Thursday lunch at Obika. Just picked it randomly even though it was good weather that day. We did the mozarella tasting, which came with three hunks of cheese; a smoked buffalo mozarella, a classic buffalo mozarella (somewhat salty) and the creamy one...burrata? We chose olives and some pestos as the side (actually her choice, I wanted proscuitto). I liked the burrata the most and the smoked one the least. We also had the crostini con n'duja, which had a sharp spicy taste to it; maybe not the best thing to add to a cheese tasting. Couple glasses of pinot grigio and it ended up being something like $96 including tip. Service was okay, but not spectacular. I think around 2:30 PM, I felt my heart slow down a bit so I'll wait awhile before going again.
Thursday dinner at Starfish. This was a work dinner and the person had wanted seafood and had been staying downtown. We had some of the sardines and fish cakes. Him being a yank, was struggling with the Portugese sardine bones. Entrees were a tahitian wahoo and a striped bass. The wahoo was cooked like a tuna, but the bass was cooked all the way through. Had a bottle of rose. $116 + tip. Did some cocktails in Little Italy passing by the queue to Cafe Diplomatico.
Friday lunch was spent at Yuzu for sashimi for two. I had a lunch meeting that got cancelled at the last minute - hurray! I'm starting to like Yuzu since they sear and do some creative things with the raw fish.
Friday pre-dinner I went to Snakes & Latte with some friends. The reservation system is inane because it changes between daytime and peak periods (i.e. Friday night). But my party of 5 ordered 6 or 7 alcoholic beverages and a bunch of chai lattes so reservations ended up not being required. There's no place to "wait" for people either so you could potentially get drinks and just stand around until a table frees up. It's an interesting concept but I don't really understand how they can make money since someone can grab a bottle of water and play for 5 hours. We played for 2 hours on some games that were beyond me. Oh wait, there was Pictionary and my E+ grade school art. It's $5/person plus drinks - reckon the final drink bill was something like $80.
Then broke off to Le Select with my cousin, her flatmate and myself. This was my cousin's choice as she recently returned from Europe after six years. I was really surprised I could walk in at 8pm and just get a table even if it was a sub-optimal one. Flatmate ate nothing but a hummus starter so bonus for my wallet. Had a bottle of riesling. Bone marrow, beef tripe, salmon tartare and steak & frites. Capped off with the ladies sharing a creme brulee and an armagnac for me. Stuff came out at the right time so I couldn't complain. I never had to refill the wine glasses either even though it was busy. $189+tip.
Edited by fwiffo - 8/6/11 at 12:20pm