ETHIOPIAN Platters lined with multiple layers of injera (a spongy pancake-like bread) get dollops of spicy stews, like at Ethiopian House (4 Irwin Ave., 416-923-5438) or Addis Ababa (1184 Queen St. W., 416-538-0059) where dinner ends with the fragrant roasting of coffee beans.
LAO The fresh-flavoured food of tiny Laos is similar to Thai: expect lime leaf, fish sauce, mangoes, lychees, curries and noodles, like at Vanipha Lanna (863 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-654-8068).
CARIBBEAN There’s always a taste, a memory, of sunlight in food from the islands. For a hearty bite, roti shops—especially Guyanese Bacchus (1376 Queen St. W., 416-532-8191)—are amply satisfying. The Real Jerk is a colourful long-time staple for spiced chicken and pork, with a side of rice and beans.
TIBETAN Go for the dumplings (called momo) and salted, buttered tea at Little Tibet (712 Queen St. W., 416-306-1896).
MOROCCAN A meal at The Sultan’s Tent comes complete with a belly-dancing show.
CAMBODIAN The flavours at no-frills Angkor (614 Gerrard St. E., 416-778-6383) recall other familiar southeast Asian cuisines—ginger, basil, papaya—with less spicy heat.
MIDDLE EASTERN Mezzetta is known for small tapas-style dishes (huomos, stuffed vine leaves, falafel).
JAPANESE Two new imports go well beyond the usual maki menu. Izakaya serves Japanese bar food for sharing. Ki Modern Japanese + Bar offers beautifully presented modern Japanese in a slick setting.
AUSTRIAN Amadeus brings an authentic atmosphere to its fine dining space and beer garden.
BRAZILIAN Hipster spot Cajù has Latin and tropical touches in a modern incarnation.
PERUVIAN La Cocina de Doña Luz (807 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-652-7430) is simple and homey, with ceviche, fried plantains and roast pork on the menu.
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