Eat: Beer Batter Fish’ N Chips (Closed)

Who knew there was a decent fish and chips spot near our home.

Beer Batter Fish N’ Chips is located at the corner of Carlton and Ontario St. in Cabbagetown and is owned by the same people of Irv Gastropub, a neighbour spot that’s literally across the street from Beer Batter.

The place is small with a few bench seatings which can be filled at peak times, but they do take out.

The menu focuses on mainly seafood. You’ll find chowder, lobster roll, oysters and fish and chips. For the fish and chips, they use Amsterdam Brewery beer in the batter and you can choose the fish, batter, sides and the slaw.

For the fish, you can choose halibut ($18), cod ($15) or haddock ($14). The batter, you can choose 3 Speed Lager (light/traditional), Big Wheel Amber (dark/malt) or Cruiser Pale Ale (salt & vinegar). I assume the last two batter has the vinegar in there so you don’t have to add it and get the batter soggy.

I got the Cod with 3 Speed Lager batter, market greens and traditional slaw. The batter is crispy and light; the traditional batter is a safe choice if you’re unsure which one to choose. I did hear that the Cruiser Pale Ale is their popular batter choice though, so I might go with that one next time. I chose a salad to keep it light, but choose the chips for more substantial meal.

Edit: Jeff and I came back here for dinner after work a few days after we came back from our Japan trip. We didn’t have time to restock our empty fridge… also, I just recently discovered that Beer Batter Fish’ N Chips has closed its doors…

Haddock ($14) with Downtown Brown (dark and malt) beer batter, fries and Jalapeno coleslaw.

I think they have closed their doors not too long ago (January 2020 or February 2020?). Really sad as they were close by and had decent fish and chips.

Beer Batter Fish’ N Chips
200 Carlton St.
Toronto, ON
M5A 3A3

Eat: Que Ling Restaurant

My go-to restaurant for Vietnamese food in East Chinatown was Mi Mi Restaurant, but it might just have to be Que Ling Restaurant.

Housed in a house (literally), this mom-and-pop restaurant keeps the menu small by doing what they know best: flavourful pho and my favourite… bánh cuốn.

When Jeff and I go here, we would order a small bánh cuốn to share and order a small pho for myself and a large for him.

Bánh Cuốn Thịt (small: $7.00, large: $8.00) – with Vietnamese sausage

I think the small has about 5 rice rolls. Nonetheless, I love bánh cuốn and a lot of Que Ling’s customers come here for the bánh cuốn.

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Phở đặc biệt (small: $8.00, large: $9.00)

Phở đặc biệt is essentially everything in a bowl of pho: tripe, brisket, flank, etc. Many, if not all phở restaurants would have a Phở đặc biệt on their menu.

The broth is flavourful, and not too salty. The only thing to note is the size. Jeff usually orders a large, but the large pho at Que Ling is more like a medium. If anything, there’s more room in your tummy for bánh cuốn.

Cash only.

Que Ling Restaurant
248 Boulton Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4M 2K1

 

 

 

Eat: Juliana Social Cafe

Changes are happening in East Chinatown.

Prior to its closure, my parents go-to shop for meats was Charlie’s Meats on Broadview, across the street from Riverdale Library. The building that housed the butcher shop, including several neighbouring businesses has been redeveloped, resulting in new and potential businesses opening up.

One of those businesses is Juliana Social Cafe, which has ties to Charlie’s Meat. The cafe is named after the great granddaughter of Charlie.

The cafe is spacious and bright. Offerings include coffee and tea beverages, sandwiches, salads and more.

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Squash and Kidney Beans Quinoa Salad, and Mocha.

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Juliana Social Cafe
387 Broadview Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4K 2M7