112 Instagram Pictures, 112 Memories – Inkifi Review

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For those of you who are interested in turning your Instagram photos into physical keepsakes here is a review on Inkifi.

 

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Buca…..King St West, Toronto

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This was one of my favourite meals. Initially we made dinner plans at Spice Route but at the last minute they called to say we had to leave by eight o’clock since they had a company function. We had made reservations for 7 a week in advance. I was pretty steamed about this and do not plan on going there any time soon. I’ve already heard horror stories about their service but to be treated so rudely before getting to a restaurant is unbelievable.

We decided to go to Blowfish instead but they were closed for renovations so we walked down the street to Buca. This was an extremely cold day so we were pretty grumpy but upon being ushered into Buca, we were in awe of the high ceilings and brilliant light installation in this hidden Italian restaurant.

It’s easy to miss Buca if you don’t locate the dime sized red sign but definitely worth finding. Although we did not have reservations the host gave us the option of sitting at the chef’s table (an elevated large dining table close to the open kitchen). We were only a party of four so we asked if we could sit somewhere else. He quickly found us a table to our relief and I ordered a drink immediately. The food here was absolutely delicious. For starters we got the bruschetta and nodini, warm bread knot. The cured duck yolk in the bruschetta complimented it beautifully.

As a main I went for the ravioli with braised goose, foie gras, and roasted squash. The presentation was great and the taste sublime. This was my first time having goose and it tasted a lot like char siu (BBQ pork). We also got the Branzino (grilled sea bass) a simple and very well executed dish, Bigoli (duck egg pasta) which had great smoky flavors, and another pasta dish.

The service here was great and I loved the ambience a lot. Make sure to try the tiramisu and if you don’t decide to get dessert you will be glad to know that complimentary coconut macaroons come at the end of the meal.

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Thompson Diner…..Wellington St W, Toronto

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As an upscale diner, Thompson Diner hits all the right marks. The sleek black leather booths and large menu full of quick eats and comfort food is sure to satisfy your stomach. Plus it’s open 24 hours! Located on the main level of the Thompson Hotel (which is also home to the hot sushi spot Wabora and Italian restaurant Scarpetta), it’s perfect for lunch with friends or a business meeting.

I decided to go for a burger. Rather than offering only beef they also have turkey and a veggie option as well. I decided to be a bit different and get a Deep South turkey burger which comes with pulled pork and crispy onions. My friend got the mac and cheese. The turkey was so moist! I really enjoyed this even though the onions were a bit on the salty side. The mac and cheese was not very good. There was not a lot of taste to it. There’s a place nearby called Cheesewerks that specializes in mac and cheese so I think I’ll go there next time if I have a craving. The mac and cheese at Harlem Underground is very good too.

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