Swatow Toronto: Chinese Restaurant on Spadina

Swatow Toronto is a Chinese restaurant on Spadina Avenue. Located in the heart of Chinatown, Swatow restaurant is regularly ranked as one of the best Chinese restaurants in Toronto.

The family-owned restaurant features a bustling dining room, open kitchen and long take out line at dinner time.

Swatow Toronto’s menu reads like a classic Canadian Chinese restaurant, featuring hundreds of dishes for meat lovers, seafood fans and vegetarians or vegans.

Swatow Toronto is located on Spadina Avenue in Chinatown.
Swatow Toronto is located on Spadina Avenue in Chinatown.

Swatow Restaurant in Chinatown

Swatow Toronto gets its name from a Chinese city called Shantou, located on the coast of Guangdong province. Don’t expect a fancy Chinese restaurant experience here, just fresh food, quick service and oversized portions.

Swatow Toronto has built a loyal customer base over the years so it’s often busy. Prepare to wait in line during the dinner hour, though efficient staff mean the wait time is never too excessive.

Renee Tran is a Vietnamese-Chinese Canadian who grew up with her family in downtown Toronto. Swatow is the families favourite Chinese restaurant in Toronto.

Tran explains her families love for Swatow, “My mother started going there when she was pregnant with me. We often ate at Swatow restaurant when we wanted good ‘ol Chinese cuisine that was not too cheap and would serve a large enough portion for a 6-person family. It never hit the bank for what you got and it was consistently good. It’s funny because the only person in my family that can speak Cantonese is my mother, so the cashiers and waiters were quite fond of her. They’d often give us extra food, new dishes to try, and my most favourite, a handful of fortune cookies!”

Tran continues, “We used to live in the neighbourhood, between College St. and Dundas St. along Manning Avenue. We’d visit Swatow Toronto after school for dinner or on the weekends. Anytime my mother or father felt tired it was either Swatow or King’s Noodle.”

Tran reflects on the restaurant’s most memorable staff member, “Throughout the years the kitchen staff changed, new people came and left but there was always the same cashier who was so nice and knew the restaurant’s regulars. You would often see him running around when he was younger, quickly bursting through the swinging doors in the back with multiple dishes in hand. He also made the noodles in the open kitchen out front. Sometimes you would see flying noodles in the air and people watching from outside, mesmerized by the Chinese culinary circus!”

The bustling dining room at Swatow Chinese restaurant in Toronto.
The bustling dining room at Swatow Chinese restaurant in Toronto.

Swatow Toronto Menu

The Chinatown favourite serves authentic Cantonese dishes in a modest dining room. Families and couples gather around tight tables under dangling potted plants. The right wall of the dining room is essentially a massive mirror, allowing guests to peak at what their neighbours are eating.

Knowing Cantonese helps open up many doors, featuring secret dishes that are not listed on the regular menu. Be sure to skip through the dining room to read the menu boards on the left wall. Many of these signature dishes are often overlooked, so be sure to try one or two of the specials.

Swatow Toronto’s kitchen is best known for late hours, huge portions, cheap prices and cash only payment option. The specialties of the house are slippery noodles, beef dishes, shrimp dumpling soup, sizzling platters and General Tso’s Chicken.

Have a laugh searching for Swatow Toronto’s “fuk-kin rice.” While it’s certainly hilarious to say out loud it’s even more fun to eat. The signature rice dish features fried rice tossed together with shrimp, crab, scallops, chicken, and scrambled egg. 

If you’ve got a penchant for Chinese feasting on holiday, Swatow Toronto will have you floating back to Hong Kong, Macau and Taipei.

Those waiting for take out orders can peak into Swatow Toronto's Chinese restaurant kitchen.
Those waiting for take out orders can peak into Swatow Toronto’s Chinese restaurant kitchen.

Noodle Soup (Ho Fun Vermicelli)

  • Fish Ball Noodle Soup
  • Fish Sliced Noodle Soup
  • Squid Ball Noodle Soup
  • Beef Ball Noodle Soup
  • Beef Stew Noodle Soup
  • Beef Trip Noodle Soup
  • Beef Tendon Noodle Soup
  • Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup
  • Shrimp Dumping Noodle Soup
  • Fish & Beef Balls Noodle Soup
  • Beef with Vegetables Noodle Soup
  • Beef Stew and Wonton Noodle Soup
  • BBQ Pork with Vegetables Noodle Soup
  • Shredded Pork & Preserved Vegetables Noodle Soup
  • Duck with Noodle Soup
  • Pork Chop Noodle Soup

Congee Rice Soup

  • Assorted Meats Congee
  • Beef Congee
  • Squid& Shrimp Congee
  • Sliced Fish Congee
  • Assorted Seafood Congee
  • Mushroom & Chicken Congee
  • Pork Liver Congee
  • Preserved Egg & Salted Pork Congee

Swatow Chinese Soup

  • Hot & Sour Soup
  • Seafood with Bean Curd Soup
  • Minced Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup
  • Minced Beef with Egg Drop Soup
  • Mushroom Egg Drop Soup
  • Sliced Pork & Vegetables Soup
  • Sliced Beef & Vegetables Soup
  • Crab Meat with Sweet Corn Soup
  • Seaweed with Beef & Fish Balls Soup
Reviewing the Swatow Toronto Menu while sipping hot Chinese tea.
Reviewing the Swatow Toronto Menu while sipping hot Chinese tea.

Chow Mein (Rice Noodle Vermicelli)

  • Assorted Seafood Fried Noodle
  • Shrimp with Vegetables Fried Noodle
  • Shrimp with Scrambled Egg Fried Rice Noodle
  • Cantonese Fried Noodle
  • Beef with Vegetable Fried Noodle
  • Beef with Black Bean Sauce Fried Noodle
  • Beef with Satay Sauce Fried Noodle
  • Pork Ribs with Black Bean Sauce Fried Noodle
  • Chicken with Black Bean Sauce Fried Noodle
  • Sliced Fish with Vegetables Fried Noodle
  • Beef with Curry Sauce Fried Noodle
  • Beef with Satay Sauce Fried Vermicelli
  • Beef Fried Rice Noodle
  • Sliced Pork Fried Rice Noodle
  • Shredded Pork Fried Noodle
  • BBQ Pork with Vegetable Fried Noodle
  • Mixed Vegetables Fried Noodle
  • Singapore Style Fried Vermicelli
  • Har Moon Style Fried Vermicelli
  • Malaysian Style Fried Rice Noodle
  • Shanghai Style Fried Rice Noodle
  • Beansprout Fried Noodle
  • Fried Yee Mein

Lo Mein (Soft Dry Noodle)

  • Fish Sliced Lo Mein
  • Wonton Lo Mein
  • Mixed Vegetable Lo Mein
  • Beef with Vegetable Lo Mein
  • BBQ Pork Lo Mein
  • Char Cheung Lo Mein
  • Beef Stew & Tendon Lo Mein
  • Ginger and Green Onion with Oyster Sauce Lo Mein
Singapore Rice Noodles.
Singapore Rice Noodles.

Swatow Toronto Rice Dishes

  • Assorted Meats with Vegetables Fried Rice
  • Beef with Vegetables Fried Rice
  • Beef with Black Bean Fried Rice
  • Beef with Satay Fried Rice
  • Beef Tenderloin with Black Pepper Sauce Fried Rice
  • Beef with Tomato Sauce on Rice
  • Beef with Bean Curd on Rice
  • Beef with Curry Sauce on Rice
  • Beef Stew with Vegetables on Rice
  • Sliced Chicken with Vegetables on Rice
  • Corn with Chicken on Rice
  • Corn with Sliced Fish on Rice
  • Sliced Fish with Vegetables on Rice
  • Seafood with Vegetables on Rice
  • Shrimp with Scrambled Eggs on Rice
  • Shrimp with Eggplant on Rice
  • Pork Ribs with Black Bean Sauce on Rice
  • Pork Chop on Rice
  • BBQ Pork with Bean Curd on Rice
  • Duck on Rice
  • Sweet & Sour Pork on Rice
  • Shrimp Lobster Sauce on Rice

Fried Rice

  • Yeung Chow Fried Rice
  • Shrimp Fried Rice
  • Beef Fried Rice
  • BBQ Pork Fried Rice
  • Chicken Fried Rice
  • Mixed Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Fuk-kin Fried Rice
  • Chicken & Shrimp with Cream Tomato Sauce
  • Salted Fish & Diced Chicken Fried Rice
  • Seafood Fried Rice
BBQ Pork Fried Rice.
BBQ Pork Fried Rice.

Chicken & Duck

  • Swatow Soy Braised Duck
  • Swatow Roasted Duck with Special Sauce
  • Chicken with Lemon Sauce
  • General Tso Chicken
  • Diced Chicken with Hot Sauce
  • Diced Chicken with Cashew Nuts
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Chicken with Mixed Vegetables
  • Chicken with Curry Sauce
  • Chicken with Spicy Garlic Sauce
  • Deep Fried Chicken Wings

Swatow Toronto Beef & Pork

  • Diced Beef with Cashew Nuts
  • Beef with Black Bean Sauce
  • Beef with Oyster Sauce
  • Beef with Ginger and Pineapple
  • Fried Beef with Eggplant in Special Sauce
  • Fried Beef Tenderloin Chinese Style
  • Beef with Mixed Vegetables
  • Beef with Chinese Broccoli
  • Beef with Ginger and Onion
  • Beef with Snow Peas
  • Beef with Curry Sauce
  • Sweet & Sour Pork Loin
  • Beef with Bitter Melon
  • Spicy Pork Loin
  • Spicy Beef Steak
  • Sweet & Sour Pork
  • Shredded Pork with Hot Garlic Sauce
  • Garlic Pork Ribs
  • Honey Garlic Pork Ribs
Sweet & Sour Pork.
Sweet & Sour Pork.

Fresh Seafood

  • Szechuan Style Shrimp
  • Shrimp with Cashew Nuts
  • Shrimp with Scrambled Eggs
  • Shrimp in Lobster Sauce
  • Fried Squid with Spicy Salt and Chili
  • Fried Shrimp with Spicy Salt and Chili
  • Deep Fried Shrimp
  • Fried Scallop with Vegetables
  • Deep Fried Spicy Seafood
  • Shrimp with Eggplant in Hot Sauce
  • Sliced Fish with Vegetables
  • Fried Clams with Black Bean Sauce
  • Fried Snails with Black Bean Sauce

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Swatow Toronto's signature menu item is its Sizzling Beef Platter.
Swatow Toronto’s signature menu item is its Sizzling Beef Platter.

Swatow Toronto Sizzling Platters

  • Beef with Satay Sauce on Sizzling Platter
  • Chicken with Satay Sauce on Sizzling Platter
  • Filet Beef Tenderloin on Sizzling Platter
  • Seafood Combination on Sizzling Platter
  • Beef Tenderloin Chinese Style on Sizzling Platter
  • Ja Ja Chicken in Hot Pot
  • Seafood with Bean Curd in Hot Pot
  • Mixed Vegetables with Bean Curd in Hot Pot
  • Sliced Fish with Bean Curd in Hot Pot
  • Beef Stew with White Turnip in Hot Pot
  • Bean Curd Eggplant with Garlic Sauce in Hot Pot

Vegetables & Bean Curd

  • Sautéed Fresh Vegetables
  • Szechuan Fried Mixed Vegetable with Cashew Nuts
  • Crab Meat Sauce with Mushrooms
  • Mushroom and Vegetables
  • Fried Bean Curd with Vegetables
  • Bean Curd with Minced Meat and Chili
  • Bean Curd Mixed Meat
  • Sautéed Watercress

Swatow Toronto

Address: 309 Spadina Ave Toronto, Ontario M5T 1H1

Phone: 416-977-0601


Opening Hours:

Price Range: $

Cuisine: Chinese

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