Toronto’s Best New Restaurants: Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen

Toronto’s Best New Restaurants: Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen

Chubby's Jamaican Kitchen

Janet Zuccarini owns four Italian restaurants and is a partner in two of the city’s best Thai restaurants (including No. 7, Kiin). She’s a powerhouse. But when she announced she was opening Chubby’s across the street from her Gusto 101 and implied that it’d be the first amazing Jamaican restaurant in the city, she got flak for not knowing the scene and, worse, for cultural appropriation.

Jerk chicken with Chubby’s house slaw.

The storm quieted by the time she opened late last year, possibly because the finished spot is truly amazing. Chef de cuisine Donavon Campbell grills jerk chicken and pork on a firepit—they’re licked with scotch bonnet, and the heat builds with each bite. There’s also ferocious heat in his goat and chicken curries, his pepper shrimp and even his hand-pressed Jamaican patties. You’ll need a few bottles of Red Stripe or, better yet, the house rum punch—so popular, it’s on tap.

104 Portland St., 416-792-8105,

Patties filled with curried turkey.
Chef Donavon Campbell.