• [Food Post] Tsujiri Toronto

    Tsujiri Toronto's first North American outpost opened earlier this week near Bay and Dundas amid much fanfare. This is their first foray into a market outside Asia, but they are planning on expanding to other cities in North America in the future. I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of some of the products that Tsujiri Toronto has to offer a day before its soft opening, and got the chance to chat with one of the managers, Tylor Shek.

  • [Food Post] Nordstrom Eaton Centre Opening Gala featuring Daniel et Daniel

    The gala opening epitomizes what Nordstrom is all about - great customer service and consistency of the brand. Hence why they partnered with Daniel et Daniel to be the official caterer of the Nordstrom Opening Gala, as both companies share the same ideals and business ethics.

  • [Food Post] Waterloo Food Tour

    The Region of Waterloo is home to many regions that inspire start-ups (such as Thalmic Labs), housing, and of course many restaurants. The Region is developing and propelling a movement alike many urban areas, by bringing innovative ideas and talented people together, whilst keeping the scenic and spacious rural landscape. Andrew Coppolino of www.waterlooregioneats.com (@WatRegionEats on Twitter) gave us a tour on behalf of Waterloo Region Tourism, with 4 set destinations in mind for the day.

  • [Food Post] Ebisu on Queen / Ebisu Toronto

    Ebisu Japanese Restaurant originated from Vancouver, as its first location opened in December of 2006. There are two locations in Vancouver and one in Richmond, along with two restaurants under the Kamei names. The brand itself is very well-known in Vancouver, and they hope to expand it in Toronto with this new outpost.

  • [Food Post] Dave and Buster's Oakville Grand Opening

    However, over the last two decades, much has changed, including the demise of arcade and game centers due the emergence of mobile phones and Netflix. The health movement over the last six years has also made Dave and Buster's traditional burger and fries menu far less appealing than what it was. With that being said, they have changed their food menu, and the options are now more diverse. The menu is rather extensive with items like shareable appetizers, side salads, beef steaks and ribs, pasta, sandwiches, and so much more.

  • [Food Post] Morals Village Mississauga

    Morals Village is a hot pot restaurant chain with over 600 locations in China. They opened their first Canadian location in 2015, and has since grown at a relatively rapid pace. About 1.5 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Morals Village Mississauga Grand Opening Event. The Mississauga location is their 5th Canadian location, and they have plans to open another in Ottawa. With that being said, Morals Village prides themselves in providing top-notch quality and Szechuan cuisine influenced flavour with their hot pot offering.

  • [Event] The Royal Dinner with Chef Michael Bonacini

    The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair is now open until November 13, 2016 at the Exhibition Place, Toronto. Start the holiday season early by attending one of the largest combined indoor agricultural fairs and international equestrian competitions in the world. The fair takes place every November in Toronto, and it is where guests can enjoy the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competitions from across the country. There are so many things to do, and see at this year's The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair.

  • [Food Post] CNE Media Preview 2016

    Every Sunday, Montecito offers a brunch buffet starting at 11 am to 3 pm. Brunch isn't new at Montecito, but they recently revamped their brunch buffet, and added several new items to the menu. The 12,000-square-foot Montecito opened up its doors late 2014, and is a partnership between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman and Chef Jonathan Waxman.

  • [Travel] Satsuki and Mei's House from Totoro

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  • [Travel] Day #15 in Japan [Koyasan]

    A shukubo is an accommodation that allows you to stay in a Japanese temple or shrine for the night, and enables you to experience the culture. You are given your own personal room, and there are multiple washroom facilities throughout the temple.

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The Carbon Bar x Alexander Keith's Promotion

Earlier this week, I had the chance to check out The Carbon Bar to take part in their lobster burger promotion. This was my first visit to The Carbon Bar, and I was in awe of its space. The look was of a vintage yet updated rock-and-roll discotheque diner with high ceiling and an open kitchen. Overall, it was a lively atmosphere with a large cocktail bar situated in the middle of the dining space.


Currently, The Carbon Bar has an ongoing promotion where you can get a Nova Scotia Lobster Burger for only $20 with the purchase of an Alexander Keith's beverage. Hurry in soon, as the promotion is only available until the end of September. I had the pleasure of trying the special deal earlier this week, and thoroughly enjoyed devouring the burger. The Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Burger was a sky-high burger with pit smoked bacon truffles hollandaise, beef steak tomato, dill pickle, and Old Bay mayo. The burger itself was quite a mouthful, and filled with large lobster chunks for the lobster lover. The bacon truffles hollandaise added a nice balance to the overall flavor, and the strip of bacon provided a good crunch. Lastly, the burger contained a surprisingly large amount of meat and coated with a lightly fried patty.


Jalisco Sour ($15) - corn infused Casamigos Tequilla Ancho Reyes, lemon, egg white, and tajin


The Carbon Bar has always been on my endless list of restaurants in Toronto to eat at least once. Since we were there for dinner, we decided to splurge and got a bunch of other dishes on the menu as well. First and foremost, we got our meat fix by ordering two portions of the Pit Master Platter (minimum 2 people) ($30 per person). Note that you need at least two people to order this platter, and it was more than enough for the four of us. The Southern-US inspired platter was plentiful with pork ribs, beef brisket, buttermilk fried chicken, coleslaw, pickles, fries & chipotle mayo.


 

Corn Hush Puppies ($7) - jalapeno ranch  



Wild Shrimp Ceviche ($16) - avocado, Peruvian pepper berries, salsa criolla, coriander, serrano chili, tomatillo & lime granita 



Mac & Cheese ($11) - vintage cheddar, mozzarella, gruyère



Overall, we had a great evening at The Carbon Bar. The food was great, the ambiance was hip and lively, and the staff members were attentive. They are open Mon-Wed (4 pm to 10 pm), Thurs (4 pm to 11 pm), Fri (4 pm to late), and Sat (5 pm to late). Come for the BBQ, but don't forget to take advantage of the Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Burger promotion (only here until the end of September).

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Disclaimer: The Lobster Burger provided in this post was complimentary. All other dishes were not comped and out of our pockets. All of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.


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Roll Play Bar & Lounge

Roll Play Bar & Lounge started off as a board game cafe when they first opened, but has since re-branded itself into Toronto's first Asian cocktail bar. There was a change in ownership, and they decided to transition to a bar/lounge late last year. Roll Play Bar & Lounge now offers an extensive list of high-end Asian cocktails, wine & beer, while still offering some complimentary board games for customers to play. The location is slightly hidden, as it's located on the second floor of a building next to the BMV. You actually need to walk up to a long stairwell with pop art collages, which leads to the bar/lounge. According to their website, the space was created to be reminiscent of a bar in Hong Kong, and where customers can experience the Asian culture. 


The space felt modern and sleek with its exposed brick, dimly lit with a lot of black/red decor, wooden tables and chairs, and black booths. Great for larger groups or even an intimate date for two.


The food and dessert menu has been simplified to feature a small number of items. Unfortunately, we had dinner prior to our visit, so we didn't have room to eat so I can't comment on their food menu. However, Roll Play Bar & Lounge does have a great selection of 88 Asian-inspired cocktails that are named after well-known Asian movies. They have also brought forward a new concept where customers would roll dice to determine what drink they would get, and that's something they're pushing forward. I thought that it was a really interactive, and fun way to add to the atmosphere.


While we waited for our drinks, we decided to start a game of Jenga. Although, they did away with the board game cafe concept, they kept a few games that weren't too complicated, but still fun to play like Taboo, Jenga, Scrabble, Pictionary, and a few more. 



The Geisha ($14) - cucumber vodka, melon liqueur, grapefruit juice, Japanese green tea, and yuzu syrup.

 

 J opted for the Crouching Tiger ($12) - osmanthus infused soju, ginseng tea, osmanthus syrup, Asian pear, dried osmanthus.



The cocktails were well-priced for what you get, and tasted really good.

 For dessert, there was only one option that night, so we ended up getting the burnt marshmallow waffle and ice-cream ($14). The dessert consisted of four waffles topped with burnt marshmallow, drizzled with chocolate sauce, and served with vanilla ice cream and banana slices. 



I have never been here during their early board game phrase, so I can't really comment on how well they transitioned. However, it's a fun place to hang out, drink cocktails, and play games with friends, or even on dates. I thought that the ambiance was nice, and the music wasn't too loud so conversations can easily be made with one another.

Address: 10A Edward Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1C9

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Website: http://www.rollplaybar.com/

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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SpiritHouse Toronto

** Mini Review **

After finishing up dinner at Beast (review coming soon), a couple of us decided to go to SpiritHouse Toronto for some drinks. It was a Saturday, and the place was completely packed. Since we didn't have a reservation, we were asked to wait at the bar area until a table opened up. Four of the guys decided to try out some of the Whiskey flights. Since I didn't partake in this, I cannot review the individual whiskey but my friends seem to like them. After waiting around for a while, a table opened up and we were quickly seated.

SpiritHouse Toronto is a trendy bar offering reasonably priced food, and an extensive selection of drinks such as whiskey, craft cocktails, beer, etc ... Overall, it's a good place to go on the weekend to relax with some friends. They also have some specials for their weekly "Cocktail Hour" featuring $7 Tall Drinks, $10 2 Classics, and $3 Tacos; perfect for after work.



Beef Sliders - mustard crust, smoked cheddar, bread and butter pickles ($15)


SpiritHouse Nachos - confit duck, taro and corn chips, pico de gallo, scarmorza ($16)


Crispy Calamari - tequilla lime creme fraiche, cilantro ($13).


Churros - tequila dark chocolate and bourbon caramel dip ($5)

Address: 487 Adelaide West Toronto, ON, M5V 1T4 

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Hooters

A friend of mine recommended that we meet up at Hooters since they have AYCE wings on Monday. We arrived a little after 6:30 pm, and it wasn't super busy. However, the place started picking up by around 7:30 pm, and it quickly filled up when we left. Hooters can be categorized as a "breastaurant" as the waitresses are clad in tight white tank top and high waist orange shorts. A majority of customers either hate or like the idea of being served by females dressing in tiny shorts; I am neutral. I care more about the food, and the idea of AYCE wings appealed to me.

Hooters offers the typical bar fare such as salads, wings, burgers, sandwiches, and etc. ... Both my friend and I opted to get two of their AYCE Wings deal ($12.99 x 2). Note that since my last visit; they have increased the price by a $1.00.

They have a laminated place card at each table indicating the rules of AYCE Wings. It's as followed:

Rules:
  • Offer valid on Mondays only.
  • $12.99 per person per visit.
  • You must purchase a beverage.
  • Offer valid for boneless or original wings.
  • You must finish at least 1/2 your wings.
  • Extra sauces, dips, celery, or carrots are not included.
  • There is an extra charge of $1.00 for orders of "all drums" or Daytona "style" per serving of original wings.
  • A 15% gratuity will be added to groups of 6 or more.






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Hooters has 13 wing sauces on their menu and my favorite was probably their "honey garlic". For those who like their wings hot; their two hottest sauces are "Habanero BBQ" and "911" (4 flames). We didn't order either of those, so I can't comment on their hot levels. Each wings order arrived on a round tray with 10 wings. I have had Hooters wings before (on a regular night) and the ones served every Monday are slightly smaller in size. Unfortunately, some pieces barely had any meat on them, but hey ... it's AYCE so you can always order more. Overall, my dining experience was rather okay as the wings weren't too bad, and our waitress was friendly, and quick.


The curly fries were good, and it was only $1.99 per basket. Super cheap!

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St.Louis Wings and Ribs

St.Louis Wings and Ribs is a popular chain with multiple locations all over Ontario. I have been to a couple of different locations, but the location that I frequent the most is probably the one on King St E. The restaurants are relatively large, and the tables are spaced out enough to give you privacy. St.Louis Wings and Ribs' menu offer the usual bar food such as flatbread, starters, burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings, and etc... at reasonable prices.  I love wings, and this place is one of my favorite places in Toronto for wings. Every order of wings come with a side order of golden fries, and they are delicious. The fries are large and crispy.

Original wings (1 lb) ($12.99) - honey garlic.
Crispy fish tacos ($10.79) - two soft tortillas filled with battered fish, guacamole and shredded lettuce. Drizzled with Ancho mayo. 


Back in early April; I went to their Wingsanity event. A majority of St.Louis Wings and Ribs locations was celebrating their 50th anniversary and offered an AYCE wings deal for $19.99 (per person). I grabbed a couple friends of mine and we went down to the location on King St E for some AYCE wings. The first order came with 1 1/2 pounds of wings (one flavor) and an order of fries. After finishing the first order, you can order any other flavors from their list. Each additional order arrived with 5 wings (and fries are optional).


I really enjoy their fries, so this deal sounded rather awesome to me. The wings were crispy and full of flavor on the outside, and the meat was juicy. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal that night. For those who missed out on this deal; fear not! St.Louis Wings and Ribs do offer half price wing night every Tuesday from 4 pm to close. It's not exactly AYCE but it's still cheap regardless.


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Oasis Rooftop Patio

The Oasis Rooftop Patio is the name of the patio belonging to Wayne Gretzky's Toronto. They have recently undergone renovations earlier in the year, but it's now open for business. I believe that the patio is only open from May to October. The patio has a 200 person capacity so it's a rather spacious space upstairs. The decor is summery with a fountain and comfortable furniture. Dress code is casual, and it's a nice place to sit down for a drink during the hot summer months.

Oasis Rooftop Patio has a small menu offering the typical bar food such as burgers, chicken wings, fries, salad, and a few more items. As for price-wise, it's on par with the surrounding patios in the Entertainment District.


The Southwest Chicken Quesadilla ($14) - seasoned chicken, corn, tomato, cheddar, mozzarella, Monterey Jack cheese with chipotle, BBQ sauce, salsa and sour cream, was disappointing. This dish fell particularly flat as the chicken inside of the quesadilla tasted rather bland.



The shrimp tacos ($15) - Mexican spice marinated grilled jumbo shrimp, flour tortillas, jalapeno mayo, crisp lettuce, avocado salsa, and cilantro, was a lot smaller than I expected. The shrimp was small but plump with a spicy flavor.

I don't think people really go up to Oasis Rooftop Patio for the food, but more so for the lively atmosphere and alcoholic drinks. Their bar menu consists of signature cocktails, bottled beer, draught beer, wine, classic drinks like martini, cosmopolitan, and margarita, and frozen cocktails.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$

Address: 2383 Yonge St. Toronto, ON, M4P2H5

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W Burger Bar

A couple of weeks back, my friends and I decided to go for drinks after an early dinner at Grill Time. We decided upon seeing W Burger Bar as the weather got colder, and we didn't want to walk any longer. The modern establishment on Yonge and College offers a variety of burgers, alcohol, and other bar items.



pink lemonade (shots) ($2.00 each) [raspberry sourpuss, triple sec, lime juice]

While the others opted for alcoholic beverages (pic omitted but they got beer and cocktails); I decided to just get the strawberry milkshake ($4.99). The frothy milkshake was made perfectly, and you can really taste the strawberry flavor of the ice-cream used. For those who love alcohol with their milkshakes, you can get the alternative version which is their spiked milkshakes with 2 ounces of alcohol.

They offer a selection of 10 different burgers priced between $6.99 to $18.99. Every burger is served on a freshly baked homemade regular or whole wheat bun. They also have a variety of complimentary sauces and toppings. However, cheese is extra for $1.50 per slice.

My friend ordered the bison burger (farm-raised bison seared on our flat top to seal in flavor and tenderness) ($10.99), and liked it. According to him, the burger meat was solid, and the onions caramelized into the meat making it a tasty burger.


One of my friends and I decided to share the WBB signature sauce chicken wings (double dusted and fried to perfection) ($10.99/lb). I love the wings, and unfortunately these wings are one of the worst wings that I have ever tasted. The wings were of a good size, but the sauce made them so overly bitter and salty at the same time. I really had a hard time eating them, and downing them down with milkshake didn't help with the bitter aftertaste.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $$
 
Address: 10 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1K2

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