Breakfast: The lox and cream cheese platter at United Bakers Dairy Restaurant (#NYK)
“There’s no better family restaurant than this North York institution, which has been in business for over 100 years. The lightly brined and cold-smoked Nova Scotia lox is fresh and flavourful, and one of United’s poppy-seed twister bagels is the perfect accompaniment. My favourite time to visit is on Sunday mornings when the shop is packed with bubbes and zaydes.”
$14. 506 Lawrence Ave. W., 416-789-0519, unitedbakers.ca.
Lunch: Meat thali at Motimahal (#LTI)
“From noon to night, this Little India restaurant is always buzzing. The butter chicken, plated alongside matar paneer and spiced chana masala, is my favourite in the city—served bone-in, it’s rich, creamy, and the flavour is perfectly balanced. For under 10 dollars, you can leave the place stuffed!”
$8.75. 1422 Gerrard St. E., 416-461-3111.
Dinner: Grilled veggie skewers and baklava at Tabülè (#MID)
“I’d get the tabülè to start, of course, but the grilled vegetable skewers served with müjaddara (a lentil dish) are the main event. The onions, peppers, and zucchini are marinated and perfectly cooked over charcoal. My meal wouldn’t be complete without their baklava—the bite-sized pieces, made with pistachios and cashews, make me wonder whether I’m in Midtown or the Middle East. And don’t miss the bellydancing on Saturday nights!”
$5.50–$14. 2009 Yonge St., 416-483-3747, tabule.ca.