Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday Night Dinner

Roasted vegetables, saffron and leek risotto & fire roasted garlic chicken.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

GUU Craziness

This picture is the exact scene outside GUU Izakaya described in my last post. I was not over exaggerating! Coincidently the night Jeff and I went, so did a camera from The Globe & Mail. You can sorta see me in the middle, I'm wearing my signature newsboy hat. Anyway the Globe reviewed GUU saying "Toronto hasn't seen an eatery this fun since 1974" and a subsequent article about crazy restaurant lineups. Here is a link to both -



To my surprise, my family and a few friends were upset I tried out the restaurant without them. One comment left on my facebook, from my friend Johnnie read - "WHAT!? GUU went with out us?"

Friday, January 22, 2010

Guu Izakaya

A mob scene is probably the best way to describe what it was like outside Guu on a cold Thursday night. I knew it was going to be busy, but I didn't think it would be THAT busy. Guu, originating from Vancouver, opened in Toronto last December. Arriving at 6pm to an already full restaurant, we were told to come back at 6:45 by the door man/bouncer who took down our name. When we came back, he said he had called us 3 times, ughhh! After waiting another 15 minutes, hungry and cold, we were still excited because every time the door opened we could hear the chaos inside. And inside, it's a whole other story. When you walk in, you're overwhelmed by a few things, first the noise. The friendly staff screams when you enter and exit the restaurant. Also the decor and design is gorgeous. I've never been to Japan but apparently it's supposed to feel like you're there.

We liked most of the food we ordered. Actually we loved the rice dish, which I couldn't find on the menu, but had read about in reviews (Butakimchi Bibimbap - rice, ground pork, kimchi, assorted vegetables and an egg). It came to the table in a hot stone bowl and our server mixed it all together for us. Wasn't sure about it at first but it was so delicious we ate every last bit. The mushroom tofu salad was also good, as was the black cod and the Japanese pancake (not exactly sure what was in it but that didn't really matter). The misses - the udon noodles with beef and the deep fried chicken. I'm sure some would like it, the chicken was super juicy, but I was just confused about what part of the chicken I was eating. Dessert was banana tempura with coconut and vanilla ice cream, a perfect way to finish the meal off, along with a loud goodbye from the staff. And back outside, there was still a line of eager people waiting for their go at Guu.
http://www.guu-izakaya.com/toronto.html

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Czehoski

It's pronounced like this people - cha-hos-key. Maybe it was just me who could never say it, but I doubt it, because it is a bit tricky. Saturday night and the place fills up, be sure to make a reservation. The restaurant and bar screams Queen Street cool and so does the menu. Everything we ordered was good (Sweet Potato Perogies with Smoked Gouda and Roasted Garlic, Beef Short Ribs, The Burger and Steak Frites) but not spectacular, which is fine. The mac and cheese came to the table at room temperature, so that was a bit disappointing, but we managed to eat most of it anyway. No dessert this time, sorry guys!
http://www.czehoski.com/

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dinner at The Queen & Beaver

Here are some snapshots from dinner at The Queen & Beaver (on Elm St. near Yonge and Dundas). I've written about this place before mainly because I love the homey atmosphere. You really do feel like you're in an English pub.

Favourites - the simple cheese and tomato on toast, fish and chips, the burger, the croquettes (a dish I fell for in Spain - essentially battered mashed potatoes) and the sticky toffee pudding. The first time I went they put Stilton blue cheese ice cream on the toffee pudding by accident. It's supposed to come with vanilla, so when we tasted the stilton, we thought the ice cream had gone bad. Hopefully that won't happen to you. We also tried the scotch egg, an English dish and didn't really care for it. The pub is open for lunch but it gets pretty packed, so if you can, make a reservation.
http://queenandbeaverpub.ca/


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lola's Commissary

Poached eggs at brunch always makes me happy, so when I saw a whopping four poached egg dishes on the menu at Lola's I knew there was something good going on. After passing by it many times and reading about it on Blog TO's best new brunch spots of '09, it was time to check it out. The decor isn't anything special but the delicious food makes up for it and keep in mind, the place is open for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. Our brunch consisted of eggs lola - poached eggs, ancho chicken (not too spicy), tortillas, avocado and creme fraiche, a special that day - potato and meat hash with eggs on top, and the egg white frittata with goat cheese, mushrooms, spinach and pesto. My friend who ordered the frittata proudly proclaimed it was one of the best he's ever had.
Go Lola.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Saturday Morning at St. Lawrence Market


Delica Kitchen

The new adorable gourmet sandwich/take-out 'kitchen' at Yonge and St. Clair has a lot going for it. There's the cuteness factor - the outside, the inside and the name of the sandwiches (the Italian job, the garden party). There's the ACE Bakery bread (Delica is owned by the daughter of Ace founders). And then there's the homemade oreo cookies and the freshly made strawberry doughnuts called 'jammies,' which I have to admit, I would have enjoyed more if they were warm. More seating would be nice too but unfortunately there's only room for a small bar at the back. There was a delicious sounding soup with lentils and bacon but sadly none left by the time I got there. The turkey sandwich I ordered was more bread than filling, which didn't seem right, but the chicken sandwich was balanced much better. If you live or work at Yonge and St. Clair Delica is a great place to grab fast and fancy ready made food. http://www.delicakitchen.ca/