11.24.2014

Kinton Ramen

51 Baldwin Street
Toronto, ON
http://www.kintonramen.com/

Winter is approaching which also means ramen season is here. I've been hesitant on trying Kinton ramen for a while now because I've heard mixed reviews from a lot of people so I had to try it for myself. Kinton is part of Guu's giant empire in toronto, from opening two izakayas, a high end sushi restaurant, and now their forth ramen joint.

I'm not a ramen connoisseur  but I do have some requirements that I like to mentally check off; 1. the soup has to come to the table piping hot 2. the soup can't be too salty 3. the meat has to be flavourful and tender. I'm not asking for much, right?



Kekou Gelato House

13 Baldwin Street  
Toronto, ON
http://kekou.ca/ 

Asian style gelato made with real fruit & teas, in house made, small batches, 100% stabilizer, preservative, and additive free? Yes please! Kekou is small gelaeria located on Baldwin Street, minimal decor with only  two benches inside and a few bar stools.

All the flavours were incredibly true to what they are and the texture is smooth and silky. You have choices between dairy and non-dairy based for those who are lactose intolerant. They don't have all their flavours all at once to ensure ultimate freshness.


We got a large to share (Small $3.75, Medium $4.25, Large $4.75) and picked three different flavours. From the top going clockwise: Guava plum salt, Hong Kong milk tea and Jasmine tea. The guava was light and refreshing with the texture somewhat similar to Asian pear. The HK milk tea felt like I was licking the actual drink. The Jasmine tea was floral in flavour without being soapy and it was nice and creamy.

You can also get the gelato in waffle cones with nori (seaweed) or sesame.

I can honestly say Kekou is my favourite ice cream/gelato place in toronto! They offer and encourage sampling of flavours, I took advantage of this and actually tried Durian! I must say durian is an acquired taste and not for me but hey at least know I kind of know what durian taste like!

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11.21.2014

Millie Creperie

161 Baldwin Street
Toronto, ON
 http://www.milliecreperie.com/

This little three tabled restaurant located at Kensington Market serves up Japanese style crepes, not only do they have sweet dessert ones they have absolutely delicious savoury crepes.  The thing the attracted me to come was the Mille Crepe cake which is notorious to Lady M, unfortunately they weren't selling them by the slice that day.

Instead we got the Japanese special, strawberry, azuki, green tea gelato, macha sauce & chipped cream ($6.75). The crepe is a little thinner compared to your traditional crepe. The green tea gelato was really good, just a sold yummy crepe.


7.19.2014

Frank's Kitchen

588 College Street
Toronto, ON

My sister and I recently took my mom to Frank's Kitchen for her birthday dinner, my sister visited Frank's a while back and wouldn't stop raving about it. This intimate restaurant is located in Little Italy, they try to make everything from scratch which includes the complimentary bread with tomato & olive spread.

After ordering we received a complimentary amuse bouche, pea volute with creme friache and fresh peas. 

We ordered two appetizers, the first one was the daily special; deep-fried soft shell crab with a light side salad. Perfectly crisp, light in flavour and so summery.

4.20.2014

Lamesa Filipino Kitchen

669 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
http://lamesafilipinokitchen.com/

I haven't written a post in over a month and I wasn't sure if I was going to start again but when my friend Manal took me to Lamesa for my birthday, everything changed, I still rave about how good the food is.
Manal made reservations for their "Hand to Mouth" event that happens every two weeks. Basically you're eating with your hands, there are no utensils but plenty of wet-naps, this style of eating is called "kamayan". The chefs plate the food live in front of you while explaining every sauce and ingredient as it's being beautifully placed on the banana leaf lined table.


The table lined with banana leaf.

3.13.2014

Aka Teppan

3235 Highway 7
Markham, ON

The concept behind Aka Teppan is from the infamous Pepper Lunch franchise in East Asia. Meals which consist of either rice or pasta with a protein are served on a sizzling hot plate. Aka Teppan opened up not too long ago in the First Markham restaurant strip and it's already getting a lot of buzz. I read that people are willing to wait over an hour to get their sizzling plate meals! The restaurant is somewhat small, seating around 30 people. Service is fast but the plates don't all come out at once, I watched tables where one diner would finish their entire meal before the other people even got theirs.



Jess and I got the original Steak on Rice, $8.99, it comes with corn, green onions and their special soy sauce mixture.

3.10.2014

Canoe Restaurant & Bar

66 Wellington Street West
Toronto, ON
http://www.oliverbonacini.com/canoe

Canoe is one of my favourite restaurant in Toronto but sadly my wallet doesn't always agree with my dining habits. Licious a great way to try higher end restaurants in the city without breaking the bank. Canoe is located on the 54th floor of the TD bank tower and offers amazing views, prefect for when you're trying to impress someone with great city views and amazing food. The windows wrap around the whole restaurant and the open kitchen makes the whole restaurant larger in size.



We started off with a Sundried Tomato Chickpea Spread with warm bread.