Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria- Quattro Formaggi

Quattro Formaggi_Apr 8 2017The meal: ***

I love pizza but I am no way a connoisseur. When our orders were taken, I was informed by the waitress that the Neapolitan pizza is what is classically defined as thin crust. After doing some reading of my own, I also learned that the dough must be formed by hand, 3 mm max, and finally, baked in a stone oven at 485 deg C for 90s. This is just a snippet of the rules! This will explain the Pizzaiolos (pizza chef) and classic stone bell shaped oven.

I ordered the quattro formaggi but was not that impressed. I found that there was too much olive oil. The crust was delicious nonetheless. If you’re a fan of this particular pizza, believe it or not, I would recommend Ristorante’s quattro formaggi.

The place: ***

This was my first time visiting this restaurant. I came to learn that it’s a chain with most restaurants located in the West (Alberta, British Columbia). We visited one of the two locations in Ontario, Bloor St.

I very much enjoyed the ambiance inside the restaurant. It’s well lit, accommodates many guests and has little to no visual distraction (simple layout including decoration). One item that caught my eye was the brick wall/columns separating the windows. It’s unique which adds a little oomph to the décor.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet

Arctic Bites – Thai Me Up

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About the meal: If you like ice cream and you love an original dessert/sweet snack, this place is for you!

Thai me up is made with thai milk tea (which tasted a lot like Hong Kong milk tea), topped with whipped cream and 2 “hello panda” cookies, half a pizzelle and condensed milk drizzle. I love the whole art behind the making of this: the molten ice cream is spread on a cold plate and flattened as it cools and solidifies; it’s then rolled up before the design of the dessert cup is created. A beautiful edible piece!

I also have to add that despite all the above listed ingredients, this dessert didn’t taste overly sweet.

About the place: It’s a cute small little dessert house on Baldwin. The wait isn’t too bad (let’s not even compare it to Sweet Jesus!) and the ice cream is delicious! There aren’t a lot of sitting spots, but if you go when it’s hot, the whole “front-yard” is open for you to enjoy. Or, as I did, enjoy as you take a walk.

-RaspberryCream

York Rd Kitchen & Chocolate Bar- Lamb Shank

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The meal: **1/2

A friend recommended this spot for dessert but while we were there, I opted to try the lamb shank cooked in rich chocolate tomato sauce. It was an odd combo but you know what they say, “when in Rome”. Overall, it was a decent meal. The chocolate bits on the meat, however, ruined the meat in my opinion. If you enjoy a savoury lamb shank like I do then this dish is definitely not for you.

We of course had to try dessert and went with the chocolate fondu. It did not disappoint and as you can tell from the picture, the portion is petit. If you happen to have a sweet tooth and are dinning with another person then you might want to consider getting separate orders.

The place:***1/2

The bar is large and has many rooms (open bar, dining, private rooms) that can be used to cater to any audience. It is also used to cater events from time to time.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet

Barchef- Daiquiri Adaptation

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The drink: ****1/2

This is my first review of a drink but Barchef’s cocktails are exceptional and if you’ve been there or know of the bar then you know exactly what I am talking about. Their cocktails not only taste amazing but invoke your other senses to participate in the experience. The presentation and aromas are extraordinary.

My choice was from the modernist cocktails, the ‘Daiquiri adaptation which is a spiced blend of tropical juices (lime, pineapple, & coconut). They try and have both an edible and drinkable version. As the theme was tropical, the latter was served in a coconut and the former in a glass bowl. The spiced lime snow with fruits was quite refreshing. To top it off, they were both served in a box of sand! Whaaat!

The place: ***

More of a lounge than a bar. There are bites/snacks that you can order but they specialize is cocktails. The lights are quite dim and localized which is intentionally done to ensure your attention/senses are tuned to your immediate surroundings. Good spot for a date but be prepared to spend as a cocktail is $25 average.

The price: $$

– Strawberry Sherbet

Art square café- Smoked Salmon crepe

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The meal: ***

I was in mood for a savoury crepe and went with the smoked salmon and goat cheese. The crepe was thin and airy (no filling) which made the dish light. To my surprise the goat cheese paired well with the salmon and green onion dill.

I have yet, however, to find a better creperie than ‘Pastel creperie and dessert house in North York. Check out RaspberryCream’s review of the chocolate mascarpone crepe for a sneak peak of one of their sweet crepes. If you know of a delish creperie spot in Tdot, please leave a comment

The place: ***1/2

The café is an art gallery and creperie which is unorthodox. Paintings start at the entrance and go all the way to the counter. The dining and gallery portion are well sectioned and one can enjoy the art without intruding. I recommend the Turkish tea should you ever visit. Check out RaspberryCream’s Very Berry Crepe review for more.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet

Cora- Surprise

26 Feb'17 Coras Surprise

The meal: **1/2

Most disappointing meal from all my visits to Cora. The plate caught me by surprise, pun intended. I expected thick French toast but after reading the ingredients again, I realize it’s the French toast batter that the toasts are dipped in. There was no “mountain” of fruit though. Nevertheless, the egg, ham, & Swiss cheese sandwich was not bad. Another classic that you can’t really go wrong with if you’re looking for ‘snack’.

The place:

Same warm and bright ambiance. If you have never been to Cora, you can check out previous Cora reviews under Toronto’s Brunch food escapes for more.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet

 

Lady Marmalade- Cochinita Pibil’ Pulled Pork Benny

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The meal: ****

As you’re well aware by now, I truly enjoy egg bennies. This one has an edge over Le petit déjeuner’s benny because of the Mexican style pulled pork that was succulent and full of flavour. The sides as usual were a great addition to the dish.

The place: **

Rustique and tables felt like they were going to give up at any time. This doesn’t deter customers as the food is worthwhile. That being said, the place is very busy and you should expect a line up should you visit on a weekend.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet