Hot List: Maison Christian Faure

 

At Maison Christian Faure, pastry is without a doubt the beating heart of the house. Renowned pastry chef Christian Faure Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, and his team are constantly coming up with new angles on desserts and innovative versions of “petit gâteau” to classic desserts, ice cream, mixing tradition and innovation. Now with 3 locations in Montéal, Old Port, Downtown and Eaton Centre, each one offers a different specialty of Chef Christian Faure for you to enjoy. A genuine showcase of everything good and beautiful. Our Boutiques are the ideal place for discovering traditional original pastry with flavours and scents of the season.

Hot list: Paese Ristorante

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Italian-inspired with distinctive made-in-Canada twist, Paese Ristorante, located on 3827 Bathurst Street, offers a wide range of Italian favourite eats including authentic appetizers, homemade pizza (with gluten-free and vegetarian options), and a variety of pasta dishes with homemade sauces. The space is dimly lit, creating a cozy and intimate atmosphere. 

I brought along my coworker, Jen Lee, to the tasting and we were able to try a variety of Paese favourites, which included the soup of the day – asparagus with garnished goat cheese, grilled octopus for appetizer,  grilled shrimp linguine and their daily special Ontario lamb chops for mains, and lastly, cioccolato for dessert.

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While waiting for our dishes to arrive, we started off with their homestyle bread and hummus, which had a nice taste with the right amount of spice that didn’t overpower.

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Asparagus with garnished goat cheese in veggie stock was the soup of the day. I’ll be honest, I’m not really a huge fan of goat cheese, but the cheese really mixed well with the asparagus soup. It added a rich creamier texture with the right consistency.

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The grilled octopus was the next dish we had. It was lightly grilled with a bedding of grilled capers, vegetables, and potatoes. I can tell you that not many people are a fan of overly “fishy” aftertastes when eating seafood; however, the minimal seasoning on the octopus, you can barely taste the “fishy” flavour, which is a definite plus.

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After our appetizers, came main course. Jen ordered the grilled shrimp linguine, and I ordered the daily special – Ontario lamb chops. Everything about the linguine tasted very fresh – the jumbo shrimp, pasta, and the sauce. Since the sauce was freshly made, you can taste the fresh basil in it with tomato chunks – a nice balance between rich and light.

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My lamb chops  came with a side of mashed sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. It was perfectly cooked to medium rare, lightly sauced, and juicy. The mashed sweet potato evened out the taste of boiled brussels sprouts. It might not look a lot at first glance, but it was extremely filling,

img_7053 As if we haven’t eaten enough already, and have been experiencing a severe cause of good food coma, we couldn’t leave without trying their dessert. The cioccolato (dark chocolate terrine with white chocolate mousse, Nutella and hazelnut brittle) was not too sweet, with lightly whipped white chocolate mousse in between.

Our delicious tasting put us in a ‘food coma’, which is a sign that I truly enjoyed my time at Paese Ristorante. Make sure you try them out when you get the chance!

Phone

416.631.6585

Website

 paeseristorante.com

Facebook

www.facebook.com/PaeseRistorante

Instagram

@paeseristorante

Tom Jones Steakhouse

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The Tom Jones Steakhouse building has stood since the early 1800s and embodies such an old-world charm that you and your guest will forget the world at your intimately hidden away table for two. The candle light, the tuxedoed servers, and the live piano will make you feel like you strolled right into a romantic evening from the 1920s.

Location: 17 Leader Lane, Toronto

Website: www.tomjonessteakhouse.com

Hawley Crescent

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Hawley Crescent uses an organic process in which food is their affordable art. Whatever the occasion, whatever the mood, they provide a personal journey to intensify each taste bud on your tongue. Executive Chef Roger Searle and his team have an immensely approachable personality while offering fresh food with high quality standards that will leave you feeling full of flavour.

Location: 105 Consumers Dr, Whitby

Webiste: www.hawleycrescent.ca

Atlas Espresso Bar

atlas-espresso-barTwo eclectic, small town brothers are continuing a dream first established by Sandrine Kwan in 2014. Atlas Espresso Bar is a cozy little corner of the world where you are among friends. Featuring a custom bean by local roaster Trebilcock. Serving up daily specials, tasty treats and great coffee. Come by for lunch, a coffee or just to hang out.

 

Location: 550 Front St W Unit 59, Toronto

Website: https://www.atlasespressobar.com