The Chen family has owned Spadina Garden for more than a decade, and the restaurant's dishes are Toronto classics. Start with barbecued honey-garlic spareribs or hot-and-sour soup before moving on to entrées like the chili chicken and the crispy ginger beef alongside steamed rice. This is largely the cuisine of inland northwest China, so there is no tank of finny creatures to peruse. And the dining room itself is peaceful, with standard black lacquer, high-back chairs,
and red paper lanterns, leaving your focus on the plate.