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The Summerlicious menu from R&D

As we walked through the doors of this restaurant located between Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West, we could hear the smooth sounds of R&B coming through the speakers. I knew that this would be the perfect spot for us to have a bite to eat. Summerlicious was happening in the city of Toronto and R&D was the place to be!

Lettuce Wrap with carrots, bean sprouts, sesame sweet soy & corn

Chop Suey Lettuce Wrap

We are meat lovers but there is nothing wrong with having a vegetarian option. We had the Chop Suey Lettuce Wrap and it was amazing. The flavours from the Sesame Sweet Soy dressed the lettuce perfectly. The freshness of the vegetables cleansed our palates suitably.

Potstickers filled with pulled pork & sauerkraut. Black vinegar dipping sauce on the side.

Potstickers

We enjoyed these particular Potstickers because they were nice and crispy on the outside, yet soft and fluffy on the inside. The Pulled Pork filling was the midas touch. I cut my potsticker open and dipped it into the Black Vinegar sauce. The sweetness of the pork and the tanginess of the dipping sauce worked well together.

Marinated Chicken Thighs with peanuts on top & nuoc cham

Indo-Malaysian Chicken Satay

The Asian-fusion marinade on this Indo-Malaysian Chicken Satay dish was breathtaking. The peanuts on top were delicious because they were unexpected. Of course, R&D followed the theme of the night which were signature dipping sauces for each meal. Nuoc Cham was the dipping sauce for this dish as it added a Vietnamese flare.

Singapore rice, Chicken leg & breast with Sambal hot sauce on the side

Hainan Chicken

First off, let me say that I absolutely LOVED the Singapore rice from this Hainan Chicken dish. It was beyond exceptional and I still wish I took a side of that rice home. The chicken was tender as their cooking techniques involved locking in all of the chicken’s juices. I dipped my chicken into the Sambal hot sauce then combined it with the rice. The carrots and cucumbers on the side reminded me of a variation of a side salad. Bon appetite!

Fried rice with eggs, corn, bean sprouts & green onions on top

R&D Fried Rice

This is not your average fried rice! R&D’s Fried Rice has a mix of everything in it. The corn and sweet peas brought brightness to the dish. The green onions gave the rice that necessary punch to elevate the meal even further. The eggs were a reminder that it is still your quintessential Asian fried rice, but with a spin.

Dark Chocolate Brownie with ginger ice cream on top & wild blueberry compote on the bottom

Dark Chocolate Brownie

Ginger ice cream. It does not sound like it should work but trust us it does. With every bite, it is a powerful flavour but yet subtle due to the creaminess of the ice cream. The brownie was warm and the Wild Blueburry Compote underneath was a stylish touch. We love to eat with our eyes and this dessert did not disappoint.

Pineapple Egg Tart with dusted powdered sugar on top

Pineapple Egg Tart

Pineapples are one of our favourite fruits. The egg tart filling is not overly sweet and we appreciated that. The shell of the tart had the golden crust that everyone looks for. The Coconut Chantilly put this dessert over the top. It was light and airy with a whipped consistency. The fragrance of the mint leaf on top of the Coconut Chantilly was heavenly.

Mango Panna Cotta with Coconut Tapioca

Mango Panna Cotta

I know I mentioned that we love to eat with our eyes. Well this Mango Panna Cotta is another example of what I am talking about. It was so magnificent to look at that I had to stare at the dessert for a little while before we got to share it. One word that I can use to describe this dish is…SMOOTH. It was literally as smooth as butter. The Coconut Tapioca was the part that I liked the most. One word of advice, you should definitely share this dessert with others. Even though it comes in a small saucer, I promise you there is a lot to go around!

We are happy that we got to share our Summerlicious experience with R&D. I even got the opportunity to meet and speak with the Head Chef and MasterChef Canada Season 1 winner Eric Chong.

MasterChef Season 1 Winner Chef Eric & Christine

R&D is located at 241 Spadina Avenue. Check out R&D at www.rdspadina.com

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The outside of Bar Virage

At the corner of E 7th Street and 2nd Avenue, you can find the vibrant Bar Virage. This restaurant has a signature flare for Mediterranean-American cuisine. What makes this particular spot so special is that you can get a Chicken Shawarma and a burger AT THE SAME PLACE!

Tzatziki Salad with Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Tzatziki Salad

We wanted to start off with something fresh and light. The Tzatziki Salad was the perfect choice. It had the right amount of citrus that complimented the tomatoes and cucumbers well. You can also have Greek yogurt with the salad if you like.

Grass-fed Beef Burger with a side of Fries and Pickled Vegetables

Grass-fed Beef BurgerĀ 

The Grass-fed Beef Burger was not only appeasing to our eyes, but it was nothing like what we have ever had before. This burger was a part of Bar Virage’s Pita Sandwich selections and we could not get enough. Adding the pickled vegetables to the burger was our favourite way to indulge in this meal. The fries were an absolute bonus!

Chicken Shawarma with Pickled Onions

Chicken Shawarma

We loved the theme of the pickled vegetables. The chicken was succulent and juicy. We enjoyed the Mediterranean-style marination that was used throughout the dish. The tahini made the meal feel even more authentic. To witness the colours on the plate was no short of magnificent.

Honey Coconut Malabi with Almonds and Pistachios

Honey Coconut Malabi

For dessert, we had to try something new. The Honey Coconut Malabi is an Israeli custard-like pudding that consists of cream or milk. The consistency was smooth and silky with a crunch courtesy of the almonds and pistachios. The honey and coconut together made this dessert one of our favourites!

Bar Virage is located at 118 2nd Avenue in the Lower East side of New York, NY. Check out Bar Virage at www.barvirage.com

 

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