The best part about being from Toronto is the exposure to various cultures. Toronto is known for being one of the most multicultural cities in the world and it’s only natural to embrace all the different foods that come along with each one. I love experiencing new foods, especially indulgent ones. I have tried numerous restaurants across the city and I have discovered some of the best places for Mexican, Indian, and Polynesian as well as Hawaiian dishes. This week, stir up your usual go-to restaurants and treat yourself to some cultural food to awaken your taste buds.
Miss Thing’s – I discovered Miss Thing’s after being invited to a surprise birthday dinner for one of my best friends. It felt like I had walked into a retro hotel lobby in Hawaii with their floral wall murals. The restaurant serves contemporary interpretations of Pan Asian and Hawaiian food. I was really excited to try Miss Thing’s because I never indulged in Hawaiian dishes before, and it was something new that looked delicious.
The restaurant has a tropical cocktail bar and offers a wide variety of specialty drinks. I ordered their “Our Tai”, Miss Thing’s take on a Mai Thai, which was served in an elaborate gold pineapple that can be shared with another person. I ordered their Pineapple Fried Rice ($18) and their Poke Bowl ($18) which consisted of miso cured rainbow trout, marinated salmon egg, chili radish, shiitake mushrooms, pickled ginger, sesame, and coconut rice. Everything tasted delicious and I would definitely treat myself to their cocktails and Polynesian dishes again.
Pukka – Pukka is an upscale Indian restaurant located in uptown Toronto. The Toronto restaurant offers a modern twist on Indian cuisine with a large selection of dishes, cocktails & drinks, and dessert. The restaurant itself is narrow inside but it has been organized to accommodate groups of 3-5 people. For those who like to participate in Winterlicious and Summerlicious, Pukka is a restaurant that offers a tailored menu to customers. You might want to consider trying Pukka during either of these events because the portion is small for the amount money you have to pay.
I ordered their Chicken 65 ($13.90) that was made with south Indian fried chicken and chili, tamarind curry leaves, and caramelized onions. I also ordered their Butter chicken ($19.70) that consisted of Mennonite-farmed chicken, fenugreek, and tomato infused butter sauce. Finally, we indulged in Pukka’s Lamb Lollipops ($26.70) that was made with turmeric, mint, and fenugreek curry. I really enjoyed everything that I ordered, so much that I didn’t have any room left for dessert. I have visited my fair share of Indian Restaurants but Pukka is definitely at the top of my list. If you are in the mood to spice up your life, treat yourself to Pukka.
Outside Planeta Mexico. This picture was taken from their Instagram account.
Planeta Mexico – I was introduced to Planeta Mexico after one of my best friends from Markham took me to Main Street. Main Street is a string of restaurants and bars that are displayed beautifully for people to walk around and hangout, especially during the summer.
Planeta Mexico’s patio. This picture was taken from their Instagram account.
Planeta Mexico is a Mexican restaurant that makes authentic Mexican cuisine with original recipes and fresh ingredients. Planeta Mexico is a very small restaurant that is made up of one large room. However, the restaurant does offer limited outdoor seating during the summer months to accommodate more people. The Markham restaurant looks like a little home from the outside and the inside provides customers with the same feeling. It feels like you landed in a Mexican family’s home for dinner, especially since the staff is so nice.
During my visit, I started off by ordering their Sangria ($6.50), followed by their Enchiladas ($12.50) that consisted of three rolled tortillas stuffed chicken, veggies and served with sour cream, feta, and Aztec sauce. Afterward, my friend and I ordered their Chimichanga ($13.50) which is a deep fried Flour tortilla stuffed beef, served with sour cream, feta, and Aztec sauce. Finally, we ordered the Taco a la Parrilla ($12.50) that involved three soft tacos stuffed with steak. Yes, this was a lot of food but we must have been really hungry this day because we finished all of it and still made room for dessert. As for dessert, we ordered their Churros which was probably the best churros I have ever had. The Churros were freshly baked and tasted amazing. If you are craving Mexican food make sure to pay Planeta Mexico a visit in Markham.
**I did not use my own many of my own photos for this post because this was during a time where I didn’t see the need to photograph my food!