~ Winterlicious 2015: My Top 10 Picks ~

New year, new list of restaurants for Toronto Foodies! Licious menu prices have increased this year. Now prix fixe lunches are $18, $23, $28 and dinners are $25, $35, $45. Reservations have already opened but if you are still looking for suggestions … 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

Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

The Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is where top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto for the title of Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in each city. Guests are invited to sample all 13 chowders (a wooden spoon’s provided to taste … Continue reading

Fred’s Not Here ★★

Price: $20+

Fred’s Not Here is not bad but they could improve. First of all, just getting into the restaurant is a little confusing. Their sign is above the wrong restaurant so you must read a little sign pointing you next door to know where it is. Not hard but it doesn’t look professional if you get what I mean.

I just had a starter – the baked lobster and crab soup with a shot of cherry ($9.49). It’s good and hot; they somehow puff the bread up over a soup bowl so once you break it, it deflates and you can scoop out the soup. If you order this, probably order another item as well since as a starter it is not filling enough. This usually wouldn’t be enough for me too but my friend also brought in cake (I ate here for her birthday), so by the time we finished I was actually full.

I noticed some people liked the seafood especially, so maybe that might be worth checking out. I wouldn’t suggest the fries though, I saw them and they seemed like ones you find in a frozen bag. I think it would be wise to ask the servers for recommendations if you really are debating, they probably won’t steer you wrong.

This leads me to the next part of my review, the service. I think service here is actually fast paced. At times I felt rushed to order or finish my meal but since I was with a big group, I kind of understood where they were coming from. Our server was nice but she seemed scattered at the end. When everyone was paying their bills she gave a lot of us the wrong change, so make sure you check your bills when paying cash here.

Overall, good place for lunch and dinner with friends, coworkers or older relatives. Not so much with your boss. They have a lower level bar area but its hardly packed on a weeknight. Dresscode: Casual to Semi-Casual.

Website: http://fredsnothere.com/
Location: 321 King St. West, Toronto ON
Telephone: (416) 971 – 9155
Hours: Not sure. Call restaurant to confirm.

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Richtree Market Restaurant ★★★ 1/2

Price: 10-15+

Similar to Marche, Richtree follows the same method using an individual card to add food costs to your bill so you can pay at a cash register afterwards. Depending on each location, there may be smaller restaurants such as the one located at Eaton Centre. There is no seating except in the food court and no need for individual cards to be used. Other locations I have visited are College Park and the one underground around Scotia Plaza, which has seating.

Good for lunches with friends and coworkers.

TIP: If you come 10-15 minutes before they close, they will sell any food made that day for 50% off!

Website: http://www.richtree.ca/
Locations: Various locations

Rol San ★★1/2

Price: Under $15

I went here with some family and we had fried noodles, dim sum, fried octopus legs, dumplings with shrimp and veggies, sticky rice, rice noodle roll (which i refer to as bánh cuốn). bánh cuốn is a thin rice noodle roll filled with shrimp. It can also be filled with pork, beef, vegetables, or other ingredients. They are usually available as a morning dish, same with dim sum. But both can be ordered before 4pm at this restaurant. I also had crab claws and they cost $2-4 each.

I liked everything except the dumplings with vegetables and possibly the fried noodles. They were OK. Everything else was not bad. Service was quick too even though it was packed and we went during 4-5pm.

Website: Not Available.
Location: 323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T 2E9
Telephone: (416) 977-1128

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Moxies ★★1/2

Price: $25+

I went to Moxies, a popular restaurant chain for my birthday. It was a restaurant I hadn’t tried and was kinda convenient to eat at. Decor is nice and lighting is somewhat dark, giving it a relaxing atmosphere I guess. I think our waitress was kind of new, she didn’t really seem experienced but she was friendly so I have no real complaints there. Now with the food, I had a seafood linguine and a strawberry-blueberry daiquiri. I found there was too much sauce in the pasta and the daiquiri was overly sweet even for me (which is saying a lot).

Not sure about this place yet, I don’t necessarily love or hate it at the moment. I’ll update my review should I ever happen to visit it again though. Moxies is a place to go with friends and family but not anything business related.

Website: http://www.moxies.ca/
Location: Various locations, review for 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON M6A
Telephone: (416) 787 – 7600
Hours: Sunday to Monday – 11am to 12am, Tuesday to Thursday – 11am to 1am, Friday to Saturday – 11am to 2am.

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