Green Eggplant – Mediterranean Fresh Mint Green Tea

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About the drink: The drink description on the menu is a little misleading because it calls out “green tea with mint”. However, loved the fact that it was real mint leaves and not the usualy loose leaf mint teabag. I added a squeeze of lemon and a hint of honey and I was good to go!

My only comment is that for the simplicity and size of it, it was a little overpriced.

About the place: See post “Green Eggplant – California Smoked Salmon Benedict“.

-RaspberryCream

Green Eggplant – California Smoked Salmon Benedict

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About the meal: The dish consisted of 2 poached eggs sitting on a bed of multigrain toast, spinach, tomatoes, and smoked salmon; I’ve asked for the cream cheese on the side but I believe it normally comes as a layer to the toast. It is also served with hollandaise sauce, potato pancakes and green salad.

The eggs were more cooked than you would usually, making it closer to a boiled egg, except for the runny yolk – I find that it changes the taste of the usual benny. It was a good benny! And the mix of spinach and smoked salmon almost made it like a sandwich. The potatoes were pretty good, similar to hash browns but with more of a real potato taste (as opposed to frozen), and the salad had a really good dressing on it. I also appreciated the fact that it was a mix of vegetables – usually, “greens” in a brunch menu are just lettuces.

About the place: Great place to catch up with a friend or multiple friends, a large group, or hangout with family and kids! We were seated not too far from the stairway that led to the bathroom, and I thought it smelt a little like detergent.. that made me a little uncomfortable.

The service was good, the waitress was very friendly and accommodating. There’s enough options to keep most people happy, and the prices are very fair.

-RaspberryCream

Chatime – Fairy Vanilla Milk Tea

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About the drink: Very similar review to Chatime – Red Bean Milk Tea, except that this drink is less sweet (standard) and doesn’t have red beans in it. I’ve copied the relevant review elements below:

An absolute DELIGHT! If you’ve had bubble tea before, their milk tea is just the right concentration of tea and milk, with a subtle “roast” taste of the tea leaves – unlike many other bubble tea places, they didn’t try to cut down on taste by having a diluted taste.

Their tapioca is also chewy but hard, and well seasoned in the liquid syrup they soak it in. Again, pretty nice since a lot of other places will have the tapioca be soggy… Making you wonder how fresh it actually is.

For those of you who haven’t had bubble tea before, the tapioca makes this drink a bit of a snack too, since you’re eating solid pieces as you’re drinking the tea. There is a slight into of vanilla in it as well, which just reminds me of a nice baked desert!
Another one of my favorite #ColdWeather flavors! *I like to get the green tea fruity flavors in the summer, stay tuned for that!*

About the place: See post “Chatime – Red Bean Milk Tea“.

-RaspberryCream

Princess café – Rice Cake Sherbet

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About the meal: I discovered sherbet AKA shaved ice AKA sulbi through my Korean buddy and since then, it’s been a true love story! Cafe princess makes it just the right way. The quantity is pretty large for one person, so I would recommend sharing it. It’s served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, condensed milk, rice cakes (the right kind!) red bean (Asian-desert style), corn flakes, a toasted bean powder and bits of almonds. It is DELICIOUS!!!

The ice makes it an amazing summer snack/dessert, and the mix of chewy rice cakes, soft red beans and crispy corn flakes make the texture very interesting. The vanilla ice cream and condensed milk make it sweet and creamy. I usually avoid the nuts but I would assume it adds some crunch! Make sure to mix it all up before you enjoy it 🙂 -RaspberryCream

I have also had the pleasure of enjoying this treat many a time and RaspberryCream sums it up quite well!  I personally fancied Cafe Bene’s  (alternate spot located a few blocks away from Cafe Princess) crushed ice before they changed their recipe in 2016.  The upside is that you will enjoy the dessert regardless of the Cafe you visit and the price is also affordable. -Strawberry Sherbet

About the place: Cozy set-up with tables set up either in a typical cafe way (with chairs) or in a lounge manner (with couches). The place is very pink, and the staff is very friendly. This is a great place to go to if you like deserts or sweet things, with a focus on Asian/Korean deserts.

There is an option to get things to go but unfortunately, shaved ice isn’t one of the items on that list 😦 it’s best enjoyed fresh though, so no harm!

Heads up – the place is surprisingly packed on Sunday nights!!!

-RaspberryCream

PHỞ HƯNG ĐẶC BIỆT (Pho Hung) – Taro Rice Pudding

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About the meal: I wanted something sweet to end my meal and this is something the waitress suggested to me. The “pudding” was made with tapioca balls, rice and pieces of taro. I remember not liking the first couple of bites, but the more I had the more I came to appreciate this desert. It’s pretty heavy, and tastes almost salty even though the desert is sweet. The portion is small enough to be eaten by one without wasting it.

About the place: See post “PHỞ HƯNG ĐẶC BIỆT (Pho Hung) – Hung’s Special

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Pai – Green curry

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About the meal: I’ve had Thai curries in Thailand, and I can approve of the quality and grade produced by Pai. This curry was served with rice, and there was the option of selecting the meat (or vegetarian option) for the curry. The food tasted great and the portion was a good size; to add to that, they even give you the rest of your portion in a side bowl if it doesn’t fit in the coconut, unlike a lot of places who would rip you off! I also loved the presentation – the fact that the curry was beautifully served in a coconut and that you could scrape out the coconut flesh from it! Quite original. The green curry isn’t spicy so I would recommend it as a safe curry option.

About the place: Avoid during rush hour if you’re looking for fast service or attention. The staff is generally welcoming (and will give you great attention/service when the place isn’t too busy). I absolutely love the vibe and feel of the place, you would think you’re in a restaurant in Phuket, by the beach; there’s loud music and very interesting wall deco. A nice place to hangout but the music can get a little loud – maybe not the best place to catch-up.

I’ve also picked up ritual orders from there and the staff was quite helpful in guiding me and helping me find my package. The quantities for takeout were also quite decent.

-RaspberryCream.

PHỞ HƯNG ĐẶC BIỆT (Pho Hung) – Hung’s Special

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About the meal: It’s one of the tastiest phos I’ve had in Toronto! The pho is a Vietnamese style beef rice noodle soup; the special is served with rare beef, well done beef, as well as with tripe and tendon. I personally add hoisin sauce and a tad bit of the traditional made hot sauce to give it extra flavor! Of course the basil leaves, lemon and bean sprouts are key!

A small is a good size for a light dinner but a medium is preferred if you are hungry (and only plan on having the soup, no side dishes). I personally love the fact this place!

About the place: The place is usually really packed at rush mealtime, but I’ve always found the service decent – the waiters will spend the time to answer any questions you have. The one “annoying” thing is that it’s cash only. There is a TD ATM not too far, but best come prepared!

-RaspberryCream.