Eative Film Cafe, Kensington Market

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. 

Click here to read my review on TripAdvisor

Aka Teppan – Markham

I have always wanted to eat here, ever since it got that insta hype. And I’m really beyond disappointed.

Oyster mushroom salad with ponzu wasabi dressing. There was literally one oyster mushroom, sliced into quarters. And only one oyster mushroom, when the dish is called oyster mushroom salad? There was sautéed button mushrooms and store bought salad greens. And let’s talk about the salad dressing? It had no wasabi kick, more like sweet soy sauce. $7


I can’t find this item on the online menu, but this pork jowl is the most worth-eat-item on the menu. It is cooked to crispiness and the light touch of seasoned salt gives it  the right amount of flavour. $6

Aka Teppan is famous for serving food on hot sizzling plates. My mom and I shared the supreme beef ($10). It was fairly good, in terms of taste. There is a cube of garlic butter hidden in the rice under the corn. And it was the only considerable item on the menu that we would both eat.


The waiters had nothing to do and stood awkwardly beside our table as we ate. The restaurant has next to zero decor and the windows/ window panes were dirty af (excuse my language). But he just stood there looking outside (at least he couId have acted busy). I really don’t know how this restaurant managed to get 3.5 stars on Yelp. As I mentioned before, undeniably not worth the hype and effort of even trying.

Click here for Aka Teppan’s reviews on Yelp.