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Brunch Attack :: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Toronto

 Oh, brunch. What would life be without thee? There’s no doubt it’s one of my fave meals of the day. Tied with breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, afternoon tea of course. Oh, wait a minute…;)

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Trip Down Memory Lane :: Restaurant L’Express, Montreal

Hi everyone,

It’s been a little over a year since my road trip to Montreal with my best friend. Feeling a bit nostalgic for those days when I only need to play hooky get assignments done early just so I can enjoy a foodie weekend with the bestie.

Express bistro bar

After a lovely (and picturesque!) Saturday morning spent at Pikolo Espresso Bar and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the Impressionist exhibition, we headed over to Restaurant l’Express to indulge on some delicious French cuisine.

Express bistro dining room

As our maitre d’ led us through the buzzy restaurant to our seats, I was struck by the aesthetics of the interior design. While black and white tiles filled the floor,  vintage black and white photographs of the restaurant and staff occupied the red walls. With the restaurant bustling with with locals and carrying the same je ne sais quoi aura as the brasseries in Paris, I was instantly reminded of my first trip to Europe a few years back.

Express bistro roasted quail

Knowing we still had a couple of food hot spots to hit up in the afternoon, we agreed on eating a relatively light meal. While my friend ordered the delectable roasted quail leg with wild rice, I opted for a sautéed duck confit salad. Now, I usually don’t order salads when I eat out because I think I make a pretty darn good one at home. However, when my eyes met with the words duck confit on the menu, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. And boy, was I glad I ordered it. The flavours of the duck combined with the sautéed French peas paired deliciously with the raw spinach and radish. With the juice from the meat seeping right into the greens, the salad made for the perfect lunch.

Express bistro duck confit salad

After such a satisfying meal, I decided right then and there that this was not the last time I’ll be visiting Restaurant l’Express. With fresh sea bass, shrimp risotto and the intriguing bone marrow we saw another table order still left on the menu, there is still much delicious dishes yet for me to sample. For families who are looking for a place to catch up on the weekend to couples who want to get a taste of Paris without paying for a plane ticket, I would recommend this French bistro to anyone.

Express bistro exterior

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Location :: Montreal, Canada

Thanks for reading!

Till next time,

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Restaurant l’Express (map here)
3927 St Denis Street
Montreal, Quebec City
H2W 2M4 ‎
t: 514.845.5333

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Taste of Italy :: Fabbrica, Toronto

Hi everybody,

This Wednesday we’re back with a restaurant recommendation!
Fabbrica is an Italian cuisine and one of the four restaurants owned by renowned chef Mark McEwan, located near their gourmet grocery market, McEwan at Shops at Don Mills. This is actually our second restaurant that we have recommended under the McEwan Group. (Remember One Restaurant?)
Fabbrica prides itself using the finest ingredients, such as their Roma tomatoes that are ripened in the San Marzano valley for their sauces, and their flour hand-milled in Naples for their pasta and pizza dough.
The interior design is unique with modern lines combined with a rustic feel.  What caught our eye was their open kitchen concept where they have a wood-burning brick pizza oven from Naples, in which their pizzas are cooked from raw dough to a crisp in less than 90 seconds. Amazing!
It was nice to have their complimentary loaf of bread fresh from the oven. So warm and fluffy!

Antipasto: Prosciutto, Cacciatorino, Capicollo, and Bresola.

 We started with their antipasto. We ordered the four types of Salumi: Prosciutto, Cacciatorino, Capicollo, and Bresola. Pairing it with the toasted baquettes and a bit of mustard paste…it was delicious.

Prosciutto e Arugula Pizza

 The Prosciutto e Arugula pizza was one of the yummiest pizzas we have ever had.  The pizza was perfectly toasted in their oven with a fresh crust, perfectly melted mozzarella cheese, delicious tomato sauce, and fresh toppings of arugula and prosciutto. It was our first time ordering prosciutto on a pizza…best combination ever!

Insalata di Fabbrica: romaine hearts, pancetta, toasted focaccia, and garlic anchovy dressing

Mango & Limoncello Sorbetti

After our meal, my sister and I ordered a mango and lemon sorbet. Such a refreshing dessert to finish off a heavy meal.
The restaurant is broken into a few sections, each having a different atmosphere, some more intimate than others. We sat near the open kitchen, so it had more of a bistro style. A private room is available with a long dining table that had a bit of a countryside charm to it.
We especially loved how the restaurant offered booth seats. It makes for a comfortable setting for families, friends, and co-workers.
I especially loved their bar/lounge area because during the summer, the restaurant opens their windows to extend it to the patio. For the customers who prefer sitting inside to avoid the direct sunlight, they too can enjoy the summer atmosphere from inside the restaurant.
Overall, we really enjoyed our time here. We were not disappointed. The service was impeccable and was up to par with their other McEwan restaurants!

Thanks for reading!

Till next time,
Tse | Parfait

Fabbrica
49 Karl Fraser Road
Toronto, Canada
M3C 0E5
t: 416.391.0307
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