Uno Mustachio

One of my favourite parts of my new job is the proximity to St. Lawrence Market. Before I worked at Yonge and King, discount I was forced to visit the market on Saturdays due to the less than convenient hours. The market on Saturdays is an unbearable event. It is crowded, ambulance people are violently shoving you out of their way as they try and sample their 18th pretzel with Kozlik’s mustard and you can’t spend time looking at the bounty in front of you. Because I was visiting on the busiest days of the week, I would try and make my visits to the market as short as possible: a quick dart, in and out, to pick up a fancy cookie cutter, a bagel with lox and cream cheese or a tube of cured meat. I had no idea about the amazingness of the prepared foods in the basement of the market.

Until now. The basement of St. Lawrence is truly what makes the market amazing and contributes to its title from National Geographic as the world’s best food market. The basement houses all sorts of food stalls where you can buy prepared menu items to enjoy in the food court downstairs or one of the many picnic tables surrounding the building outside. My first visit to the basement of the market left me with an order of pierogis from European Delight ($4.25/dozen) and I was hooked. I knew I slowly had to discover the halls of the basement and see what other deliciousness it had in store for me.

Last week I visited Uno Mustachio in search of a sandwich.

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It should be noted that I am fairly loyal to California Sandwiches and have eaten dozens, if not hundreds of sandwiches from them. I even had to delete the Uber Eats app from my phone at one time because I was ordering too many chicken parm sandwiches. Yes, I have re-downloaded the app and have since ordered more sandwiches.

But when I saw something called the Godfather on Uno Mastachio’s menu I knew it had to be good. Uno Mustachio doesn’t limit you to just a chicken/veal parmigiana or an eggplant parmigiana sandwich. They allow you to get BOTH and have a name for it so you don’t feel like a ridiculous, glutinous human being! I ordered my Godfather sandwich with veal and all the fixings (roasted red peppers, sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, and roasted jalapeno peppers) and this garnered me much respect from the older Italian gentleman who rang through my order.

This sandwich is unreal. The pieces of veal are generously massive, spilling g over the sides of the Kaiser bun. The veal is crispy but the breading is a light coating, it is not overly greasy or too heavy to stick to the meat. The veal itself is thin and moist. The meat is tender and easily bites off intact with its coating. The eggplant is thinly sliced, avoiding any of the fibrous starchiness that is common with eggplant parmigiana.
The toppings are the right mix of flavours and textures. The combination of both sweet and hot peppers adds a kick and sweetness with each bite, playing on the same flavours found in the sauce. There is a generous smear of sauce on the bun but not in excess that will result in sauce flying everywhere. You could wear a white shirt while eating this sandwich.

This sandwich blew me away and was incredibly filling. I obviously finished the whole thing even though it was the size of my head and then I felt like a whale immediately after. I will definitely be having another one of these sandwiches (not with much frequency as I am trying not to have a heart attack before 30) and I think my California Sandwiches days are over.

Happy munching!

Bonjour Brioche

Last week two of my favourite people returned from vacation so obviously brunch had to be eaten. Al returned from Mexico and Cynthia returned from Italy so we ventured out to the east end to enjoy a brunch at Bonjour Brioche and catch up on each others adventures.

Bonjour Brioche is sunny and fresh, for sale featuring delicious breads and pastries. The inside of the restaurant feels like a Parisian café, medicine with sunny walls and the smells of baguettes and other breads. We were seated on the patio, which is partially covered by an awning. The only downside of the patio: it is beside a GO train track that runs a frequent train. If you can get over some light transit noise, which you should be able to if you live in the city, the patio is sunny and delightful.

The girls both ordered the Poached Eggs on a croissant.

IMG_0558 IMG_0559Two poached eggs on a croissant with Hollandaise and the choice of peameal, tomato and avocado or smoked salmon. Al chose peameal on one side and tomato and avocado on the other. Cynthia opted for tomato and avocado and smoked salmon.

You were able to customize your order and choose different toppings for each side of your croissant which I think is brillant. There is two sides to every croissant so why not have two different toppings? The croissants were buttery and airy but still hearty enough to hold up to all the delicious toppings towering on top.

I ordered the daily tart special.

IMG_0560The Daily Tart with figs, caramelized onions and blue cheese.

This tart was sweet and tangy. I love the combination of figs and blue cheese. The sweetness of the figs plays with the rich, pungent, salty taste of the blue cheese. The caramelized onions add another level of sweetness that completes the tart. The crust is flaky, buttery and crunchy. Yums. I love that regardless of what is ordered, it is accompanied by slices of baguette and of course, butter. Could breakfast get much better than that?

And of course, all meals should end in dessert, even brunch. We split the Sour Cherry Custard Tart.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThis tart was simple, fresh, tangy, and sweet. It was delicious. It was my first taste of summer and I look forward to more.

A great brunch with great friends – what more can a girl ask for? Happy munching!