Omakase @ Sushi Couture [Part 1]

Sushi Couture, opened by Chef Ken (former owner of Japango) is one of my to go places for fresh and quality sushi with a lower price point in the downtown area. Located in The Annex, Sushi Couture may be one of the price-ier sushi places among the many cheaper alternatives in the area. However, I can vouch that Sushi Couture serves the best sushi in The Annex and its totally worth to spend a little bit more $$ just for the freshness and quality. I have visited Sushi Couture a number of times now and I particularly wanted to blog about my very first experience here when I had ordered their $39 Omakase. For those…

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Pastel Creperie & Dessert House

Pastel Creperie & Dessert House is a small but cozy dessert place located in North York. With its bright colours & clean and quiet environment, Pastel Creperie & Dessert House is a wonderful place to come and sit back and relax. Pastel Creperie & Dessert House serves a wide variety of sweets which includes savory & sweet crepes, waffles, ice-cream, cakes, cookies and specialty drinks. (The specialty cakes served here are made by Rahier Patisserie) Exterior of the dessert house – Upon arrival, we were greeted by our super friendly waitress. She gave us a special & regular menu along with the green picture booklet that shows what each dessert looks like. (shown in first picture above) Green…

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The Left Bank @ Buffalo

The Left Bank is hands down one of my top 5 favourite restaurants of all time. Ever since my recent visit, I’ve been dying to come back – hopefully to indulge in at least everything on their menu. This is really rare for me – but my experience here was just unbelievable and the food was beyond fantastic. We walked in with high expectations and were not disappointed at all! The Left Bank is a cozy restaurant situated in Buffalo – approximately 30 minutes from the Niagara Falls border.  The restaurant gives off a romantic ambiance yet casual atmosphere – it may get real busy so be prepared for noise! We visited on a Sunday evening and…

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Poutine @ Firepit

So I definitely feel my cholesterol rising because for the past 2 weeks I’ve been on some insane poutine craze. Hope it ends soon before I suffer from a heart attack – my poor body needs some rest =( Anyways, Firepit is an affordable family restaurant located at the intersections of Hurontario & Brittania in Mississauga. They specialize in providing a variety of fast foods serving burgers, sandwiches, souvlak etc. Unfortunately, every time I’ve been only able to grab their poutine for a late night snack! Large Poutine ($4.85) / Small ($4.15) The poutine here is amazing! As I was watching them make this – I noticed they first pour a bit of gravy to the bottom of…

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Chicago Style Pizza Shack

To be brutally honest, when this place was first suggested, I was hesitant because I wanted to stay as from away from pizza as I could after stuffing my face with it for 4 years while studying in Waterloo.  However, I’m uber glad I did visit here because Chicago Style Pizza has pretty much changed the way I think about pizza now – more specifically – Deep Dish Pizza! This hidden gem, tucked away in Hamilton, is a family own business that started in 1946. Their delicious pizza & pasta sauce are all home made!  – On March 16th, Chicago Style Pizza appeared on  The Food Network Canada’s YOU GOTTA EAT HERE! Host John Cattuci, described the Deep Dish…

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COME AND GET IT!

Everyone seriously needs to COME AND GET IT! (@ComeAndGetIt416) … NOW! =p For those that don’t know me, I am a poutine fanatic. I am always thinking, reading and on the lookout for restaurants that serve killer poutine! And so last week, when I came across a foodie friend of mine, Mary Chan‘s (@citrusblack) post about the Pork Belly Poutine she had at Come And Get It – I knew this was my next stop! =D Last night after work, I ventured off to downtown Toronto for some shopping and yummy eats. Strolling along Queen Street West, we spotted Come and Get it at the intersections of Spadina & Queen Street West! Exterior: I LOVE the…

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Cafe Mania!

I visited Cafe Mania just 2 weeks ago with a friend and it wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be. Perhaps I’ve read many good things about the place so I walked in with higher expectations. Cafe Mania definitely lacks service. And in terms of their desserts, I thought it was alright but I’ve had better. Perhaps, I just dropped by at the wrong time? Anyways, Service was a bit slow. They had 2 people working at the time: one taking the order and the other was making the desserts at the front. When our server arrived with our desserts, he placed our cutlery on the table (which wasn’t very clean to begin…

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Dinner @ Fin Izakaya

Fin Izakaya (@FinIzakaya) located near the intersections of Yonge St & Eglinton Ave, is a type of Japanese pub that serves tapa dishes (small dishes) presented in an appealing manner. – Before visiting Fin Izakaya, I have read a bunch of mixed reviews so I didn’t know what to expect. Some dishes were better than others – so it wasn’t all too bad. The great thing about Fin Izakaya is that they accept reservations and there is also free parking =D Basically you have to call the restaurant when you arrive and one of their staff members will come outside and lead you to their private parking area! – The atmosphere is not much of a loud drinking…

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Awesome meal at Barque Smokehouse!

Barque Smokehouse (@barquebbq) is one of 2011’s new best restaurants – and is well worth the visit! Located in the Roncesvalles Village, Barques‘ is a smokehouse that brings out the best classic southern barbeque that you can find in the area. Barque Smokehouse accepts reservations but leaves 1/3 of the restaurant for walk in customers. I arrived with IL on a Sunday evening around 5:30pm, attempted to make reservations 2 days prior but no luck. So we decided to try our luck with walk-in and the restaurant was already packed when we arrived! The hostess asked if we were okay sitting at the kitchen bar – we didn’t have a problem with that because it would…

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First Ever Home Made Feast! =D

There aren’t that many people that have ever eaten what I’ve cooked before. The reason being is that I suck at it (haha – just kidding!) … I’m just somewhat lazy when it comes to cooking and the whole idea of grocery shopping & preparation tires me out especially since I have to study study study at night! But once in a blue moon I come out of the closet and prepare a little feast! =P  Hope you enjoy the pictures! Marinated Beef Skewers – all lined up and ready to be placed in the oven! Fresh Raw Shrimps – all washed and ready to go! A Japanese style inspired Baked Rice – the sauce for…

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Scarpetta – Winterlicious

I just want to announce to the world that Scarpetta (@ScarpettaTO) is hands down, my all time favourite Italian restaurant! My experience here was beyond expectations: the service, presentation, atmosphere & quality and the attention to detail of the food was impeccable. Scarpetta is an upscale Italian restaurant located within the Thompson Hotel along King Street Village. Celebrity Chef Scott Conant, oversees all the Scarpetta restaurants located in New York, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills, Miami Beach & last but not least, Toronto! The ambiance at Scarpetta evokes a rustic elegance – dark, with a blue-ish glow lighting up the restaurant. Table Setting: Winterlicious 2012 Menu: Everything I ordered that evening were all part of Scarpetta’s Signature Dishes Bread…

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The Gabardine

Almost a month ago, I ventured off to downtown Toronto after a busy work day to indulge in some good eats at The Gabardine (@thegabardine). Located in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Financial District, The Gabardine serves great comfort food for both lunch and dinner. This resto has been “in the queue” for me for quite some time due to all the hype about their infamous mac and cheese, so it was a pretty obvious choice for me to check this place out… The atmosphere here was really laid back – servers were all friendly and dressed very casually. Candles were placed on every table and lots of framed art work were…

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New City Restaurant

There are so many “Hong Kong style cafes” located in Markham area to choose from but I always end up going back to New City Restaurant  [新城市餐廳]. The reason being is that New City NEVER DISAPPOINTS hence why I’ve been back numerous times =D New City is extremely busy during lunch / late afternoon on weekends (haven’t been during weekdays). I always end up waiting for less than 5 minutes at the door before being seated. The restaurant is always jammed pack during peak hours so you’ll feel a little claustrophobic. So my dad and I were in the area on a late Saturday afternoon and decided to grab some quick eats. I always overwhelmed by the…

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Art Square Cafe

I tend to opt out of desserts at restaurants because I usually save my tummy for ice cream / crepes/ waffles / cakes etc. at other places. I mean obviously I would stay at the restaurant for dessert if it was something that people HIGHLY RECOMMENDED or something from the dessert menu seemed INTRIGUING for me to stay. (which rarely happens lol) I remember going to Art Square Cafe after a particular dinner of eating extremely spicy Korean food so YES! I was DYING + CRAVING for crepes right after to get rid of the spices. Art square Cafe is located literally right across from the AGO which also features an art gallery when you…

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