Toronto’s Festival of Beer – Spring 2016

A few months ago, I was invited again to Toronto’s Festival of Beer – Spring Sessions. I found the weather this time to be much improved and perfect for a beer festival. The sun was blazing with occasional drafts of wind coming from the lake and not a dark cloud in … Continue reading

Winterlicious 2016: My Top 10 Picks

Hi Foodies, New year, new restaurants and a new Licious list for my foodie followers. Wanted to get this out earlier but I’ve had a crazy busy week. My new list is totally different because I wanted to recommend different restaurants and just … Continue reading

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown – News & Recap 2014

Hey Toronto Foodies, Mark your calendar and start the countdown! Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is coming back for another year. The competition will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Fermenting Cellar in Distillery District (28 Distillery Lane). If you haven’t been to … Continue reading

Toronto’s Festival of Beer – Spring 2015

Love beer, food and music? Check out Toronto Festival of Beer! While this is a quick recap of their past Spring event in April at Sherborne Common, there is another one coming up on July 24-26, 2015 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition … Continue reading

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown 2013

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Get ready foodies, Ocean Wise’s Chowder Chowdown is coming to town! This event is definitely marked as a highlight on my foodie calendar, so I can’t recommend it enough. If you aren’t sure about attending, I hope my post will … Continue reading

Bier Market – The Esplanade ★ 1/2

Price: $15-30+ depending on meal

Two words: BAD SERVICE! In my TOP 5 WORST Service Experiences.

Came here with friends for a holiday get together. We made reservations for 14 people and confirmed this with the restaurant. Knowing this, they gave us a table that can fit 8-10 max and to figure out how to sit the remaining people ourselves. We couldn’t even get chairs! Waitress was so unhelpful, all I heard was “no i, sorry…unfortunately, no..” … you get my drift. I would provide a name but she wasn’t wearing a tag and actually, everyone was basically unhelpful. I managed to get 1 extra chair after asking repeatedly. I inquired to the waitress AGAIN, a staff member (who said she would find someone to help but never did) and finally a hostess (who must have sensed I was getting frustrated and might have asked for a manager if I didn’t get my chairs).

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the company, food and music. Just not the service. I know we were a big group but I think the tip would have made up for the hassle? Also, there were so many extra chairs lying around I just wanted to grab one myself. I guess they were just trying to save them to fit in as many paying customers as possible. Though some of the chairs were still empty when I left the place. Anyway, whats more frustrating is that they wanted us to coat check too, charging $3 per coat and $5 if you place it together with someone. Sorry but this seemed like a rip off to me, its not a club but a restaurant & bar. I would assume that would be complimentary and if not, at least given as an option. Not basically forced to do it so we can have enough room to sit.

I am not totally writing this place off because everything else isn’t bad. The food, beer and band are okay. Band played later then expected though, started around 10:15pm instead of 9pm. I had the Market Poutine $13 and Fruli Strawberry Wheat Ale $6.42. Both which I liked and would try again. The poutine was very filling and the ale was almost sweet as juice. If I ever do come back, I might try the Delirium Tremens Ale $7.74. I recommend trying this place only if you are in the area and in the mood for pub food. However, come with very low expectations! Perhaps you will have better luck then I.

It gets really noisy and crowded later though, so not ideal for any romantic dates or meetings. Dress Code: No hoodies but a sweater and jean outfit should be fine.

Location: 58 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1A6
Telephone: (416) 862 – 7575
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday – 11am to 1am, Thursday to Saturday – 11am to 2am

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The Bohemian Gastropub ★★ 1/2 (CLOSED!)

Price: $15+

Went here with some friends for drinks while in the area. Service was okay, they are nice but when it got really busy, I waited a long time to just get the bill. I had chicken and mashed potatoes, which were delish! The chicken was so soft! However, it did come to me luke warm. Also I think they did an overhaul of the menu now so its not available.

Still I recommend trying this place out if you are in the area. Nice place to relax with friends. It gets really noisy later though, so not ideal for any romantic dates or meetings.

Location: 571 Queen St West, Toronto, ON M5V 2B6
Telephone: (416) 531-3800
Hours: Monday to Sunday – 11am to 12am

NOTE – Restaurant is now closed. According to its being replaced by Lucid Cocktail & Kitchen.

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La Societe Bistro ★★★

Price: $20-30+ depending on what you order.

I ate here a while ago with a friend for dinner and just never had the chance to review it till now. Came across this place as I usually do, impulsively and conveniently, haha. Anyways, ended up ordering the 8oz. Hamburger for $16 (included fries, cheese is $2 extra). The hamburger was good and fries were okay. Just not sure its worth basically $20.

I have to say, I found this place pricey for what it serves. As I mentioned before, they charge $2 to put on a slice of cheese for your burger. Um, okaaayyy… Moving on, service is alright but slow (understandable when I went because it was for an event and really crowded). Won’t decide about service until I probably visit another time.

Appearance wise, it is nice. Stained glass ceiling in dining area with low lighting and comfy booths. I was eating in the bar & lounge area, which has a few booths and a lot of high table seating. Good for dinner dates and meals with friends or family, generally an older set crowd dines here. Dress code: semi-casual? Jeans are okay.

Just found out this place has oysters for $1.00 on Thursdays after 5pm in the bar and lounge. So I will probably come again sometime in the future. If anyone tries this, let me know. Also curious if the oysters are from Oyster Boy or not.

Address: 131 Bloor Street West. Unit 211. Toronto, ON M5S 1R1
Telephone: (416) 551 – 9929
Monday to Thursday: 11:30am-11pm, Friday: 11:30am-12am, Saturday: 11am-12am, Sunday:11am-11pm.

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