Monthly Archives: September 2013

Manpuku

My high school friends and I had brunch at Manpuku on Mon. May 27. We were planning on wandering around downtown Toronto, specifically Chinatown and Kensington Market so we only ordered 3 dishes. One of my friends had the curry udon ($5.99) while another friend and I split the takosen ($2.99) and tsubugaiyaki ($5.99).

curry udon

curry udon

Their curry udon was good, my friend gave us some of the udon to try while we let her try the takosen and tsubugaiyaki. My friend usually orders this when she comes here. The curry udon comprises of udon noodles, vegetables, beef and Japanese curry sauce. Japanese curry differs from other curries in that it’s sweeter and much less spicier in comparison.

takosen

takosen

The takosen was delicious. The takosen is takoyaki served between 2 senbei topped with takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise. Takoyaki is octopus covered in flour in a ball-shape and grilled. Senbei is a type of Japanese rice cracker. The takosen is an interesting take on the takoyaki.

tyaki

tsubugaiyaki

The tsubugaiyaki was scrumptious. The tsubugaiyaki is tsubugai clam dough balls with mayonnaise dressing and shrimp. I preferred the tsubugaiyaki over the takosen.

My friend also recommended the pudding for dessert however it was already sold out when we tried to order it. This is the easiest dish to sell-out so it’s best to go there really early if you want to eat the pudding. Overall, it’s an inexpensive Japanese restaurant in downtown Toronto if you’re looking for Japanese food that’s not sushi and sashimi.

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Lim Ga Ne

My university friend and I decided to eat at Lim Ga Ne this past Friday because she wanted to eat Korean food. It’s a fairly small restaurant. What I like about it is that on one side of the restaurant there’s the traditional tables while the other side has regular tables and chairs. The restaurant is also open 24 hours. The chopsticks at this restaurant aren’t the Korean metal chopsticks with nice designs on the handle but the one-time use wooden chopsticks. Also the prices on the menu include tax.

assorted kimchi at Lim Ga Ne

assorted kimchi at Lim Ga Ne

My friend ordered the Kalbi Tang ($9). Kalbi Tang is beef short ribs stew with clear noodles and vegetables. She liked it.

Kalbi Tang

Kalbi Tang

I ordered Mo Deum Soon Dae (small serving is $10) and Jae Yook Bokeum (medium serving is $15). Mo Deum Soon Dae is assorted Korean style sausages which meant blood sausage, liver and pig ears. The blood sausage is delicious. It’s sausage skin stuffed with intestines, glutinous rice and noodles. The boiled liver is ok. The pig ears are tasteless. My high school Korean friend later told me that I was suppose to dip the pig ears into the bowl of salt (featured in the kimchi picture-top right). I would recommend ordering the dish with only the blood sausage. There are 3 portion sizes for you to choose: small, medium and large. The small portion is good either as a meal for 1 person or split between 2 meals. A word of advice, finish the entire dish at the restaurant. I had only eaten the pig ears, liver and a few pieces of the blood sausage on Friday and I had the leftovers for lunch on Monday and it wasn’t as delicious, comparatively speaking.

Mo Deum Soon Dae

Mo Deum Soon Dae

Jae Yook Bokeum is stir fried pork with kimchi. It doesn’t come with rice. It looks spicier than the actual taste which is quite disappointing. The kimchi was spicier than this dish. It’s pork belly with kimchi which is quite good, despite the lack of perceived spiciness. Funny thing, when I reheated the leftovers at home to have with rice, it was alot spicier than when I ate it at the restaurant. There are 2 portion sizes for you to choose: medium and large. The medium portion is quite filling for 3 meals.

Jae Yook Bokeum

Jae Yook Bokeum

Overall, I would recommend this restaurant for the blood sausage and the fact that it is open 24 hours and the menu prices already include tax. On my future visit, I want to try their deep-fried chicken.

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Gourmet Malaysia (the sequel)

One of my university friends and I went to Gourmet Malaysia for dinner this past Friday. She’s never had Malaysian or Singaporean food before and I had a slight craving for stingray. We had ikan bakar ($16.99), Penang fried kway teow ($7.80), teh tarik ($2), rojak ($5.99) and roti cannai with beef curry ($6.99). I wanted to order Murtabak however it’s only available on the weekends; only the roti cannai is available 7 days a week amongst all the menu items listed under the Roti/Prata section.

Rojak

Rojak

Rojak is slightly spicy with lots of peanuts, fruit and vegetable salad. It’s quite common in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. If you don’t like spicy foods or if you’re allergic to nuts I wouldn’t recommend this dish for you. The version at Gourmet Malaysia has mango, pineapple, cucumbers and pears with belacan (shrimp paste) sauce and peanuts. I preferred the version at Restoran Malaysia more however the version at Gourmet Malaysia has the right amount of spiciness in comparison to the one at Restoran Malaysia. Both versions are lacking when compared to the rojak I’ve had in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. My friend liked the rojak, she thought it may have expanded her appetite because of its strong taste with a hint of sourness.

Roti Cannai

Roti Cannai

Roti cannai with beef curry is flatbread made from oil, flour, water and ghee that’s dipped in beef curry which has pieces of beef, onions and carrots in it. It’s as authentic as the ones I had in Malaysia and Singapore. I enjoyed it alot although the beef has slightly too much fat for my tastes and reminds me of beef brisket. My friend absolutely loved the roti cannai. She would order it the next time she goes there. She likes the fact that the beef curry wasn’t very spicy for her. I have a higher spiciness tolerance than she does. What she finds spicy, I don’t; what I find somewhat spicy, she finds very spicy so it was nice that she was able to enjoy the dish.

Teh Tarik

Teh Tarik

 

I was extremely disappointed with the teh tarik at Gourmet Malaysia. It tasted like instant teh tarik mix rather than real teh tarik. I preferred the teh tarik at Restoran Malaysia and at Lion City Restaurant. I would not recommend getting this drink at Gourmet Malaysia.

stingray

stingray

The Penang fried kway teow is just as tasty as last time although there wasn’t as many calamari rings as last time. My friend liked the fried kway teow. The ikan bakar is smaller than the one I had last time and it’s more charred in comparison. My friend liked the stingray although she said that it tasted like overcooked fish. Basically it’s not as delicious as the stingray I had my first visit there.

The first time I went to Gourmet Malaysia was on a weekend for lunch. The second time I went to Gourmet Malaysia was on a weekday for dinner. I felt like the quality is mixed. Both times I was given a pot of tea however my first time there I also got a bowl of soup. The first time I went I liked the chendol, fried kway teow and ikan bakar. The Hainanese chicken rice and poh pia were ok. The second time I went I liked the rojak, roti cannai and fried kway teow. The ikan bakar was ok but the teh tarik is extremely disappointing. Overall I had a more enjoyable first experience. Hopefully my future third visit wouldn’t be disappointing.

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Jerusalem Restaurant

Yesterday, two of my friends and I had dinner at Jerusalem Restaurant on 4777 Leslie Street. Jerusalem Restaurant is an all you can eat Middle-Eastern buffet. It’s $25 (tax and tip included) on a weekday. On a weekday there’s a belly-dancing performance. The decor reminds me of the Mediterranean area. My friends and I had a booth table. Prior to going there, I read the reviews online and it was very mixed so I was slightly apprehensive.

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For my first plate, I had calamari, mussel in tomato sauce, sea bass fillet,  imitation crab salad, saffron rice with meat, rice with chicken, BBQ zucchini and eggplant and half of a zucchini stuffed with meat and rice. I really liked the zucchini stuffed with meat and rice, it was quite delicious. The mussels, calamari and sea bass fillet were tasty and cooked perfectly. I didn’t like the imitation crab salad, it didn’t taste completely like imitation crab and it wasn’t well-made. The BBQ zucchini and eggplant just taste like BBQ vegetables while the saffron rice with meat and rice with chicken were ok.

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For my second plate, I had baba ghanoush, hummus, labaneh, taheena, purple coleslaw, crispy shrimp, chickpeas with eggplant and chili, cous-cous and stuffed grape leaves with rice and herbs. Baba ghanoush is eggplant, taheena sauce, lemon, garlic and olive oil blended together. Hummus is chickpeas, garlic, lemon, taheena sauce and olive oil blended together. Labaneh is homemade strained yoghurt with olive oil. Taheena is sesame seed sauce mixed with lemon and garlic. The baba ghanoush, hummus and taheena were absolutely scrumptious. I’ve had better labaneh at Armenian Kitchen. The purple coleslaw, crispy shrimp and chickpeas with eggplant and chli were ok. The cous-cous and stuffed grape leaves with rice and herbs were delectable. The cous-cous was fluffy and light. I had stuffed grape leaves with rice and herbs at Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse and it is just as delicious as the ones I had there.

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For my third plate, I had lentil soup, chicken skewer, pieces of a lamb shank, kabab (kafta), hummus, babaghanoush and taheena. The lentil soup was tasty and enjoyable. I only had pieces of a lamb shank because one of my friends had an entire lamb shank for his second plate and he became very full from it. The portions of the lamb shank are very sizable and quite large. The lamb shank and kabab were tasty. I dipped it in hummus, babaghanoush and taheena which made it scrumptious. The chicken was ok but dipped in hummus, babaghanoush and taheena made it delicious. My other friend told me that anything with hummus and babaghanoush is absolutely delicious and she is correct.

My fourth plate was dessert and Jerusalem Restaurant has creme caramel/flan. It was absolutely delicious and mouthwatering. The last time I had creme caramel/flan, it was homemade by my high school friend a few years ago.

Overall, this restaurant is alright. It’s not as bad as I thought and it definitely has some delicious offerings. If you’re in the neighbourhood and want Middle Eastern cuisine rather than Asian cuisine, then I would recommend this place.

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