It has been a long time and I feel like I’m in hibernation mode. I went to many new restaurants since my last blog post but I haven’t found a new sense to get back into blogging. Since then, I met a guy, and for about 10 months, I secretly told him that I have a blog but would not disclose the website to him. I told him, you know reading my blog is basically reading my diary. I don’t know what happened, but I guess I wanted him to get to know more of me, so I gave in and linked him. Now he knows of my baby (aka this blog). He is encouraging and asked why I stopped. And I told him straight up and told him I’m embarrassed and shy about it. So after some persuading, I (think) I am going to get back into it. And I am going to make him my photographer since he does have the newest iPhone (XS Max?). He says that he’s bad in taking photos but I think he’ll get the jist of it with a bit of training
For a long time, I’ve always wanted to go to random neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto to eat and explore what each neighbourhood has to offer. And although this quick 4 hour trip to Kensington Market was NOT what I had planned out, it was a good start. It was not busy when K and I arrived, which was around 11:30AM on a Saturday in March. I told him that we would have brunch and then just roam the streets until one of us was hungry for some street food or snacks.
We came across Eative Film Cafe after deciding not to wait at Our Spot. I think we made an excellent decision. I totally loved the vibe and the variety of items on the menu. I said that we were having Saturday brunch, somehow we ended up having an okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and an artichoke cheese sandwich. We also ordered tea and coffee.
The menu is really cute too!
There is a white wall that projects your typical Saturday morning cartoons (it was Bugs Bunny). There is a 10% service charge (tips) that you pay when you make an order. You pay first, then you receive your meal. There is free wifi and a code to use the washroom (written on the receipt).
I would definitely be back for the other dishes. I would classify this as a Japanese-American fusion. The only thing I dislike about Eative is that they use paper cups for drinks, even dining-in. Though I did see mugs being used, maybe I needed to specify that I wanted our drinks to be in mugs. Then again, how was I supposed to know.
For my 26th birthday, I knew where I wanted to have my birthday dinner. It was either Skippa (I read an article on the Toronto Star last year about the restaurant) or Ruby Watchco (recommended by my cousin). I was waiting for Ruby’s menu to switch, the restaurant’s menu switches every day. But by the time the new menu was out, I decided not to take a risk..I didn’t fancy the day’s menu so I made reservations at Skippa.
And to my despair, the restaurant was fully booked on the day that we wanted to go. So the manager and I had a brief conversation via email and confirmed reservations for Sunday. And I’m so glad I waited….It was really worth the wait. Even my brother and sister in-law said it was pretty good.
I usually don’t like raw oysters, but it was to die for!
The sashimi was too good! Just talking about it makes my mouth water.!
I never knew tomato salad could be so fresh and the pesto dressing really brings the whole salad together!
The mushroom salad was too salty and I didn’t find anything interesting about it.
I think I might cook carrots like these next time I gave guests over. Carrots were amazing.
Now I cannot recall the sushi that I was served. I’m pretty sure most of the sushi pictured in this post is on the menu (scroll down to find menu).
Last course was a sweet tofu egg even though I told the waitress that I cannot eat eggs.
The two desserts really impressed all five of us. The peach ice cream (below) wasn’t overly sweet. And the cantaloupe sorbet was so on point. Every bite was like biting into a ripe cantaloupe.
You can read my review on Trip Advisor here.
You can also read the Toronto Star article here.
I’m always open to try new Indian restaurants, especially if they have been recommended by someone I know. A few weeks back, my co-worker mentioned that she always gets take out from Butter Chicken Factory. So obviously, I had to put this down on my list.
This past weekend, my parents and I so happen to be downtown for an event. And we didn’t have anywhere to go for dinner, so this was the perfect opportunity to eat at Butter Chicken Factory.
We decided on the Dinner for 2, which included an appetizer dish, 2 mains (1 of them had to be a vegetarian dish), a complementary Chana Masala, one rice and two naans. We chose the famous Butter Chicken (my co-worker recommended that to me) and we also ordered Navratan (Veggie) Korma. This was plenty for the three of us as we had leftovers to take home.
The appetizer had one large vegetable samosa, two pieces of onion bhaij, and three portions of chicken pakora.
The dinner special was $43.95 and including a drink, tax and tips came to be $60. That’s not bad at all, considering we had doggy bags. Everything was streaming hot when it was served, which is a rare find. I am not sure if I would recommend this restaurant to a friend. I probably need to try other dishes and eat there a couple more times to decide. I really want to try the Rogan Josh and Vindaloo curries.