The 10 most outrageous fusion meals in Toronto
Unconventional 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.
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.
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,
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