The restaurant is in the same plaza as T&T supermarket, so it’s pretty easy to find parking. Inside, you’ll find dark walls, hanging light fixtures and a refined taste in décor compared to a lot of Chinese cafes. Their menu focuses on afternoon tea and late night snacks. You’ll find lists of flavoured tea options, shaved ice, milk tea, snacks and a few main dishes. I came here with my family, grandparents, aunt and uncle.
I lived around the corner from one of these and I was curious about their menu. Every time I visited, I ended up with a filled and happy belly. The location I went to had a clean, gray environment.
My brother suggested we give Ematei a try when we were struggling to decide on a restaurant. It’s located right by OCAD U, which is where I attended university. During the four years living by my school, I would walk by the restaurant but I didn’t try it out! There is plenty of parking in the area, you can find street parking, underground parking and parking garages. The exterior of the restaurant really reflects traditional Japanese architecture. Banners and lanterns hang from the make shift shingle roof and it’s identified by 3 Japanese characters. Inside you’ll find a sushi bar near the entrance and an intimate dining space.Read More »
A very intimate and dimly lite restaurant serving fancy Pan-Asian cuisine. The front dining area is really small, it could probably accommodate 25-30 people. There are a few more tables in the back room where the sushi bar is located. We celebrated Sally’s birthday at this interesting restaurant located on Ossington.Read More »
During my internship in Toronto, I was aware of a lot of food joints around Queen and Spadina. It was actually pretty difficult trying to pick a restaurant for lunch because there were just SO many of them. Every time I passed by this restaurant, there would be a line out the door. Sally and I made out way there a bit before the lunch-rush and beat the line.Read More »
We happened to stumble upon Kensington Market’s monthly street festival in the summer. Although we were there to check out Cold Tea, we ended up ditching the line and ate street food instead. We made our way from Cold Tea to Seven Lives, then through the street vendors on Augusta to The Burgernator. The door was wide open during a burning summer day, which means… they don’t have air conditioning.Read More »
It’s located on Spadina and south of Richmond Street. Not a lot of parking around but easily accessible by streetcar. Sally and I came here on a beautiful warm afternoon but we chose to sit inside instead. Inside you’ll find tables and chairs in the dining area and a long counter to order if you’re just taking it to go. We sat by the window at the far end of the restaurant where we watched people come and go at the take-out counter. Service was friendly and the atmosphere was energetic.Read More »
After grabbing some ramen at Ryu’s Noodle Bar down the street, we stopped by Kekou Gelato for dessert. Inside you’ll find a selection of gelato in steel canisters along with their kitchen where they develop Asian-inspired flavours. The interior is open, bright and welcoming. I started to get really excited to read all their flavours.
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The ones that caught my eye were Jasmine Tea and Vietnamese Coffee. Of course I was able to taste test them before I got a small cup of both flavours. The Jasmine Tea was perfection. The tea itself is already subtle in flavour, so my expectation of it wasn’t too high. But oh boy, they captured the flavour really well. A balance of the Jasmine flavour, light, milky texture and sweetness. The Vietnamese Coffee was just as good. The coffee itself is strong, creamy and sweet. This gelato was like eating a lighter version of the coffee without the heavy milky feeling left on your tongue from drinking the coffee! There are tons of flavours to try next time I visit and I can’t wait!
This is one of three competing noodle restaurants in Baldwin Village. Their menu is minimal and clear, with beautiful photography. I haven’t been to a lot of ramen restaurants, but ordering was kinda different. Each ramen comes with a special sauce and there are six to choose from. They recommend that you add the special sauce after you’ve eaten half of the ramen. It allows you experience a different flavour of your noodles! Interesting!Read More »
My brother suggested we try this restaurant for my birthday dinner, not only are they a restaurant but they are also butchers! It’s easy to find with plenty of parking spaces. They have a decent indoor dining area and on the patio. We were only inside for a brief moment because we decided to sit on the patio. I also caught a glimpse of their selection of raw meats at the counter. Not only can you enjoy their cooked meats at the restaurant, you can bring home their uncooked meat to enjoy at home! The seats on the patio weren’t the most comfortable. Two flastscreens were mounted outside for entertainment while we waited for our food.Read More »