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International student favourites: 15 best restaurants in Toronto

By: Nick Lum
August 08, 2023

International student favourites: 15 best restaurants in Toronto is a part of the International Student Guide —  a resource carefully curated by current international students to equip new international students with the essential knowledge and insights you need to thrive in Toronto. View the full list of articles on the International Student Guide web page. 

Toronto is home to a wide range of cultures and in turn, many diverse restaurants! Especially around TMU campus, you’ll never run out of options for where to grab breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack.

We asked international students about their favorite restaurants in and around Toronto,  and put together a guide of 15 restaurants with cuisines from all over the world we’re sure you’d enjoy. 

To help you browse the list easily, we grouped our recommendations based on how much money you'd likely spend on a meal at every restaurant. 

 (less than $20)

  ($20 - $40)

   (over $40)

Kabul Express

  Afghan

 “It's the only South Asian food place downtown that has butter chicken that tastes almost like my Indian friend's mum's butter chicken.”- Isioma

 126 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B 1E2 


Lena’s Roti & Doubles

  Trinidadian and Caribbean

 “The texture and flavor of the doubles is the closest thing to home. Their roti and bake and shark is huge too. They also sell a bunch of Trini snacks and drinks."- Nick

 4207 Keele St, North York, ON M3J 3T8

BBQ meat rice
Y & E Caribbean Bistro

  Caribbean

 “Good Indo-Caribbean food in a convenient location in front of the Student Learning Centre (SLC); it’s also very fresh and authentic.”- Faheel

 335 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2L3

Wonton Noodle Soup
Hong Fatt BBQ

  Chinese

 “The most cost-effective Chinese restaurant in Toronto with delicious and large meal size and relatively cheap price”- Rena

 443 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T1G6

Tofu stew with a side dish
Buk Chang Dong

 Korean

 “A place with history in Toronto specializing in unbeatable tofu stew, with protein options like beef, pork, spam and mussels to pair with”- Jennifer

 691 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1L3

Birria feast
Birria Catrina

 Mexican

 “The people who work there are so nice and always down to speak Spanish and have a conversation! Also, the tacos de birria are the most authentic ones I have found, but my personal favourite off their menu is the Birria Gringa (quick and budget friendly too)”- Giuli

 335 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2L3

Jollof rice
ID Love

  Nigerian 

 “Their food is as authentic as it gets. Even the atmosphere of the restaurant takes you back home. They are also really affordable and give huge portions for the price.”- Isioma

 925 Weston Rd, York, ON M6N 3R4

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An assortment of noodles snacks and drinks
Hey Noodles

  Sichuanese

 “Free noodle refills for your ramen! Also, their beef brisket is the most delicious thing you'll ever have, and not too expensive either! (They also have slushies, highly recommend the mango one)”- Giuli

 478 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G9

Sushi chicken balls egg tarts

 Chinese

 “It’s a Chinese buffet with amazing food options from chicken, beef and seafood to countless desserts and even sushi. They also have a generous lunch discount of $26 per person (subject to future increases). This is a “eat to your heart's content” spot that can’t be beat for Chinese food. The customer service is also great.”- Dumebi

 2200 Yonge Street Toronto,  ON M4S 2C6

Birria feast
Karahi Boys

  Pakistani/North Indian

  “Featured in multiple Toronto magazines; very popular in the South Asian community for their curries.”- Faheel 

 741 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G1

Pho and bun bo Hue
Pho 90

 Vietnamese

 “Award winning restaurant for a reason. What I like the most is their great rare selection of northern dishes.”- Jennifer

 90 Weston Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6N 0A6

Pho and spring rolls at Pho Huong
Pho Huong

 Vietnamese 

 “It’s nice to enjoy traditional pho in Toronto whenever you want to relax after school is finished."- Rena

 394 Pacific Ave, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z2

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The ONE Fusion Cuisine
The ONE Fusion Cuisine

 Chinese

 “Dim Sum spot with HUGE Sui Mai and Har Gow! There’s always a lineup during dim sum hours on the weekends so make sure you get there early!”- Nick

 9019 Bayview Ave Unit 9, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1Y3

The ambiance at Wynona

  Italian, Mediterranean 

 “The patio in Leslieville is super cute and the menu changes weekly!”- Nick

 819 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Y8

An assortment of dishes
Kinka Izakaya

 Japanese

 “Lively atmosphere, great food and everyone gets welcomed by the staff upon entering the restaurant. Be prepared for screaming/yelling- it’s part of the experience!”- Nick

 4775 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 5M5

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