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The top 10 mall restaurants in Toronto

The top mall restaurants in Toronto are a lot more appetizing today than they were five years ago. The city is seeing more and more quality dining options in shopping centres that go far beyond typical food court chains. If you're out shopping and don't want to leave the mall to eat, there's usually an enticing option or two to choose from.

Here are my picks for the top mall restaurants in Toronto.

Jamie's Italian - Yorkdale
Jamie Oliver and King Street Food Co.'s collaboration has as a rustic feel and offers a wide range of Italian classics such as antipasti platters, margherita pizza, prawn linguine, and homemade pasta.

Beaumont Kitchen - Sherway Gardens
This restaurant adjacent to Sherway Garden's Saks Fifth Avenue showcases Canadian ingredients with a menu ranging from turkey meatballs to PB&J stuffed French toast.

Pearl Bayview - Bayview Village
Known for its all-day dim sum, the eatery is a popular spot to dine in or take out if you're in the mood for Chinese cuisine.

Fabbrica - Shops at Don Mills
Mark McEwan's Italian eatery hits the spot with its classic wood-fire pizza or grilled skirt steak. Some menu items are a bit pricey, but the service and quality make it a worthwhile treat.

Trattoria Mercatto - Eaton Centre
The friendly staff and the diverse menu makes this a good mall stop if you're shopping with family or friends - or just in the mood for something Italian. The rustic interior and long tables will make you forget you're in a mall.

Sun's Kitchen - Pacific Mall
This food court stalwart serves up some of the best noodles in town. Popular items include the peanut-laden dan dan noodles and pan-fried dumplings.

Congee Queen - Centerpoint Mall
North York's Centerpoint Mall isn't exactly the best place to update your wardrobe, but if you find yourself there, Congee Queen is the place kill your hunger with hearty portions of Chinese favourites like the seafood-filled House Super Congee or the fried bean curd.

Tropical Joe's - Gerrard Square
This food court favourite is well known for its jerk poutine and stuffed patties, but also serves hearty stews, delicious roti, and pudgy pork sandwiches (all for under 10 bucks).

Tekka Sushi - Fairview Mall
Venture just outside the mall to this nearby all-you-can-eat sushi joint that's big on value. If you're not that hungry, you can always order from the a la carte menu.

Szechaun Szechuan - Vaughan Mills
Szechuan Szechuan was once a favourite lunch location for Bay St. brokers at First Canadian Place, but now it holds down the fort at Vaughan Mills, where crowds of hungry shoppers feast on dishes like General Tso's Chicken, Szechuan Shrimp, and Crispy Ginger Beef. The menu is as big as the portions.

What did I miss? Add your suggestions in the comments.

Writing by Nicole Gibillini. Photo of Jamie's Italian by Hector Vasquez.

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