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East Thirty-Six – Toronto


By: Natalia Dziubaniwsky

I recently visited East Thirty-Six for a menu tasting on a cool, wet evening. As I set foot inside the small space, I was instantly grateful for its cozy and softly lit interior; a comforting refuge from the outside elements. It’s a good thing I came with a large appetite, because I was beyond spoiled at this tasting. With so many appetizing plates to choose from, I left the evening’s culinary journey in the hands of the staff and ordered some of the dishes they were most passionate about.

Serving a large selection of hand-crafted cocktails and sophisticated share plates of rich and delicate French food with a Northern American influence, East Thirty-Six is an ideal spot for a social gathering, an intimate dinner or an after work drink. The plates range from smaller sized bites to heartier fare.


Here’s a look at what I feasted on:

Pork Caillettes $9 – Sitting atop of a small piece of toast and a dollop of mustard, their house-made pork sausages may be petite, but each bite is rich, savoury and delicious albeit a wee bit salty.

Buratta $15 – Topped with heartnuts and crispy sage leaves, the creamy buratta sits on a yummy bed of sweet and slightly spiced pureed butternut squash, brown butter and sherry vinegar caramel. (more…)

Weekend Brunch: L’Abattoir – Vancouver


By: Mark Sutherland

L’Abattoir knows that Vancouverites can’t get enough of their French twist on West Coast cuisine, so starting this December, General Manager Paul Grunberg is now indulging our love for brunch. The exposed brick walls with essential 90’s R&B playing in the background was the perfect setting to escape a cold, crisp Vancouver Saturday morning in winter.


My brunch date was running a bit late so my server started me off with some French-pressed coffee from JJ Bean and a currant scone filled with strawberry jam and clotted cream. The scone was wonderfully crunchy and sweet on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. I was a little worried I would fill up on the scone, but the clotted cream was surprisingly light while still having a lovely rich texture to it.


Once Ashley arrived, we were ready to start with a couple of cocktails. As you do at brunch. The Bourbon Cinnamon Toast Milk Punch ($8) was an absolute hit! A creation of cereal infused cream, bourbon, Becherovka, cinnamon and cocoa bitters. In Ashley’s words: “I can never have cereal without Bourbon. Ever again.” I was feeling a little bubbly, so I ordered the Spanish Steps cocktail ($8) which feature a gin-base and finished off with strawberries and rosé bubbles, I wanted nothing more than Spring to come early so I could spend all day drinking them on a patio. (more…)