Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Hong Kong Bistro Cafe

I was craving some really good Hong Kong style "Ketchup Spaghetti" (especially after my favourite place closed).  So after seeing some good reviews of this place near Chinatown, I thought I'd give it a try. 
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Cream/Borscht soup
A little watery and clumpy (I'm not even sure how that works - but it happened)

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Stir Fry Chinese noodles
Pretty good and a relatively large portion (not as cheap as Scarborough or Markham though - but it's probably a factor of location more than anything else). 

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Baked Chicken Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce
Hmm not exactly the baked "ketchup spaghetti" I was looking for. Also there's a price difference between chicken strips and chicken breast. 
It was okay - probably won't be back for this. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Yutaka Japanese Cuisine

Yutaka is located outside of the Toronto Eaton Centre on Dundas Street.  
We were looking for a quick bite to eat after a long afternoon of shopping. 
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Miso soup and salad
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Roll Set Dinner $20
California, spicy tuna and unagi
Pretty good! The rolls were tightly packed and quite yummy. 

Overall: Service was really efficient and food was pretty good

Monday, 28 November 2016

The Gabardine

People have raved about the comfort food at The Gabardine, so I came to try it out:
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Fish Tacos
These were pretty tasty, but not the best presentation on the plate. 

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Mac n' Cheese
I loved the crust of baked breadcrumbs on top and the whole baked mac and cheese was super tasty and creamy. Delicious!

Friday, 25 November 2016

Put A Cone on It

We passed Put a Cone on It on our way to dinner and we said we'd come back after dinner for their pistachio ice cream and here it is:
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Pretty yummy! 
Decent pistachio flavour and not too cream heavy. 

Nice little dessert on my way back to the subway. 

Banjara Indian Cuisine

We came here to celebrate my friend's birthday (and she wanted Indian food)
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My terrible photography skills at work (if anyone has any tips, let me know). 
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Papadum - super tasty and crispy
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Butter chicken Dinner Combo
They've got it down to a science with the plate: yummy flavourful butter chicken, rice, daal curry, aloo gobi, vegetable pakora and rice pudding dessert

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And we can't forget the naan!

Overall: Great meal! Nice and flavourful butter chicken with lots of sauce for the rice and naan. The pakora, curry and cauliflower were also really nice. The service was fast which was impressive for a packed restaurant. 

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Sea King Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant - Nepean (ON)

Dim sum in Ottawa
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Tofu and Eggplant & Pork
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Chicken Feet and spare ribs
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Siu Mai and Har Gow and Tofu
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Pan Fried Dumplings
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Calamari, beef meatballs and onion pancake

Overall: It was okay for dim sum in Ottawa. Service was pretty fast and since we were a large group, we got to sit in a private room. 

Kettleman's Bagel - Ottawa

Take out breakfast from Kettleman's Bagel:
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Kettleman's Special
Smoked Salmon, Deli cream cheese, tomato, red onions and olives. 
I usually hate cream cheese - the texture and the taste just don't suit my palate. I learned after NYC that sometimes bagels and cream cheese can be a good combination, so I'm a lot more comfortable with the idea of these two together. 
When I saw this combination together at Kettleman's of smoked salmon and cream cheese combination, I knew I had to get it. 
And totally met my expectations! It was so good! So much smoked salmon, the right amount of cream cheese and some veggies? Delish! 
(The only thing I would have done without is the olives)

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Colonnade Pizza - Nepean (ON)

November 11, 2016
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Caesar Salad and Garlic bread for our large group.

I didn't really feel like pizza, so I ordered the Chicken Parmigiana:
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Pretty big portion of chicken, cheese and pasta!
The tomato sauce was a little too sweet for the pasta and there was a lot of it. It might have been better served to have a little less sauce and maybe something salty like parmesan cheese to offset the sweetness of the tomato. At least, the chicken breast was tender and juicy.

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Key Lime Pie
I couldn't resist - I love dessert and key lime pie. It was tart and tangy and it had this really nice chocolate crust. Yum!

July 3, 2016

Ottawa Ottawa

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Colonnade Special with red peppers, onions, broccoli and ham

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There was a lot of cheese on this pizza - it tasted like a twice baked pizza with a thick top layer of cheese and toppings and then more toppings before the cheesy bottom layer. Definitely interesting and different. 
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Tiramisu
I can't resist the dessert. This one was okay, but I've had better. There was a lot of cream in this one and not too much coffee liqueur. I also didn't really like the powdered chocolate on top.

Cora - Ottawa

Weekend Getaway to Ottawa! 
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We went on an organized tour of Laurier House (with historical characters and all!)

Afterwards, we went to Cora for brunch:
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Western Skillet with fruit and toast
Ham, onions, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes with cheese and a scrambled egg
It was okay - not the best skillet I've had but passable. 
The fruit was really pretty (but some of it wasn't really ripe yet and so there were some sour notes). 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Nanaimo Bar @ Starbucks

I love my sweets and I adore Nanaimo Bars! (I'm so glad it's a Canadian dessert, but I'm sad that I can't always find them in the bakeries I go to). I was pretty excited when I saw that they were being offered at Starbucks - so I had to get one.
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It was pretty good. The custard flavoured butter icing was decent and the chocolate layer on top was good. The crumb based layer was great too. The only downside was the pricing on this - for such a small square - I can't believe they charged me around $3. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Fabbrica


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Beef Carpaccio
Really yummy with some great textures of the chips, endives and tasty beef.

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Margherita pizza
Classic mozzarella, basil and tomato sauce from a wood burning oven - Delish!

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Pappardelle with braised short rib
It looked beautiful and tasted great (my only issue was the price tag).

Overall: Great Italian food at Fabbrica - definitely a special occasion kind of place rather than an everyday place (it is a little pricey).

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Ginger and Onion Cuisine

We came here for a family dinner with my visiting aunt from Malaysia.
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Soup with pork and vegetables

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Chinese greens and chicken - it was okay. 

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Tofu at the top
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Fish
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Fish, Beef and onions, Pan fried pork chops with spicy salt and Lobster
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Red bean soup and Black Sesame soup for dessert

Overall: A typical Cantonese dinner - none of the dishes particularly stood out. It was okay overall, but we found that the portion sizes were on the smaller side (not great value for money). 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Sushi Box

My old office used to order Sushi Box in for lunch every so often. 
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Chicken Teriyaki bento box
A rather simple meal, but quite filling considering the portion size above. The shop is owned by a very nice Korean family that also give out miso soup with every meal. (I liked the chap chae noodles the best out of my lunch box). 

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Casa Manila

After Sorento's, I was still craving dessert and I've really wanted to try the Halo Halo at Casa Manila for about 2 weeks (ever since another friend mentioned Filipino food). So here we are!
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Chicken Sisig fries
I saw this on "You Gotta Eat Here" and in the spirit of eating everything I've always wanted, my friend and I decided to split this and the halo halo and another dessert (we were being super overambitious for two Asian girls - but in our defense, we did eat EVERYTHING). 
The fries were really good! It was like Filipino Canadian poutine. I loved that they were on the hot plate, because it kept our fries warm when we got distracted by dessert. The flavours and textures of the Chicken sisig fries were great! You got savoury, tangy, sweet (from the onions) and crispy from the chicken and fries. Yum!

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Halo Halo and Leche Flan
OMG the Halo Halo was everything I dreamed...but it was a lot bigger than I expected. 
The ube ice cream was amazing...the jelly stuff was "interesting" and it was all so sweet and yummy together that I just kept eating. 
The flan was really good too, but I think we should've just kept it at the Halo Halo for dessert (we were like comatose after our meal - considering we also had pasta dinner at Sorento's). 

Sorento Restaurant

I had a craving for Italian and originally I was planning on going to Frankie Tomatto's for AYCE Italian. However, by the time my friend got off work, I wasn't that hungry, so we went to Sorento near Don Mills and Eglinton instead. 
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Gnocchi Russa with rose sauce, mushrooms, spinach and sun dried tomatoes
Yum! Gnocchi - the pasta was a nice al dente, but we weren't huge fans of the sauce. 

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Spaghetti Sorento's Way with chicken breast, onion, bacon and spinach in a pesto white wine cream sauce
A decent portion size and pretty tasty. 

Overall: Service was great and the food was pretty reasonably priced and tasty. It's not the best Italian, but it'll definitely do when I have an Italian craving.