Hungry for Hungarian!
Verdict: Go! Loving Toronto's Central European offerings.
Meal: Birthday Lunch!
Location: 450 Bloor Street West
When I recommend Country Style for Hungarian cuisine, I usually get this reaction: "The coffee shop?" No, I did not pick up a schnitzel with my morning coffee - although that would be a new take on my morning donut, eh? This Hungarian joint is a favourite for goulash soup and giant schnitzel.
Today, I decided to scale it back with an order of cabbage rolls and goulash soup, based on my Hungarian dining companion:
Goulash Soup (small)
My friend also ordered a bowl, but complained that it was too salty. I disagree, but to each their own! Although, I'm starting to wonder if my taste buds are adjusting to Toronto cuisine, as I find myself adding more and more spice to my dishes these days...
I personally prefer the Polish-style cabbage rolls of Cafe Polonez, with their tomato based topping. Not to say this wasn't good, but the beef was not as well-seasoned as I would have liked. It was little more ground beef with onions.
In this case, I found the sauce quite salty. While I sliced it up and enjoyed each bite with sauerkraut, I was pretty thirsty after finishing it. I enjoyed the dumplings - little balls of flour-based dough in gravy. They were springy and tasty - try them~!
Liver with Onions
Eh. Not for everyone. Tasty, but I wouldn't enjoy an entire dish. The homefries were quite good though - they are cooked, peeled, chopped, then fried.
Cafe Polonez's Polish-style. The breading is crispier and cleanly separates from the weiner/chicken/pork with a nice crunch. It comes in sandwich form, or with a plethora of saucy vegetables on top:
And a side of beets. Beets beets beets. I can't begin to explain how obsessed I am with beets.
Mmmm. I wish I ordered a schnitzel sandwich instead of cabbage rolls. Next time!
It was my friend's birthday...and we shared a crepe filled with apricot jam and walnut:
Kensington Market, Krepesz.
Pictured below is a flakey pastry that my sweet dining companion picked up for his wife. The last time we were in a car together, he pulled over to randomly buy her flowers. "What's the occasion?" I asked. He looked at me and said "The occasion is that I love her". So sweet :-)
Prague, Cafe Polonez, and Country Style back-to-back is not recommended. I seriously tipped the scale after that). Delicious and homey...but on top of ice cream, an intense series of Lindt, Godiva, and Nutella gifts I look back and wonder how I did not explode with chocolate, cabbage, goulash, and schnitzel!