Posts Tagged With: Chicken

Panoramic 360 Restaurante

We had dinner at Panoramic 360 Restaurante in Granada. This is a unique restaurant in that it offers a 360 degree panoramic view of Granada. You can see Alhambra Palace in the distance on one side and the snowy mountain range on another side.

A view in the restaurant

A view in the restaurant

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The appetizer we had is called pipirrana. It has octopus, onions and red and green peppers. It is a refreshing and delicious dish. It kind of taste like there’s BBQ pork in it at times.

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The main we had is called pechusa de pollo cau pure de patatas. It’s mashed potatoes with chicken. The chicken is well-grilled with crispy-like edges. Our table asked for and received tobasco sauce and black pepper. The tobasco sauce and black pepper helps disguise the saltiness of the dish.

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For dessert we had flan de gueso. It’s cream cheese with orange marmalade. The orange marmalade is hidden in the bottom so it’s best to mix it all up before eating it. It’s quite delicious.

Overall, if you’re in Granada, this is a nice place to have a meal.

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Salad King

My university friends and I went to Salad King this past Thursday for dinner. We hadn’t seen each other in a while and it’s the holiday season. The decor is quite modern with some Thai art accents. It’s also much more brightly lit compared to Linda Modern Thai, their sister restaurant at Shops at Don Mills in North York. Their service is fairly prompt and nice. My friends got the Golden Curry with Chicken on Rice ($8.75) while I had the Panang Curry with Beef on Rice ($8.75) and Thai Iced Tea ($2.75).

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The Golden Curry with Chicken has bell pepper, broccoli, carrot, chicken, mushroom, onion and bay leaf in Thai yellow curry with coconut milk, palm sugar, tamarind and Thai herbs. It’s served with steam rice on the side in a pyramid shape. My friends had the curry with 1 chili so it was mildly spicy. Both of my friends didn’t find it very spicy; They thought it was faintly spicy however they still enjoyed it immensely.

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The Panang Curry with Beef has Sweet Asian basil, beef, bell pepper, lime leaf and peanuts in Panang curry with coconut milk. It’s served with steam rice on the side in a pyramid shape. I had the curry with 5 chilies and while it was spicy, it wasn’t as spicy as I expected it to be and it wasn’t as spicy as I would have liked it to be. Overall, it was still quite delicious.

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The Thai Iced Tea is quite authentic. It tasted like the Thai Iced Tea I had at the MBK Centre food court in Bangkok. Thai Iced Tea is black tea with condensed milk and spices served over ice.

Overall, I recommend this restaurant if you’re around Eaton Center and looking for a delicious cheap place to eat or if you’re in the area and craving Thai food that’s cheap and delicious.

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Rotisserie Romados

I decided to have dinner at Rotisserie Romados because they’re famous for their rotisserie chicken. When I got there, I was slightly surprised since I was expecting it to be like a restaurant rather than a fast food place. There are afew tables for people to eat there however it’s more of a order your food and eat it elsewhere type of restaurant. So first you would line up to place your order then they would make your order and you’d get it and line up again at the cash register to pay for your meal. There was a fairly long line up when I arrived. I got the 1/4 chicken thigh with fries and salad ($7.75 including tax). The other options include the whole chicken, 1/2 chicken, 1/4 chicken breast with salad and fries and poutine. Their food is served in Styrofoam containers no matter if you’re dining there or not.

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The 1/4 chicken thigh with salad and fries is alot of food. I only ate the thigh and salad there and I saved the fries for tomorrow’s lunch. The chicken thigh was tender and juicy. It was seasoned with peppercorn and I got the spicy sauce. The chicken thigh also has skin on it which can be slightly fatty. The salad at Rotisserie Romados is not as good as the salad at Depanneur Le Pick Up. The salad at Rotisserie Romados is raw onion, lettuce and 1 tomato slice. The fries were surprisingly good still the next day, they were kind of spicy which was nice. Overall, I would recommend this place if you’re in the area and have a craving for chicken.

 

 

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Federick Restaurant

This past Wednesday, my colleagues and I went out for lunch. We went to Federick Restaurant which is less than a 15 minute drive from our workplace. My fellow colleague had recommended it to me. It’s a fairly small restaurant with a mixture of booth and regular tables. The decor is mostly a dark wooden finish but with ample lighting.

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We had Pakora Chicken ($8.25), Chili Chicken ($8.25) and Mixed Hakka Chow Mien ($5.5). All three of these dishes are recommended on the restaurant’s website. My colleague informed me that many online reviews recommended the pakora chicken and the chili chicken. The Mixed Hakka Chow Mien came with Chinese tea (it was a choice of pop or Chinese tea) since we ordered it from the lunch menu. We ordered the chili chicken and pakora chicken from the regular/dinner menu. They also had chili chicken on the lunch menu but our waiter said that it’s a smaller portion and it comes with rice compared to the version on the regular/dinner menu.

Pakora Chicken

Pakora Chicken

Pakora Chicken is deep fried chicken with a lemon wedge. You squeeze the lemon wedge all over the pakora chicken. It gives it an additional dimension to the taste. It’s fine to eat it without the lemon juice. It’s slightly spicy so if you don’t like spicy food, I don’t recommend this dish for you. I liked this dish, it reminded me of KFC and Popeye’s deep fried chicken however it’s better-tasting.

Chili Chicken

Chili Chicken

Chili Chicken is onions and chicken covered in (and most likely marinated in) chili. It’s quite spicy so if you don’t like spicy food, I don’t recommend this dish for you either. The chili chicken reminded me of Sichuan cuisine.

Mixed Hakka Chow Mien

Mixed Hakka Chow Mien

Mixed Hakka Chow Mien has shrimp, chicken, onions, carrots, beansprouts, green onions and thin, flat yellow noodles. When we first ordered this dish, I told the waiter to make it beef rather than chicken however when it came it was chicken so we had a lot of chicken for lunch that day. My colleague found the noodles interesting since she never had that type of noodles before. Both of my colleagues and I enjoyed the dish.

Overall, I found the chili chicken to be slightly spicier than the pakora chicken although the spiciness of the pakora chicken lasted longer (to me anyways) than the spiciness of the chili chicken. The spiciness of the chili chicken reminds me of Sichuan cuisine. I found all three dishes to be very delicious. My colleague found all three dishes to be equally tasty, she didn’t have a dish where she wouldn’t recommend or order again the next time she goes to Federick. She liked how the pakora chicken was made, even though it was deep fried, the sauce used is different from the regular deep fried chicken found elsewhere like at KFC or Popeye’s. My other colleague liked all three dishes. I recommend all three of these dishes if you are at Federick for a meal.

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Restoran Malaysia

Say, for example, you want to travel and you love food; but you don’t have the money. The next best thing to travelling is finding the authentic restaurants for whatever country you want to visit but can’t. Restoran Malaysia in Richmond Hill serves fantastic Malaysian, Singaporean and Indonesian food. They have a fairly wide selection and they serve halal food. The word Restoran is the Malay word for Restaurant.

 My friends and I went to Restoran Malaysia during Reading week for lunch. Restoran Malaysia’s food is pretty good, all things considered. My friends and I had the teh tarik ($4), Indonesian nasi goreng ($8), fried kway teow ($7.50), Penang rojak ($10) and bobochacha ($5).  

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow at Restoran Malaysia

Fried Kway Teow at Restoran Malaysia

The fried kway teow (or char kuay teow) dish comprises of flat rice noodles, soy sauce, egg, shrimp, bean sprout, chives, and orange garnish. I was slightly disappointed with the fried kway teow (the dish didn’t have the different kinds of noodles or chinese sausage or fish cakes and the colour was too light-the soy sauce should be darker) since I was comparing its authenticity to the fried kway teow in Singapore (against the best of the best in Singapore). On the whole though, the fried kway teow was good.  

Rojak in Singapore

Rojak in Singapore

Rojak at Restoran Malaysia

Rojak at Restoran Malaysia

The Penang rojak comprises of fruits, vegetables, and tofu covered in a shrimp paste dressing with crushed toasted peanuts. The rojak was great. I preferred if it was slightly spicier but on the whole, it tasted pretty authentic to me. Of course, I only had Singaporean rojak which may be slightly different than Penang rojak since it also has fried dough stick in it. If you have any kind of nut allergy, I don’t recommend this dish for you.

Nasi Goreng at Restoran Malaysia

Nasi Goreng at Restoran Malaysia

The nasi goreng comprises of fried egg, chicken, shrimp, vegetables, fried rice, shrimp chips and orange garnish. The Indonesian nasi goreng was good although it’s not as spicy as the ones I had in Indonesia.

Bobochacha at Restoran Malaysia

Bobochacha at Restoran Malaysia

The bobochacha comprises of sweet potato, taro, cassava, sago, coconut milk, palm sugar and pandan. The bobochacha was better than the ones I had in Singapore.

Teh Tarik at Restoran Malaysia

Teh Tarik at Restoran Malaysia

Teh tarik literally translates to pulled tea. During the tea preparation, you would transfer the tea between two cups quickly and thus, a “pulling” effect occurs. This pulling effect helps make the tea smooth and quickly cools it. Teh Tarik comprises of black tea, condensed milk and evaporated milk. The teh tarik is definitely very authentic and a must-have!

I went there again with my friend and her family in April. This time we had satay (mutton ($15), beef ($14), and chicken($12)), fried kway teow ($10), gado-gado ($7), chicken murtabak ($6.50), roti canai/prata with beef curry ($9) and with chicken curry($8.50), mango salad ($8), Singapore laksa($10), teh tarik ($4), teh halia ($5), kek lapis ($5) and bobochacha ($5).

Chicken Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Chicken Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Beef Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Beef Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Mutton Satay at Restoran Malaysia

Mutton Satay at Restoran Malaysia

The satay was good. It’s exactly like the satay served in Singapore, with the peanut sauce and the side of cucumbers. I don’t have a preference between mutton, beef or chicken although I did find the beef to be quite chewy. Satay itself is basically BBQ meat on a stick.

Gado Gado at Restoran Malaysia

Gado Gado at Restoran Malaysia

The gado-gado was slightly spicy but quite delicious. The gado-gado is composed of bean sprouts, cucumber, hard boiled egg, fried tofu, jicama, peanut dressing and shrimp chips. The shrimp chips is slightly different from the shrimp chips that you would find in the dish in South East Asia.

Mango Salad at Restoran Malaysia

Mango Salad at Restoran Malaysia

The mango salad was ok. The mango salad has green mango, shallot, sweet pepper, chopped sundried shrimp, toasted peanut and Thai vinaigrette.

At Restoran Malaysia Top: Prata with Chicken Curry Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

At Restoran Malaysia
Top: Prata with Chicken Curry
Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

At Restoran Malaysia Top: Prata with Beef Curry Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

At Restoran Malaysia
Top: Prata with Beef Curry
Bottom: Chicken Murtabak

The chicken murtabak is a stuffed roti and it’s stuffed with chopped chicken, spices, onion and eggs. The chicken murtabak was good. It’s not as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore since the ones served in Singapore  come with a large bowl of curry so you can dip the murtabak in it then eat it. The one served at Restoran Malaysia doesn’t  come with curry or any kind of sauce. Luckily, we were able to dip the murtabak in the curry sauce for the roti so it became fairly authentic to me.

The prata with beef curry and the prata with chicken curry were both good. It was as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. There were pieces of meat in the curry sauce and the roti was crispy.

Laksa in Singapore Left: Singapore Laksa Right: Assam Laksa

Laksa in Singapore
Left: Singapore Laksa
Right: Assam Laksa

Singapore Laksa at Restoran Malaysia

Singapore Laksa at Restoran Malaysia

Singapore laksa is comprised of Miki noodles, chicken. tofu, fish cake and beansprouts in a shrimp based laksa broth. It was enjoyable although it wasn’t as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. There were more toppings in Singapore and it’s spicier in Singapore.

At Restoran Malaysia Left: Teh Halia Right: Teh Tarik

At Restoran Malaysia
Left: Teh Tarik
Right: Teh Halia

Teh halia means ginger tea in Malay. I had the ginger milk tea. It was just as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. It had a strong ginger taste and smell. I really enjoyed it. My friend had the teh tarik and she loved it.

At Restoran Malaysia Side: Kek Lapis Center: Bobochacha

At Restoran Malaysia
Side: Kek Lapis
Center: Bobochacha

Kek lapis is spice layered cake. It originates from Indonesia and was brought to Malaysia where it’s served on special occasions. Kek lapis comes in many different colours and patterns. It’s made with butter, flour, eggs, spices, baking powder, caster sugar, vanilla essence and condensed milk. The one at Restoran Malaysia is authentic if on the plain side.

Overall, I felt that the quality of the food for both of my visits were delectable and the service was good. I would definitely go back there again =)

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Don Don Izakaya

It was the first time my friend and I went to Don Don Izakaya two weeks ago at the end of July. Another friend was telling us about eating at an Izakaya restaurant so we decided to try this one since Guu Izakaya and Guu Sakabar were too far from where we were wandering around in Downtown Toronto. Matsuri (the first Japanese cultural festival in Toronto) was also occuring at Yonge Dundas Square on that day. We went there first and we weren’t completely wow’ed by it. It was fun to see people cosplaying though. At Don Don Izakaya, my friend and I sat at the bar because there were no tables available. The decor is quite rustic in a Japanese style. Most of the furniture looks like it’s made from wood.

Crispy Fried Shrimp

Crispy Fried Shrimp

Between the two of us we ordered a total of 5 dishes. My friend had the Crispy Fried Shimp ($6) and Beef Bowl ($6.20). He liked both of them. I ordered the Black Seafood Rice ($7.8). We split the Hoppeta Yaki ($8.50) and the Grilled Quail ($9). I was pleasantly full from the three dishes.

Hoppeta Yaki

Hoppeta Yaki

Hoppeta Yaki is potatoes and chicken in otafuku sauce. The bonito flakes (it’s hiding the potatoes and chicken) actually moved even though there was no wind or breeze where we were sitting, it’s quite cool to see your food move by itself. All things considered, it’s quite tasty.

Black Seafood Rice

Black Seafood Rice

The Black Seafood Rice is seaweed, seafood, rice and ketchup. It was enjoyable although there wasn’t alot of seafood in it.

Beef Bowl

Beef Bowl

The Beef Bowl is beef, sesame, onion and rice. My friend liked it because it reminded him of the beef bowls that he would eat in Hong Kong from the fast food chain Yoshinoya.

Grilled Quail

Grilled Quail

The Grilled Quail is 4 pieces of qauil that’s wasabi flavoured. I didn’t taste the wasabi flavour at all. The quail was delicious though.

If you’re at Don Don Izakaya, I recommend the Hoppeta Yaki. The Black Seafood Rice and Grilled Quail are also good if you want to eat seafood rice or quail. I wasn’t amazed with this restaurant however it does have fairly tasty food even though it’s slightly pricey for the portion sizes.

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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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Thai Fusion

My family friends and I went to Thai Fusion for dinner back in January. My family friends usually order take out from the restaurant however this time around we were eating at the restaurant. It’s an affordable Thai restaurant in East York, close to Danforth Ave. We ordered five different appetizers and dishes. We had the sticky rice with peanut sauce ($3.95), crispy fusion ($10.95), shrimp pad thai ($9.95), spicy thai eggplant ($7.95) and tamarine beef curry ($9.95).

Sticky Rice with Peanut Sauce

Sticky Rice with Peanut Sauce

The sticky rice with peanut sauce is exactly that, a bowl of peanut sauce (I wouldn’t recommend this dish to anybody with a nut allergy) and sticky rice rolled up into these cute little balls. The sticky rice wasn’t as sticky as I thought it would be. I thought the sticky rice would be similar to the glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves that’s prevalent during the Chinese Dragonboat Festival or at dim sum restaurants.

Crispy Fusion

Crispy Fusion

Crispy Fusion includes 2 chicken satay, 2 fresh rolls, 3 Thai baskets, 2 deep fried tofu and mango salad. Fresh rolls are a kind of rice pastry that’s filled with shredded chicken, cucumber, carrot, basil and mint leaves and it’s served with sweet and sour sauce. I liked the mango salad, fresh rolls and Thai baskets.

Shrimp Pad Thai

Shrimp Pad Thai

Shrimp pad thai consists of shrimp, eggs, tofu, bean sprouts, tamarind sauce and fried rice noodles. The peanuts are served on the side along with a wedge of orange and lime. The pad thai is delicious but not as good as the one I had in Bangkok, Thailand.

Spicy Thai Eggplant

Spicy Thai Eggplant

Spicy Thai Eggplant consists of stir-fried eggplant, onion, chili, red and green peppers and basil leaves. I really liked it. I prefer ordering eggplant when I eat out since I don’t know how to properly cook it or select the best eggplant when grocery shopping.

Tamarine Beef Curry

Tamarine Beef Curry

Tamarine beef curry comprises of beef in a spicy coconut milk curry sauce with tamarine juice, potatoes, roasted peanuts, onions and tomatoes. It was my favourite dish out of the five dishes we tried. It goes very well with the shrimp pad thai.

The next time I come here, I want to try their banana and jackfruit fritter. Overall, if you’re in East York and you have a craving for Thai food, this is a delicious and affordable place to go to.

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Safa Kebob

Afew weeks ago, I went to Safa Kebob with a friend since it’s been a while since my last visit there. Originally, Safa Kebob was part of my list of decent restaurants to eat in KW however I was sorely disappointed on my last visit. On my first visit I had the Chicken Gahlfiarazi with rice, salad, bottled water and naan. This time around, I got the Goosht Biryani with salad and naan while my friend got the Beef Tikka and Beef Shami Kabob. The service we received the first time we went there in 2012 was friendly and welcoming. The service we received when we went back there in early May wasn’t quite as welcoming and bordering on unfriendly.

Our dinner

Our dinner

The Goosht Biryani was ok, it wasn’t as spicy as I thought it would be and there wasn’t much ingredients in it, just lots and lots of rice with minimal meat and some sauce. There wasn’t much flavour to it and Indian cuisine is known for its spices and flavour. I actually prefer the Chicken Gahlfiarazi since it was very spicy and had a balanced portion of rice and meat. The salad was nothing special.

Goosht Biryani with salad

Goosht Biryani with salad

My friend thought the Beef Tikka and Beef Shami Kabob were ok.

Beef Tikka and Beef Shami Kabob

Beef Tikka and Beef Shami Kabob

Overall, we both prefered the quality of the food the first time we went in 2012 and the service was much better and friendlier in 2012. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for Indian food in Kitchener.

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