Saturday, August 24, 2013

Day & Night Angus Steak - Raw Bar

 

Address: 548 Carlton Road, Unionville, ON L3R 0C6, Canada
Website: http://www.dayandnightsteak.ca/
Telephone: 905.305.9192
Date Visited: July 2013.
Taste: 9 of 10
Service: 4.5 of 5
Atmosphere: 4.5


I've been to Day and Night a few years ago (the one on Steeles)... and the impression from my previous experience was... a Chinese steakhouse trying to be Westernized.  So when my bf bought a coupon here, I was semi-disapproving because I thought even with the coupon, he was paying too much.  Gee.. I was SO WRONG.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mi-Ne Sushi

Welcome everyone to my very VERY first blog!  Please...keep the criticism at a constructive and hopefully minimal level until I figure all this out.  This is MI-NE Sushi, located just north of the Yonge Street and Elgin Mills Road in Richmond Hill, on the East side.  Address is 10815 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill Ontario L4C 3E3.  

*THIS RESTAURANT IS DIFFERENT FROM THE MI-NE SUSHI CHAIN LOCATED IN AURORA AND DOWNTOWN TORONTO!*

So...Menu doesn't have a cover page, but..whatever.  It's a waste of a page, no? 
One of the pages of the extremely EXTENSIVE menu
Another one of the many, many pages.
Small restaurant, nice decor.  Walking in the restaurant I auto focused onto a life size replica of a samurai statue staring back at me, uniform, armour and all.  Nice touch, really made me hungry for something authentic.  I had heard good things about MI-NE, but just never got around to trying it.  It is getting more and more rare these days for sustainable "a la carte" sushi restaurants with the insane amount of AYCE (all you can eat) sushi places popping up everywhere. Got there around 6pm on a Saturday night, restaurant was already half full.  Get here early my friends, else get ready to wait!  My partner in crime and I decided to split two Maki Sets, one with a Lobster Roll + Shrimp Tempura Roll; and one with a Dynamite Roll + Spider Roll.  Comes with Miso soup and salad, score!

Soup piping hot; Salad nice fresh crunch.  Both excellent quality.  And even better, got to read local Richmond Hill advertising!



The above pictures was the one I ordered, Lobster and Shrimp Tempura rolls.  Order came out relatively fast; and my goodness were the sushi pieces big.  They looked like other restaurants' Futo-Maki's (ie. please un-hinge jaw to get into mouth in one bite).  Definitely no talking with mouth full.  I was very impressed with the large amount of filling, and the small amount of rice.  Stark contrast with most AYCE (All you can eat) sushi places nowadays that try to fill you up with rice and leaves you full but unsatisfied.  The lobster in the Lobster Roll was deep fried and battered, and although there is definitely a difference between the lobster "tempura" vs. the Shrimp tempura, I'm not quite sure if it's worth the extra money.  That being said though, that roll was definitely the one that disappeared first off our plates.  The batter for it was nice and light, however, it was missing the resounding crunch that everyone enjoys with anything deep fried.  

The shrimp tempura is always a staple "go to" roll that no one can or should really mess up, and this one was definitely nice.  The shrimp was definitely larger than normal and just as sweet.  I must admit, I really enjoyed eating the seaweed wrapping the sushi together.  Most of the time, I don't really notice it; but here I really got to savour and indulge in the seaweed aroma. 
 



The above two was the other Maki Rolls, the Spider Roll (Deep fried Soft Shell Crab) and Dynamite Roll (Shrimp Tempura with salmon inside and other vegetables).  Now both my partner in crime and I absolutely love Spider Rolls, pretty much ordering it at almost every sushi restaurant we go to.  That being said, we were a little disappointed in the Spider roll.  There wasn't enough crab, most of the "crab" part consisting of batter.  Again, not enough crunch to our liking.  In our Dynamite roll, at times we questioned where the salmon may actually be.  Was there enough, was it just hiding from our view?  We definitely tasted it...    
 
JUST LOOK at the FILLINGS vs RICE RATIO!!!  AH -MAZING.
PROS: Miso soup, salad was an awesome start.  Miso soup wasn't too salty, salad was fresh with a very nice sauce on it.  Prepared very well.  Sushi was very good, quality definitely better than any AYCE place around, but that is to be expected at an "a - la carte" sushi place.  Vegetables/Seafood/Meat filling to rice ratio alone makes a visit definitely worthwhile.   

CONS: I would have enjoyed there to be more crunch in the deep fried batter.  I would have liked there to be more crab in the Soft Shell Crabs for the Spider Rolls.  

*Fair warning: we realized half way that everything we ordered had something deep fried in it; making us a little...deep fried out.*

My verdict: Great place to go to impress, will go again, but once in a blue moon.  Overall very happy I got to try it out.  If you haven't been, GO TRY IT.  In the end we paid approximately similarly to what we would have paid for an AYCE, however quality was definitely much better and we walked away with sushi-craving satisfied.  

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Momofuku - Milk Bar



Address: (Second Floor) 190 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5H, Canada
Website: http://milkbarstore.com/main/toronto/
Telephone:  855.333.6455
Date Visited: July 2013.
Taste: 7.5 of 10

We actually visited the milk bar when we visited Momofuku Noodle Bar (if you want to read more on our ramen experience, please click the following link: http://www.foodndrinks4pleasure.com/2013/07/momofuku-noodle-bar.html#more)

The Noodle Bar is on the ground floor, with an open stairway that brings you to the milk bar (which was more like a clear cold room with all the menu items in baskets).  Instructions were painted on the wall, which is basically grab a shopping basket, grab the goodies you want, and then go downstairs and pay.  Honestly.. not exactly what I had in mind.  Not even a little cafe with seats for you to enjoy the cookies.  Nevertheless, we did our little shopping tour and grabbed one of everything... a blueberry & cream cookie.. a compost cookie.. cornflake and marshmellow cookie... and a slice of crack pie.  They are pricy... $2 per cookie or $11 for 6, and around $6 for a slice of pie.  To be honest.. the cookie didn't look the greatest.. you could see the oiliness of each cookie in the wrapper.  I also wasn't very happy about the fact they didn't show the calorie breakdown of the cookie.. although I do estimate at least 600 - 800 calories for the cookie.   

Monday, July 22, 2013

Momofuku Noodle Bar

 
Address: (Ground Floor) 190 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5H, Canada
Website: http://momofuku.com/toronto/noodle-bar-to/
Telephone:  647-253-8000
Date Visited: July 2013.
Taste:  7.5 of 10
Service: 4.5 of 5
Atmosphere: 4.5 of 5


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mix Bistro

 
Address: 370 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 1J9
Website: http://torontoregency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/MixBistroBar.html
Telephone: 416-343-1234
Date Visited: June 2013.
Taste: 9 of 10
Service: 4.5 of 5
Atmosphere: 3.5 of 5

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ruths Chris

Address: 145 Richmond Street West, Hilton Toronto Hotel, Toronto ON M5H 2L2
Website: http://www.ruthschris.com/
Telephone: (416) 955-1455
Date Visited: June 2013.
Taste:  9.5 of 10
Service:  4.5 of 5
Atmosphere: 2.5 of 5

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Dayali (大鸭梨)

Address: 20 Gibson Drive, Markham, ON L3R 8B5, Canada
Website: http://www.dayalihome.com/cn/Branchinfo.aspx?ffaid=1122&faid=1123&hfaid=1121
Telephone: (905) 604-8680
Date Visited: Oct 2012.
Taste:  6.5 of 10
Service:  2 of 5
Atmosphere: 4 of 5

 
Wow... I seriously don't know where to start.  There was definitely a HUGE hit when this restaurant first started in Toronto.. (but that's probably true for most new restaurants... we Asians always want to try new things).  I remembered the first time we were here on a random Thursday night... we were turned down because we did not make reservations.  SERIOUSLY?  What was this about?  Anticipations always make food that much better doesn't it?  In this case... it was the opposite.  The food was okay.. the portions were acceptable at best.. and the price was definitely on the high end. 
 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lee-Chen Asian Bistro


Address: 832 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 1J5, Canada
Website: http://leechenbistro.com/
Telephone: (416) 901-8869
Date Visited: Jan 2013.
Taste:  7.5 of 10
Service: 4 of 5
Atmosphere: 4 of 5

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Gladstone Hotel


Address: 1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J6, Canada
Website: http://www.gladstonehotel.com/food
Telephone: (416) 531-4635
Date Visited: June 2012.
Taste: 8.5 of 10
Service: 4.5 of 5
Atmosphere: 4 of 5


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Kenzo Japanese Noodle House


Address: 138 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1C3, Canada
Website: http://www.kenzoramen.ca/
Telephone: (416) 205-1155
Date Visited: May 18, 2012.
Taste:  8.5 of 10
Service:  4 of 5
Atmosphere: 3.5 of 5
Price: $


Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe


Address: 712 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C2, Canada
Website: http://sicilianicecream.com/
Telephone: (416) 531-7716
Date Visited: Countless...
Taste:  10 of 10
Service:  4 of 5
Atmosphere: 3 of 5
Price:


Smokes' Poutinerie *** Updated ***





Address:203 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1Z4, Canada (various locations)
Website:http://smokespoutinerie.com
Telephone: (416) 603-2873
Date Visited: Countless...
Taste: 9 of 10
Service: 4 of 5
Atmosphere:3 of 5
Price:$


Saturday, May 26, 2012

INAKAYA

Location: 126 Willowdale Avenue North York ON M2N 4Y2 Canada
Environment: Tight space
Food: Great food
Service: The waitress is very nice and informative
Date visit: May 25, 2012


Monday, May 21, 2012

Regal Palace 富豪金閣

位於 northwest corner of Yonge st and May ave.,
Address: 9712 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1V9
Telephone: (905) 770-1388
Website: N/A
Date Visited: May 20, 2012
Taste: 8 of 10
Service: 4 of 5
Atmosphere: 4 of 5
Price: $

Went for dinner, place wasn't as crowded but nevertheless still pretty nice environment. There were also another birthday party going on.

There are set courses, individual dishes. being more a carnivore, I would pick a meaty course, save the veggies for other friends.

The 紅焼班尾, 汁另上 (greatly emphasized) was great because sauce serve separatedly, sauce could not soften the fish crispyness,  Fish was fried to perfection, crunchy outside, moist on the inside. You can control amount of sauce to put on.

Sweet and sour pork, crunchy still even after glazed with the sauce, not too sweet.
The tiger shrimp stir fry with 3 Onions in butter was my favorite. The Onions have fully absorbed the butter taste.
Deep fried oyster with spicy meat, best served with raw lettuce on side. Oyster are crunchy but moist inside, the spicy meat and fried onion really blend well together with the oyster when wrap in lettuce. 
In summary, it's a good place for family and friends to gather and eat.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Wanda's Belgian Waffles


Address: 361 Yonge St, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON M5B 1S1, Canada
Telephone: N/A
Website: www.wandasbelgianwaffles.com/
Date Visited: May 16, 2012.
Taste: 7.5 of 10
Service: 5 of 5
Atmosphere: 3.5 of 5

Price: $


Inatei 稻亭日本料理


Address: Unit 7-8, 9021 Leslie St, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3B6, Canada
Telephone: (905) 881-9500
Website: N/A
Date Visited: May 12, 2012.
Taste: 9.0 of 10
Service: 4 of 5
Atmosphere: 4.5 of 5

Price: $$

Monday, April 30, 2012

Spice Route - Lundin Dinner (Sunday Nights)

Sake-Tini
Kimchi Brown Rice
Sweet Yam Fries
Citris Salad
Thai Curry Seafood Stew
Vietnamese Lamb Sausauge
The sauces...
Lemon Glazed Chicken
Tempura Calamari
Mongolian Beef and Broccoli
Baby Bok Choy with Garlic
 Singapore Vegetarian Noodle (Sing-Chow Chau Mai)


Taken from the washroom....
Another view from the washroom....



Chocolate Brownies and Tampura Banana
Address: 499 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V, Canada
Telephone: (416) 849-1808
Website: http://www.spiceroute.ca/
Date Visited: April 22, 2012.
Taste: 6.5 of 10
Service: 3 of 5
Atmosphere: 4 of 5

Price: $$


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Don Don Izakaya Part 2

Don Don Izakaya Part 1: http://foodndrinks4pleasure.blogspot.ca/2012/02/don-don-izakaya.html

More Photos! More Food!


Manpuku Japanese Eatery



Address: 105 McCaul St #29, Toronto, ON M5T, Canada
Telephone: (416) 979-6763
Website: http://www.manpuku.ca/
Date Visited: April 9, 2012.
Taste: 9 of 10
Service: 4 of 5
Atmosphere: 3.5 of 5

Price: $


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