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Some time ago we were visiting Toronto for a friend’s wedding. Like any other trip, it becomes culinary at some stage. We arrived at Fat Pasha. This was Anthony’s Rose latest collaboration with Robert Wilder. It is located at 414 Dupont Street (between Spadina Road and Bathurst Street). This Israeli restaurant focused on vegetables, chopped liver, hummus and became this hippest thing around.
The tiny 45 seater restaurant is a tight space. Designed by Palmerston Design and artwork by Jeff Blackburn that somehow minds me of Genghis Khan destroying tribes in Northeast Asia.
It was early in the day and the restaurant was already fairly packed. Even before doors opened, crowds were forming outside on a weekday. This is crazy. I needed to settle in with a drink. All I remembered was that it was refreshing and tart tasting.
Liver and Verscht on Rye 18: Chopped liver, beef salami, hard egg, gribenes, radish, and caramelized onion with pickles. We were presented a generous portion of the chopped liver. The hostess drizzled schmaltz into the boil and began mixing over the boiled egg and hard fried bits of chicken skin. Too fast to get a decent photo. Spread it over toast and enjoy. This was a heavy dish.
Roast Cauliflower 17: One of their signature dishes and perhaps one of the main reasons we wanted to come to Fat Pasha. I mean, until Fat Pasha, vegetables was not really a thing for Rose’s ventures. Rose and Sons and Big Crow both were unapologetically heavy and meat focused.
Tahini, skhug, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and halloumi. You literally need a steak knife to chop thru this monster. It is filling despite it being all cauliflower. It is meaty and hearty with every bite. Yet it is not heavy and very refreshing with the acidity and spice.
We also recommend sharing their Salatim platter. Choose from Tahini with everything bagel spice, garlic fried tomatoes, chopped eggplant and tahini and garlic labneh with za’atar.
Next time you are in Toronto, come with a few friends. The portions are too large just for a couple and it is hard to sample everything. There’s enough pitas and latka platter for life.
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Mon 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tue 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
414 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V9
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Roselle Desserts is a pastry shop on 362 King Street East, Toronto that you have to visit! When we were planning our Toronto trip, there was a few places on our “to try” / “must eat list”. After our disappointing experience at Dufflet Pastries (apparently I got suckered into very cute vintage website that propagandas people to eat more cake), we had to redeem ourselves.
Roselle is relatively new bakery after opening in February 2015. Still relatively quiet during the day in Corktown even with Canary District developments, makes it a perfect day for us to visit! After a long drive to Niagara Falls, some delicious desserts will make me happy!
Owners, Stephanie Duong and Bruce Lee who are both graduates of George Brown College, traveled and worked in both Paris and Hong Kong. Bruce had worked for a Michelin starred Chinese Chinese-French fusion restaurant; while Stephanie apprenticed at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon.
We loved our time chatting with the Stephanie about her delicious cakes. So much that we almost forgot to take pictures of her beautiful and delicious desserts. Stephanie is ever so genuine and down to earth.
The bakery itself is simple, minimalist and bright. We liked the white walls with a splash of red chairs. The cake fridge glows with petite perfections: banana cream eclairs, Mille Crepe, Earl Grey cakes, Turtle tarts, Loco Coco etc. Roselle’s desserts is nothing short from precision. Stephanie herself loves to explore different pastry shops and even gave us a few good recommendations!
On the table are two incredibly superb treats along with a robust and aromatic coffee from Detour Coffee Roastery.
Banana Cream Eclair: Not your typically choux dough filled with a cream and smothered with icing. This banana cream eclair is sophisticated. Bananas are caramelized, deglazed with rum and set on fire. The cream filling is made with vanilla bean. The sweetness and banana flavor pay off is huge!
The Earl: Chocolate Earl Grey mousse, toasted cream, chocolate flakes. An airy and velvety smooth cake with gentle black tea infused bergamot. Packed with as much flavor possible without overpowering either. The Earl is so good I could eat a whole 6″ cake myself!
Earl Grey Shortbreads: Stephanie was such a darling to pack us some of these along with some nougats for our flight home. These makes great souvenirs treats and carries well. To continue the Earl Grey theme, these shortbreads are light but so buttery! Filled with white chocolate and candied orange to brighten and tie in all the flavors.
Cuisine: Desserts, Coffee, Bakery
Tue 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
362 King Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1K9
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South of the 49th Parallel, Korean-American chef and entrepreneur David Chang founded Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Má Pêche, Milk Bar and Momofuku Ko in New York City. North of the boarder is the Great White North Toronto Financial District where David Chang’s expanded Momofuku Noodle Bar TO, Nikai, Daishō and Shōtō. Towards the Indian Ocean is Momofuku Seiōbo in Sydney, Australia. I digress.
We fell more in love with David Chang after watching The Mind of a Chef produced by Anthony Bourdain.
Of course you can find the various Momofuku specialties stacked in one building at 190 University Ave right next to Shangri-La Hotel Toronto.
What do you order for big group parties at Momofuku?
One of the specialties of Momofuku is their Bo Ssam. Essentially, this is no small task for one person. Which is why it is perfect for large group dinners. Momofuku Daisho features large format meals that are served family-style. Reservations are required and Daisho offers mulitple large format meals for parties of 4-10 people.
I’m still amazed at the notion some hold ‘sharing’ food with such a shock value. Family style / sit-down meals, where dishes of food are placed center of table in large portions from which diners serve themselves are customary at home. It seems once we ‘go out to eat’, this becomes a big deal.
Bo Ssam is Korean for wrapped. It includes a whole slow roasted 6-8 hours pork butt with a brown sugar and kosher salt rub, a dozen oysters, white rice, bibb lettuce, ssäm sauce (korean bbq sauce), kimchi and ginger scallion sauce.
You are encouraged to make wraps with the pork and condiments or eat as they please.
$240 for your entire party (6-10 people), not including additional food and drinks ordered, tax and tip.
Chicken Buns 6 each: Fried chicken with pickled turnip, date hoisin, scallion wrapped in an open faced big bun. Nothing special and over-hyped. The infamous pork buns are not available on the 3rd floor Momofuku Daisho. Can not be brought up from the first floor Momofuku Noodle Bar because they are ‘two seperate restaurants operating in the same building’. If you must insists on enjoying your pork buns made with hoisin, scallion and cucumber, you can order take out and physically walk it upstairs to your seat! Seems awfully a lot of trouble for just one dai bao we can do without!
Fluke Sashimi 14: Marinated in citrus oil with a wash of buttermilk, yuzu and Sirracha. The fish was much too fishy. If would not order this again. Seriously, this was not worth the calories!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fish Sauce Vinaigrette. This is a side plate added on to the Bo Ssam. Tasty and something I would love to make at home.
Momofuku Milk Bar Milk Store in on the second floor off from Nikai cocktail lounge and closes at 11pm. This little section ‘grocery’ store fits no more than six people. What to buy from the Milk Store?
Crack Pie is available in single servings for $6 or $48 for a whole pie. Unlike Milk Bar in NYC, these are flew in and stocked. The sugar pie is super sweet with a crumbly crust steeped in syrup.
Cookies! Plastic wrapped cookies at $2 each or $11 for six. Best sellers are compost cookie packed with graham crackers, butterscotch and chocolate chips, potato chips, pretzels and coffee ground. I actually prefer the cornflake marshmallow maple-pecan-coconut cookie. I like the soft chewiness of the marshmallow. Also available are blueberry & cream, peanut butter, and corn.
Momofuku Milk Bar is the bakery dessert pioneered by Christina Tosi and David Chang. Two of my favorite recipe books are Milk Bar Life: Recipes & Stories and the classic Momofuku Milk Bar. You can also make cereal milk cupcakes!
Speaking of cereal milk, you must try the cereal milk soft served ice cream! Slightly salty and loads of sweet. Crunchy cereal corn flakes are sprinkled on top and settled on the bottom.
Now I can say that I’ve been to Momofuku. I feel that not everything blew our minds or was a delicious as anticipated. I do blame it on the hype. Just like the hype that brings countless patrons requesting for the pork bun on the third floor only to find that it is only available at the noodle bar.
Now you will just have to go and judge it for yourself! Let us know what you liked or didn’t like about it in the comments below!
Momofuku Daisho Toronto Daisho;
Momofuku Noodle Bar;
Momofuku Nikai; and
Cuisine: Japanese, Korean, Asian-Fusion
Mon 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
190 University Avenue, Toronto, ON