review

Congee Queen

I generally like congee places, but if I got to choose, Congee Queen is my pick. The overall food quality is better – I love the “fried noodles with three shredded ingredients” (lol is that what it’s called..). The sauce isn’t too watery and they give you plenty of meats. They have the crunchies on the side and it’s nice and soft in the middle.

Read more here: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/congee-queen-thornhill#hrid:Kqf8D_f9nap7ahX-2XQteg

The Keg Steakhouse

I came here on a Friday night at 8ish, hoping that there would be less people there. Just like any other keg, it was packed, and we waited almost 45 mins to be seated. The area was very dim and it sets the mood for a romantic night out. 

I opted for my favorite filet mignon and ordered a Forbidden Fruit martini. The drink was really good; I especially liked the strawberry rock crystals along the rim on the drink. I would recommend this drink for girls, even those who do not regularly drink alcohol because the taste of vodka is barely there. 

Read more here: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/the-keg-steakhouse-and-bar-toronto-2#hrid:CNL52mTTO0PyGMM_bXJCOw

Kinton Ramen

3 words – too much hype.

I was recommended Kinton Ramen by a lot of people since the owner of Guu opened it (and I do like Guu).

We waited 1.5 hours to be seated in the restaurant, which felt like a small sized locker room. We sat by the bar and the chairs had no backs, so there was no place to put our jackets. It was also summer when we went, so it was really hot inside.

Raed more here: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/kinton-ramen-toronto#hrid:w8InH1KxffQ_0HGLTB0NSQ

Raijin Ramen

On Christmas Eve, we settled for Raijin Ramen since it was practically the only restaurant open. I remember seeing a review from BlogTO but didn’t read much into it. Without much expectation, I ended up enjoying my experience at Raijin.

At 7ish, there was no one waiting for seats. The staff were nice and friendly – we were greeted and seated with free smiles which lasted the whole night 🙂 By 8:30, more people came into the restaurant.

Read more here: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/raijin-ramen-toronto#hrid:xc8tbSSYD49su717yZ5MSA

Zen Japanese Restaurant

I was recommended this place by a friend as it supposedly has “Toronto’s freshest sashimi”. I had really high hopes and it didn’t fail me!

The restaurant is quite small, and we sat by a table next to the entrance. Waitresses were attentive. I think they have timers for each table so they know when to check up on guests.

Read more here: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/zen-japanese-restaurant-scarborough#hrid:5X6nqSO9p8o875CaPmLy5Q

Liberty Village Picks

Working in the Liberty Village area has given me the opportunity to try out loads of great food. This area is loaded with local gems! Here are some of my favourites:

William’s Landing

If you fancy classy meals, William’s Landing is a great choice. Service is always top-notch here and they’ve got plenty of dishes to choose from.

Pappardelle Forestiere

The pappardelle forestiere is a delicious mash-up of smoked chicken, roastede mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and cream sauce. There aren’t many places that offer pappardelle (thick, flat pasta) in Toronto. The pasta was drenched in cream sauce, allowing it to slither through the other ingredients. I loved wrapping a piece of pasta around the mushroom and chicken for a complete experience.

Japanese Tuna Salad

The Japanese Tuna Salad is a crowd favourite. Made up nori crusted tuna, organic greens, edemame, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, quinoa (two ways), orange segments, honey soy vinaigrette and miso mayo spread, this is a quite the refreshing dish. I especially enjoyed the miso mayo spread (on the right). The sauce provided a thicker consistency to the runny vinaigrette. The tuna was slightly seared on the edges and was very fresh. Orange segments were extremely juicy. One word – refreshing!

Koja

My go-to Korean/Japanese food joint. I’m not sure if everyone else would appreciate this, but they use purple rice and yam for their sushi! For less than $10, you get a decent sized lunch bento box with soup, sushi and salad. Great deal if you ask me, and it’s delicious as well. I come here mostly for their cooked food (not their sashimi).

Chicken bento box for lunch

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

I went to Mildred’s Temple Kitchen for burger week last year in June. This place is more on the expensive side but with that, comes quality. You won’t get the same juicy, tender patty from your regular fast food restaurants. Also, you’ll get fancy skinny fries for the side! Note: don’t expect a huge portion here. Their meals are intended for their guests to enjoy a good conversation while getting a small bite. The venue is structured in a way where you can enjoy just a drink at the bar or a small meal at the dinner tables.

Try their famous MTK burger!

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

The Roastery

Nice and cozy cafe, mostly for take out. I love coming here for their burritos. Even a small sized burrito can be very filling, and they load you on fresh ingredients. Pulled pork, loads of guacamole.. Can’t say no to that! Come here during lunch and the place will be loaded with visitors.

Their breakfast selection is great as well. From sandwiches to bagels, they also add organic sauces to your pastries for a tip-top experience!

Almond Butter on Cheese Bagel

My bad for adding almond butter on a cheese bagel. That wasn’t too appetizing nor was it that great. I’m also not a fan of the almond butter.

Their coffee is apparently great too from what I hear. That’s next on my list to try!

Uma Cafe

Uma Coffee Card

This small cafe serves organic coffee. I almost always go for their coffee with a hazelnut shot. Trust me, it’s better than the sugar pumps you get from McDonald’s. Make sure you get a coffee card with them. Every 11th drink is free!

Liberty Village Market and Cafe

Pretty pricey in my opinion, but after today, I’d say I would come back for their cream of squash soup.

Cream of Squash Soup

 

I like it better than the lentil soup; it has the perfect consistency with chunks of squash in the mixture. The lentil soup was a little too thick for my liking. The small soup is $4.19+tax. However, it’s healthier than the soups you get a Tim Hortons! Their sandwiches are $6+, and it’s served on your regular Wonder bread size. Grilled cheese and salmon are great and all, but it just doesn’t seem to be filling enough for this fatass.