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.

#49 Lamesa

Lamesa

Toronto finally has an ambitious Filipino restaurant. About time we’re eating lumpia and pancit and leche flan. Chef Daniel Cancino builds strong flavours. Lumpia is house-corned beef in crunchy spring rolls with sweet/tart banana ketchup. Pancit Canton is an edible aspect of the Philippines’ Chinese history: Eggy noodles stir-fried with snow peas, pickled beech mushrooms, pea shoot and chiles. Tuna kinilaw is Filipino ceviche strongly spiked with kalamansi lime, atop coconut-inflected guacamole. We love the chicken adobo, vinegary and glazed dark. Goes great with wondrously garlicky fried rice. All this in a gracious room, with helpful attentive service.


  • Lamesa
  • 669 Queen St. W., Toronto (map)
  • 647-346-2377
  • www.lamesafilipinokitchen.com/#modern-filipino-cuisine

  • Chef: Daniel Cancino
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion
  • Cost of dinner for two: $60
  • Hours: Tues. to Sat. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat. to Sun. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Brunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 16+
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Entire venue can be rented
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking
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