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

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Otto’s Berlin Döner

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Otto’s Berlin Döner was a random Friday night decision. After working for a month, a co worker and I decided to hit the town (it was a long weekend) and go exploring! We settled with this German hip snack place located in Kensington Market.

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As you may tell, the place is quiet small, as are a lot of restaurants in the area, and thankfully it was a good day for the patio. We were in luck and there were two empty tables just calling our names.
There were many people in and out when we ordered and waited for our food. There are many people who were waiting for their go-to orders. 

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There are three main types of dishes to choose from: sandwich, box or currywurst.  I settled with a small box of veal & lamb with  a side of fries. The fries and meat were both salty. I asked for garlic aioli on the side but I wish there was more flavour (or a spice) because the salt.  

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My co worker, Nishit, chose a small gemuse (vegetable) box. He also had fries and the vegetables were stir fried and some were deep fried. His was more saucy (not counting the aioli). We also (each) had a fruit slushy that had (tons) of gin. I drank half my glass and was already feeling dizzy (this was the first time I had any effect from alchol besides throwing up). HAHA!

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This small but cozy restaurant is surely for those who want not the ordinary burgers and fries. Be prepared to get a takeaway or wait for a table, as seats tend to be taken. Especially on good days, I could totally see this place having a long line up. And be prepared to wait, our food took about 10-15 minutes.

Click here for Otto’s website.