2016 JOANNE KATES 100 BEST RESTAURANTS

The Spend A Little list represents Joanne’s favourite 50 Toronto restaurants at which two people can eat for under $65 excluding taxes, tip and drinks.

#47 Dayali

Dayali

  • Opened 2012
  • 160 York Blvd., Richmond Hill (map)
  • 905-886-9592

The best Peking duck in Toronto is (of course) in the 905. Dayali, the first Canadian outpost of a Beijing chain, doesn’t take reservations (except for groups). The 30 minute lineup starts weekdays at 6 p.m. and weekends at 6:30. Why? Perchance ’cause they expand the trad crisp course into two courses: Accompanied by a steamer for pancakes with scallions, cuke, hoisin, sugar and five-spice chili salt, first comes crazy-crisp duck skin, to be dipped in sugar or salt. Then duck skin (also crisp) with meat, for the pancake treatment. And finally duck bone soup with tofu and bok choy: Very simple, very pure, very fab. Add country-style veg — cloud ear fungus, carrot and Chinese green shreds — and that’s a great dinner for four. P.S. No credit cards, only debit.


  • Dayali
  • 160 York Blvd., Richmond Hill (map)
  • 905-886-9592

  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Cost of dinner for two: $50
  • Hours: Mon. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri. to Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes, for groups
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 1
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $10
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: No
  • Parking: Underground parking, parking lot
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