Sunday, 27 July 2014

Momofuku Noodle Bar

I didn't really do much Summerlicious dining this year, just a visit to Momofuku noodle bar. I first visited Momofuku soon after its opening back in the days and I recall how difficult it was to get seats for a group of four. This time around, I was able to secure of reservation for 3 on a Friday evening with just hours of notice.

It is fair to say that Momofuku has a stunning exterior. Well, it does have to live up to its neighbour, the Shangri-la Hotel Toronto. The restaurant is made up some small tables and several large communal tables. For drinks, we had their seven spice sour slushie, a cider, and g+t, their spin on a classic gin and tonic. The cocktails were great and I'd be happy with just coming here for drinks. 

Now onto their Summerlicious menu, which was 25 CAD for a three-course dinner. For our first course, we tried the salmon crudo and the marinated cucumber, both were relatively small in size. Neither dishes knocked my socks off. For our second course, we tried their clam noodles and their fried chicken. The fried chicken dish consisted of two drumsticks, kimchi, lettuce and mayo. I thought the fried chicken was quite tasty, it was juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The clam noodle had a lot of clam flavour and a bit of a kick to it. We enjoyed the mains, although the portion was again a bit small. Lastly, the dessert... Cake truffle (singular). The three of us each ordered a different flavour. They were not my favourite and I wasn't impressed with having a single cake truffle for dessert. The three of us each had a three-course meal, and we were all still hungry. We ordered their daily special, a grilled pork chop, which was sizeable and by far the best part of the meal in my opinion. My friends thought the pork chop was a bit too fatty, but I loved it. As you know, I have a love affair with animal fat.

All in all, I thought the portions were a bit on the smaller side, but the food was tasty. I would definitely get the fried chicken and the pork chop again. Fatty yummy goodness! ;)

Enjoy the photos, I'll speak to you soon. Please follow me on Twitter (@SGluttonous) and Instagram (@simply.gluttonous). Thanks a bunches. :)


Until next time,

A

Momofuku noodle bar exterior & interior



Seven spice sour slushi


g + t
gin, aperol, rosemary, black pepper



Summerlicious appetizer - Salmon crudo
habanero, green papaya, nori


Summerlicious appetizer - Marinated Cucumber
with mushroom, smoked sesame, black vinegar


Summerlicious main course - Southern fried chicken
bibb lettuce, kimchi, red eye mayo



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Brick Street Bakery

I love sandwiches. The bread, the filling, the sauce... It is simple yet comforting.

Brisk Street Bakery is one of my favourite places to enjoy a good sandwich. Brick Street Bakery has multiple locations, situated in the Financial district, Distillery district, Leslieville and the Beaches. The portions are generous and the sandwich themselves are filling. They have cold sandwiches, hot sandwiches, soups and baked goods. My favourite sandwich is their chicken club and their BLT. What can I say... I love bacon. Especially on my sandwich. I have also tried their pulled pork, tuna, egg salad and coronation chicken. 

In terms of baked goods, I like their chocolate tart (not the double chocolate tart) and coconut raspberry tart. The chocolate tart has a rich chocolaty filling and a buttery crust. The coconut raspberry tart is the perfect balance between sweetness and tartness. Who knew coconut and raspberry is a good combination? I could be wrong, but I think all their baked goods are made at their beaches location and brought over to the other two locations.

This is definitely a good place to go for a great sandwich. If you are going to the Financial district location, try to avoid lunch rush hour (12 pm - 1pm), as the line-up is long. Those suits need their sandwiches!

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Until next time,

A


Chicken Club
Roast chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato, bacon on ciabatta


Coronation Chicken - Chips not included
Roasted chicken, dried apricot, apple slices, lettuce, curry mayo on whole grain


BLT - avocado not included



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Sunday, 20 July 2014

King Street Social Kitchen - Summerlicious

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Hyatt media event at King Street Social restaurant by an awesome fellow blogger Mary (check out her blog here), where I not only sampled a copious amount of delicious food, but also met several really nice foodies. 

King Street Social Kitchen is situated in Entertainment District's Hyatt Regency (), serving up international cuisine with a Canadian flare. They are offering Summerlicous fares at $20 and $35 for lunch and dinner respectively (see menu here). We were hosted by Executive Chef Wesley Boodhram (),  Sales Manager Darryl Nielsen and Associate Director of Sales Vivek Satoskar.

The food was delicious and the portion was very generous. I was stuffed half way through the meal, but I ventured onwards anyway and ate, ate and ate some more. My favourite dishes were:
  • Toasted Portabella and Brie: Savoury, with different layers texture. Did I mention that I love mushrooms?
  • Captain Jack's Classic Fish and Chips: The fish had a beautiful golden crust and it was pillowy on the inside. It was piping hot and I burned myself a little bit, but it was worth it.
  • Pan Roasted Rock Snapper: This was the healthier fish option. The portion was more than generous and the fish was lightly spiced. Perfect for a healthy meal. I really should quit fried food.
After the meal, we were given a tour of Hyatt's gorgeous rooftop pool. Their rooftop pool area is open to non-hotel guests from Thursday to Sunday with limited capacity (probably a good idea to make a reservation) for $39 (includes pool access and a drink). Sunny July day, sangria in hand and pool-side,  with the skyline of downtown Toronto in the backdrop, I think this is the life! ;)

Lastly, I enjoyed meeting fellow foodies/bloggers and I loved how genuinely nice everyone were. Please check out them out!


Now I'll let the photos do the talking. Enjoy!

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Until next time,
Allison

** This meal was complimentary but the opinions expressed are my own.**

King Street Social Kitchen dining room





French Martini
Finlandia vodka, pineapple juice, Chambord raspberry liquer


Chilled Casaba Melon Soup
with fresh mint, 10 years old balsmic


Apple and Watercress Salad
Soft Ontario's goat's cheese, grape tomatoes, toasted walnuts and pomegranate petals


Toasted Portabella and Brie
Grilled fungi, toasted brie, asparagus, cold pressed E.V.O.O.


Polenta and Short Rib
Soft creamy polenta, shaved asiago, grilled forest mushrooms, rosemary reduction


Captain Jack's Classic Fish and Chips
Fresh halibut, home style fries, signature tartar sauce


Pan Roasted Rock Snapper
Fresh snapper filet, watermelon radish salad, galette potatoes, martini aioli



Fire Charred Rib Eye Steak
Red chili and tarragon butter, roasted fingerlings, cremini and arugula salad


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Summer BBQ

Hello there,

Hope your summer is going well. The sun is a terrible thing to waste here in the Great White North. We recently had a BBQ for a friend's birthday. Fantastic food and even better company.

Speak to you all soon,

A







Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garde Manger - Montreal

I went to Chuck Hughes' Garde Manger for my second and last dinner at Montreal. I went to Holder (blog post here) the first night. The restaurant was packed on a Wednesday evening, but bar seating was available. I guess the good thing about dining alone is that you can get into any restaurant at any time with no reservation.

I couldn't visit Montreal and leave without having poutine. I had Garde Manger's lobster poutine, which is fries covered in cheese curds, copious amount of lobster meat, smothered in lobster gravy and garnished with chopped chives. The lobster meat was sweet and the gravy was briny. The portion was huge, so I stopped eating after all the lobster are gone. See, I am not wasteful. ;)

Garde Manger exterior


Raw bar


Wine and sparkling water


Bread and some sort of spread to start
(should have taken a picture before I started mauling the bread, apologies)


Lobster poutine - 28
fries, cheese curds, lobster gravy, lobster meat and garnished with chives





Now that I had lobster poutine, I'm going to Martin Picard's Au Pied de Cochon to have their foie gras poutine next time I'm in Montreal. I would have stopped there to pick up their Duck in a Can this trip, but they were kind of out of the way. Oh well, next time... The gluttony and decadence will never stop, that I can assure you. ;)

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Until next time,

A



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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Holder - Montreal

I was at Montreal for a brief two-days trip by myself. After some research, I planned out my dinners and settled on Holder and Garde Manger (blog post here). This was actually the first time I travelled by myself. I was not going to shy away from going to a nice restaurant and have a good meal by myself. So I bravely became the lonely Asian girl sitting at a fancy restaurant by herself. At least I didn't have to share the bread basket with anyone. More carbs for me!

My first dinner was at Holder, a European style brasserie located in Old Montreal. It was nice, but relaxed. As you know, I wouldn't go somewhere that has a dress code.

Holder exterior & interior



I had their famous duck confit, atop a bed of arugula and fingerling potatoes, dressed in truffle oil. After reading their menu, I couldn't help but smile at the thought of Anthony Bourdain's distaste of truffle oil, which he so readily expressed on The Taste and No Reservation. The truffle oil really wasn't the selling point for me anyway. I loved the dish for the folk tender meaty duck leg that was lightly crisped on the outside and sprinkled with coarse salt. It went well with peppery arugula, but could have used a touch of acid.

Bread basket with olive oil and vinegar
No sharing at this table of one


Duck confit - 20.75
with roasted potatoes, arugula, white truffle dressing


For dessert, I got the chocolate mousse with hazelnut praline. The chocolate mousse was rich and luscious and the hazelnut praline added a much needed contrast in texture.

St-Domingue chocolate mousse - 9
with hazelnut praline (and apparently also ice cream?)


This was a rather decant meal. Although I did quite enjoy the food, the lack of company did take away from the experience. Like I always say, I live for good food and good company. At least Holder had one of the two. 

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Speak to you soon,

A



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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Buster's Sea Cove

Happy Wednesday my lovelies. This will be a Wednesday short post. 

Buster's Sea Cove is located inside St. Lawrence Market and many of my friends raved about it, not to mention its obvious popularity on Yelp, Urbanspoon and amongst bloggers. I got the lobster roll, of course. I don't think it's actually possible to put more lobster on that lobster roll, it was literally overflowing. I personally would have preferred more mayonnaise, as I like my lobster roll with a touch of creaminess. It could have also used a touch of dill. None the less, I look forward to trying other items on their menu. Grilled calamari or octopus sounds nice.

Beware of the operating hours, St. Lawrence Market is only open from 9am to 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday. I went on a Saturday and it was bustling with people. Getting a seat was difficult. 

Anyway, hope you enjoy!

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Until next time,

A


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