Welcome to Island Foods

For almost 50 years, Island Foods has warmly invited the Toronto community to experience some of the most loved and delicious foods of the Caribbean. Our family-run business was founded in 1973 and it has been our tradition to consistently provide you with great tasting, healthy meal options that deliver homestyle Caribbean flavour. We proudly prepare each dish using family recipes that combine fresh local ingredients with authentic spices and cooking techniques, and many of our clients have enjoyed our food for generations. Whether you are trying Caribbean food for the first time or you are an Island Foods veteran, we welcome you to our 1310 Don Mills Road location and be sure to visit our newest location that will be open early May, 2021 at 8630 Woodbine Avenue.



The Island Foods Story

In 1974, the first Island Foods Restaurant was opened in Dufferin Mall by Ruth and Ramasar Sawh. Arriving in Canada in 1968 and having no previous restaurant experience they were true entrepreneurs-driven by the dream of a bright future for themselves and their growing family.

Using fresh local ingredients that were readily available, Ruth created authentic recipes that would introduce Caribbean cuisine to Toronto. With dedication and charm Ruth and Ramasar invited customers to what soon became Toronto’s first Caribbean destination restaurant. A loyal following ensued throughout the years and they are so proud to see the success of Island Foods.

Today, we are still a family run business with a trusted brand that still uses Ruth’s recipes-a real dream come true.

News & Media

April 4, 2019 - June 30, 2019 – 1182 King St. West Officially Closed

April 29, 2021 - New Location Arriving in Markham at 8630 Woodbine Avenue

April 19, 2021 - 2021-The Island Foods Story written by Karon Liu of The Toronto Star

March 16, 2020 - Island Foods Tamarind Sauce, Winner of Best Sauce at Heat Wave Expo, London 2020.

January 29, 2020 - Coming Soon!! Island Foods Tamarind Sauce to be featured by Amazing Clubs Canada

- February 29th, 2020: lsland Foods attends Heat Wave Hot Sauce Expo-London ON

- November 9th, 2019: Island Foods attends Heat Wave Hot Sauce Expo-Hamilton ON and launched our New Tamarind Sauce

April 18, 2019 - Winner of the World’s Hot Sauce Award

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