Monthly Archives: March 2014

Owl of Minerva (Part II)

My friends and I ate at Owl of Minerva located at First Markham Place afew weeks ago. The restaurant itself reminds me of Huh Ga Ne but has none of its fanciness and it could be as small as or even smaller than the Owl of Minerva located in North York that’s open 24 hours. There aren’t any traditional tables and seats at First Markham Place, at least out front. The menu at First Markham Place differs from the menu at Uptown Waterloo or North York. It focuses on kam ja tang (pork bone soup). There’s a variety of pork bone soup on the menu at First Markham Place. Three of my friends and I had some variation of pork bone soup while another friend had jap chae. My friend likes the jap chae at Owl.

Kimchi served at Owl

Kimchi served at Owl

Jap Chae

Jap Chae

 

Original Kamjatang

Original Kamjatang

One friend just got the original/regular pork bone soup.

Dumpling Kamjatang

Dumpling Kamjatang

Rice Cake Kamjatang

Rice Cake Kamjatang

 

Another friend got pork bone soup with rice cakes while another friend had the pork bone soup with dumplings. They both enjoyed it.

Seafood Kamjatang

Seafood Kamjatang

I had the pork bone soup with seafood ($10 with tax). The seafood is miniscule. There were mini-mussel, mini shrimp and mini oyster. It also has rice cakes. The kam ja tang itself is comparable to the ones I had at other locations.

 

I still like Owl of Minerva for their pork bone soup.

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Izakaya Tsuki (Part II)

My friends and I went back to eat at Izakaya Tsuki because my friend was craving Japanese food. She ordered the buttered squid ($8) again and tried the Tsuki Don ($13) and Three Mori Sashimi Moriawase ($10). The other friend had takoyaki ($7), okonomiyaki ($9) and green tea ice cream ($3). I had the Hamachi Wara Yaki ($11), Akabeko “Red Cow” Roll ($12.50) and Taro Ice Cream ($3).

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Buttered Squid is squid grilled with butter and soy sauce. It’s just as delicious as before.

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Tsuki Don is California Don topped with assorted diced sashimi. California Don ($9) is avocado, cucumber, tobiko and crabmeat on rice. It’s basically a deconstructed California Roll. My friend enjoyed it.


Three Mori Sashimi Moriawase is 9 pieces of a variety of sashimi. I liked the bowl of smoke that accompanied the dish.

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Takoyaki is puffed octopus ball served with tonkatsu sauce. She enjoyed it.

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Okonomi Yaki is a Japanese savoury pancake that’s topped with vegetable and katsuo (katsuobushi). She enjoyed it.

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Hamachi wara yaki is yellow tail sashimi that is smoked over burning hay. It’s served with a lemon wedge, raw onions, sea salt and wasabi. It’s absolutely delicious.

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Akabeko “Red Cow” Roll is avacado, aspharagus tempura, cucumber, and rice wrapped with a seared sirloin top. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that the avacado wasn’t ripe. My friends thought that the pieces were too big so they’d rather it was smaller.

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My friend and I both enjoyed our ice cream. It’s definitely interesting to eat ice cream with a wooden spoon. I’m more used to using metal or plastic spoons to eat ice cream since I feel like I can taste the flavour more.
I recommend Izakaya Tsuki cause overall it still serves good food.

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Kiko (Part II)

My friends and I were debating where to eat an early dinner after playing sports afew weeks ago. We decided to go to Kiko. When we got there, it was still their Afternoon Tea time special. I ordered their laksa ($10 includes tax & tip).

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Their laksa is one of the few authentic laksas I’ve eaten outside of South East Asia. The other authentic laksa is from One 2 Snacks. The laksa at Kiko’s comprises of two types of noodles, shrimp, chicken, beansprouts and tofu puff/tofu pok/tau pok in a curry soup. Their laksa dish comes with a drink. I got the Hong Kong style milk tea. I’m looking forward to another future visit.

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Izakaya Tsuki

Some of my university friends and I went to eat dinner at Izakaya Tsuki afew weeks ago. Izakaya Tsuki is part of the building that houses Asian Legend, Tea Shop and a furniture store on Yonge Street near North York Civic Center. Izakaya Tsuki looks small from the outside but it’s quite spacious once you’re inside. The tables are mostly separated from each other by partitions which could be nice to have the illusion of privacy. The lighting is on the dim side. My friends arrived before me so when I got there, they already ordered some dishes. My friends ordered the buttered squid ($8) and Saba no Shio Yaki ($8). The buttered squid is squid grilled with butter and soy sauce. It’s delicious. My friends loved it. Saba no shio yaki is Mackerel grilled with salt. My friend enjoyed it. One friend and I split the Tako Wasabi ($4). I also got the Summer Night ($19.95) while another friend had the Mikazuki ($23) and two other friends split the Hangetsu ($35).

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Tako Wasabi is octopus with chopped wasabi stem on a bed of sliced onion. I thought it would be similar to takoyaki but with wasabi inside so imagine my surprise when it came to our table and looked nothing like takoyaki. You have to pick up a piece of seaweed and then put the octopus, onions and sauce on the seaweed, wrap it up like you’re making sushi and eat it in one bite. The wasabi wasn’t overwhelming and overall the dish is interesting.

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Summer Night has the option of including Kirin or Asahi beer ($29.50). I chose to not include beer since I had to drive. Summer Night is comprised of 5 pieces of takoyaki, 4 pieces of ebi fry, 3 pieces of korokke and kaki fry. Takoyaki ($7) is puffed octopus ball served with tonkatsu sauce and garnished with bonito flakes. Aside from tempura, takoyaki is one of my favourite deep fried Japanese appetizers/foods. Ebi fry ($8) is deep fried shrimp battered with bread crumbs. It’s delicious and while it reminds me of shrimp tempura, I prefer this version over the shrimp tempera found at other Japanese restaurants. Korokke is deep fried potato cakes coated with panko. Panko is Japanese-style breadcrumbs. Korokke is similar to croquette. Kaki fry ($8) is deep fried oyster served with Japanese tartar and salad. It’s delicious. When I ordered the dish, I thought I’d have some room for dessert however when it came to the table I was slightly surprised at how large it was and how filling it is.

sashimi for Hangetsu Combo

sashimi for Hangetsu Combo

Sashimi for Mikazuki Combo

Sashimi for Mikazuki Combo

Sushi and Maki for Mikazuki Combo

Sushi and Maki for Mikazuki Combo

Sushi and Maki for Hangetsu Combo

Sushi and Maki for Hangetsu Combo

 

Mikazuki is a small sushi and sashimi combo while Hangetsu is a medium sushi and sashimi combo. Mikazuki includes 15pc sashimi, 12pc sushi and maki while Hangetsu comprises of 21pc sashimi, 18pc sushi and maki. The sushi and sashimi are fresh and my friends enjoyed it. One friend commented that the Hangetsu should have different kinds of sushi that isn’t similar to the sashimi since she was getting tired of eating the same thing.

I was too full from my meal  so I didn’t order dessert. I wanted to try their taro ice cream ($3). There’s always a next time.

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