Nigerians in Toronto have a vibrant and large community, made up of both recent immigrants and families that have been here for multiple generations. To serve this community, there are several eateries created by the people of the diaspora that serve savoury and sweet foods that will remind you of your mother's cooking.
You don’t always want to cook even when you have the best Nigerian home-cooked recipes. Whether you’re ready to put down the spoon for the evening and let someone else prepare dinner, or want a nice meal out with friends and family, there are spots out there that are exactly what you’re looking for.
Maybe you're hoping to find options to fulfill a particular craving for egusi or simply want a large choice of dishes to fill your belly with delicious food? No matter the reason, there's a restaurant in the city that can accommodate your needs. Here are the top five Nigerian restaurants in Toronto.
With a claim that “We serve the best jollof in Toronto” you can already tell that Afro Spice has a high standard to maintain. In addition to their jollof rice you can get other Nigerian foods including egusi made with goat for example. You can also enjoy other local specialties like moi moi, amala, banku, fufu and iyan. Relax and enjoy your time in this food spot as the dishes are freshly made, but the taste is worth the wait.
Contact info: 1 (416) 901-2376 45 Four Winds Drive, Toronto, ON M3J 1K7
Another stylishly decorated pick for Toronto’s Nigerian community is Cassava Cuisine. The well-decorated interior instantly transports diners to a West African city and sets the tone for the food. Cassava Cuisine serves outstanding and authentic Nigerian grilled dishes. The food menu includes items such as abacha salad, efo riro, eba, egusi soup, fufu, fumbwa, whole grill catfish, ginger zinger, zobo and of course jollof rice.
Contact info: 1 (416) 551-6558 685 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y9
This eatery on Bradstock Road serves everyone's favourite Nigerian dish, suya, as well as other barbecued treats. As if that is not enough, there's also a live DJ so you can “jam” and “chop” at the same time. It boasts that its recipe for suya is 115 years old and original. The cuisine is served in a stylish, friendly, pleasant, and entertaining atmosphere in Toronto's West End. If you're looking for a good time and a sense of community, this is the place to be. You can also order through delivery services like Uber Eats to get your suya fix. Because of its popularity, it has more than one branch and even a bistro. See below.
Contact info: www.thesuyaspot.com 1 (416) 242-2600 12 Bradstock Rd #10 Toronto, ON, M9M 1M8
Looking for the same good-tasting suya but in a more elevated atmosphere? Then Suya Bistro is for you. This branch is a well-known Toronto institution located in the opulent Vaughan, Woodbridge neighbourhood. It offers food both for dining in and to take away if you prefer to eat at home. Not just food is offered either. For a taste of home, Nigerian drinks like Milo are available.
Contact info: 1 (905) 264-0700 7777 Weston Rd #154, Woodbridge, ON L4L 0G9
And now for something different. Operated by an immigrant who recognized the lack of Nigerian options in certain neighbourhoods, SK Cookks is the vision of Sasilka Shallangwa. In her words, after migrating she realized there were plenty of East African spots, but West African food was not as popular. Neighbourhoods such as Etobicoke and downtown Toronto lacked West African food. Lucky diners can expect unique dishes such as pork pies, spring rolls, grilled fish, and peppered snail. Other delicacies include things like egusi, ugwu leaves (also known as pumpkin leaves, which are high in nutritional value), and African pepper sauce and wings done in the Nigerian style. After having to close its dine-in site during the lockdowns, SK currently operates entirely as takeout and delivery from its spot in Liberty Village.
1 (647) 323-2665 Online only through Doordash
Hopefully, this list will have inspired you. If you’re feeling hungry check out one of these delicious spots soon. Here at Remitbee, we were founded by immigrants just like you, so we know that sending money home is a top priority. We’re the top choice for Nigerians in Canada to send money to Nigeria. Try our low-cost money transfer service today!
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