FEASTS FOR THE SENSES
Where to get a taste of the streets from out East
#3 DAILO Toronto is the perfect city for a restaurant like DaiLo — where ancient recipes are given new life, traditional Asian flavours are married to modern ones, and adventurous diners are open to new experiences. Chef Nick Liu draws on cuisines from Hakka to Singaporean to Chinese for his intriguing menu. The best way to try the full breadth of flavours is to order the DaiLo’s Choice tasting menu and have the chef send out selections. At just $65, the price belies the quality of the meal, which could include everything from torched tamari glazed beef carpaccio to a whole fried giggie trout. 503 College St. #41 LITTLE SISTER Despite offering a glut of cuisines from across the globe, Toronto is still lacking in the Indonesian department. Fortunately, Jennifer Gittins and chef Michael van den Winkel are doing a pretty stellar job of carrying the torch. Snacks are the name of the game here, with meats-on-sticks (think chicken satay ayam with fragrant peanut sauce) and salads (fried cauliflower with sweet-spicy rujak). If you’ve ever found yourself in Ubud, you’ll know that nasi goreng — Indonesia’s take on fried rice — is a must, as is the babi kecap, pork spiced with ginger and star anise. 2031 Yonge St.
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