Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

Lunch at b.good

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b.good is a new fast casual restaurant in the St. Lawrence Market area with a mission to bring good food with locally sourced ingredients to Canada. Already successful in the USA, this is the chain’s first Toronto location. It gets its name from the founder’s Uncle, who would always tell everyone to “Be good,” before they left the house. (more…)

Dinner at Ten Restaurant & Wine Bar

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After visiting the adorable Kissing Bridge in Woolwich, we decided to stop for dinner at Ten Restaurant & Wine Bar in Mississauga. I had chosen Ten because it seemed to have good reviews, and it was close to the Port Credit waterfront. The restaurant was huge and very modern. It had a separate bar area and also an upstairs area that seemed to be a private event space. It was a nice day, and lots of people were on the patio, but we opted to stay inside.

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I wanted to eat a lot of things on the menu. Everything sounded amazing from the “Small Plates” section, especially the Merguez Sausage Flatbread ($12.98) and the Nachos Agrodolce ($14.95). I also thought it was cute that you could send the kitchen staff a beer! We decided to go for the nachos.

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Big nachos!

They were unbelievably good! The nacho chips themselves were huge, and covered in 3 year Balderson and brie cheese. Along with the two types of cheese, they were topped with cured tomato, basil and pickled peppers. Everything was fresh and the sauce was spicy. Definitely a winner!

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We both decided to get the burger for our main. Tens Infamous 8 oz Burger ($16.98) was as perfect as a burger could be. Topped with truffle mushrooms and Balderson’s cheddar, this burger is served medium rare. The beef was so soft and tender, and well spiced.

The burger was between the best brioche bun that I’ve ever tasted. The bun was slightly sweet and soft, yet it didn’t fall apart or disintegrate into mush from the truffle oil. (These buns are supplied by a local bakery. )  The house cut fries that came with the burger were also surprisingly good! Dressed up with cracked pepper, maldone salt and fresh sprigs of rosemary, they were an unexpected treat.

We actually weren’t able to finish our fries though, because we were stuffed! This wine bar is a bit on the pricy side, but is worth it for the atmosphere, friendly service and amazing food. After your meal you can take a stroll by the waterfront. I recommend this place if you are ever in Port Credit!

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Ten Restaurant &Wine Bar is at 139 Lakeshore Rd. E. in Port Credit, ON

Firkin Pub launches a tasty revolution!

I was excited to be invited to taste Firkin pub’s new menu! They are undergoing a serious re-launch. When I think about the Firkin pubs, all I remember a series of hilarious commercials that they had a couple of years ago (“Um, is this like a Firkin pub?”  “Why yes, Britney, it is!” Does anyone remember those??).  And that they had pretty good chicken strips. Of course, when I think of them now, all I can remember is this awesome meal.

For their 25th anniversary, they’ve re-branded themselves into a sleek modern pub! The new design features a fresh, contemporary décor, a brand new menu, British cultural insignias and a curated list of cocktails, wines and craft beers.

I started with a Pineapple Upside Down Cake cocktail (smirnoff vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, orange, cherry and geraldine ) and it was delicious.

The first dish was the Crispy Fish Tacos. Snapper was lightly battered in tempura and served with pico de gallo and guac. It was very light and fresh.

I’m not a big salad girl (why eat salad when you can eat…anything else?) but the Cobb salad was next, and I loved it. It was my first Cobb salad, so maybe I’ve just been eating the wrong salads? The roasted turkey breast, boiled egg, avocado and blue cheese made this salad a winner in my book.

The Stuffed Yorkie was a miniature Yorkshire pudding with tender braised pot roast and creamy mashed potatoes. Yum!

At this point I was already full, but my favourite dish was next….

Just writing about the Big Hog poutine is making me crave it! This delicious mound of maple BBQ pulled pork, bacon and mozzarella cheese was fantastic. It was also served in an adorable little cast iron pot. My favourite dish!

The red snapper was sauteed and finished in the oven with white wine. The fish was tasty, and the lemon herb potatoes and tomatoes served with this were bursting with flavour.

At this point, I was incredibly full…but dessert was next! This warm sticky toffee pudding was a delicious end to a brilliant meal.

I also managed to try a hot Tootsie Roll drink, which was a yummy concoction of chocolate, grand mariner, and vodka among other things. Delicious!

After the dinner was the jam packed after party! Pinky’s nails were on hand to give Brit inspired mini manis.I loved it!

Bottom line: You need to get yourself to a Firkin pub! The upgraded menu and updated decor makes this a perfect place to grab dinner, or just hang out. Check out the menu here.

To see the new look, visit these newly updated locations: Davisville (Bull & Firkin, 1835 Yonge St.), Rosedale (Quail & Firkin, 1055 Yonge St.), York Mills (Goose & Firkin, 1875 Leslie St.), Markham (Owl & Firkin, 7181 Woodbine Ave.) and the Entertainment District (Friar & Firkin, 160 John St.)

Winterlicious Picks

Hey Toronto…it’s time to get your Winterlicious on!
Winterlicious is a celebration of exclusive prix fixe menus offered at 175 diverse restaurants across Toronto, running from January 27th to February 9th. This festival is an excellent time to check out some restaurants that you wouldn’t normally visit.

Lunch can be either $15, $20 or $25 and dinner is $25, $35 or $45. This year Winterlicious is celebrating its 10th year! I like Summerlicious, but I love Winterlicious. It’s so dark and dreary, it’s really nice to gather with a bunch of friends and take advantage of the great prices!

Winterlicious also features some interesting Culinary Events. One of my favourites is the Guilty Pleasures Brunch at the Drake Hotel.

This year I am planning to dine at Vertical, Toula, Trio, Fabbrica, Paese and Linda. (I Winterlicious a lot, okay? DON’T JUDGE ME.)

I recommend these restaurants:

The Drake Hotel
Café Moroc
Pan on the Danforth
Canoe

Check out the menus of all 175 participating restaurants. Be sure to reserve early because restaurants fill up fast!

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