Dinner @ Joey’s…..O’Neill Rd, Toronto

Food & Drink

 

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Went back to Joey’s for a family dinner. I’ve heard great things about their Tuna Sashimi salad so I had to try it. I’m not much of a salad person (usually go for pasta), but this one is definitely worth trying. This place is a bit more upscale than other franchise restaurants like Pickle Barrel and I love how they have an upstairs patio. It was a bit chilly when we went, but luckily there were heated lamps set up all across the room.

They have drink specials everyday so I went with a Real Peach Bellini. Tastes just as good as the one at Milestone’s.

The food took a while to come, apparently there was an accident in the kitchen, but our waitress was great and made up for it by giving us a dessert on the house. No complaints though. Sushi was a little sub par but everything else was delicious. My sister ordered the ravioli with spinach and artichoke filling topped with ¬†wild scallop and prosciutto which is definitely what I’m planning to get the next time we come here. The tuna sashimi salad was really citrusy and refreshing, but I don’t think any salad will ever come close to Lee’s Singaporean Slaw!

For dessert we went with the Molten Lava Chocolate Souffle. It came with a scoop of ice cream and raspberries but was more lava cake than souffle.

Peach Bellini ($5 on Mondays)

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Yam Fries with truffle lemon aioli

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Rainbow Roll

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Sashimi Tuna Salad

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Florentine Ravioli

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El Trompo…..Augusta Ave, Toronto

Food & Drink

Probably the best tacos I’ve had in TO. With such a large range of specialty tacos to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong. We decided to try a Jamaica ($1) which tasted like sweetened fruit punch in a kid-sized cup and El Pastor, pork tacos with pineapple. The sweetness of the pineapple with the coriander is so delicious. Each order comes with 6 tacos. Make sure to also try their homemade guacamole!

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Sansotei Ramen…..Dundas St W, Toronto

Food & Drink

Finally had a chance to visit cult favourite ramen place, Sansotei. There’s usually a huge line up outside of this tiny joint but we got there early to avoid the evening rush and were seated right away.

The menu is super simple: you have four kinds of ramen to choose from, Tonkotsu, Miso, Shio and Tonkotsu Shoyu. If you want extra toppings like more pork belly or egg that will cost $1-2 dollars more. I went with two friends who hadn’t been there before either and was amazed by the very short and concise menu.

We ordered zangi (deep fried chicken) and gyoza as appetizers, which were both delicious. I ended up ordering Tonkotsu, thin noodles in a creamy pork-based broth which includes black fungus and a perfectly cooked egg, the yolk bright orange.

The pork belly was extremely tender and the whole dish was AMAZING. I’m already making plans to go back. Not a lot of talking once the food arrived, just lots of slurping!

*Not a good place for vegetarians since all of the soups are pork-based.

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http://www.sansotei.com/

Top Saigon Restaurant…..Don Mills Rd, Toronto

Food & Drink

I’ve been here a couple of times but the food this time was just OK.

We ordered a mango shrimp salad that said specifically in the menu that the shrimp was jumbo size but when it arrived looked completely different from what we expected. Luckily they fixed our order and we got what we wanted, but the meal was nothing special and our waitress was pretty rude. The chicken skewers were really good though.

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HK Milk Tea

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Green Mango Shrimp Salad

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Chicken Skewers (3)

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House Special Pho

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Gonoe Sushi…..Don Mills Rd, Toronto

Food & Drink

This is probably my favourite sushi spot in uptown Toronto. It’s right beside the very popular Tako Sushi which is also quite good (the service there is fast and the prices are affordable), but I love eating in this cozy hole-in-the-wall, especially on a rainy day. The sashimi here is always fresh and they always give us free appetizers!

Our dinner selections include Seafood Udon Noodles, Gonoe Sushi B, and Lobster Paradise Roll.

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House of Gourmet in Chinatown…..Dundas St W, Toronto

Food & Drink

We always end up eating in a Chinatown restaurant when we go to visit my grandparents and this time was no exception. House of Gourmet is quickly becoming one of our favourite spots because of their delicious food and super fast service (but honestly, I have never been in a Chinese restaurant that didn’t have speedy service, do those even exist?)

Featured below is not for the health conscious. We ordered roasted duck, cold cut chicken, fried Kobe noodles with beef, sizzling tofu, oysters, and also fried crab which was beyond yummy. Didn’t realize until the end of the menu that there were no veggie plate, but oh well. Everything tasted great!

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The Old Spaghetti Factory…..The Esplanade, Toronto

Food & Drink

Got the chance to head down to The Esplanade during my lunch hour. It was crazy hot but we decided to sit on the patio anyway because it was such a nice day. My favourite Italian dish is lasagna but I’m also a huge sucker for ravioli so I decided to get the Factory Ravioli with butternut squash, caramelized onion, and brie, along with grape tomatoes and baby spinach with white wine cream sauce.

The food took a while to come (to the point where our waitress apologized twice for the wait), but the staff was friendly and the beer was cold and in the end the food was pretty decent.

The ravioli was a bit on the hard side and I couldn’t really taste the white wine in the sauce, but you can’t really go wrong with butternut squash as a filling. The chicken lasagna was pretty good too. Would definitely come back to try some other items!

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