unit 16

BEST JA­PANESE

DIY-style Ja­panese grill houses are a dime a dozen in the 905, but the five-month-old

SHINTA JA­PANESE BBQ has changed the game for­ever with an of­fer­ing of all-you-can-eat wagyu beef, direct from farms in Ja­pan, Aus­tralia and lo­cally. Just try to find more primo cuts any­where else. 280 West Beaver Creek Rd., #37

BEST DESSERTS

Ex­pertly crafted baked goods and free sam­ples: What more could you want? BAKE CODE has re­li­ably fresh Asian-style buns, breads, cakes and pas­tries –– even the com­plex ones, like its light and frothy Hokkaido chif­fon cup­cake and to­tally unique, sweet and melty salted egg yolk crois­sant. 9350 Yonge St.

BEST WINGS

No game night is com­plete with­out an or­der or a ta­ble at DUFF’S FA­MOUS WINGS. The su­per-sharable menu items in­clude gen­er­ous serv­ings of deep-fried wings with a wide range of sauces. And for an ex­tra kick in the pants, the Death and Ar­maged­don sauces are al­ways wait­ing. 9360 Bathurst St., Unit 1

BEST UNIQUE EATS

South Africans in the GTA have a culi­nary home, and that home is EAT SUM MORE, a spe­cialty food shop es­tab­lished by a South African cou­ple in 2004. Home­sick wan­der­ers hit the 905 for a taste of house­made bil­tong, bore­worst and Bak­ers bis­cuits. Worth the stop in while it’s still braai sea­son. 7700 Bathurst St., Unit 6

BEST GOURMET GRO­CER

AMBROSIA be­gan as a sim­ple bulk food shop in 1979 and has blos­somed into a full-out well­ness em­po­rium, with lead­ing or­gan­ics and health food brands as well as nat­u­ral cos­met­ics, sup­ple­ments and ev­ery other item you can think of to bol­ster your healthy liv­ing, gra­nola-chomp­ing life­style. 55 Don­caster Ave.

BEST ICE CREAM

RED BEAN WAF­FLE HOUSE has won hearts across the 905 and North York with lit­tle fishshaped pas­tries filled with sweet red bean paste. These waf­fles have a crisp ex­te­rior and an oozy fill­ing, the way they serve ’em here. Here, they also have the waf­fle shells topped with ice cream. 100 Stee­les Ave. W., Unit 5

Restau­rant owner Ra­mona Kouladji has cre­ated a home for Thorn­hill brunch­ers with her huge menu of clas­sic fare at RA­MONA’S KITCHEN. 7355 Bayview Ave. BIG BONE BBQ has won over 50 bar­be­cue cham­pi­onships over the last 20 years, with items like 48-hour mar­i­nated smoked wings. 180 Bul­lock Dr. Dante Pao­letti has been turn­ing out pies at his fa­mous DANTE’S PIZZE­RIA to loyal cus­tomers since 1976. 8700 Duf­ferin St., Unit 18

BEST DELI

Chow down on ten­der, del­i­cately spiced Mon­treal smoked meat be­tween two slices of fresh rye at CEN­TRE

STREET DELI. If poul­try is more your style, it has a golden-brothed chicken soup that will cure what ails ya. While you’re at it, might as well grab a knish or two. 1136 Cen­tre St.

BEST SICHUAN FOOD

Nat­u­rally, DAYALI BEI­JING

ROAST DUCK serves up a great bird. But there are a lot of other things to love on this large menu of Sichuan cui­sine, such as fried sour beans with minced pork, sautéed shred­ded pork with soy bean paste, spicy hot pot … the list goes on and on. 20 Gib­son Dr.

BEST COT­TON CANDY

At MR CHU, they turn out gi­ant clouds of candy floss dou­ble the size of your head and horse­shoe-shaped Korean chur­ros glazed with a choice of con­densed milk, cho­co­late, matcha or cream cheese and topped with peanuts or Oreos. You can even or­der that churro on a serv­ing of black se­same ice cream. 15B Finch Ave. W.

BEST WON­TONS

This eatery is a good thing that just keeps on giv­ing. Fans of

JIM CHAI KEE in­clude our Joanne Kates who never tires of this place and its abil­ity to spin out in­cred­i­ble gi­ant won­tons that are burst­ing with shrimp. What’s bet­ter? A meal here won’t hurt the wal­let ei­ther. 270 West Beaver Creek Rd.

BEST CARIBBEAN

When you’re on the hunt for good jerk chicken and roti, stop in at ANEAL’S TASTE

OF THE IS­LANDS. It serves a hot and spicy ver­sion of jerk chicken or jerk goat with rice ’n’ peas along with Trini clas­sics like dhal puri. Our mouths are wa­ter­ing just think­ing about it. 10220 Yonge St.

BEST LOUKOUMADES

Loukoumades are Gre­cian orbs of pure de­li­cious­ness that are tra­di­tion­ally coated in honey and rolled in cin­na­mon. But at

LOUKOUMANIA, cus­tomiza­tion is key: you can choose from dozens of top­pings, from ic­ing sugar and crushed Oreos to ba­con bits and ba­nana cream, all lay­ered over ice cream. 3120 Ruther­ford Rd.

BEST DUCK

Next time you pop in to

JOHN’S CHI­NESE BBQ for a meal, make sure you try the braised duck. It is to die for. If duck isn’t your thing (even though it should be), John’s has end­less menu op­tions cov­er­ing seafood, chicken, pork, beef and all the other reg­u­lars. The noo­dles are del­ish too. 328 Hwy. 7 E.

BEST PHO

All your favourite Viet­namese dishes are on the menu at LIT

TLE SAIGON, but the show­stop­per is the pho. Whether you go with rare beef, spicy seafood or tofu and veg­etable, it will be de­li­cious. You can also try it with satay noo­dles, if you want to mix it up. 9625 Yonge St.

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