Best Restaurants Worth a Revisit in Toronto

Last week I wrote about how so many of the city's 'hot' restos are shutting their doors despite the hype and fooderati endorsements. This week, I want to honour those that have stood the test of time, that are still standing strong after all these years. The ones you may have forgotten about in the frenzy of being barraged by new ones.


207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z8

When Tom Thai's new restaurant opened back in the mid 2000s, it was a revolution that food, especially fish and seafood, could be done in a sexy, fascinating way.

The Lobster Trap Inc

1962 Avenue Rd, North York, ON M5M 4A1

Going to, or ordering from, The Lobster Trap back in the early Seventies illustrated a certain opulence (they’ve been around since 1969!). It wasn't all cocktail dresses and silk gloves, but still held an air of sophistication. It was where you went to celebrate, to luxuriate in fine fare. After all, this is decades before Toronto had haute lobster rolls, lobster poutine and chains like Rock Lobster. And back then, it was just a few hotels and places in Chinatown that offered lobster.

Scaramouche Restaurant Pasta Bar & Grill

1 Benvenuto Pl, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1

Back in the day, Scaramouche was the place you took your biggest clients to seal the deal, tried to impress your date, and where the elite dined out regularly. There are few restaurants like this left, where: - they are still standing after three decades - the quality of food continues to wow the crowd - the chef has remained for the last 31 years. It still impresses all these years later.

Zee Grill

641 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2M9

Surviving the trends of the 80s, 90s and 2000s takes serious work and commitment. Since 1981, Zee Grill has served sophisticated fish and seafood. I still remember an enlightened bouillabaisse I had there in the mid-90s. The menu might have changed (fish tacos and lobster rolls are more recent additions), but their zeal for seafood hasn’t.

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