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The 10 most outrageous fusion meals in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 17, 2014

Big Mac Pizza TorontoUnconventional and downright odd fusion meals have emerged as the buzz-worthy culinary trend du jour, and being a hotbed for gastronomical cross-pollination, Toronto already excels in this department. Novel mash-ups can now be found on Toronto menus everywhere, from obviously complementary combinations to the downright bizarre pairings. While they might sound strange on paper, most of these plates are just right when they're devoured.

Here are the 10 most outrageous fusion meals in Toronto.

Big Mac Pizza
The Pizza Americano from Enzo Pizza Bar on West Queen West takes cheeseburger pizza to a whole new level. The thin, flash-fired dough is topped with ground beef, cheddar slices, special sauce, shredded lettuce and pickles. It is awesomely tasty and also the closest you can get to having McD's without, well, having McD's.

Carbonara Udon
Guu SakaBar makes this iconic Italian dish Japanese-style with a soft poached egg set atop chewy udon noodles tossed with peameal bacon, sautéed onions, nori and a butter, soy, parmesan sauce. A heavy dose of black pepper finishes it off.

Bulgogi Cheesesteak
The natural evolution for Philadelphia born Koreans transplanted to Toronto, Oddseoul on Ossington makes this ridiculously good sandwich on a banh mi bun stacked with marinated ribeye smothered with American cheese.

At Sneaky Dee's they do something called the Destroyer, which starts with fries, cheese and gravy and then loads on top of that everything you would a nacho platter. Smoke's does mash-ups like Stroganoff, Fajita and one called Mamma's that would be more aptly named '50's TV Dinner-poutine. Japatine is a thing on menus like Ramen Isshin.

This off-menu specialty from Chipotle wraps the contents of a burrito in the cheesy goodness of a quesadilla. I spot called a couple locations to make sure the mash-up is in fact available locally, and good news for the munchie-afflicted, it totally is! It's subject to an extra fee so you still have to pay for both a burrito and a quesadilla plus a couple bucks to have them f' up their whole production line (for this reason they may refuse orders during peak times too).

Tex Mex Sushi
Newly opened Manzen Sushi on Gerrard does this special roll with fresh tuna, diced tomatoes, chunky avocado and masago (roe) tossed in a spicy cream sauce and set over an order of California rolls.

Cheeseburger Spring Roll
At Susur Lee's namesake restaurant Lee, this menu staple sees braised organic ground beef, onions and tomatoes mixed with shredded cheddar before being rolled in wrappers, deep fried to a crisp and drizzled with chipotle mayo.

Macaron Gelato 'Wich
At the Mad Italian on College Street oversized French macaron cookies are sandwiched around premium house-made gelato. It's incredibly delicate and makes a crumbly, melting mess when handheld, but wow is it good.

The darling love child of a croissant and donut was created in New York by Dominique Ansel and was subsequently embraced by Toronto bakeries like Le Dolci before everything went off the rails. You'll recall that in typically industrious fashion, EPIC Burgers and Waffles endorsed the trend but thought to themselves "you know what this hybrid pastry needs? A hamburger..." and voila, diabetes deliciousness.

Ramen nachos
Word on the street is that the impending Momofuku/La Carnita /The HOTB mash-up will feature ramen-nachos. These I have to see.

Photo from our review of Enzo Pizza Bar



bill / January 17, 2014 at 11:42 am
Big house pizza on the danforth does a a nice big mac pizza as well...now I am hungry bulgogi cheesteak I will have to investigate.
4ChanApologist / January 17, 2014 at 01:15 pm
I've never tried Enzo Pizza Bar's version, but after drunkenly ordering the John A. Macdonald from BigHouse Pizza (their take on the Big Mac) it's an awesome idea and delicious when done properly.

The lettuce doesn't stand up well to reheating, though, so make sure to wolf the whole thing down while it's still hot like the glutton you are.
Rob / January 17, 2014 at 01:31 pm
My family is on the crack?!
Hey Mon / January 17, 2014 at 02:33 pm
Rasta Pasta in Kensington
guest / January 17, 2014 at 03:23 pm
I'm sure by "macron" cookies you mean... macarons?
nathan / January 17, 2014 at 04:44 pm
Manzen sushi has a really good baked scallop roll as well. Their miso soup is a steal at $2 a bowl and is prepared with enoki mushrooms. Love this place
My family sits on our cracks. / January 17, 2014 at 05:48 pm
Pardon my French!
Dan / January 17, 2014 at 10:50 pm
cheeseburger spring roll sounds amazing.
Crackersandrice / January 18, 2014 at 07:22 pm
Whoa...whoa...whoa...wait a minute...whoa Chipotle has a secret menu?!?!! Just when you think life can't get any better.
Dave / January 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm
Just ordered the Americano tonight for delivery after reading this post by BlogTo, Best pizza I ever had. Even the Rocco was amazing too. My go to spot for deliveries from now on.
Darryl / January 20, 2014 at 11:06 am
That Americano (big mac pizza) is awesome. Best pizza I ever had along with their Margherita. Andddd they deliver!!!! The end.
Jake / February 13, 2014 at 09:31 am
Enzo pizza bar how does it feel knowing you're most famous pizza is a rip from Big House pizza who clearly openned before you!
Marie / March 28, 2014 at 02:41 pm
Hey Jake, not about who did it first it's about who did it right. The Americano is the best pizza in Toronto. I order every Friday night and I'm never disappointed.
RogersTed replying to a comment from Jake / April 2, 2014 at 07:45 pm
Jake, not sure if serious. I've been to both and Enzo is by far the best, actually they are probably the best pizza joint in Toronto right now. To each their own I guess
keven / August 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm
Enzo's has really amazing pizza and the Americano was so delicious. I'll second that you shouldn't plan on reheating it, but if you're hungover enough it's still good.
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