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Accords_01 Accords Wine Bar  -  Montreal, Canada Canada Montreal  Wine Montreal Food Canada

Accords Wine Bar – Montreal, Canada

Accords_01 Accords Wine Bar  -  Montreal, Canada Canada Montreal  Wine Montreal Food Canada   (above photo © Karim Zariffa )

Accords

Wine Bar and Restaurant
(1) 514 282-2020
212, rue Notre-Dame Ouest.
Vieux-Montréal, Canada

www.accords.ca

OPEN HOURS:
11:30 am – 3:00pm  Monday – Friday
5:30 pm – 11:30pm  Tuesday – Saturday

 

On one evening strolling through the charming streets of old Montreal, we had the luck of stumbling upon Accords. First the aromas filtering through the doors and windows pulled us in to to the street side menu. We were hooked upon reading the first item on the menu ‘The Fish That Came in From The Cold‘.  As John Le Carre fans we just had to go in.

Accords is quite a beautiful restaurant, designed by Karim Zariffa.  Who did the entire experience, including furniture and unique and experimental light fixtures resembling a chemistry lab.

The name of the restaurant ties right into their main theme of pairings.  The menu offers you two pairings for each dish; either in Accord (agreement) as a classic pairing or in Dis-Accord (disagreement) in a  nontraditional pairing.   Accord is a  place where the sommeliers – Philip Morisset and Lainie Taillefer – share center stage with  executive chef Marc-André Lavergne and pastry chef Sayaka Omori.  Applause are in order.

Our meal:
QUÉBEC CHEESES PLATTER
nuts, dried fruits and bread croutons paired with a primitivo lamie delle vigne 2009
THE FISH WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD*
Stove mackerel, pickles, cucumber, dill, ratte potato chips and smoked mussels paired with Emilia «Notte Di Luna» 2010, Ca’ de Noci
Mushrooms cloud and ricotta raviolis, portobello, porcinis, shiitakes and wild mushrooms with paired Collio « San Lorenzo di Brazzano» 1999, I Clivi

Accords_00 Accords Wine Bar  -  Montreal, Canada Canada Montreal  Wine Montreal Food Canada   (above photo © Accords) Le Chaï Chaï : chai Icecream with chest nurs  custard sauce and filllo

 

Accords_04 Accords Wine Bar  -  Montreal, Canada Canada Montreal  Wine Montreal Food Canada   (above photo © Accords) THE SMOKER  Smoked sturgeon from Kamouraska, maple granola, pumpkin, yogurt

 

Accords_02 Accords Wine Bar  -  Montreal, Canada Canada Montreal  Wine Montreal Food Canada   (above photo © Karim Zariffa )

 

Pop-Food-006 Bonito Pop Food  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Mexico City Mexico Food DF Condesa Bar

Bonito Pop Food – Mexico City, Mexico

Pop-Food-004 Bonito Pop Food  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Mexico City Mexico Food DF Condesa Bar

Bonito Pop Food

(52) 55 286 6165
Av. Nuevo Leon 103
Hipodromo de la Condesa
Mexico City, DF 06100

www.bonito.com.mx

OPEN HOURS:
12:00m  – 6:00pm    Sunday & Monday
11:00am – 7:00pm    Tuesday – Saturday

In the very chic neighborhood of Condesa, in a lovely space – originally designed in 1939 by architect Luis Barragan – one finds the cute Bonito Pop Food.

The entry is dominated by a lovely mural with sculpted ceramic birds, making way into four individual spaces: an intimate hidden at a corner, a second floor with windows overlooking the main patio, a 2nd patio with very tall ceiling – head here for a  super decked bar with an amazing variety of Mezcal (including our favorite Mezcal Rojo Corazón) and many tequilas – and finally a terrace at the back of the venue with full view.

Bonito Pop food is a good place to go for drinks; but like many places in DF you are asked to consume food as well due to the liquor license laws.   It seems that acquiring a bar license is much more difficult then a restaurant with liqueur permit.

The menu here is not the most exciting – centering around burgers, pastas, pizzas, salads, sandwiches and a few Mexican classics – but the service is warm and welcoming .   There are certainly worse places to while away an afternoon!

 

Pop-Food-006 Bonito Pop Food  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Mexico City Mexico Food DF Condesa Bar

Pop-Food-002 Bonito Pop Food  -  Mexico City, Mexico Mexico Mexico DF  Mexico City Mexico Food DF Condesa Bar

Nyood_-004 Nyood Restaurant  -  Totonto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Nyood Restaurant Nyood Food Canada

Nyood Restaurant – Totonto, Canada

Nyood_-004 Nyood Restaurant  -  Totonto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Nyood Restaurant Nyood Food Canada

Nyood Restaurant

(1) 416 466-1888
1096 Queen St West
Toronto, ON M6J 1H9, Canada

www.nyood.ca

OPEN HOURS:
DINNER
6:00 pm – 10:00pm    Wednesdays  –  Thursday
6:00 pm – 11:00pm    Friday -Saturdays
BRUNCH
11:00 am – 3:00pm    Saturdays – Sunday

Beautiful contemporary design with a dash of an austere industrial look – striped marble counter tops decorated, attractive wall textures and custom lighting by design firm Commute Home –   belies the warmth found with the staff and food.  One special detail we loved was they presented us the bill inside a book.  Nyood is quite stylish and still retains charm – worth checking it out.

Executive chef Ariel Copland, created a menu with a little of everything. We went for brunch and had a very pleasant experience – with food and excellent service; our bartender was very attentive and offer great tips about the city.  He even helped me work through some morning crankiness with an espresso and a smile!

During our visit the the ambiance was quite chill and relaxed, but we hear the restaurant takes a very different direction at night.  Word is it becomes a full on party scene – and with the plethora of open space, one could easily envision a chic crowd getting down!

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Nyood_-014 Nyood Restaurant  -  Totonto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Nyood Restaurant Nyood Food Canada   Spanish Flatbread  sunny-side up eggs, roast tomato, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeño

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Nyood_-012 Nyood Restaurant  -  Totonto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Nyood Restaurant Nyood Food Canada   Egg white omelet hen of the woods mushrooms, rapini, cashews, gruyère

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Ursa-011 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada

Ursa Restaurant – Toronto, Canada

Ursa-016 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada

Ursa Restaurant

(1) 416 536-8963
924 Queen St West
Toronto, ON M6J 1G9, Canada

www.ursa-restaurant.com

OPEN HOURS:
6:00 pm – 11:00pm    Daily

Our favorite restaurant in Toronto by far, Ursa takes a modernist approach to the local, farm-to-table, blah blah blah.  Chef Nathan utilizes techniques such as sous vide, dehydration and fast freezing combined with high quality, guilt free ingredients to create something truly world class.

Reservations are highly recommended for tables, but if you are a bar-diner, Ursa is a great location for it.  We were supremely grateful and happy to have met the head bar tender and exceptional mixologist Robin Goodfellow (beware his bionic hearing!).  True to his namesake, his drinks were magical and easily could have featured in a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Among his many whimsical potions, Robin introduced us to the shrub, also known as drinking vinegar. These infused vinegars originated in the 17th century as medicinal tonics, and are completely addictive.

Unfortunately, we did not have a chance to go a second time, but we will deferentially go back. Friends have since dined there and have agreed 100% that Ursa is the best of Toronto.

Here is our meal.  Just know that the aesthetic was completely secondary to the flavor and texture  🙂

Ursa-001 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   To accompany our wonderful cocktails we ordered the dehydrated raw bread with cultured butter.
Ursa-011 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   Raw kona kampachi with hazelnut apple compote burdock and maltodextrin love

 

Ursa-007 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   Georgian bay white grilled fish with confit leeks and potato, cottail aebleskiver (danish doughnut) and lingonberry bourbon bernaise.

Ursa-002 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada

The Living Sprout Salad was a melange of colours, textures and play.  The plate was more a landscape design then a salad.  Each vegetable root or flower was carefully placed to be admired, be they dehydrated, cooked or marinated.  On the side was a tray cradeling a small garden box of sprouts and a pair of Japanese gardening scissors.  You cut the sprouts yourself and garnished the salad along with the most amazing verijus dressing.

Ursa-004 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada
House made tofu with crispy edamame, yuba (tofu skin), okara, dashi foam with enoki and shimeji mushrrooms
Ursa-012 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   Hazelnut bon bon cannelle decorated with pink lady apple chips

 

Ursa-014 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   Athol Brose cocktail; blended scotch, oatmeal, honey, egg white and nutmeg.
A meal on it’s own!  I had one for dessert!
Ursa-019 Ursa Restaurant  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Food Canada   Robin Goodfellow, mixologist supreme

 

 

GUU Izakaya – Toronto, Canada

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(Above photo Guu Church Street © Renée S. Suen’s )

GUU Izakaya Restaurant

(1) 416 977-0999
398 Church St
Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, Canada

(1) 416 343-1101
59 Bloor Street
Toronto, ON MM5S 1Y6, Canada

www.guu-izakaya.com

OPEN HOURS:
DINNER
5:00 pm – 11:30pm    Daily
LUNCH
11:30 am – 2:00pm    Monday – Friday

 

First off, we had more fun at GUU then we have had at any restaurant in quite a while.  From when you enter awash in the smells of a faraway home and the initial cheer of ‘irasshaimase!!!’  (a Japanese honorary welcome)  shouted from every direction by all the staff, as well as many patrons, giving one a surprise birthday party feeling – one knows they are in a ‘good place!’  We, along with all the other diners, laughed, smiled, oohed, ahhed and generally giggled for an entire meal.  The food being absolutely delicious-  and the booze flowing freely – certainly added to the festive atmosphere!

GUU has 2 locations in Toronto and 6 locations in Vancouver where the tradition began.  We visited both of the two locations in Toronto and although the Bloor street location has beautiful low siting room, the Church street location became our favorite with its hyped-up energetic atmosphere.

 

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The two restaurants were design by the architecture & interiors firm Dialogue 38 ;  the façade consists of gray slate tiles with scattered 10cm square windows filtering enough light to the interior, and at the same time serving as peepholes to to the passing pedestrian who is able to peer into the informal communal tables that fill the space under hanging lightbulbs.  On the far side a bar is exposed to a lively kitchen where the cooks call out loud every ready dish out for the waitstaff.  We found this the best place to sit as you can choose your plates by whatever tempts your pallet as the dishes pass by.

GUU is a lively fun destination serving in the Izakaya style, which refers to type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves comfort food – and trust us  during the evil Toronto winter – it is just the comfort you are craving!

The menu ranges from classic Japanese dishes, like Gomaae (blanched spinach with sesame sauce), to fusion tapas, like the tempura brie with mango and blueberry sauce – which is as obscene and decadent as it sounds! – and Takenoko & Atsuage Oden, a slow cooked hotpot with bamboo shoots and deep-fried tofu.

Guu_-011 GUU Izakaya  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Japanese Food Izakaya Food Canada   Salmon Tataki Seared salmon with ponzu, wasabi mayonnaise and fried garlic

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Guu_-016 GUU Izakaya  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Japanese Food Izakaya Food Canada   Saba Oshisushi, blow torched Mackarel pressed sushi

Guu_-020 GUU Izakaya  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Japanese Food Izakaya Food Canada

4785490670_4ac7a6b261_z GUU Izakaya  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Japanese Food Izakaya Food Canada   Above photo Guu Church Street © Jeff Karpala

Guu_-009 GUU Izakaya  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Japanese Food Izakaya Food Canada   Shimp Tempura
Guu_-007 GUU Izakaya  -  Toronto, Canada Canada Toronto  Vegetarian Friendly Toronto Japanese Food Izakaya Food Canada   Kakimayo, Baked oyster with mushrooms, spinach and garlic mayonnaise topped with cheese

 

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Kinoko Bimbimbap hot stone bowl of rice with mushrooms, cheese , seaweed sauce and topped with a raw egg yolk that is mixed with all the above and it gets cooked with the bowls heat

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Deep fried squid okonomayaki, a Japanese pancake with tonkatsu sauce and karashi mayonnaise, also topped with bonito flakes

 

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Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made by placing a small piece of octopus in the center of a ball of flour-based batter; this is then cooked in a special takoyaki pan and served wth tonkatsu sauce, karashi mayonnaise and usually topped with bonito flakes.

 

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Until Next Time Friends !!!!