To escape the sweltering heat at the World Pride Parade in Toronto, my posy and I decided to seek refuge at this corner Thai restaurant called Pi-Tom’s, located at Alexander street and Yonge.
We decided on the patio since we still wanted to take in the festivities. The patio area is very inviting, with big yellow umbrella’s shading every table, potted plants scattered throughout the terrace and soft music playing in the background. And of course to celebrate Pride, the patio was adorned in several rainbow colored ornaments.
We started off with a cold beer to quench our thirst. We tried the Singha lager beer imported from Thailand which was recommended to us by our server (they were handing out tasting samples to all patrons). The golden colored beer was light and crisp with a slight hoppy taste. This was refreshing which made us ah with pleasure.
The first thing we ordered was the Spicy Fish Cakes ($7.25). These were soft and moist and flavorful. These bad boys had a kick which I assumed were from the specs of green jalapenos. The center was soft and moist with an exterior made of some kind of egg batter. While they were delicious, I would have liked a bit more crunch. Next was the Roasted Duck Curry($13.95). This was killer. This had me scrapping the bowl clean. The dish was composed of basil, bamboo shoot, fresh pepper and lychee. Now, I didn’t get any lychee notes but I did taste the other flavors which meld beautifully together like a perfect symphony. And the gaminess of the duck lent a nice heavy richness to the curry which was the star.
The servers are extremely welcoming and very accommodating. http://www.pi-tom.com/index.php
The Bar Volo is a great place to grab a quick snack and cold one. With the building covered with vines, you could almost walk past it, and if it wasn’t for the buzzing patio, I probably would have done just that. Located on Dundonald street and Yonge, this restaurant/pub is known for it’s eclectic selection of unique beers from around the world. The décor is very woodsy; cool-looking beer bottles are displayed around the restaurant, that has wood paneling, wooden tables and chairs that give it a rustic, laid-back feel.
They had a special Pride menu. I got a prosciutto and sharp cheddar sandwich on a crusty sourdough bread ($8) accompanied with in-house kettle cooked chips. Believe when I say, this was not your ordinary ham and cheese sandwich. This sandwich was packed with flavor. The meat was silky soft with a slight sweet and salty taste that played nicely with the sharpness of the cheese. And the bread was chewy with a nice rustic crust. Just YUM! I don’t know want special sauce they used on it, but it was scrumptious too. And it was washed down nicely with one of their unique craft beers.
The place is a little confusing when you first walk in, given that it’s self-seated and the ordering is done at the bar towards the back. Yeah, that had me scratching my head. But the service is friendly. http://blog.barvolo.com/about
The Bier Market
Another place we checked out was the Bier Market located on Esplanade and Church street. This restaurant has over 150 beers to chose from. Since they had a large selection of beer we decided to get the beer flight ($20), which consisted of 6 small glasses of crafted beer (totaling to 2 pints). They are brought out on a rack and are great for sharing. To accompany the beer we got the meat platter ($18); they have several cured meats to chose from. Later, came the Flammekueches ($15). Basically this is like a flat bread pizza. We got the Porter bacon and potato with Quebec cheese curds, caramelized onions and scallions. This was delicious. But I think the star of the table was the ‘Frites’. These fries are addictive; seasoned to make your taste buds sing they are served with 3 creamy mayo-based sauces. Could I get some more please!
Their patio seating is awesome and the servers are polite and acknowledgeable about the menu. On some nights (check the website or call) there is live music, which we were fortunate enough to catch. http://thebiermarkt.com/