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.
You may remember the post I did back this summer on Böhmer. We just happened to walk into the place for a quick drink before a show and by the time we left we were impressed enough to come back for dinner.
For starters I had the grilled calamari. The dish looked like an abstract painting on the plate and it was the best calamari I have ever had up to date. The dish could have used a slice or two of bread to soak up all that deliciousness. Yes, I know you’re not supposed to fill up on bread but this dish just screamed for it. The calamari was grilled to perfection and the accompanying sauce was good enough to lick off the plate.
Anthony as usual had oysters. They were from PEI, shucked cleanly and were all uniform. You can either go one of two ways with oysters. Perfection or dismal. These were on par with some of the best he has had. The standard condiments were there, fresh horseradish, lemon and a raspberry chili vinaigrette.
Coquine is this really cute French restaurant/bistro located just south of Yonge and Eglinton. The minute you walk in you feel like you’re in France and it has a beautiful French art deco.
First of all I just want to say that the place has one of the most amazing bartenders and their martinis are fantastic! Last night I tried their Caesar for the first time and it was a winner as well! It had just the right amount of everything.
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.