The top 10 fusion tacos in Toronto
Tacos in Toronto aren't exclusively a Mexican affair. In fact, when seeking inspiration, Toronto kitchens look even further than the popular Southern California style to add their own cross-cultural twists.
Here are my picks for the top fusion tacos in Toronto.
Soos on Ossington offers pulled chicken kapitan tacos ($8) on house-made shells. The shredded curry chicken gets finished with napa cabbage and carrot slaw and drizzle of cooling tzatziki.
Little Sister offers a couple unique takes on tacos featuring flavours from the Indonesian archipelago. Find Rendang tacos on the menu loaded with beef, coconut crema, lettuce and pickled red onions, or try the Balinese shredded chicken taco with lettuce, pickled cucumbers, crispy shallots, and sour cream. Each sells for $4.75.
Hapa Izakaya offers a take on Halibut Tacos ($7.49) featuring tempura battered fish with house-made bacon bits, shoestring potatoes, and roasted jalapeño tartar sauce on a flour tortilla. Find chicken teriyaki tacos too among the rotating daily features.
From the Playa Cabana family of restaurants, Barrio Coreano is a taqueria that melds Mexican and Korean flavours. Try the Chicken Kampungki ($5 each) with chipotle-sesame gochujang salsa and wasabi aoili. Banh Mi Boys is better still to get that Korean taco fix. The fast food joint crafts tacos ($4) on paratha-like shells and loads them up with choices of kalbi beef, fried tofu, or squid.
Tea N' Bannock, the Aboriginal cafe on Gerrard, bills "Indian tacos" on fry bread with a choice of veggies or meat. With a drink for $10, these tacos come topped with steaming taco sauce, cheese, lettuce, red onions, sour cream, and salsa.
Tilde considers "international tacos" its forte, and the menu boasts unusual options like this crispy, curry-battered fish taco topped with coconut salsa, fresh cucumber and raita.
Jerk Chicken Tacos
Pacific Junction Hotel is home to all sorts of irreverent takes on tacos. Enjoy a four at a time for $13, dressed with shredded jerk chicken, mango salsa, lettuce, and lime crema.
East Coast Tacos
This very Maritime take from Rock Lobster on Queen West sees corn tortillas topped with morsels Nova Scotia Lobster, fennel, onions, and a drizzle of lemon sour cream for $6.
Barque on Roncesvalles does smoked duck tacos served two at a time for $8. These tacos come dressed with pickled radish and hoisin BBQ sauce.
What did I miss? Add your favourite fusion tacos to the comments.
Photo from Soos by Jesse Milns.
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