By: Lavanya Kathirgamanathan
Toronto’s food culture embodies innovation, talent, and unique flavour profiles. The city welcomes a variety of different dishes that offer an invigorating experience. The food scene reflects Toronto’s multicultural population and provides a variety of different options for everyone’s palette. Some of these flavours are unheard of due to their innovative and tasty profiles.
In particular, Black-owned restaurants have emerged through the excellence of culinary cooking, demonstrating diversity through the cuisine of the African diaspora.
This article acknowledges and celebrates Black-owned restaurants in Toronto that customers can try out and support this summer.
Located at: 104 Portland St
Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen brings flavour to Downtown Toronto with its Jamaican cuisine. This restaurant shares their excellence and unique recipe of jerk chicken and oxtail, catering to a variety of palettes. Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen shares many traditional recipes that incorporate a modern take to Jamaican cuisine. Their warm and comforting dishes encourage customers to return the next day to enjoy more. This restaurant is one of a kind and will bring a smile to anyone’s face with every savoury bite!
Located at: 1178 Queen St W
Nunu Ethiopian Fusion brings the aroma and essence of Ethiopia to the streets of Toronto. This restaurant creates a homey dining experience offering an adventure of different dishes from Ethiopian cuisine. Nunu serves delicious and rich coffee with an invigorating aroma that customers can smell when they enter the restaurant. This fusion kitchen shares food from different parts of Ethiopia with dishes that include: lentil dishes, chicken or beef tibs, stews, and many more. This Ethiopian restaurant is fitting for those who seek a comforting meal.
Located at: 842 Gerrard St E
The Real Jerk in Toronto is one of the most prominent places that is located in a place called flavour town. This restaurant has been established for over 30 years and still brings heat to the kitchen with its aroma, flavour, and energy. The Real Jerk shares various Caribbean dishes such as jerk chicken including goat curry, shrimp dishes, and roti. The Real Jerk is one of the many staples in Toronto customers will not take their eyes off of. The restaurant has incorporated colours including red, green, and yellow that will distract viewers from their current plans and attract them to check out delicious aromas of the islands.
Located at: 405 Spadina Ave
Tasty’s Caribbean Cuisine is one of the many diverse restaurants serving authentic Caribbean flavours in Toronto. This Black-owned restaurant creates a variety of dishes inspired by the cuisine used in the tropical islands of the Caribbean. Dishes include jerk chicken, macaroni pie, lentil peas, and roti wraps. These staple foods allow customers to enjoy and indulge in without worry, just simply satisfying and fulfilling vibes! Every bite is packed with flavour, and the restaurant includes an incredible and comfortable ambiance. This restaurant is a go-to for a quick bite, a sit-in, or a take-out meal customers can enjoy at home.
Over the past few years, there has been an emergence of Black-owned businesses across different industries. The food industry has been creating an environment for business owners and customers to try new foods and put forth their creativity within Toronto’s food scene.
Supporting restaurants within the Black community promotes diversity and inclusion that touches on the importance of recognizing the diverse culture that Toronto embodies. It is important to support local and small businesses, especially those of colour because they offer a new invigorating experience which encourages customers to step out of their comfort zone.
Lavanya Kathirgamanathan is one of the Writers for this year’s publication at Black Voice. She’s a recent graduate from Toronto Metropolitan University, where she studied Journalism and will further her education in Human Resources at George Brown College. Lavanya has experience writing for multiple publications and has her own food blog on social media. Lavanya’s main goal as a writer for the Black Voice publication is to showcase Black excellence within the community, and in the city of Toronto.