The biggest thing about being a part of Fat Girl Food Squad is how much we genuinely like to hang out together. It doesn’t happen as often as we would like it to happen but when it does, we always have a great time.
So when Yuli, Vanessa, Amarina and I were trying to plan our most recent ‘ladies night out’ – we tried to pick something that was in the middle for all of us transportation wise and something that all of us could agree on, since we all have such different diets and food requests. Immediately we were drawn to the restaurants located at the base of Aura at College Park (382 Yonge Street) located at Yonge and Gerrard. We had a choice between a romantic evening at Scaddabush, unique cocktails and eats at REDS Midtown Tavern and a total throwback to our younger years at Duke’s Refresher and Bar. Instead of deciding on just one restaurant, we decided to indulge in all three because: WHY NOT!
Our first stop was Scaddabush where we were treated to glasses of sparkling while we sat on their outdoor patio. All of us totally forget that Buskerfest was happening the weekend we decided to have our ladies night and well, let’s just say it made for some great entertainment and people watching! One of the items that we had heard so much about was their freshly made mozzarella (made in-house each day) and our lovely server recommended the Burrata ($12.38) infused with honey and truffle cream. Let’s just say: don’t walk but run to get this. I am pretty sure all of us were raving about this mozzarella for the entire evening.
The other amazing thing about Scaddabush is how they offer what they call “Social” sizes of their pastas. Served family style, Yuli recommended the Zucca dish ($31.54) which contained butternut squash ravioli, grated Grana Padano cheese, hazelnut butter cream sauce, roasted squash and fried sage. Perfect size for sharing and absolutely heavenly.
We really didn’t think we were going to make it to the next restaurant after such a great first meal, but we made our way to REDS Midtown where we had heard rave reviews of their custom G&T menu. Yes, you read that right: custom gin and tonic menu! The G&T menu at REDS is something that has been newly introduced and something they seem to be super proud of. With 14 different varieties of gins and different mixes, we couldn’t wait to try it out. Ours goblets of G&Ts were in the $11-$12 range and really made our trip memorable. We kind of felt like QUEENS drinking from them.
Yuli had been on an epic journey to find the perfect slaw and of course we had to indulge in the Southern Thai Slaw ($9.75) with green mango, carrot, peanuts and cucumber with vermicelli noodles and a sweet and spicy Thai vinaigrette. It was fresh and such great flavours. We’re still awaiting Yuli’s final results on how this slaw stood up to the rest of the slaw’s she has had in her day.
As the night got on, we were starting to get hungry again and well, we wanted more drinks! We decided to make our way over to Duke’s Refresher where we set ourselves up at one of their communal tables and ordered another round of cocktails. Yuli and I decided to test out their “Cool Guy” cocktail (Bulleit bourbon, pink grapefruit juice, simple syrup & cucumber) where Vanessa decided to try out one of Duke’s famous Caesars. One of the biggest thing I was surprised to find out that evening was that Duke’s had a Cider rotating tap (which Amarina checked out) and several craft beers. Nice to know that a place like Duke’s is really crafting their beer taps to the different varieties out there!
The grand finale of the evening came in the form of the Sweet Potato Thing ($9.85) which really is the perfect happy ending to any evening out. Screw poutine! This mass of food included sweet potato fries, french fries and onions with a sesame aioli drizzle and a coconut chili dipping sauce. We devoured that thing in no time. Verdict: great dish or greatest dish?!
All in all this evening was an amazing one where we got to hang out as a bad-ass babely Food Squad posse and just do what we do best, eat food! It was also really great to check out three vastly different restaurants all under one complex. No matter where we went, we found something for everybody!Aura Complex, burrata, Duke's Refresher and Bar, FGFS, gin, Gin and Tonic, Ladies Night, mozzarella, Reds Midtown, scaddabush, where to eat, Yonge and Gerrard