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
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($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

https://www.facebook.com/Doomies-Toronto-1496976920602361/

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MeNami

MeNami prides itself as the first genuine traditional Udon House in Ontario. Udon is a type of thick wheat noodles found in Japanese cuisine. It can be served warmed or cold depending on the type of dish.DSC05829_Fotor_Fotor.jpgOpened only a few months ago, Menami has already created a lot of buzz. This place is pretty busy, hence expect to wait if you don’t have a reservation. The restaurant is located at Yonge and Finch.DSC05830_Fotor.jpg
J and I swung by around 5:30pm on a Saturday evening, put down our name and number and waited for about 40mins. They will contact you by phone when your table is ready.DSC05842_Fotor_Fotor.jpgDSC05844_Fotor_Fotor.jpg
We were blown away by the Beef Tataki ($12) appetizer and this was my favourite dish. The sauce was very tasty, full of flavour, and has a bit of a kick to it! It is citrus -y and sweet.DSC05864_Fotor.jpg
The Spicy Salmon Tartare ($9) was yummy as well and is served with crispy deep fried wonton skin. The salmon is chunky and fresh.DSC05861_Fotor_Fotor.jpgDSC05889_Fotor.jpg
Next was the Black Sesame Puree Udon with Beef ($15)! I rarely leave a restaurant without trying one of their speciality items. There were many Udon dishes to choose from on the menu but this one caught my eye. It was an interesting dish since the sauce is quite sweet and reminded me of the traditional Asian black sesame dessert. It was warm and we were quite content slurping up the noodles. The udon noodles were springy and not starchy. The only downside is that there wasn’t much beef.DSC05853_Fotor.jpg
Corn Kaki-age ($5) with a honey butter mayonnaise dip! I can see why a lot of people enjoyed this corn tempura dish. Personally, I’m not a big fan of fried food but I liked the sauce and I thought it went well with the corn kaki-age.DSC05893_Fotor.jpg
The bar area is nicely arranged and I liked the wood furniture and details, the cool lighting fixtures, and hip vibes.DSC05896_Fotor.jpg
MeNami is a great place to eat with friends or with a date. There’s a good selection on the menu whether you’re feeling for something unique, or just tapas and drinks. DSC05890_Fotor.jpg

5469 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 5S1

Sunday 11:30am – 12am
Monday – Sat 11:30am – 2:30am

(416) 229-6191

http://www.menami.ca/

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Basil Box

Basil Box is inspired by the street markets of Southeast Asia where carts of fresh produce is sold by the farmers. Quite often, Southeast Asian food found at food courts is greasy and full of sodium and calories. If you are looking for a fast but healthy alternative, I recommend trying this place! DSC05372_Fotor.jpg
Located a couple blocks north of Yonge-Dundas at the Ryerson Student Learning Centre (SLC) building, Basil Box brings a refreshingly new take on Southeast Asian food in a fast casual restaurant style.
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Build Your Box” ($9.45) – how this work is you choose a base, choice of two vegetables, choice of protein (vegan option also available), sauce, and unlimited toppings. Everything on the menu is gluten free, vegan options are available, and spicy items are clearly indicated. Pictured above are the choice of toppings. The service is friendly and quick without compromising the quality of the food.DSC05431_Fotor.jpg
The ingredients are definitely fresh, delicious, and well prepared in terms of texture and taste. I thought the food was going to taste bland since it looked so healthy, but I was wrong! The flavourful meats and sauces really pulls the whole dish together.DSC05435_Fotor.jpgPictured above is with Chilled Rice Noodles and Lemongrass Chicken, so juicy and tender!DSC05442_Fotor
This is my order with Short Grain Brown Rice and Five-Spice Steak which was chewy and well seasoned. So delicious with the Sweet Chili Lime sauce.DSC05438_Fotor.jpg
My friend R likes this customization option in contrast to standardized food court menu items because “it gives the customer more variety without getting pigeonholed into ordering one specific dish every time”.DSC05389_Fotor.jpg
If you want to add a side to your box or in the mood for just a snack, look “Outside The Box”. Summer Roll, Viet Chicken Salad, Mango Salad, Sweet Mango Rice Parfait, Chiang Mai Trail Mix! Mmm I got to try some of these during my next visit along with one of their handcrafted drinks such as the Passion Fruit Lychee Soda or the classic Thai Iced Tea! All handcrafted drinks are made with pure cane sugar.DSC05381_FotorDSC05450_Fotor2.jpgI was not able to finish my dish, but luckily the lid and bag made it easy for me to pack the rest to go.DSC05390_Fotor
Basil Box is the perfect place to grab a quick bite when you’re pressed for time, such as between classes or during your lunch hour with colleagues. The place is quite spacious with plenty of seats and tables available.DSC05445_Fotor_Fotor.jpg
Overall, I recommend going to Basil Box the next time you’re craving some Southeast Asian flavours!

351 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1S1

Monday to Sunday  11:00am – 10:00pm

(416) 351-8000

http://www.thebasilbox.com/

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Aka-Oni Izakaya

Aka-Oni Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant that has been opened for about a month. It is located in one of the plazas along Silver Star Blvd in Scarborough. DSC06018_Fotor.jpgThe interior has a clean and simple look and feel. Aka-Oni Izakaya is largely decorated with bottles of Japanese alcohol which I thought was a good way to reuse.DSC06019_Fotor.jpgWe arrived at lunch time and upon settling down on our table, the server poured us some Japanese green tea. However, we did not receive menus until we asked for them and even then, we only received the Lunch Menu and the “Today’s Special” Menu. Upon inquiring, they also gave us the Kitchen Menu and the Sushi Bar Menu.DSC06020_Fotor.jpgComplimentary green salad. I loved the citrus ginger dressing which is flavourful and delicious. DSC06034_Fotor.jpgDSC06027_Fotor.jpgThe main reason I came here is to try the Black Diamond Wave Roll ($15.99). Topped with a generous amount of foie gras, some caviar, and gold glitter, this roll is packed with ingredients!! BBQ eel, caviar, crab meat, cucumber, and avocado. So delicious! The foie gras gives it a slightly creamy  taste.DSC06022_Fotor.jpgThe next dish we shared was the Black Garlic Ramen ($10.99). I really enjoyed this because the soup base is full of flavour. If you love the taste of roasted garlic, this is for you! When it arrived, it wasn’t as warm as we would expect a bowl of noodle soup to be. Though this didn’t bother me.DSC06039_Fotor.jpgThis is the Beef Tataki ($11.99), served with a citrus soy sauce. This was dish was not bad, though I’ve had better beef tataki which is seared . The seared beef is chewy, plain on its own but nice when dipped in the sauce. DSC06035_Fotor.jpgIn my opinion, the BBQ Eel Pancake ($5.99) was just okay. We ate half before taking a picture – oops! It is topped with pieces of BBQ eel and sprinkled with katsuobushi (bonito flakes). DSC06047_Fotor.jpgIce cream was on the house to end our meal. The choices are green tea, black sesame, and red bean.DSC06041_Fotor.jpgThe service is an area for improvement though we will forgive that since Aka-Oni Izakaya is still fairly new. Overall, I think this place has a good large variety of dishes. Whether you’re looking to have ramen, sushi, sashimi, skewers, grilled meats and seafood, or a bento box (lunch only), there is something to satisfy everyone! Since there is so much variety, this is a good place to go with a few others and I would recommend ordering several dishes to share.DSC06050_Fotor.jpg

633 Silver Star Blvd #108
Scarborough, ON M1V 5N1

Mon-Thu: 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Fri-Sat: 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Sun: 11:30 am – 1:00 am

(416) 298-3828

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La Cubana

We passed by La Cubana along the Ossington strip area, while we were looking for a place to eat that is easy on our wallet. We decided we were going to try Cuban food that evening and I’m glad we did! The place is clean, relaxed, and the atmosphere feels like a diner from way back. DSC04577_Fotor.jpgDSC04578_Fotor.jpgAll plates are price at $15 and comes with a side of rice and beans, plantain, and slaw. We ordered the Achiote Roasted Chicken Plate and the Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder Plate pictured below.
DSC04580_Fotor.jpgFirst off, the chicken was very juicy, delicious and was well seasoned. The rice and beans was full of flavourful, another favourite. The slaw was very fresh and we loved it! The plantain on the other hand was disappointing. We thought that it was very dry, bland, and it tasted like fried batter. The pork shoulder that J ordered was like seasoned pulled pork. It wasn’t as memorable as the chicken and it was a little too salty for our taste.DSC04581_Fotor.jpg
Here is the close up of the Achiote Roasted Chicken Plate! We both recommend this dish. Everything is perfect except for the plantain.

We also ordered the Yuca Frita ($4) which is fries made of the root vegetable Yuca (also known as Cassava) since J has never tried this before. We weren’t a big fan of this either. If you’ve never had yuca fries, the texture is starchy and powdery in your mouth. It’s also quite dry. I didn’t get the chance to take a picture of this though.

La Cubana is a neat, casual place to grab a quick bite. We will be coming back for their signature pressed sandwiches the next time we’re in the area!

92 Ossington Ave.
Toronto, ON M6J 2Z4

Sunday to Thursday 12pm until 10pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm until Midnight (Full Kitchen)

416-537-0134

http://www.lacubana.ca/

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Saving Grace

Saving Grace, located at Bathurst and Dundas in the Trinity-Bellwoods area has become one of my favourite brunch spots.sg 1_Fotor.jpg
Since the place is quite small and the food is so delicious, the wait time is generally between 1 – 1.5 hours throughout the day. The lady I spoke with on the phone suggested to arrive 15mins before opening at 9:45am as we would likely get a table. J and I showed up on Sunday at 11:15am, placed our names on the clipboard located inside by the door, and stood outside to wait our turn. We patiently waited about 45 minutes for a table.DSC05068_Fotor.jpgTheir everyday menu includes yogurt, French toast, oatmeal, porridge, polenta, a variety of sandwiches, eggs, and their popular french toast with caramelized banana and maple syrup ($10, $5.50 half order) and of course tea and coffee.DSC05066_Fotor3.jpgOn the chalkboard are the specialty dishes available for the day. This menu is constantly changing and never boring.DSC05018_Fotor_Fotor.jpgWe ordered three dishes which all came with a side of seasoned roasted potatoes and arugula salad. I personally don’t like arugula, but besides that I loved everything we ordered and they seriously tasted as great as it looks! DSC05054_Fotor.jpgThis is the poached eggs on cornbread waffle, with brie, bacon, blueberry preserves ($13.25). I’ve never heard of cornbread waffles until I came here. Its plain on its own but quite delicious with the hearty toppings!DSC05034_Fotor.jpgDSC05032_FotorScrambled eggs with dill, and smoked salmon, avocado, pickled red onion tartare ($13.25) is the dish that J ordered. The tartare is a tasty and unique brunch item. The scrambled eggs were fluffy and the dill paired well with it. I kept stealing bits of his dish – yum!DSC05027_Fotor.jpgWe also shared the warm brie pear walnut honey on open baguette ($9). The bosc pear makes this a sweet and refreshing way to end our meal. I’d like to try making this at home one day.DSC05063_Fotor_Fotor.jpgThe food was absolutely delicious and we thought it was worth the wait. We were so stuffed from ordering so much food but I’m really glad we did! We had to take some of the potato and toast to go but that’s okay.DSC05044_Fotor.jpgThe plating is so colourful which makes it very appetizing. I do want to try their french toast with caramelized banana and maple syrup next time which I regret not ordering.
DSC05039_blogThis place is homey and perfect for a date (if you can avoid the lines), or just a weekend brunch with some girls. Like most good brunch spots downtown, they don’t take reservations. Be careful if you take a walk and come back, because you will lose your spot on the wait list if you’re late!

907 Dundas St W. 
Toronto, ON M6J 1V9

(416) 703-7368

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TSUJIRI Toronto

If you love matcha and desserts as much as I do, you have to visit Tsujiri at its first North American location!

This Japanese chain specializes in desserts and drinks with this finely grounded green tea powder, known as matcha. I first stumbled upon Tsujiri this past summer during my trip to Japan when I was in the city of Kyoto. All the green tea dessert display models looked so appetizing as I peeked through the window. I had to stop by. DSC04881_blog.jpg
Pictured is a display model of the Tsujiri Sundae (#36 on the menu, $7.50).DSC04789_blog.jpg
They really take their time and a lot of care in each order to ensure consistency and quality. Because of this, there is a longer wait time.

What’s on their menu? Blended ice drinks, lattes, shaved ice, ice cream floats, sundaes, cakes, macarons, cream puffs, and more. So much sugary goodness! Although the desserts we ordered was with matcha soft serve ice cream, there is a cheaper vanilla option as well.image
This is the O-Matcha Parfait (#47 on the menu, $4.75) with layers of chocolate cake and matcha butter cream.
ice creamm.jpgThis is the Tsujiri Shaved Ice (#40 on the menu, $8) with layers of matcha soft serve, topped with mochi and red bean. It was sooo good, and the ice cream was very flavourful. I loved it and thought it was worth the wait! 3 ice cream.jpgMy friend C ordered the matcha Tsujiri Soft Cream (#39 on the menu, $5.75) which is soft serve ice cream. We were a little diappointed with the portion considering the price. For a bit more, you will be better off ordering one of their Sundaes which comes with toppings

I couldn’t get enough green tea so I went again in the evening! This time, there was a much longer line.DSC04836_blog2.jpgAfter telling J how much I enjoyed the Tsujiri Shaved Ice, he was convinced and ordered it, while I had the matcha Chiffon Cake Sundae (#38 on the menu, $7.50) pictured to the right. The Chiffon Cake Sundae has layers of matcha soft serve, corn flakes, a scoop of red bean served with a slice of spongey matcha chiffon cake.DSC04867_blog.jpgWe also ordered the O-Matcha Cream Puff (#46 on the menu, $2.75) which is filled with light fluffy cream and matcha. It was soft and yummy, despite it doesn’t look like the picture on the menu.all three.jpgThere are a few booths along the wall, each can seat two people. At the back of the shop, is a larger Japanese style seating area that can accommodate about six people. Be sure to remove your shoes before sitting in this area!DSC04786_blog.jpgI can’t wait to visit again and try their drinks and the Opera cake! Overall, I really enjoyed the desserts here. The locations in Japan have other items on the menu such as green tea noodles, hopefully they will eventually expand their menu here to include that. Be prepared as the line could get long as this place becomes more popular.

147 Dundas St. West
Toronto, ON
M5B 1E4

http://tsujiri-global.com/

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