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