Posts Tagged With: Vegetarian

Nazareth Restaurant

My university friends and I went to eat at Nazareth for Ethiopian food after walking around Bloor St. W on the last Sunday of the year. Nazareth Restaurant is quite dark, small and cozy. There aren’t alot of tables there so get there early to avoid the line! A word of warning, the washrooms are in the basement, down a flight of stairs, and the ceiling is not for anybody taller than 5’5 or 165cm. We had the vegetarian platter ($10) and the tibs ($12). We were each given a plate of injera bread. Injera is like roti/chapatti, dosa, paratha, and/or naan in that they are all flatbreads however injera is more sponge-like and is much softer and not as course as Indian flatbread. It is also not as crunchy as Indian flatbread. The way you eat Ethiopean food is similar to the way you would eat Indian food. There are no utensils so you would first wash your hands. You then rip the large piece of injera into a small piece and use that to pick up the food and you would eat it.  You’re given a pitcher of water as well.

top: vegetarian platter bottom: tibs

top: vegetarian platter
bottom: tibs

The vegetarian platter and tibs were served on the same plate and on top of a large piece of injera. My friends both enjoyed it however one of my friends found the tibs slightly too spicy for her. I found the dishes to be perfectly delicious and not too spicy. The vegetarian platter is basically a combination of a variety of vegetable dishes eaten in Ethiopia. The vegetarian platter includes feta cheese, salad, collard greens, amongst other Ethiopian vegetarian dishes. Tibs is pieces of beef sauteed in seasoned butter, onions and peppers.

piece of injera

piece of injera

Overall, if you’re close to Koreatown, Little Italy, Bloordale or Dufferin Grove and craving good, cheap Ethiopian food then Nazareth Restaurant is the place to go to.

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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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Bread Heads

If you’re craving pizza and you’re in downtown Kitchener, you’re in luck. On Duke Street, there’s a small quaint place called Bread Heads that serves fresh pizza from their wood fired oven! Their pizzas are all thin crust pizzas. Aside from pizza, they also serve sandwiches, melts and baked goods that you can see from outside the storefront window.

Harvest Pizza

Harvest Pizza

I’ve been there twice. The first time I went I had their Breadheadigan pizza. The Breadheadigan pizza contains pesto, cherry tomatoes, monforte fresco cheese, parmesan cheese and balsamic reduction. It was delicious and it was my first time eating pizza baked in a wood fired oven. I loved how the crust was so thin and crispy and the combination of pesto and balsamic vinegar was heavenly. The second time I went I had their Harvest pizza. The Harvest pizza contains tomato sauce, fire roasted vegetables (peppers, onions, zucchini), mozzarella cheese, monforte fresco cheese and balsamic reduction. It was quite delicious.

Overall, I think I prefer the Breadheadigan pizza over the Harvest pizza due to the pesto and balsamic vinegar combination. It would be great if the toppings from the two pizzas could be combined. In any case, if you want pizza in downtown Kitchener, this is the place to go!

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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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Armenian Kitchen

Waterloo has a few delicious Middle Eastern restaurants and I wanted to see if Toronto had any as well so that I don’t have to always go to Waterloo for good Middle Eastern cuisine. Armenian Kitchen serves up a good shawarma plate that’s very filling.

Now this is what I call filling! 3 meals for the price of one n.n

Now this is what I call filling! 3 meals for the price of one n.n

I had the mixed shawarma and veggie combo ($16 with taxes and tip, $14.68 with taxes) . It comes with a mix of chicken and beef shawarma, hummus, babaghanoush, taboule, 3 falafels,  labaneh and 3 pitas. You also get a plate of pickles.

mixed shawarma and veggie combo

mixed shawarma and veggie combo

The portions are very generous and this one meal lasted me for three meals (dinner, tomorrow’s lunch and tomorrow’s dinner). Overall, the quality of the food is good and I would come back again if I’m craving shawarma in Toronto.

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