Suresh Doss’s guide to the best – and most affordable – food near U of T

Suresh Doss eating at a restaurant
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 1:21pm
Romi Levine

Melt-in-your-mouth Portuguese tarts. Belly-warming pho. Tender kebabs.

Is your stomach rumbling yet? Because you’re in for a treat. You can find these tasty dishes near one of the University of Toronto’s three campuses – and better yet, they’re budget-friendly.

U of T News asked food writer and CBC Metro Morning regular Suresh Doss for his top picks for reasonably priced, delicious food that’s a quick walk or drive from the downtown Toronto, U of T Mississauga and U of T Scarborough campuses.


U of T Mississauga

From Malaysian to Chinese food – Mississauga has some top-notch Asian restaurants, says Doss. Here’s where to go near U of T Mississauga:

Breakfast ING

This Malaysian-Singaporean breakfast place is cheap and tasty, says Doss, who recommends the roti canai. “This Malaysian breakfast is a small roti – super crusty on the outside, super tender on the inside. You tear off pieces of it and you scoop it in the chicken curry.”  

Doss also says to try the bak kut teh, which is similar to a pork bone soup. “As you're coming back to school and it's fall – I can't think of anything better that I want to eat to keep me warm,” he says.

Chilli Chicken House

“This place has a wicked dish called chilli chicken where they take chunks of deep fried chicken, they throw it into a wok with all the spices and the sauce and it comes out super delicious, served on rice,” says Doss, who adds that, despite the name, this restaurant has some great vegetarian dishes. 

Lion City

Doss is crazy about Lion City’s laksa. “It’s a Malaysian-Singaporean soup that is really hearty, and warms you up on a nice fall winter day,” he says. “If you like noodle soups – you probably know pho, you probably know ramen – but meet the spicy cousin, because once you have laksa you will not go back.” 

Lazar Bakery

This Portuguese bakery has been around for over 20 years, says Doss. “I find their Portuguese custard tarts are out of this world. The best custard tarts I've had in the GTA,” he says.

Explore the many food options on campus as well, ranging from vegetarian and vegan friendly to gourmet pizzas.

Find out more about U of T Mississauga’s on-campus food 

Read about Doss' delicious picks near the St. George and Scarborough campuses