Saturday, April 28, 2012

Maple Leaf Gardens Gelato

Our love affair with Loblaws - Maple Leaf Gardens continues.  Two words - homemade gelato. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Gusto 101

Word of mouth is essential for any restaurant's survival.  Today, with the constant stream of facebook updates, tweets and instagram posts - any restaurant has the chance to go viral in the best possible way. It could also very well backfire, but for the few month old Gusto 101 - word of mouth has done wonders.
From the old garage space turned modern/sleek interior, to the attractive waiters dressed in chambray using iphones to take orders, to chefs wearing blue tooth headsets, to the appealing dinner and brunch menu - Gusto has truly captured people's attention.  Oprah's producers even knew this was the spot to check out while they were working in Toronto last week.
The food is not spectacular, but just good. Again, it's about the experience here.
Below you'll see the following dishes - crispy calamari with roasted garlic aioli, prosciutto pizza topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, arugula and shaved parmigiano, ravioli with ricotta, spinach, tomatoes and smoked bufala mozzarella, grilled flank steak salad with arugula and roasted grape tomatoes, and the 10oz striploin steak.  And side dish - crispy potatoes with toasted bread crumbs, parm and smoked paprika.
Click here for the full menu. Prices are impressively reasonable.
Best to make a reservation for their first seating, which starts at 6, or be prepared to wait a while.

 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Union

Union is hands down one of our favourite places to brunch in Toronto.  Two of the many reasons involve the rib eggs benny and the polenta benny.  Also be sure to go early to score some of their freshly made donuts. We've missed out on our last two visits.

l'ouvrier

Blown away by this simple yet exceptionally tasting breakfast sandwich at l'ouvrier on Dundas West. What you're looking at is a fried egg with aged cheddar and house smoked bacon.  And those fries (!!!!) - the best we've had at a restaurant in a long time.  Oh and we can't forget about dessert - toblerone mousse...with jam...in a jar!  Uhm... genius!  

Panera Bread

This very popular American bakery/cafe has opened a few locations in the GTA - with Yonge and Dundas their downtown home.  They offer the full gambit of sandwiches, soups, killer pastries and baked egg souffles.  Pictured below is the ham & swiss souffle and their very sweet pecan braid.    


Cheesewerks

Cheesewerks' Beijing - asiago, BBQ pork, hoisin, slivered green onion, grilled on green onion potato bread.