The Toston

35 Karachi Dr, Markham
About The Toston:

Serving traditional Colombian food in an authentic Colombian atmosphere, The Toston is a restaurant located on 35 Karachi Drive, in Markham, Ontario. It is a small, family-owned and run place, and it strives to bring the Columbian café culture to Canada.

The Toston is located in a plaza with a variety of other restaurants, and it has something different to offer. There is a parking lot near the place, and the restaurant itself provides a cosy feeling. It is an excellent place to visit with a small group of friends because there are only eighteen seats in the restaurant, which adds to the intimate feeling. To satisfy the Colombian food carvings of a larger group of customers, this restaurant packs takeout and delivers food via the Skip the Dishes app.

The Toston is a blend between a café and a restaurant, as it opens every day, except for Monday, at 9 AM, serving authentic Colombian coffee, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with closing time at 9 PM. On Sundays, the working hours are from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Many people that have visited this place have left their reviews online on Yelp, Google Reviews, and Facebook, and I’ve created the following list of pros and cons.


  • Authentic Colombian cuisine and Colombian coffee
  • Friendly, professional staff
  • Excellent empanadas and Bandeja Paisa dishes
  • Large sized portions
  • Pleasant, chic décor


  • Minimal seating

The Toston was the result of one couple’s love for food and a nod to their Colombian roots. The husband-wife duet Alexander Sandoval and Christina Arbelaez own and run this place together, and they are always welcoming their customers with a smile, a cup of Colombian coffee and a recommendation on a dish.

The décor is authentic Colombia, from the bright red walls, original Colombian souvenirs, and framed stills of Colombian life. There are only five tables in the restaurant, with the occasional table in front during summer, and four of seats on the bar. The kitchen is semi-open, there are exposed ductwork ceilings and wood and rope lighting fixtures and a couple of TVs. The bar is made of rough-sawn wood with knickknacks, spices, and photos of their most famous dishes.

The food is prepared by Chef Alexander and is a reflection of his love for anything Colombian. The menu features appetisers like empanadas and chorizo, different toston (fried plantain) dishes, different tortilla dishes, as well as their unique dishes like the Bandeja Paisa, and a selection of sides and in-house made salsas and dips.

Even though The Toston is a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant and is placed among a large variety of other types of restaurants, it is a very popular place, and in the morning a lot of people come by to enjoy their pandebono and fresh Colombian coffee or hot chocolate.

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