Monthly Archives: September 2012

Momofuku (Shōtō)


188 University Ave, Toronto, ON
(Richmond St W and University Ave)
Tel: (647) 253-8000
http://momofuku.com/toronto/shoto

Having been to (and had a great experience) at Momofuku in New York, I was excited to be one of the first to try their shōtō (tasting menu) in Toronto. Although, the overall experience was good and they had a couple of really excellent dishes, I didn’t feel it was worth the $150-200 (wine pairing optional) price tag.

When we arrived, the restaurant was packed and a line up was forming outside of Shangri-la for the noodles section. We sat at the bar and watched the chefs (about 5-6 of them) prepare. For such a hip establishment and a younger group of chefs/servers, I was surprised that most of them did not appear passionate in what they were doing .. in fact, they seemed stressed (maybe because they’ve only been opened for a week and were still sorting or organizing themselves out).

The pace at which we were served was well-timed and steady until near the end. The last plate, the dessert, took more than 15 mins (because someone forgot to put the houtenanny into the oven) and on top of that, they made a mistake on our bill that took another half an hour to try to fix and reissue our receipt. Unfortunately, they did not seem apologetic for our time and when they turned us away with “please call us tomorrow to settle this,” it left a disappointing taste in our mouths.

Recommendations
• Egg with dashi, horseradish and ikura
• Spaghetti with nori, sardine and lumpfish
• lobster with tandoor, lemon and fava
• banana with cashew, mint, gula jawa (tasted like “Crunch” candy bar)

Good to Know
• Best seats: Around the chef’s bar (to watch how they prepare and coordinate with one another)
• Service: Overall disappointing (although there were two servers that were great)
• Atmosphere: Trendy (and dark near the bar area, which made taking photos on this post difficult)
• Ideal for: foodies, long dinners and dates
• Attire: Smart casual and business
• Reservations recommended: Yes (weeks in advance)
• Patio recommended: N/A

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Yours Truly (Carte Blanche Tasting Menu)


229 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON
(Dundas & Ossington)
Tel: (416) 533-2243
http://www.yours-truly.ca

I’ve only tried the Carte Blanche tasting menu, which varies daily depending on what is fresh and in season. The entire dinner lasted four hours and we were served more than 20 courses! By the end of the evening, I was waddling back to the car! The portions ranged from small bites to larger servings and more than half the items on the menu were Asian-inspired. Almost all the dishes were delicious except they spanned them too far apart in serving us and the chairs were not super-comfortable to be sitting for that long.

If you want to give this restaurant a try, I recommend you book ahead and use your AMEX (to receive a complimentary glass of champagne).

Recommendations
• Foie gras (served in a mini coconut cup) with nori (seaweed) wrap
• Fruit meringue
• Smoked carrots
• Bruschetta

Good to Know
• Best seats: No particular preference
• Service: Okay but slow
• Atmosphere: Hip and trendy
• Ideal for: Date, celebration and if you are not rushed to go anywhere afterwards
• Attire: Smart casual and trendy
• Reservations recommended: Yes
• Patio recommended: No

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Khao San Road


326 Adelaide West, Toronto, ON
(Peter St & Richmond St W)
Tel: 647-352-5773 (KSRd)
info@khaosanroad.ca

A super busy Thai restaurant located near the financial/entertainment district downtown. This is one of my favourite Thai restaurants in the city but they do not take reservations. Unless I can make it there when it opens, I’ll have to pass because of the long line ups. Other than that, the food is delicious and the Thai ice tea is amazing .. It is nicely sweetened with a floral aroma and caramel flavour after-taste. If you’ve never tried this before, I strongly recommend it!

Recommendations
• Khao Soi (braised beef with noodles in curry sauce)
• Panang curry (red curry but more flavourful)
• Thai Ice Tea
• Tapioca pudding (if you have a very sweet tooth)

Good to Know
• Best seats: On the lower floor at the back (more privacy)
• Service: Good but not very personable due to the volume and flow of traffic
• Atmosphere: Simple, cozy and trendy
• Ideal for: Quick eats or lunch (I don’t recommend for business gatherings or conversations. Because of the noise and traffic, it’s very difficult to hear each other.)
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: N/A
• Patio recommended: Yes

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