Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

The Sweetest Spots to Take Your Sweetie: The Best Date Night Restaurants

By: Nina Asusa

The Sweetest Spots to Take Your Sweetie: The Best Date Night Restaurants


Looking for the top restaurants to try out on date night? The best date night restaurants offer a blend of delicious food and drink, plus a fun, cozy atmosphere for the two of you to enjoy. Whether you’re in the mood for Italian, Thai, Spanish, Japanese, or local sustainable dishes we’ve rounded up the sweetest spots to take your sweetie in Toronto and Etobicoke!
1. Piano Piano 
If you have an appreciation for Italian food, good wine and striking interior design, head to Piano Piano for a romantic date night. Warm, welcoming and fun, it’s a lively spot on Harbord Street in Toronto. It’s the ideal place to slow down for a night, and enjoy each other’s company over great food and wine. You can order dishes for two, such as their roast chicken or grilled octopus, share appetizers like calamari fritti and smoked burrata, and indulge in their classic pizza and pasta dishes they’re known and loved for. 
2. Kiin
Craving Thai food? This artfully designed restaurant combines a fun atmosphere with gorgeous marble aesthetics and authentic Thai dishes inspired by the chef’s childhood in Thailand. Each dish is beautifully plated, creating conversation pieces each time one is brought to the table. The shared plates make it ideal for any couple looking to get cozy, and the bright, warm ambiance makes it a spot you’ll want to spend hours in. Must try dishes: Soft shell crab, Khoa Yum, and of course, their hand-crafted dumplings.
3. Table 21 Kitchen and Wine Bar
Located in Etobicoke’s Kingsway neighbourhood, Table 21 Kitchen and Wine Bar is an intimate, casual dining spot with a focus on natural, sustainable cuisine. They specialize in mouth-watering dishes made with only the freshest local ingredients, offering dishes like brown butter gnocchi, veal schnitzel and Asian sticky ribs. Another option is sharing their charcuterie or cheese board, coupled with one of their delectable wines. 
4. Bar Raval
Cozy and intimate with authentic Spanish vibes, Bar Raval is a date night must. Located in Little Italy, this tapas bar is one of the best restaurants in Toronto. Cozy up at the curved bar or grab a seat at one of the rustic barrel tables. Loved just as much for their drinks as for their food, make sure to try one of their cleverly named cocktails, and don’t forget to peruse their beer and wine list. Their menu boasts everything from apperativos like marinated octopus and shishito peppers, to pintxos like tomato bread and jamoncroquetas, to tapas including turnip and onions, fried eggplant and honey, and chistorra sausage. 
5. Sushi Kaji
In the mood for sushi? There’s no better place to take your sweetie than Sushi Kaji in Etobicoke. Known for their authenticity, their fish comes strictly from Tokyo bay, and their rice, vegetables, garnishes and condiments are imported from Japan. Only 30 seats are available at this intimate spot, so make sure to make reservations for your date night. You won’t find the regulars like “California rolls” here. Instead you’ll be introduced to authentic Japanese food culture with tasting menus that consist of an appetizer, sashimi, seasonal dishes, Kaji selection of sushi and dessert. 
Ready to plan your perfect date night? These sweet spots will make it an unforgettable night!