Valens – Winterlicious, the full on experience

The last backlogged Winterlicious post is finally here! For my last Winterlicious of this season, I went to a restaurant called Valens. It’s located at 19 Baldwin Street Toronto, ON M5T 1L1.

I arrived 15 minutes early, and I was also the only one in the restaurant (excluding the employees). I studied the menu while waiting for my friends to arrive since I got nothing else better to do. The menu, like EDO’s, was wrinkled and used, but I didn’t mind that because the menus were temporary ones anyways. They also pre-poured water for every table even if they were empty; I guess they know they’re popular or something. The restaurant was really hot, and my friends said the same thing as they walked into the restaurant. It was also made apparent from all the ice in the water melting at record speed.
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Brassaii – Winterlicious, the full on experience

Aaaaand I’m back!

It’s another instalment of prolonged Winterlicious review! Don’t worry, I only have 2 more Winterlicious (including this one). Hopefully my backlog will be shrinking as I post more…

Before I get started on this post, the lighting in the restaurant was very limited, and I refuse to use flash. Some pictures are quite dark, and I do apologize for that.

Tonight’s dining took place in Brassaii. The outside looks very much like a sacrificial chamber like one I would find in Skyrim. I mean… it’s very pretty :D. In all seriousness, Brassaii was a bit difficult to locate because it is in a deserted alleyway. The snow blowing into our face doesn’t help, either, but we managed to find it regardless. Brassaii is on 461 King St W Toronto, ON M5V 1K4.
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Bodega – Winterlicious, the full on experience

It’s restaurant review time, live from an airplane; this is one of the three entries I’ve been meaning to write. On Feb 3, I went to a restaurant called Bodega for lunch as part of the WInterlicious event. Bodega is an French bistro located at 30 Baldwin Street Toronto, ON M5T 1L3. The reservation was for 4 people at 12:30, but somehow, everyone was late. I feel really bad for being late, but the bus was 40 minutes late… I also live 1.5 hours away from the restaurant, so there really isn’t anything I could do.

Anyways, the exterior of the restaurant looked small, but nice. One could tell by looking at the exterior that this restaurant has class. It was small but packed, which usually means good. I found my friend and sat down without getting greeted by anybody. Nobody even came to pour me a glass of water until one other friend showed up. That was another 10 minutes later. Now, I know I shouldn’t complain since I was the one at fault, but I am still a paying customer!

I’ve had a really hard time deciding what to get because everything (almost) on the menu looks so tasty.

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Café La Gaffe – Winterlicious, the full on experience

Back with another Winterlicious post! This time, I went to a restaurant called Café La Gaffe. Café La Gaffe is located at 24 Baldwin Street, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1L2

At first glance, it doesn’t look so bad. Kind of looks like a small family run restaurant, and I like those kind of places. The servers greeted us with a smile and we sat down at our desirable seat. Not very long after we settled down, they served us water with lemon slices. Everything seemed nice, but where’s the menu? Just as I was about to question them, they told us that the winterlicious menu is being printed right now. Fresh off the grill… I mean printer. We did come right at 5pm, which I believe was the start of dinner for them, so it was forgivable. Actually, I find it nice that they reprint menus every day, so it doesn’t get crumpled up after uses.

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EDO – Winterlicious, the full on experience

I had the honour of being invited by my friend, whom I’ve haven’t talk to in a while, to a Winterlicious at EDO on the 28 of January. Usually, I would do research on the restaurant that I am going to eat at, but sometimes, it’s exciting to go into it completely blind. And that is what I did today.

EDO is located at 484 Eglinton Ave. West, Toronto, ON, M5N 1A5

Judging by the name EDO, I know it’ll be a Japanese restaurant. I had that thought in the back of my head as I walked in the restaurant, so I was quite surprised to see how much it differs from a typical Japanese restaurant. It gives off this “Hi, I’m a fine dining” vibe with a sushi bar added (Yes, I just personified a restaurant). At that point, I was quite confused about what the restaurant is, and that usually spell bad things to come, but I’ll get back to that later.

We had a reservation at 7:30pm, and my friend was there at 7:20 to secure the reservation. I walked in right on time to find my friends still loitering at the entrance waiting to be seated. Now, I know it’s hard to predict how long it’ll take for people to eat and therefore, it’s hard for them to always have a table ready for every single reservation. But when you walk into a restaurant that you had reservation for, and there are empty tables, you can’t help but question the credibility of the restaurant. We finally got seated at 7:50, which is a whopping 20 minutes wait. I think they’re missing the point of why people make reservations. Continue reading