Our family friends highly recommended the restaurant and I also read fantastic reviews on Zomato. Just to be on the safe side, we made a reservation before heading out. The restaurant was easy to find with plenty of parking in the plaza. To our surprise, the restaurant was packed with customers waiting outside. It was a Thursday night and we didn’t expect to see it at full capacity.Read More »
Paramount Fine Foods, the modern Middle Eastern restaurant serving fresh farm to table food, recently introduced two new menu items and they invited me and a few Hamilton foodies to check it out! This wasn’t my first time coming to this location, it’s probably my fourth. So I already knew my meal was going to be delicious.Read More »
Hamilton’s restaurant scene is booming and expanding so quickly, I can barely keep up. Well, actually, I can’t keep up. Lake Road is one of the newest additions to the popular James Street North nieghbourhood. Owners Chef Dan Megna and Laurie Lilliman, of Twisted Lemon have graced Hamilton with their “refine dining” concept. From Twisted Lemon‘s website, “The driving force behind Twisted Lemon is that, ‘fine dining is great food and great service, and is an experience that all should enjoy’.” This is what you’ll find at Lake Road too!Read More »
Except for Kenneth is an unusual name for a restaurant but if you’ve seen their local advertisements, you’d understand and have a good laugh too. Located on Ottawa Street, the restaurant sits beside its sister restaurant Black Sheep Snack Bar and other local favourites like Canon Coffee and Southern Smoke BBQ House. The space is small with about 30-35 seats. Decor is a collection of eclectic and vintage items with a sailor theme against muted teal walls. Located in the East end of Hamilton, the area is being rejuvenated by new restaurants like Black Sheep and Except for Kenneth. You can also find an interesting collection of vintage stores, hobby stores, bakeries, salons, clothing stores, and the first location of Tim Hortons! It’s a bit out of the way but not far enough for me to explore. It’s also in the same area as the beautiful Gage Park.Read More »
Situated in the busy area of King Street East, Serve Ping Pong is a space with 10,000 sq. ft. of entertainment and good eats. What once used to be the Hamilton Spectator Building, they have transformed the desolate space into a modern lounge fully equipped with brand spanking new ping pong tables, an eating area, a private room, and a beautiful bar. The hardwood floors, wooden pillars, decorative ceilings, and brick walls transport you back to simpler times. Once you step in, you’d be amazed at the amount of open space. It’s perfect for large parties and functions, plus it’s at a convenient location. The space is divided into dine/play and dine/drink. If you’re not interested in the intense sport of table tennis, their menu is worth checking out. Instead of going to the usual route and serving typical lounge and bar snacks, they’ve stepped it up with some creative effort!Read More »
Nabil’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant at the corner of Wilson Street and James Street North, diagonally across from Jackson Square. They are a dine-in and take-out restaurant serving a variety of Mediterranean food. If you’re looking to veer away from the chain restaurants and food court pita/shwarma options, then Nabil’s is a great place to start. They have hummus, fresh salads, shish kebab, and meat platters. Their meals are well balanced with proteins and vegetables to keep you healthy and energized for work and play! I don’t know how they make money because their homemade food is so insanely cheap, their portion sizes are ridiculously generous too!
After filling up at Lamesa Filipino Kitchen for dinner, Sally and I headed to The Red Bench on Yonge Street for dessert. We pulled into a side street off Yonge to find parking and walked to the storefront with a red bench. They are known for their organic frozen yogurt, homemade cookies and ice cream sandwiches. The bright and narrow space has seating at the front, along the right wall, and at the back. Chalkboard menus hang above the prep and coffee station. The frozen yogurt machines and toppings are in a nook at the back. The staff move as quickly as they can to accommodate the orders of their customers.
Our night started off with a press preview of Gladstone Hotel’s Come Up to My Room 2015 exhibition. Local artists and students showcased their projects throughout the corridors of the artsy and funky hotel. After walking through and admiring the works of the local talent, we made our way to It’s ALL Grk to fill our hungry stomachs.
Although my visit to Montreal was short, I made sure to check out some famous landmarks and restaurants. After visiting the well known deli, Schwartz’s, Chinatown and the shopping mecca on Saint Catherine Street, we headed out of the downtown core to Le Plateau-Mont-Royal. It was a bit tricky finding the restaurant because there isn’t a sign out front. The only indication of the restaurant was the word ‘L’EXPRESS’ tiled on the floor in front of the restaurant. I guess this place is a hidden gem!
I heard about the new taco and tequila joint through my Hamilton foodie buds! The restaurant is run by chef and owner, Manny Ferreira (former executive chef of Earth to Table Bread Bar) and a hardworking, attentive team. The atmosphere is casual, relaxing and cozy. They’ve got 90’s hip hop bumpin’ pretty loud to set a chill vibe. The space is small and only holds about 25-30 people including the seats at the bar. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a table. I’d say the decor is similar to Brux House with wooden fixtures, exposed brick, chalkboard drink menus and a beautifully organized bar. Natural light floods the space through two large windows during the day and dim Edison bulbs set an intimate atmosphere at night. Tables are set with a stack of plates, a tin of eating utensils and napkins, homemade jars of pickled vegetables (enoki mushrooms, cauliflower and peppers) and two sauces in squeeze bottles (also homemade).