Posts Tagged With: BBQ

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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Bahn Mi Boys

My friend and I went to Bahn Mi Boys for dinner this past Monday. A university friend recommended this place to me. I’ve been here before with a high school friend who got the Five Spice Pork Belly Bahn Mi. The five spice pork belly bahn mi has braised pork belly, carrots, cilantro, pickled radish and house mayo. She liked it alot but she couldn’t finish it.

Five Spice Pork Belly Bahn Mi

Five Spice Pork Belly Bahn Mi

My friend had the Grilled Chicken Bahn Mi ($5.49). The grilled chicken bahn mi has grilled chicken with garlic soy, Asian BBQ sauce, carrots and cucumber. She liked it.

Grilled Chicken Bahn Mi

Grilled Chicken Bahn Mi

I had the Duck Confit Bahn Mi ($7.49). The duck confit bahn mi has braised duck leg with onion chutney, carrots, cilantro, cucumbers, and house mayo. It was delicious. I liked how the flavours combined together and that there was this non-spicy kick to it that reminded me of lemongrass and fish sauce. The duck was quite tender.

Duck Confit Bahn Mi

Duck Confit Bahn Mi

I also ordered the kimchi fries ($5.99) for takeaway for Tuesday’s lunch. Kimchi fries are fries with kimchi, mayo, green onions and pulled pork on top. It was slightly too salty for me and there wasn’t enough kimchi on it but other than that it was very tasty.

Kimchi Fries

Kimchi Fries

If you’re in Downtown Toronto and you’re craving Vietnamese food, then this is the perfect place to go to.

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Hog’s Tail BBQ

I usually get take-out from Hog’s Tail and it’s usually purely meat in a take-out container. I usually get their 1lb of pulled pork ($10) although I’ve had their 1lb of beef brisket ($11) and their ribs ($12/20) before. I’ve also tried their Catfish Louisiana Po’Boy ($11). They were all tasty. However, my friend and I decided to dine in in April after our history of always getting take-out.

our dinner

our dinner

We split an appetizer called Chicken and Andouille Gumbo ($7). It is a stew comprised of chicken, Andouille sausage, peppers, onions, celery, okra and rice and it comes with a square of cornbread. It’s quite tasty.

Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

We both got the 2 meat and 2 sides sampler platter which also comes with a slice of cornbread ($17). My friend had pulled pork, beef brisket, coleslaw and braised collard greens. My friend didn’t like their beef brisket for that particular meal since it wasn’t as soft and tender as the ones he had before. However he liked the pulled pork, coleslaw and collard greens.

braised collard greens, pulled pork, beef brisket, cornbread and coleslaw

braised collard greens, pulled pork, beef brisket, cornbread and coleslaw

I decided to try their pig tails, jalapeno hush puppies and Carolina stone ground grits. I also had their ribs. I liked their jalapeno hush puppies and their ribs. I discovered that I’m not a fan of pig tails and grits. I wasn’t able to finish my meal so I had leftovers for brunch and dinner for the next day.

cornbread, stone ground grits, pigtails, ribs and jalapeno hush puppies

cornbread, stone ground grits, pigtails, ribs and jalapeno hush puppies

Overall, if you want Southern style BBQ in Waterloo, this is the place to go.

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