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Club and Event Previews and Reviews

July 12th – “Miami Sunset Sessions” with JoJo Flores and Mat Chrysdale

461 King Street West

Why have the CD launch party at Brassaii Resto Lounge?  I suppose so that partygoers could converge and chat in the front courtyard over cigarettes and libations with the faint sound of house-music over the loudspeaker.  The inside of Brassaii certainly wasn’t packed, and although there were some die hard housers on the floor, the ambiance and overall “it” factor was really lacking.

For starters the $20 cover price with a guestlist that was closed at 11:30pm was incredibly greedy for a place like this.  Even Ultra does not charge this exorbitant amount, and Ultra is so much more chic and fabulous.  After being corralled into the narrow confines of a line in which to pay in front of the courtyard, we were ungraciously shoved by not one, but two apparent drunken males as they exited the club. Immediately upon entering, we noticed the setup.  It was hard to feel festive when most of the “in” crowd was outside.   Which is why one would have to become intoxicated, or take some other type of stimulant.  The “in” crowd being those individuals familiar with the Toronto party scene all seemed to be at this event along with some local TV personalities.  The sound system was decent enough inside, but we got there at just after midnight and the DJ was spinning some really unfamiliar and unspectacular tunes.  At 1:45am we finally heard the kind of house we came to hear, was it JoJo perhaps?  Who would know, the inside of Brassaii was so dark and lackluster, it was hard to see what was going on beyond a few feet in front of you.  I also had no idea where the DJ booth was.  As a matter of fact we did not see any release CD’s or signage of what the night was even about.

Overall, an overpriced, unspectacular event, terrible choice of venue, and not enough of the really good recent house tunes to move the crowd from the courtyard to the inside.

Scale of 0-10 (10 being the best)
Music – 7 People – 7 Ambiance – 3 Love factor -5

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July 15, 2008 Posted by | Clubs, Reviews, Toronto, Toronto Lounges, Toronto Nightclubs, Toronto Reviews | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NYOOD Restaurant Review *****

1096 Queen Street West

Don’t let the exterior of swank black, with the absence of a sign fool you into thinking Nyood (pronounced nude) is too ritzy for you. Dress in your casual best and you will have no trouble gaining entry…but make reservations for the best tables by the window.

Actually there is no bad seating in this beautifully decorated restaurant. The decor is a combination of old meets new, a Parisian feel with a Grecian ceiling (or is it Roman?) meets nouveau modernism touches of white bookshelves, industrial light fixtures and concrete tables. The space is 2000 square feet, and feels spacious yet cozy with a subtle warmth. The elegant, elongated bar meets a tastefully decorated open concept kitchen.

The delicious food comes as tapas. I visited twice in one week!  If you like to share your food, then this is the place to come. An extremely delicious lychee shrimp cerviche was my favorite dish. But then my mates and I also gobbled down the mushroom and shrimp flatbread and whole snapper filleted. Dessert was to die for…the strawberry creme brulee, espresso brownie, and the blueberry ice cream (tasted like fried ice cream) were stand outs.

Owned by Hanif Harji, who also owns the trendy Blowfish and Kultura eating spots, and managed by the enthusiastic “Sacha”.

Nyood is definitely a place where you take your time and graze. It is the hottest restaurant in Toronto right now, so go! Take about $200.00 for a couple including a glass of wine, taxes and tip.

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July 11, 2008 Posted by | Eateries, Restaurant, Reviews, Toronto | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment