This is going to be a very quick review! I met up with a friend at Yorkdale Mall a couple of weeks ago for some girl time. After walking around the mall; we decided to grab a quick dinner at Milestones Grill & Bar. I am not particularly a huge fan of chained restaurants, but I am okay with it when there are no other options nearby.


I was surprised as to how busy they were on a Thursday night around 5:00 pm. We arrived at the restaurant and waited to be seated by the hostess.

I was craving for some pasta that day. So as I was looking over the menu; the seafood fettuccine ($17.99) caught my eye. I decided to order the dish and was pleasantly surprised that it was rather good. I have ordered a few pastas at several chained restaurants before, and a majority of the time, I have been disappointed with the quality. This particular pasta dish at Milestones Grill & Bar
consisted of several pieces of shrimp and tender chunks of salmon. It was topped off with fresh spinach and spicy chardonnay cream. I thought that the sauce provided a very creamy texture to the pasta, which was quite good. Despite the restaurant being a full house that night; our server was very attentive and quick to provide refills. 

If I am ever at Yorkdale, and looking for a place to eat, I'd definitely return to try out their other dishes. 

Milestones' beef burger with Californian toppings ($12.99)
RATINGS:

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

Address: 3401 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6A 2T9

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Milestones Grill & Bar (Yorkdale)

by on Friday, April 25, 2014
This is going to be a very quick review! I met up with a friend at Yorkdale Mall a couple of weeks ago for some girl time. After walking ar...
Pho Con Bo is a Vietnamese restaurant located across from Sheridan Mall in North York, ON. The decor is not exactly their focal point but the restaurant itself was decently sized, and clean looking. Additionally, the affordability and the good food pretty much make up for their lack of service. The waitresses are not rude by any means; they just don't check up on you throughout the entire meal or really say anything (except bring the menus, take the order sheet and then bring out the food). Then again, Vietnamese restaurants are not exactly known for their great hospitality (not all of them though).


I usually like to try out new restaurants, but there are a few establishments where I am a regular customer, and Pho Con Bo is one of them. A majority of the dishes are under $10, so it is very budget friendly. 


The chao tom (grilled shrimp paste on sugar cane) ($4.00 for a small) ($8.00 for a large) is one of my favorite appetizers; besides the spring rolls. What is it? Chao tom is pretty much shrimp paste wrapped onto a piece of sugar cane, and then seasoned and grilled. The shrimp paste at Pho Con Bo was very flavorful as it was well-seasoned, and soft.


My usual order is #74 which is vermicelli with grilled beef, grilled pork and grilled chicken ($6.75). The dish has been consistent as I have ordered this same dish numerous times. The meat was perfectly grilled, and there was a good amount of meat in my bowl. The vermicelli tasted a lot better with the accompanied fish sauce (with pepper) which adds a tangy flavor to the noodles and meat.


Another dish that I have ordered is #75; vermicelli with grilled beef, grilled pork, shrimp on sugar cane, grilled meatballs, and spring rolls ($8.25). It is a good dish to order as it has a little bit of each item from the appetizer lists. The grilled meatballs are juicy and the spring rolls are crunchy.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 2.9/5
Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $

Address: 1625 Wilson Ave, Toronto, ON M3L 1A5

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Pho Con Bo

by on Thursday, April 24, 2014
Pho Con Bo is a Vietnamese restaurant located across from Sheridan Mall in North York, ON. The decor is not exactly their focal point but t...
Bloor Street West has a plethora of Korean restaurants on the long street. So I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this unassuming establishment serving both Korean and Japanese. It was a decently busy Saturday night as a majority of the tables were filled with customers.


We were offered green tea and given the menus to look at. The menu has a variety of selection of dishes, and I found the prices to be quite reasonable. 


We started the night off with complimentary tea, congee and tofu. The congee was rather decent, but it could have used an additional bit of seasoning to give it more flavor. 


We ordered the sashimi appetizer ($7.99) [9 pieces mixed sashimi] to share, and it was a pleasant surprise. It arrived neatly presented on a wooden board and the quality of the fish was rather good.


The vegetarian stone bowl ($9.99) [cooked vegetable, deep fried tofu, glass noodle on rice and served in a stone bowl].



My kalbi meal came with complimentary miso soup and green salad.


The kalbi ($14.99) [traditional Korean barbecued beef ribs on a hot plate] was delicious. Additionally, the portion was more than generous and I was full after my meal. 

Service was good as our waitress was friendly and didn't rush us at all throughout the dinner.

 RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.8/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.8/5
Price: $$
 
Address: 993 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M1

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Mazz Sushi

by on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Bloor Street West has a plethora of Korean restaurants on the long street. So I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this unassuming es...
 Sushi Time is a small to mid-size restaurant serving Japanese food at very reasonable prices. Its contemporary design and dim lights also provide a very relaxing environment. It is located downtown on Queen St W, and is one of many sushi establishments in the area. My bf and I often get takeout from Sushi Time whenever we feel like eating sushi in. They have often been quick and efficient in taking orders, and delivering the orders in a timely fashion. It's also free delivery with an $20 order if you're in the delivery zone vicinity, and you can get 10% off if you pay in cash.

We have our usual order whenever we do get delivery, and it's often the following item (same as when we go there to eat). I find that Sushi Time is moderately priced and they offer the standard Japanese food on their menu. Additionally, their menu is quite extensive, and this can be viewed by the link below.


 I usually get their chicken teriyaki dinner or beef ribs teriyaki ($9.75/dinner). This time, I got the later, and they have changed the presentation of the plating slightly. Everything is now on one giant white plate, and they have swapped out lettuce for the salad. For the price, I thought that there was a generous portion of beef ribs teriyaki which were tender, and rarely with any fat on them. Each dinner comes with white rice, side salad and also a bowl of miso soup.


The chicken teriyaki ($8.75) dinner also comes with comes with miso soup, salad, and steamed rice.


I absolutely love their tropical roll ($7.95) and thought that it was beautifully presented. The usage of mango and avocado in rolls may be common, but this roll does it for me. It's a light and sweet roll that went perfectly with my meal. The crispy texture of the tempura bits in the roll provided a nice crunch to it.


The salmon maki ($4.50) was slightly bland, but with a little soy sauce, it helped to enhance the flavor a bit.


 The Sushi Time Pizza (6 pcs) [crispy sushi rice base-top with salmon, green onion, white onion, tobiko with sesame seed and special sauce] ($7.25) is one of my favorites. The sushi is cut into six pieces, and its crispy rice patty is topped with slices of salmon.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food:4/5
Service: 4/5
Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$$$ || Online Menu

Address: 325 Queen St W, Toronto, ON

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Sushi Time

by on Thursday, April 17, 2014
 Sushi Time is a small to mid-size restaurant serving Japanese food at very reasonable prices. Its contemporary design and dim lights al...
A couple of weeks back, my friends and I decided to go for drinks after an early dinner at Grill Time. We decided upon seeing W Burger Bar as the weather got colder, and we didn't want to walk any longer. The modern establishment on Yonge and College offers a variety of burgers, alcohol, and other bar items.



pink lemonade (shots) ($2.00 each) [raspberry sourpuss, triple sec, lime juice]

While the others opted for alcoholic beverages (pic omitted but they got beer and cocktails); I decided to just get the strawberry milkshake ($4.99). The frothy milkshake was made perfectly, and you can really taste the strawberry flavor of the ice-cream used. For those who love alcohol with their milkshakes, you can get the alternative version which is their spiked milkshakes with 2 ounces of alcohol.

They offer a selection of 10 different burgers priced between $6.99 to $18.99. Every burger is served on a freshly baked homemade regular or whole wheat bun. They also have a variety of complimentary sauces and toppings. However, cheese is extra for $1.50 per slice.

My friend ordered the bison burger (farm-raised bison seared on our flat top to seal in flavor and tenderness) ($10.99), and liked it. According to him, the burger meat was solid, and the onions caramelized into the meat making it a tasty burger.


One of my friends and I decided to share the WBB signature sauce chicken wings (double dusted and fried to perfection) ($10.99/lb). I love the wings, and unfortunately these wings are one of the worst wings that I have ever tasted. The wings were of a good size, but the sauce made them so overly bitter and salty at the same time. I really had a hard time eating them, and downing them down with milkshake didn't help with the bitter aftertaste.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $$
 
Address: 10 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1K2

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W Burger Bar

by on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A couple of weeks back, my friends and I decided to go for drinks after an early dinner at Grill Time. We decided upon seeing W Burger Bar...