Butter Chicken Factory

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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.

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The appetizer had one large vegetable samosa, two pieces of onion bhaij, and three portions of chicken pakora.

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Butter Chicken.

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Chana Masala.

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Naan.

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Rice.

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.

Click here to visit the website.

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Tasting Menu at Langdon Hall – Part 1

For my 25th birthday, I wanted to go to Landgon Hall (ranked 15th in Canada’s Best 100 restaurants 2017). But my dad would not go to the efforts and drive my family and I there (just under 1.5 hours away from home) to have dinner.
So without a doubt, my brother, sister in-law (it so weird to type that) and myself spent the afternoon, half listening to Backstreet Boys and half sleeping, making our way into Cambridge.

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We arrived at this view. Stunning, isn’t it? I couldnt wait to see what was beyond the white giant pillars.

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Low and behold, waiting in the back was a garden of colourful vegetables and flowers.

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Our reservation was for 6:45pm but we sat down at 6. It was a good idea to be sat down early, because the entire meal lasted 4ish hours. And I’m not complaining…but I usually scour down a meal within an hour.

I’m not usually one to order a cocktail (the tasting menu was already $165), but why not. I never had an aperol spritz with foam (I’m used to the club soda kind), fancy level went up to 100!

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The waiters and waitresses were so kind. They asked us individually what we were allergic too and made arrangements to the food on the tasting menu.

Our first course was Albacore Tuna Canape.  Served on a tuna bone, it was almost like tuna sashimi with a dollop of lime jelly.

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The second course was the cutest of them all; Potted Earth. It was a tiny carrot, stem included, nestled in quinoa. The quinoa was the best I’ve ever tasted and the carrot could not have tasted more fresh.

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Third was Cod on Cod. I wasn’t too crazy about the deep fried cod but it did taste very fresh.

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According to the menu, Duck Foot was listed fifth on the menu. But since I can’t have any dairy, I was served Borscht Soup. The beets were tasted so fresh, but the soup was salty and a bit sour.

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Here’s the Duck Foot.

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Next was an alternative to what the tasting menu had to offer; Crab Salad. Served with a very think apple slice, the crab paired perfectly with the soft apple.

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This was the original sixth dish; Buttermilk. With crab salad still included, the dish was composed of a buttermilk panna cotta with caviar and fennel.

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Please stay tuned for Part 2. Lots more pictures coming very soon.
Click here to view the Chef’s Tasting Menu.

Pizzeria Libretto – University Ave.

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I’ve been dying eat at Pizzeria Libretto for the longest time. The restaurant has four locations across the city and I’ve only been to one this month. I’m not implying that I will go to all the locations..it’s just taken me a long time.

I couldn’t ask for a better day to go. My cousin and I were shopping at the mall and it was the perfect dinner spot. The walk from the mall to the restaurant took no more than 15 minutes and the particular Saturday Summer weather wasn’t bothersome.

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There is a nice patio of the side street that has many small to large tables, depending the party size. We opted for inside for two reasons. 1. It wasn’t a really sunny day, and the weather was on the chilly side. So we didn’t want out butts freezing when eating. 2. I wanted inside restaurant photos for this post. :P

The restaurant is narrow, as usual, since it’s located in the heart of downtown Toronto, space is gold. But nothing like Europe. Although it’s narrow, there is still plenty of space to move, just be more careful of walking.  We both loved the decor. The lights remind me mini Babybel cheese. The inside was just so bright when wooden tables and marble countertops.

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We were seated in a both for two. A cute table for a cousins’ date! And beisde us was the bar, so we could view all the bar-action (there wasn’t many at the bar when we were there).

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I hardly ever order fizzed drinks when out. But there was an item on the menu “Blue Soda” and I asked our waitress what this was. Just another brand of pop made with cane sugar instead of white granulated sugar. What’s the difference?, it’s still sugar. Anyway, we each had a can. I noticed that the ginger ale was lighter compared with the other brands I’ve had.

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I’m not sure if it’s part of the bread presentation, but it sure looked simply fancy. I loved the bread (I didn’t ask what type it was) and the dipping oil complemented the bread very well.

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A few days back, I read something on the Internet that food photos on Instagram are only for display and really not worth eating. And I sort of feel like this Buttermilk Fried Calamari is on the edge of the category.
Pros: definitely on of the most well presented starters I’ve ever seen. For $12, you sure get a lot of squid.
Con: it wasn’t steaming hot, which was the sad part. I wished that it was hotter.

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It may be just me, but this pizza just didn’t cut it. This may be due to the fact that I have been wanting to eat this Libretto’s pizza, since forever, but there were multiple things I disliked about it.
We ordered a margarita pizza and I expected it to have more than a few pieces of basil. The pizza’s sauce was watery (compared to pizza at other restaurants) and the pizza was salty. Not sure if it was the sauce that had an extra pinch of salt added to it or the cheese (mozzarella cheese isn’t salty, is it?). I expected more from a pizza restaurant.

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Needless to say, maybe I would come back if I were in the neighbourhood with friends. But certainly would not recommend eating the margarita pizza.

Click here for Pizzeria Libretto’s website.