Posts Tagged With: appetizer


The last time I came to NYC, I didn’t have the time or patience to wait at least 2 hours for dinner so I was hoping that this time around I could try Takashi. My Montreal foodie friend had recommended this restaurant to me. I didn’t make reservations at this restaurant because they don’t allow reservations under 4 people. I arrived at the restaurant after 5:30pm (their opening time is 5:30pm) and was told that the wait is about 1.5 hours. I put my name down on the list and did a brief tour of Greenwich Village while I waited. I’m guessing that I should arrive between 5-5:20pm in order to be able to be potentially seated at 5:30pm if I come again without reservations. The servers here are very nice and knowledgeable. The decor itself is very rustic and modern simultaneously with splashes of Japanese artwork. The lighting is abit dark.

I was seated at the bar which seats 3 couples as denoted by a grill and a bench for two. Takashi can be an adventure on the wilder side of food. I decided to try some of their limited availability items and some of their more adventurous offerings. I got the Namagimo ($16 USD + tax), Testicargot ($12 USD + tax), grilled hatsu/heart ($14 USD + tax) and miso-marinated sweetbread on squid ink rice ($20 USD + tax). Takashi serves 3 complimentary side dishes which are kimchi, beansprouts dusted with sesame seeds and cabbage which provide the vegetables for an otherwise meat focused menu. The complimentary sides were good and well-seasoned.

Namagimo is a limited availability item and I was lucky to be able to get it. This dish is a cold appetizer. It is raw liver topped with green onions and scallions on sesame oil and garnished with a lemon wedge and a shiso leaf. It comes with roasted rock salt on the side. I was advised to liberally squirt the lemon juice all over the dish. I found it abit hard to pick up the liver with the toppings on top so I used my chopsticks to sprinkle the salt on top of the meat before eating it. Although the liver is abit tough, it was a delicious combination.

Testicargot is cow balls done in an escargot style with garlic shiso butter and garnished with a lemon wedge. Once again I was advised to liberally apply lemon juice to the dish. The garlic shiso butter reminded me strongly of pesto and tasted like pesto. The escargot style cow balls are reminded me of takoyaki but without the batter. If you’re adventurous, I recommend trying this dish.

Grilled hatsu/heart meat is a limited availability item. The hatsu/heart meat are served raw and sliced with a side of Takashi’s sesame sauce and green onions. You grill the meat in front of you. It was tasty.

The miso marinated sweetbreads on squid ink rice with spicy yuzu saffron aioli and shredded seaweed that’s served on a magnolia leaf is interesting. The entire concoction is grilled in front of you until it bubbles for a bit before being expertly pulled back on to the wooden serving board. The spicy yuzu aioli wasn’t spicy. The squid ink rice was tasty albeit I was expecting a larger portion of it. Originally I thought that the sweetbread would be a kind of sweet bread. Sweetbread is actually the throat or pancreas of a cow or calf. Since the offal is suppose to be marinated in miso, I thought it would be salty, it was however quite sweet. I tried a tiny piece of the magnolia leaf for curiosity’s sake and it was chewy and slightly tasteless since it borrows the taste from the squid ink rice and aioli.

The next time I come I want to try Calf’s Brain Cream in a tube with Blinis & Caviar, grilled stomachs, grilled tongue experience, niku-uni, amongst other dishes.

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Summerlicious: Linda Modern Thai

An elementary school friend and I met for dinner on Wednesday in July to catch up. She wanted to eat Thai food and so we went to Linda Modern Thai. I’ve been to this restaurant before. My first experience was when it was still in downtown Toronto. It’s now located at Shops at Don Mills. The decor is alright. We went during Summerlicious so we had their Summerlicious menu (choose 1 appetizer, 1 soup/salad, 1 main and 1 dessert from a set list) which meant dinner was $25+tax+tip.

Mieng Kum

Mieng Kum

My friend and I had to split the Mieng Kum appetizer because of the restaurant’s Summerlicious policy. Mieng Kum is peanut, dried shrimp, shallot, lime, chili, shredded coconut and sweet  chili sauce wrapped in a betel leaf. I love this appetizer and I have yet to find anything similar at any other Thai restaurant in Toronto and Kitchener/Waterloo. I usually order this appetizer when I go eat at Linda’s with friends or family friends.

Mango Salad

Mango Salad

Coconut Milk Soup

Chicken Coconut Milk Soup

I had the Chicken Coconut Milk Soup while my friend ordered mango salad. The chicken coconut milk soup has chicken breast, mushrooms, lemongrass, lemon leaf, galangal, chili paste, coconut milk and seafood stock. I enjoyed it although it was more sour than spicy. The mango salad has mango, peanut, cabbage, tamotoes, basil, fish sauce, lime juice and mango salad dressing.

Top: Crispy Beef Bottom: Fried Chicken

Top: Crispy Beef
Bottom: Fried Chicken

My friend ordered the Crispy Beef while I ordered the Fried Chicken. My friend didn’t like the Crispy Beef cause the sauce was too rich so we swapped mains. I really liked the Crispy Beef. The Crispy Beef is in a coconut milk and peanut based Penang curry with pieces of crispy beef, bell peppers, Asian basil and lime leaf. It comes with a bowl of rice. The Fried Chicken is half a fried chicken with peanut mustard sauce, cucumber slices and cabbage. I liked the combination of the fried chicken with the peanut mustard sauce. The peanut mustard sauce has a spicy kick to it, almost like wasabi and it went really well with the fried chicken. The cucumber slices and cabbage would help out if you find the kick too overwhelming.

Deep Fried Banana with Honey

Deep Fried Banana with Honey

Papaya Ice Cream

Papaya Ice Cream

For dessert I had papaya ice cream while my friend had the Deep Fried Banana with Honey. My friend liked the deep fried banana with honey. I never had papaya ice cream before and it’s quite refreshing and tasty.

Overall, if you’re at Linda’s I recommend Mieng Kum as an appetizer and Crispy Beef and/or Fried Chicken for a main.

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