Summerlicious – Stock ★★★1/2

Price: Over $30+ Decided to try a new restaurant with some foodie friends this year and after a vote, settled on the $25 lunch menu at Stock in Trump International Hotel & Tower. Right as I walked in, I noticed … Continue reading

Summerlicious – Azure Restaurant & Bar ★★1/2

Price: $30+

So came here for lunch last year with a fellow foodie lover, we felt like trying something new and this place seemed nice. The restaurant is inside the Intercontinental Hotel.

I had the caprese salad as an appetizer, which was small but enjoyable. My friend commented their appetizer, a baby green salad was a bit too bitter though. As for the main, I ordered the grilled boneless skinless chicken breast with quinoa and pineapple salsa, I felt it was a bit too dry. I would probably only recommend the desserts here, I tried the apple tartin with homemade vanilla ice cream and my friend had the chocolate cake with spiced whip cream. Both were sweet and yummy!

I think I would come here for just drinks and desserts. Something like if you were in the area and wanted a snack after work or during lunch. It is semi-dressy, but a nice shirt/top with dark jeans is fine.

Note: I did notice they offer quite a few vegetarian dishes for the prix fixe menu, which is nice. Also, on a side note – washrooms are not conveniently located nearby, you have to go further into the hotel and make your way down a hall to get there. I got a little lost making my way there. Haha.

Website: http://www.azurerestaurant.ca/
Location: 225 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2X3
Telephone: (416) 597-8142
Hours: Monday to Sunday – 6:30am to 10:00pm.

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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.

Website: http://www.thebohemiangastropub.ca/
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 GridTO.com its being replaced by Lucid Cocktail & Kitchen. 

http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-drink/lucid-cocktail-kitchen-to-replace-bohemian-gastropub/

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Pickle Barrel – Atrium ★★

Price: $15-20+

This is a popular place frequented by students, families and professionals looking to grab a bite and have drinks after work. The atrium downtown location near Eaton Centre is where I usually eat, so I will be basing my review on that. I recommend their seafood linguine, sweet potato fries, italian sausage penne, grilled chicken hummus wrap and cheesecake. I dont recommend their soups, esp. the chicken soup w/ matzo ball. It seemed like something from a cambells soup can with just two large meat balls. What also recently turned me off was when I ordered a mojito, I found a bug in it! If it occurs again, I’ll lower my rating.

Service here is sometimes spotty as well. For example, for my last visit the hostess was clearly not having a good day with all the glares, no smiles and greetings she was showing. But the waitress for our table was very nice, always checking up us. Their roles could easily be switched if I had gone on another day. So I don’t think they have consistent service.

Website: http://www.picklebarrel.ca/index.php
Menu: http://www.picklebarrel.ca/menu/pickle_barrel_menus/grand.pdf
Location: 312 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M5B 1R4
Telephone: (416) 977 – 6677
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 8am to 11pm, Friday & Saturday: 8am to 12am.

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Jack Astors ★★★

Price: $15-20+

This is a goto place for students and people looking to eat after work. Family-friendly and great for group outings. Popular dishes with me are the easy sell pizza, grilled chicken quesadilla, lobster and crab dip, chicken fingers and chipotle chicken pita and salad (a lunch special only). Recently, tried their steak fajitas – cajun style and I have to say, its pretty tasty! Meat arrives sizzling in a stone bowl and you are given a bit of salad, cheese, veggies, sauce, etc to put in your soft flour tortillas. I had a lunch size and it was very filling, definitely worth trying again. Their root beer floats and drink menu is pretty good too.

Decor is very eclectic. Frames of cartoons fill the walls and tables are covered with paper so people can draw on them. They have unique lighting fixtures, comfy booths and a patio. This is a good place to go with friends and family but not anything business related.

 

Website: http://www.jackastors.com/index.aspx
Location: Various locations
Hours: Vary depending on location. Check website.

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