Totally biased product review by me — Mistaan Sweets

There’s a great little no-frills curry place up by Finch and the 404 called Mistaan Sweets but you wouldn’t notice it if you drove by as it’s tucked away in an industrial area, hence this review. You’re welcome. As the name implies their specialty is sweet goods and they sell a ton of those, but […]

Totally biased product review by me — The Spice Tailor

This blog was set up in part for Brits in Toronto to find the best curries in the city. That includes restaurants and the kind you can cook yourself at home. But which are NEVER as good as the restaurants. (Ping us if you know different, we’re all ears …) Spotted The Spice Tailor on […]

Totally biased product review by me — London Gate British Pub

Brits in Toronto has been searching the city for nigh on 19 years and counting for the quintessential proper authentic “British curry” and has — thus far — come up short. And we’ve been to a LOT of curry houses in and around the GTA. (A couple have come close if you look back at […]

Totally biased product review by me — Campbell’s Butter Chicken and Vegetables Soup

Was wandering around Loblaws at the weekend looking for the organic alfalfa sprouts section when I spotted two words on a tin that shouted BUY ME! Butter Chicken … soup. With veggies thrown in to make it a balanced meal. Sold! Noticing that this soup was part of the famed Chunky range I hoped that […]

Totally biased product review by me — Dorset Drum

It’s time for another totally biased review and we have an aged cheddar cheese called Dorset Drum on the podium today. Wandering around Loblaws, our eye was immediately drawn to the Union Jack on the packaging, a sure sign of potential quality. Unfortunately, we were a bit let down in this instance. The Brits in […]

Totally biased product review by me — North Of Bombay

Took one for the team last week and went for yet another curry, just so I could review the place. You’re welcome. Steps away from Curry Twist in The Junction, my place of choice was North Of Bombay. Having checked the menu online beforehand, I was very excited to see a rare sighting of Bombay […]

Totally biased product review by me — Kitchen On Sixth

Dreaded tackling the last-minute (like me!) Christmas shoppers today so just had to have a British-style brunch to set me up for the parking battles ahead. And what better place than the New Toronto location of Kitchen On Sixth? I normally wait a few days before posting my totally biased product reviews, but this one has […]

Totally biased product review by me — Curry Twist

I really, REALLY wanted to like Curry Twist. The website looks appealing … the reviews are glowing … even bloody Susur Lee has eaten there it seems! And it’s a rare totally biased product review by me where I’ve gone, not liked it — and gone back to give it a second chance. That second […]

Totally biased product review by me — Black Cow Cheddar

We first heard about Black Cow Cheddar at the British Beverage Showcase in the summer. Luckily able to try the recently imported Black Cow Vodka (made with milk!) with some cheese, the product of choice was … of course, ha! … the accompanying Black Cow Cheddar. As you can see from the stylishly shot, balancing-on-the-plastic-towel-rail-in-the-bathroom […]

Totally biased product review by me — Taste Of India Vindaloo Sauce

Where do you go when you need a beautiful table ornament made out of gold paint-sprayed pine cones, holly and twigs? A fetching turquoise blue glass jar? A plaid cushion that you’re proud to show guests? You got it — HomeSense! Where do you go when you need a vindaloo sauce? You got it — […]

Totally biased product review by me — The Queen and Beaver Public House

I recently had the opportunity to dine at The Queen and Beaver Public House. It’s been on my to-do list for ages, but I happened to be staying in the vicinity so took advantage of an unseasonably balmy night to grab a patio seat and went to town. First up as my starter was the […]

Totally biased product review by me — Walmart Our Finest Chicken Tikka Masala

We must have walked past this product a million times in our local Walmart, but often been tempted by a Hungry-Man Salisbury Steak or ready-made ham sandwich instead. “Sod it,” we mused. “Let’s give it a go. How bad can it be? What does ‘finest’ actually mean?” We grabbed a box and headed off. It […]

Totally biased product review by me — Great British Reserve Cheddar

Sometimes Loblaws delights us as it did the other day when we mooched around our local branch. We went in specifically looking for some good, strong cheddar and this is what we found: Great British Reserve Cheddar. Vacuum-sealed in the same material that NASA uses in its space missions, the packaging certainly caught our eye. […]

Totally biased product review by me — Kothur Indian Cuisine

Out on the lash Friday night so the Brits in Toronto crew popped into Kothur Indian Cuisine, on Yonge Street just below the Duke of Gloucester. We needed to get a base first. Once the prerequisite trio of pickled carrots, mint sauce and tamarind sauce came out, we dived into the main events. I had the […]

Totally biased product review by me — Chef Bombay Beef Vindaloo

Really silly busy day running around in the warm sun (luv it!) and picking out our pubs for the Champions League and Blue Jays. Didn’t have time to cook up a proper lunch, so decided to give Chef Bombay Beef Vindaloo that we picked up in Loblaws a try. Yuugggeee mistake! The photo above is […]

Totally biased product review by me — Loblaws Scotch egg

We actually knew this fun fact about the origins of the Scotch egg — it was a question on University Challenge once — but just had to double-check it: “The London department store Fortnum & Mason claims to have invented Scotch eggs in 1738.” For those who don’t know, a Scotch egg consists of a hard-boiled […]

Totally biased product review by me — The Borough

The Brits in Toronto crew treated ourselves the other week to some proper British grub at The Borough over on the Danforth. That’s in the Greek manor. We’d heard some good things so wanted to check the place out. The Borough bills itself as an, “English-style gastro pub, which specializes in local sustainable food, beer […]

Totally biased product review by me — Coastal Rugged, Mature British Cheddar

When Nancy — our Brits in Toronto office accountant — heard that we were testing out something “rugged” and “mature” she got a little flustered. A tad disappointed when she found out it was just a “hunk” of cheese. Nancy tutted a few times and went back to cutting and pasting our Thank God It’s Friday, Let’s […]

Totally biased product review by me — McDonnells Indian Tikka Masala Curry Sauce

Last weekend the Brits in Toronto crew hugged our families, made sure the survival gear was stashed in the motor, grabbed our passports and headed off to Mississauga. We had one mission in mind: curry sauce. Our destination was A Bit Of Home … and you can also order online, which is handy. Rummaging through […]

Totally biased product review by me — Spitfire Kentish Ale

Bit of confusion in the Brits in Toronto office this morning. The crew were settling down to catch up on the EastEnders omnibus — and we hadn’t even got past the dramatic opening credits drum intro — when there was a knock on the door. A bloke walked in and said, “He’s gonna step on […]

Totally biased product review by me — Pusateri’s English Blue Stilton

We were feeling a tad peckish in the Brits in Toronto Yorkville office the other day, so sent out Dave our new intern on a food run. He didn’t disappoint. Nestled in between the Monster Munch and pork pies we spied a hefty chunk of cheese … namely English Blue Stilton from Pusateri’s Fine Foods. […]

Totally biased product review by me — Cricketers Mature Cheddar

The Brits in Toronto crew are always keeping our eyes peeled for those little bits of home we find around the city. Today was a great discovery: Cricketers Mature Cheddar. Now, there’s certain cheeses that label themselves as “mature” but actually taste like the rubbery black block that your swimming teacher at school used to throw […]

Totally biased product review by me — Longo’s Bombay Potatoes

As we’ve mentioned before on this website, we find it tricky to find a Brits in Toronto staple favourite: Bombay Potatoes. So it was with utter glee — and Keith the office intern looking at the floor, squinting eyes like he’d scored, pumping his fist, shouting, “Yes! YES!!” — that we stumbled across Longo’s Bombay […]

Totally biased product review by me — Spitfire Kitchen

So, a few weeks ago we decided to finally get out to try Spitfire Kitchen, the restaurant opened by the owners of one of Brits in Toronto’s favourite food trucks — The Feisty Jack. It was a chilly day so the crew jumped in the motor and sped off to Etobicoke, about 15 minutes’ drive […]

Totally biased product review by me — Elephant & Castle bangers ‘n’ mash

Bangers ‘n’ mash. Technically, sausages and potatoes. Meat and starch. BANGERS ‘N’ MASH! Say it loud and say it proud. A pure British treat, and none better (hmmmm, maybe there is, readers?) than what the Brits in Toronto crew had at the Elephant & Castle pub on King Street West recently. First off the E&C […]

Totally biased product review by me — The Bristol Yard

“A painfully hot, hallucination inducing, mind altering curry.” Those words alone are enough to entice any self-respecting Brit — “Yeah mate, yeah … give us the ‘ottest ruby ya got!” — to wander along to The Bristol Yard for dinner. First impressions: NOT a pub. Stylish bar. Dark wood. Nice. Not Jazz Club nice … […]

Totally biased product review by me — The Duke of Gloucester

Ahhh, The Duke of Gloucester. The Duke. Or just simply, “That British pub on Yonge between Bloor Street and Wellesley that is upstairs and has the flags flying outside. Opposite The Church of Scientology. Along by the strip club. Yeah — that one.” One of the best. Brit HQ for the short-lived World Cup 2014 […]

Totally biased product review by me — Tasty Bite Bombay Potatoes

I love Toronto. I love curry. The two mix well. But one dish I find hard to source is Bombay Potatoes. So, I jumped in my bright orange 2-litre Ford Capri with go-fast spoiler and racing wheels and roared off (within the legal speed limit) on the hunt for Bombay Potatoes I could cook in the Brits […]

Totally biased product review by me — Mackie’s of Scotland crispy bacon crisps

The Brits in Toronto crew were a bit stumped for a snack the other day, so went wandering to Whole Foods. And what did we find? Scottish bacon-flavoured crisps! Hoots mon! So before Scotland possibly becomes an independent country based on what happens this coming September 2014, let’s get in there quick and review these crisps […]

Totally biased product review by me — Apni Havelly

When you get that curry craving and don’t mind grabbing the passport, jumping in the motor and heading to Mississauga, there’s a place for you to scratch that spicy itch and raise the heat levels a little. Apni Havelly is located by Dundas Street East and Dixie Road and is worth the drive, I believe. Because […]

Totally biased product review by me — McNies’ Fish and Chips

Is roast beef and Yorkshire pudding or fish and chips the national dish of Great Britain? The Brits in Toronto crew did a highly scientific and well-planned test to find out: we Googled it. As you can see from the results, these two dishes feature very prominently, with some curry in there too. The jury […]

Totally biased product review by me — Kama

Still one of the best Indian restaurants in Toronto is, in my totally biased product review opinion, Kama on King Street West. You may walk straight past it the first time as it’s located downstairs. Persevere though — pretend you didn’t make a mistake, turn around nonchalantly, walk back a few paces, look down, take […]

Totally biased product review by me — The Living Room

The Brits in Toronto crew were missing home a little over the Christmas holidays. There’s nothing quite like going to a fine British establishment for some copious imbibing, good cheer and snacks. Unfortunately, flights home were too expensive this year — and we still don’t have a major corporate beer, dental chain or Indian food […]

Totally biased product review by me — Deep Foods Palak Paneer

Got time for a curry quickie? Good. This item caught my eye as I was looking for an alternative side dish for tonight’s dinner. I think it was the combination of the words “cheese,” “spicy” and “spinach.” It’s also vegetarian, which is nice. I balanced it with a pork chop in a BBQ sauce and […]

Totally biased product review by me — Guinness crisps

Disclaimer: Guinness is my favourite pint at the pub. Nothing beats it for originality, looks, taste and pouring time. So, imagine my excitement as a co-worker gave me a free bag of Guinness crisps to try. My trembling hand accepted the offering, and I scurried them away behind my Brits in Toronto PR, communications and […]

Totally biased product review by me — The Feisty Jack British food truck

My mate told me about The Feisty Jack British food truck, and I just had to check it out for a review. At lunchtime on Friday, I left the Brits in Toronto HQ, strolled two blocks south, a couple of blocks west, crossed the traffic lights, ran across a busy road … and there it […]

Totally biased product review by me — Campbell’s Chunky Alehouse Shepherd’s Pie

As I perused the shelves of my favourite British goods shop, my eye happened upon this enticing item. Shepherd’s pie. IN A CAN. Had to try it for lunch today. I was pleased to see that when you open the can, the mash part of the pie is, indeed, separated from the meaty part. It […]

Totally biased product review by me — Walmart Butter Chicken

Stuck again all day in the Brits in Toronto office cubicle. It’s such a buzzing place, full of action and ringing phones, that I didn’t get a chance to grab some lunch. No worries — Phil from accounts had left his Walmart Butter Chicken in the office fridge, so I borrowed that instead. It wasn’t […]

Totally biased product review by me — President’s Choice Blue Menu Spicy Chicken Vindaloo

So, when you’re sitting in your grey work cubicle trying to think outside the box and haven’t really got time to head for a lunchtime Ruby Murray with the three co-workers you like and the one you don’t that hangs on, then you need options for that spicy craving. Enter the President’s Choice Blue Menu […]

Behind the scenes of … the British-Consulate General in Toronto

This is the third in our occasional “Behind the scenes of …” series that pulls back your gran’s curtains to take a peek behind everything British in Toronto. So far, we’ve gone behind the scenes of a fish and chip shop and a football blog and podcast. Today we’re upping the game and going behind […]

Hanging out at the British Beverage Showcase

So on Thursday Brits in Toronto was invited to attend the British Beverage Showcase, pitched thus: “British Consul General Kevin McGurgan, OBE invites you to an exclusive trade tasting event featuring exciting newly released UK beverages and mixers. Guests are invited to discover a selection of UK products recently launched or coming soon to the […]