Cool decor at Kathi Roll Express (Yonge St. location)

Website: http://www.thekathirollexpress.com/
Twitter Handle: @tkretoronto
Address: 692 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Cuisine: Indian
When I visited: January 2015, lunch
Rating: $, 4

Late last year, I had an opportunity to attend a media tasting for the Kathi Roll Express on Avenue Rd, north of Lawrence Ave and was impressed by the offerings. Having enjoyed my experience, I had to find out if their flagship location was just as tasty.

Owner Sumit Kohli had travelled the world and finally settled on Toronto as a place to open up his restaurant. He noticed that NYC had kathi rolls but the popular street food consisting of a kebab in a paratha bread from India hasn’t been known in Toronto yet and he seized the opportunity. I think this is a smart business choice. I love Indian food but can’t pinpoint any fast food Indian restaurants with kathi rolls (aka kati rolls).

The Yonge St. location is notably larger with plenty of tables with cool Indian movie posters and awesome light fixtures.

Kathi Rolls Express

Kathi Rolls Express

Light fixtures

Light fixtures

The food was consistently delicious. I highly recommend the bun kabab ($8.99) with a lamb patty, omelette, veggies and a coriander chutney. I can’t think of another sandwich similar to this and prefer it over the chicken Kathi Roll that I ordered, as the meat was not as tender.

Bun kabab

Bun kabab

Chicken kathi roll

Chicken kathi roll

Overall: 

Kathi Roll Express is a great fast food option to grab snacks, rolls, rice platters and desserts. The items are well priced with the Kathi rolls around $10.  It is a one stop shop that’s quick without having the flavours comprimised.

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{Charity event} Recipe for Change is happening Feb. 26th, 2015

I am PUMPED to be attending the Recipe for Change (@foodshareTO) event to support fundraising efforts for Food Share. Food Share is a non-profit organization that “works with communities and schools to delivery healthy food and education”. (Source: Food Share)

The Recipe for Change event will feature 30 local chefs including Luis Valenzuela (Carmen Cocina Espanola), Nick Liu (Dailo Restaurant), Rudy Boquila (Lamesa Filipino Kitchen)  and Sang Kim (Windup Bird Cafe) . Check out the impressive line up of chefs, artisan food producers and beverage vendors! 

RecipeForChange

RecipeForChange

The tickets to the event include unlimited food and drink! On top of that. tax receipts of approximately $50/ticket will be issued to guests after all costs are reconciled for the event.

I love food events supporting an amazing cause!

Will I see you there? If so, come say hello! I will be the one stuffing my face at every station.

Follow @foodShareTO  on Twitter and join the the food conversations #recipeforchange.

Big portions at IL Fornello, Danforth location {Winterlicious 2015}

Website: http://ilfornello.com/
Address: 576 Danforth Ave. Toronto, ON
When I visited: February 2015, lunch, 6 people, Winterlicious
Rating: 4,$$

Winterlicious for many people means the opportunity to try out new restaurants. However, it is important to not forget the chained restaurants during Winterlicious. Like many of you, I have been to Il Fornello a countless number of times across the GTA, but during Winterlicious, you get the same portions as if you were to order off the regular menu, but at a great discount.

For lunch, I ordered the arugula and roasted beet salad with goat cheese, the pizza melanzane with roasted eggplant and olives, and tiramisu for dessert. The 3 course pre-fix lunch portions were generous and satisfying, and even better that it was $18 before tax!

Winterlicious Salad- Il Fornello

Winterlicious Salad- Il Fornello

 

Il Fornello Danforth

Il Fornello Danforth

IL Fornello Danforth

Il Fornello Danforth

As for the Danforth location, the décor is true to the other chains with plenty of space for large groups. The best part is seeing the opened concept kitchen with the stone oven. As Winterlicious is over, the restaurant continues to have several ongoing specials that make it worth while to check out if you are in the area.

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{Contest is closed} I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the ‘Toronto Sushi Festival”

Thank you to everyone who entered into the contest. THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner is Jacqueline @_jyau. Congratulations!! 

What better way to start the Lunar New Year than with a contest.

I am giving away a pair of tickets (worth $60) to the TORONTO SUSHI FESTIVAL happening on March 5th and 6th, 2015 and each ticket includes 5 sample food tickets.

Rules:

*All winners must have an e-mail address to be able to receive their tickets online.
*Participants can enter once a day.
*The contest runs from Fri. February 20th at  12:00 pm to Sunday February 22nd at 6:00 pm ET.
*The winner will be notified on Mon. Feb.23rd and will have until Feb.24th, 2015 to respond to my message through Facebook/e-mail/Twitter. Failure to respond in a timely manner means that another prize winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced by Feb. 25th, 2015 on my blog.

Good luck!

Why you need to attend the Toronto Sushi Festival:

  • It is the largest sushi festival in Canada. You will have the opportunity to learn about nearly every sushi in the world.
  • It will be held at the Japanese Cultural Centre (talk about an authentic atmosphere!)
  • There will be 2 famous celebrity chefs present to judge for the best sushi in Toronto.
  • You are a sushi lover! You will be able to purchase hundreds of sushi samples created by the best Sushi restaurants/chef in Ontario.
Toronto Sushi Festival

Toronto Sushi Festival

Thank you to the Toronto Sushi Festival for sponsoring the tickets. To purchase tickets, visit the www.TorontoSushiFestival.eventbrite.ca

I will be at there to cover the event and I look forward to seeing you there!

 

{Review} Mama Bear Taiwanese Cuisine in Richmond Hill

Website: https://www.facebook.com/mamabearrichmondhill
Address: 324 Hwy 7 East, Unit 7, Richmond Hill
When I visited: January 2015, dinner, 7 people
Rating: 3.5, $$

I have only ordered take out from Pa Pa Changs and food courts for Taiwanese food but haven’t been to a sit-down Taiwanese restaurant, so I was excited for the visit. Mama Bear had opened late 2014 and it was voted as the “Favourite New Business in 2014″ by Yelpers. The restaurant sits around 15 tables and is often packed, so I suggest making reservations a day in advanced.

When I stepped in, the restaurant had a faint smell of the stinky tofu which may be offsetting to customers who are not used to it.

My friends and I shared a countless number of dishes and found the dishes to be a hit and miss depending on what we ordered. The salt and pepper fish cakes was definitely a miss, as the fish cakes were dry. The pork blood rice cake had a spongy texture that I did not love.

pork blood cakes

pork blood rice cakes

However, I absolutely loved the beef tendon and beef noodles soup with thin noodles. The soup was flavourful and the noodles had a nice bounce to it. Other Taiwanese specialities were spot on and are highly recommended including the popcorn chicken, house-made pan fried dumplings, Taiwanese sausages, minced pork rice and the stinky tofu with pickled cabbage. We had more dishes, but these were the highlights.

Beef noodle soup

Beef noodle soup

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Popcorn chicken

Popcorn chicken

Minced pork rice

Minced pork rice

 

Stinky tofu

Stinky tofu

Overall:

You will come out of the restaurant smelling like stinky tofu but the variety of snack foods, noodles and rice dishes will satisfy various taste buds and make it worth the visit. I wish they had bubble tea as well but there are plenty of bubble tea options close to the restaurant.

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{Review} “Salad Days” opens a second location

Website: Salad Days Yelp
Address: 20 Bloor St. E., Toronto
When I visited: 5 times between January and February 2015
Rating: 5, $

For years, I’d take a walk during lunch hours to the Cumberland Terrace at Yorkville to get my salad fixings at Salad Days, even with the long lines ups.

In January 2015, Salad Days opened a second location at the Hudson Bay Centre with a bright and welcoming sign. The food quality, portions and service remains consistent to the previous location including the line ups. I try to go during non-peak times to avoid the busy lunch crowd.

Salad Days

Salad Days

Salad Days

Salad Day

I normally get the small Niçoise salad and swap the onions for beets, and it comes out to just over $5 including tax. The portions are generous and I get to choose my choice of lettuce!

My Nicoise salad

My Nicoise salad

Aside from the set menu options, customers can create their own salad by choosing a lettuce and 4 sides which can include smoked salmon. Customers can also get wraps or the lunch special that includes sweet potato mash, a Greek salad, 2 vines leaves and your choice of chicken or salmon for less than $6 (before tax). I swapped the sweet potato mash in my lunch special for mango and beets.

Lunch special with chicken

Lunch special with chicken

This is my favourite salad spot in Toronto with quick service, fresh ingredients and amazing value! 

The restaurant also takes credit card and debit with non minimum amount.

If you know another great salad spot similar to Salad Days, please share in the comments below or Tweet me.

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