Toronto, ON M6J 1V1
Caribbean meets Asian soul food at the Dundas West hot spot Patois. Chef and owner Craig Wong named the restaurant after the primary Jamaican national language because it represents the merging of cultures, which is exactly what Wong is doing with the food. The menu features a variety of Asian staples and classic Jamaican influences, like the infamous Double Down, a dangerously tasty sandwich made between two Jamaican patties stuffed with bacon, fondue Swiss cheese and Sriracha. The more obviously Asian-inspired dishes like the dirty fried rice made with Chinese lap cheong, is also a nightly best seller. With animal pool toys hanging from the ceiling, caribbean music running through the speakers and cocktail teapots that have enough Ting and rum for four, every night at Patois feels like a celebration.