Kinko Izakaya – Toronto – October 6, 2018

Relentlessly festive Japanese tapas hot spot with a strong sake selection & woody interior.

Address: 559 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6

Website: http://www.kinka.com/canada/menu/inde…

Food:
Takoyaki – deep fried octopus balls w/ tonkantsu sauce and mayo
Takowasabi – marinated octopus with wasabi stem
Pork Kakuni – braised pork belly, pumpkin puree, rapini, shredded red pepper, shichimi pepper, boiled egg, sweet soy sauce
Izumi Draft Sake – Junmai – from Toronto’s distillery district
Matcha Cheesecake – matcha green tea cheesecake w/ green tea ice cream

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Ryus Noodle Bar – Toronto – October 5, 2018

Relaxed Japanese eatery with bright, simple decor specializing in noodle soups in a signature broth.

Address: 786 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2P7

Website: http://www.ryusnoodlebar.com/

When I went to this place on Friday there was a line of customers which went right out the front door. Which always a positive sign that it’s a decent place.

Shoyu with seasoned egg – pork slice, chicken slice, bamboo shoot, arugula, nori, white fungus, chilli pepper and sesame in a rich chicken broth

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Buca Yorkville – Toronto – September 15, 2018

Sleek offshoot of Rob Gentile’s Buca empire with inventive & traditional Italian fare & wine.

Address: 53 Scollard St, Toronto, ON M5R 0A1

Website: http://www.buca.ca/yorkville.html

OSTRICHE – Seasonal warm oysters, arugula, preserved lemon, white fish roe & barrel aged vinegar
CULURGIONES – traditional sardinian hand-braided pasta stuffed with b.c. side striped shrimp and crema di patate, ontario cherita passata, shad roe bottarga
FIORI DI ZUCCA – crisp lobster and black cod stuffed zucchini flower

Unfortunately, I had to rely on the cell phone photos because I wasn’t happy with the way the Nikon camera pictures turned out. The exposure and clarity was slightly off and I couldnt save them through LR, so I’ll chalk it up to lesson learned and  apply it to the next time I shoot in a low light setting

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Patria – Toronto – October 24, 2016

Classic Spanish cuisine (from tapas to paella), wine & cocktails served in a stylish, airy setting.

Address: 478 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L7

Website: http://patriatoronto.com/

Google rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars. I actually think it is better than this rating indicates. The atmosphere is outstanding and the food is very tasty. It’s a bit more of an upscale tapas experience than Barsa Taberna (which is also quite good). I’d give it a 4.7 out of 5 stars.

 

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Brothers Food & Wine – Toronto

 

Petite spot for morning espresso plus simply prepared, Mediterranean-style plates at lunch & dinner.

Address: 1240 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5R 2A7

Website: https://www.instagram.com/brothers_toronto/?hl=en

Google rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars.

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