Gilead Cafe is one of the many hidden gems in Toronto and treasured by the locals.
It is owned by Toronto chef, Jamie Kennedy. Located in an alley way and not easy to find but once you do – it’s worth it.
Cabbagetown has quietly started to become a foodie destination. With such established places already, such as House on Parliament and Stout as well as the new and amazing 420 Smokehouse the folks behind The Irv Gastro Pub knew they had to come out swinging to compete. And they did.
In the spot once formerly home to local favourite Jam Café and the short lived Fare Game, The Irv Gastro Pub renovated the place from top to bottom and gave the old school décor a new school vibe.
The restaurant is basically split in two parts: bar at the front and quiet dining in the back. Seating is limited and it is easy to see why it gets packed so quick.
I can’t remember how many times I have passed Hue’s Kitchen over the last few years. It is one of the restaurants you simply walk by, think – oh, how cute, but never go in.
Well, I finally decided to venture in. Especially because I was in a search of a good Pho.
First off, it’s a really comfortable, modern and cute restaurant. Their patio is also super cute and filled with plants. The menu is simple, the prices are cheap, the portions are big, the staff is friendly and the food is great!
I ordered their large pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), which is only a dollar more from the small portion. Perfect for a cold day and enough to take home. The broth was filled with ginger, lemongrass, garlic and perfectly tender noodles and grilled chicken. I must say, the soup was pretty good and I would order it again. I just wish it had more vegetables.
I’m not sure about their other dishes but if you are a big fan of pho and in the Yonge-Bloor area, I definitely recommend Hue’s Kitchen.
774 Yonge St, Toronto
I have done quite a few Pedestrian Sundays at the Kensington Market over the last few years. Every one of them brings something new and unique. The spontaneity of it all is one of those things that makes it so much fun.
There must have been something in the air or just the realization that this was the second last Pedestrian Sunday of the year and people were out really soaking up the vibe. Bands of every genre on the corner of every block and not one were without a throng of watchers enjoying their music.