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A Foodies Birthday

What is a birthday without good food and an endless amount of dessert?! Well Toronto here is the guide to feast your heart out!


I started indulging in Unionville, with some Indian cuisine at Ambiyan on December 1st. Unionville is very festive at this time of year, the streets are decorated and lit up, great for a stroll (when it’s not freezing!) Ambiyan is a fine dining establishment with a white table cloth and candle light set up. Usually the fancier the Indian restaurant, the less authentic it is, but this is not the case for Ambiyan! The soft and fluffy Naans, Chicken Karahi and Tandoori Rack of Lamb hit the spot and were made to perfection. We also ordered the Chicken Pakoras, Karahi Fish and Chicken Biryani, unfortunately these missed the mark. I can’t wait to visit this place again in the summer, they have a beautiful patio.

rolling pin

Who can forget the amazing birthday cake my sister surprised me with from Rolling Pin!

The next day I spent the evening in Danforth at Rodeo, a Brazilian steak house. You are given a card when seated which has a green and red side, indicating if you want more food, taking a break or done eating. Servers come around to your tables and slice different meats, anything from Beef Strip Loin, Lamb, Chicken, Salmon and my favorite the grilled Pineapple! There is also a buffet which you help yourself to in the beginning with appetizers and salads. The best part about this place is the live music, the Brazilian dancers and the dance floor opens up for everyone. Of course this meal ended with some birthday dessert.


Saturday was spent at The Chase with a seafood platter fit for a queen, this included Lobster, Oysters, Tuna, Shrimp and King crab. All the seafood was fresh and of top quality. I’m sure you can guess what came right after, DESSERT! This was the perfect place to host my birthday dinner, the atmosphere was very lively and lounge-like, I had a incredible evening. The staff was lovely, they were accommodating and we were never rushed to order or leave (we spent 3 and a half hour there).



Last but not least, Sunday was spent sipping on Mimosas and feasting at the Colette Grand Cafe brunch buffet. One of the waitresses even went outside to take our picture from the other side of the glass window (in the cold!), I was absolutely touched! Amazing service, not once did we have to wait around for someone to come to our table. They brought me a warm pecan tart and a macaroon with a candle on top to wish me a happy birthday.



I had the most amazing birthday, Thank you Toronto for always fulfilling my food fantasies!

Zahra Dattu
Director of Food & Drink
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