A couple weeks ago, I went to Sansotei Ramen south of Yonge and Bloor. By this time, you have seen the likes of Kinton Ramen, Momofuku, Santouka, and Sansotei compete for the best Toronto ramen. Michael Zhang, a Japan-trained chef, brings his ramen to a relatively new and cozy atmosphere. Serving up the traditional ramen including a spicy TanTan ramen where limited quantities are made daily, the shop is Japanese simplicity at its finest. A staple appetizer is the “Zangi” ($4.50) (typically known as Karage, or fried chicken), was a great way to start off the meal. Continue reading
Donburi, an uptown Japanese restaurant, serves up their specialty rice bowls and bar food is sure to surprise your taste buds. With numerous izakayas that opened last year, Donburi’s bar menu is a real winner. Aside from traditional Japanese bar food such as yakitori (grilled meats on a stick), Donburi boasts a wallet-friendly array of a dish well-known in Osaka called “Kushikatsu” – which is usually fried meat or seafood on a stick. The fried eel on a stick was served with a sweet sauce and sesame seeds over a bed of cabbage.
Hidden in the corners of King-East, Mangia and Bevi serves up quality eats from a genuine Italian Kitchen. When you walk in, the restaurant’s rustic interior and vibrant staff gives a homey feel. Their patio is perfect for lunch on a Saturday afternoon or quiet weekday evening.
Just some Woofstock 2014 pictures I snapped up that I thought were too cute not to share!
For a quick weekend getaway, we ended up in the beautiful streets of Montreal. Luckily, the sunniest weathers greeted us allowing us to walk/bike around countless neighbourhoods!
We were hungry hungry hippos by dinner time (even after all the Fairmount bagels) so we stopped by a friend’s recommendation, Garde Manger. It’s a spot tucked inside Old Montreal led by chef Chuck Hughes. Yes, that ultra cool chef with a lobster and lemon meringue pie tattoo.
A smoked meat sandwich is only just another smoked meat sandwich until you’ve tried it at Schwartz’s. The quintessential smoked meat sandwich at Schwartz is the iconic symbol of Montreal gluttony (in a good way). The tender meat, which is packed with flavour, literally melts in your mouth. They also have great portion size control. Schwartz piles sumptuous portion of their smoked meat in between two tiny slices of bread. A side of cherry soda, hot peppers, and a plate of fries make this a complete meal of fat, salt, sugar, and heat. Your Montreal experience is not complete without going to Schwartz’s.
After an awesome Montreal adventure, we returned home. I was craving Asian food, especially Vietnemese Pho. Kim Po, located on Leslie and Highway 7, also serves up delicious roti and curry. I prefer my roti to have layers of texture, this one in particular was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. As an appetizer, it came in a sizeable portion that is perfect for sharing. Another must have is the avocado fruit shake. It’s incredibly refreshing and highly addictive. The downside was that the avocado flavour was not as strong as I had liked.
Italian food done right. I went to Grazie with a few friends last week for dinner. Guys, trust me when I say it’s the real deal. I have not had an Italian meal this good in such a long time. If you’re wondering what the picture above is, it is three scoops of sweet tiramisu.