I love being pleasantly surprised. Who doesn’t? I went out for Winterlicious lunch with my coworkers to a nearby brew pub. I had heard good things about it, and when I saw that they were participating in Winterlicious with a 3 course lunch for $18, I knew I had to go.
Batch looks unassuming from the outside, but is actually huge. They brew their own beer and it also looks like the serve up a great brunch. Our lunch came quickly, which we appreciated!
It was a tough decision for me, but I chose the Beer and potato soup instead of the housemade pretzel. (more…)
I always celebrate when new restaurants open up in Scarborough. When those restaurants also serve up fresh mozzarella? Well, then I rejoice.
SCADDABUSH has set up shop in Scarborough, just across from Scarborough Town Centre. I was so exicted, that I partnered with SCADDABUSH to host an event to celebrate their launch and their charity partnership.
So why do I like them so much? Well, first off, they make a lot of their delicious dishes in house. Pasta is made daily, and you can watch fresh mozzarella being made before your eyes at the mozzarella bar. (I also am in love with the light fixtures. They’re so cool!) (more…)
The Green Eggplant in the Beaches serves up home style Mediterranean food. I visited for the first time earlier this month.
When I arrived on a Tuesday evening, it was busy! I had expected it to be a slow night, but was really happy to see that it was busy. It made me even more excited to try the food.
Each meal at the Green Eggplant starts with complimentary bread and their 3 homemade dips (hummus, tzatziki and baba ganoush). The dips were fresh and tasty. My favourite was the hummus. (more…)
In a small room above Kinton Ramen 2, skewers of meat are grilling on an open grill. Welcome to Kintori Yakitori. So what’s yakitori? To put it simply, grilled skewers of chicken. Now, yakitori can be any type of grilled meat, fish, or veggies. The bamboo skewers and charcoal are imported from Japan.The intimate space features an open grill where you can see your skewers being cooked and some wallpaper that I really liked. Kintori Yakitori is part of the Kinka family, owners of Kinka Izakaya.
The menu is varied, and features yakitori, of course, but also other items. Before we dug into the skewers, we had a series of appetizers and cocktails.
The drinks menu has cocktails, beer, wine and sake. How delicious does this “squeeze your own” grapefruit vodka drink look?
In the Toronto centric war of the Neapolitan pizza restaurants, Queen Margherita pizza would always get my vote. Not only is their pizza always freshly prepared in their wood burning ovens with a deliciously blistered crust, but the restaurants themselves are beautiful spaces.
For a date night, Queen Margherita is a sure bet for a romantic atmosphere and excellent food. I went to their Dundas W and College location at 772 Dundas Street W. Check out other locations here.
This location was bustling on a Saturday night. On the main level you’ll find the bar, and to get to the main dining area you head down a short flight of stairs into their large open dining room. The best bang for your buck (and your stomach) is their prix fixe menu. For $29, you get your choice of appetizer, any pizza and any dessert.
I spotted Arancini on the app menu and couldn’t resist ordering it. The Arancini were fried into perfect balls and filled with rice, mushrooms, parmigiano cheese and caramelized onions. They were packed with flavour and were deliciously cheesy.
I went to Levetto on College Street for dinner, and now I just want to find excuses to return over and over again. This small restaurant is a casual spot for a date, or a group of friends. It’s also a great place for families.
A far cry from the Neapolitan style pizzas that plague (okay, a delicious plague.) this city, the pizza here is Roman style. So what’s the difference? These pizzas are made square with a dough that is 85% water, resulting in a light, crisp crust. The pizza does look similar to the slices I spotted on the streets of Rome! (more…)