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Cheap Eats: SoSo Food Club

If you’re a foodie living in a high-cost city, you’ll know the frustration of eating at restaurants that sell new-age versions of traditional food. Most of the time, the food feels like a gentrified shadow of their original counterparts with the added bonus of being listed at crazy prices. Luckily, if you live in or are planning on visiting Toronto, SoSo Food Club is an outlier to this issue. SoSo Food Club specializes in Chinese cuisine and manages to do it in a way that respects the origins of the cuisine while adding their own unique and trendy twist.

Here are three reasons why SoSo Food Club is going to be your new go-to spot for cheap drinks and food with friends.

1. Wednesday Wine Nights

Calling all broke wine lovers! All bottles of wine are 50% off every Wednesday night at SoSo. We finished a bottle of Armas de Guerra Rosé for only $10.75 CAD per person after tax. Granted my friends and I are three lightweights, so one bottle was enough to get us giddy (lol) but ten dollars for two to three glasses of wine in this economy is practically highway robbery.

Even without the discount, SoSo has an affordable and diverse selection of wines to choose from. *cue internal wine mom (or dad) scream*

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SoSo Food Club’s Wine Menu

2. Twist on Authentic Chinese Food

As a first gen Chinese immigrant, it was refreshing to see how genuinely educated SoSo’s staff were on Chinese cuisine and their balance between authenticity and modernity with their food. I’m not sure about SoSo’s exact origins but our waiter told us that the owners came up with the idea of SoSo after spending three years in Xi’An.

Their Dan Dan Mian, Rou Jia Mo, and Mapo Tofu exceeded our expectations. The portions, pricing, and taste were great considering their effort to utilize ‘ethically sourced, sustainable ingredients’ (as quoted from their site).

3. The Vibes

Two words: Neon. Lights.

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So so good 🍜

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This place is what would come out of a marriage between a trendy Shanghai bar and a Toronto eatery. Once you step in, you forget you’re in Toronto and are transported to the streets of Shanghai’s Xin Tan Di or Xi’An’s De Fu Xiang instead.

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Address: 1166 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

Hours: Wed, Thurs, Sun: 5 PM to 12 AM, Fri, Sat: 5 PM to 2 AM

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