Cibo Wine bar

133 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto

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.


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


Peau de Lait 


Carolina Gold Rice

Duclair Duck Breast 

Yorkshire Rack of Pork 

Cheese Course, +$15

Yellow Plum

Milk Chocolate 


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. 


HoPo Hotpot

20 Gibson Drive
Markham, ON

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.


Home Baking Co.

1242 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON

Co-owner of Baker Bots, Christopher Stopa, opened up this cute little shop last year serving up comforting baked goods. They are also making amazing cookie ice cream sandwiches, cupcakes, incredibly chocolatey cake, and so much more.

The space is small with 3-4 tables, the long counter space has a large variety of baked goods that change daily.
Cinnamon bun with cream cheese icing, red velvet cupcake, mint chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie, chocolate cookie with dairy free chocolate ice cream, and chocolate cake.
The chocolate cake is the most decedent, fudgey cake I've ever had but my favourite was the peanut butter cookie, I ate it the next day and it was still super soft and chewy with crushed pieces of peanuts and white chocolate.

Lady Marmalade

360 Highway 7 East, Unit 3
Richmond Hill, ON

Lady Marmalade

898 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON

One of the best Brunches I've ever had, I've been longing to dine at Lady Marmalade for quite sometime now but I'm not quite the fan of 1-2 hour weekend line ups. I finally made a trip to Leslieville on a Thursday and got a seat with no hassle.

The restaurant is small with around 10 -12 tables, simple decor and nothing too frufru or over the top. At the front of the restaurant there is a giant window that opens up to the street which gives you the patio feeling without the sun blinding you in the eye while you eat.

Eggs Benny with Brie, Avocado and Bacon, $15.00.


Tandoori Flame

5975 Mavis Rd
Mississauga, ON

A few weeks ago I got invited to dinner at Tandoori Flame in honour of the Halal festival that was happening that weekend, I visited the Mississauga location (they also have another location in Brampton). Tandoori Flame is North America's largest Indian buffet, as the serve up 150 different varieties of food. As we walked into the incredibly large and beautifully decorated restaurant we were greeted by the host, the warmth of the spices and savory smells full up your nose and your mouth immediately starts salivating.

We get a quick tour around the buffet before getting seated, the general mangers shows us around to the 4-5 different rooms the have at the restaurant. Each room capable of seating 100+ guests, perfect for special occasions.

Tandoori Flame serves only halal-certified food, everything is made in house with fresh ingredients.

Salad Bar which includes some Indian salad but also pasta salad, regular leafy salads and corn salads for the less adventurous types.
They have all whole section for just their curries, I believe there was around 14 different types which include non-vegetarian and vegetarian options. Butter chicken, Goat curry, Chicken Biryani, Daal, and several types of Paneer.

The amount of food and variety at Tandoori Flame is incredible, I've never had such a hard time deciding what I wanted to eat next. Even though the selection is so great my favourites were the butter chicken, nann (they have 3-4 different varieties!), vegetable pakoras, Palak paneer, a lamb curry and the desserts. My only complaint was that the fried items were a little cold, probably because I did go on a Tuesday night and it wasn't that busy but the flavours were still good.

M-F (lunch) - $13.99       Sat-Sun (lunch) - $22.99
M-F (dinner) - $19.99      Fri-Sun (dinner) - $22.99

* This meal was complimentary and all opinions are mine.