Category Archives: Canadian

Alchemy Coffee

alchemy-coffee

Address: 4361 Highway 7 East. Unionville, ON.  L3R 1M1
Phone: (905) 604-6622
Website: https://alchemycoffee.ca/

Found in a small strip plaza in Unionville is a cafe that serves classic brunch daily from open to 3pm.  With a lack of parking space available, it is advised to carpool or time yourself to arrive as early as possible to ensure a spot in this small place.

The storefront was small, with around twenty five seats when maximized.  Though, the space has a modern contemporary design to it.  It felt very warm and cozy with the wood tones.

Tables are by first come first serve and if the party size can fit the table.  There are no numbers, no servers.  You just wait in line.  For example, if a table that can only fit two is available, but you have a party size of three or more, then tough luck, you will have to wait for space that can fit your party size, or use the brain juice to maximize the space to fit your party size.  Hence, wait can run from ten minutes to half an hour.  It really is by luck.  My group, thank goodness were petite, so we squeezed ourselves at the bar table instead of waiting on.

20170430_123521

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benny ($14.00) with portobello mushroom and kale is served with house fries and a salad.  I also ordered a hot latte ($4.00) with my brunch.  Sunday brunch at its best!  Even though the menu is quite typical but I love the classic and trustworthy items.  The food was pleasant, very well balanced flavours.  The salad was very leafy and crunchy, with a tart vinegar base.  With the saltiness of the house fries, which really are roasted baby potatoes, the salad was brought to another dimension of flavours.  Meanwhile, the main character of the whole brunch dish, smoked salmon eggs benny was well worth my waiting time and a hungry stomach.  The smokey flavours of the salmon, sweet hollandaise sauce, salty yet earthy flavours of the portobello mushroom and the creamy poached egg truthfully blended so well together, as if they were made for one another, like a love affair.  They were cooked to perfection, especially the eggs benny, which was very runny.   The soft melt in the mouth texture of the salmon on the meaty portobello mushroom was absolutely savoury.

This brunch was like a treat to my busy Sunday schedule.  It gave me life!  I was able to sneak this in my full day of professional education conference and gave me more energy to sit through another half day of education series.  I am extremely glad to have a good quality brunch spot in the York Region area.  I highly recommend this little classic traditional cafe.

Ratings

Food 4/5
Ambience 3.25/5
Service 3.5/5

Alchemy coffee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Advertisements

Wish Restaurant

Address: 3 Charles St E, Toronto, ON M4Y 1R9
Phone: (416) 935-0240
Website: http://wishintoronto.com/

201173-wish_review_exterior

Tucked on a side street off the big intersection of Bloor Street and Yonge Street, you will find an attractive gazebo-like entrance to Wish Restaurant.  You can find a paid parking Green -P around the neighbourhood, but beware of all the condominium construction across the streets from the restaurant.  The prime location and the future opportunities look quite promising for successful business, UNTIL, a developer decides to buy the land, strip it down for new living space.  But, for now, the restaurant looks really cute with the patio and very welcoming.

o1

It was so cute, cozy and dreamy inside, though somewhat tight.  I love the full white atmosphere, so airy and makes me feel like I am floating in the sky, or sleeping on a cloud.  Mirrors were their accent pieces hanging on the wall to make the space look more open and wider to the eye.  You would find yourself very relaxed in the restaurant.  The owners really maximized their seating space to the max, because there were a few awkward seats, under the stairs, a three-some table on an angle facing the mirror column.  I was annoyed looking at my own reflection constantly for the couple of hours I was there.

20160327_122035.jpg

Apple Walnut Steel Cut Oatmeal Pancake ($15) was topped with salted butter and cider syrup on the side.  I was a little disappointed that no fruits or salad came with the pancakes.  This was a full carb breakfast diet, which was very fat.  This was just too much pancakes, 5 large pieces!  My heart kind of dropped when it arrived.  Lesson learned, always order some fruits and vegetables on the side.  It was quite dry and bland, turning soggy after some exposure.  However, I did bite into small pieces of walnut occasionally, but not finding the apple bits.  Overall, pancake was a pancake, nothing spectacular or screamed amazing.  Neither the butter nor syrup could liven up the pancake.  One last thing, I could not justify the cost of the pancakes; they were not worth it.

20160327_122057.jpg

2 smashed avocado on rye toast with heirloom cherry tomatoes, goat cheese and poached egg ($18) was definitely more mouthwatering.  Avocados taste good with anything!  So basically, this tasted like guacamole, with stronger cheese flavours and larger tomato pieces.  It was not as mashed or finely ground, but I liked the overall texture because there was more feel to it than the paste-like dip, causing more desire and enjoyment to the food.  The eggs were runny, though with a rubbery white.  With the runny yolk, it added more liquid and sweetness to the underlying ingredients.

20160327_122130.jpg

Eggs in Purgatory ($17) is baked eggs, poached soft in a stew of peppers, chilies and tomatoes, studded with scamorza cheese and grilled baguette.  This was the best brunch option of all that was ordered.  The name was attractive and matched the appearance, how things look tortured in burning fire.  The sauce was aromatic, full of sweet and tangy tomato flavours.  However, the eggs were a bit overcooked, harder than I would like it to be.  This dish of food had a bit of everything from every food group, your daily vegetables, protein, wheat, and dairy intake, hence, quite a healthy choice.  It would be a shame to not lick your dish dry and immerse all your taste buds with the sauce.

Wish gave me an airy feel and the atmosphere set up your mood to the food that is served.  There is a wide selection for everyone and the menu changes every season, while having a couple of stapled items.  Remember to reserve your tables for brunch, otherwise, you will regret it because I know I could sit there for hours and chat.

Ratings

Food 3.75/5
Service 3.5/5
Ambiance 4/5

Wish Toronto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Piano Cafe

Address: 217 Queen St, Port Perry, ON L9L 1B9
Phone: (905) 982-0707
Website: http://www.pianocafe.ca/

Port Perry is such a neat little township Northeast of Toronto.  It is right on Lake Scugog, a very popular cottage county for a nice relaxing trip away from the city or for a.  The town has enough vibrance to keep you attracted, with free parking everywhere!

I visited Port Perry on beautiful warm weekends, which we were blessed with two weekends ago.  After a 40 minute drive on Major Mackenzie Road East, I finally saw the edge of the Town, where Tim Hortons and a few Fish and Chips restaurants are located.

oi000376.jpg

The Piano Cafe is located at the end of the Main Street.  It was the only noticeable busy cafe on the short strip.  The interiors of the cafe, was very homey and cozy, with local art hanging on the walls.  Everyone who worked there were so kind and can make quite a conversation.  However, waiting to be served was long and waiting for your lunch to arrive was even longer.

Piano Cafe is family owned and their menu is typical, but better than Tim Hortons or at the grocery stores.  Their classic lunch menu do not look filling, but they provide you with a finger licking experience when everything was cleared off your plate.  I had such a hard time choosing what to eat for lunch because everything looked attractive.  My hunger took over my rationality.

oi000378.jpg

Black Forrest Ham and Cheddar on Focaccia ($13.95) is made of blackforest ham, homemade sundried tomato dressing, cheddar and honey mustard sauce baked to perfection.  The sandwich was complimented with a choice of soup, green salad or Caesar salad.  I obviously chose the soup of the day, which was butternut squash.  The sandwich was so rewarding.  The ham was thick, but a bit dry in terms of the meat.  The meat’s seasoning with the sweet tomato dressing and honey mustard pair was just perfect tangy combination, with a subtle smokey flavour.  I wish there were some vegetables on it because they will add more crunch and freshness to the sandwich overall.

oi000379.jpg

Chicken Caesar with Apple Wood Wrap ($13.95) also came complimented with your choice of a soup, green salad or Caesar salad.  As above, the butternut squash was chosen.  The wrap was full of fresh lettuce and tomatoes, making the wrap crunchy to the bite.  The chicken Caesar sauce added a creamy texture to the filling, with a hint of tartness but I could not fully taste the smokey apple wood.  Basically, a chicken salad wrap was experienced.  It was a good refreshing wrap but I craved for more chicken bites.  I really like the butternut squash soup.  I could sense the onions’ heat and the starchiness of potatoes blended into the soup.  It was smooth and full of seasoning, but was not salty at all.

Piano Cafe had a sense of belonging.  It serves tasty comfort foods and the atmosphere was very welcoming.  No doubt it was one of the busiest eateries on Main Street.  Just like the rest of Port Perry, I sensed a relaxing aura, along with a easy going nature, and enjoyment for all age groups.

Ratings

Food 4/5
Service 3/5
Ambiance 3.5/5

The Piano Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Montecito Restaurant

Address: 299 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7
Phone: (416) 599 – 0299
Website: http://www.montecitorestaurant.ca/

oi000366.jpg

In the heart of Downtown Toronto’s Entertainment District and Financial District, Montecito Restaurant does not lack clientele, is easy to access, and is quite recognized in the public because this dining joint is a collaboration between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman and Innov8 Hospitality, who also manages Wayne Gretzky’s memorabilia in a dining experience.  This is quite an intelligent partnership because this natural form of publicity and advertisement comes from the collaborator’s individualized fame, which act as a “free” marketing tactic.  With all the bells and whistles, we all know this is quite an upscale, classy, high end restaurant.

oi000357.jpg

Interior decor is a holy shrine to the works Ivan has directed and produced.  Cast photos, movie scenes and behind the scene photos are everywhere as a sign of accomplishment, a recognition and respect.  There was no doubt that I looked thoroughly at all pictures surrounding me in the dining room and as I was walking towards the washroom.  To those who lived in that era, it was a memory.  But those who were born in the 90’s and the millennials, it was all new and curiosity overcome emotions.  Truthfully, the movies Ivan produced were iconic, thus, I cannot imagine anyone acting like a blank sheet.

High ceilings made the space very open and airy.  The tables and chairs were arranged neatly, very organized, signifying a systematic management.  However, I find the room quite dark and I wish they could make use of those large ceiling height windows for some natural light because that would make the outlook more welcoming, especially for Sunday brunch.  Brightening could enlighten up the mood and is more cheerful overall.

Montecito offers brunch buffet at $39 per person every Sunday from 11am to 3pm.  I made reservations for 11am and arrived a few minutes later.  To my surprise, the restaurant was quite empty, that reservations was not really required.  Over the course of two hours, which was the maximum time slot for everyone, only a few more tables were occupied.  Overall, the brunch buffet was not as popular and lively as I hoped.

*Disclaimer* The food options change every week to keep it special.  What I was served this week may vary from others who tried it another day.

oi000356.jpgThe food tables were misplaced or quite random.  The purpose was to avoid huge crowds or line ups, however, I felt confused, dislocated and misguided.  The center of it all, the most obvious buffet table, with the cooked food, salad, antipasto,  was situated at the kitchen at the middle of the whole dining hall.  The seafood platter propped on a bar table, which I thought was not served and did not try, was camouflaged independently next to the curtains.  It comes back to the argument of the restaurant is dimly lit but could also be my carelessness; but how did I completely miss the seafood?!?!  The dessert and pastry table was next to the entrance.  Till this day, I am still trying to decipher the logic behind the position of the food, like, why did they put the food there, why those locations.  It just seem so inconvenient.

The food was of fusion style, mainly influenced by Californian, Mexican, Italian, and Caribbean cuisines.

At the salad bar, there was the typical spring salad mix, kale salad, lentil salad, grilled fennel with beets and peppers marinated with olive oil.  To summarize, you can mix and make your own salad with the provided selection of ingredients.  I was disappointed to not see a pasta salad.  Yogurt and parfait was also served.  On the side, there is a selection of aged and cured ham with several cheese options next to it.  The ham was thinly sliced that it was hard to pick up with the tongs, hence, be prepared to pick up more than 1 or 2 slices.  However, the ham tasted amazing, especially on top of a salad.  The smokey savory protein enriched the flavours of the salad and dressing.  I also paired the ham with baguette, biscuits, anything bland.

Hot foods were stored in the heavy duty Staub cast iron casserole to maintain the warmth and freshness.  They served fried chicken, curry with white rice on the side, pizza, sausage, potato wedges, bacon, eggs.  The fried chicken was so crispy and coated lightly with jerk spices.  Everything else was safe, tasted nothing special.  I thought the eggs were overdone and left sitting on the counter too long, which became dry.  Everything that was served that day seemed to be spicy and the choices were limited.  

There are things that are freshly made.  Waffles and pancakes are made to order.  You can get the original buttermilk pancake or a chocolate chip pancake.  Guacamole is made to the order too just to ensure the avocados do not turn brown.  Once again, I am surprised omelet was not on the list.

oi000364.jpgoi000365.jpg

 The dessert and pastry selection offered was assorted donuts, tiramisu, danishes, bread pudding, chocolate brownie, cupcakes, carrot cake, scones and croissants.  Mixed into the selection was a variety of fresh fruits like honeydew, watermelon, apple and oranges.  The organization was a bit random.  In fact, I find the dessert variation quite disappointing that day for me just because the selection was not captivating.  In fact, the cakes and puddings have room for improvement.  They tasted a bit flavourless and texture was rough.  However, the croissant was flakey, if only there was more butter flavours.

Servicing and attitude was done quite onto the spot though.  Everyone was so nice, handsome or pretty, well groomed, mannered, and professional.  They were tentative, always there when you need their attention.  However, the young man who makes fresh guacamole was so bored that he was desperately waiting for someone to order the popular Mexican dip.  I also noticed they did not replenish the food based on the age of the food that has been on the counter for, but as when the volume becomes more depleted.  There are things that can be improved on.  Overall, the selection of food was typical, had no specialness or wowness to the flavour.  The restaurant does not scream out to me nor does it yern for more of my business.  I find it quite disappointing for such a high end dining experience.  I hope the collaboration all the best and keep on improving for the years to come.

Ratings

Food 3.25/5
Service 4/5
Ambiance 3.5/5

Montecito Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Different Sriracha Chips….Which one is better?

Chips are my own nemesis.  No matter how hard I try to defeat the crave, it just cry for more.  I can truthfully conclude, i am a couch potato.  😦  Just be thankful, I am not the size of a potato.

When I walk down the chip aisle in the supermarket, I cannot help but to look at the different brands and the wide variety of flavours offered.  Competition is there!

Those who know me knows I love spicy food, chilies and love being experimental.  The newest flavour in chips I discovered late 2016 is SRIRACHA.  How could I resist?  I have so far tried the Kettle Brand, PC’s World of Flavour, and Original Sriracha.  A comparison is made today!

Where I Found the Chips:

PC’s World of Flavour Sriracha:  Loblaws, No Frills
Kettle Brand Sriracha: Longos
Original Sriracha: Bulk Barn

Packaging:

Original Sriracha: Rank 1!!  I love how original the packaging is.  The bag really resembles the bottle of sriracha!

Kettle Brand Sriracha: Rank 2! The thick bag is a novelty of the Kettle Brand.  The red colour differentiates itself from the other flavours.  So to speak, red resembles the sriracha redness and the spiciness of it.

PC’s World of Flavour Sriracha: Renk 3! Just like other PC chips, all in the same white bag, nothing special, just showing the ingredients and name.  You really have to go through each bag to find the right flavour.

Texture:

Original Sriracha and Kettle Brand had the same kettle cooked chip texture, where it was thick, hard and crunchy.  However, Kettle Brand had an extra crispiness to the bite, probably due to the thick bag package, helping to keep its freshness and preventing the environment affect the chip nature.

PC’s World of Flavour was the “fried” in oil texture, thin cut and crispy texture.  It reminded me of the typical regular chip.

Under this category, I rank from best to good as follow: Kettle Brand, Original Sriracha, PC’s World of Flavour.

Flavour:

Original Sriracha: sweet, but had a feeble hint of spiciness.  At least there was a kick to it, or at least attempt to!  The flavour was well balanced and evenly spread onto the chips.

Kettle Brand Sriracha: tasted sweet, lacked spiciness.  I thought I was eating sweet chilies.

PC’s World of Flavour Sriracha: extremely salty, lacked spiciness, strongly tasted onions and garlic more than anything else.  Remember long time ago when there were powder flavours offered at Cineplex that could be put on your popcorn?  Or when McDonald’s had the shake flavour fries?  The PC chips reminded me of those concept, how the chips were really seasoned by a lot of sriracha powder that made the bag of chips a disappointment.  After a period of time, the tongue becomes rough and numb.

Under this category, I rank from best to good as follow: Original Sriracha, Kettle Brand, PC’s World of Flavour Sriracha.

Overall/Conclusion:

The three of the brands were unique and different.  I do personally prefer the Original Sriracha most out of all.  However, I must admit, they were not attention grabbing or memorable enough that I would have seconds again.  The manufacturers need to develop or strengthen the flavours more and improve it.  But in terms of recognition, Kettle Brand is more easy to access because they are in all supermarkets, while Original Brand is such a niche and PC’s World of Flavours are only recognized under the Loblaw’s corporate.

 

Sushitto On the Road (Food Truck)

Address: Downtown Toronto, commonly found on University Ave & College Street, Dundas St & University Ave, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Mel Lastman Square *Check their instagram for daily updates of location and time*  They will serve till Oct 31, 2016.

Email: sushittontheroad@gmail.com

Website: http://torontofoodtrucks.ca/sushitto-on-the-road-food-truck-toronto

**updates*  They have a permanent store now named Rollipub!**

20160509-2048-sushittofoodtruck

I finally got my hands on these sushi burritos, the first and original creative mobile makers of this snack in Toronto, before they wrap up and disappear for the winter.  After trying Rolltation, I really wanted to taste the founding fathers for comparison and ofcourse, to follow the trend.

Food trucks are short lived, finding its popularity throughout late spring, summer and early fall.  Once the weather starts dropping in temperature, turns cold and muggy to snowfall, these trucks find it hard to make business.  In fact, in the cold seasons, Torontonians like hearty hot foods to keep warm.  Hence, it is especially short lived with the cool sushi burritos.  Also, the expense in the long run to maintain the truck in the winter can not be covered by selling sushi burritos.

photo0jpg

They have a wide selection of burritos and sizes.  The cheaper prices reflect the half burrito size, approximately 6 inches.  Meanwhile, the higher prices reflect the full burrito size, approximately 12 inches.  Order appropriately.  There is always something for everyone.

On the left, lobster sushi burrito ($9) was made of tempura lobster, crab meat, cucumbers, lettuce, egg, avocado, fish roe and topped with a creamy mayo soy sauce.  On the right, spicy salmon sushi burrito ($10) was packed with cucumbers, lettuce, avocado and copious amount of salmon mixed in with a spicy mayo sauce.  They were packed with ingredients and were generous in size.  The seaweed nori was barely large enough to pack the ingredients.  If they were not held by the cup to keep its shape, they would have exploded and became a big mess.

Lobster Sushi Burrito: The lobster tempura was probably made before hand because it was a bit soggy from age and mosture of the ingredients, but, it had a flavourful salty tempura batter.  The crab meat was sweet, balancing the salty lobster and neutral flavours of the vegetables.  The roe, cucumbers and lettuce added a lot of crunch to each bite, quite captivating.  The avocado made the roll very creamy, a melt in mouth sensation.

Spicy Salmon Burrito: The salmon was very fresh and a nice grade of salmon sashimi, very smooth and soft; no tendon like bits to the body, making every bite very easy to digest.  This burrrito only had cucumber and lettuce, nonetheless, added a lot of crunch.  While the avocado complimented the spicy mayo, making the burrito very creamy and neutralized the spiciness a bit.

The flavours and texture of the sushi burritos were definitely better than Rolltation’s.  *Sorry!!*  The selection of burritos were better.  The flavours were far more distinct, rich or diverse and true to taste, also, had a much better texture.  The burritos were very clean to eat because the sauces were mixed into the ingredients.  By having the sauce mixed into the ingredients beforehand, made the flavours spread evenly across the burrito.  Out of the two ordered, lobster burrito won.

I thoroughly enjoyed eating them, to a point that, they were not enough to satisfy my taste buds.  Stay in tune because the owners announced a permanent store location.  For those who lucked out on the truck, the store will definitely fulfill your desire.

These sushi burritos, in reality, is a ginormous sushi roll.  There is still a lot of room for improvements and room for more creation.  A lot of variations can make this concept succeed.

On the side, because the idea should be a fusion between sushi and burrito, the appearance defintiely looks like a packed burrito but the ingredients do not.  This will be time consuming, but in my mind, maybe the rice can be ground finely to flour and make flat breads out of it, to give an appearance of a true burrito.  OR, the outer layer should be rice instead of seaweed.  For structural purposes, the cooked rice can be pan fried to give a crispy outer layer to keep the roll intact.  These are just some suggestions, if plausible.

Ratings

Food 4/5
Servicce 3.5/5
Ambiance – nothing to rate because it is a truck

Colette Grand Cafe

20140806-colettes28.jpg

Address: 550 Wellington Street West.  Toronto, ON M5V 2V5
Phone: (647) 348 – 7000
Website: http://www.colettetoronto.com/

Tucked in the Fashion District is Colette Grand Cafe, bringing the streets and culture of Paris, France to life in Toronto, Canada.  Hid within the developed condominium community, I was quite surprised to see a restaurant so cute and unique, adding diversity and multiculturalism within the city.  The restaurant expressed a theme of spring’s bloom and refreshment with the plants and the blue-white canopy.  The park, the low rise townhouses in front made the outlook of the eatery very relaxing, slows down your pace and sights could be perceived a couple of miles away.  There is a parking lot, holds fifty cars, across the street, which is convenient for drivers.  Taxis are lined at the front door, which is also convenient for travelers.  The restaurant intersects on Bathurst Street, therefore, TTC street cars and transit are easily approached.

IMG_2440_web851.jpg

The decor was gorgeous, a European influenced or inspired design.  I love the high ceilings and the arches, causing an illusion where the space is very tall and grand, especially with the chandeliers.   If you noticed, there are a lot of round shapes in the restaurant – arched ceilings, lighting and chairs.  The shape helped to unite the ground and ceiling, instead of being a separate entity.  The tiling work, especially how it is on an angle, elongated the space too, wider and longer than usual.  Natural sunlight seeps through the full drop down windows at the front, resonates through the whole restaurant by reflecting off the white walls, pale beige chairs, tables, and tiles.  The natural light not only adds life to the restaurant, it also acted as the main element of the whole design.  It felt as if the interior united as one with the exterior, like you are sitting outside or in the hallway.

Meanwhile, the buffet area has a complete different theme from the dining space.  It is darker  in colour, with wood floors, like the 1800s castles in Europe.  I think it helps to differentiate the spaces from one another.  I absolutely love the flow, the grandeur and sophisticated beauty of the whole restaurant.

My girlfriends and I reserved for a Sunday Brunch Buffet, $54 per person, early in the day, at 10:30 am, when they open.   Each buffet customer can be seated for two hours.  Once the two hours limit is up, the servers automatically bring the bill over.  You can cheat-sit there for as long as you want, if you do not get caught.  But if you were asked to leave, they give you the option to sit on the patio to enjoy the beautiful weather, as long as there is space.

Colette offers a wide selection of food items in their buffet.  *Note: Food selection changes weekly.  They are made according to the supplies of fresh produce purchased by the restaurant.  What I had and seen in the pictures can be different from your selection when you visit.*

image

The large salad bar and cold cooked food selection is located at the entrance of the cafe.

The salad bar was quite standard.  There were three types of green salad – baby spring mix with arugula, spinach and radicchio or garden salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions or a kale salad.  You can top it the different sauces on the side – balsamic vinaigrette, thousand island sauce, Italian dressing.  They also had extra toppings like nuts, dried fruits, oat on the side to additional touches to your salad.  A Mediterranean twist was added to the menu by serving a quinoa and a couscous salad, made with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peppers, red onions and olive oil.  They also had a lentil salad with kidney beans, chick peas, tomatoes, pepper, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil.  Italian pasta salad or a Greek style pasta salad were part of the options too.  Thai curry bowl was spotted within the large food selection, as well as, a Spanish paella inspired rice dish.  Italian stuffed tomatoes, peppers and eggplants were served.  There was many more choices, but my brain could only remember so much.  Nonetheless, the selection was diverse and multicultural, like there was always something for everyone.

A fresh and unlimited copious amount of cooked seafood – mussels, smoked salmon, king crab legs, shrimp and lobster meat – with bowl of sliced lemons for juicing and a bowl of pungent cocktail sauce to bring out the natural flavour sat gloriously next to the salad choices.  During the refill process, I admire the staff for changing the food trays while stocking up.

image

I loved the large antipasto tray of salami, prosecutto, sausage, olives, mozzarella, pamigiano, and a cheese I do not recognize.  On the side, they had marinated grilled eggplants, artichoke hearts, grilled zucchini, asparagus and peppers.  You can customize your antipasto to your own taste and have unlimited supply of it.  Everything was scrumptiously fresh, with strong sweet flavours.

image

Hot foods area is tucked inside the cafe and offers a standard breakfast selection.  The hot food trays contain sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, waffles, pancakes, french toast, potatoes.  They also had caramelized peaches and brie on the side, therefore you have the opportunity to make your own sauce for the dough goodies.  Roast beef and wellington salmon were readily prepared within the selection, where both were kept hot under the heat lamp, cut to the customer’s request.

Fresh omelettes were made fresh on the spot per customer’s request and customized to their palette because they get to pick what could be on the omelette from the list of ingredients provided.  *Remember, you can choose between egg whites or not.* When prepared, approximately 10 to 15 minutes, the server will bring it up to your sitting table.

image

The dessert and fruit bar had a lot of variety.  Those with the sweet tooth could choose from parfaitchocolate or vanilla cupcakes, chocolate cake pops, meringue, lemon bundt cake, citrus triffle, strawberry shortcake, madeline, black forest trifle.  I was relatively disappointed with the dessert selection the day I visited because they either lacked flavour or did not have enough variety.  In fact, they did not represent the complexity and delicacy of French style pastries, like macarons, eclairs, specialty croissants, puff pastries, tarts, mousse cakes etc.   While, the healthy individual could choose from cantelope, honeydew, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, grape, watermelon, and orange.

Food was very healthy and fresh.  If you love food the way I do, you will love the variety of selection that you can try out.  I enjoy the customization in pretty much everything.  Instead of picking from a fixed menu, you make your own.  One thing I ask the restaurant to do is to label each dish, just for clarity.  The kitchen staff are very intelligent and clever because everything they prepare does not conflict with cultural, religious or personal behaviours.  I hope to try the Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce some day!

You know Colette is a high end restaurant when all the food was plated in Staub cast iron pots, or Staub ceramic kitchenware.  In fact, our dining ware were made of sterling silver because they are heavy duty and you see the polishing marks.  These little fine details make the restaurant special and provides confidence to the customers.  I must compliment the restaurant’s management staff.  The servers change all our dining ware to prevent cross contamination and mixing of flavours.  Also, when the new session begins to roll in, they completely prepare new fresh food and serving utensils.  Nothing from the previous time slots were served and used again.  It was really considerate because this helps quality control and good restaurant management.  In conclusion, I had a pleasant but expensive experience at Colette Grand Cafe.

Ratings

Food 4/5
Service 4/5
Ambiance 4/5

Colette Grand Café - Thompson Toronto Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato