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El Warehouse Furniture (Part II)

Another friend and I had dinner here last Saturday. Everything on the food menu is $4.95+tax & tip. We had to line up outside because we arrived around 7pm and in the midst of the dinner rush. It is very dim and loud inside during dinnertime. We split the maple bacon potato skins for the appetizer and the deep-fried apple pie for dessert. My friend got the works burger while I had the Smokey BBQ burger. I noticed that if you order both an appetizer and a main, it arrives simultaneously. If you’re starving and hoping for an appetizer to tide you over until the entrée arrives, you should just skip the appetizer and order the entrée or prepare yourself for the wait.

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The maple bacon potato skins consisted of russet potato wedges topped with cheddar and mozzarella cheese, crispy maple bacon and green onions with a sour cream dip. It was good, nothing especial about it.

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The Works burger consists of Alberta beef, maple bacon, cheddar, crispy onions, macho sauce, lettuce and tomato on a toasted Brioche bun. My friend got the Parmesan Caesar salad. My friend enjoyed her burger and salad however it’s not the best burger she’s had.

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The Smokey BBQ burger consists of beef, smokey bbq sauce, jalapenos, cheddar, macho sauce, lettuce and tomato on a toasted Brioche bun. I chose the Cream of Broccoli soup which was abit salty. The Smokey BBQ burger is not spicy at all and there isn’t even jalapenos in it. The Smokey BBQ sauce tries to be spicy but for a burger that’s advertised as spicy it’s very disappointing.

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The deep-fried apple pie comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a ramekin and dusted with cinnamon. It’s delicious.

I think I would come back for the deep-fried apple pie otherwise I’d splurge abit more for a burger at W Burger Bar. The appetizers and the mains here aren’t the best.

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Summerlicious: Ouzeri

My university friend and I decided to have lunch at Ouzeri today. We sat at the patio out front. The inside is fairly large as well. The service is much to be desired. Our mains came soon after our appetizers. We only had a few bites of our appetizers before our mains arrived. We had to borrow table space from the next table since our table couldn’t fit both our appetizers and our mains at the same time. We also waited for awhile to get and pay our bill while the table near us got their bill settled before us even though we got our bill first and they sat down for lunch when we had just finished our appetizers. We also weren’t able to get our water refilled until the end of our meal. Summerlicious lunch is $15 and tax & tip. My friends got the soupa avgolemono for the appetizer, Rosemary chicken pie for the main and Yiaourti for the dessert. I got Mydia for the appetizers, calamari for the entree and Bailey’s creme caramel for dessert. IMG_3403 Soupa Avgolemono is a broth of chicken, rice, celery, whipped egg and lemon. My friend thought it was OK. IMG_3405Chicken Rosemary pie is tender pieces of chicken breast, onions and mushrooms slowly stewed in a rosemary and feta cheese sauce and enveloped in a filo pastry and served with a side of rice, potato and tzatziki sauce. My friend thought it was good. IMG_3408   Yiaourti is pressed Greek yogurt topped with nuts and honey poached figs. My friend enjoyed it. IMG_3404 Mydia is mussels steamed in red wine with garden vegetables, herbs and garlic and dowsed in Mediterranean red sauce. I enjoyed it. I thought it was more flavourful compared to the mussel appetizer served at Byzantium due to the herbs. IMG_3406 Kalamari is a choice of with grilled or deep fried calamari served with tzatziki sauce, rice, spinach, and potatoes and garnished with a lemon wedge. I choose the grilled calamari and it was tasty. The calamari here is just as good as the calamari at Destingo. IMG_3410 The Bailey’s creme caramel was nice.

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Summerlicious: Destingo

My friends and I had dinner here last night. This was a fairly impromptu dinner because we weren’t initially planning on eating here for Summerlicious. I had found out that Destingo serves rack of lamb for dinner for $25 and that was the sole reason why we decided to eat here. The patio out front is quite large however my friends and I were fortunate enough to get a table by the kitchen. We got to see the chefs at work. Summerlicious dinner is $25 and tax & tip.

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drinks menu

bread to accompany our appetizers

bread to accompany our appetizers

cream of mushroom soup

cream of mushroom soup

My friend got the soup of the day for her appetizer, rack of lamb for her main, coffee panna cotta for dessert. The soup of the day was cream of mushroom. My friend said it was reminiscent of the one we had at DT Bistro. IMG_3398 Two friends got the grilled calamari for appetizers, rack of lamb for the entree and tiramisu for dessert. The tiramisu was delicious and made with real alcohol.

I had the grilled calamari for the appetizer, rack of lamb for the main and coffee panna cotta for dessert. IMG_3391 The calamari is comprised of grilled calamari, Kalamata olives, capers and a side salad. The calamari was chewy and yummy. IMG_3396 The rack of lamb is comprised of tender New Zealand lamb in a fresh mint sauce and it’s served with roasted vegetables. I had it done medium rare. I thought it would be a whole rack of lamb rather than a few pieces of the rack of lamb. Overall it was quite delicious. IMG_3399 The coffee panna cotta is garnished with a slice of strawberry, afew blueberries and icing sugar. The coffee panna cotta was delicious.

Overall if you’re wandering around Queen West and in the mood for Italian/western food with delicious desserts and a nice selection of wine then Destingo is the place for you.

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Jeon Ju Hyang (Part II)

My friends and I decided to have lunch at Jeon Ju. I decided to get a combo. I got the mackerel and kimchi chi gae ($9.99). Another friend had the mackerel and soon tofu combo ($8.99) instead. It comes with a bowl of white rice and numerous side dishes. I was only able to finish eating the mackerel and a spoonful of the kimchi chi gae.

Kimchi served at Ju J Hyang

Kimchi served at Jeon Ju Hyang

The kimchi chi gae has 3 slices of tofu, enoki mushroom, green onions, kimchi, slices of pork, rice cakes and the fat, clear noodles.

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The mackerel is grilled Korean style. It is served on a sizzling plate and garnished with a lemon wedge and a sprinkle of green onions. The mackerel I had had lots of bones in it while the mackerel my friend had had no bones.

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Overall, the mackerel and soup combo tastes yummy at a decent price.

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Gourmet Malaysia

My colleague and I wanted to eat stingray in Toronto. Restoran Malaysia doesn’t serve stingray so I was on the hunt to see if I could find any restaurant in the GTA that would serve it. I came across Gourmet Malaysia and we decided to go on the first Saturday of August for lunch. We ordered poh pia ($3.80), ikan bakar (banana leaf grilled stingray) ($16.99), Penang char kwei teow ($7.80), Hainanese Chicken Rice ($7.80) and chendol ($3.99).

Poh Pia at Gourmet Malaysia

Poh Pia at Gourmet Malaysia

When I was in Singapore, I was fortunate enough to be able to have homemade popiah at a fellow local colleague’s home. She had prepped everything and all we had to do was put whatever toppings we want in it, roll it up and enjoy it. The homemade popiah was crammed with lots of stuff and the roll was quite moist which made it very delectable. At Gourmet Malaysia, the poh pia isn’t very moist and the filling isn’t as varied. Poh pia is a crepe roll with vegetables and egg. The poh pia was ok but nothing like the ones I made at my fellow colleague’s home in Singapore. My colleague in Toronto enjoyed it alot more than I did.

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Penang Char Kwei Teow at Gourmet Malaysia

Penang Char Kwei Teow at Gourmet Malaysia

The fried kway teow at Gourmet Malaysia is way better than the fried kway teow at Restoran Malaysia however it is still slightly lacking compared to the ones I had in Singapore. The fried kway teow at Gourmet Malaysia is fried hor fun noodles with seafood served on top of a banana leaf. My colleague and I found it very delicious all things considered.

Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore

Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia

The Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia isn’t as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. I absolutely love the Hainanese Chicken Rice at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall at Maxwell Hawker Center. Hainanese Chicken Rice comprises of chicken, spicy chili sauce, black sauce, vegetable garnish (typically cucumbers and/or tomatoes) and rice. The chicken meat at Gourmet Malaysia wasn’t as soft, silky and smooth as the chicken meat at Tian Tian. It also lacked the black sauce that you can find with any Hainanese chicken rice dish served anywhere in Singapore. My colleague liked it while I wasn’t a huge fan of it although it tasted good for chicken rice.

Chendol at Gourmet Malaysia

Chendol at Gourmet Malaysia

Chendol is coconut milk, ice, green jelly noodles and grass jelly. It was very delicious and quite authentic. I would have preferred it with less ice though.

Stingray in Singapore

Stingray in Singapore

Stingray at Gourmet Malaysia

Stingray at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan Bakar at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan Bakar at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan bakar also known as grilled stingray on a banana leaf is fairly authentic compared to the ones I had in Singapore. My colleague and I loved it. In order to eat the stingray, you first squeeze the lemon wedge all over the stingray then you use the fork and spoon to slice the stingray into pieces and serve it. In Singapore, the restaurants and hawker centers only give you a fork and spoon to use. Unless you ordered steak, you’ll be able to get a steak knife. When you stay in Singapore for some time, you learn to just use a fork and spoon to cut food into pieces. The sauce we’re given is spicy so if you can’t handle spicy then eat it without the sauce. My colleague prefers the stingray without the sauce while I prefer it with the sauce. I would have liked the stingray more if the sauce was drizzled all over the stingray and grilled along with it so that the stingray could really soak up the spiciness and the flavours. Overall, I would recommend this dish to everybody unless they are allergic to seafood or they don’t like to eat seafood.

Overall, now that I’ve been to two Malaysian/Singaporean restaurants in Toronto, I recommend Gourmet Malaysia over Restoran Malaysia. There is more variety of food at Gourmet Malaysia and in general, the food is more authentic in comparison. Gourmet Malaysia is also nicer on the wallet compared to Restoran Malaysia. If you’re in the mood for authentic Singaporean/Malaysian cuisine then go to Gourmet Malaysia!

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Summerlicious: Linda Modern Thai

An elementary school friend and I met for dinner on Wednesday in July to catch up. She wanted to eat Thai food and so we went to Linda Modern Thai. I’ve been to this restaurant before. My first experience was when it was still in downtown Toronto. It’s now located at Shops at Don Mills. The decor is alright. We went during Summerlicious so we had their Summerlicious menu (choose 1 appetizer, 1 soup/salad, 1 main and 1 dessert from a set list) which meant dinner was $25+tax+tip.

Mieng Kum

Mieng Kum

My friend and I had to split the Mieng Kum appetizer because of the restaurant’s Summerlicious policy. Mieng Kum is peanut, dried shrimp, shallot, lime, chili, shredded coconut and sweet  chili sauce wrapped in a betel leaf. I love this appetizer and I have yet to find anything similar at any other Thai restaurant in Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo. I usually order this appetizer when I go eat at Linda’s with friends or family friends.

Mango Salad

Mango Salad

Coconut Milk Soup

Chicken Coconut Milk Soup

I had the Chicken Coconut Milk Soup while my friend ordered mango salad. The chicken coconut milk soup has chicken breast, mushrooms, lemongrass, lemon leaf, galangal, chili paste, coconut milk and seafood stock. I enjoyed it although it was more sour than spicy. The mango salad has mango, peanut, cabbage, tamotoes, basil, fish sauce, lime juice and mango salad dressing.

Top: Crispy Beef Bottom: Fried Chicken

Top: Crispy Beef
Bottom: Fried Chicken

My friend ordered the Crispy Beef while I ordered the Fried Chicken. My friend didn’t like the Crispy Beef cause the sauce was too rich so we swapped mains. I really liked the Crispy Beef. The Crispy Beef is in a coconut milk and peanut based Penang curry with pieces of crispy beef, bell peppers, Asian basil and lime leaf. It comes with a bowl of rice. The Fried Chicken is half a fried chicken with peanut mustard sauce, cucumber slices and cabbage. I liked the combination of the fried chicken with the peanut mustard sauce. The peanut mustard sauce has a spicy kick to it, almost like wasabi and it went really well with the fried chicken. The cucumber slices and cabbage would help out if you find the kick too overwhelming.

Deep Fried Banana with Honey

Deep Fried Banana with Honey

Papaya Ice Cream

Papaya Ice Cream

For dessert I had papaya ice cream while my friend had the Deep Fried Banana with Honey. My friend liked the deep fried banana with honey. I never had papaya ice cream before and it’s quite refreshing and tasty.

Overall, if you’re at Linda’s I recommend Mieng Kum as an appetizer and Crispy Beef and/or Fried Chicken for a main.

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Da Ya Li

My friends and I went to Da Ya Li for our celebratory dinner at the beginning of July. My friends have been there before and they don’t recommend the Peking duck there. If you have a member’s card (it costs around $20) then you can get discounts on most of the dishes. You usually get $1 or $2 off each dish. One of my friends have a membership card. If you go several times then you would be able to recoup the costs of the card.

Peking style four bowls Top left: meat Top right: tofu Bottom left: lion head (meat ball) Bottom right: meat

Peking style four bowls
Top left: meat
Top right: tofu
Bottom left: lion head (meat ball)
Bottom right: meat

Peking style steamed tofu

Peking style steamed tofu

We had the Peking style steamed tofu ($3.49), Peking style four bowls ($10.99 membership price), Tofu with crab roe ($7.99 membership price) and Noodle with meat sauce and vegetables ($5.99 membership price). A friend also got a bowl of rice ($1). The Peking style steamed tofu was quite salty and it had lots of sauce. The tofu itself was quite smooth and tasty. My friends and I really like the tofu with crab roe soup. The noodle with meat sauce and vegetables was also very appetizing. My friends and I had our own preferences for the Peking style four bowls. I preferred the lion head the most out of the four options. The tofu and the meat (bottom right in the above picture) were also good. I didn’t like the meat (top left in the above picture) because it had small bones in it. Another friend preferred the meat (bottom right in the above picture) while the other friend preferred the meat (top left in the above picture).

Tofu with Crab Roe

Tofu with Crab Roe

Noodle with Meat Sauce and Vegetables

Noodle with Meat Sauce and Vegetables

Overall, if you want to try Northern Chinese cuisine, Da Ya Li is another option for you to consider aside from Asian Legend.

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Mel’s Diner

I’ve been to Mel’s twice in a span of two months back in March and April. The first time I went with a friend to get a takeaway late night dinner since you get 10% off if it’s takeaway. The second time I went with two friends for brunch.

Mel's Favourite

Mel’s Favourite

Classic French Toast

Classic French Toast

The first time I got Mel’s Favourite ($7.10). Mel’s Favourite has 2 eggs, sausage, rye toast and home fries. It’s filling but not worth the price.  My friend got the Classic French Toast ($7.10). The second time I got the French Skillet ($11.49). The French Skillet contains home fries, grilled onions, green peppers, chicken, swiss cheese and hollandaise sauce along with rye bread and scrambled eggs. Another friend of mine recommended this dish to me and I liked it. The hollandaise sauce makes the dish. My two other friends ordered the Apple Cinnamon Waffle ($7.99) and Big Mel ($7.99). The Big Mel has 3 pancakes or french toast with 2 eggs and my friend chose to have bacon with it.

Top left: Apple Cinnamon Waffle Top right: Big Mel Bottom: French Skillet

Top left: Apple Cinnamon Waffle
Top right: Big Mel
Bottom: French Skillet

If you want brunch close to the University of Waterloo or if you’re searching for a late night meal then Mel’s Diner is alright.

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Seven Shores

For my celebratory lunch a few weeks ago, my friends and I went to Seven Shores located in Uptown Waterloo. It’s a quaint quiet place.

Chai Latte

Chai Latte

I ordered the chai latte, roasted asparagus and peppers soup and roasted red pepper Tramezzino. I didn’t really taste the asparagus or peppers in the soup. In fact, it tasted more like squash soup. The chai latte was nice. I really liked the roasted red pepper Tramezzino. The roasted red pepper Tramezzino is red pepper pesto, roasted red peppers, sautéed onions, avocado, spinach, and goat cheese on rye bread. It was very delicious. The goat cheese basically melted into the rest of the sandwich. The combination of spinach, sautéed onions and roasted red peppers is great. I would have liked more avacado. The rye bread was perfectly grilled.

Roasted Red Pepper Trazz

Roasted Red Pepper Tramezzino and Roasted Asparagus and Peppers Soup

One of my friends had the Momma Mia Greek Salad. The Momma Mia Greek Salad has romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, onions, red peppers, dill and feta cheese with a homemade Greek dressing. She liked it.

Momma Mia Greek Salad

Momma Mia Greek Salad

One of my friends had the Tuscan Garden Salad. The Tuscan Garden Salad has mixed greens, caramelized almonds, cranberries, strawberries, cucumbers and grape tomatoes with a homemade raspberry vinaigrette dressing. She liked it.

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Tuscan Garden Salad

Another of my friends had the Miso-Sesame Tempeh wrap with quinoa salad. The Miso-Sesame Tempeh wrap is marinated tempeh in sesame oil with shredded carrots, avocado, mixed greens and a miso-sesame sauce in a wrap. She liked it. She would rather the salad had more quinoa though.

Tempah Miso Wrap

Miso-Sesame Tempeh Wrap with Quinoa Salad

Another friend had the Supreme Bean wrap with quinoa salad. The Supreme Bean wrap is chickpeas mixed with almond and tahini butter, spices, topped with cucumber, a drizzle of local honey stuffed in a wrap and slightly grilled. He liked it.

Wrap with Quinoa Salad

Supreme Bean Wrap with Quinoa Salad

Another friend had the Wild Western and orange juice. The Wild Western has 2 eggs with red pepper, onions, ham,

topped with old Cheddar cheese between bread and it comes with a side of fruit.  He liked it.

Wild Western

Wild Western

Overall, if you’re looking for relatively cheap and sustainable breakfast, lunch or even an early dinner then this is a good place to go at Uptown Waterloo.

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Jane Bond

Yesterday, 3 of my friends and I went to eat dinner at Jane Bond. It’s a vegetarian restaurant with a great alcohol selection, however it’s only open for dinner. It’s a small restaurant however it has a nice atmosphere and friendly staff. If it’s dark outside, the lighting inside the restaurant relies mostly on tea lights so it can be a bit dim during the fall and winter. The menu has changed abit from the first time I went to Jane Bond, about 3-4 years ago, to its current offerings. The first dish I had at Jane Bond was the Mediterranean Tapanades ($10). It’s an appetizer however I was full from it. The Mediterranean Tapanades consist of several pita slices which is served with sundried tomato pesto, white bean puree, artichoke asiago caponata and rosemary olivi. Over the years, when I’ve gone to Jane Bond, I had both their burrito selections from their old menu but mostly I order their specials. The last time I went which was back in October 2012, I had the special which was chili with garlic bread ($6) and the Fly Girl Coffee ($5.75).

Left: Fly Girl RIght: Jane

Left: Fly Girl
Right: Calamity Jane

When we first sat down, I recommended my friend to try the Fly Girl cocktail ($7.5) while I ordered the Calamity Jane cocktail ($7.5). The first alcoholic drink I ordered at Jane Bond was the Fly Girl cocktail and I loved it because it’s chocolate and it’s sweet. It consists of white & dark chocolate liqueur, baileys, kahlua, butterscotch liqueur, frangelico, amaretto and milk and it’s topped with whipping cream. My friend describes it as chocolate milkshake with alcohol. The Calamity Jane cocktail was very tangy however the ice diluted the effects of the bourbon in the drink. The Calamity Jane cocktail consists of bourbon, honey, orange bitters and arranciatta. Another friend had 3 different kinds of beer including Fruli (strawberry beer).

Cajun Baked Sweet Potato Burrito with Minty Yoghurt

Today’s Special: Cajun Baked Sweet Potato Burrito with Minty Yoghurt

One of my friends and I ordered the special which was Cajun baked sweet potato burrito with minty yoghurt and half of a very sweet strawberry as garnish ($9). The burrito contains sweet potato, arugula and guacamole. The sweet potato tasted more like squash. I would have preferred more guacamole in the burrito. I’m not a fan of the minty yoghurt on its own however it’s a great dipping sauce for the burrito. Overall, it was quite tasty.

Crisp Tofu Fritters

Crisp Tofu Fritters

I also ordered the crisp tofu fritters ($10). It consists of deep fried tofu dipped in batter with roasted red peppers and brie in the middle of the tofu fritter. There is also fresh basil, marinara sauce, and half of a very sweet strawberry on the side. It was alright, I would have preferred more brie and roasted red peppers in the filling. For the price, the quantity is on the small side.

Spinach and Risotto Lasagna

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna with Garlic Ciabatta

Another friend had the spinach and ricotta lasagna with garlic ciabatta and half of a very sweet strawberry as garnish ($12). She loved it.

Quesadilla

Quesadilla

Another friend had the quesadilla ($9) which contains chipotle black bean, avocado, and monterey jack. It comes with salsa and sour cream and half of a very sweet strawberry as garnish. She enjoyed it.

Overall, if you like vegan food and it’s dinner time, Jane Bond is a great restaurant to go to.

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