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A Craft Beer Paradise in Busan

Part art, part science but complete dedication and skill. What is it that combines the talent of an artist, the palate of a connoisseur, the scientific ingenuity of a chemist, biologist and physicist? It may sound strange, but we’ve discovered that some of the most interesting creations are produced in microbreweries. In Busan, we found it in one place in particular.

Galmegi Brewery – An Evening of Beer & Food

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Stepping through the door into the first floor of Galmegi Brewery in Busan, South Korea, we had no idea that in a short time we’d not only be tasting some great brew, but also enjoying one truly delicious meal.

Now, don’t get us wrong, we enjoy Korean food and soju but at some point you’ve ingested enough Kimchi and hard liquor to say you’ve truly experienced Korean cuisine. Added to that, there’s a culture developing in Korea that involves international cuisine and an increasing demand for good tasting beer that can’t be found in the mainstream, major brewers’ repertoire of beer options. In this then, we were up for trying a different side of Korea’s culinary scene.

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Just a short walk from Gwangalli Beach, the casual atmosphere and the clean, unpretentious decor of Galmegi Brewery was friendly and inviting. Passing the downstairs bar, complete with a windowed backdrop giving a glimpse at the brewery behind, we headed upstairs to the main dining area and took a seat at a table with a view out of the large floor-to-ceiling windows. The second floor was equally as comfortable and welcoming as the downstairs was, with another bar area and more seating.

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The menu makes it clear that they take their craft beer seriously. With 10 of their own beers available (although the actual number may vary depending on new and seasonal options), there’s a great variety of flavours for all beer drinkers.  Their prices are also incredibly reasonable and you can tell they aim to provide a great, and honest, experience. We went with the sampler which gave us 4 half pints of different beer for only 12,000 won ($10.75 USD)

The four beers included Lighthouse Blonde, which was Carolann’s favourite and was light, soft and refreshing with a hint of citrus; Moonrise Pale Ale, a slightly tart, fruity and hoppy beer; Galmegi IPA a refreshing, hoppy and sharper beer, a little drier than the Moonrise; and Espresso Vanilla Stout, which was Macrae’s favourite and was a richer beer with a wonderfully blended coffee (which explains why it was Macrae’s favourite) and vanilla flavour.

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Throughout our evening, we also tried several of their other craft beers including their Black Jindo Imperial Stout, Doljanchi IIPA and soon-to-be added Campfire. Each one offered another variety of flavours and we enjoyed them all.

The food options are also a testament to their focus on the microbrewery: extensive enough to provide a variety of choices with options that compliment the beer but not an overwhelming amount to overshadow the highlighted beer menu.

Their appetizers, or “bites”, include chips and dips, fries, fried chicken, salad and a charcuterie board and many of their dips and sauces, such as the Sriracha mayo and sweet & spicy sauce, pay homage to Northeast Asian flavours. We chose the Piselli Pizza (14,000 won or $12.50 USD) and, since it is the true test of a good burger, the Classic Burger (13,000 won/about 11.70 USD)

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The Piselli Pizza arrived with the onslaught of a wonderful aroma. A fairly large-sized thin crust pizza topped with pesto, mozzarella and feta cheese, salami and lemon. It was cooked perfectly, leaving a delicious crust with a great taste of its own, and the toppings provided wonderfully blended flavours. It didn’t take us long to polish off the slices.

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The Classic Burger had mouth-watering layers of beef patty, tomato, lettuce, cheese, bacon, mustard and ketchup and was presented with a side of fries. One bite into this thick, juicy burger and we knew this was a little more than a classic burger. Carolann, a self-proclaimed burger connoisseur (don’t forget, she’s been published for burger reviews in Koh Phangan, Thailand!), describes it as more of a classic burger – with a twist.

The surprising maple flavour of the bacon worked incredibly well with the combination of simpler condiments as did the mustard, which was more of a mustard seed spread and was void of the sharper, more sour flavour of regular mustard or even classic dijons. The fries were also flavourful, with a slight hint of smoked hickory and spice.

After a first taste of each of the 4 beers in the sampler, we could see ourselves becoming regulars. After we tasted the food, we knew we’d be back before we left Busan.

Mastering the Craft of Craft Beer in Busan

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One of the great things about Galmegi Brewery is that all the action happens in-house, which means that if you are visiting on a quieter night, and you are interested, they will be more than happy to give you a tour of the brewery and explain the process. While it was a Wednesday night and apparently “quiet”, there was still a steady and consistent stream of people but we were able to take a look at the microbrewery and learn about brewing craft beer and the business of craft beer in Korea.

It was through discovering the process of producing the beer and creating the flavours that we learned there is a lot more to brewing than we had realized and it’s evident that the brewers at Galmegi Brewery have a passion for what they do and a pride in the quality of beer they produce.

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For a microbrewery, there is the continual innovation of new tastes and flavour combinations and the task of recreating popular creations. With that comes the challenges of biology in the yeast strains, chemistry in the composition and production of the beer and the mechanics of the maintenance of the equipment and machinery. No small task this even, or perhaps especially, in the smaller setting of microbreweries.

We had an amazing night at Galmegi Brewery and will definitely be visiting again before we leave Busan. It’s a place to which you would want to keep coming back, with a menu chalk full of quality craft beers, that is consistently serving favourites, as well as frequently offering new beers, and a list of delicious food to compliment the variety of tastes, all served in a unique and welcoming atmosphere.

Do you prefer the creative flavours of craft beers or do you tend to stick to one brand label you know and love? Comment below and let us know!

 


 

You Can Do It Too

In Busan? Head to Galmegi Brewery for a truly memorable experience. You can also check out their menu online and keep an eye out for the new types of beer as they are added!

Galmegi Brewery

부산광역시 수영구 광남로 58, 613-813
58 Gwangan-ro, Suyeong, Busan 613-813

Phone: 010-4469-9658

Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday: 6pm – midnight

Sunday: 6pm – 11pm

Or, check out their other location just around the corner, serving their amazing varieties of beer and a lighter menu:

Gwangan Taphouse

부산광약시 수영구 남천바다로 3-4 세진진빌딩 3층
3-4 Namcheon 2(i)-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea

Phone: 010-4469-9658

Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 6pm – midnight

Friday: 6pm – 1 am

Saturday & Sunday: 1pm – 1am

 


 

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Homesick for Hamburgers in Koh Phangan

While further edited for publishing on our site, this was originally submitted by Carolann and published in Southeast Asia Backpacker Magazine, Issue 34: pg 17, under the title “Homesick for Hamburgers”

It’s something every backpacker experiences and while you don’t know when it will hit, you know it’s coming. In a place like the gorgeous island of Koh Phangan, you can get complacent, forget the impending attack. And when it strikes, you may not be prepared.

One common affliction of any traveller is the dreaded food craving. True, Thailand has some amazing food, but when those nostalgic “I just want a taste of home” urges overwhelm, you won’t be satisfied until those cravings are fulfilled and for many, a burger is the culprit.

Finding good Thai food is easy.  Whether it’s a street vendor, a little plastic chair restaurant, or a well-known dine-in restaurant, you’re sure to find the type of food that puts Thailand on the culinary map. Finding a good burger when the craving strikes however, can be tricky. Fortunately, Koh Phangan has tapped into international culinary styles offering several places that would satisfy any burger seeker.

Finding Good Hamburgers In Koh Phangan:

 

The Gourmet Burger – Crave Restaurant, Haad Yao

 For the ultimate burger experience with amazing service, head to Crave restaurant to find wonderfully blended gourmet flavours such as the deluxe burger with bacon, homemade mayo and brie. Don’t forget to switch your side of fries for a poutine as their Thai-version of the French-Canadian dish is a perfect complement. Happy hour is from 5-7pm, where their homemade sangria and marinated spirits are ‘buy one, get one free’. We also wrote a detailed review of Crave.

The Simple Burger– Yummy Restaurant, Haad Rin Nok

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Haad Rin Nok is the destination for backpackers looking to experience the Full Moon Party and fortunately, a great burger is waiting around the corner. Simple, yet well-seasoned, Yummy Restaurant offers quality burgers at great prices, served with a smile. Afterwards, satisfy your sweet tooth with their fruit shake and roti special – only 89THB!

The Veggie Burger – Vintage Burger Friends and Booze, Thongsala

If beef patties aren’t your thing, you’ll want to try Vintage Burger. While their beef burgers are worth a taste, their veggie burger, made of bean, coriander and carrot topped with cheese, onion, lettuce and homemade sweet chili sauce, is a must-try. Alongside crispy, delicious fries, this meal will satisfy any burger craving. Ask for it without cheese to make it a vegan option. A homemade mojito and chocolate mousse are wonderful ways to round-out the meal.

The Late-Night Burger – Handsome Sandwiches, Thong Nai Pan Noi 

A long-time staple, Handsome Sandwiches is located a distance from the Full Moon Party but offers to satisfy those burger cravings when nothing else is open. Thai-style, the restaurant consists of a small stall and several tables with a simple fare of burgers, fries and shakes. The exterior may leave something to be desired but the food impresses and the prices are reasonable.

The Chicken Schnitzel Burger – Mama’s Schnitzel, Haad Rin Nok

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As the name suggests, Mama’s Schnitzel is well-known for their chicken schnitzel. Take those pieces of crispy, tender chicken and turn it into a burger and you’ve got one mouth-watering, hunger-satisfying meal. In the heart of Haad Rin, it’s a great place to eat after a day at the beach or while taking part in the Full Moon celebrations. After indulging in your meal, their chocolate bar shakes will quench your thirst and cool you down.

 

Whether you are craving an all-beef patty, crispy chicken or prefer to go vegetarian, Koh Phangan has something to satisfy all your burger cravings and in taking your first bite into that flavourful and well-crafted burger you may just find you are sinking your teeth into a little taste of home.

 

Where can you find these great restaurants?

 

Crave

Open 5pm – 11pm, CLOSED on Tuesdays

Please check their website as they close for approximately 2 months a year during low-season.

Yummy

Trickier to pinpoint due to its lack of website – you can find it easily if you’re headed to the “Full Moon Beach” or Haad Rin Nok. Near where the two main streets intersect, and across from the big 7-Eleven, is where you’ll find Yummy!

 

Vintage Burgers, Friends & Booze

A little tricky to find as the streets start to criss-cross and narrow in this area but we followed this map and found it easily. Check out their Facebook page or contact them to confirm hours of operation.

 

Handsome Sandwiches

Check out their TripAdvisor page for a map to locate them. Here you’ll not only find food, but also cold beer, a gas station, laundry service, and a decently priced taxi service!

 

Mama’s Schnitzel

You’ll find this busy eatery close to Haad Rin Nok, on the busy intersection of two major streets. It’s hard to miss with no walls and a constant flow of patrons.

 

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Top 5 Cafes In Northern Thailand

 

As coffee shops are often our go-to places to get some work done, we’ve spent our fair share of time in cafes, sitting in front of our laptops with a hot (usually iced for Macrae) cup of coffee in our hands. Thailand, like many countries we’ve visited, has a ridiculous number of coffee shops. It often leaves you wondering how they all manage to stay in business.

We’ve come across some interesting cafes throughout the whole of Thailand but none that serve a coffee as delicate and smooth as those of the North. There is something magical about the mountain coffee bean in that region. While touring up there we had the pleasure of visiting some great places that not only serve up a mean cup of coffee but usually ended up surprising us with the quality of their food and baked goods. We found a few cafes in Northern Thailand that we just had to tell everyone about!

Losing Yourself In a Cup of Thai Coffee – Best Cafes in Northern Thailand

There are many cafes that we stumbled upon, and many more to be found, but we’ve listed the top 5 cafes in northern Thailand that stood out for us, starting with number 5 and working our way to, what we think, is the best. All of these can be found in the north of Thailand, be it Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and, let’s not forget, Pai.

#5 Café Amazon

Cafe Amazon Thailand Coffee, one of the best Cafes In Northern Thailand

Amazon Cafe is a great spot to go for a quick morning coffee or a stop during a long scooter ride when nothing else is around. Cafe Amazon has a convenient number of locations across Thailand, usually as standalone shops around gas stations along major roads and highways. Fill up on gas and get your coffee fix at the same time. The coffee is pretty good but we didn’t end up trying any of their attractive looking baked goods.

#4 Pai Siam Bistro, Pai

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It’s as though there is some kind of force from the gods that brings people to visit, and fall in love with, Pai. It may be because it is a quiet town surrounded by mountains and gorgeous rice paddy fields, or that the journey to this place, from Chiang Mai to Pai, is a treacherous drive through the mountains that makes it seem like all other forms of civilization are beyond physical reach.

Pai Siam Cafe Pai Thailand, one of the best Cafes In Northern Thailand

Finding Pai Siam in this sleepy town was a godsend. With its delicious cakes and cookies, it brewed, in our mind, some of the best coffee around. We even found out about the affiliated beautiful boutique hotel, Soi One Bedrooms, while we were there and enjoyed a blissful last night in town. You could truly lose yourself in the peace and serenity of Pai and like many that have traveled here, you may find yourself staying for a very long time.

#332 Coffee Hill, Off Hwy 1095 to Pai

Coffee Hill Rest on drive to Pai, one of the best Cafes In Northern Thailand

During our 762 hair-raising turns through the mountains to Pai we chose to stop at 32 Coffee Hill for a break. This place offers some amazing local coffee, fruit shakes and some truly incredible views of the mountains.

The only way of ensuring a visit to this café is by navigating your own way to Pai – either by renting a car or a motorbike. Keep in mind that f you take a minibus from Chiang Mai to Pai your chances of stopping here are slim-to-none as they stop infrequently. This is a great place to take a break from the drive and grab some coffee, made from those delicious mountain coffee beans, before continuing on your way.

#2 Namton’s House Bar, Chiang Mai

Namtons House Bar Coffee, one of the best Cafes In Northern Thailand

While staying at the chic Swiss Lanna Lodge in Chiang Mai, Namton’s House Bar was recommended as a great place to eat. It was clear upon entering, that Namton’s has mastered the trendy-meets-comfort feel. Patrons are warmly welcomed even if just stopping for a coffee (iced of course) or a drink after a long day behind a computer. We would recommend it for more than just that – the food at Namtons is exquisite.

Teat in Namtons Chiang Mai, one of the best Cafes In Northern Thailand

The chef, “M”, is self-taught, loves his job and has a passion for food that shows through his culinary work. The menu is inspired by Japanese cuisine and each dish is a flavourful, delicious plate of perfection. If you’re looking for great coffee in Chiang Mai, you’ve found the place, but if you venture to order something off the menu, you won’t be staying for just one cup.

#1 Polar Boulangerie and Patisserie, Chiang Rai

Polar Cafe Chiang Rai Thailand, one of the best Cafes In Northern Thailand

After a long day of riding to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai on our trusty steed (150cc SkyDrive Scooter) we opened up the TripAdvisor app (like every other time we didn’t feel like venturing out and finding a place on our own to eat) and right at the top, rated #1 for breakfast restaurants, was Polar Boulangerie and Patisserie, we found it intriguing that a cafe was ranked #1 and we just had to check it out.

Walking in it looked similar to every other cafe we have ever been to: cookies and cake in their baked goods counter display, a chalkboard menu and some smartly placed decor. We ordered some breakfast, tea and iced coffee. The breakfast was great – it was a western style spread – and the tea and coffee was exceptional.

Polar BOulangerie and patisserie Chiang Rai Thailand

What stood out was the coffee, just like everything else here, is reasonably priced and you get more than what you would expect. The iced coffee comes in a mason jar – yes like the one your grandmother used to jar her homemade jam. Now that’s enough coffee to get you through the whole day! There is no fluke that this is #1 on TripAdvisor.

Our Continuing Quest For Great Coffee

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We continue our search for good coffee in every town and city we visit and love when we find a cafe that not only satisfies our craving for a great cup of java but is also a place we feel we need to recommend to others. You can definitely expect to find more suggestions on cafes and who knows, you may even bump into us!

 

You Can Do It Too!

Ours is considered a digital nomad life. We move from place to place bringing our work with us as we go. We generally don’t know what it will be like when we head to a new place and usually rely on coffee shops as good places to do work and connect to WiFi – our mobile offices around the world. Sometimes, when we step inside a coffee shop, set up our computers and take a sip from our mugs we feel like we’ve stepped outside the often crazy world of travel and the unknown and we feel a bit like we are home.

Travelling in northern Thailand and looking for a great cup of coffee? You can find the above mentioned cafes at the following locations:

Amazon Cafe – All over northern Thailand, usually at rest-stops and gas stations

Pai Siam Bistro – located along the Pai Walking Street, you can find this Bistro beside and behind the Pai Siam Shop which sells beautiful handmade lampshades

32 Coffee Hill – You’ll find 32 Coffee Hill on your way to Pai from Chiang Mai along highway 1095.  For GPS coordinates use: 195 Moo 4 T.Papae, Chiang Mai Ban Pa Pae 50150

Namton’s House Bar – this great coffee shop and restaurant can be found at 196/2, Chiangmai-Lumpuhn Road, Muang, Chiang Mai East of the Ping River.

Polar Boulangerie and Patisserie – While in Chiang Rai, you can locate our, and TripAdvisor’s, number 1 place to find coffee at: 366-366/1 Trairath Rd. T. Viang A. Muang Chiangrai, Chiang Rai 

 

Have you found a different cafe in northern Thailand that you think should make a ‘top cafe’ list? Let us know by commenting below!!

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Where to Go to Bite ‘N’ Eat Traditional Indian Food

 

Butter chicken, tandoori and naan. Three of the most common dishes you’ll find ordered and served in Indian restaurants in the Western world. Back home, we have been to numerous Indian restaurants and inevitably we, and those we are with, revert to the same familiar foods with perhaps some kind of masala thrown in to feel adventurous.  During our travels, our culinary knowledge has broadened and our palates have become more refined. While in Thailand, we were able to try some authentic Japanese in Koh Samui at Kobori Restaurant, some Canadian and Western fare in Koh Phangan at Crave and some Thai-fusion in Bangkok at Rock Restaurant, but we never truly explored the depths of flavours and spices available within Indian cuisine. That is, until we made our way to Malaysia.

With the Indian population comprising the third largest in the country, Indian culture and cuisine is a large part of Malaysia. Not only can you find traditional dishes from India, there are various versions that are only found in Malaysia. Malay-style Indian food is quite common incorporating the roti, chippatis and meat dishes representative of North Indian food and the fish, veggies and rice that are more prominent in the South. We had the chance to try some of the Malaysian style Indian food while we ate our way through Penang in 48 hours and we were actively looking for a chance to try out some authentic dishes.

Being exposed to some new Malay-Indian dishes was a great experience and the type of culinary exploration we are always looking for but we still did not know enough about Indian food, be it traditional or Malay style. So, when we had the opportunity to visit Bite N Eat, a restaurant in Penang, Malaysia that prides itself on providing traditional Indian food, we were very excited to see what we could learn and explore the flavours and foods we had yet to discover. We ended up learning a lot and tasting traditional dishes we never would have known to order before.

An Education in Indian Cuisine in Penang

Bite N Eat Restaurant Penang Malaysia Dindigul Biryani

As we walked up to the restaurant, the bright sign signaled we had found Bite N Eat Dindigal Biryani Restaurant and the outdoor grill with fresh roti being made was a wonderful welcoming sight. Seated indoors on the main floor of this UNESCO certified building we were presented with a rather extensive menu. Quite innovatively, Bite N Eat offers its patrons a centralized television and individual tablets with photos of their various dishes to help those who are new to the cuisine determine what to order.

Opened just seven months ago, in May, 2014, the main goal of the restaurant is to bring the exact taste of India to Penang where often times, Malay-Indian style dishes dominate the culinary stage.  Bringing in a chef, as well as a large majority of the serving staff, straight from India, the menu offers traditional dishes from both the North and South of India and hopes to bring true Indian cuisine, not only to those who are familiar with it, but also to those who are unfamiliar, with the food.

mint julipe drink and ginger delight bite n eat

We started with two drinks made in-house: Mint Julipe & Ginger Delight. The Mint Julipe had a strong flavor of fresh mint with a refreshing burst of lime balanced with sweetness from the sugar encrusted rim of the glass. The ginger delight was balanced in its own way between the sharp bite of cinnamon and the softer, creamier ginger flavor.

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Bite N Eat Restaurant Penang Malaysia INdian food

The first round of food was ordered and we were excited to try the variety of Southern and Northern Indian dishes. When the plates of food and bowls of sauces came we had amassed a plethora of spice infused experiences our palates were anxiously awaiting. Onion pakkoda, chicken 555, fish curry, jolly gosht, set dosai, Chicken 65, prawn biryani, and paneer butter masala arrived in two waves and left us incredibly satisfied and had us advancing our knowledge of Indian cuisine and spices.

Bite N Eat Restaurant Indian Cuisine Penang Malaysia

Bite N Eat Penang Malaysia

Bite N Eat Restaurant Penang Malaysia best indian restaurant

The entire feast was delicious and while we were quite full, we were still excited to have the opportunity to try some more of the homemade drinks and traditional desserts. Our nutmeg juice drink was a great after-meal drink and complemented the desserts: fragrant coconut and carrot halwa both of which were warm, fragrant and rich in flavor.

Bite N Eat Penang Malaysia

By the end of the meal, we had tasted quite a variety of different types of food with many different spices and flavor combinations and were thoroughly thrilled with the exploration into Indian cuisine from first bite to last.  Bite N Eat is definitely the place to go to learn about traditional Indian cuisine and venture into the world of spices and flavours these dishes have to offer.

Bite N Eat Penang Malaysia Staff

There were so many dishes to choose from and we were unable to try it all. Have we missed something that you would consider a key dish in Indian cuisine? Comment below and let us know!

 

 

When We “Crave” A Taste of Home

Crave Koh Tao Restaurant

Crave Restaurant & Lounge – More Than Just A Great Burger in Koh Phangan

We initially passed it. Driving at night on our scooter we were distracted by the lights of the 711 across the street and missed the sign pointing the way to the restaurant and its entrance through the walkway between two buildings. Once we had backtracked and parked we made our way through the dim lit pathway that lead us up a set of stairs to the dining area and were struck with a feeling of home.

When travelling at length, there are times when we yearn for it, look for it and sometimes even forget exactly what it feels like. Fortunately there are those moments, whether it be a smell, the place we are in, a moment in time, where we get that feeling again. That comfortable, warm, embracing feeling of being somewhere familiar, somewhere that feels just a bit closer to home. That’s exactly how we felt as we sat down at Crave Restaurant in Koh Tao, Thailand and looked around. It probably looked anything but like someplace from home – The dark wood, dimlit decor with rice steamer light fixtures and bench-like seating surrounding the edge of the dining area was brightened with strings of dancing lights along the railing. The treehouse-like feel of the restaurant matched the hot tropical climate but it had that comfortable and inviting feel of being home.

interior Crave Restaurant Koh Tao Thailand

 

 

crave restaurant koh tao interior

What we especially loved about the interior was the bench seating where we each were able to recline against a triangle pillow beside the table rather than the traditional table and chairs that were present in the centre of the restaurant. We ordered a glass of their homemade iced tea and one of their homemade lemonade and settled back to peruse the menu. The sound of blocks crashing on a nearby table and the call of “Jenga!” alerted us to the games provided in the centre of the restaurant. Games such as Jenga and dominoes were up for grabs and added to the casual atmosphere of this otherwise trendy looking space.

Games at Crave Restaurant Koh Tao

The iced tea was, truly, homemade with a bold orange pekoe flavour and a hint of mint. The lemonade was refreshing and had a perfect sweet and sour balance even with the tartness of the added lime. The really interesting and surprising element was the subtle cinnamon that coloured each taste. These were two great drinks to start the meal. Although we opted for two non-alcoholic beverages, Crave has a happy hour from 5-7pm for select cocktails and their drink menu includes homemade Sangria and homemade marinated spirits.

homemade drinks crave koh tao

With the rich, mouthwatering smells eminating from the kitchen, we were salivating before we could even decide what to order off the menu, and that decision proved harder than we expected. Each dish described sounded so good that we enlisted the help of one of their incredibly friendly waitresses. With her guidance and further explanations of each dish, we made our choices and anxiously awaited the first course.

Yummy Hummus Crave Restaurant koh tao

We started with an appetizer of Yummy Hummus. The garlic-toasted slices of baguette with tomato, carrots, beans and cucumber were presented cleanly around a bowl of homeamde hummus. The hummus was smooth with flavours that were not overpowering but instead were well-blended. It also did not have that sour bite that one usually finds. It didn’t take us long to finish off the hummus with the veggies and bread and although the portion was a good size, it was so good we were still left wishing there was more.

As we waited for our meal to arrive, we were fortunate to have the owner, and head chef, join us at our table for a chat. Fellow Canadian, Valerie, hails from Quebec and while she’s lived in Thailand for several years, she retains her Canadian roots in some of the food she serves, such as poutine. Although not formally trained, Valerie has established a pretty impressive menu with a majority of the fare, down to mayo, being homemade. We chatted for quite some time, discussing her migration to Thailand, opening the restaurant and about her life back in Canada. It felt as though we were catching up with an old friend.

Deluxe Burger Crave Restaurant Koh Tao

We were incredibly excited when our main dishes came. The deluxe burger looked and smelled amazing. In Thailand, the beef is relatively difficult to work with as it is pretty much tasteless. Typically, if you are getting a flavourful burger, it’s made with beef from New Zealand but this burger, made from Thai beef, was delicious and packed full of flavor between a fresh, toasted bun. The brie cheese, bacon and homemade mayo were a great combination and the side of poutine was a perfect complement. True, it’s difficult to get the proper tasting components for a good poutine in Thailand. The cheese is much different and the potatoes are often watery, but this Thai-style poutine worked incredibly well. The side of coleslaw was another delicious and welcome addition to the meal. This burger was so good we had to include it in our top places to find a burger on Koh Phangan!

Beef Kabob Crave Restaurant Koh Tao

Our other main was the beef kabob wrap with a side salad. Sliced beef, hummus, mayo, veggies and fresh coriander came together in this truly tasty wrap without one of the ingredients overpowering the other. The balsamic dressed salad was a nice zesty pairing and the dish was thoroughly enjoyable.

While we had two meat dishes, Crave definitely has vegetarian options and Valerie is working on a new menu incorporating more meat-free options! Check out Crave’s Facbook page for the new menu!

We do not have any photos of the carrot cake we had for dessert. As we took it back to the hotel with us to save for later, we had every intention of taking photos but as soon as we opened the lid, the smell of the cinnamon had us thinking only about tasting the sweet treat in front of us. We were told that if we liked carrot cake, we would like this one and we were definitely in agreement. Freshly baked, moist and with a slight taste of cinnamon, the cake with cream cheese frosting was probably the best carrot cake we have ever had.

Crave Restaurant Koh Tao Thailand

Leaving Crave that night, we stepped onto the streets of Koh Phangan, Thailand and realized that for a short time we were transported from this country to a place that felt like home with an owner and chef that felt like an old friend. We were left feeling grateful for finding such a restaurant and regretful that we hadn’t found it sooner.

Crave Restaurant

56/7 Moo 8

Haad Yao West, Koh Phangan

Surat Thani, Thailand

84280

Tel: +66(0) 89 2116923

Crave is located across from the 7/11 and is open from 5pm-11pm everyday EXCEPT Tuesdays. Be sure to check their website for their annual closures which generally occur a few weeks in October and again in April.

Best Japanese Food in Thailand – Kobori Japanese Restaurant

Those who know us well, know we have a penchant for Japanese cuisine. Good Japanese food tends to be marked by fresh ingredients, tantalizing combinations of flavor and a chef’s passion for the process. We haven’t had much sushi since we left Toronto so we decided to try to find the best Japanese food in Thailand. We found what we were looking for and more at Kobori Japanese Restaurant in Koh Samui, Thailand and for us, the bar has been raised.

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Our Journey To Find The Best Japanese Food In Thailand Ends Where It Begins

When we arrived at the restaurant, along the Mae Nam walking street, we were greeted immediately by the restaurant’s namesake, Chef Koji O Kobori, wearing full traditional Japanese clothing and a warm smile. He led us through the narrow restaurant to a table near the back of the comfortably lit, authentically decorated dining area.

Kobori Japanese Restaurant

Chef Kobori Brings Japan to Koh Samui and Takes His Kimonos With Him

In talking to Kobori we learned that the restaurant was only 9 months old, opening in February 2014, and while he did not go to culinary school for formal training, Kobori learned to cook in various establishments in Japan before working there as a chef for around 5 years.  His friendly demeanor and obvious love for Japanese cuisine and hosting guests made us immediately feel welcome and even more excited to try the food.

Kobori Japanese Restaurant Koh Samui

We requested that Kobori provide suggestions on our meal and drinks, which he did, starting first with a tasting of Japanese plum liqueur and some sake, both of which were a great way to start our meal. The sake was smooth and light and the liqueur was sweet and fruity and left our palate cleansed and ready for the food to come.

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We started with a tuna avocado salad made with fresh, melt-in-your-mouth pieces of tuna sashimi, chunks of avocado, slices of tomato, cucumber, onion and carrot on a bed of lettuce and served with a homemade wasabi dressing. The components contrasted well and provided a mix of textures while the slight kick to the dressing was a complement to the mild flavor of the tuna and the balsamic flavor blended well with the stronger hints of cucumber and tomato.

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To enjoy with the rest of our meal, we had iced matcha green tea and a Thai iced tea. The green tea was bold and strong in flavor while the Thai iced tea was lighter and refreshing. We could have drank several glasses of both but stuck to just one.

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Our next dish was the Samui fish fry plate. Six beautifully and lightly fried, crispy pieces of skewered white fish were served with a katsu sauce on the side. The fish were neither greasy nor strong in taste and we were told that the type of fish used are chosen from whatever is fresh at the market that day. On our particular plate, we had three different kinds of white, flaky fish. Whatever they had caught in Samui that day, it was absolutely perfect for this fish fry.

salmon sushi rolls

What Japanese meal would be complete without some sashimi, sushi or a maki roll? Our Salmon-tataki roll was beautifully plated and served just as we were finishing our fried fish skewers. The freshness of the ingredients were evident as the flavor burst and blended in a perfect mix of salmon, rice, Japanese mayo and vegetables.  The salmon on the outside was nicely seared without being cooked through and matched the fish and vegetables on the inside of the roll.

By this point we were both starting to get pretty full but when Kobori mentioned his miso soup made from fresh miso paste, which he makes each day, we couldn’t resist. We must’ve been eating instant miso base all this time because the flavour was unlike any other miso soup we had tried back home. The soup had vibrant flavours that were strong and not watered down. Even the tofu held the flavour and was present in the soup in thick chunks rather than the small tiny cubes one usually sees when ordering a miso soup.

Kobori cooking some of the best Japanese food in Thailand

Kobori followed up the miso soup with some beef teppanyaki which he brought out on a hot steel plate and cooked himself on a service cart in front of us. Colourful vegetables combined with the thinly sliced New Zealand beef and emitted a wonderful aroma while being cooked with the sauces Kobori had also made and brought out with the rest. Fresh and flavourful we thoroughly enjoyed this dish, served with rice, and its unique presentation.

coconut pana cotta, macha green tea ice cream - some of the best Japanese food in Thailand

By this point of the meal we were quite full but the photos of dessert on the wall, and the Japanese sword Kobori kept strapped to his side, made it hard to resist ordering something. We decided on the homemade matcha green tea ice cream, especially since the iced tea was so good, and the homemade coconut milk pana cotta. Afterall, Kobori said that Koh Samui is nicknamed coconut island, so it only made sense to try at least something involving one of the island’s main crops.

The ice cream had a strong and creamy matcha taste while the pana cotta was light in texture and flavour. The drizzle of strawberry sauce on top was a perfect touch. We don’t know too much about pana cotta other than it’s delicious and can be tricky to make but when we asked Kobori where he learned to make it, he told us he taught himself and that “it’s easy”. If we hadn’t already decided that he was a talented chef, we would’ve been convinced in that moment.

Just as we were winding down to the last few bites of our dessert, a plate of ‘the fruit of the day’ was brought out. Served to all guests at the completion of their meal, the plate of fruit is to cleanse the palate after eating and the day we went was composed of lychee and watermelon.

 

 

Needless to say, by the end of the meal we were completely satiated and incredibly impressed by the quality and presentation of the food we had just consumed. Kobori then took time to help the both of us dress in traditional Japanese clothing and take photos with him.

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Donning some interesting, and pretty humourous, headwear we all took various shots alone and together and it was a great way to round out the evening and an example of what makes Kobori Japanese Restaurant and Kobori himself so special. Here, you receive individual attention, an amazing meal and a funny and attentive host.

japanese hat kobori

Open everday from 5:30pm-11pm we highly suggest you find your way to Mae Nam and Kobori Japanese Restaurant for some incredible and authentic Japanese cuisine and a chance to unwind, dress-up and enjoy. We definitely won’t be forgetting the meal or the evening anytime soon.

Kobori Japanese Restaurant

Moo 5, Mae Nam,

Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

84330, Thailand

 

Comment below and let us know which cuisine you’d look for after being away from home for a couple months!! We can’t decide between Japanese or Dim Sum!

 

 

How We Slice It – A Guide to Pai. Part Two: Where To Eat

Where To Eat In Pai

“Even the bad food in Thailand is still worth eating”. We made up this saying, to describe our culinary experience, after a meal in northern Thailand.

While driving in Chiang Mai, we decided to pull over one night for a bowl of soup from one of the typical street vendors one sees throughout the country. Although being deserted, which is usually our signal for “don’t risk it”, it was the first one we saw while particularly famished. About three spoonfuls into it, we noticed small flying ants, which we dubbed “flants”, floating around in our bowls. Turning the noodles over we confirmed that these were not recent casualties – there were several more underneath. Despite the unwanted guests, the soup was actually delicious and extremely flavourful but whether or not we continued to eat it is a story for another time.

Thailand has an overwhelming number of places to eat, there is no arguing that, and Pai is no exception.

Finding good restaurants and food is a large part of what we do when we are travelling and Pai had some great places worth mentioning. Whether you are looking for traditional Thai, other ethnic foods or a little taste of home, chances are you’ll be able to find something delicious while you’re there.

Here are our top picks for a variety of different types of meals and restaurants in Pai

Cheap Thai Food

Cheap Thai food in Pai

We often like to go out of the main tourist areas, or at least a little off the beaten path, and find some hidden gems on our own. We found a great little restaurant just off the walking street with some pretty good Thai food at amazing prices. While we couldn’t find a name, we have the directions so finding it may be a bit like a treasure hunt – but who doesn’t like those? If you are on the walking street, head east and turn right at the intersection before the Pai Mae Hong Son Bus Station. Take the second left and then the first right. On the southeast corner of that intersection you’ll find the restaurant, of no distinguishable name. If you just want some tasty and cheap Thai food without the search, Dang Thai Food also serves great dishes and, even though it’s on a busy strip, it maintains an authentic feel. At around 40THB a dish, it’s definitely a restaurant to visit.

 

For Burger Lovers

burger queen pai, thailand

It’s true we write a lot about burgers, but when you find a place that can make a great burger, it’s hard not to talk about it! We passed Burger Queen a few times while walking around Pai. We were talking to an expat who happened to mention the property in an offhand comment, and it stuck. Looking at TripAdvisor reviews had us thinking about it even more. We had just driven back from the outskirts of Pai in the pouring rain, had dried off as best we could and were getting pretty hungry when we decided we wouldn’t bother hunting down a restaurant, we’d see how good the burgers at Burger Queen were. They were amazing. Between us we had a classic burger and the Hawaiin burger and a side of homemade fries and ate pretty much in silence after the grunts of enjoyment with our first bites. This place definitely satisfied our burger craving and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of Western fare in between all the amazing Thai food you’ll find in Pai.

Breakfast, Coffee, and A Great Vibe

om garden pai food

While socializing on the walking street, Om Garden Café was recommended to us for a breakfast spot. We found it cozy and tranquil and quite unique with it’s tropical garden hideaway feel. The service was impeccable, the coffee was a perfect start to the day and there was a great selection of meals on the menu. Delicious food with reasonable prices, this is also a great place to do some work (they have free WiFi) or read a book and relax.

Want A Full Guide To Pai And How To Get There? 

Walking Street, Street Food

fried insects on walking street in pai

No, we’re not suggesting that fried insects are the best option in Pai – although we can’t say as we haven’t tried them – but you can definitely find a wide range of food on the walking street. We’ve already raved a bit about Grandma’s Pancakes, but we thought it was deserving of another mention. You’ll find many food vendors along the walking street with a wide variety of food. Meat skewers, pad Thai, fried insects – you’ll find it all but the one we thought was the most enticing and delicious was this little stand, with a little woman, serving little pancakes that were big in taste.

grandmas pancakes pai

You can get 10 regular pancakes with syrup for 30THB (around $1) or enjoy a variety of different flavours for slightly more. She’ll make chocolate, chocolate banana, Nutella pancakes and even savory ones like sausage and egg pancakes. We stopped several times during our time in Pai to grab an order of pancakes from the friendly, little woman serving them from behind a small stand.

Desserts And Some Coffee

 

Pai Siam Bistro in Pai Thailand

We’ve also mentioned Pai Siam as it was one of our favourite places to stop for a coffee on the walking street and was also the place that led us to find our little oasis in Pai, Soi One Bedrooms. If you’re looking for some good café style beverages and some homemade desserts, Pai Siam Bistro is a great place in a good location with reasonable prices. Located in the middle of the walking street, beside a handmade lampshade business of the same name, Pai Siam, this bistro is tucked behind their gellati stand and is definitely worth the visit.

 

Stay tuned for our third, and last, part of “How We Slice It – A Guide To Pai” where we will provide information on some of the attractions in Pai.

Travelling to Pai? You can read part one of “How We Slice It – A Guide to Pai” and discover a few great accommodations in Pai for a variety of budgets and preferences.

You can also find our tips on how to get to Pai, and about our drive from Chiang Mai to Pai

Comment below and tell us if you would finish a delicious bowl of soup seasoned with “flants”!

 

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Rock Restaurant and Bar, Bangkok

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Fusion of flavor served in a fusion of style

 

Bangkok is a city full of restaurants. Currently there are 7,946 restaurants listed on TripAdvisor, not to mention the local establishments devoid of any online presence. It can be tricky to navigate through the maze of dining options to find one that really stands out among the rest and offers an experience worthy of writing home about. We were fortunate enough to find such a place, Rock Restaurant and Bar, located off of the main strip of tourist driven restaurants in a growing area of the same trendy and cozy style as the restaurant itself.

When we arrived, we were greeted by the two owners, Lucy, a foodie, and Richard, a fashion designer. We were told that the menu was based off the personalities of the two and it was clear that they had come together to create a décor and overall experience that were also like their personalities: warm and inviting.

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Stepping into the restaurant we were immediately struck by that same warmth and the intimate, den-like feel of the restaurant. Beautiful hand-carved rock serve as the bases to glass tabletops, paying tribute to the Stone Forest and Lucy’s roots in China. Dark walls and pillars decorated with green foliage and vines warms the area and adds to the private cavern feel of the room and is perfectly contrasted with the crisp white chairs. Locally handcrafted lights and Italian imported cowskin rugs finishes off the look and brings the space together.

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The space upstairs has been turned into a private area for additional seating or parties and groups and maintains the same feel as the main dining area.

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The music also added to the feel of the place which has a chic, artsy ambiance worthy of the swankiest and trendiest of restaurants found in Toronto, New York or L.A. but lacks the pretentious flare one often finds in similar establishments. This is undoubtedly a place designed for the enjoyment of food . And boy, did we enjoy the food.

“Siamisation” – Familiar Thai dishes with a twist

 

They describe their style of food as “Siamisation”. This Asian-fusion fare, pulls from the traditional and old school Thai recipes, and incorporates the flavours and ingredients from cultures that have influenced the cuisine in Thailand, the Land of Siam, as well as styles from across Asia.  It is familiarity with a little twist. A fusion of flavour to go along with the décor’s fusion of style. Created with the help of Chef Noi, who studied under one of the world’s most famous Thai chefs, David Thompson, the menu brings the concept of “siamisation” to life and elevates fusion style cooking to another level. Knowing that the recipes were cooked with fresh ingredients, locally sourced and brought in from the markets daily when possible, only made the list of items more appealing.

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Upon being seated, we were immediately brought a welcome drink of butterfly pea water. We’re pretty sure there’s a fortune to be made should they decide to bottle and sell this water. Slightly sweet, floral yet fruity in taste and incredibly refreshing, this water was definitely a great introduction to the meal ahead.

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We started with a canapé of syrup pork buns. We’ve had more than our fair share of dim sum, but we were in no way prepared for what we were about to be served. Rather than the traditional pork filled bun, we received three lightly toasted buns topped with braised pork leg, shallot and cilantro. It was an amazing combination of flavours and these bite-sized buns have been frequent players in our food fantasies of late.

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For our appetizer, we had the crab cream cheese wafers. Thin wafers filled with seasoned cream cheese, crab meat, and homemade sauce offered up layers of taste. Perfectly balanced between wafer, cream cheese and crab, these wafers were simple in concept but complex in execution and taste.

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Our next course was the grilled beef salad which was completely different in composition from any beef salad we had tried in the past. The meat was cooked perfectly and the shrimp paste based sauce was complimented nicely by the tartness of the pomelo and the sharper but fragrant lemongrass.

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For our main, we had crab curry and rice noodle. This southern style coconut curry was slightly spicy and blended wonderfully with the flavour of the crab meat. It was yet another dish of layered and complex taste this time from a dish we’ve come to know in Thailand but made into an entirely new experience.

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The meal wouldn’t have been complete without trying something from their dessert menu. We figured if the experience had been this amazing so far, their dessert couldn’t disappoint. And it definitely didn’t. Their toddy palm butter cake, commonly a Southern Muslim street food, was a dense cake without being heavy. The passion fruit cut the sweetness and created an amazing balance between the components of the dish.

Signature Cocktails… on the rocks

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Their bar and drink menu is as thought-out and developed as their food menu. Their signature cocktails, paying homage once again to the couple, was developed by world-renowned mixologist Joseph Boroski and are as layered in flavour as the food.

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The Kunming Tourist Trap is a drink inspired by Lucy’s hometown in China and combines black tea infused gin, rose jam syrup and fresh passion fruit pulp.

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Red Earth is more of a creation based on the rock theme of the restaurant. Taking the patrons on a trip to Mars in a glass, this drink mixes Appleton white rum with the spice of fresh red pepper and paprika, the sweetness of surgarcane and the tartness of lime.

With a long list of drinks including signature cocktails, mixed drinks, wines, beers and spirits (not to forget the butterfly pea water) there is bound to be something for everyone.

Rock Restaurant and Bar in Bangkok offered us one of the best and most unique meals. From the moment we walked in our experience was of the highest quality. All of our senses were catered to with the décor, the ambiance and finally the dishes themselves. Lucy and Richard maintain a presence in the restaurant ensuring each of their patrons receive the best dining experience possible.

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We like to think we’ve found a bit of a hidden gem, although it’s clear that Rock Restaurant and Bar is popular and busy. One thing is certain, despite this restaurant being off the main tourist streets, with the food, service and experience they provide this place won’t be very hidden for long!

 

Rock Restaurant and Bar

7/1 Soi Chumnanaaksorn Paholyothin

9 Road, Samsennai, Phyathai,

Bangkok, Thailand 10400

082 688 8200

 

 

Breakfast in Montreal – L’Avenue Restaurant

It was early, we were tired and we were very hungry. We were in Montreal and looking for a place to eat breakfast. We searched online for “the best place to eat breakfast in Montreal” and decided on L’Avenue.  The reviews warned us about long lines and advised us to get there before opening and although it was already 9am, we were now set on trying this restaurant.

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It wasn’t hard to find the restaurant’s location since we could see the lineup as we turned onto the street.  (At the point when the picture above was taken, we were still by the light post on the left-hand side of the photo.) By the one hour mark, we contemplated leaving but by then, we were committed. If you do happen to try this restaurant we, like the rest of the reviews, recommend you get there as early as possible but if you don’t, we recommend you stick around and wait – It’ll be worth it.

Lavenue Front of Restaurant

A Meal At One of the Best Places to Eat Breakfast in Montreal

Approximately an hour and a half after we first stepped in line we were ushered into a completely packed, narrow dining area. The décor was colourful and fun, the menus and waiters were predominantly French, and the smells emanating from the kitchen were tantalizing. We were waited on fairly quickly and although it was early, it was the weekend and the bar was open and drinks seemed to be flowing. We managed to get by on the minimal French we know and as per usual, ordered two different meals: pancakes and French toast.

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Crepes Bacon et Cheddar: Pancakes with bacon, cheddar cheese, sautéed apples and maple syrup – $12.89 CDN

At first we were conflicted. Bacon, cheese and apples on pancakes sounded both brilliant and crazy at the same time.  When we tried it, we found that it was a great blend of sweet and savoury. We would never have thought to put those ingredients together but they worked wonderfully. The syrup may have made it a little too sweet by the end, but it was delicious overall.

Lavenue Peach and Granola French Toast

Pain Grillé Français, Peches et Granola: French Toast with peaches, granola and a peach reduction syrup – $13.98 CDN

We were a little more confident with this choice and it turned out to be just as good as the pancakes. The different textures of the peaches and granola were a perfect contrast and while there was little  that was savoury about this dish, the sweetness was not overpowering, even with the syrup.

Somehow, the combinations of ingredients in both dishes created explosions of perfectly blended flavours that left us both wanting more long after we had demolished our breakfasts. The meal left us satiated and we were glad we had waited in line.

Lavenue Dining Room

If you are not sitting in a booth, the tables themselves are only inches apart and while this may lead to some people feeling crowded, we happened to strike up a pleasant conversation with the couple next to us and were glad for the chance to meet new people and discuss their experiences as Montreal residents.

We had an amazing overall experience and would highly recommend eating here at least once for breakfast/brunch. We would love to try dishes from the rest of the menu, for lunch or dinner, and have added this to our list of places to try again should we have the opportunity.

We also found out L’Avenue was featured on at least one TV show, and if you know us, we always enjoy learning about and hunting down restaurants on shows like “You Gotta Eat Here” or “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and determining for ourselves just how good they are! We’ve already stopped by Stoney’s Bread Company in Oakville, Ontario and 11th Street Diner in Miami so we can add L’Avenue to this list and keep on the hunt for more!

Have you been to L’Avenue or any other “As Seen on TV” restaurant? If so, comment below and tell us about your experience!

 

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Looking for a great place to eat breakfast in Montreal? Here’s all the info you’ll need to find amazing food to satisfy your morning cravings:

 

L’Avenue

922 Avenue du Mont Royal Est

Montreal, QC

H2J 1X1

514-523-8780

 

Table For Two – 11th Street Diner

On our drive back from our trip to the Keys we decided to stop for dinner in Miami. It was already past dinner time, we were hungry and tired, and we figured anything would taste good but we really wanted to have an enjoyable meal.  We had read quite a few reviews about 11th Street Diner and thought it would be a good option. After finding parking in a lot not too far away, we walked to 11th Street and Washington Ave where we spotted the Airstream looking dining car that housed the restaurant.

The interior of the restaurant was modern, clean and inviting and on this particular day, very busy.  Since the main dining area was full we were seated at the only available table in the bar area. This area was even cozier and decorated with a beautiful large mural beside the bar. A waiter was at our table almost immediately.

There is a lot to choose from off of their “All Day” menu which is inspired by traditional American fare.  With everything from all day breakfast to turkey dinner and corn fritters to fresh Mahi, the menu is packed with delicious sounding meals and we had a tough time choosing. What narrowed it down for us were the asterisks beside certain items indicating that they were featured on the Food Network (we looked it up and they were visited by Guy Fieri in an episode of Diner’s, Drive-Ins, and Dives). We chose two dishes from the show: pork chops and the Argentinian skirt steak.

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Pork Chops with apples and raisins and a side of rice and beans with veggies – $14.95 USD

The pork was tender and bursting with flavour from seasonings and the combination of apples and raisins. The rice and beans were a perfect compliment and tasty on their own. Altogether the dish flowed perfectly from one element to the next. The only thing wrong with it was that there was no way to stop eating until the plate was empty.

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Argentinian skirt steak with tomato garlic relish and homemade mashed potatoes – $14.95 USD

The steak was melt in your mouth and the relish was so good we could have eaten it on it’s own, but with the meat it added incredibly sophisticated flavours to each delicious bite. The homemade mashed potatoes actually tasted homemade and put with the rest, it helped make this meal one of the most memorable ever.

This restaurant in one word? Unforgettable. If you are in the area, dining here is a must. And don’t worry if you can’t make it until late – this restaurant is open 24 hours!!

Have you dined in Miami before? Comment below and let us know your favourite restaurant!

 

11th Street Diner

1065 Washington Ave

Miami Beach, Fl

305-534-6373