Horcha-ta-ta at Bang Bang

Horcha-ta-ta at Bang BangLocation93a Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Websitehttp://bangbangicecream.com/

Oh hey, another super delicious scoop of ice cream from Bang Bang.  Are you surprised?  Because I’m definitely not.  They’ve been around for five years now, and they’re still serving up what is hands-down the best ice cream in the city.  It’s not even close.

This particular flavour was called Horcha-ta-ta and is inspired by horchata, a sweet, creamy drink made from rice.

The ice cream itself has a really rich flavour, and is imbued with cinnamon and other spices (nutmeg I think?  Some other stuff, probably?).  It’s topped with sweet sticky rice, condensed milk, and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

It’s delicious.  It actually reminds me quite a bit of rice pudding, but with the cinnamon and other spices giving it a really interesting flavour.  And of course, the quality of the ice cream is just as great as ever.  It’s so good.

Tarte au Citron at Bang Bang

Tarte au citron - Bang BangLocation93a Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Websitehttp://bangbangicecream.com/

I think this is going to be the shortest post I’ve ever written.  The tarte au citron flavour at Bang Bang is basically like the best lemon meringue pie you’ve ever had, but as an ice cream.

Lemon meringue pie?  Delicious.  Bang Bang?  Delicious.  Cram those two things together?  Yeah, it’s delicious.  Of course it’s delicious.  That’s just math.

The ice cream is creamy and pleasantly tart, with a great lemony flavour.  It’s got silky meringue swirled in for some additional creaminess and to help cut the tartness of the ice cream.  And then there are buttery, delicious chunks of pie crust.

It’s all just as good as you’d hope it would be.

Tasty Hot Dogs at OHA

OHALocation: 21 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Website: https://www.instagram.com/oha_toronto/

Kung Fu Dawg set up shop in a little stand on Ossington last year, and they served up some pretty tasty dogs.  Alas, that was a short-lived endeavor; they’ve been replaced by OHA, which describes themselves as a purveyor of “Turkish fusion street food.”

It’s mostly a hot dog stand, however.  They have a grilled cheese sandwich and something called a “wet burger” on their menu, but they otherwise serve a variety of hot dogs.

OHA

I got the OHA Hot Dog, which comes topped with potato salad and tomato sauce.

It’s a tasty dog.  Though it lacks Kung Fu Dog’s nice snappy bite, the all-beef hot dog has a nice meaty flavour and a satisfying smokiness.

OHA

It’s topped with a thin tomato sauce that packs a decent amount of tomato flavour (I assumed this would be ketchup-esque, but it’s not particularly sweet or vinegary) and a variation on potato salad called Olivier salad.  Potato salad sounds like an odd topping, but its zesty creaminess actually works quite well with the salty and smoky hot dog.

Flin Flan at Bang Bang

Flin Flan at Bang BangLocation93a Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Websitehttp://bangbangicecream.com/

Well, I guess it’s time for my semi-regular “here’s another amazing flavour you need to try at Bang Bang” post, because I just tried a flavour called Flin Flan, and it was amazing and you need to try it.

They describe it as “eggy custard Filipino style.”  If you’ve never had flan, it’s essentially a Spanish (or Filipino) version of creme caramel.  And if you’ve never had creme caramel, what’s your deal?  That’s a classic dessert.  Get it together.

As you’d expect, the ice cream version of it at Bang Bang is delicious, because everything at Bang Bang is delicious.

The ice cream itself has a really great custardy flavour (and it goes without saying that it’s incredibly creamy and rich).  It’s topped with a very intense caramel sauce that has a flavour that’s right on the verge of being burnt.  It’s so great.

There’s also a piece of crunchy sugar on top that’s maybe a bit too substantial, but otherwise has the same rich flavour as the sauce.  I know it’s cold out, so maybe you don’t feel like eating ice cream, but this is too delicious to pass up.

Tasty Slices at Superpoint

SuperpointLocation: 184 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Websitehttps://www.superpoint.ca/

Getting a reheated slice from a pizza place can be a bit of a dicey proposition.  Reheat a slice for too long and it becomes overly stiff and crunchy; not enough, and the cheese’s goo-factor isn’t there.  Or worse: it’s clammy.

And if the pizza sits on the counter too long, it eventually passes a point of no return; it can only ever be a shadow of its former self.

The slice I just had at Superpoint avoids all of these pitfalls.  It was one of the best reheated slices of pizza I’ve had in ages.

Superpoint

I think it’s the ultra-thin crust; the guy didn’t put it in the oven for much more than 30 seconds, but thanks to how thin it was, that was more than enough to heat it through and re-gooify the cheese.

The crust was actually pretty great, with a pronounced crispiness on its exterior that never felt overly crunchy or crackery.  It still had a pliable chewiness that complimented the crispy exterior perfectly.

This particular slice was pretty simple, with just tomato sauce, cheese, spicy sopressata, and a light sprinkling of parmesan and dried herbs.

Superpoint

It was fantastic.  The salty sopressata contrasted very nicely with the simple, slightly sweet tomato sauce, and there was the perfect proportion of cheese and sauce.  It was one of the better slices I’ve had in quite a while.

Bonus: it only cost five bucks (and that includes tax) for a slice of pizza bigger than my head.

Double bonus: it’s a five minute walk from Bang Bang, which means that for less than ten bucks, you can have a delicious slice of pizza and a scoop of the best ice cream in the city.  That’s about as perfect of a lunch as I can imagine.