Nigerians love travelling. They move to different parts of the world. They move with their culture, identity and create for themselves, space to exist within a diverse culture and people.
Their taste in food remains part of the unique ways they hold on to their identity outside their geographical space, Nigeria.
Being a West African country with a wide variety of ethnic communities, Nigeria has a varied and rich culinary culture.
In culinary art, you find numerous ingredients that cut across taste buds.
Some Nigerians who live in Canada have moved to the North American country with these unique features of theirs and established the culinary art in some strategic places in Canada.
The top five of these places can be found below:
This is a restaurant where you can get Nigerian foods such as Amala, Iyan, Moi Moi, etc. It is located at 45 Four Wind Drive, Toronto. They open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 9pm, except on Sunday that they close at 9pm.
Afro Spice Menu
Cassava Cuisine is another place in Toronto that offers exotic authentic African grill. You can get Nigerian foods such as Efo Riro, Fufu, Eba, Egusi, Whole Grill Catfish, Jollof Rice, Abacha Salad, Ginger Zinger, Zobo. It is located at 685 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto. They also open from Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 8pm.
Suya Bistro is an eat-in and take-out restaurant located at the luxurious Vaughan; Woodbridge.
Sharing his experience, Gabriel said, “Everything here is Nigerian – even the Milo (chocolate drink). This Suya has more of a modern concept – the other Suya outlets are more traditional.
“Had the meat pie – it was a beef pie. It was decent – with a bit of potato & mildly spiced. It was basically like a large cornish pasty.”
The Suya Spot
The Suya Spot is one of the few places for Nigerian food in Toronto. They serve beef and goat suya as well as fresh Moimoi. You can order it off-menu. They also have authentic pepper soup on Thursdays. They have a quick service, although ordering can be a little chaotic. The place turns into a dance club at night. There’s plenty of seating at this location and free parking.
ID Love Restaurant
ID Love Restaurant dishes out African/Nigerian cuisines. It is located in the heart of Toronto, ON. Asides from its Naija style bar, it also serves Isi Ewu, Nkwobi, Ugba, Pepper Soup and so on.
Michelle a food reviewer on Yelp, who has visited the place wrote, “I have been here a few times for nightly events. It’s not bad, the place can get a bit crowded though because it is rather cramped there. However, the music is great and it gets really lively after midnight or so. This place is a restaurant that turns into a club at night. I have never been there to have dinner but I heard they serve some really nice Nigerian delicacies!!”