Posts Tagged With: Dessert

Beer Bistro

My friend and I decided to have dinner here afew days ago. It’s brightly lit with a typical western restaurant decor. The restaurant doesn’t have alot of tables when their “private room” is booked. My friend and I sat at the bar which gave us a direct view of the variety of brews offered and the 2 TVs broadcasting the playoff games. I got El Diablo mussels ($20), a flight of beer ($6) and dragon stout & skor ice cream ($6).

The El Diablo mussels are mussels that are steamed in an abbey blonde beer broth with slices of chorizo sausages, cilantro, tomatoes, smoked paprika and a large dollop of crème fraîche. It comes with a loaf of Cantillon Sourdough bread to help soak up all the sauce. It has a nice hint of spiciness and it was quite a large portion of mussels. The portion size is perfectly filling to eat for dinner on its own compared to other mussel offerings at the other restaurants that I’ve tried.

I got Samuel Adams Cold Snap, Rodenbach Grand Cru and the Shillow Beer Co. Sass on the Side for my beer flight. The bartender recommended that I drink it in the following order: Samuel Adams Cold Snap, Shillow Beer Co. Sass on the Side and finally the Rodenbach Grand Cru. The Samuel Adams Cold Snap is a light-bodied wheat beer with hints of plum, orange peel, coriander and hibiscus. It tastes like a lager and it goes down well. It has an alcohol level of 5.3%. The Shillow Beer Co. Sass on the Side is a brown ale that’s bitter. It’s pretty good but I prefer my beer to be less bitter. It has an alcohol level of 5.6%. The Rodenbach Grand Cru is sweet and sour and very wine-like. While at times it was abit too sour tasting, it is a nice wine beer. It has an alcohol level of 6%. Of the three beers I tried, I like the Cold Snap the best followed by Rodenbach Grand Cru.

The dragon stout & skor ice cream was quite chocolatey however it tasted similar to the sound of their cookies ‘n cream and chocolate stout ice cream.

My friend ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding ($9) for her dessert. The sticky toffee pudding has
x.o. caramel sauce and it’s topped with vanilla bourbon ice cream. She really enjoyed it.

The next time I come back, I would try the Belgian fries, tiramisu and a different selection of craft beer.

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Max Brenner



I had watched the Food Network Valentine special called Outrageous Chocolate. It featured Max Brenner and I was interested in trying their chocolate pasta and chocolate pizza.

I went to Max Brenner for dinner after watching the Spring Spectacular. It’s easier to sit at the bar rather than getting a table.

Unfortunately when I sat down at the bar and looked at the menu, I realized that the chocolate pasta was no more since it was a winter special and they started their spring special. It seems like chocolate pasta and I aren’t fated since I went to MoRoCo Chocolat to try their chocolate pasta on their Summerlicious 2014 menu and that was also a bust. In the end, I ordered the works half-sized chocolate chunks pizza ($9.95 USD + tax) and the halva milkshake ($7.95 USD + tax).


The halva milkshake came first. The halva milkshake is a creamy sesame seed tahini paste that’s blended with honey, vanilla ice cream, toffee and milk chocolate ganache and topped with whipped cream and shaved coconut. It was definitely a creamy sesame tahini taste. The coconut compliments it. It’s served in an Alice in Wonderland cup and it’s a sweet, whimsical concoction.

The works half-sized chocolate chunk pizza didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s comprised of melted milk and white chocolate chunks with marshmallows, bananas, melted peanut butter and hazelnut bits. The marshmallows could have been toasted and roasted and at the very least, have some that are melted on the pizza to create a melted mozzarella cheese effect. Instead it looked and tasted like marshmallows were liberally sprinkled on top of the pizza before it was served. I didn’t taste any of the hazelnut bits. The chocolate chunks themselves were just drizzles. There weren’t any chunks of chocolate on the pizza. The pizza crust itself was like a deep dish pizza crust and it was extremely doughy. I would have preferred a thin crust pizza. Overall, I don’t recommend getting a chocolate pizza here.

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Caffe Demetre

My university friends and I decided to have dessert here since a friend hadn’t been here before. I’ve been here several times and only to the Richmond Hill location on Hwy 7. I normally get crepes because I’m a huge fan of crepes. Caffe Demetre specializes in dessert and specifically crepes, waffles, cakes and ice creams. The menu changed between the last two times I went. The menu was the how I remembered it back in April 2014 and it was completely reconfigured in late August. The crepe selection was different, the ice cream selection looked different and the names changed to more current pop culture references. I find that if you go in the afternoon, barely anyone is there and my friends and I were able to get the whole restaurant to ourselves for afew hours and the other customers chose to sit out on the patio so we continued to enjoy having a restaurant to ourselves. In the evenings (no matter if it’s a weekday or a weekend), it’s much busier and you may have to wait for seats.

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I had the DIY sundae ($11.58 + tip) because I felt too full for crepes. I chose the DIY Sundae with 2 scoops of ice cream and 3 toppings. I got the Xocolātl Roché ice cream, Cocoa Chanel ice cream, caramelized bananas, oven-baked apple crisps and spicy sweet candied peanuts with whipped cream, Morello cherry and a slice of waffle biscuit. The Xocolātl Roché consists of Belgian dark chocolate ice cream combined with pure hazelnut and mixed with Hazelnut Praliné Croquant & Belgian Dark Chocolate Crackle while the Cocoa Chanel ice cream is made of French dark chocolate with a mélange of meringue, Oreo pieces and brownies. I was in chocolate heaven that was accompanied by delectable toppings.

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One friend had apple cider. The drink is called Incider Information ($2.75). Initially my friend was thinking of getting the Cider House Rules ($3.75) but decided to be more healthy. Incider Information is just apple cider with a cinnamon stick while Cider House Rules is apple cider with caramel & cinnamon flavour shots, whipped cream, Caramel Anglaise drizzle and Cinnamon.

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Another friend took my recommendation to get a crepe. She got the Chewbaclava crepe ($12.75 + tax & tip). The Chewbaclava crepe consists of Sweet Baklava ice cream with Baklava bits, Quebec maple syrup, whipped cream and cinnamon streusel. She didn’t like the baklava bits but otherwise she liked the crepe.

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Two other friends got cakes. One got the Cocoa Ono ($10.50 + tax & tip). The Cocoa Ono cake consists of a Chocolate Fudge Cake that’s slightly heated with Honey Madagascar Vanilla ice cream, Belgian dark chocolate sauce and it’s dusted with icing sugar. She enjoyed it.

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The other got the Mousse Almighty ($10.75 + tax & tip). The Mousse Almighty cake consists of a Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake with chocolate ice cream, strawberries, Belgian dark chocolate sauce and it’s dusted with icing sugar. He enjoyed it.

When I’m craving Western dessert, specifically crepes, my go-to place is Cafe Demetre.

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Agave y Aguacate

After wandering around Honest Ed’s, Koreatown and Little Italy, we decided to have dinner at Agave y Aguacate yesterday. We walked from the west side of Baldwin to the east side and we initially missed the restaurant. This is because the restaurant name is on the side of the restaurant with only the street number above the door of the restaurant so it’s easy to miss if you are coming from the west side for the first time. IMG_3368 My friend likened it to a tapas place since the portions at the restaurant are tapas portions and prices. We dined al fresco although the decor inside seems nice while all the furniture at the restaurant is made of wood so it gives it a rustic charm. The walls are this bright green that makes me think of warmer climes. The service was very friendly while the food was scrumptious. On the recommendation of our server, we decided to split the Tostada De Ceviche ($12), Camarones En Escabeche ($14) and Carlota De Limón ($8). IMG_3363 The tostada de ceviche is fish and carrot marinated in lime juice and mixed with tomato, habernero, onion, cilantro and served on a tostada with avocado and salsa picante. It was quite good. IMG_3365 The Camarones en escabeche is poached shrimps and banana tossed in escabeche de chile ancho and served with two slices of avocado with drizzles of crema fresca and seasoned with chilatas. The shrimp was tangy while the banana was sweet and when eaten together with the avocado, the flavours combine to create a nice piquant experience for your taste buds. I preferred this dish to the ceviche. IMG_3375 The carlota de limón is Mexican biscuits layered with lime custard and drizzled with Arbequina oil and garnished with lime zest and black salt. It was scrumptious.

Overall, if you want delicious Mexican food and you’re not afraid to spend abit more then I recommend this place.

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Le Cafe Michi

A University friend and I came here for lunch at the end of May. We got reservations since Yelp strongly advised us on getting reservations otherwise the restaurant would turn you away. The restaurant is fairly small however my friend and I got a table in the back by the sushi bar. My friend has been here before while this was my first time. I decided to get the Chyo-chin bento ($24.95) while my friend got the Unatama lunch special ($21.95).

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Unatama lunch special

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chocolate sake mousse cake

The Unatama lunch special includes a choice of green tea or coffee, your choice of a slice of cake, a garden salad, miso soup, and barbecued eel with green onions in simmered egg on rice. My friend chose green tea and chocolate sake mousse cake. My friend enjoyed her meal. The chocolate sake mousse cake was quite delicious from the small bite I had.

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this is how the bento arrived

this is how the bento arrived

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Chyo-Chin Bento

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green tea cake

The Chyo-chin Bento includes a choice of green tea or coffee, your choice of a slice of cake, a garden salad, Karaage, sashimi and unajyu on sushi rice. I chose green tea and the green tea cake. Karaage is deep fried chicken. It was quite delicious. It wasn’t too oily although the sauce is slightly sweet. They deep fried it perfectly in that it had a bit of a crunch to it without being too hard. Unajyu is eel and the dish also came with seaweed, egg and lettuce. The dish was scrumptious and all the ingredients perfectly compliment each other. The eel was quite soft and tasty. The salad and sashimi were alright. The sashimi were thick slices which is really nice and very fresh. There isn’t much variety for the sashimi however. The green tea cake was delicious. It wasn’t sweet and I could taste the matcha. The particular slice I had was abit skimpy on the red bean paste however I liked it since the focus was on the green tea rather than the red bean.

 

The service was quite friendly and prompt. My only disappointment is that there wasn’t a teapot at the table, instead I had to ask the servers multiple times for green tea refills. Tea refills aside, Cafe Michi can be slightly pricey since cake slices are between $5-7 and sashimi/sushi sets are between $20-40. Although the place is slightly pricey compared to other Japanese restaurants that are strictly a la carte, I would definitely come back to try their chirashi sushi, tofu cheesecake, green tea creme brulee and other dessert and cake offerings.

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Juliette et Chocolat

One of my friends had raved to me about eating crepes and chocolate at Juliette et Chocolat. When I was in Montreal last November, I didn’t have enough time to go eat here. This time around my friends and I came here at night for dessert. There was a slight line up and the patio wasn’t open even though it’s the end of May.

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I first wanted to try their Spicy Sunset alcoholic chocolate drink ($10.50) however you have to order a crepe or salad in order to be able to get an alcoholic drink due to their restrictive alcoholic license. In the end I was debating between the Maralumi 64% ($11.75) or the Mangaro 65% ($11.75). The Maralumi 64% is made with dark chocolate from New Guinea and it’s suppose to be spicy with hints of green banana, gooseberry and pomegranate. The Mangaro 65% is made with dark chocolate from Madagascar with hints of mango, gingerbread and citrus fruits. I thought I ordered the Maralumi but I was given the Mangaro instead. The Mangaro was very chocolate-y. At first I was able to taste the mangoes but after awhile all I could taste was chocolate. I’m a self-confessed chocoholic but this drink was very chocolate-y. I needed alot of water to help finish the Mangaro Noir drink.

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My university friend got the Sao Tome 70% ($10.50). It’s suppose to have hints of fruits and vanilla with a bitter cocoa taste which is expected since it’s dark chocolate. My friend liked it.

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My friend got the Ivory brownie ($3.75). The Ivory brownie is white chocolate and coconut. It was really sweet.

If you’re not a major chocoholic, this place may not be right for you.

 

 

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Kem CoBa

After dinner, my friend took us to Kem CoBa for dessert, specifically ice cream, soft-serve ice cream and sorbets. It’s close to a Fairmount bagel shop so you can technically have bagel with ice cream. Their flavours change biweekly and are all made on location. The week I was there, the flavours showcased included salted butter, vanilla, peanut & honey, 72% chocolate, passion fruit, strawberry, mango and masala chai. The other flavours that they also make include hibiscus, green tea, almond milk, strawberry lychee, lemon, raspberry and coconut. My friend and I both got salted butter with masala chai. It was absolutely delectable. The masala chai tastes exactly like the masala chai I had in Little India in Singapore. I wish there was a location in Toronto. The next time I’m in Montreal, I would definitely satisfy my sweet tooth here.

flavours of the week

flavours of the week

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La Cubana

My university friend and I were wandering around Roncesvalles on a sunny Saturday and we decided to eat at La Cubana. Neither of us has ever eaten Cuban food before. La Cubana has a very 60s/70s diner atmosphere although it has limited seating. We ordered 6 appetizers and 1 dessert. At first we thought we would be half full from the appetizers but it turns out that those 6 appetizers were very filling. We had the cod croquetas ($6), conch frituras ($7), chorizo empanadas ($7), habanero glazed fried squid ($7), guava BBQ short rib ($8), tostones rellenos beef picadillo ($6) and the donuts ($5). I had wanted to try the Cuban coffee natilla which our waitress said was suppose to be like creme brulee however there’s always a next time.

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The cod croquetas were good. Cod croquetas are small breadcrumbed fried rolls filled with cod and potatoes and garnished with green onions, a lime wedge and this sweet and slightly spicy sauce. 

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The conch frituras wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I thought it would be something made from conch rather than conch shaped fried dough. It was this appetizer that made my friend and I become stuffed.

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The chorizo empanadas were good. Empanadas look like a mini pizza pocket or Chinese fried dumplings. Chorizo empanadas are baked and fried pastry shell turnovers stuffed with chorizo sausages that’s garnished with raisins, green onions and this sweet and spicy sauce.

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The habanero glazed fried squid was really delicious. It’s garnished with a lime wedge and green onions. I thought it would be spicy because it’s suppose to be habanero glazed however it’s more sweet than spicy to me.

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The guava BBQ short rib was scrumptious. The short ribs are braised in Coke and beef stock. It’s garnished with green onions, jalapeno peppers and cilantro. The plate is covered with guava barbecue sauce. If you don’t like jalapeno peppers, make sure you remove all traces of it before eating. I didn’t find the jalapeno peppers to be very spicy however my friend found them spicy enough. 

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The tostones rellenos beef picadillo was appetizing. It’s fried green plantain slices at the bottom piled with peppery, slow-cooked beef and golden raisins on top and garnished with jalapeno, green onions and crema sauce.

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The donuts were really tasty. They remind me of a larger version of timbits. It’s covered with icing sugar and it tastes very cinnamon-y.

Next time I’m near High Park or Roncesville and craving Cuban food I’d eat here.

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Joey’s

Originally my friends and I were going to eat dinner at Kazkav on a Saturday night however we were told that the restaurant was at full capacity so we went to Joey’s at Yorkdale instead. One friend had the bacon cheddar burger ($17.52 including tax) and a sushi cone ($4) while another friend had the Panang prawn curry bowl ($17.75) and a sushi cone. A friend had butter chicken  ($20.06 including tax) while another friend had the ahi tuna club ($19.21 including tax). I had the lobster grilled cheese sandwich with yam fries ($18.5), a sushi cone and a dessert called happy ending ($4.5).

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Sushi cone is a reconstructed hand roll. It’s a tempura prawn cone with avocado, spicy mayo, tobiko, ginger and wasabi. It’s alright for a hand roll although I didn’t like how the wasabi and ginger were grouped together so one bite would be mostly ginger and another bite would be mostly wasabi and the third bite would be no ginger or wasabi.

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Bombay Butter Chicken

The Panang prawn curry bowl is stir-fried vegetables, red coconut curry, Thai basil, peanuts with rice. The Bombay butter chicken comes with almond basmati rice and grilled naan. My friends enjoyed their dishes.

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The ahi tuna club is grilled rare tuna, bacon, sweet pepper relish, arugula, and panko onion rings in a bun. It comes with a side of fries. My friend enjoyed it.

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The lobster grilled cheese sandwich is atlantic lobster, brie & cheddar cheese, and cocktail sauce. The lobster grilled cheese sandwich was good while the yam fries were abit too salty for my tastes.

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The happy ending dessert is 70% dark chocolate, dulce de leche and maldon salt. The dessert wasn’t as good as I thought it would be considering that it’s dark chocolare and dulce de leche combination.

Overall, Joey’s doesn’t live up to its hype.

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Izakaya Tsuki (Part II)

My friends and I went back to eat at Izakaya Tsuki because my friend was craving Japanese food. She ordered the buttered squid ($8) again and tried the Tsuki Don ($13) and Three Mori Sashimi Moriawase ($10). The other friend had takoyaki ($7), okonomiyaki ($9) and green tea ice cream ($3). I had the Hamachi Wara Yaki ($11), Akabeko “Red Cow” Roll ($12.50) and Taro Ice Cream ($3).

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Buttered Squid is squid grilled with butter and soy sauce. It’s just as delicious as before.

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Tsuki Don is California Don topped with assorted diced sashimi. California Don ($9) is avocado, cucumber, tobiko and crabmeat on rice. It’s basically a deconstructed California Roll. My friend enjoyed it.


Three Mori Sashimi Moriawase is 9 pieces of a variety of sashimi. I liked the bowl of smoke that accompanied the dish.

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Takoyaki is puffed octopus ball served with tonkatsu sauce. She enjoyed it.

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Okonomi Yaki is a Japanese savoury pancake that’s topped with vegetable and katsuo (katsuobushi). She enjoyed it.

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Hamachi wara yaki is yellow tail sashimi that is smoked over burning hay. It’s served with a lemon wedge, raw onions, sea salt and wasabi. It’s absolutely delicious.

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Akabeko “Red Cow” Roll is avacado, aspharagus tempura, cucumber, and rice wrapped with a seared sirloin top. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that the avacado wasn’t ripe. My friends thought that the pieces were too big so they’d rather it was smaller.

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My friend and I both enjoyed our ice cream. It’s definitely interesting to eat ice cream with a wooden spoon. I’m more used to using metal or plastic spoons to eat ice cream since I feel like I can taste the flavour more.
I recommend Izakaya Tsuki cause overall it still serves good food.

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