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Pukka Toronto’s Winter Menu


A meal at Pukka is always a good idea. It’s my favourite Indian restaurant in the city, and one that I repeatedly return to with family and friends to celebrate special occasions! I was invited to check out their winter menu, and I did so gladly.

We started with some of their cocktail creations. My favourite was the Varnassis Sling, in the tall glass topped with foam. It’s rum mixed with tropical flavours of mango, orange and cherry, and then topped with flower petals. Very fruity and delicious. Pukka also has an impressive wine selection, hand chosen by Peter Boyd, their talented Sommelier. (more…)

Enjoy a Modern Take on Indian Dishes at Pukka


Pukka is my go to restaurant when I’m looking for delicious upscale Indian food. Pukka’s menu highlights a creative and inventive reprise of Indian dishes with a contemporary twist.

Although Pukka is only a year and a half old, and they are always busy. They are currently looking for a second location! Here’s hoping that it’s in the east end! (more…)

Pukka offers a fresh take on Indian food

Pukka is a new Indian restaurant that’s only been open for 6 months! I had seen so many tantalizing photos of dishes from Pukka the last few months. When I was invited to attend a dinner for their new spring menu, I knew that I had to attend!

The dinner was organized by Vicky, who super helpfully laid out all of the dishes before hand so that we didn’t have to snap pictures between bites. Brilliant!

1-IMG_0727Bitter greens & Paneer Salad with spiced pumpkin seeds and chili orange vinaigrette.

1-IMG_0735Tawa Monkfish: This was my first time eating Monkfish, and I liked it! Served with slivers of mango, tomato and red pepper sambal.

1-IMG_0741Tandoori Chicken Tikka: I LOVED this chicken! Huge tender peices of herb infused chicken with tamarind chuntny. I could’ve eaten this forever.

1-IMG_0731Fresh assortment of naan! The basket included regular naan, garlic naan and whole wheat roti.

1-IMG_0760Rice was served in a mason jar!

1-IMG_0728 South Indian Vegetable Curry: A savory blend of coconut, tamarind and mustard seed curry. Mmm.

1-IMG_0738The Butter Chicken was served in the most adorable little pot! It was also a huge hit amongst the table and went fast!

1-IMG_0743The incredibly rich Seared Spiced Duck Breast had excellent presentation and was another smash hit at the table. Duck is admittedly not one of my favourite dishes, but it was good!

1-IMG_0733This Fiddle heads & paneer  dish got major points for creativity. The Fiddle heads were so tender! They had been wok tossed with garam masala. Being used to seeing garam masala in only chai tea, I thought that it was pretty interesting.

1-IMG_0751Can we take a moment for these? The Okra fries were hands down amazing. I don’t know how they managed to make a veggie that I mostly overlook SO good. The okra was tossed in a crispy red chili crust. They were a bit spicy and super addictive. They also feel like a pretty healthy option.

Our meal was expertly paired for us by Peter Boyd. Peter explained that pairing European wine with Indian food is a relatively new venture that he’s still exploring. Peter has matched wine with Indian food, but says that choosing one or two wines for the table doesn’t always pan out with Indian food.It’s better to have multiple wine options for select dishes.

Pukka has been open for 6 months and already has over 30 wines! It’s expected that they will have up to 70 wines.

1-IMG_0759Our appetizers were paired with a dry style Austrian white wine. It had overtones of peach  and a bit of peppercorn. It’s rich without being sweet. I thought it paired nicely!

1-IMG_0755The full bodied red wine was a surprise hit for me. I usually stick to sweet white wines and almost turned this down. I’m glad I didn’t! The wine has a slight herbal top note and tastes a bit like blackberry cordial. This wine paired so well with the butter chicken. It also didn’t have a strong tannin after taste. This was the first red wine that I actually enjoyed.

Of course, there’s always room for dessert!

1-IMG_0769My dessert pick would be the above Chocolate Mousse Cake with salted cocoa caramel and blood orange segments. Delectable.1-IMG_0767

Eaton Mess is a combination of Grand Marnier yogurt cream, drunk orange segments, pomegranate and orange blossom meringues. Could be a nod to the all-boys boarding school named Eton in India.

1-IMG_0765Carrot Cake was pretty traditional but with candied carrot strands and curry creme fraiche to spice it up.

1-IMG_0772A cup of chai tea was the perfect end to this excellent meal!

You need to visit Pukka! You’ll be so happy that you did. It’s the perfect location for a casual drink and snack (*cough*of Okra fries *cough*) or for a full blown meal. Either way, you can’t go wrong!

Pukka is open for dinner at 778 St. Clair Ave. West (west of Bathurst St)



2018 Winterlicious Picks

2018WinterliciousIt’s back! Winterlicious is here, and they are taking reservations now. This year there are over 200 restaurants participating. The menu prices have increased slightly, but it’s still a great value. Three-course prix fixe lunch menus are priced at $23, $28 and $33, and dinner is priced at $33, $43 and $53. There are also a slew of culinary events to check out!

This year, if you choose to dine at a King Street restaurant, there will be art installations and ice sculptures along the street. You can also save $5 off street parking here. Winterlicious starts on January 26th to February 8th.

New this year: Figures, Jamie’s Italian,and Frings

Best Bets: Batch, The Cactus Club, Cluny, Lisa Marie, Miku, Mildred Temple Kitchen, Momofuku, Pukka,

Feeling Fancy? Try Canoe, or Cafe Boulud

See all the participating restaurants here.

Check out some of my past reviews! Pukka, The Host Fine Indian Food, SpeakEasy 21,  Reds MidTown Tavern,, Mildred Temple Kitchen, Batch, and Casa Loma Winterlicious Tea.



Toronto in Winter: Winterlicious, Hot Chocolate & More!

So far, we’ve been lucky enough in Toronto to have a very mild winter! Usually by this time, we are knee deep in snow, and bundled up in down parkas. Winter will come, eventually, and when it does we’ll be ready! There are lots of fun things to do in this city as the temperature drops. asked me to gather a couple of my favourite things to do in Toronto when it gets cold outside, here are my top picks.


IMG_1694Winterlicious and Summerlicious are prixe fixe menu events in the city. For two glorious weeks, you can enjoy set menus at over 200 restaurants in Toronto! Although this happens again in the summer (hello, Summerlicious!), I have a soft spot for Winterlicious. I use it as a reason to get together with my friends that I haven’t seen in a long time, and it gives you something to look forward to in the winter! So how does it work? You can get a 3 course lunch for $18, $23 or $28, depending on the restaurant. Dinner starts at $25 and goes up to $45. (more…)

Dinner at Concession Road



Concession Road is a new venture from the winning team of Derek Valleau and Harsh Chawla. Derek and Harsh are the hard working owners behind my favourite Indian restaurant, Pukka. When I heard that they were behind this new spot, I knew that it would be delicious, and I was right. They both really believe in the St.Clair neighborhood, and love how supportive the locals are.

Concession Road is a French restaurant helmed by a talented Japanese chef, Chef Masayuki. The dishes are classically French, with some twists. The restaurant got it’s name from the original name for St. Clair. Who knew?
The meal started off the way I want all meals to start off- with fresh bread, served with a olive tapanade. The bread was chewy with a nice crust, and the tapanade was delicious. (more…)

2015 Winterlicious Picks

winterliciousIt’s my favourite time of year…Winterlicous!

Winterlicious is an annual prixe fixe menu festival where you can get 3 course meals for the price of one entree, usually. This year, the prices have been raised slightly, but it’s still a good deal. Lunch starts at $18 and dinner starts at $25.

There’s also a slew of new foodie events to check out.

New restaurants to watch out for: New French Bistro, Cluny,Trump Hotel’s America, Living Room at the Windsor Arms, Los Colibris, Momofuku Noodle Bar,Pukka, Reds Midtown Tavern, Rock Lobster,  SpeakEasy 21, Scaddabush, Reds MidTown Tavern,

Good bets: Fabbrica, Drake Hotel, Mildred Temple Kitchen, Luckee by Susur Lee, Pan on the Danforth, Piola,

Feeling Fancy? Splendido, Canoe, Nota Bene, Sagano

Check out my reviews of: Pukka, The Host Fine Indian Food, SpeakEasy 21,  Reds MidTown Tavern,, Mildred Temple Kitchen, Bier Markt, Origin North, Pizza e Pazzi.

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