Pure Spirits Oyster House Review

It was a cloudy Sunday but we hopped on our bikes anyways and rode to the Distillery District. Once we got there, we met up with our friends and made ourselves comfortable at the Pure Spirits patio.

Pure Spirits

Their patio is one of the best in Toronto with huge umbrellas, so even if it rained we would have been ok. Luckily, the sun came out and it ended up being a beautiful day.

Pure Spirits Patio


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Jack Astor’s – Yonge Dundas Square

Love it or hate it, Jack Astor’s and its affiliate chains are an institution in our cities. This isn’t a review on the food so much as it is on the space.

Jack Astor's patio

Jack Astor’s at Dundas Square was one of the first restaurants to open up here. And it took us that long to finally get around to actually visiting it.

If you have been to Jack Astor’s before you know what to expect from the food. Foodies shun it and the less adventurous embrace it. I have no complaints and they have been around long enough that some of their classic dishes now fall into comfort food territory.

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Remys Restaurant


My friend and I decided to go out for some martinis before going clubbing in the Yorkville neighborhood and we stumbled upon Remys Restaurant. Since it was close by to where we were going, we figured why not. We got there around 10:00 pm and I must say on a Thursday night – it was packed!

The front of the rooftop patio was huge and loud (I think it seats around 350 people), so we decided to go to the other side of the patio, which is very narrow, but calm and intimate.

Remys Patio

The staff was polite and served us right away. The martinis ($15) were delicious, the view was great, and the atmosphere was relaxing and comfy.

Sipping French Martini

Sipping French Martini

Remy’s Yorkville
115 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, ON

The Blake House

One of my favorite patios in summer time is the Blake House Restaurant/Pub. It is one of the last standing heritage structures in Toronto mixing late 19th century Victorian and Second Empire architecture.

Blake House

The service and food is always excellent for a pub and the price is pretty fair too. Everything I ordered so far was really tasty. My friends love the place too. One of my favorite appetizer that I seem to order over and over again is the baked brie cheese platter with sweet pear relish, spiced almonds, crostini and a red wine reduction. It is great for sharing too!

Baked Cheese

Me eating baked cheese

Me stuffing my face with the baked cheese!

For all the chili-heads out there you have to try their suicide chicken wings! Best in the city and super hot, so if you’re a light-weight, order medium!

Chicken Wings

I’m not a beer drinker, so I love their spicy caesar (great for hangovers) or their lime margarita (very refreshing).
Lime Margarita

My other tested out recommendations:

  • Veggie Samosa
  • Spring Rolls
  • Blake House Nachos “Irish Style”
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Blake’s Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Filet of Salmon
  • House Battered Fish and Chips