Friday, February 14, 2014

Brunch @ Bar Buca

There's a new Buca on the block.  Well, more like around the corner.
The long awaited Bar Buca from Buca Executive Chef Rob Gentile has finally opened on Portland Street just south of King.  The 38 seat snack bar serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch and is open 7 days a week from 7am until 2am (they don't take reservations).  Below is a look at the mouthwatering brunch and equally gorgeous interior.

(espresso sugar for your coffee)
(bombolone - spiced apple butter and whipped mascarpone)
(semolina pancakes, flavours of cannoli, grappa maple syrup)
(duck egg yolk, rock shrimp, crisp potato, pine nuts)
(porchetta - roast Tuscan pork, fried eggs, mostarda)
(eggs, burrata, truffle) 

Oh and be sure to follow Rob on instagram for a little sneak peek of what's cooking in the kitchen.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Playa Cabana - Barrio Coreano

If you've been following the Playa Cabana taco takeover you'll know the first restaurant opened in a quiet little house at 111 Dupont Street at Davenport.  Things didn't stay quiet for long though. The place got so popular you'd have to make reservations weeks in advance and neighbours were not happy with the noise.
Their second one - Playa Cabana Cantina opened on Dundas West and then Playa Cabana Hacienda opened at Dupont and Avenue Road.  Now there's Barrio Coreano on Bloor Street West smack dab in the middle of Toronto's vibrant Korea town.  The look and feel of this location is similar to Cantina and Hacienda with its neon flashing lights and tasty tacos, but Coreano has a Korean spin.
One word - kimchi.  The fermented veggie is incorporated into multiple dishes including the seared scallops, the grilled calamari, the 32oz cowboy ribeye (a special the night of our visit), and even the whisky sour.  There's also a bulgogi style bbq beef taco.  Other tacos ($5 each) include grilled octopus, spicy carnita, baja fried fish, chipotle chicken, and fried chihuahua (not that kind...it's a Mexican cheese) with tofu pico.  

A few more interesting decor details reported by Toronto Life - 16 bowling alley lanes became the restaurants table tops and bar, the red neon 16 lanes sign was picked up at a bowling alley in Philly and the flashing neon star was found at a market in Hollywood.