Smart Lovely Deals

$47 for Sunday Brunch at Courtyard Cafe at Windsor Arms Hotel $49 for a 4-Course Meal with Wine at La Creole $93 for Dinner at Wildfire Steakhouse at the Cosmopolitan Hotel $49.99 for a Prix-Fixe Meal at Bistro 243 Save 10% on TurboTax 2014 Editions

This south Etobicoke Vietnamese restaurant offers simple and straightforward dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients. I love how beautifully presented the plates are:

pho_basil_sprouts_lime.jpg

I always want the fresh shrimp rolls:

freshshrimprolls.jpg

When I'm sick and my throat is sore, I love coming here for the wonton soup. The heat makes me feel better and the wontons are such comfort food.

wontonsoup.jpg

And the best pho in Etobicoke is right here. So delicious.

beefpho.jpg

The atmosphere at Hoai Huong is simple and clean. It is not a fancy place. But the service is fast, efficient, and you will enjoy a fresh and flavourful meal for under $30. Rosie :)

Hoai Huong on Urbanspoon

2 Comments

The Beech Tree

Categories:

There is a real warmth to this Kingston Road restaurant in Toronto's Upper Beaches. The atmosphere makes you feel like you're inside a Manhattan bistro in Greenwich Village. It's one of those spots that feels so good to walk into.

beechtree2.jpg

The menu features the best local ingredients with plates putting a modern spin on traditional English country cooking. This approach is expertly displayed by the whey-fed Ontario pork chop with rye dumplings, brussel spouts, celeriac, apple and sage:

porktenderloin_2_beechtree.jpg

Chef Jamie Newman's dinner special of quail and sweetbreads prepared sous-vide was flavourful and perfectly cooked.

quail_sweetbreads.jpg

The Ontario fruit crumble with buffalo milk semifreddo and apple fritter was the perfect combination of tart and sweet:

applecrumble_beechtree.jpg

The flourless Equadorian chocolate cake is sprinkled with Maldon salt and topped with a dollop of unsweetened crème fraiche. It was the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted. This cake, along with the burger, are the only two items that have been on the menu since day one.

flourlesschocolatecake_beechtree.jpg

A bonus of visiting The Beech Tree during the holiday season is the homemade eggnog, which is prepared with twelve eggs yolks, Maker's Mark bourbon and Remy XO cognac. The cocktail menu features classics with a twist such as the White Old Fashioned and are prepared with bitters and grenadines that are made in house.

eggnog_beechtree.jpg

Owner Robert Maxwell has created a wonderful dining experience at The Beech Tree. The ambience is a perfect combination of casual and elegant without a hint of pretension. The menu is complex but not overly complicated. Details like the glasses of water with fresh mint and sliced cucumber are simple, lovely and luxurious. An amazing experience. Rosie :)

The Beech Tree on Urbanspoon

2 Comments

Buca (King Street West)

Categories:

Finally! Buca. Sensational. The salumi is cured onsite and the cheese and preserve selection is outstanding. Highlights include the wild boar and the ricotta di bufala.

rsz_buca_meat_cheese (2).jpg

Lamb's brains alla saltimbocca and fried pig ears to start.

buca_lamb_brain.jpg

buca_pigears.jpg

The signature pastas are handmade. While the menu changes regularly, the bigoli is a staple and always available. The torchio-cranked duck egg pasta is tossed with duck offal ragu, venetian spices, mascarpone and basil.

buca_bigoli.jpg

The hand-cut pork blood pasta is tossed right at the table with smoked burrata cheese.

buca_pasta_porkblood.jpg

This double-stuffed ravioli is one of the most beautifully presented dishes I have ever seen. Each one is filled with braised goose, roasted squash, hazelnut crackle and fonduta di parmigiano.

buca_quailpasta.jpg

Milk-poached veal tenderloin.

rsz_buca_veal (2).jpg

This was hands down the best dessert I have ever eaten- parmigiano reggiano ice cream. It was perfect. And I don't even really like ice cream.

buca_parmigianno_cheese_icecream.jpg

Executive Chef Rob Gentile does not disappoint. What an experience.

buca_us.jpg

Buca Osteria & Enoteca on Urbanspoon

No Comments

momofuku shōtō

Categories:

Shōtō's multi-course dinner offering is only available Tuesday to Thursday. You sit at high stools in the open kitchen and watch the cooks prepare and plate. The serving begins as soon as you are seated with an amuse selection. Highlights from the October 8th 10-course tasting menu:

Mackerel with fennel, shiso and green chili.

shoto1.jpg

Beef tendon with eggplant, black garlic and onion.

shoto2.jpg

Halibut with zucchini, razor clam and confit tomato.

shoto4.jpg

Tamago wtih lobster, black bean and jalapeno.

shoto3.jpg

Corn ravioli with chorizo, scallion and cotija.

shoto5.jpg

Delicious and a really fun vibe, with unpretentious service. Rosie :)

Momofuku Shoto on Urbanspoon

2 Comments

Images From The City: Pony Riding

Categories:

Okay... an image just outside the city :) Pony-riding at Springridge Farm.

rsz_springridge_farms (2).jpg

Send your image from the city to rosie@mytorontoscoop.com or tweet it to @rosieintoronto. Rosie :)

2 Comments
A kid-friendly organic food restaurant like Fresh in the west end? It is real, and it is called Thrive Organic. Located in Long Branch right on the Lakeshore, Thrive features a delicious menu that is 90% organic with fair-trade and local organic ingredients.

The house burger is a grain and nut patty on a sprouted bun with chipotle sauce, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and tomatoes:

Thrive_3.jpg

The BUDDHA bowl features baby spinach, micro-greens, carrots, onions, mango, cilantro, peanuts, black sesame seeds with a tahini/camu dressing:

Thrive_2.jpg

The Longevity salad is filled with spinach, avocado, goji berries, red onion, goat cheese, sprout mix, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, with an acai/maca dressing:

Thrive_1.jpg

Like the Fresh chain of restaurants (which I love) Thrive has an amazing selection of fresh juices and superfood booster smoothies, as well as organic beer and wine:

Thrive_4.jpg

Unlike Fresh, Thrive has a section on the menu for children with kiddie rice bowls, wraps and burritos. The atmophere is comfortable, casual and there is live music on Tuesday nights. Rosie :)

Thrive Organic Kitchen & Cafe on Urbanspoon

3 Comments
Until now the best non-processed high quality burgers in this area were available at Woody's. Now that the Burger's Priest has arrived, there are more options for burgers made with ultra premium beef. Here is the Priest, which is two patties with cheese and secret sauce:

burgerspriest2.jpg

Here is the Priest with the "Option" on top: two roasted portabello mushrooms, breaded and deep fried.

burgerspriest.jpg

There are locations of The Burger's Priest all over Toronto and the GTA now. If you visit their website, you can access the Secret Menu if you answer a skill-testing question. Rosie :)

Burger's Priest on Urbanspoon

4 Comments

Want more of the Scoop? Check out the archives!


 Subscribe in a reader

Subscribe to My Toronto Scoop by Email



Categories

Recent Comments

  • Roshan: Looks amazing. Damn, I wish I get some Vietnamese food. read more
  • Lynne: Must check this one out; looks wonderful! read more
  • Rick C in Oakville: Have passed this many times on the way up to read more
  • Roshan: Oh everything looks delicious and satisfying. read more
  • Rosie: You know I totally agree... the portions were too small... read more
  • Roshan: I find the portions to be too small but I read more
  • Rick C in Oakville : When we first moved to Oakville we had our son's read more
  • Carm: What a great picture! Looks like "Little Man "was thoroughly read more
  • Lynne: This sure isn't the Lakeshore I grew up near in read more
  • Rosie: Haha it was definitely Scott's! LOL! read more




Food Bloggers



mytorontoscoop.com

Google+