What: Media Preview
Where: King Street Social at the Hyatt on King
When: January 28th (Winterlicious Jan 30- Feb 12, 2015)
Why: A tasting for Winterlicious 2015
In case you have never heard about it Winterlicious and Summerlicious is a program that was created by the City of Toronto to fill restaurants in the slow months of the year and open up spaces that may be too expensive for some people normally. There are prixe fix lunches and dinners that range from $18-$45 per plate. The restaurants range from upscale hotel restaurants to smaller casual restaurants.
|Mary Tang, Chef Wesley and Nancy|
Fellow food bloggers and I were invited by my lovely friend Mary Tang (Mary's Happy Belly) to join her in a tasting at the Hyatt on King Street. We were there for the Summerlicious menu but this menu was totally different and created by the staff choosing their favourite Asian or street food favourites and other favourite dishes.
It runs from classic to global cuisine.
I must say that this was a very pleasant experience because the dozen of us at the table were all food loving and nice people. Mary hand picked the blogger guests to join the media dinner. I knew most of the people at the table so it made it fun. We don't always go to the same events so that was nice.
We were welcomed with the beautiful French Martini's pictured here by the lovely staff at the Hyatt including Executive Chef Wesley Boodhram, Vivek Satoskar Associate Director of Sales and Nancy MacDonald Director of Sales and Events person were all really amazing and gracious and generous hosts. They went out of their way to make the evening really great. It might be the hotel way but they are all really nice people so it makes it a pleasure.
Here's what you will see at a blogger dinner. Bloggers looking at their phones and taking lot's of photos of everything and telling restaurant stories and gossip about the food industry but mostly just enjoying good food.
So you want to know about the food. This is what we sampled.
King Street Beef Lo Mein
Yakisoba noodles, local tenderloin beef, snow peas, lotus root, soft herbs,
fungi, mango and jicama relish
40 Day Aged Rib Eye Steak and Teriyaki Prawns
Homemade Tofu and Black Bean
Stir fried tofu and black bean, with ginger, crisp veg, snow peas, shitake, udon noodles
Passion fruit Creme Brule
Some of the standout dishes were the full of flavour King Street Beef Lo Mein noodles, The Tofu Udon Noodles which were soft and a bit on the sweet side, the Steak and shrimps had great flavour and they were accompanied by grilled vegetables and a cauliflower mash that was a hit with my fellow bloggers. I also enjoyed the Passion fruit Creme Brule. I don't get Creme brule often so I really like it when I do.
The King Street Social at the Hyatt on King is open for both lunch and dinner during Winterlicious which begins on January 30th and continues until February 12, 2015. The King Street Social lunch is $23 and the dinner is $35 plus gratuity.
For the full menu and to book a reservation you can view the details here: Winterlicious 2015
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