24h in Toronto

i spent 24h in Toronto last weekend and while i was there, i met up with some friends and tried some restaurants! pics and brief review below the cut:


dinner @ L’ouvrier
apparently a new restaurant (opened about a month ago my friend was telling me). very nice space, with lots of room between tables, and an interesting menu.

i started off with a drink: an aperol spritz, 9$. not as sweet a drink as i’m used to, which was a nice change. i liked it!

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i tried one of their salads as an appetizer: daikon slaw with jicama, cashews, sesame seeds, scallion, carrot, coriander and a soy-chili dressing, 10$. interesting tastes, a bit spicy, the dressing made it somewhat creamy. very enjoyable.

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for my main course, i took the first thing that caught my eye on the menu (it sounded so good, and it was!): panko crusted pig cheek with cheddar grits, smoked ham hock jus, kale, pickled radish and fried shallot, 23$. the meat was cooked to perfection, very tender, the cheddar grits had a nice deep flavor to them and the veggies complemented the dish very well.

w/taxes & tip = 50$. the service was good. i’d recommend making a reservation; the place was pretty full when we went on a Saturday evening.

L’Ouvrier
791 Dundas Street West
416-901-9581
http://www.louvrier.ca

i had asked friends to recommend good dim sum joints in Toronto. I got several suggestions. after checking their websites, chowhound and tripadvisor reviews, i settled on Rol San and went there for breakfast sunday morning. i got there around 9:30, and by the time i left around 10:30, the place was getting pretty full!

i ordered 4 dim sums:

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steamed shrimp

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fried taro beef

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steamed bbq pork buns

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fried pancakes (made with rice flour? they were very sticky, i found that interesting).

i found all 4 quite good. the service was quick. i’d recommend as well!

18$ w/tax & tip.

Rol San
323 Spadina Avenue
416-977-1128

i stocked up on snacks for the road at the chinese bakery, a friend’s recommendation.

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i took a fried sweet potato bun, a non fried sweet potato bun, a pineapple-coconut bun, a sweet hotdog bun, and a sticky rice peanut butter cake. all this for 1.80$! i had some on the bus back home, and some for breakfast the next day. i liked everything, especially the sweet potato stuff. i’ll have to check if the chinese bakeries in Montreal serve something similar.

Chinese Bakery
433 Dundas West
416-260-0305

and before heading to the bus station, i had a light lunch with a friend at Urban Herbivore, a vegan restaurant in the market: their soup of the day was sweet potato and coconut milk (4$), served with delicious crispy bread croutons. i also took one of their cupcakes to go, an apple crisp cupcake (3.10$). (no pics, unfortunately.) the soup was quite good. i had the cupcake once i got home, the next day, found it nicely spiced and moist. it tasted just like an apple crisp!

Urban Herbivore
64 Oxford Street
416-927-1231
http://www.herbivore.to

quite a fun (and tasty!) 24h! i was thinking next time, i should stay longer :)

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