The Fry

The Fry is one of the newest restaurants in the Yonge and Sheppard area. I am not sure why they would open up to two locations within walking distance from one another, but there's a second location on Yonge/Finch. The Fry specializes in Korean-style fried chicken, which is basically a fried chicken dish prepared in a Korean style.



After we ordered our food, our server brought us a plate of side dishes of green salad, white radish, and macaroni salad. We were also given a hot plate of seared corn. Just a note that the side dishes are refillable, but sadly the corn are not.



We ordered the special half & half chicken ($27.99) - fried chicken, and fried chicken in spicy sauce, as our main dish. I'd say that this dish was more than enough for two people, as we left with a few leftover pieces. 


The fried chicken in spicy sauce was true to its name, as it was rather spicy and flavorful. Additionally, I liked that the chicken pieces were evenly coated in the sauce.


The second chicken dish that came with the combo was the fried chicken, which was a generous portion of pieces. Korean Fried Chicken is fried twice, and this results in the skin being crispier. The chicken skin was indeed crispy and perfectly spiced, and the meat was juicy on the inside. This way of deep drying also creates a lot less grease all over the chicken. 


Lastly, as a side, we got the crispy French fries ($6.99. I loved these lightly battered fries, as they were very crispy, and not oily at all.


Overall, The Fry was a great introduction to Korean Fried Chicken for me, as I have never tried it before. I enjoyed our meal, and left pretty stuffed until the next morning.

Address: 4864 Yonge St North York, ON, M2N 5N2 

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Delysees

Delysees is a modern French bakery located on King St W. Prior to my visit, I have seen several people post pictures of their macarons online, but I never knew that it was within walking distance away. I didn't see the storefront until I walked by it; on my way to barre at Barre3. My other half, J, decided to take me to Delysees for a birthday treat, and I didn't hesitate to go. The space was rather contemporary, and clean looking with a lot of white (walls, decor, and chairs/tables).


To the right of the bakery was a long and narrow glass display case, carrying all sorts of delicious baked goods such as macarons, cheesecakes, eclairs, and croissants. I came here mainly to try out their macarons, so that was my main objective. Delysees offers an assortment of flavors of macarons, and it was rather difficult to select only 10. Each macaron is individually priced at $2.25, but you can also get 6 for $13.50, or 10 for $22. I absolutely adore the sturdiness of their box, as both the macarons, and cheesecake remained intact from the walk back. 



I opted to get the 10 macarons box for $22.00. The flavors that I got was praline crunch, red velvet, marrakesh mint tea, salted caramel, vanilla birthday cake, coconut raspberry, blueberry buttercream, roasted pistachio, strawberry cheesecake, and crème brûlée. The macarons had a slightly crunchy shell, but its generous filling was nicely chewy on the inside. 


I also got a raspberry cheesecake ($7.50), which looked rather appealing in the display case.The cheesecake was smooth in texture yet light and fluffy on the inside.




Address: 780 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1C9

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Wingburger

** This review will be a super short one, as it was for a take-out order **

Wingburger is an establishment offering wings and burgers in the East York neighborhood. They opened up mid February 2015, and I found out about the place through my brother. During the third week of opening, I decided to check it, and ordered some food to go. Unfortunately, I was left unimpressed with both the burger, and the fries. I didn't think that the single burger (1/4) was worth the $5.99 price tag, as it was so small, and looked rather plain. In my opinion, I think the Big Mac from McDonald's looks so much more appealing than the burger I got.


The hand-cut fries ($3.49) are made fresh daily, but it didn't really taste like it that night.

 

I also got an order of 1 lbs of jumbo chicken wings ($11.49), which I did enjoyed. The flavor that I got was honey garlic, which is one of my favorite flavors for wings. The fresh (never frozen) wings came with veggie sticks and ranch dip. The wings were indeed jumbo size, and it was quite tasty.

It has been a few months since I last ate their food, so they may have improved since then. I did order the food when they were first opened, so perhaps there were kinks. One of my main concerns back in February was that it was not worth the $25 that I paid back then. However, it has come to my attention that they have lowered some of their prices due to "competitive pricing from their supplier". I am hardly ever in the area of where Wingburger is located, but if I were to go back, I'd get more wings.


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120 Diner

 After nine years of successfully running the club, Club 120. Owners Todd Klinck and Mandy Goodhandy decided to acquire the downstairs space that used to house Spring Rolls, and turned it into a casual restaurant. The two opened up 120 Diner last August 2014, and they aim to serve comfort food, and drinks at reasonable prices. The diner also has a fully equipped bar offering alcoholic drinks such as sangria, custom cocktails, craft beers on tap, and much more. 120 Diner is also open late until 2 am, which is perfect for those looking for late night eats in the downtown core. 

Additionally, for those who would like to order comfort food from 120 Diner for take-out, they can do so using Just Eat.


 I decided to get the Fried Calamari ($8.95) - with spicy mayo dipping sauce, as a starter. I was quite surprised with the portion size of the calamari, as it was more than enough for two people. It's of great value for those who enjoy calamari (like myself). A few pieces were overly deep-fried, but overall it was a flavorful dish without being too crisp or salty. The homemade mayo dipping sauce added a little spice to the calamari, which was good.


 For his appetizer, my brother opted for their Crunchy Coconut Shrimp ($11.95) - giant shrimp, battered, served with spicy chili homemade mayo. As stated on the menu, this is one of 120 Diner's top selling menu items. The dish itself was a sizable portion, and came with five large shrimps coated with coconut. I tried two pieces, and found that the shrimp was tasty, while the coconut crust provided a nice crunch to it.  


 For my main, I opted for the Grilled Cheese ($11.95) - 3 cheeses on rosemary focaccia bread with spicy chili mayo. What drew me to this particular item was the use of focaccia bread, as I normally see restaurants using regular white bread. The dish arrived with a warm and toasted focaccia bread cut in half, and filled with three different types of cheeses oozing out of it. It was a filling sandwich, and I liked how the different cheeses complemented one another.


 My brother got the Fish and Chips ($13.95) - haddock with fresh cut fries and tartar sauce. Once again, we were pleasantly surprised with the portion. The coating of the two pieces of haddock fish had a subtle crispy crunch, but the fish itself was flaky, and cooked just right. The overall execution of the fish was good despite its larger size. I also liked that it wasn't greasy at all, as it was not seeped in oil.
crispy and flaky but I think it may be better to substitute peanut oil to achieve a browner crust.
crispy and flaky but I think it may be better to substitute peanut oil to achieve a browner crust.


 Besides food, 120 Diner also offers entertainment such as karaoke nights, comedy show nights, and live music entertainment on certain days of the week. I had dinner on a Friday, and they had a comedy show that night. The show started at around 9 pm, and showcases local comedians performing a few minutes of their stand-up set. It was a full house that night filled with customers looking for a good laugh.


 To end the night, I ordered the Whopper Chocolate Malt Cake ($7.00) - decadent chocolate cake with crushed whopper chocolate icing, topped with whoppers. One of the main ingredients used in the cake was malted milk, which gives it a very thick chocolatey texture. As a chocolate lover, I enjoyed the strong chocolate taste of the cake. Lastly, it was topped off with a few pieces of Whoppers candy, which mainly added to the aesthetic.


Our server, Zane, was friendly, and genuinely helpful. He came to our table a few times throughout the night to check up on us, and promptly took away finished dishes. 

Like I previously mentioned, the menu at 120 Diner features a number of comfort food such as poutine, nachos, tuna melt, burgers, meatloaf and mash, and etc ... A majority of the food items are very reasonably priced for the amount of food that you get. Lastly, 120 Diner has ample seating with both table and booth seating to the side, which are aligned perfectly to face the stage. If you're looking for both food, and entertainment at the same venue, then 120 Diner is a good place to go. Many thanks to Todd of 120 Diner for the warm hospitality, as I had a fun and tasty evening.

 Also, 120 Diner is located south of Richmond St E (on the west side of the street), and there are plenty of free parking spots after 9 pm on Lombard St.

Address: 120 Church St Toronto, ON M5C2G8

Twitter: https://twitter.com/120diner

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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Dolce Gelato

Dolce Gelato is a gelato shop with three locations in the GTA area. They offer a wide variety of gelato flavors served on your choice of either plain cone, sugar cone, waffle cone, or cup. Additionally, they don't only have gelato, as they also have several desserts available such as cakes, cupcakes, waffles, etc ...  J and I went out to eat dinner with his cousin, Jannie, at Grand Electric, last weekend. We decided to find a place for dessert, when Jannie recommended Dolce Gelato. The establishment was small with only a few tables, but it was bright and clean. Dolce Gelato has a "pay first" system, so you'd pay the cashier first, and then go to the encased glass to get your ordered gelato (don't forget the receipt).

I am starting to really love pistachio, so I was happy to see it as an option for the gelato. I ended up getting the medium 2 flavors cup ($5.50) - pistaccio sicilia and espresso. The girl behind the glass case was kind enough to offer me a taste test of their candied pistaccio (very bright green in color) as well. I thought that the candied version was decent as it was ultra sweet, but I liked the one that I got more. The pistaccio sicilia gelato was rich, creamy and full of flavor. The espresso had a good coffee flavor to it, but it didn't really go well with the pistachio sicilia when eating it at the same time. 

As for customer service, I thought that it was excellent. There were two ladies behind the counter (one on cash, and the other scooping the gelato). They were both friendly, courteous, and offered quick service. I will definitely be coming back here since it's so close by, and the warm weather is finally here.







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J got the hot Belgian waffle with 1 scoop of mango gelato, and topped off with strawberries (~$7).

pistaccio sicilia and espresso
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Chung Gi Wa Japanese & Korean Restaurant

 Chung Gi Wa is a hidden gem located in Mississauga at the corner of Haines Rd & Dundas St East. The restaurant itself is pretty tucked away, as we only found the restaurant randomly while driving to Popeyes one night. We walked in and was greeted by a very cheerful server, and quickly seated in one of the available booths. Chung Gi Wa serves both Japanese and Korean dishes.




Similarly to all Korean restaurants, we were served several dishes of complimentary bachan which were refillable. The bachan that were available were kimchi, bean sprouts, radish with carrots, and glass noodles. 


On my first visit, I opted for the Kam Ja Tang ($7.99) - pork bone soup with potato and vegetables in hot broth served with rice. First off, I'd have to say that the pork bone soup was priced well (at least according to Mississauga standards) for what you get. The order arrived in a hot bowl with three large pieces of pork bone and potatoes. The dish was flavorful, and perfectly spiced for my liking.


Soon Tofu ($8.99) - soft tofu soup (pork) served with rice.


The two of us enjoyed the Salmon Maki ($4.99) that we got another order after finishing up the first one. There was a generous portion of fish and the right amount of rice making it quite tasty.




Sashimi Tempura Bento - sashimi (9 pcs), shrimp (3 pcs) with vegetables tempura, California roll (6 pcs), rice, miso, and green salad ($17.99).


On my second visit, I decided to try out one of the Japanese dishes on the menu. I opted for the Teriyaki Dinner - broiled beef teriyaki, rice, miso, and green salad ($15.99). The price was relatively comparable to downtown pricing (maybe $1 more), but overall it wasn't too expensive. I enjoyed the thinly sliced and tender beef, and there was a generous portion of beef. 

On both occasions, we had the same cheerful server who was friendly, and attentive. She came into the booth from time to time to check up on us, without being super intrusive.

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Canyon Creek Chophouse

 Canyon Creek Chophouse is a popular steakhouse chain offering "premium dining experience without the formality". They have several locations in the GTA, and the two that I frequent the most are the Front Street West location, and Queensway location. I find that they offer both consistent food and service, which is why I keep on returning to dine there.






BBQ Baby Back Ribs (half) ($21.95) - slow braised ribs, grilled and brushed in smoky glaze, with skinny fries and slaw.



Signature Aged Prime Rib (12 oz) ($27.75) - aged for forty days, marinated in our Dijon mustard seasoning, slow roasted for hours, and served with Cabernet jus and horseradish sour cream.

 
Certified Angus Beef Top Sirloin (7 oz) ($22.75) - full flavored steak.


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