周圍食 Apr’14:Caffe Kenon

It’s a nice cafe for coffee (and they do have nice coffee here), but skip the food on the menu.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $$

0414 Bacon & Mixed Mushrooms Spaghetti (Caffe Kenon)Bacon & Mixed Mushrooms Spaghetti
in Cream Sauce
The pasta is undercooked, and is far from “al-dente”. It also doesn’t taste like fresh pasta

0414 Chorizo Sausage Pizza (Caffe Kenon)Chorizo Sausage Pizza
Chorizo Sausage, Cherry Tomatoes, Mixed Mushrooms, Mozzarella Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Tomato Sauce
The bread was crap, tasted more like flavourless cracker than a good pizza base. The chorizo sausage was very thick, and kept sliding off from the pizza. Tomato didn’t taste very fresh, and had a strong metallic taste to it

0414 Espresso Macchiato (Caffe Kenon)Espresso Macchiato

0414 Espresso Nutella Con Panna (Caffe Kenon)Espresso Nutella Con Panna

0414 Espresso Macchiato, Espresso Nutella Con Panna (Caffe Kenon)Espresso Macchiato, Espresso Nutella Con Panna

0414 Hot Hazelnut Chocolate (Caffe Kenon)Hot Hazelnut Chocolate
Oversweet, and only had a faint taste of chocolate

0414 Cappuccino (Caffe Kenon)Cappuccino

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Caffe Kenon
銅鑼灣耀華街39號
2391 2111

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周圍食 Nov’13:The Spaghetti House

There is nothing very special about this restaurant. I think it is very overpriced for such mediocre quality.

My ratings: ❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$

1113 芝士焗龍蝦汁海鮮墨魚汁飯 (The Spaghetti House)芝士焗龍蝦汁海鮮墨魚汁飯
海蝦、帶子、青口、魷魚、魚柳、鮮菌及番茄
Over $100 and the quality was very mediocre., and this price is only for one main course.

1113 Cheese Fondue 1 (The Spaghetti House)Cheese Fondue
Mozarella, Parmesan, Gruyère, Emmenthal
Cheese was full of herb taste (hello~ We’re having cheese fondue, not herb gooey liquid fondue…), and the rest of the food tasted like food that was leftover from days ago

1113 Spanish air-dried beef (The Spaghetti House)Spanish air-dried beef

1113 Scottish Smoked Salmon in Balsamic Dressing (The Spaghetti House)Scottish Smoked Salmon in Balsamic Dressing

1113 Cheese Fondue 2 (The Spaghetti House)Australian beef, American crispy fries, Spear squid with pesto sauce & olive oil, Johnsonville Hot Link sausages, Meatballs in Italian-style, Mushrooms, Brocolli, Fusilli, Bread duo basket (baguette & herb panini cubes)

Click here to see my other reviews on the local dining scene (2013).

The Spaghetti House
荃灣廣場四樓416號
2405 0234

Kingston Eats: Casa Domenico

✣ Top pick ✣

I really love this restaurant.  I think it is one of the finest restaurants in Kingston.  If I have to pick one restaurant for a very special and nice dinner, it will be Casa Domenico.  It also has good reviews from the Ottawa Citizen and Toronto Life newspaper.  This is an upscale Italian-styled fare restaurant.  Chef is really amazing and you will savour every bite in this restaurant.  Pasta is fresh and very high quality food is used here.

℘ Casa Domenico is a member of “Local Food Local Chef”, a Kingston initiative to promote the area as a destination of culinary tourism.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$$$

1110 Zucca Mezzaluna (Casa Domenico)Zucca Mezzaluna
Half moon squash ravioli, brown butter, sage, amaretti biscotti, sliced smoked duck

0112 Aracini 1  (Casa Domenico) 0112 Aracini 2  (Casa Domenico) 0112 Aracini 3  (Casa Domenico)Aracini
Italian rice balls, porcini mushrooms, peas, mozzarella, tomato sauce
Very stretchy mozzarella

1110 Misto di Funghi (Casa Domenico)Misto di Funghi
Pappardelle with mixed mushroom sauce and pecorino cheese

0112 Scallopatti  (Casa Domenico)Scallopatti
Spaghetti, scallops, bacon, sundried tomato, lobster sauce

0112 Linguine con Vongole  (Casa Domenico)Linguine con Vongole
Liunguine, clams, pancetta, chilies, tomato, garlic, olive oil and white wine

1110 Coccinella (Casa Domenico)Coccinella
Warm chocolate and hazelnut brownie, caramel gelato with morello cherry sauce

1110 Crostata di Limone (Casa Domenico)Crostata di Limone
Pastry tart with lemoncello mascarpone mousse and fresh berries

0112 Canoli  (Casa Domenico)Canoli
Fried pastry, sweetened ricotta, pistachios & almonds
The filling was creamy and not oversweet.  The shell was a bit stale though.

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Casa Domenico

35 Brock Street
Kingston, ON K7L 1R7
(613) 542-0870

www.casadomenico.com/

Kingston Eats: Frankie Pesto’s Italian Eatery

This is an excellent restaurant, I wish I get more chances to come here.  Food never disappoints you.  Desserts are not made in-house but do not miss it out (also selections are updated periodically).

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$$

0112 Cozze con Gorganzola (Frankies Pesto)Cozze con Gorganzola
1lb fresh P.E.I. mussels, tossed in a spicy white wine gorgonzola sauce and finished with fresh parsley.
Very rich gorgonzola flavour.  It wasn’t very greasy.  I wished I could have packed the sauce home.

1010 Sicilia Pizza (Frankie's Pesto)Sicilia Pizza
Roasted sweet red peppers, chèvre, black olives, basil pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted balsamic onions, mushrooms, bocconcini cheese.

0112 Vesuvius Pizza (Frankies Pesto)Vesuvius Pizza
Sweet and spicy Thai sauce, red and green peppers, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, Cajun chicken, smoked bacon, red onions and a sprinkle of chili peppers

1010 Pesto’s Panini (Frankie's Pesto)Pesto’s Panini
Sliced top sirloin on focaccia with our pesto mayo, Gorgonzola, fresh baby spinach and portobello mushrooms.

1010 Top Sirloin Broil Panini (Frankie's Pesto)Top Sirloin Broil
Tender 6-ounce sirloin steak charbroiled to your specifications, served on grilled garlic toast and topped with thick golden battered onion rings.

0112 Gamberi Di Campagna (Frankies Pesto)Gamberi Di Campagna
Fettuccine topped with black tiger shrimp sautéed in garlic butter with sliced of portobello mushrooms and roasted garlic.  Finished with cream and sun-dried tomato basil pesto.

1010 Raspberry Pistachio Almond 1 (Frankies Pesto) 1010 Raspberry Pistachio Almond 2 (Frankies Pesto) 1010 Raspberry Pistachio Almond 3 (Frankies Pesto)Raspberry Pistachio Almond
From La Roca.

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Frankie Pesto’s Italian Eatery

167 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON K7L 5L3
(613) 542-1071

www.frankiepestos.com/

Kingston Eats: Pasta Shelf

You can cook better at home.  The quality ranges from bad to just average.  If you’d like to pay for overcooked pasta drenched in sauce this is the place to come.

My ratings:
Price range: $-$$

0611 Mama Lina (Pasta Shelf)Mama Lina
Roasted garlic plum tomato sauce, prosciutto, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, roasted peppers, smoked mozzarella & smoked white cheddar cheeses.
It’s so-so.  The bread was flavourless.  Topping was nicely done but nothing special about it.  It’s also quite salty and a tad bit too greasy.

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Pasta Shelf

1749 Bath Road, Kingston, ON
(613) 384-0116

195 Ontario St, Kingston, ON
(613) 766-8122

www.pastashelf.com/

Kingston Eats: Olivea

Food was good, and we got a very good view next to the downtown market square.  The location and ambience was really spectacular.  However, I didn’t like this restaurant at all.  Something was just off. Maybe it had to do with the presentation of the food.  For an entrée, I was being served with a gigantic bowl that contained only a tiny amount of food.  Perhaps I sound stingy here, but I know quite well what I am paying for and what I should be getting in an upscale restaurant.  I wasn’t expecting a feast, but also I wasn’t expecting to be served with half a cup of food for an entrée.  Very overpriced for what you get.  There are many better options around the farmer’s market location.

℘ Olivea is a member of “Local Food Local Chef”, a Kingston initiative to promote the area as a destination of culinary tourism.

℘ Sister rstaurant with Bella Bistro.

My ratings:
Price range: $$-$$$$

1010 Gnocchi (Olivea)Gnocchi
House made potato gnocchi with veal cheek ragù and truffle oil 

1010 Sicilian Cannoli (Olivea)Sicilian Cannoli
It was very hard to bite in.  I needed to use utensils to cut it apart.  The filliing was nice: creamy and not too sweet.  It did have a sour note to it.  It wasn’t too bad but it also wasn’t the best cannoli.

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Olivea

39 Brock Street
Kingston, ON
(613) 547-5483

www.olivea.ca/

Kingston Eats: Pasta Genova

✣ Top pick ✣

I have passed by Pasta Genova so many times and finally got the chance to go in.  This is a lovely little Italian deli.  The owner is very friendly and nice.  The lady at the counter is also very helpful and sweet.  You can buy all sorts of fresh housemade items including deli meat, sausages, sauces, seasonal vegetables, pasta, pizza dough etc.  The store also carries packaged Italian goods.  Their pasta, bread dough, and sandwiches are superb!  Prices are very reasonable for the quality of food you get.  Also kudos for using biodegradable plastic bags 😉

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

0611 Fresh linguine and green garlic pesto (Pasta Genova)Fresh linguine and green garlic pesto
Perfect housemade pasta 🙂

0611 Vegetable focaccia sandwich (Pasta Genova)Vegetable focaccia sandwich
Contains eggplant, tomato, artichoke, olive, red pepper etc.  It’s very well made.  It’s not overly salty.  It has a nice balance of all kinds of vegetables in it without having either one ingredient overpowering the flavour.  The herbed focaccia bread is amazing.

0711 Cannoli (Pasta Genova)Cannoli
Shell is crispy (but strong enough to hold the filling).  The filling is rich, creamy and slightly tangy.  I think they fill the cannoli fresh once you order it.

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Pasta Genova
234 Wellington Street
Kingston, ON K7K 2Y8
(613) 542-6414

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