Eat: Mahjong Bar

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Mahjong Bar is a “secret” bar that would be a secret if you didn’t know it was a bar. Behind the dimly lit pink storefront that sells snacks and drinks is another dimly lit cocktail bar slinging drinks and serving sharable plates of Chinese food.

 

 

 

 

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Peach Panther ($13) – salted watermelon, soju, sherry, lemon and sugar. Apparently, this is what my favourite K-Pop group likes to drink…
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Smashed cucumbers, chilli and sesame ($7).
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Chengdu wontons with pork, shrimp, Sichuan chilli oil and scallions ($11). It is a spicy dish.
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Mahjong Half Moons with pork, onion, ginger and black vinegar ($9). Like the Chinese fried glutinous rice dumplings, but with much more filling.

Eggplant with mantou bun, crispy pork and preserved vegetables ($8). Can be made vegetarian. Apologies for terrible photos, it was pretty dark.

Overall, a nice place for drinks, but the food is quite pricey considering that I can make the wontons and smashed cucumbers at home. It’s not a place to get full at, but if you’re bar hopping then get a few bites and drinks before going to the next spot. Mahjong Bar does not take reservations.

Mahjong Bar
1276 Dundas St. West
Toronto, ON
M6J 1X7

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Eat: Eva’s Original Chimneys

You may have seen some colossal ice cream “cones” around the city. Known as Kürtöskalács in Hungarian or Trdelník in Czech Republic, the cylindrical chimneys are bread-like baked Hungarian pastries. They are crunchy on the outside, but light and fluffy on the inside. At Eva’s Original Chimneys, they are made by hand and baked on a open gas rotisserie grill. Originally, Eva’s Original Chimneys were available via their food truck, but they have opened a standalone shop on Bloor, near Bathurst.

Last Summer, I had the opportunity to try the exclusive DonutDonut Cone that was only available at the CNE during the Food Truck Frenzy. The cone creation was also a partnership with a beloved doughnut shop, Glory Hole Doughnuts.

DonutDonut Cone – Glory Hole’s mini toast and butter yeast raised doughnut, brown butter frosting, sweet bread crumbs, caramel and cinnamon on top of Eva’s Original famous Chimney Cone. It was a massive cone that is best shared.

During the Holiday 2017 season, Eva’s launched a holiday menu the featured exclusive cones, drinks and chimney cakes.

Dark Chocolate Almond Cone

Dark Chocolate Chimney Cake.

Unfortunately, I only took a few bites of my chimney cake and took it home in hopes to finish it the next day because I wasn’t feeling well during the media event.

Eva’s Original Chimneys does have some vegan options.

Disclaimer: While the food and beverage were complimentary, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Eva’s Original Chimneys
454 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON
M5S 1X8