Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Summerlicious starts this weekend!!

Be sure to make your reservations for Summerlicious!! Whether for lunch or dinner, restaurants in Toronto set a fixed menu at a fixed price for you to try out restaurants you may otherwise not get the chance to try.

See a list of restaurants participating and get out there!!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Long Time in Coming

I haven't written for a while. It's kind of hard to keep reviewing the same place over and over again. Although I have eaten at some new places since August!

In news, I'm kind of sad to be forced to stop visiting Dumpling House Restaurant in Toronto due to rats. Despite the fact that they are open again and the health inspector has ok'd everything, I just wouldn't feel right going back there! Once a rat haven, always a rat haven? I don't even feel like I should write a review for it. The dumplings there were so good, but who knows if they were tainted. Yuck!

I may be moving downtown to Toronto soon, so that should open up my experiences and give me some new stuff to write with!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Summer Eats

Here's a rundown of some of the restaurants I've been to this summer:

Bb33 Bistro - went for summerlicious. I really enjoyed it, despite it being in a hotel.

Kit Kat - another summerlicious restaurant. It was ok but nothing special. Their seafood bisque was very tasty though.

George Bigliardi's - my last summerlicious experience this summer. A pretty good steakhouse with more reasonable prices than other steakhouses in the city.

Swatow Restaurant - I've done takeout from here a couple of times this summer. They give you sooo much food. Great value!

Red Lobster - a fallback restaurant we go to. Service is hit and miss here. Good food, but you can only eat so much of it.

Peter's on Eglinton - another family favourite. Fantastic service, huge portions, great food!

The Pickle Barrel - again service here is hit and miss. Their menu is so long that it's too much to handle, but generally anyone can find something to eat.

Axia Restaurant and Bar - getting better over time. Really fresh food, but way too expensive.

Baton Rouge - really good food but the portions are ridiculously huge, which makes them too expensive. I don't understand why they don't just lower the portions and prices.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Summerlicious 2007

Summerlicious started today! It runs until July 22nd. Tomorrow I will be trying Bb33 Bistro, and Tuesday either Kit Kat or Tundra.

Here's a list of all the restaurants that are doing Summerlicious this summer. There are quite a few reviews up there so make sure it check it out before you dine!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

How Axia in Mississauga has progressed over the past couple of months

Axia Restaurant in Mississauga opened fall last year. If you look at ResToronto Reviews, you can see that in the beginning days there have been some service problems. Also, if you look at my previous post you can also see some of the service problems I've personally experienced.

I visited Axia again a weekend ago. So the question is, has the service changed?

My friend and I made reservations for a Saturday night. A couple weeks before that I had tried to get in there on a Saturday and the wait was an hour. I decided better be safe and made the reservation. When we got there there were plenty of seats so reservations weren't necessary.
The most important change is that service has improved. They are more attentive and quicker than they were when I first visited. The waitress was continuously checking up on us to make sure we had everything we needed.
I did have a couple of problems with my drinks however. Other tables were getting ice water to drink but my water was always room temperature. Additionally, the lemon ice tea they advertise is from a can - I don't suggest it!
I had the galbi bbq which was (as always) delicious. The cheques were given quickly, and we were personaly given a mint as we walked out the door!

So I'm happy to report that service has improved immensely.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Dining over the long weekend

The long weekend is the perfect time to get out and enjoy life! During the weekend, I ended up visiting three different restaurants. Even though they were all ones I had been to before, I had some new experiences!

I went and had lunch at Viet Thai Restaurant. We have our favourites by now and order the same time every single time we get in there. That includes lemongrass chicken and beef noodles. The service was very quick this time and for 2 people, the total bill was about $30.

I also went for dinner at Baton Rouge. I had forgotten how expensive this place is simply because their portions are way too big for one person. They have a 16oz prime rib, and that's the only size you can order. Once we were seated, we ordered drinks. Then we had about a 10 minute wait between ordering our drinks and getting the server to come back so we could order our meal. Also, this place is really loud so you can hardly hear what your server is saying. The food is good, but just too much, so you have to take things home and get a huge hole in your wallet. For 2 people, the total bill was $80.

Finally, I went for a quick lunch to Boston Pizza. There was only one other group of people in the restaurant when we arrived, which I thought was kind of weird. I usually order their chicken sandwich but thought that maybe I should try something different, so I tried one of their pizzas. The "meateor" pizza was a meat pizza. However, there was a lot of oil and water under the pizza which made it a little soggy. I wasn't impressed and I think the next time I'll stick with the chicken sandwich. For 2 people, the total bill was $30.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Mother's Day Brunch in Ottawa

I received an email from Lieutenant's Pump in Ottawa regarding their mother's day brunch. I wouldn't normally pass information like this along (I don't want to specifically advertise restaurants just because they have contacted me), but this is for a good cause.

On Sunday, May 13th (that's Mother's Day, just in case you forgot!), Lietenant's Pump is holding Mother's Day Brunch for the Cure. Brunch will be served from 8:30am to 2:30pm and a dollar from every plate will be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Special Brunch Menu:
Poached Eggs on Asparagus w/ Mornay Sauce
Creamed Salmon & Shrimp in Filo Nests
White Chocolate Pancakes w/ Brandied Cherry Sauce

Not only do you impress your mother with some fancy food, but you get to support a worthwhile cause! If you do go check it out, I would love to hear back from you about your experiences!