Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe

Price: Under $10

Known for their ice creams, I recommend this café purely based on my childhood memories. Why you wonder? I actually had ice cream here on and off throughout my childhood. I recall Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe when I was still in junior school, my aunt would treat my cousins and I to their desserts in the summer. We probably visited only a handful of times when I was younger but it makes me reminisce a bit when I pass by the café. It’s still as popular as ever though, especially in the summer time.

They have a patio so customers can relax and enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures since my last visit was before I even started Toronto Foodie! However, I will for sure try to stop by the café should I find the time to venture out to their area again.

Dress code: casual, suitable for everyone…even your boss if you think its appropriate. No dinner but lunches and after work would be a nice time to visit.

Website: http://www.sicilianicecream.com
Location: 712 College St, Toronto ON M6G 1C3
Telephone:  (416) 531 – 7716
Hours: Monday to Thursday – 9:00 am to 1:00 am, Friday & Saturday: 9:00 am to 3:00 am and Sunday – 11:00 am – 1:00 am

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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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Summerlicious – Blu Ristorante & Lounge ★★1/2

Price: Over $30+

I ate here for a past summer-licious event’s with some friends. I had a salad, veal scallopini with butternut squash puree and tartufo ice cream. Everything was okay but it wasn’t really that amazing. I found the salad had too much sauce on it and the butternut squash puree nice but kind of overwhelming the veal. Perhaps it would have been better if it was placed on the side?  I can only say I loved the dessert. But since they probably bought that….its not much of a recommendation. I did get to try a friend’s dish, they ordered the acorn squash (vegetarian dish) and it was rather good. As for the other pictures posted of the salmon and pasta, etc. I can’t make a comment except I remember being told it was also a bit too salty.

Service is nice though, one of my friends was 30 mins late and I ordered for her thinking she wouldn’t have to wait when she arrived. However, her order arrived sooner then expected and it got cold while we waited for her. Our server was very polite and was more then willing to re-heat it for us without asking or making it seem like an inconvenience. I didn’t get any attitude, which I much appreciated.

This place is nice for a romantic date and eating with friends. Not really for family with kids though. Dress code: Semi-Casual.

Website: http://bluristorante.com/
Address: 17 Yorkville Ave, Toronto ON M4W 1L1
Telephone: (416) 921 – 1471
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Friday to Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Sundays – closed.

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