Best Restaurants to Eat Fantastic Appetizers in Toronto

What is a summer without a spring? A symphony without a prelude? A book without a prologue? So it is with an excellent dinner, and the most excellent appetizer that must necessarily precede it. Without the former paving the way for the latter, the main course arrives without fanfare, a lumpen, unheralded mass of sustenance not considered special enough to warrant an opening act.

Playa Cabana

1
111 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V4

Start your visit to this wildly popular Annex-area Mexican joint with an order of elotes a la parilla. This wickedly tasty starter features grilled corn on the cob rubbed in chili pequin, lime and queso fresca/anejo. The result is a zingy paroxysm of flavour that’ll take your taste buds for a spin round the lime grove before dropping you off for dinner.

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

2
515 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2H7

Mushrooms Neptune have been a Keg staple for time immemorial, and with good reason. These tasty little buttons, stuffed with Swiss and cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, onions, crab and shrimp will detonate your taste buds in the most pleasing of ways.

Khao San Road

3
11 Charlotte St, Toronto, ON M5V 2H5

The huge portion of squash fritters — featuring kabocha squash, wild ginger, lemongrass, shallot, fresh kaffir lime leaf, red curry and egg — is a constant delight at this popular Thai resto. Crispy, never oily, and served in the company of the most delish sauce, these starting marvels are a constant delight.

Korean Village Han Kuk Kwan Restaurant

4
628 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K7

The kong na mul — or pickled bean sprouts, for the non-natives about the place — set up expectations for some truly fine Korean cuisine to follow. These seasoned soybean sprouts mixed with garlic, hot pepper flakes and green onions are a common Korean side dish, and this Annex joint does them up real nice.

Jacobs & Co Steakhouse

5
12 Brant St, Toronto, ON M5V 2M1

Like the mythical creature of Loch Ness, the perfect Caesar salad is an elusive beast. But Jacob’s kick at the oil-and-vinegar can does a pretty decent job. Prepared tableside in a well-worn wooden bowl, this yummy starter includes Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce, an egg yolk, bacon, croutons and a heaping serving of well-placed anticipation.

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