The Berlin

The younger generation may not know that the City of Kitchener used to be the City of Berlin. Godmother S, healthy in her nineties, explained that the name changed during the first World War due to the anti-German movement. The Berlin, which opened at the end of 2015, was a highly anticipated addition to Downtown Kitchener. Its chef …

Gilt Restaurant

Gilt Restaurant opened last week in Downtown Kitchener. I have been looking forward to their opening since I saw their beautiful signage. It seems to convey the concept of glamour and chic. Hot new contemporary restaurant NOW OPEN in the heart of Kitchener's innovation district. Owned by two women who love food, people and wine. …

Downtown Crepe Cafe ver 2.0

Downtown Crepe Cafe reopened recently under new management. Their menu looks a lot more exciting than the  previous owner's, with some interesting varieties and flavours. I am hoping that the Singaporean couple running the cafe will bring some authentic Southeast Asian flavours into this region! First Impression: Very bright and cheerful decor. Small open kitchen …

Sam’s Chinese Kitchen (Previously Hot Wheels Chinese Restaurant)

Growing up in an Asian household, the concept of brunch does not include pancakes, french toasts, and obscene amounts of bacon. Instead, my family goes for Dim Sum almost every weekend. When we moved here several years ago, this weekly affair became a monthly treat given the rarity of good dim sum restaurants. Eventually, I …

Kinkaku Izakaya

Y has a Japanese background and I studied the Japanese language and culture extensively at Renison University College for my Japanese Language Diploma. Since Y is a great cook (our chores split = he cooks I clean) and frequently makes Japanese cuisine at home, we have very high standards and expectations of what can be …