Category Archives: Food

The Berber Experience

A few Fridays ago I finally decided to use my travelzoo voucher for BerBer Resto Bar Lounge. It was the best food I’ve ever tasted. It was my first time having Berber food, so I am not sure if the experience was as close to the real culture, but nonetheless the food was amazing.

The venue was interesting. There didn’t seem like there was much seating for dinner. All the seating were very similar to the lounge, which was different from a normal restaurant but a little tough when trying to eat due to the low tables.

My menu:

  1. Anti-Pasto – smoked salmon, artichoke w/ other stuff
  2. Lambchop w/ mashed potato
  3. Sorbet mixed w/ Grenadine
  4. 8oz Steak with vegetables
  5. Creme Brulee

Everything was delicious. I couldn’t believe how tasty everything was. The service was a little mismatched in the kitchen, but the server I had took great care of us and offered us a drink on the house as an apology.

I would go here again – and many more times (if I could afford it!).

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The Sultan’s Tent

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to eat at The Sultan’s Tent for a discounted price because of a voucher through Travelzoo. Their menu is different from most restaurants. Although it only caters a 4-course prix-fixed menu, there is an à la carte menu for the front part of the restaurant called Cafe Maroc. The difference between the two, is that Sultan’s Tent includes a belly dancing show while Cafe Maroc doesn’t.

The highlight of this night was somewhat the belly dancing show, but truthfully, I was only there for the food. First thing’s first, the food was delicious! Here is what I ordered:

  1. Harira – tomato soup with chick peas, kidney beans, lentils and spices.
  2. Maftoul – crispy pastry with mixed beef, cashews and raisins with a chipotle aioli on the side to dip.
  3. Moroccan Beef Short Rib
  4. Brulee Royale – crème brulee with pistachios.

My favourite dish was the second course. The crispy texture was perfect and the stuffing found balance between moist and dry. The short rib was cooked perfectly as well. I got lucky as my friend who also ordered the same main dish, had more fat in his slice than mine. I paid a little extra for the crème brulee but it was definitely worth the extra $4.

Overall, I liked the experience. The atmosphere was fun, the belly dancing was mesmerizing (depending on the dancer personally) and the food was better than expected. I have heard that Sultan’s Tent had terrible food 4-5 years ago, but it’s definitely stepped up its game. This venue would be great for a group of friends, birthdays or bachelorette parties.

The layout is very middle eastern. There are about  6 seating areas, and in each area it fits about 4 tables, each seating 4 comfortably.

The menu starts at $35.95 and up depending on what you order. I don’t think I would go back for the regular price of what they charge, but if there is ever a deal, I’d say it’s worth experiencing.

Harira

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Urban Pantry

Restaurant: Urban Pantry
Atmosphere: Quiet, Family oriented, Modern, and Very Respectful
Meal: Mac & Cheese

Urban Pantry, located in the heart of Uxbridge, Ontario, is a very modern, quaint restaurant that deserves to be driven to just for the food and especially the service. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed that the best service is always in the smallest of towns. Uxbridge being one of them!

Why would I go to Uxbridge? Well, for the most part, one of my best friends from university lives here.

About a few weeks ago, a group of us from our program came to have dinner here for their All-You-Can-Eat Mussels promo on Wednesday. I was not feeling mussels at that moment, but having compared what I ordered with the mussels, I would’ve chosen the mussels.

I ordered Mac & Cheese. Seems like a simple dish that I could make at home, but I’ve tried and I just can’t seem to get it right. I’ve ordered Mac & Cheese once at a restaurant and it was the best, so I was secretly expecting the same. Unfortunately, I didn’t think it was cheesy enough. It was more of a creamy texture. It was well done for the way it was presented, but not my cup of tea for a Mac & Cheese dish. For those who enjoy the creamy texture of it, this is up your alley way!

I think next time, I will try a steak. From the pictures on their website, it looks too delicious to pass!

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I got food.

Today a close friend of mine sent me this message:

3 words. 8 letters. Say it and I’m all yours.

‘I got food.”

This made me chuckle. Ever since I’ve known Tay, she’s always commented on the fact that I eat a lot.

One day she asked me,”Do you live to eat or eat to live.” I had to think about it even though we both knew what the answer was. It was probably the first time I ever had to think about food. I think I live to eat. When you grow up in a big city, with such a vast variety of food from different cultures, how can you not live to eat? I mean, even when I go on vacations, the first thing I will always research is to find out what venues I should check out for food and plan it around there. There is so much delicious food to try, and one day, I think I will try it all!

Perhaps I should start a new project, to have a list of food to try or even places to go to. Thoughts?