Skippa – Seasonal Japanese Cuisine

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.

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I usually don’t like raw oysters, but it was to die for!

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The sashimi was too good! Just talking about it makes my mouth water.!

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I never knew tomato salad could be so fresh and the pesto dressing really brings the whole salad together!

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The mushroom salad was too salty and I didn’t find anything interesting about it.

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I think I might cook carrots like these next time I gave guests over. Carrots were amazing.

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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).

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Last course was a sweet tofu egg even though I told the waitress that I cannot eat eggs.

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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.

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You can read my review on Trip Advisor here.
You can also read the Toronto Star article here.

Visit the resturant’s website here.

Skippa is a very small restaurant, I highly recommend sitting at the bar!

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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.

Taco 101

Quirky and cute! That basically sums up this taco joint, located near Yonge-Dundas Square. And today was the perfect day to enjoy a variety of tacos while looking out at the not-so-busy Dundas St East.

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It was just my mom and I, so we decided to order three different types of tacos and a side of beans and chips. From top right and going clockwise: fish, chicken adobado and nopal.  I really enjoyed the chicken, it was nicely marinated and moist. I wasn’t crazy about the fish, although I could taste the freshness. The nopal (vegetarian) was marinated pickled green beans, not bad too. I originally wanted to order the al pastor (pork) but it wasn’t ready.  We almost couldn’t finish the beans and chips. I was slightly disappointed as the beans were black beans, not pinto beans (as stated on the website’s menu). We also had a bottle of cold lime soda. Refreshing! Everything was cheap, totaling to $20$.

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I love the seating view, as you can look out to the street and strangers crossing. It wasn’t a hot day so it was just perfect for a spot of lunch.

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Click here for Taco 101’s website.