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PATIO LIT EATS: Peruvian lamb, sea and air combo!!!

Now, I’m not drunk or anything, but this one time, after band camp, I went to McDonald’s and ordered a Land, Sea and Air Burger. It was not very good. But on the other hand, if you combine lamb, sea and air, that would probably be pretty tasty!

So, we’re hanging out at Chotto Matte, this funky Japanese/Peruvian fusion joint at Bay and Front. These guys are serving up all kinds of Peruvian style barbecue, and they’re all small plates, so I figured I could eat at least three of them…

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We’re starting off with lamb, which was probably the star of the show. These smoked lamb chops were marinated in a spicy BBQ sauce and grilled to perfection, son!

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From the sea, we’ve got grilled octopus on a bed of purple potatoes with splashes of yuzu/blueberry sauce, for that extra burst of purple. This was another well-cooked dish, with a texture more like steak or chicken than the rubbery chewiness you’d expect from octopus.

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And then from the air, there’s this pollo picante — some nice chunks of chicken served up skewer style with a little green onions on top. Nothing wrong with that at all!

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Now, since I’m eating octopus, I gotta go for an Octopus Wants to Fight, this hoppy, juicy IPA from Great Lakes Brewery. That’ll take some of the heat off those lamb chops, son!

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After all that eating back there, you’re probably wondering, “Did he still have room for dessert?” Well, I wasn’t gonna order it, but when they told me about the Peruvian chocolate crema, I had to check it out!!!

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Dude, this has got to be the best dessert I’ve had all month! It’s kinda like a chocolate mousse, but made with rum — and you can really taste the rum, bro! Then they top it with honeycomb, chocolate sauce and these crunchy little dulce de leche bites — man, I could slam, like, three of these!!!

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: 6 meat Turkish feast!!!

On Father’s Day Weekend, Uber Eats gave me two codes for 50% off, on orders up to 50 bucks. I wanted to make the most of it by supporting a couple of local, family-run restaurants and making some yuuuge orders! (I believe Uber pays the difference to the restaurant while giving me the discount — hopefully I’m not wrong on that.) Now, you KNOW I love lamb, and shawarma is my jam, so when I found this funky Turkish joint on the Danforth called Efes Kebab House (listed as Efes Bar and Grill on Uber Eats), I totally had to check it out!

And when it came to making my 50 bucks count, I was definitely going big with this six-meat symphony in Flavourtown — the Ocak Basi Mix:

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Dude, when your meal comes in a big metal catering tray, you know that’s a lotta food! You’ve got some chicken and beef shish kebab, along with chicken and beef doner — which is basically shawarma — meatballs, a lamb chop and a bed of rice with some warm pita bread, along with a side salad. But what makes it is the adana kebab:

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I’ll be honest, the lamb chop is what caught my eye when I first saw this dish, but little did I know, I’d be getting two lambs for the price of one! This ground lamb skewer is cooked over charcoal, which really gives the meat a nice flavour. I’m sure glad I got a nice long piece!!!

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But really, this whole dish was delish — no crumb left behind, son!!!

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Now, after all that meat, I didn’t really need something sweet, but these two little two-bite baklava rolls hit the spot! I didn’t expect them to come with this dish, but I guess when you buy the biggest, meatiest platter, as well as a tub of hummus (I saved some of it for snacking later), they throw in the dessert for free — which makes this a 5-star experience in Flavourtown!!!!

Lamb & eggs for brunch @ Bodega

Now, lamb has gotta be one of my all-time favourite meats. Whether it’s lamb chops, lamb shank or even lamb tacos, I’m all over it like a Greek freak on fleek! So when I heard that Bodega, this funky little joint in Baldwin Village, was serving up lamb with scrambled eggs for brunch, you KNOW I had to check it out, bro!!!

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Now, I’m no stranger to steak ‘n eggs, but this is definitely kickin’ it up a notch. The New Zealand chops were cooked about medium well (they didn’t ask), but still nice and tender, and actually go good with eggs — who knew? You’ve got a side of skinny, salty fries, as well as a salad with a whole buncha berries. Now, I dunno if I’ve even eaten five salads this year, but this one would hafta be in my top five, though!!!

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Not only are they serving up some funky brunch dishes at Bodega, but this place is also pouring six-dolla pints, bro! You’ve got Sam Adams, Sam Roberts, even Kronenbourg Blanc… but I went with a Grimbergen, this strong Belgian ale, based on the name alone. Now, I thought the fruity, funky brew tasted familiar. I couldn’t place it at first, but then I was like, “Sheeeet son, this beer tastes like prune juice!” So yeah, I maybe won’t order that one next time…

I’mma Slamma Jamma some Indian lamba!!!

Dude, you KNOW how much I love lamb, bro! Whether it’s lamb chops, lamb ribs, lamb shank or a Lamb, Sea and Air Burger, it’s all heading straight down my piehole. Now, I’ve had Greek lamb, Persian lamb and BBQ lamb before, but Indian lamb? That’s all new to me!

So we’re hanging out at Aanch Modernistic Indian Cuisine, this funky little joint just a lamb stampede away from the Rogers Centre on Wellington St W. This place is serving up all kinds of Indian classics–butter chicken, tandoori chicken, chicken vindaloo…but why eat chicken when you can have the Crowne Lamb?

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Dude, this Aussie lamb shoulder is marinated overnight in Indian spices–you know the spice is right, Bob!–and served with a vindaloo curry mustard and a coriander mint sauce. The lamb is fall-apart tender, melt-in-your-mouth goodness, with a nice little kick from the raw purple fun-ions, and a sad shaved-carrot and lettuce salad. But who cares about salad, right????

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Of course, even after slaying all those lamb chops, I’ve still got room for dessert. And here we’re definitely kicking it up a notch outta bounds with this Indian after-dinner delicacy: Kesar Elaichi Rasmalai. These sweet little milk dumplings are served cold, swimming in cream, and garnished with pistachios, bro! It’s like Cottage Cheese Gone Wild in Flavourtown!!!!

Slammin’ souvlaki sticks @ Taste of the Danforth

Bro, anybody who knows Toronto knows that the Danforth is the place to go for real-deal Greek food. You’ve got all these funky joints like Astoria, Mezes, Pan on the Danforth… You could probably eat souvlaki for an entire month without stopping at the same place twice. And hey, if you like souvlaki, then Taste of the Danforth is totally the best weekend for it–everybody’s killin’ it and grillin’ it outside on the sidewalk from Friday to Sunday, son!

Of course, this year’s maybe a bit different after some fuckhead decided to shoot a buncha people on the Danforth a couple weeks back. But you know down here we’re Souvlaki Strong–I would put that on a t-shirt and wear it, bro!!!

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The ceremonial first souvlaki of the weekend comes from Asteria Restaurant (not to be confused with Astoria House down the street). This three-dolla chicken stick is iller than a three-dolla bill–tender, juicy, melt in your mouthy, straight off the grill, son!!!

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Now, this ain’t souvlaki, but I’m still gonna shove this skewer straight down my piehole. Katsu Sushi’s serving up some deep-fried squid on a stick, bro!!!

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Now, when you’re down on the Danforth, you can’t just stick-en with the chicken. This pork souvlaki from Anestis Taverna was four bucks, plus it comes with bread. Dude, the bread is the word!!!

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Now, here’s a classic Greek dish done differently. These Phi Slamma Jamma lamb chops from Sushi Delight are marinated in a Japanese teriyaki. They’re supposed to be two for six dollars, but they gave me three cuz I’m baaaaad to the bone, bro!

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Now, I’ve been to Greenwood Smokehouse before for a super-stacked sammy, so when I saw ’em selling brisket on the street, I knew their meat can’t be beat! This beef was nice and tender…but maybe a bit too much sauce, though?

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Now, it was getting a little late at this point, but I’m holding out for a gyro till the end of the night! Hunter’s on the Danforth was just taking the gyro meat off the grill when I stopped by, so you know it’s hot ‘n fresh. Dude, this is like a total eclipse of my mouth, Bro-nnie Tyler!!!!

I’m all fired up for these lamb chops!

So, we’re hanging out at Fired Up, this funky house of grilled meat way out in Port Credit. Dude, this place is part steakhouse, part BBQ joint, with steaks, ribs, chicken, salmon, burgers…and like a couple pasta dishes or something. Now, the cowboy ribeye caught my eye, and I heard their ribs are bomb diggity dawg, but I figured I’d go with the lamb chops, cuz this is the stomach that never ends, right here bro!

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So, they give you four chops to an order, with a side of fries, garlic mash…or like some vegetables or something. I actually didn’t go fries here, but the mashed potaters were just fine. And who needs veggies when it’s served with a side Caesar salad?

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Believe it or not, but I actually ate all this green stuff. Cuz hey, as long as there’s bacon, croutons and grated parma, I can go for a side salad sometimes.

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Now, being that we’re in Port Credit ‘n all, I had to wash this down with some local brewskis, bro. This Old Credit Pale Pilsner definitely had a nice little kick to it, and it was only five bucks a pint! Apparently, you can buy this stuff at the LCBO, but only in Mississauga or Etobicoke…

It’s a lamb chops slay-along in Flavourtown!!!

So, we’re hanging out at Mezes, this real-deal Greek restaurant on the Danforth, that’s been serving up authentic comfort classics for more than 20 years. Man, this place has everything: kalamari, souvlaki, mousaka and even kleftiko, which puts the filo in filo-nominal, bro!

But when it comes to Greek food, you know I’m all about that lamb. And when I heard this place is serving up not one, not two, not three but four lamb chops to an order, all for just 23 dollars, I started singing the song that doesn’t end…and I haven’t stopped since!

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This dish is taking me to Funkytown like a buncha spandex-clad cokeheads on a Dutch TV show, bro! And they don’t need no oven, cuz they grill ’em all up to perfection, medium rare with a nice char. It’s kinda like eating a T-bone steak…except that there’s four of them, and they come with rice, potatoes, tzatziki and even a side salad! Opa to ya mutha!!!!

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And yes, I even ate all the salad, too. What I can I say? It’s my cheat day–the one day a week I eat veggies!!!