Friday, 11 April 2014

Lee Review

  In my opinion, the best way to celebrate the end of exams is a nice meal out... especially after that killer Accounting exam this morning.  Anyways, Lee, owned by the renowned Susur Lee, is located at King West and has been on my wish list for a while.  They have a "sharing style" menu - much like Origin North, for example - and specialize in Asian fusion food.  

  To begin with, while I loved the decor and ambiance of Lee's, it was very, very cramped.  For instance, I was literally half a metre away from the table next to us and could eavesdrop on their conversation perfectly.  Lee's is also extremely busy; thus, I definitely recommend getting a reservation.  

Singaporean Slaw, $20  Yes, this is the slaw.  Susur's famous slaw.  Waiting for ours to get here, I witnessed 9 slaws coming out of the kitchen - simply everybody was having it!  Needless to say,  it earned it's reputation in my books.  There was 19 ingredients in this baby, including cucumbers, tomatoes, crispy noodles, edible flowers, nuts, and so forth.  There was the perfect amount of dressing, which was slightly sweet, fruity and paired perfectly with the salad.  The portion was huge and very filling!  Although my friend and I shared it, if I had eaten it on my own it would have sufficed for dinner even with no added protein.  It was simply delectable and easily one of the best salads I've ever tried!  A definite recommendation and my favourite of the night. 

Spice Crusted Diver Scallop, $26  These scallops were made with Susur Lee's "secret spice blend", topped with crispy bacon, and paired with fresh grapefruit and a squash puree.  The waiter recommended that all 4 components be eaten together.  However, while I found the scallops cooked perfectly and extremely tasty with the bacon and squash, I hated the combination of the grapefruit alongside the other components.  In my opinion, the bitterness just added nothing to the already delicious bite.  Overall, solid dish I enjoyed, but perhaps not something I would pay twenty-four dollars for.   

Peking & Char Sui Duck, $39  This dish had many little components, including duck, duck confit, soft wonton, foie gras, mango ginger spread, crispy wonton, etc.  It was my first time not only trying duck, but having foie gras... and to be honest, I didn't think much of it.  The duck was tasty and will definitely be having more in the future; the foie gras, on the other hand, was horrid in my opinion and had a horrible after-taste.  The waitress recommended the "crepe" to be eaten as such: spread with foie gras, topped with duck, topped with some soy sauce dip, a mixture of condiments, and topped with a crisp wonton.  I tried her recommendation and found it decent.  After omitting the foie gras, I it became better, but overall the whole dish just had an odd taste to it... I can't quite describe it.  This was my least favourite dish.  

  All in all, Lee was an amazing experience and a fantastic restaurant.  Although I definitely enjoyed it, not every dish was stellar.  My recommendations would be the slaw, which is pretty much life-changing, and also the tacos if they happen to be on the menu.  

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Tom's Dairy Freeze Review

  Driving 40 minutes to Etobicoke in the midst of exam season for ice cream in winter is normal right??  Since a friend claimed this was "the best soft serve ever" - amongst many others saying the same - a few friends and I decided to try it out after dinner one day. 

Friday, 14 March 2014

The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder Review

  Two words.  Fried chicken.  It's so good you SHOULD feel guilty but you just can't logically regret something that felt so right.  Either way, a good friend of mine was craving some good fried chicken -  nothing of KFC quality - and took note that BlogTO rated Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder #1 in Toronto for the best fried chicken (if you want to read the list yourself feel free here).  We decided to go on a Friday afternoon as we were both in the mood!  

  First impressions included a) ridiculously strong smell of Barbecue b) ridiculously strong smell of meat c) ridiculously packed and d) ridiculously cramped.  We waited approximately 15 minutes for seats as the restaurant only provided stools and counters.  

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Bannock Review

  I've walked past Bannock countless times without glancing at it twice -when shopping at the Eaton Centre, when skating at Nathan Philip's Square, and so on.  However, when a friend and I were thinking of a spot to grab dinner at before shopping, Toronto's ice cold weather prevented us from desiring any type of mission.  Since the reviews were fairly good, we decided to give it a go.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Harlem Review

  What's better on the first day of December than some good old comfort food?  Following this logic, a friend of mine and I went to try out Harlem Restaurant on Richmond Street, a brisk 5 minute walk from Queen subway station.  The restaurant was fairly small but had a lovely atmosphere to it!  It was all burgundy, brown and gold, and had a true Southern feel to it.  The waitress and host were lovely and very genuine, which I appreciated!  

Saturday, 16 November 2013

The House on Parliament Review

  It's safe to say I'm obsessed with burgers and sweet potato fries.  They're just SO good, I could probably have them every day of my life if my body would permit me.  Anyways, for mine and my best friend's monthly foodie date, we decided to venture out to Parliament Street and try out The House on Parliament.  This area of town was very foreign to the both of us, but finding the restaurant was fairly easy.  The atmosphere was very warm and reminded me of some sort of 19th century home.  Another aspect I loved was the fact that it was family owned!  In fact, it was the owner's little girl that seated us and gave us water; so cute!   (I apologize in advance for the shoddy picture quality!   I forgot my phone AND camera that day.)  

Friday, 25 October 2013

If it's vegan it's considered healthy, Right!? Fresh (@ the Annex) Review

  Midterm season is finally over.  Instead adopting the typical university exam diet - consisting of muffins, ramen, and energy drinks (none of which sound appealing to me) - I chose to eat healthier than ever in hopes that by feeling good, I'd perform well.  Once the midterm season was over, I decided to celebrate with my friend over dinner at Fresh by Juice for Life on Bloor and Spadina.  The location is perfect; literally a 2 minute walk from the subway.  Inside, Fresh was a little cramped for the amount of people they fit in.  Nonetheless, we were seated within minutes and dug in.