Posts Tagged ‘Calamari’


It’s no secret that I love oysters. In fact, you will find me at the oyster bar at any event where oysters are served. While everyone else is grabbing drinks, I’m wolfing down oyster after oyster till I actually have to apologize. #truestory.

Therefore when I received an email inviting me to visit the Pearl Diver, I immediately said; YES.

When I walked into the restaurant, I quickly realized that it use to be the Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill. The space is still welcoming and cozy.

I started off my evening with an appetizers of calamari. The combination of a sesame and panko crust really made a difference.

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I couldn’t resist ordering this appetizer too: Chicken Liver and Oyster Pate with Blackbird Toast. It was beyond good. Seriously.

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Of course, I had to order a selection of oysters too!! Naturally I loved all of them. The oysters were tasty, fresh, plump and perfect!! How’s that for a description?

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I also tried the mussels which were bathed in a coconut cream, ginger, chilli, garlic, lemongrass and cilantro sauce. #totallyum

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Plus I HAD to try the dessert. One could say I tried four food groups that night…seafood, seafood, seafood and dessert. LOL.

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I’m already planning my next visit as they offer 100 oysters for $100 every Thursday.  Im SO doing this!! (with others of course. LOL).

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For more information:


Address: 100 Adelaide St. East, (416) 366-7827

Hours: Mon to Wed : Noon to 12am, Thurs & Fri: Noon to 1am., Sat: 4pm to 1am, Sun: 11am to 12am

Twitter and Instagram: @PearlDiverTO

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When I saw this restaurant, the first thing that came out of my mouth was “what happend to my favourite furniture store”. You see, Destingo has replaced a furniture store that I use to check out. Not sure if I ever bought anything but I certainly did like this store.

When I told this to our charming waiter..he replied “well now we can become your favourite Italian restaurant”. Cute reply.

Here’s why I would recommend this restaurant:

Destingo offers their patrons SPACE. I love the fact that your table isn’t two inches from the table next to you!! Plus there’s an open kitchen for foodies like me who like to see the chefs in action (when I’m not eating…of course)

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We tried a lot of food that was well executed, fresh and flavourful.

Top Left: Bruschetta, Top Right: Mussels in a wine sauce

Bottom Left: Grilled Calamari  Bottom Right: Toasted Farro Salad ( a good choice – not something you see on a lot of menus)

I must say that the Grilled Calamari was the biggest calamari I’ve ever eaten. It was an appetizer but seriously it was the size of a main dish!! #tastystuff.

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We continued eating (can you believe?).

On the left: Spaghetti Di Mare

Top Right:  Seafood Alla Destingo Bottom Right: Veal Scallopini.

All these dishes were winners. Not joking.

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The food was so good that we even made room for dessert.

Top: Panna Cotta, Bottom: Tiramisu

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I can’t say enough about the warm friendly service either. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and knew his stuff!!

One last thing: As I was writing this blog post, I noticed that Destingo is participating in Winterlicious. Click here to see the menu that they are offering.

Many thanks to Destingo for reaching out to me to review this restaurant. I can’t wait to return.

For Further Information:

Destingo 741 Queen St. West, Toronto ON  Tel: 647.748.3113

Twitter: @DestingoToronto


Instagram: DestingoToronto

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