Rasa Bar: Toronto Life top 100 of 2019; the online reviews said that the beef cheek burger and the quinoa salad were really good. I’m always hesitant about delivery burgers and fries. But oh man was I wrong. This was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. It was so meaty and juicy and it had the perfect soft bun. The fries were seasoned like curly fries. It is rare to encounter a fry that needs no dipping. The salad was surprisingly good for a salad. The grapes, while odd looking and threatening me with being a tomato, were a good addition (despite the risk). We also split a garlic shrimp app, it was good but this has been a great year for shrimp dishes and the competition was stiff.
Maker Pizza: I had seen a photo of an amazing-looking sandwich on Instagram, turns out it was from Maker Pizza and wouldn’t you know it, I was craving pizza (I blame it on Animal Crossing and all the anchovies). We ordered a small pepperoni pizza and a sandwich. Oh sweetmotherofgod, that sandwich. Sesame sub bread. Tons of meat. Good cheese. An easy-to-remove tomato. And some peppers and lettuce compactly smooshed underneath. It was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. And it left me thinking about it. I could see myself almost regularly ordering it. I do have to get it at least one more time, and warm it up in my panini press to melt the cheese.
Mid-way check-in: So far June was looking good food-wise, ordering anyways. I gave up on my sourdough starter when the light bulb in the oven died (it is impossible to replace). I finally cracked open the giant bag of flour to make some less-than-great peanut butter brownies (they were truly awful and I am surprised that ATK misled me so badly). I guess I was still riding the joyous high off of successfully making danishes from scratch (thanks NY Times!). How could ATK be so wrong about peanut butter brownies when they were so right about oatmeal muffins (the best ever, it has changed my opinion of home-baked muffins). I ordered 5lbs of rhubarb and now I found a farm that delivers to Toronto for free, hello giant flat-pack of strawberries. Hello jam.
La Palma: blogTO voted best lasagna; This was a difficult meal to rank. The lasagna was in fact, some of the best I have ever had, yay for that. But the chicken liver mousse was awful. It was sweet. Even after I sprinkled some salt on top it was still not saved. The piri piri chicken was similarly awful. There was just something so off about the flavour profile, like it had a giant hole in it and something was missing, and there were other flavours there that just did not belong. Some bites, the skin was charred and tasted burnt. They should stick to making lasagna and not futz about with other dishes. Even the bread that came with the chicken liver mousse was meh.
Banjara: 1001 Foods book, biryani; we’d been to Banjara in the past, and we debated including it in our yearly restaurant rankings (which we’d only started doing last year) and in the end decided to include it, we were trying new foods. We got a half order of tandoori chicken and an order of chicken biryani. Oh man was it a lot of food, it was enough for two dinners and we had half leftover. The tandoori chicken was really good as was the biryani. The naan, on it’s own was kind of sad. It desperately called out for sauce to be dipped in but there was none in sight. I used it instead to scoop up the (very) generous portion of rice that came with the tandoori chicken.
June ended with me going back to work >.>