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Ambiyan delivers on an Indian Experience

Posted in Indian, Reviews with tags , , , on April 11, 2010 by amulgandhi
149 Main Street
Unionville, Ontario
(905) 480-0094
Delivery: Tues-Sun 5-9pm
Website
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I first heard about Ambiyan a year ago, when they first opened, but never got an opportunity to visit.  As I found myself craving some good Indian food I decided to give Ambiyan a try and found myself actually going back a few days later.  Ambiyan  has a prime location in the heart of Main Street Unionville, and with the help of the owners of the Amaya Group they launched a much needed upscale Indian restaurant in the Markham-Unionville area.

Ambiyan does an excellent job of balancing the menu with traditional Indian dishes and exploring the fusion realm of Indo-Mediterranean cuisine. Continue reading

Tiny Tom Donuts is a Treat!

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , on December 6, 2009 by amulgandhi

Tiny Tom Storefront in Markham.

7323 Woodbine Avenue
(Woodbine & Denison)
Markham, Ontario
www.tinytomdonuts.com
Monday to Saturday 8:00 am – 3pm.

The long tradition of standing in long lines at the CNE to get a chance to try the infamous Tiny Tom Donuts can be foregone with a visit to their first storefront, which is located in their hometown of Markham.  Since its inception in 1959 the famous donuts have found themselves being a marquee vendor at the CNE, but for many the once a year treat was not enough and on November 9, 2009 they opened up their first retail outlet in Markham at the corner of Woodbine and Denison.  Taking a page out of Cadbury’s recent promotion of their easter eggs, the boys at Tiny Tom Donuts are hoping people will turn their once a year treats into a more frequent habit.

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Coquine Restaurant

Posted in French, Italian, Reviews with tags , on August 31, 2009 by amulgandhi
A Euro-inspired Bistro in the heart of Yonge and Eglinton

A Euro-inspired Bistro in the heart of Yonge and Eglinton

2075 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON
416-322-6767
www.coquinerestaurant.com

Coquine has created quite a buzz within North Toronto with their nouveau European-inspired bistro that emphasizes French cuisine.  I arrived at the restaurant at about 6:30 and there were only a handful of guests, meanwhile the staff were finishing last minute preparations for that nights dinner service.  As the night went on the restaurant filled up quickly and I could see why the restaurant has become a neighbourhood favourite as the bustling chatter of friends and family–some even speaking French really transforms this place from another Toronto restaurant into a pseudo-Parisian experience.

Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chop with Dijon Mustard

Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chop with Dijon Mustard

We were first presented with some pre-cut slices of bread with a garlic spread which tasted very similar to hummus.  I only had one slice, as I was eager to try out the real food.  For the Hors D’Oeuvres I ordered the Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chop which is prepared with rosemary and roasted garlic ($6/chop), the chop comes with dijon mustard.  The chop was prepared to perfection as the meat had a succulent center.

For the entree, I selected the Wild Mushroom-filled Ravioli ($16), which is described as sauteed mushrooms and cherry tomatoes tossed in herbed truffle butter sauce topped with shaved parmesan cheese.  The pasta was cooked properly and the butter sauce complimented the pasta quite well but as the dish progressed, I felt the butter sauce overpowered the rest of the dish. Continue reading