Eat: Butter Avenue (Queen & Spadina)

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Having visited Butter Avenue‘s first location in midtown Toronto, they now have a downtown location. Much closer to home… 🙂

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I couldn’t help but order a pistachio St. Honoré tart eat. With a butter crust that holds the pistachio cream and decorated with raspberries and their signature raspberry macarons, the tart was rich, but not too sweet.


We sat downstairs to enjoy the dessert with our matcha latte and earl grey latte. They also gave us complimentary handmade raspberry marshmallows.

The desert fork is something else…

We could not leave without getting some macarons to take home. They had two flavours to celebrate Lunar New Year: Matcha Chestnut with chestnut cream and matcha. Jardin Zen with black sesame and lemon cream. Out of the two, the Jardin Zen is my favourite with the distinct black sesame flavour and a surprise tartness from the lemon.

L to R: Berry Vanilla. Lemon. Love Birds (Rose Raspberry). Earl Grey. Matcha Chestnut. Jardin Zen is missing!

Definitely not a place to visit everyday, otherwise you’ll go broke. But, it’s nice to treat yourself once in awhile. 😉

Edit: During Valentine’s Day, Butter Avenue created a limited edition Box of Hearts featuring six heart-shaped macarons. *Contains alcohol

Irish Coffee (white)*: Baileys ganache
Amaretto Sour (light pink): Amaretto cream and bergamot jam
Strawberry Cream (pink): Wild strawberry ganache
Riesling (red): Riesling ganache and apricot
Dark Chocolate (purple): St. Dominque 70% dark chocolate ganache
Rose Petal (light purple): Rose water ganache

Butter Avenue
477 Queen St., W.
Toronto, ON M5V 2A9


Eat: Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen

There were a few news about culture appropriation when Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen opened, with what started was the owner (whom is white) said that the city needed an “amazing Jamaican restaurant”, I’m not going to delve into whether Chubby’s is authentic or not, or that the opening of the restaurant is “hipsterizing” Jamaican food. I went, I ate and in the end, I thought it was just ok. There is always better elsewhere. Also, my experience will be different than yours; as always, go, try and have your own experience.


When we arrived at the restaurant, I thought the decor was nice; it has a resort feel to it. However, where we were seated in the upper floor, it was dark — it’s the candle-and-mood-lighting-on-the-wall-doesn’t-help kind of dark. I can’t quite see the food and I can’t quite see what I’m eating. This would be terrible for someone who has terrible vision in the dark.

Gin and Ting ($12) – Dillon’s Gin and Ting (Carribean carbonated drink).
 Likkle Jamaican Patties ($10) – tamarind beef, curry turkey, curry shrimp and coconut greens (one of each). Slow-Baked Jerk Wings ($15) – wild honey, scotch bonnet dust, lime zest festival
Jerk Chicken with Chubby’s Slaw (quarter $14, half $18 whole $31). Jerk Pork ($16 1/2 pound) – Buckeye, pork belly, sauteed seasonal greens
Oxtail Stew ($18) – braised butter, beans and herbs, rice and peas.
Extra side of rice and peas ($6.50)
Saltfish Fritters ($12) with mango-lime papaya salsa at the top.

I was looking forward to the jerk chicken, but I did not enjoy it because it was painfully spicy for me (I’ve had jerk chicken where it was spicy, but bearable). Also, it’s quite expensive ($18 for half with slaw on the side, but no rice and peas, which is extra cost).

The Saltfish Fritters were (ironically) too salty and while some flavour of the patties are decently good, the pastry was doughy.

Saving graces were the Slow-Baked Jerk Wings (fortunately not painfully spicy), the Oxtail Stew and the service.

Chubby’s Jamaican Kitchen
104 Portland St.
Toronto, ON
M5V 2N2





Eat: Cold Tea x Juanmoto

Cold Tea is one of those (secret) bars that you don’t want to tell anyone else about. Especially now that it’s renovated and the food is by one of the Han brothers (of Hanmoto and Oddseoul fame).

Cold Tea is located in Kensington Market, inside a somewhat sketchy mall and marked on by a red light above a door of graffiti. Prior to what it is now, it was a grungy bar.

The food serve at Cold Tea are small sharable plate of Asian-South American fusion. My brother and I came here after our session at Mahjong Bar; I would have liked to order more food at Cold Tea, but there always next time.

Leche De Tigre Ceviche ($16) – avocado, taro chips, scallops, tuna, surf clams, prawns, tobiko. Love ceviche? Can’t go wrong with this.

Teriyakitori Wings ($10, 4 pc) – charcoal roasted chicken wings, tare, green sauce. These were a tad spicy. Good with beer.

I would come back here in a heartbeat. But, I’m bias because I love the food the Han Brothers make.

Cold Tea x Juanmoto
60 Kensington Ave.
Toronto, ON
M5T 2K2