Mango Shaved Ice Cream

Stay Cafeteria

After our lunch at Lucky Red down the street, we made our way to Stay Cafeteria for dessert. I was blown away by the setting and decor. You don’t find much effort or thought put into fixtures and furnishings when it comes to Chinese cafes. It’s refreshing to see a restaurant with beautiful design in Chinatown. The western design is also reflected in their menu items. Mainly Asian desserts with a hint of western culture.Read More »

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Pork Belly Bao

Lucky Red {Restaurant Has A New Menu}

Lucky Red caters to the same market as Banh Mi Boys on Queen Street. They also serve an almost identical menu, but Lucky Red uses steamed/baked bao’s instead of baguettes that banh mi’s are served in. While Banh Mi Boys serve mostly Vietnamese and Korean inspired items, Lucky Red serves mainly Chinese items. They are also conveniently located in the middle of Chinatown. It’s a restaurant that is easy to find because the storefront stand out from the more traditional restaurants and stores you find along Spadina Avenue. The decor consists of contemporary design with traditional roots. The big red doors, the restaurant sign, and the zodiac wall mural reflect this concept.Read More »

Electric Mud BBQ

Electric Mud

We made it just in time before having to wait at the bar or the door for a seat. We found a spot on the patio and shared a picnic table with another party of three, cozy. Good thing Torontonians are pretty friendly at popular and  hip-to-the-bone restaurants because we shared a table with the guy behind Taste Toronto – Twitter, Instagram – and his friends! Inside, you’ll find tacky decor from the bar to the hanging signs on the walls. I like that they went all out with the trashy and vintage fixtures, it gives the restaurant character and a chill environment. The food on the other hand, is a complete 180. I also love their motto, ” If you can kill it, we can grill it!”. Another thing to point out, they only accept cash but they have an ATM on the 2nd floor right outside the washrooms.Read More »

Cheese Board

Marben Restaurant

The restaurant sits on a street with a few of Toronto’s top advertising agencies. It’s a great location with plenty of parking around. A chalkboard sidewalk sign was the only indication that I was at the right restaurants, it’s still not hard to find though. They have a beautiful patio surrounded by short concrete walls and a dimly lit bar and dining area. The decor was a mix of rustic and authentic pieces with modern furniture and fixtures. The first thing I noticed was the friendly and attentive staff. The Zomato team (Jimena and Justin) chose an awesome restaurant to host a foodie dinner!Read More »