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Winterlicious: Five Doors North

My high school friends and I decided to eat dinner here. Neither of my high school friends had tried any winterlicious/summerlicious restaurants before so I recommended Five Doors North to them to ensure a good first impression. Service is as impeccable as always. Winterlicious dinner is $25 + tax & tip and you could order rosemary focaccia bread for an extra $1.
Rosemary Focaccia Bread
Crispy Pork Belly
All three of us had the crispy pork belly. It comes with butternut squash mash and a caramelized apples and sweet onion reduction. The portion was smaller compared to last year’s crispy pork belly however it was just as scrumptious. The skin was crispy with a decent layer of fat and melt in your mouth meat.
Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon
For the main, both of my friends had the pumpkin seed crusted salmon while I got the grilled chimichurri skirt steak. The pumpkin seed crusted salmon comes with mango and smoked red pepper salad. My friends enjoyed it. One of them like that the mango was sweet and balanced the salmon well.
Grilled Chimichurri Skirt Steak
My grilled Ontario chimichurri skirt steak comes with crispy tortilla strips, avocado mousse and black bean sauce along with a tomato and lettuce salad. The skirt steak was slightly tough but done just right at medium rare and the black bean sauce was a good accompaniment to both the salad, crispy tortilla strips and the steak. The tomato and lettuce salad was also tasty on its own.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
My friends and I decided to split the dessert so we had the flourless chocolate cake, vanilla creme brulee and banana chocolate chip bread pudding. The flourless chocolate cake is made with dark chocolate and topped with blackberries with a blackberry coulis sauce. It was very delicious.
Vanilla Creme Brulee
The vanilla creme brulee was as scrumptious as always.
Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
The banana chocolate chip bread pudding comes with bourbon creme anglaise and the pairing is delectable.

Overall, I recommend you try this restaurant if you’re ever in the Yonge/Eglington/Davisville area whether for Winterlicious/Summerlicious or even on a regular night.

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Winterlicious: bb33 bistro and brasserie

My university friend and I went to have dinner at bb33 bistro and brasserie. It’s located inside the Eaton Chelsea Hotel on 33 Gerrard St. W. It’s currently slightly hard to find just because of all the construction going on in the area. The decor was interesting while the service was very friendly. We sat near the bar so I noticed that they served Sleeman and Ephemere Apple Beer on tap. My friend likes how they have really gigantic bottles of wine in the niches of the wall by the bar. The Winterlicious dinner is $35 + tax and tip. My friend and I both got the duo of pork and duck rillettes for the appetizers. My friend had the spaghetti with shrimp, kale and roquette while I had the Riesling-braised osso buco. For dessert, my friend and I both got the Chelsea bread pudding. We both also had a glass of Ephemere beer ($7).

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When we first sat down we were given a glass of water and a plate of bread with choices of butter, balsamic vinegar/olive oil and this other dipping sauce. My friend first tried it and told me that it was slightly spicy. When I tried it, it had a spicy kick to it. We both agreed that it was some type of oil and somehow it was also spicy. I decided to ask our server about it and we were informed that it was chili oil. This is the first time I had bead with chili oil. It’s ingenious and it’s just as good as olive oil and balsamic vinegar with bread. It’s a very good combination if you can handle the heat.

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The Duo of Pork and Duck Rillettes is pork or duck on toast croûtes and it was garnished with Fleur de sel, pear and roasted garlic chutney, radish and roquette. It was very delicious for a bite sized appetizer.

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My friend enjoyed her spaghetti with shrimp, kale and roquette. The spaghetti with shrimp, kale and roquette is garnished with butter toasted panko, lemon zest and parmesan reggiano while it sits on top of a pappadum crisp. The papadum crisp has a spicy kick to it.

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I enjoyed the Riesling-Braised Osso Buco which was garnished with Kerr Farm tomatoes, mushrooms, onions and garlic while lying on top of the Israeli couscous risotto. The osso buco is tender, juicy and abit fatty.

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At first I wanted to know what exactly was the Lemon Brûlée Tartlet however I was informed that it was sold out so I decided to go with the Classic Chelsea Bread Pudding. The classic Chelsea bread pudding comes with English custard sauce and 3 raspberries. My friend didn’t think it looked like bread pudding and thought it was quite fusion.

Overall, I would recommend this place. The food quality is superb while service is very friendly.

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Winterlicious: Five Doors North

My friends and I decided to eat dinner yesterday at Five Doors North. The Winterlicious menu is $25 + tax and tip. It’s a really quaint, decently sized restaurant. The decor was interesting in that the lighting was from hanging lampshades and mini chandeliers along with candles on the tables, although the lighting was abit dim. There’s music playing in the background and at times I couldn’t really hear my friends talk due to the background noise. The service was fantastic and prompt. Due to the weather this past Saturday, my friends and I were slightly late for our reservations and we took a while to decide on what to order since there are 5 appetizers and 6 entrees to choose from.

In the end, one friend had the Roasted Beet Salad with Scallion Dressing and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds for the appetizer, Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon with Mango and Smoked Red Pepper Salad for the entree and the Flourless Chocolate Cake for dessert. Another friend had the Crispy Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Mash, Caramelized Apples and Sweet Onion Reduction for the appetizer and Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding for dessert. We split the Veal Striploin with Sweet Peas and Mushroom Cream Sauce and BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Smoky Baked Beans because we both wanted to try the two mains. I had the Baked Goat Cheese with Polenta, Sundried Tomato Paste and Pesto for the appetizer and Crème Brulee for dessert.

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When we sat down, we were provided with water and slices of bread. There’s a bottle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and ground black pepper on the table. The bread was alright, it wasn’t as good as the bread I had at Au Pied du Cochon in Montreal. Our table was close to the bar and kitchen so I noticed that their alcohol selection is fairly extensive.

Roasted Beet Salad with Scallion Dressing and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Beet Salad with Scallion Dressing and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

My friend really enjoyed the beet salad. The beet was nice and sweet while the cream was a nice touch to the dish.

Crispy Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Mash Caramelized Apples and Sweet Onion Reduction

Crispy Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Mash Caramelized Apples and Sweet Onion Reduction

My other friend loved the pork belly with butternut squash and sweet onion reduction. It had a crispy, crunch skin while the meat was really tender and quite juicy. The butternut squash mash with caramelized apples and sweet onion reduction was a nice touch to the pork belly.

Baked Goat Cheese with Polenta, Sundried Tomato Paste and Pesto

Baked Goat Cheese with Polenta, Sundried Tomato Paste and Pesto

I loved the goat cheese polenta with sundried tomato and pesto on a bed of leafy greens. I feel that you can never go wrong with the goat cheese, sundried tomato and pesto combination. Although I didn’t really see or taste the sundried tomato in the polenta.

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon with Mango and Smoked Red Pepper Salad

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon with Mango and Smoked Red Pepper Salad

The pumpkin seed crusted salmon with mango and red pepper salad was really good, my friend loved the dish. The mango and salmon combination is superb.

BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Smoky Baked Beans

BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Smoky Baked Beans

Veal Striploin with Sweet Peas and Mushroom Cream Sauce

Veal Striploin with Sweet Peas and Mushroom Cream Sauce

When my friends asked whether I prefer the pork belly or the goat cheese polenta I told them I couldn’t really choose between the two cause it’s almost like comparing apples and oranges, I loved different aspects of each. When my friend and I split the BBQ baby back ribs and the veal striploin, I had a preference. I absolutely loved the BBQ baby back ribs. The baby back ribs were fall off the bone or nearly fall off the bone tender and juicy and the baked beans sauce just added another dimension to it. I had the veal striploin cooked medium rare and it was cooked perfectly. The green peas, mushroom, potatoes with gravy complimented the veal striploin but my friend and I couldn’t really figure out what was missing from the dish in order to make it on par with the ribs.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

My friend also enjoyed the flourless chocolate cake. It has a very chocolatey taste to it, I think they used dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate to make it.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

My other friend loved the bread pudding. Bread pudding is baked french toast as my friend aptly describes it.

Crème Brulee

Crème Brulee

I enjoyed the creme brulee. The caramel was a thin layer that wasn’t too hard to break. The custard was smooth and creamy.

Overall, I recommend this restaurant for their service and food quality. If you have time in the next week and a half, take advantage of their Winterlicious menu and make your reservations.

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