Sunday, November 19, 2017

Chez's Restaurant


Restaurant: Chez's Restaurant
Address: 588 College St.
Phone: 416-792-1550
Operating Hours: Mon-Thurs 5-11 PM, Fri-Sat 5 PM - 1 AM, Sun CLOSED
Website: www.chezsrestaurant.com


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Menu


Scallops, $19.50


Cauliflower Salad, $16


Rum and Eggnog, $14



Review

Chez's Restaurant is created by Mike Bradshaw that was inspired by his experience as a chef in Europe for a decade. He worked at two Michelin-starred restaurants and decided to bring a French bistro with European influence to Toronto.

I had the pleasure of trying two of the appetizers, which were the Scallops and Cauliflower Salad. My favourite out of the two was definitely the Scallops. The tarragon jus added a sweet and tangy flavour to the scallops. The Cauliflower Salad was okay, but it didn't stand out and I would not order it again. The Rum and Eggnog is a delightful drink for anyone who's feeling festive this winter. I found the 1 oz. rum portion to be a lot stronger in taste than I expected. However, it's perfect for anyone who is a fan of rum and eggnog!

Ingredients are always made fresh and kept no longer than two days. Mike tries to keep waste to a minimum by only buying required ingredients for the day and if he runs out, the menu item would not be available for order. On top of that, Chez's Restaurant gives back to local communities by donating to non-profit organizations, including Covenant House. Mike provides full meals for those in need or donate leftover ingredients.

Chez's Restaurant has a higher-end pricing but the menu is not permanent and changes out seasonally. There will be a Christmas menu released during the first week of December. You can either choose between an a la carte menu or a prix fixe menu for the upcoming holidays.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ricarda's - Summerlicious 2017 Edition

Restaurant: Ricarda's
Address: 134 Peter St. 
Phone: 416-304-9134
Operating Hours: Mon-Wed 7 AM - 10 PM, Thurs-Fri 7 AM - 10:30 PM, Sat 9 AM - 10:30 PM, Sun 11 AM - 3 PM


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Summerlicious 2017 Menu


Ricarda's Quiche


Pan-Seared Red Snapper


Tiramisu



Review

This past summer, I tried Ricarda's for the first time for Summerlicious. The lunch menu was $23 plus taxes for their three-course meal. I had the Ricarda's Quiche, Pan-Seared Red Snapper, and Tiramisu. I enjoyed my Summerlicious meal thoroughly, and after looking at Ricarda's regular menu, this was quite a steal! The three course meal was not overly filling and hit that sweet spot of contentment. The restaurant's atmosphere is lovely, perfect for a weekend brunch or an evening dinner date. I definitely recommend checking out Ricarda's if you are looking for a slightly higher-end restaurant downtown for a date or other special occasion. If you find that it's out of your budget, definitely try it for Winterlicious or Summerlicious! Ricardas Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, October 21, 2017

[Event] Eat to the Beat 2017


Event: Eat to the Beat
Location: Roy Thomson Hall
Date: October 17, 2017
Website: www.eattothebeat.ca

This past Tuesday, Eat to the Beat returns in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Society. 60 female chefs came together to serve delicious bite-size pieces from their restaurants and businesses. Hundreds of people got to try dishes from restaurants including: Hooked, Mildred's Temple Kitchen, and Tutti Matti. Popular bakeries such as Dufflet Pastries and Roselle Desserts were also present with an array of baked goods and sweets.

As always, I was unable to try it all because I was stuffed by the end of the night. Eat to the Beat was an absolute delight and I look forward to it again next year! Check out the slideshow below to see what was offered at the event and hopefully that will convince you to go in the future!