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SUWU again, Oh Yesss!!!!

Food is the love of my life.  Eating it, talking about it and making it all brings me so much joy.  Some people think I am insane, while others totally understand my obsession.  One person I know who completely understands my love for food happens to be, in my opinion, one of the most talented chefs I have ever come across.  Antony Nassif, chef at SUWU, has the ability to create the most creative and flavourful dishes from the simplest and of course freshest ingredients.  The way his mind works to create dishes and flavours is mind boggling. I don't know where his ideas come from but boy oh boy are they tasty.  Over the past few weeks, I have frequented SUWU quite a few times as I cannot get enough of their delicious food.  

I don't really know where to begin as I feel that my words will not do SUWU's food justice, you just have to try it for yourself.  There are no words to describe the flavours that I have consumed over the past few weeks, but I am going to try.  It all started a few weeks back, I had a rough day at the office and needed to decompress.  My co-worker, who happens to be a really good friend of mine, and I decided we needed good drinks and good food to make up for the awful day we just endured.  I suggested SUWU and off we went.  Besides the food, the best part of SUWU is that they do 5 @ 7 properly, drinks are half off!  Now for me that can be very dangerous, but I knew my friend would drive us home if I had one too many - LOL!  

It was quite busy when we arrived so we opted to sit at the bar, which happens to be my favourite place to sit.  As we sat down, we were greeted immediately and ordered up some drinks.  As always, I ordered the East side, a gin cocktail with mint and cucumbers, while my friend opted for a bourbon cocktail.  We sipped our drinks and decided on what to order; tuna tartar, fried chicken steamed buns and some pogos - we needed the junkie food!  

The tuna tartar arrived and as I took my first bite, I kind of melted.  I had never had such a deliciously balanced tartar.  The flavours on the plate were absolutely perfect and complimented the delicate flavour of the tuna beautifully.  My friend and I both agreed that this tartar was definitely the best we both had ever eaten - seriously!

My friend did not love the fried chicken steamed buns as much as I did.  She does not like hoisin sauce, I know I didn't understand that either, but I thought this dish was awesome.  The chicken was perfectly cooked and spiced, crispy, not greasy and perfectly moist.  The soft pillowy buns were just right and I ate up every last bite.  I have to say that the service has greatly improved from my last visit.   The waiters, waitresses and bar tenders seemed to be on point and enjoying themselves.  I was quite pleased.  

We were sitting and drinking our second round of drinks when the chef himself decided to bring us out a special dish that wasn't even on the menu yet.  This was a really special treat and I must admit, I loved the special treatment.   The dish, as I describe it, is a bacon lovers dream.  A large beautifully cut and crispy piece of pork belly surrounded by delicious English peas and a tasty aioli was my undoing.  I don't know what he did to this dish but it made me weak at the knees - spectacular!  The bacon was perfectly crispy and fatty, the peas were scrumptious and the aioli was just right.  I loved this dish and wished it would never end.

I was full by the time the pogos arrived, but I had to at least try one right?  Crispy, greasy and oh so yummy.  The perfect bites to go along with a delicious beer, or to devour after a long night of drinking.  I managed to stuff one more down the hatch before succumbing to a deep food coma.    

I went home that evening dreaming and planning my next return.  I knew that SUWU would be launching a new menu soon and couldn't wait to taste it.  Like clockwork, the following week I was back to try dishes from then new menu.  

My friend and I arrived around 8ish and grabbed two seats at the bar.  The chef came to say hi and asked that I not order anything as he wanted to send dishes out for us to try - So exciting!!!  We ordered up some drinks and watched the chef at work in the kitchen.  

The first dish to arrive were mini falafels.  I love falafel but I had never had ones as delicious as these.  Crispy mini falafel balls dressed with dice cucumbers, tomatoes, a deliciously tangy sauce and fresh herbs.  These three bites were heavenly, we both really enjoyed them. 

I was so excited for the next dish as I watched it coming closer and closer to me.  The Angry Lobster sub looked anything but angry to me.  There is no way to pick this up and eat it, so I grabbed my fork and knife and dug right in.  The lobster was buttery and perfectly cooked, each bite reminded me of my first lobster experience in Maine.  The garlicy buttery "sub" roll was the perfect vessel for the spicy peppers, eggplant and of course the large buttery chunks of lobster.  I loved this dish!

Next a plate of salmon crudo quickly arrived.  The salmon was dressed with a surprising twist, a tahini dressing.  I loved it.  I never would have thought to add a middle eastern influence to a crudo, but wow did it work.  The beet salad, crisp radishes and ramps worked perfectly together to compliment the delicate salmon and tahini.  It was at this point in the meal that my friend truly understood why I am slightly obsessed with SUWU's food.  He could not get over how delicious and creative each dish was.  He agreed with me that this was probably the best meal he had ever consumed.

The place was really busy again that night, but I noticed how attentive the staff were and they seemed to have it all under control.  The bartenders were so busy, that I even felt bad ordering another drink, but before I could, the lovely bartender placed another East side in front of me - what service!

After my third East side, I was so stuffed that I thought I could not possibly eat another bite.  All of a sudden I had two delectable soft shell crab tacos in front of me.  I had no choice but to take a bite as soft shell crab is one of my favourite seafoods.  The crab was flawlessly prepared; tender and crispy.  I could not finish both tacos, so I opted to just eat the crab as it was way too good to waste.  

My friend and I sat there digesting and drinking a bit more.  I was slowly surrendering to a massive food coma when we were offered a small bite of desert - ok, why not!  A small (thank goodness) piece of Guiness chocolate cake materialized and at first bite I was not sure if I liked it.  It wasn't sweet, it definitely had a strong hint of beer and I could not tell what the light mousse was on the side of the plate.  We both decided to try another bite and we were sure glad we did.  The cake was super moist and at second bite, we decided we actually liked the cake.  

We polished off the cake and then it was really time to go.   I have to say, the kitchen is definitely on point.  They know what they are doing and boy do they do it well.  The food they produce is creative, delicious and definitely leaves you wanting more.  The chill vibe at SUWU also plays an important role in making it a such an enjoyable and comfortable place to kick back with a fun drink and delicious food.       
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