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?
Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail
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…)
Although Guu Izakaya has changed its name to Kinka (it means golden flower!) Izakaya, nothing else has changed. You’ll still find a great atmosphere and delicious, authentic Japanese dishes. I visited the Kinka Izakaya North York location.
Staff yell out friendly greetings when you arrive and when you leave in Japanese (that I can actually understand thanks to my short-lived Japanese classes), and the space is larger than expected.
There’s a good selection of sake or cocktails if that’s more your thing. I had the Cherry Blossom Cocktail with red wine, peach liqueur, cassis liqueur and Sprite, which I really enjoyed. My friend had the Bamboo Cocktail with melon liqueur, vodka, guava juice and soda. She loved the tropical touches in this drink! (more…)
Fall is in the air, my friends. Even though the leaves haven’t yet fallen, you can tell by the season-themed lattes about. Luckily autumnal change isn’t limited to tropospheric shifts. At Lamesa, arguably one of the best takes on Filipino food in Toronto, they’re switching things right up with the Fall/Winter menu of new Head Chef Daniel Cancino. He’s taking dishes he grew up with to contemporary levels, all wrapped up in stylish culinary daring.
I’m not really into sports, but I’m a big fan of all the food that goes along with spots. Think nachos, burgers, and other delicious bar eats.
Enter, Real Sports Bar, a mecca for sports fans, but also food fans! I had been here a couple of times in the past for non-sporting events, and had tried some of their food. (Shout out to the amazing Buffalo Chicken Pizza that I devoured!)
I was invited to try their brand new menu that will be launching this week! (more…)