Against the Grain patio – picture taken from their website.
Sugar Beach is a great quiet place in the city to just unwind and relax. There is nothing better than biking down to the lake, stretching out a blanket and take a couple of hours to catch up on some reading and have a nice little picnic or check out this great restaurant called Against the Grain, which is located right in the center of the Sugar Beach.
One of the highlights for me is their patio – it’s beautiful, huge, comfortable and great for just sitting back and enjoying the view of the lake. Service while a little slow is friendly and worth the wait because their food is amazing.
Their 8oz burger with bacon and 4 year old cheddar was excellent. Not an American griddle smashed style but a heavy thick burger cooked a nice medium. It came with a salad and a side of fries. Usually I don’t comment on a house salad but this was so fresh and had the lightest yet tasty vinaigrette dressing. The fries were good too.
So next time you’re at the Sugar Beach, visit Against the Grain. It’s well worth it!
25 Dockside Dr.
So continuing with the trend of visiting places barely out of infancy, we visited Osteria Dei Ganzi. It was its fourth evening being open.
Ganzi took over what used to be the Hive. While we never visited the Hive it had always had mixed reviews and we were always more comfortable just going to the Blake House or the Keg Mansion.
The restaurant is in a 120 year old home formerly owned by the Gooderham family. It appears that all the original architecture is in place and Ganzi has dressed the decor up with some chic Italian inspired art work. Think Andy Warhol meets Betty Page.
picture taken from origintoronto.com
Origin is one of my favourite restaurants. It’s fun, energetic with the most outstanding food, drinks and service. Every time I go there, it’s like a “dinner and a show”, especially when you’re sitting at the chef’s table. Watching them prepare all that spectacular food is amazing. This place is also great if your date is boring – you can always watch the food being prepared just be sure to make reservations at the chef’s table!
First up was the lobster ceviche ($17). A few big chunks of tender lobster with a tangy sauce and some yucu chips. All I needed was a straw so I could suck up all the sauce, it was that delicious.
A couple months ago Ania wrote a piece on the martini nights at the Bishop and the Belcher. Normally another post on the same place wouldn’t appear so quickly but we were there the other night for their Wednesday Wing Night special and it was so good I thought to give it a write up.
This simply is the best wing night deal in the city. Nothing even comes close. Not only for the value but the wings themselves, which I always say are probably one of the best in the city (and I have eaten a lot of wings around the city). Judging by the crowd it seems to be a pretty fair consensus. We were there for almost two hours and never at any point was there an empty seat in the whole place. It was almost surreal on how the wings were flying out of the kitchen….pun intended.