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Colette - Thompson Hotel

Agree on the banana danish being too sweet... I got a box (gorgeous box makes it worth getting more pastries!!) Tried the raspberry coconut croissant which I didn't love, the lemon bichon which is always good and a peach and cheese danish which was ok on the way less less more bready side. I recommend their almond croissants as well as the ham and cheese croissant :)

Summerlicious 2015

Just a general comment more to the subject matter than to you Prima, but I'd assume the issue is also about seeming "false advertisement" of dishes... Usually if something is different or being substituted a server will make mention with the menu ('licious or not) to clarify. I realize restaurants can't afford to be extravagant but at the same time I think it's fair to expect what's being described and a reasonable portion. If that's an issue or that kind of promotion is more than they're willing to offer, I'd rather the restaurant serve something else than mislead me. Memorable Summerlicious restaurants that I've returned to are one's that serve meals similar in theme and size to their regular menu.

R&D - New update. Photo and menu.

I went Saturday night. We really like the pork buns (like an airy thin pineapple bun with bbq pork filling - not RED or fatty) and the pork ribs (like sweet and sour pork deep fried and sauced) though the pineapple slaw could have been more interesting then shredded pineapple and daikon with chili. I did not care for the mushrooms with XO - didn't taste XO just a charred taste and the lobster chow mein was only ok. Good but OK. The caesar cocktail was interesting (shitake mushroom water was too strong imo) but the oolong tea cocktail was very good. Overall I had an enjoyable time. The bartenders were really talkative and friendly and made an effort to know our names and the decor was pleasant. I would go back. Curious how their peking duck compares to Luckee...

Bar Fancy - Awesome!!!

Loved it too. The szechuan pepper wings were my fave but thumbs up to the devils on horseback and oysters with a fish sauce mignonette. Had a really lovely wine chosen by the staff and interesting beer choices available. Service was stellar and noise level low :) I want to know what they make with the Marmite!

Hot Chocolate, 2014

Oh I just remembered, MosMos in the PATH commerce court has rich dark chocolate tasting hot chocolate and very good chai lattes. I can't believe I wasted so many drinks at the Second Cup around the corner...

Hot Chocolate, 2014

I've tried it and they do use real chocolate but honestly it tasted like powder hot chocolate with chocolate in the bottom you have stir a lot to get to melt... So better yes but not Soma. I don't remember any marshmallow!

Huevos Rancheros 2014

I had the Huevos Rancheros at The Ace on Roncy and the eggs were perfectly runny. It's a stacked version, with salsa fresca, sour cream, guac, black beans and corn tortillas. there were some pink pickled onions on the side which I think really added to the dish. Well made enough to be full but not stuffed for $11!

Little Sister Indonesian Food Bar

Went on a Monday night. Menu design on cardboard looks good, original and non fussy. The restaurant felt a lot like something Ossington but more spacious (- This is a good thing!) Music was not loud and restaurant 1/3 full. Service was polite, knowledgeable and timely, probably because it wasn't very busy.

Kintamani Punch and Little Brother cocktails were fruity and not too sweet. We tried the Chicken Satay, the Beef Taco, mustard greens, Semur Java, Babi Pangang and the coconut pudding dessert. We were really impressed having read mixed reviews. You could taste the multitude of spices and ingredients needed for this cuisine and everything was very flavourful.

My only experience with Indonesian food was a couple years ago at Sama Sebo in Amsterdam and I enjoyed this more :)

Your favourite and least favourite cinnamon buns

oh kwass. we'd make good eating buddies. I'd gladly eat all your pecans

Your favourite and least favourite cinnamon buns

Sweet Trolley is more like a classic cinnamon bun in ratios of icing to bun and texture but I found it dry, stale and the icing just sweet without flavour. Mind you, I had excitedly bought a Bunner's cinnamon bun next door because I hear the raves and I couldn't even swallow a bite. It was heavy, so finely textured it became pasty as you chewed and had a definite chemical taste. Truly bad. unlike kwass, I like Mabel's because it's really cinnamon-y and bready (no gooeyness like Cinnabon middles) I could use more of the cream cheese frosting because you always lose it on the bag but I like that you can see the vanilla specks in it.
The pecan sticky bun at Wagamama's is really nice when fresh.

2014 Best Butter Tart Discussion

I'm not an expert but I really like Mabel's Toffee tarts (not runny) and the Bannock version but the version at Four in the Path takeout counter is great if you like runny (shortcrust and buttery)

Best Single Slice of Cheesecake in Toronto

Wagamama does slices and currently has ontario peach topping!

Zucchini blossoms (squash blossoms) in GTA

at the david pecault farmer's market at a couple stalls for $5

Help please: seeking SUMAC spice in downtown Toronto

I've bought it at Spice Trader on Queen West

Where to buy Mexican Chocolate?

I want to like them too, but the coconut chocolate bar/square was not great... :(

Sandwich bread

Wagamama on King west and Tecumseth is $6.50 a loaf I think but you have to order 24hr in advance

Strata 241

I've been for the buck a shuck which was fine. The calamari was amazing and the pizza's looked good. I hope to go back.

fried calamari

Strada 241 in Chinatown has a very good fried calamari. It's not from frozen and the pieces are a good size. An order is 10 pcs for $12. They also have a grilled version I have not tried.

Yakitori Bar and Seoul Food, Baldwin Street’s two-in-one Korean restaurant

I went pretty soon after they opened and found the meats chewy and the banchan flavourless and dry. I'd go for drinks and the idea is fun but as it was, I wouldn't go again.

ISO: good fresh soft tofu

go to sanko Helen!
They sell by the pc in the back room.

The County General - simple food, prepared beautifully

Went for lunch and the food was pretty bad. In the past I've tried a very good brunch, tasty mini pork sandwiches and a delicious serano gin and tonic. Maybe today was just not the day, maybe a lot has changed since I have not been since summer, however I won't be back for food until I hear otherwise.

The posole - not nearly as tasty as my favourite one at Tacos El Slavador. The meat was flavourless and overall just boring. I give them credit for hominy not from a can.

Pork sandwich with fries - Passable.Toasted bread with the same tasteless pork. Fries were soggy.

Big salad - I found it a bit overdressed/oily for my taste and the raw red onion overpowered even when pushed to the side. I liked the butter lettuce leaves and not finding any rotting spring mix (which is too often the case everywhere!) though the cheap flabby cheese made not sense and the radishes were watery without bite.

Overall sad.

A-ok foods (ramen by yours truly)

new favourite! dan dan mien and bulgogi torta. Had them twice now and I'm glad to find things I like other than the shoyu ramen and pork ssam :)

Winterlicious Menus are up: Jan 25 - Feb 7, 2013...

We tried Crush as walk in at lunch. The room seemed dated but cozy and there were enough other tables to consider it busy.

The 'licious menus were not given out unless requested though otherwise service was very attentive and genuinely friendly.

Comped bread quality was only ok but at least warm.
Starter soup and salad well portioned and certainly better than average.
Main beef cheek on barley risotto with sweet potato was definitely the highlight and perfectly executed.
Sticky toffee dessert was not too sweet which i generally prefer, but needed more spice or sweet (!)

The suggested red was well chosen as well.

For $20 Crush was worth it.

Uses for Hot Pepper Jelly

i agree with all the cheese combos mentioned and would also recommend it on a breakfast sandwich; english muffin, fried egg, process cheese slice.

Dec 23, 2012
chocabot in Home Cooking

A-ok foods (ramen by yours truly)

The tsukemen was ok. Think of the ramen bowl contents drained and in a plate with a warm bowl of oily sichuan peppercorn, chinese bean sauce on the side. Spicing was ok for me and I'd consider it a standard "medium hot" plus the tingle of the crushed peppercorn. (Again to compare to a similar Momofuku's similar dish, it's not as nuanced and seemingly oilier. At Momo they add candied cashews and spinach to the cold dish so it seems more of a noodle salad.) I prefer A-Ok's Shoyu ramen dish to this one.

The snail salad, fried rice and duck san choi bao are off the current menu and they added a ox tongue salad, fish in the weeds (sounds like a sashimi on seaweed salad) and a pork ssam.

The pork ssam is a huge improvement on the duck as it wasn't as saucy messy and the salt was under control. Belly was used here and grilled pork shoulder for the tsukemen.

A-ok foods (ramen by yours truly)

there is only one ramen and it is chicken based

A-ok foods (ramen by yours truly)

I have not. I tried the Momofuku noodle dish that's similar and while that one was good I got bored half way through...

Totally gree about the snail salad.

A-ok foods (ramen by yours truly)

Had the ramen a second time and noticed the pork slice was different. Shoulder this time instead of belly? I enjoyed it but not consistent.
Snail salad was ok but wouldn't order again. Noodles with noodles if you're having ramen....
Fried rice was kind of standard issue. It came with a hot sauce that was interesting but overall didn't care for it.
So far only the shoyu ramen has been worth it for me...

Kawartha Dairy egg nog

Saw bottles at Mabel's Bakery on Queen W just yesterday!

A-ok foods (ramen by yours truly)

Ramen at Yours Truly owned A-OK is sooo good and non conventional. The noodles are Korean styles so more like mein and less bouncy and chewy which is okaaay. The broth is chicken based and the yuzu element makes is Momofukuesque. The soy tea egg actually tastes of soy and tea (hallelujah) so I'm a big fan.

The San Choi Bao duck lettuce wraps were way too saucy and SALTY. Mentioned that to them but hey it's 2nd night out of the gate.

Bonus they're up the street from me, downer, it's a small place so it'll get busy fast.
Service was great, and love the simple fun design isn't "reclaimed" or as dim as a cave!