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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Schnitzel Queen #2

Schnitzel Queen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Hello Schnitzel Fans!
I have visited Schnitzel Queen (on March 29, 3016) which is located within the St. Lawrence area of Toronto. I was craving for a Schnitzel and Sauerkraut. 

This is my second time visiting their new place. They have relocated to a bigger restaurant which I'm very pleased with. 

It looks like Karl, the Schnitzel maker, (aka the Czech guy with the glasses and is always hammering meat at the back of the room) was slowly decorating his walls with mushrooms and elves. 

The atmosphere was cosy and had a cottage/cabin house vibe to it. I liked it! It sort of reminded me of the ice-cream store Dutch's Dreams because there were ornaments on their wall. 

The Schnitzel Sandwich Regular
Danny and I argued what this was called. It's a pork schnitzel, with mayo, lettuce and tomato and bread.

Don't you want to dig in? 

I ordered the Schnitzel Queen Combo in Chicken.
The freshly squeezed lemon brought out the freshness of the chicken! The chicken was spiced nicely. 

Karl, what did you put in the breading? My chicken schnitzel was glittering! I loved the way how the sunlight lit up the food! It was hot, thin, crunchy and delicious. Yep! It was the same as I ate this two years ago.

Danny loved the potato salad. I loved their mouth-watering good sauerkraut. It reminded me of kimchi. I was so addicted to their sauerkraut, I ended up getting an additional small sauerkraut to go. 

This place is a 5.0/5.0.
A) It's made to order so you know your schnitzel is fresh and HUGH!
B) Everything is good!
C) I seriously struggle  each time to finish my plate every time I come here.
D) Karl and his staff are always friendly and the place is clean.
E) There's a better chance of dining in now that the place is bigger.

For more information:

Schnitzel Queen
Address: 211 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1S4
Phone:(416) 504-1311

Monday, March 28, 2016

Olympos Crow-Bar Restaurant-Closing Day

Big Crow Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato It was a sad day in Toronto on March ‎18, ‎2016. It was the closing day of the Olympos Crow-Bar Restaurant. It was published in 24 Hours, The Toronto Sun and other newspapers.

It's an authentic diner located on Princess Street. Apparently, movies were filmed here.

That's Jimmy in the white hat in the photo. They hired an excellent line chef who is in the grey hat in the background. We did not get his name. We had no idea where Mikey went.

Their clientele base were mainly workers within the area. Particularly construction workers and men. I remember my first time Danny took me here, Mikey and Jimmy were chatting up construction workers. Mikey said to them, "So did you meet any pretty ladies lately?" It went something like that. 

The new line chef preparing our food lightening fast.
I originally wanted to order a Greek Chicken Dinner with the Chicken on a stick, rice, greek salad and potatoes but they ran out.

My cheeseburger combo (I eventually asked for gravy like Alex's combo. Alex recommended the gravy). 

Danny's Bacon Cheeseburger Combo

I thought it was so pretty at this angle! 

My plate again with the gravy. It was gooey, chunky and good with the fries. My burger was not greasy and a decent size. My stomach had shrunk so I was struggling to finish this meal. 

Brian ordered the Gyro (pronounced as Yeeroh) Sandwich. 

I regret not coming here often. Mikey and Jimmy did ask Danny to bring me. You don't know what you have until it's gone.These were the last moments of the Greasy Greek Diner (a nickname Danny made up). This place is definitely a 3.5/5.0. It's clean, real diner food. If you are a regular, they will give you generous portions of food. I am unsure where I am going to go within the St. Lawrence/Distillery Area for Greek food. There is none.

For more information:
Olympos Crow-Bar Restaurant
Address: 174 Princess St, Toronto, ON M5A
Phone:(416) 363-7879

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Banjara Indian House (Eglinton)

Banjara Indian House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Dear Sajjad and Indian Food Fans,

Thank you for taking the time to list a bunch of your favourite Indian restaurants within the GTA. After the appointment, Danny and I went out to Banjara Indian Cuisine (east of Yonge and Eglinton) as you had recommended. 

We were tired, cranky and hungry. I almost went inside of another local Indian restaurant. We walked past McDonald's and the Goodlife gym and then some more (10-15 minute walk). 

It's a semi-basement level restaurant. Right when you open the entrance door, there will be steps. This probably won't be suitable for people with mobility aids and can probably arrange take-outs.

Like other Indian restaurants, it had dimmed lights and Indian art hanging on their walls. We arrived two hours before closing so the staff were rushing to pack up and go home. Service was average but could have been a bit better.

Entrance view: They had buffet carts at the back. Now I'm curious about their buffet specials.
Back end view

I am unsure what these are called but these super thin, salty, crispy tortilla chip like appetizers went well with the tamarind sauce. I observed there some herb mixed. Perhaps it was aniseed?

The mint sauce (left side) was a pastel green colour which I've never seen before. It was a creamy mint sauce with a salty taste in the end. Danny and I preferred the tamarind sauce because it was tangy, sweet with fruity notes.

Now that's a samosa! It was handmade, fresh, hot and well-seasoned. I was getting greedy and tried to persuade Danny to order another serving of samosa. He said no.

Don't be fooled by how these Chicken pakoras look. They look like regular chicken fingers right? They came out so fresh and hot, we waited about two minutes to allow the pakoras to cool down. They were spiced very nicely. I tried to decipher what spice they used and I couldn't really see any spices in the batter. Hmm.... this is a mystery.

Danny ordered Chicken Dinner Combo and he selected vindaloo chicken as his meat of choice. It wasn't exactly what is stated on the website but everything on his platter was delicious.
He had onion pakoras, a tad of aloo gobi on top of basmati rice, saffron pudding with micro tapioca balls and curried lentils.  

I tried some of Danny's platter pudding. Something struck me this was different from all of the other Indian puddings I had in my life. It had strong floral notes singing in my mouth. I asked the staff what was this flowery taste. She replied, "Oh, that's saffron!" I've never had saffron before. It's the most expensive spice in the world because it has to be hand picked. 

The Butter chicken was below average. It didn't taste fresh and not a lot of herbs. Additionally, it tasted very obvious it contained Campbell's Tomato Soup.

I ate it anyways. The naan was different as well. 

So this type of garlic naan, I had never seen before. They did something to the chopped garlic. Maybe it was fried in flavoured oil? It looks like there are bright yellow shattered topaz embedded on the naan. Isn't it lovely? 

I would give this place 3.5/5.0 because I saw that whoever was the chef that night was truly talented and he knows his spices. I was disappointed in their butter chicken. It definitely needed more spice.  However everything else was unique and different. I would  have to come again and try out different things. And this time, I won't arrive two hours before closing time. Thanks Sajjad for recommending this place! You're truly a foodie!

Banjara Indian Cuisine
Address: 164 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 2K5
Phone:(416) 486-6644

Friday, March 18, 2016

Golden Mint Coffee & Tea Co. + Habibi Day Spa

Golden Mint Coffee + Tea Co. Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hello everyone!
I bought a Groupon for Habibi Spa yesterday. I arrived too early so I dropped by (almost) next door to the Golden Mint Coffee & Tea Co., to kill time. 

It's a shop and a cafe in one! 

If you go upstairs it leads to a small seating area for two and the washroom. 

They had so many different types of tea it was sort of overwhelming.

I ordered the Rooibos Tea.

It had plenty of fruity notes and some deep notes. I enjoyed it very much! 
I would give Golden Mint 3.0/5.0. I haven't tried anything else other than the tea. It was my first time visiting this tea shop yesterday. However, I will definitely return when I return for my second appointment at Habibi Day Spa. The staff was nice and friendly. It was a quiet,clean cafe with jazz and lounge music.

For more information:

Golden Mint Coffee & Tea Co. 
Address: 439A Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1T3

It was finally time to head over to Habibi Spa!
Habibi Spa is a gemstone where well known Toronto celebrities such as Christina Cho.

This was the most private, intimate spa experience ever! Salisa is the owner as well as the medical esthetician. She serves one person at a time and locks the shop while doing treatments. So all eyes on you!

The layouts of her spa were well planned. I loved it how her shelf looked so pretty when the sunlight entered the shop. 

I was personally interested in Charme D'Orient products because I never tried them out before. 

Salisa did such an amazing job. My face was still glowing from yesterday's treatment. She recommended me products from elta MD. So far, I am really enjoying the samples (sunscreen and scrubbing mit). The sunscreen doesn't behave like a sunscreen. It doesn't smell, look nor feel like sunscreen. My face is so soft and supple afterwards. I ended up purchasing the the Charme D'Orient Rassoul mask. I can't wait to try it out!

Salisa is such a generous individual. As soon as I met her, I felt good vibes coming out of her and I knew something good was going to happen. Habibi Day Spa is hands down a 5.0/5.0. It doesn't matter if you're a woman or a man, it's worth booking an appointment. Her work is amazing! 

For more information:

Habibi Day Spa
Address: 917 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W
Phone:(416) 923-7868

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Neo Coffee Bar #4

NEO COFFEE BAR Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Hello Coffee Addicts!
After an appointment this morning, I decided to drop by at Neo Coffee Bar. 

I have not tried this yet.

Nor this. I think this one is seasonal. 

Ah, there is the white chocolate and raspberry! 

I just realized that someone had placed the wrong sign. This is the dark chocolate orange roll cake. 

I didn't try this yet. I don't know why but I used to go crazy for red beans as a child. Now, not so much.

The Kyoto Matcha Latte was for to go. It was flavourful, creamy, bubbly, foamy, smooth and warm. I loved it! This was my third time having this and it's pretty consistent. I need to start trying out other matcha places in downtown. 

For more information:

Neo Coffee Bar
Address: 161 Frederick St, Toronto, ON M5A 4P1
Phone:(647) 348-8811