On Friday, June 7th, 2013, don't forget to stop into your nearest Krispy Kreme for a free doughnut =)

There are currently three locations in Ontario, and they are:

(1) 162 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1W
(2) 215 Harbord Street (Corner Bathurst), Toronto, ON M5S 1H6
(3) 5920 Mavis Rd. (Corner Bitannia), Mississauga, ON L5V 2P5

Free: 1 Donut @ krispy Kreme

by on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
On Friday, June 7th, 2013, don't forget to stop into your nearest Krispy Kreme for a free doughnut =) There are currently three ...

Come and Get It is a small sandwich shop located conveniently on Queen & Spadina. The restaurant offers five options which are available in three different varieties (sandwich, salad and poutine):

chipotle braised beef short rib
hawaiian pork belly
granny smith's chicken caesar
herbed crunchy green bean
spicy mango jerk chicken 


I went with a friend for dinner, and I opted for the Chipotle Beef Short Rib Sandwich combo ($11.00). The combo comes with a choice of sandwich, fries and drink. The sandwich was filled with tender pieces of short rib, and dressed in ancho chili bbq sauce, crispy onions, sweet/sour coleslaw and Chipotle aioli. My sandwich was served on a ciabatta bun with generous portions. The meat was both tender and moist, but a little cold. The Chipotle sauce provided a little spicy kick and a lot of flavor, and the topped onions provided a good crunch.

My friend ordered the Hawaiian pork belly sandwich combo which came with the sandwich, poutine, and drink ($13.00). According to him, the pork belly was soft and tender as expected for the fatty treat. However, the crackling was rock hard and he found it impossible to chew. The hoisin and pineapple sauce did add a really good tang to the sandwich though.

The guy who took our orders was friendly, and the service was quick and efficient. The only minor problem that I encountered was that he had forgotten my fries. I brought it up and he apologized and brought the fries to our table. So the problem was quickly fixed :)

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 3.8/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$

Address: 170 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T2C2 

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Come and Get It (Now Closed)

by on Monday, May 27, 2013
Come and Get It is a small sandwich shop located conveniently on Queen & Spadina. The restaurant offers five options which are ava...

After reading many positive reviews on SongCook's Authentic Korean Restaurant; I decided to come here for dinner with a friend about 3 weeks ago. The restaurant was spacious, and designed with decorative wooden pieces. What sets apart SongCook's from nearby Korean establishments was that there are two different sections; regular dining room (tables/chairs) or heated floors. We opted for the dining room.

We were seated, and our server brought small dishes of bachan; which are side dishes that are to be eaten with your main meal. The selection of bachan at SongCook's Authentic Korean Restaurant was rather lackluster; we got kimchi, pickled radishes, nokdumuk (green bean jelly) and japchae. 


One of their most recommended items would be the jajangmyun (black bean noodle sauce) ($7.50), which I ordered. This dish consists of a mixture of noodles, black bean sauce, and ground beef. Honestly, I was surprisingly underwhelmed by this dish and didn't like the taste of it too much. The noodles were fine with its chewy texture, but the paste was just too salty and I barely had any beef in my bowl.


The LA kalbi ($10.00) on the other hand was absolutely delicious and tender. The dish came with four long pieces of kalbi and a scissor was provided so that it could be cut into smaller pieces.

SongCook's does have a decent selection of dishes to choose from and their menu was pretty colorful with pictures. Overall, I thought that the service was excellent as our server was very attentive and did check up on us from time to time.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.6/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $

Address: 72 Steeles Avenue W, Unit 6, Vaughan, ON L4J 1V7

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Don Don Izakaya is located in the downtown core, and is steps away from St. Patrick subway station. The establishment is located upstairs, and whenever anyone arrives, they would be greeted with a loud drum roll. The atmosphere was relatively loud with chatter and overall just a lively one. 

Additionally, the seating arrangements are typical like other tapas/izakaya establishments; bar-side or communal tables. My friends and I only ordered four dishes, as they were there to basically drink (and we were also going to KBBQ after so we were saving room in our stomachs for that). 


We started out with the seafood udon ($7.60) which I really enjoyed. The texture of the udon was very chewy and the sauce wasn't bland at all. Additionally, there was a decent amount of seafood in the dish so that was good 


I wasn't too keen on trying the black croquette ($7.00) out at first as it didn't look that appetizing. However, I did try a piece of it and thought that it was a very interesting dish. The outer layer was crispy and inside contained a soft mixture of potato and cod.


The smokey hay salmon ($11.90) was fresh sashmi that is seared with hay fire to provide a smoky flavor. It tasted okay with the a slice of garlic, and salt, but was definitely not worth the price.


 Lastly, we got the tako wasabi ($3.50) which was basically raw octopus and wasabi. The portion was a lot smaller than we anticipated and it was nothing special.

One of the great things about Don Don Izakaya would be their extensive drink selection (alcoholic beverages/various sake choices). We ordered a lot more alcohol than food, that's for sure.

We only ordered four dishes so I can't really make a sound judgement on the quality of the food. I did like 2/4 of the dishes that we ordered, and thought that the service was friendly and quick. I'd probably come back here another time to try more dishes out.


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $$

Address: 130 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON, M5G 1C3

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Don Don Izakaya

by on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Don Don Izakaya is located in the downtown core, and is steps away from St. Patrick subway station. The establishment is located upstairs, ...
House of Gourmet is a moderately priced Chinese restaurant located in Chinatown (Toronto, ON). It's actually one of my favorite Chinese restaurants due to their prices, consistency in the service and food, and the portions are filling. 


I went for dinner with two friends about 2 weeks ago at House of Gourmet as they were craving for some Chinese cuisine. The three of us were promptly seated and given the menus. The menu itself offers a wide variety of different dishes.


We ordered off of the combination menu (which was provided alongside the regular menu. The combo meal that we got was a lobster dish with three other dishes for $59.99, which is pretty good. The three additional dishes that we chose were seafood in a bird's nest, ribs, and fried pork chops. The items aren't limited to just those three choices, as there is a list of at least 10 items that you can choose to have along with the lobster dish.


The seafood in a bird's nest was nicely presented. Although, I think there was a lot more veggies on the bottom compared to the amounts of seafood that we actually got (on top). Overall, it was a pretty good dish.

 

The ribs were pretty sweet but tender. The only thing that I really didn't like about this dish was the amount of sauce, it was just a little too much.

If you like lobsters but don't want to order off the combination menu, there is a special deal where you can get 2 lobsters with ginger & green onion for $26.99. This is one of my favorite dishes at this place, which I always enjoy.


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.7/5
Price: $

Address: 484 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, M5T 1H1

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House of Gourmet

by on Thursday, April 11, 2013
House of Gourmet is a moderately priced Chinese restaurant located in Chinatown (Toronto, ON). It's actually one of my favorite Chinese...