Every now and then it's nice to venture outside of downtown to see what else this awesome city of ours has to offer. And that is exactly what I did a couple weeks ago. Heading west on Bloor St., from the downtown core, you will pass multiple different neighbourhoods. Come up to Toronto staple, Honest Ed's and you know you're in the Annex, right after that - Koreatown. Christie Pitts quickly follows, then it's Bloorcourt and then Bloordale Village. Go past the Junction and finally you'll end up in Bloor West Village.
Bloor West Village is a great area filled with many shops and restaurants - one such restaurant is Bloom.
Karen had set up a "family-style" dinner tweet-up, so half the restaurant was set aside for our group. As soon as I walked into Bloom, I knew it was going to be good. Greeted by the extremely friendly owner - it was like walking into your family's kitchen. She, and manager Pedro felt like the friendly family members who welcome you into their homes and immediately start offering you food and drinks.
You know the ones!
|Pico Sour shots anyone?|
Cuban born chef, Pedro Quintanila continuously brought out dishes of Bloom's signature cuisine - Nuevo Latino. Nuevo Latino is a fusion of Latin American inspired dishes with a North American twist. With such diverse flavours being combined - every dish I tried that evening had me reaching for seconds. LOL Thank goodness it was "family-style"!
Below are just some of the amazing dishes that were on the menu that night.
|Kale, Roasted Butternut Squash, Beets, and Pecans with Goat Cheese and Lemon Garlic Mojo|
|Grilled Flank Steak with Chimicchuri Sauce|
|Roasted Chicken with Peruvian Pepper Sauce|
|Abuela's Bread Pudding|
|Flourless Chocolate Cake|
Not only are the people incredibly friendly, and the food extremely delicious - but Bloom restaurant also has live music on certain nights. This would be a perfect date-night spot, especially with Valentine's Day quickly approaching!