At all hours, the sound of a whisk against a bowl rings through Cafe Soleil as chefs scramble eggs for an all-day breakfast menu. Omelettes bursting with pepper jack cheeses, grilled chicken, and house-made salsas rest alongside eggs benedict prepared in several different fashions. As the morning sun fades and even roosters that know “Stairway to Heaven” pipe down, guests switch to grilled turkey burgers and pork-rib sandwiches. On the weekends, the café often hosts live bands, which add a lively aural backdrop to the happy chatter of guests.
Itto Sushi’s chefs aren't content to stop at regular sushi rolls. They're always looking for new ways to express their creativity, such as the edible cones that they painstakingly construct from sheets of dried seaweed. Inside each of these handmade cones, you're liable to find sliced salmon, spicy tuna, tobiko, and creamy avocado. Of course, the chefs still make the classic rolls as well as anybody, piling up to 55 pieces of sushi onto party trays.
Family owned and modern, Poppadoms prepares contemporary yet authentic Indian dishes fresh with natural ingredients. The extensive menu nods respectfully to the past with vegetable pakoras ($7) and samosas ($7)—recipes the proprietors inherited from their mother and grandmother—while also charging full-speed ahead into an unknown, cuisine-bending wormhole with innovative signature dishes such as tender, coconut-crusted halibut pieces topped with silky curry sauce ($25). Butter chicken ($16) grounds hungry avivores while vegetarians can enjoy the saag paneer's succulent blend of garlic and spinach ($14) or the yoghurt and black lentils of daal makhani ($12). Groups of diners can slide into capacious booths beneath minimalist earth-toned murals to dish out hearty helpings of family-style delicacies and motherly guilt, and those with special nutritional needs can enjoy gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan eats.
The array of draft beer and chilled wines at Woody's washes down a menu of classic pub offerings. While relaxing in the eatery's casual dining room, diners disassemble racks of ribs ($15) and cast anchors into plates of fish 'n' chips ($11). Idle molars can exercise around a sweet-chili chicken wrap ($11), prawns thoughtfully blanket a steak ($16), and bacon, mushroom, and cheddar toppings test the foundation of a burger ($12). Between bites, patrons sip ice-cold beer while shooting pool, watching sports on TV, or playing their kazoos along with the pub's occasional karaoke and live music performances. Though not included with today's Groupon, customers can also purchase their favourite wines and bubbly brews at the pub's on-site liquor store.
Caribbean Kitchen serves a menu resplendent with authentic West Indian cuisine showcasing the flavours of Trinidad, Jamaica, and Grenada. The curry goat roti ($12.95) takes homemade flat bread and stuffs it with crushed yellow peas, dhal puri spices, and curried chickpeas, potato, and savoury goat meat. Entrees include spicy jerk chicken ($8.95 per small, $12.95 per large) and certified Halal oxtail ($12.95 per small/ $16.95 per large), both served with rice, kidney beans, and coleslaw. Only fresh ingredients are used for Caribbean Kitchen's dishes, providing patron's eager bellies with crisp flavour and the newfound ability to banter in animal kingdom street slang.