CLUNY Bistro

I was told a lot of money was put inside this place so we had to check it out 🙂  In the heart of The Distillery District Toronto, there is CLUNY Bistro, a 11,000 sq. ft French restaurant which is surrounded by tons of historical buildings.  What a perfect place to celebrate Vivian’s birthday!!!

The front door really doesn’t tell you the size of the restaurant, I walked by a few times and I never noticed this place, but ones you walk in, I was overwhelmed with the interior design and space.  Everything is very French, from china sets to dinning tables, even the floor and ceilings are soo much in detailed, very pretty everywhere.  Food was fabulous, they have my favorite “octopus” and “frog legs”!!!  Portion wise it’s small but with a big taste, it’s quite perfect if you want a chit chat gathering with friends and family in my opinion.  Of course at the end, it comes with a price tag which was expected, but still it’s worth a try especially after spending an afternoon in The Distillery District and you are looking for a nice diner 🙂

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LAKEVIEW Restaurant

Located in heart of downtown Toronto, Ossington ave. area, LAKEVIEW Restaurant (1132 / 1134 Dundas Street W), an old school vintage diner which had been restored in its historic 1932 style to serve traditional and re-invented diner classics and comfort food.  It was also featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins & Dives highlighting popular menu items like Freedom Toast and the Apple Pie Milkshake. (YouTube link here)

Well the style is surely different from other restaurants, especially that Captain Canuck character you see everywhere inside (tons of syrup bottles that they sell), they even give you a comic book featuring Captain Canuck.  Food was great, typical western bar food like with some specialty dishes, it’s worth to try it at least ones but it does come with a price for their good food, I found most of the food a little greasy.  Some people like and some people don’t 😛

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Montreal

After so many years living in Toronto, can you believe this was my very first time being in Montreal?!  First thing I noticed when started entering the area, everything is in French (no surprise), the roads, traffic lights, buildings, even the parking meters are different, very interesting!!  I just couldn’t resist to start off doing one of my favorites, “shopping”, spent quite a long time hanging out downtown checking out those unique shops.  As I was also told, food taste a lot better no matter which restaurant I go in, went in a few random restaurants/cafes, of course I have proven it is not a myth at all and the price is very inexpensive as well.

Overall, I love Montreal, nothing is alike Toronto, feels like there is life in every corners, not to mention you can get Alcohol anywhere including gas station hehe.  I really don’t mind going back there for more visits but the long driving hours…  Might try flying or taking the train next time, could also be fun 🙂

more pictures on my facebook here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153421830470211.1073741850.689775210&type=1&l=823976caf0

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Magic Noodle (大槐树兰州拉面)

Finally, a hand pulled noodles restaurant in Richmond Hill area, between Leslie and Bayview, on 16th ave. Magic Noodle (大槐树兰州拉面).  The interior is spacious, very open concept, not even a single wall and they make their noodles in front of you at the end there.  A must try for their chewy hand pulled noodles which comes in small or large and you also get to choose the thickness of the noodle as well.  They do have a sizzling menu if you are just looking for something to nibble.  The soup base was perfect for my taste and the squid was soo mouth watering that I would die for the next when I go back 😛  If you are looking for quick lunch, not sure if this is the place tho because the wait time is quite long, it’s soo packed at all time.

just incase you don’t know where it is, it’s right where the new McDonald’s is and beware, it’s quite noisy inside, hehe

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響 HIBIKI Japanese Cuisine

Thanks Shu for helping me to get something from TaoBao, so I had to treat her somewhere for a nice dinner, of course thanks the amazing Cheryl came up with this idea 🙂  Not to mention, I also bumped into an old friends from almost 20 years ago ar 文 and turned out he is the brother of Becky LOL, what a small world 😛

Who would have thought on a busy street highway 7, right in between Warden and Kennedy Unionville, there is a new restaurant called 響 HIBIKI Japanese Cuisine (4450 Highway 7 East).  The spacious interior is amazing with the tree beams design, kindly waiters give you a cozy feeling and top quality sashimi and IZAKAYA dishes taste as well as they looks.  Price wise it’s not as steep as some other places, $30-50 per, really perfect for occasions like birthdays or gatherings.  I might go and try their lunch too because I heard they have some good specials, will see 🙂  Try it yourself, I can’t promise anything but I walked out as a happy customer, just look at the pictures below and you’ll know what I mean, hehe.

 

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