Monday, July 18, 2011

Cafe Moroc

Date: July 2011
Location: 49 Front Street East, Toronto, Ontario

Summerlicious is back this year. This year I get to try out a few different restaurants and hoping they are going to be great. The first one is Cafe Moroc. I have no idea what to expect because I never tried Moroccan food before. Neither knowing where the country is on the world map lol. Base on this fact, I only wanted to try out their lunch just in case I don't like their food beside it is cheaper too. As usual, for a $15 lunch I got appetizer, menu, and dessert. My overall impression is, I will go back for dinner for their regular menu.

Cafe Greens
Baby lettuces, dressed with Champagne and pomegranate vinaigrette, topped with fresh fine cut vegetables, cherry tomatoes and balsamic cremini mushrooms
Veggies are fresh and the vinaigrette has a hint of sweetness. Love it!

Hand rolled “Moroccan Cigars”, hot crispy pastry stuffed with a mixture of mildly spiced beef, cashews and raisins, topped with chipotle aioli
Taste a bit like curry beef spring roll. Not sure what the orange sauce is but it taste good.

Mango Salmon
Pan Seared 5-ounce fillet of salmon, topped with mango salsa, served with saffron basmati rice and traditional Moroccan root vegetables
Very moist and tender salmon. The sweetness of the mango makes it taste even better.

Marrakesh Express
Julienne of chicken breast wrapped tightly with honey-butter onion, Mediterranean olives, couscous and rich tagine sauce, served with choice of Moroc Frites or Café greens.
I can't really tasted the chicken as it was over powered by the yummy couscous. 

Moroc Steak Baguette
6-ounce AAA Angus New York Strip loin, seasoned and grilled, blanketed with caramelized onions and horseradish mayonnaise, served with choice of Moroc Frites or Café Greens.
According to my friend, the steak was average and  the french fries are soggy. 

Brulee Royal
A rich and flavourful crème brulée
This is one of the best creme brulee I have ever tried. 
It was not too sweet so I could tasted the custard.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Date: July 2011
Location: 4848 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario

C.C. and I check out daily deal all the time to look for good restaurant deal. Not only that it is a good way to try out different restaurants but also a great way to save money. I have heard of RAA advertising on 680 News when it first open. I always want to try it out. (That's the power of advertisement!). One day, I spotted a deal from RAA $20 for $40 of food on the internet. This is a perfect excuse to try out new food.

There is no free parking on site, however there is a green P at the back of this restaurant. This restaurant is heavily decorated with wood. My first impression is "wow it is very dark but warm and cozy". C.C. and I were greeted by the owner right away and a table for 2 was waiting for us. Next, the waitress gave us 3 different menus (1) Regular Menu (2) Drink Menu (3) Food not available Menu ^o^. At first I was surprise to see the "Food not available menu". Later on I was a bit disappointed because I found out the food which I wanted to order were on the not available menu. Finally, C.C. and I ordered some fried tapas and sashimi to try out.

7 Samurai and Tequi - RAA  sake cocktail
7 samurai is way too sour to drink on its own. It is not my taste.
Tequi - RAA is much better because it is an orange juice based drink.

Spicy Ika Yaki
Spicy grilled squid. C.C. said it is very spicy but I found it average.
It has a strong taste so not good with sashimi together.

Crispy Calamari
Deep fried squid, ginger mayo. I couldn't taste the ginger in the mayo at all.
Overall, this is a very delicious dish. The calamari was still crispy even when it is cold.

Sashimi Plate Medium
Regular Fishy not a big surprise.

House Chicken Rings
Crispy rings with soy ginger flavor. Excellent crispy rings and very juicy.

Shiso Tree (2nd Visit)

Date: June 2011
Location: Unit 1 - 3160 Steeles Ave E, Markham, ON L3R 3Y2

I can't believe I haven't update my blog for such a long period of time. I guess I was getting too lazy.
This time I am going to talk about a restaurant which I have visited before - Shiso Tree. I have been visiting this restaurant regularly  and their quality of food are getting better and better. When they first started there weren't  lot of selections on the menu. However that has been changed. Their menu has 3 different sections: Wafu (Japanese style spaghetti), Cream and Tomato sauce based spaghetti.  As many of you may have notice, Shiso Tree only serve spaghetti and you can't find any other pastas. This time C.C. ordered Spaghettial nero di seppia on the menu of the month and I ordered Creamy Bacon Carbonara. We paid $7 extra to add the pasta set which includes soup of the day and a piece of cake. 

House Salad
greens with tomato in a soy sauce and sesame based dressing.
This is a very fresh and tasty salad. Soy sauce and sesame are a good combo.
Soup of the day - Mushroom Soup
A very freshly blended mushroom soup without lot of cream.
Shiso tree's soup is a must try.

Creamy Bacon Carbonara
I tried their spinach soup before and as always freshly blended. 
This is a big hit.  A very creamy dish yet I didn't have the gluey feeling in my month.
I tasted the egg yolk, cheese, and bacon combined together well. 
The garlic bread is very crispy on the side but warm and soft in the middle. ~$11

Spaghettial nero di seppia 
Spaghetti in squid ink sauce with clam and calamari. 
This is a special dish which is on the monthly menu. I wish they can include it in the regular menu.
This is my first time trying the squid ink spaghetti. Tell you the truth I can't really tasted the "ink".
The taste of the sea came from the clam and calamari which were cooked to perfection.
None of the seafood have the "rubber" texture. The spicy sauce just tied the whole dish together. $15

Lemon mousse cake
light creamy mousse cake with a hint of lemon taste.

 Mango & Strawberry cream cake
The fruits are fresh with the light cream. Not too sweet. Perfect for after dinner dessert.