MeNami Toronto

MeNami

I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of Han Ba Tang‘s food all over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Make sure you check them out if you’re into Korean fusion food and cocktails. Well, the owner, Chae, has ventured into Japanese food focusing on authentic oriental noodles with western sauces using modern presentation and featuring many different types of Sake. Chef Kevin Shin traveled to Kaga (the original town of udon) to train under the udon masters. The day before MeNami‘s grand opening, some foodies were invited to get a sneak peak at the menu.Read More »

Jamie’s Italian Yorkdale

You’ve probably seen Jamie Oliver’s face on the Food Network, around the world, and all over Sobey’s Better Food to Canadians campaign. I remember the days when I’d watch his cooking show, Oliver’s Twist, where he would pump out incredibly simple dishes in a casual and laid back way. His kitchen on-set was fun and bright with bluish-purple walls and a collection of jars and containers for various spices, herbs, and dried goods. His personality was down-to-earth and it just seemed like he wanted to spread his knowledge about food with everyone.Read More »

Buonanotte

Buonanotte Toronto

Situated on the quiet street off Blue Jays Way, Buonanotte is a classy establishment alongside Milagro Cantina, Le Germain Hotel, and Victor Restaurant. The façade doesn’t seem like much; brick walls, large rectangular windows, and a dark grey Buonanotte flag. The entrance has a beautiful set of wooden doors under an arched concrete structure. Inside, the décor will take your breath away. The first thing I noticed was the magical golden grid ceiling. It brought the atmosphere to a new level of class. The stunning space consists of a gorgeous bar along the left side, a kitchen and a pizza oven along the back, and a spacious dining area to the right. The dark mood reflects the intimate atmosphere and an artistic connection to the dishes. The dining area seats an impressive 160 guests with seating arrangements that accommodate small to large parties. Ok, I’m done reminiscing about the space, on to the food!Read More »

Bronzies

This little Italian restaurant is tucked away on James Street South and is really easy to miss. I’ve driven by that area a bajillion times since I was a kid and I’ve never noticed the restaurant – it’s pretty much a hidden gem. Inside, seating is very limited with a few stools at the bar. The walls are painted red like tomato sauce. Decor is dated but it has a homey feel. Once you step in the door, you’re hit with the aroma of delicious pasta and pizza. If you scan the tables, you’ll find huge bowls overflowing with pasta, raised dishes of freshly baked pizza, baskets of chicken wings, and drinking glasses (if there’s room).Read More »

Milestones

Milestones Bar & Grill

The Hamilton location is super easy to find. Once you get off the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, turn left onto Paramount Drive and you’ll see it on the left at Paramount Drive and Upper Mt. Albion Road. I’ve been to this location a few times, mainly because my parents love it and it’s a trustworthy franchise. I’ve steered away from chain restaurants recently, but Milestones is an exception. The exterior is sophisticated and modern with a large patio area, complete with a bar and fireplace. Inside, you’ll find elegant black and white décor, a beautiful bar/lounge area, and a glass wall on the far side of the restaurant to watch all the action in the kitchen. In the main dining area, there are a mixture of booths and tables throughout. The atmosphere is casual yet classy and the mood varies. Sometimes it could be quiet, calm, and relaxing, other times when it’s busy, it’ll get lively.

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Acclamation Restaurant

Acclamation

I’ve recently been dragging my friends to a few restaurants on James Street North in Hamilton including Saltlick, Charred, Jack & Lois, and Mulberry Street Café. Every time we wander around, we also discover other restaurants to check out. This time we stopped-in at Acclamation – across the street from Mulberry Street Café. The interiors and exteriors are elegant, neutral, and classy. Deep wooden fixtures and furniture sit in a romantic, cozy space. The staff are friendly, respectful, and patient. We had two gluten-intolerant diners in our party and they were able to find a few items to suit their needs.

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Spaghetti

La Cantina

This local Italian restaurant is close to the GO station and the International Village in downtown Hamilton. There is plenty of street parking and parking lots around. The interior is dimly light with a cozy and romantic atmosphere. It was a busy Saturday night and we fortunately made reservations. We were seated immediately on the ‘fancy’ side (the other side is a lounge).

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Crispy Chicken Wrap | $12.25

Symposium Cafe

My friends have been raving about this restaurant in Guelph and they finally opened one in Ancaster. The restaurant is easy to spot, located right off Wilson Street. Their parking lot is huge, but weirdly designed. Inside, it has high ceilings with dark and sophisticated decor. The warm lighting is comforting and the staff are very friendly and attentive.Read More »

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Cavallo Nero

This Italian restaurant is located in the same plaza as Tim Hortons and Indian Village in Downtown Ancaster – on Wilson Street. There is plenty of parking on the street and in the parking lot behind the restaurant. We’ve seen many restaurants come and go in this space, but I think Cacallo Nero is here to stay. The restaurant has a classic menu with contemporary additions. The décor is also classic with black and white interiors and beautiful marble tables. The white walls are accented with black fixtures, furniture and beautiful art. A bar occupies the left wall lined with bottles of liquor and win all the way to the ceiling. The dining area is large with an additional private dining area off to the right.Read More »