My Summerlicious Tapas Day pt. 2

Good evening!!! 

As promised, here is the second instalment of my Summerlicious Tapas Day. Last post, I covered the lunch place and now I will move onto the dinner. For dinner me and my friend changed our minds several times, and we finally settled on Bloke and 4th. To start off, here is some basic info of the place: 

Address: 401 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K1
Phone:(416) 477-1490
Hours:

 

Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10:00 pm – 3:00 am
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 6:00 pm – 3:00 am
Friday 6:00 pm – 3:00 am
Saturday

6:00 pm – 3:00 am

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I remember that I looked up tapas all thanks to my lovely sister, who had told me of her recent outing with a friend at a tapas place. She had a blast, so I decided that I needed to know what tapas eas all about. It seems like the new-ish and hip thing to do. Bloke and 4th was cool becuase not only was it a restaurant, but it turned into a louge/ nightclub later on in the evening. Sadly, my friend and I had an early reservation, so we didn’t get to exeperience that. I would for sure go back to this place just to check out the nightlife. Nestled in the entertainment district on King St. West, I think it is in a great location. 

Like in my previous post, I have a picture of the menu, just in case you guys wanted to check out what was offered for the prix fixe. For the dinner, everything on the menu cost 35$, which was completely worth it, in my opinion. 

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Amuse Bouche
Strawberry gazpacho * compressed cucumbers * fresh basil * lemon lime crème

First off, at Bloke and 4th, my friend and I got an amuse bouche, which is a small-bite hors d’oeuvre that is served right before the meal. So already, we are getting more than just a three course meal here. So the amuse bouche was a Strawberry gazpacho that was served in a shot glass. I had never tried a gazpacho before, so it was awesome that I got to try it out. I really liked the cool flavour of the strawberry that was complimented with the fresh basil on top. 

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Local AAA steak tartare * gherkins * shallots *crispy capers * horseradish mustard * chives * tempura bits * truffle dressed frisee * Yukon potato chips

The Appetizer: So for the app, I was really torn between the romaine salad with jalapeno caesar dressing and the tartare. In the end, as you can judge from the picture, the tartare won me over that night. But it was quite the close call. Either way, I think that I would have been impressed either way. Just the presentation alone was simply beautiful. The tartare and chips were served on this wood slab. On the tartare itself, I rather enjoyed it. The flavours were just so great,  and varied. I loved the crunch of the capers along with the gherkins. Those gherkins also had a kind of crunch and play to flavour that was sweet and dilly at the same time. The horseradish mustard complimented the tartare itself as well. And did I mention the chips?

Honestly, I love some homemade chips now and then, and these guys were surely worth the calories I spend eating them. They were crispy, soft and crunchy all in the same bite. They weren’t that usual gross oily mess that you would get with store-bought chips. No, these were the real-deal awesome goodness.

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Taking a break from the scrumptious food that I had devoured, I though I could also share my awesome mojito that I ordered. I was hesitant at first to order a mix drink becuase I usually don’t like the ones that restaurants make. They usually use some cheap mix and it ends up tasting artifical. Not the case here, this was a classic homemade one that was really great. I could have ordered more than one if not for the steep price (12$). I like that I also got such a massive amount of mint, which for sure constributed to the complete and harmonious flavour of the mojito. Now back to the main course…. and of course dessert afterwards.

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Fish tacos * beer tempura battered tilapia * avocado & apple relish * lime spiked red cabbage * smoked sour cream * hot sauce

The dinner: Fish tacos * beer tempura battered tilapia * avocado & apple relish * lime spiked red cabbage * smoked sour cream * hot sauce

So just to put it out there, I am not your usual fish-gal. I am not a fish eater, more of the fish are firends, not food. But I thought, hey it’s summerlicious and the whole point of this event is to try something new. And my other reason for choosing this dish was that I didn’t want to have chicken twice in one day. So fish tacos it was. Again, this dish was served on a wooden slab, which automatically gave this dish tons of points.

Now onto the tacos, I was quite impressed with them, honestly and truthfully. I loved the crispy-ness of the beer tempura that surrounded the talapia. Perhaps that is why I liked the fish so much, becuase of it’s deep-fried goodness on the outside. I also just loved how it was a smaller portion of food, beucase that is the whole idea with tapas, having small sharing meals.

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Bloke & 4th churros * cinnamon sugar dust * bourbon caramel sauce * chocolate sauce

The dessert: Bloke & 4th churros * cinnamon sugar dust * bourbon caramel sauce * chocolate sauce

So, if you spent the day with me, then you know that this was the most anticipated dish of the day for myself. Bascially the whole day I kept telling my friend how excited I was to try the churros. The fact that I had hyped them up so much could have been messy if the churros turned out bad. I am so glad that that wasn’t the case with these guys. They were literally a little slice of heaven, especially with the chocolate dipping sauce. I love such a light dessert could have such a great impact taste-wise. Overall, I would have to say that the churros placed as the number one meal of the day, thus placing Bloke and 4th as my preffered summerlicious restaurant.

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Overall, for the restaurant, I much preferred Bloke and 4th. And this is not just based soley on the churros, though they played an important part in this choice. Soem other factors included the other dishes, the wonderful and attentive staff, and the general ambiance of the place. It was a really sulty, yet social area where you could unwind after a busy day or even a busy week, So it was the perfect place to grab some food and a drink and hang out with a good friend. If I had to choose to return to a place, it would be Bloke and 4th. 

I do hope you enjoy both summerlicious posts, and let me know what you think of these places. Have a wonderful evening, 

Calla

 

 

 

 

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My Summerlicious Tapas Day pt.1

Good Sunday evening to you all. 

*gasp*

An actual blog post here on MY blog. I know it has been quite a while, but I am still here. I’ve said this before, but I mean it. And this post just goes to prove it. And the title promises that another post will follow this one shortly *I hope*. Anyways, what is summerlicious you may ask? Well if you live in Toronto or the GTA, you may know what it means, but for those of you who don’t: 

Summerlicious: one of the foodie events in Toronto that are held twice a year, once in winter (Winterlicious) and once in the summer (summerlicious). Basically certain restaurants participate in this wonderous event that lets you try their food for a prix fixe price and menu. It’s quite the deal. 

So about a month ago, my friend gave me a call and wanted to take me out on a summerlicious date. So we planned it out and it boiled down to a tapas dinner. Then she calls me two days before and throws in a lunch, hence the part one and two. In this post, I will focus on the lunch place, Kultura and in the second one move onto dinner, which was at Bloke and 4th. 

Kultura 

Address: 169 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1J4
Phone:(416) 363-9000
Prices:

$$$$

Hours:

 

Sunday Closed
Monday 5:30–10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30–10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Thursday 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Friday 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Saturday 5:30 pm – 12:00 am

So above, you have some need-to-know info about the restuarant, provided by the amazing google, just in case you ever want to give this place a try.

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The menu for Kultura

So above, I posted the menu for Kultura, so that you may see what other options they offered. I was so excited on Saturday becuase I had never tried tapas before, and now I was getting twice the chance in one day to give it a try. So I was beyond excited. So bascially in each restaurant, my friend and I got an appretizer, a main and a dessert for a fixed price. What more could one ask for? At Kultura, the prix fixe was 20$ for the lunch, which is pretty reasonable for what we got.

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Crispy Duck Confit Ravioli
Sundried Cranberry, Toasted Pine Nut, Blackberry Coulisse

The appetizer: Crispy Duck Confit Ravioli
Sundried Cranberry, Toasted Pine Nut, Blackberry Coulisse 

When I ordered the appetizer, I was expecting something a little different. I guess it was the fact that it said ravioli in the title. Perhaps that is what threw me off, but it definately changed my mind about the dish. I guess there was a certain amount of dissapointment, but that was becuase I was expectng something else. All in all though, it was pretty good. Maybe not something I would order again, but it was pretty good. I really liked the Blackberry Coulisse. I think it complimented the “ravioli” nicely. I liked the crispy-ness of the “raviloi” as well. I guess my other problem was that I didn’t really taste the duck, which is a shame becuase I LOVE LOVE LOVE duck. So the duck factor was a little underwhelming. 

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The main: French Chicken
Smoked Bacon, Sweet Peas, Tarragon, Baby Onion Confit, Cream

So this dish also was a surprise from what I was expecting, but in a good way. So when they brought the big crock to me and my friend, I was just curious. Bascially this was a different concept to the traditional chicken pot pie, which just turns out to be one of my dad’s fave meals. While eating it, I was thinking of how much he would like it. So I made a mental note that I would have to go back with him so he could try it out  for himself. I was actually quite impressed with the main dish, it was very good and tasty, modern, yet homey. I really loved the bacon in there, I think it added an extra flavour. And come on, who doesn’t like bacon in their food? 

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Chocolate Banana Spring Rolls with Ferrero Rocher Gelato
(vegetarian)

The Dessert: Chocolate Banana Spring Rolls with Ferrero Rocher Gelato
(vegetarian)

Last but, not the least in any way, DESSERT! Who doesn’t love a good dessert? For a rockin’ dessert, it doesn’t hurt to have some banana included. If you look at the picture of the menu, this dessert isn’t listed, as they forgot to add it, but it is on the summerlicious site, if you are interested. So yeah, to sum it up it was a banana in a spring roll with some chocolate and some chocolate ice cream. So much goodness all in one plate. Inside the banana spring roll was some nice dark chocolate. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of dark chocolate, the sweetness of the banana complimented it very nicely. So props to the chef at Kultura for putting those two harmonious flavours together!

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So this just about concludes the first past of my summerlicious tapas day. Please stay tuned for the next one, which cover dinner at Bloke and 4th. Overall, I really enjoyed Kultura, it had a good atmosphere and amibance that made up for some small shortcomings with the food. I would go to this place again just to try out some new food and hang out with some friends. If you want to try something new out, try Kultura. 

Calla