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Think of a restaurant that you’ve been to once, and see if you can recall ten distinctive features about it. Personally, I often find that to be a challenge. When you walk inside East is East, you are greeted by servers with Chai Tea as you wait. As you look around you will see walls that are covered with Himalayan salt bricks, decorative rugs and cushions cover the bench seats, tables and chairs that are cut from whole driftwood tree trunks, high ceilings with decorative art, and the list goes on.

Before we even got to our table, East is East already managed to create a dining experience like no other. You can easily picture yourself as a traveller in the Middle East, walking into a dazzling local eatery after your day of adventures.

I’ve always been proud as the guy that can see past the sizzle and taste the steak. But attention to detail like this goes a long way to build a lasting impression. Of course, the real test is still the food, which will determine if it will be a good, or bad unforgettable experience.

A few weeks ago, Alice from East is East graciously invited Joyce and me to sample what they have to offer. And you can tell from the photos below, we weren’t shy about ordering.

So let me tell you a bit about what we had on this lovely evening: (more…)

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For the last couple of years, my family has taken up a new tradition of going out for buffet brunch on Christmas Day, instead of a fancy dinner at home. This tradition continues this year, but in addition to that, to celebrate Winter Solstice, and as an early Christmas celebration, my mom also prepared the following three-course dinner for us.

Appetizer: Atlantic Mussels

Atlantic Mussels with White Wine & Blue Cheese Sauce

Atlantic Mussels with White Wine & Blue Cheese Sauce

The blue cheese, after mixing into the white wine sauce, surprisingly wasn’t too over-powering. The broth was still light, with just a hint of the blue cheese. The sauce wasn’t gooey so we believe we could use a bit more cheese.

Entree: Roasted Leg of Lamb

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Zucchini & Blueberry Sauce

Roasted Leg of Lamb with Zucchini & Blueberry Sauce

The rub/crust on the leg of lamb consists of fresh thyme, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper and lemon zest. The meat was well-seasoned and was cooked just right, with just a little bit of pink colour in the meat.

Dessert: Velvety Chocolate Pudding

Velvety Chocolate Pudding

Velvety Chocolate Pudding

The pudding was in fact velvety. It goes perfectly with a cup of espresso and biscotti.

These three dishes were all new recipes that my mom found in a holiday magazine. (more…)

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