2.16.2016

Kinka Izakaya

4775 Yonge Street, Unit 114
North York, ON
http://www.kinkaizakaya.com/


As of November 1st, 2015, the franchise agreement between Kinka Family Inc. and Kitanoya Marketing Corp ended which resulted in the Toronto Guu Izakaya locations being renamed to Kinka Izakaya. Formly known as Guu Izakaya, Kinka has been one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto. Last summer the they opened their third location in North York which makes all the uptown kids much happier.

2.13.2016

Giacomo's

355 Hanover Street Boston, MA

One of the most famous Italian restaurants in Boston. Past reviews have appointed Giacomo's as one of Boston's must visit tourist restaurant with horrible and rushed service but I firmly disagree. Giacomo's doesn't take reservations and people start lining up at 4:30pm for the restaurant to open at 5pm. The restaurant is tiny with tables extremely close together but I didn't mind, I love seeing what other people are eating.





We started off with the small Calamari, $7. I loved the light batter that coated the rings and tentacles, the marinara sauce had a nice spice and tang to it. Even for a small I thought the portions were quite generous.

Belle Isle Lobster and Seafood

1 South Main Street 
Winthrop, MA
http://www.belleisleseafood.com/


Belle Isle is one of my favourite restaurants in Boston to get my lobster roll fix. The lobster roll is a little on the pricier side but it's worth every penny. The seafood is always fresh and perfectly cooked. Belle Isle is located a few stops outside downtown Boston which is somewhat of a trek but easily accessible but the train.


Haddock with onion rings and chips, $14.99,  had a nice light batter without being too heavy or greasy. I really love Belle Isle's coleslaw too.

The Chase Fish & Oyster

10 Temperance Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON
http://www.thechasetoronto.com/

The Chase was the only Winterlicious restaurant I attended this year and I was ecstatic, I've heard great things about the chase so at a $35 price point I thought it was a steal considering an entree can range from $25-60 a plate.

We started off with around of oyster shooters for the table, it was fresh and light without an overly alcholicy aftertaste. It was a perfect way to start off a great meal.

11.20.2015

Cibo Wine bar

133 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
http://www.cibowinebar.com/

I recently had the pleasure in dining at the new Cibo Wine Bar in Yorkville, they had a private tasting for media, friends and family.

The space is divided into three levels. The lower level has more of a cellar feel, great for large parties and more intimate. The mid level is more casual with the bar area and the top floor is the dining area with an open concept kitchen. Both the bottom and top floor have fire pizza ovens where the pizzas can be made in about 5 minutes.



10.30.2015

Alo Restaurant

Spadina Ave. 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON

Alo opened during the summer and it's been the talk of the town, this little restaurant is right at the corner of Spadina & Queen on the third floor. The restaurant is mainly a multi course tasting menu. The menu consists of 5 courses with two options to pick from, $89. You can also have a seat at the chef's rail where you can watch the chefs prepare each course, this menu consists of about 20 tasting bites all chosen by the chef, $100.


Pomme Souffle


Lameque Oyster

Hamachi Loin & Belly 

Ontario Corn 

Foie Gras Torchon

Tomato

Peau de Lait 

Egg

Chawanmushi 
Carolina Gold Rice

Duclair Duck Breast 

Yorkshire Rack of Pork 

Cheese Course, +$15

Yellow Plum

Milk Chocolate 

Cherry

Cannele & Choux

I had the pleasure in grabbing in a seat at the chef's rail. I was blown away with every single bite they presented in front of me. My favourites were the Hamachi, Corn with corn sobet, Peau de Lait, Egg with corn, and the Pork.
The hamachi was sandwiched in between two thin pieces of bread which was reminiscent of incredibly crisp skin. The corn dishes were packed with so much corn flavour, and since corn is my one of my favourite vegetables I was in corn heaven. The Peau de Lait had the core flavours of lasagna, so rich and creamy but the tomato cut through the fattiness of the milk. 
I've never had such perfectly cooked pork. 

After every dish I was left wanting more and more, I could've eaten 5 plates of each dish. Everything was beautifully presented, so much detail and care was put into each plate.

The service at Alo was very attentive, they had shawls for chilly guests, purse hooks, and everyone tried to create the best experience for each guest. 

10.27.2015

HoPo Hotpot


20 Gibson Drive
Markham, ON
http://www.hopo.ca
https://www.facebook.com/HOPOCanada

HoPo Hotpot opened this past summer just in time for Toronto's chilling winter. Hopo is a great alternative to all the AYCE hotpots around town, when you want to get your hotpot fix without wanting to fall into a deep food coma right after. The concept of HoPo is having a personal hotpot with most of the ingredients you would eat.