Teara Lab

Teara Lab with their opening on Friday May 27th, will be Toronto’s first and only Japanese fusion sandwich shop!  Teara Lab is a fast casual restaurant located in the heart of downtown at College Street and Spadina Avenue.
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I think Teara Lab has a great concept. Everyone who works there wears a white lab coat which ties in with the restaurant’s name. Teara Lab lives up to what the Japanese is known for: high quality. I am so grateful to be invited to their pre-launch event and test out their menu.
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Teara Lab offers dishes created by the head chef of KaKa All You can Eat, which is my favourite sushi AYCE place! Below is a picture of each of the six sandwiches available on their menu. I was able to try four of these!
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Soy Glazed Pork Belly Sandwich ($11.99). Hands down, this was my favourite sandwich of the evening and I highly recommend it. Full of flavour and the pork belly was very tender and juicy.
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Roast Chicken Burger ($9.99).
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Curry Japanese Pork Sandwich ($9.99).
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I would have to say that Teppanyaki Teriyaki Chicken Burger ($10.99) was very tasty as well! The chicken was juicy and its everything you would expect in a chicken burger plus the wasabi mayo.
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Pictured above is the Red Wine Brais Beef Sandwich ($13.99). The portion is pretty big and the crunchy bits on top gives it some texture. This sandwich wasn’t as memorable for me as the other sandwiches I tried.
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Tonkatsu Pork Sandwich ($9.99) is simple but delicious. The thickness of the cutlet is pretty decent too! If you’re looking for a smaller sandwich that is easy (not as messy) to eat, this is a great choice.

There are also side dishes such as Fries, Yam Fries, Poutine, and Asiaslaw. Drinks on the menu include a variety of fruit tea, slush, creama, and milk tea. With any sandwich, you can make it a combo (fries and drink) for only $2.
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I really enjoyed the Yam Fries ($3.99) pictured above. It is well seasoned and did fill me up really quickly.
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Hokkaido Milk Tea (M $4.50, L $5.00), also comes in hot version. This was the first drink I ordered! I liked that this was not that sweet. I usually order my drinks half sweet or no sweet bubble tea shops and Starbucks, but this was perfect as is. DSC07834_Fotor.jpg
Above are some of the other drinks. From left to right: Taro Milk Tea, Lemon Dada, and Matcha Red Bean Slush.  The drinks at Teara Lab reminds me of ones you would find at bubble tea shops (except they don’t offer tapioca, instead they have aloe vera, red bean, pudding and lychee jelly available for $0.50).The second drink I ordered was the Passion Fruit Green Tea (M $4.20, L $4.70). I loved this drink since it wasn’t that sweet either and passion fruit is just one of my favourite flavours! Apologies, I didn’t get a picture of this but it was very refreshing and I highly recommend it as well. DSC07878_Fotor.jpg
This was my first tasting event I’ve been to by Sweven Media, and I really enjoyed myself and meeting other food bloggers.Overall, I think the unique sandwiches and drinks that they offer are worth the visit! The ingredients they use are definitely fresh. Since Teara Lab is located conveniently across from the University of Toronto St. George Campus, I would imagine this to be a popular spot for students.

*Disclosure:  Although this was a complimentary meal, please note that all opinions expressed are my own and not those of the company.

181 College Street
Toronto, ON

M5T 1P7

Doomie’s Toronto

Doomie’s has finally arrived in Toronto! Born in Los Angeles, this popular vegan restaurant provides delicious comfort food. I’ve been really into vegan food lately and was so excited to hear about their opening in the Parkdale area! DSC07407_Fotor.jpgDSC07408_Fotor.jpgAlthough it appears that there are no line-ups upon arrival, we quickly realized there is a long wait time because you can leave your name and number and they will text you when a table is available for your party. The wait time can vary between 30 mins to 2 hours during peak times.DSC07450_Fotor.jpg
The vegan Big Mac ($16) is by far the most popular item and is actually on their secret menu. This also comes with a side of fries. The Big Mac is a must-order! We were surprised by the large portion and how high it stacked. This is like the actual full-sized Big Mac you see in McDonald’s advertisements (that you never get in real life). It taste just like McDonald’s Big Mac except no animals were harmed in the making of this vegan burger. The Big Mac at Doomie’s is saucy, and pretty messy but nonetheless very tasty. Yummm!DSC07447_Fotor.jpg
To upgrade the fries to their special “Fun Times fries”, it is an additional $3 (or additional $5 for the “Xtra Fun fries”). We upgraded one of our meals to the Animal Fries, which is topped with thousand island dressing, cheese, and grilled onions. It is greasy but it is delicious. Also, if you love the Mac sauce from McDonald’s, this is for you!

The regular fries pictured below are crispy and definitely not as greasy as the Animal Fries.DSC07456_Fotor.jpgDSC07455_Fotor.jpg
South in Yer Mouth
($15) is vegan BBQ pulled pork with mac and cheese on a toasted roll. If you’re not vegan or vegetarian, you can tell that the vegan pulled pork is a little different than real pulled pork. This item is a unique combination but not as spot on as the Big Mac.DSC07471_Fotor.jpg
The wall art leading to the bathroom is full of fun comics with vegan jokes.DSC07436_Fotor.jpg
They have a full bar with an assortment of drinks, including white and red sangria which is perfect for the upcoming patio weather.DSC07452_Fotor.jpg
Overall, we enjoyed our experience here. Whether you are vegan or not, you won’t be disappointed by the comfort food at Doomie’s. Personally, I love salads from vegan restaurants because they are packed with a large variety of wholesome ingredients but often disappointed by the vegan meat alternatives. However, Doomie’s has proved to me that vegan burgers can be as tasty as real meat. The table next to us were ordering tacos and they look so delicious. That will be on my list for my next visit!DSC07424_Fotor.jpg

1263 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6K 1L5

Thu: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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