No, this is not a porn post, so don’t get too excited. Fukui and The Spotted Dick are both names of restaurants in my fair city.
Toronto has a large variety of places to eat if one chooses to go out. It’s wonderful for a foodie like me. We have whole neighborhoods and streets defined by the culture of the people who either live or work there, and of course—by the food that is served.
One of the things I enjoy doing most with friends socially is sharing a meal and conversation. With some of my closest friends, we’ve often dined until closing time, which usually means we’ve been at the restaurant four to five hours.
I live in a predominantly Portuguese neighborhood that borders on “Little Italy” so there are Italian and Portuguese restaurants. Of course, we have several Chinatowns and areas where Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese restaurants are in abundance.
We also have a whole street devoted to Greek restaurants and a section just for East Indian food. Interspersed throughout the city are numerous pockets filled with culturally diverse cuisines. You name it—we’ve got it.
When I first spotted The Spotted Dick, a traditional English pub, I must admit I had a chuckle. English pub names are quite amusing. The other two that come to mind are The Dog’s Bullocks and The Pour House.
Overall, I’d say the Asian restaurants have the most interesting names when translated into the English language. Fukui and Yuki are both Japanese/Korean restaurants.
My favorite, however, has to be a newly opened restaurant called Number Two in Chinatown. Ouch! How appetizing is that? I have yet to try it as I find the name completely off-putting. Perhaps I’m being too anal (hehe). I’m just grateful for other choices such as Mother’s Dumplings, King Noodle House, and Chinese Traditional Buns.