The Best Kosher Restaurants in Toronto
The best kosher restaurants in Toronto are not as cookie-cutter as preconceived notions might have you believe. While kosher food might still have the reputation of being a little bland, there are restaurants in Toronto that break traditional molds. These are the spots that venture into kosher versions of pepperoni and salmon maki, as well as those that stick to classics, but just do them really, really well. Going out for kosher food, in other words, shouldn't be something to kvetch about.
Here are some of the best kosher restaurants in Toronto.
Churning out hot laffa from its custom tabun ovens, Dr. Laffa's falafels, shawarma, and kababs make a drive out to Steeles and Dufferin totally worth the trek. Kashruth Council approved, Dr. Laffa's chicken, lamb, and beef is all kosher certified, and offered alongside plenty of vegetarian options for those who don't eat meat. More »
Marron Bistro is perhaps the swankiest spot to eat kosher in Toronto. The French-inspired menu is constantly changing, offering plates such as duck prosciutto and marmalade, stuffed burger and slaw, and rib steak and caramelized onions. There's an extensive wine list to boot, and yes, it goes beyond Manischewitz. More »
Bistro Grande is an upscale take on dairy and pareve dining. No, there's no filet mignon, but the menu does offer elegance equivalency through its mushroom risotto, tagliatelle al salmone, and market-priced catch of the day. Bistro Grande is fully licensed and has a front patio open in the summertime. More »
While many kosher places find their strengths in a few signature dishes, Tov-Li has the reputation of being pretty great across the board. Falafel leads the pack in terms of recommended plates here, but Tov-Li's fish platters, spelt dough pizzas, as well as its soups and salads are also pretty highly regarded. Plus (Israeli-style) all-day breakfast. More »
Despite its name, King David Pizza is lauded for its fantastic falafel. The business has been in Toronto for more than 20 years, growing from one location to three, and curiously adding kosher sushi to its menu. Each location is totally nut-free, and all offer a few unique, meat-alternative pizza topping options including soy pepperoni. More »
Yes, this actually exists. Umami Sushi is not only kosher, but also dairy-and-nut-free. This North York restaurant makes all of the familiar Japanese rolls including spicy tuna maki, yellow tail sashimi, and Alaska handrolls, with the option of substituting white rice for brown. Noodles and combo platters are also available, as well as miso soup (in lieu of Bubbie's matzo ball chicken noodle). More »
Obvious mu shu pork has been omitted from its menu, but Golden Chopsticks does stick pretty close to what you'll find at many typical Chinese restaurants. Golden Chopsticks' kosher take on Chinese includes everything from General Tao chicken to beef lo mein and won ton soup, with everything on the menu certified Glatt Kosher. Cannot confirm if the fortune cookies, indeed, all contain the word "oy." More »