We are resurrecting our Toronto Bites series this year with Nishdish Marketeria! The last one we did was of The Good Fork, way back in February 2016 – go check it out here!
Mikaius and I found ourselves in Toronto on a beautifully sunny late winter day. We were going to check out Queen Video’s closing sales, and then after a quick lunch, he was walking me to OISE, where renowned Filipino author Jessica Hagedorn had a reading at the University of Toronto.
After a quick look-around at Queen Video, we decided to stretch our legs and walk up around Koreatown, where we were hoping to score some lunch. Beautiful sunny winter days have a way of making one hungry, and we were. To NishDish Marketeria we went! It was our first time eating there and we really were looking forward to it. We walked in to find a cosy but roomy restaurant that featured a quick service counter as well as a little marketeria. NishDish offers a rotating selection of traditional Anishnawbe food, from Three Sisters Soup to the Bison Sausage Plate, along with various drinks.
Mikaius and I ordered the venison stew, the bison sausage plate, and the Lenape latté. All three dishes were delicious, but for us the clear winner was the bison sausage plate. All the flavours worked so well together, the salad was fresh and appetizing, and the bison sausage itself was superb. I loved the salad, especially the thin-sliced strawberries and the blueberries in it. For us, the food and the flavours presented on the plates, especially the stew, evoked feelings of home: the Philippines for me, and his Mom for him. We will definitely be back, as there is so much more to try!
We highly recommend that you check out NishDish Marketeria, too! Support Indigenous businesses in Toronto, and go have yourself a banging meal. You can’t miss it, it’s on 690 Bloor Street West, in walking distance from Christie Pits Station.