Toronto (food)

Lake House Restaurant

I realize my posts are supposed to be about Toronto spots to go get food but you know, sometimes you have to venture out a little bit too right? Maybe you want to impress your parents? Take your best friend out for her birthday? Maybe you want to take your side chick somewhere no one will see you? Right. 

Lake House Restaurant is amazing for any of the aforementioned reasons. Oh, and the views and food are pretty amazing too. 

This has been one of my favourite restaurants for a very long time. When I lived in Hamilton, this was the place we all went to celebrate graduating college. Now, it will take about a little over an hour to get there from Toronto, well worth the drive though. 

I'm sure many of you have seen this place on the side of the highway when you drive to and from Niagara Falls. It is hard to miss the thousands of lights set up on the restaurant and the tree outside of it. The decor is beautiful, there is a huge wine selection and if you can score a seat on the patio - you're really set. It has amazing views of the water and it is so peaceful and jaw-dropping at sunset. 

On this trip to Lake House Restaurant my friend Jummy and I decided to try out the charcuterie board and for our mains we both chose the lobster mac and cheese. First of all, I have to mention they bring out bread before your meal starts and it is WARM bread. This may be insignificant to some, but to me it is a huge bonus when I don't have to try and put hard butter on some hard bread. All types of fail. This was nice and fluffy bread with fluffy butter to match. 

Once the charcuterie board came out, we were pretty impressed. The best part of the whole board was actually the mustard. If you love mustard, this is the place to try some very unique-looking mustard that tastes delicious. When the lobster mac and cheese came we both laughed at how small it was and that we would need to overload on dessert after to be full. We were wrong. This may have been the thickest mac and cheese I have ever had. We both were huffing and puffing to finish the whole bowl of this little meal. Wild.

On a nice summer or fall night if you can make it out to Vineland, you really should try and visit there. If you can, also request a patio seat with your reservation and try to go near sunset. You will not be disappointed. Beautiful place.

Fave dish: Lobster Mac and Cheese

Location: 3100 N Service Rd, Vineland

Website: www.lakehouserestaurant.com

 

- Mirna

Roywoods (Ossington)

There was a piece on BlogTo that made me notice this restaurant. A simple picture of a plate that had lobster in coco bread - that was all it took for me to want to go to the new Roywoods location. 

From my understanding Roywoods was a popular eating spot on Fort York and about three weeks ago they chose to open up another location at Dundas and Ossington. I didn't make a reservation to go, I just went and hoped for the best.

When we got to the restaurant it wasn't busy so getting a seat quickly was not an issue. The server was very nice and let me tell you, she can make a HELL of a drink. I tried their 'Sugar Pie' cocktail which has coconut rum, Amaretto, butterscotch Schnapps, coconut water, simple syrup and soda in it. It was so tasty, I couldn't even tell there was alcohol in it. 

For the appetizers we got the cod fritters and the jerk wings. I thought the cod fritters were OK, but the jerk wings are an absolute must-get. Nice amount of spicy to encourage more drinking. 

The best part of the meal was the entree - the aforementioned lobster in coco bread. They did NOT skim on the lobster. It was so full inside the coco bread with a nice side of home fries. I loved it. This was the dish that lured me into coming to this restaurant and I am happy to say it was very worth it. 

I would recommend this for a nice hang out spot with friends or taking your side ting there in hopes of your main never seeing you.

Fave dish: Lobster on coco bread

Location: 198 Ossington Ave.

Website: http://roywoods.ca/

 

- Mirna

Tinuno

I saw a post on Instagram of this place about three days ago and I made it a mission to go as soon as I could. That is the only explanation as to how I was lead to a little restaurant I didn't even know existed so close to where I live. 

Tinuno is a Filipino gem tucked away on a side-street within walking distance of Sherbourne subway station. Don't expect much attention or service as they are really busy and I mean, there's only ONE item on the menu - how much more attention could you possibly need?

It would be smart to call ahead and get a reservation for a table whenever you plan on going. It would also be smart to NOT call during their lunch hour as I did about four times. No one will pick up. I suggest calling around 4pm when that rush has died down and after one ring someone picks up and enthusiastically takes your reservation.

When you sit down, you will be brought two bottles of water alongside some plastic gloves and paper towel. There is no plates and there is no cutlery for this meal. (My kind of eating!) The size of the meal that will be brought out is dependent on how many people there is in your party. The beauty of having one item on the menu is that there is a fixed price for it ($15/per person) and they are VERY good at making that one item. As you will see pictured below, that was the portion for just two of us.

Meat. Lots of seafood. And most importantly, rice that has been sitting under the meat and seafood absorbing all the deliciousness. Incredible! I really suggest going here as a cheap date that doesn't LOOK cheap, just be prepared to eat a little messy. 

Fave dish: Assorted Seafood/Meat Plate

Location: 31 Howard St. 

Website: http://tinunothirtyone.com/

 The 'one item' on the menu

The 'one item' on the menu

- Mirna

Doomie's

My friend Shurly thought it would be a good idea to bring my SUPER carnivore self to a vegan restaurant, so I obliged. That is all you need to know about how I ended up in a vegan restaurant. 

Doomie's was a cool hipster spot with exceptionally polite and quick staff. I had Shurly explain the menu to me, but prior to coming I knew I wanted to try their 'Mac Daddy' which is supposed to be a vegan alternative that tastes like a Big Mac. As someone who loves Big Mac's - I knew this was a tall order to replicate. The french fries were really good and the Mac Daddy was a HUGE and messy burger. It didn't taste bad, but it still didn't taste like a Big Mac to me. I feel like I would have enjoyed the burger without the expectation of it tasting like something else much more. Shurly had the Philly Cheese steak mac and cheese and it looked really good, I wish I had tried some. To finish it off we had some warm and delicious pumpkin donuts that I would recommend everyone to try. Eventually I will return to Doomie's and order other things on the menu (especially have more french fries) but, maybe not the fraudster Big Mac. 

Fave dish: Pumpkin Donuts 

Location: 1263 Queen St. West

Website: https://www.facebook.com/DoomiesToronto/

- Mirna

Platito Filipino Soul Food

I solely blame Facebook for finding this place. Those purple coloured waffles drew me in the second I laid my eyes on them. 

Platito is a simple place with an awesome menu. I went there yesterday for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed everything I ate. They have a long list of appetizer choices and mains along with their desserts. I may have come for the purple waffles but it was their spring rolls that will have me returning. By FAR the best spring rolls I have ever been fortunate enough to taste. The prices were also reasonable and the service was prompt and friendly. If you like variety and a party in your mouth, this is the spot for you.

Fave dish:  Lumpia Shanghai (Sweet and Crispy Spring Rolls Stuffed with Pork)

Location: 35 Baldwin St.

Website: http://platitotoronto.com/

- Mirna

Buster's Sea Cove

In my search of delicious places, I stumbled on Buster's Sea Cove during one of the many food truck festivals Toronto has. As an avid seafood eater, this was cheap and yummy - which is like 99% of the battle. So they win, every damn time. 

Buster's opened a location close to Yonge and Bloor and it was of the utmost importance that I would try it and see if it was as good as their food truck spread. It was even better. I have been to this location now more times than I am willing to admit publicly. It is that good. The staff are incredibly nice, the food is fresh and it is delicious. I suggest my fellow seafood lovers go check it out. 

Fave dish: Lobster Roll + Fries (pictured below)

Location: 876 Yonge St.

Website: http://busters-seacove.com/ 

 

- Mirna