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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.



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.



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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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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Guanaquita Restaurant

My friend and I attempted to go to this restaurant for dinner on a Tuesday in early May however the restaurant was closed for dance lessons causing us to go to Nara Sushi for dinner instead. I was able to go yesterday to the restaurant and treat myself to Salvadorean cuisine. The restaurant is on the second floor of the building so you have to walk up a flight of stairs to get there. It has outdoor seating on the balcony patio and indoor seating (several booths and many tables). I chose to dine al-fresco.


Dining on the patio

Dining on the patio

I ordered the Guanaquita Platter (1 pupusa, 1 pastelitos, 1 enchilada and 1 tamales) ($9.95) and horchata (rice milk drink) ($2.25). Unfortunately I went at the wrong time and they didn’t have tamales so I replaced the tamales with another pupusa so my Guanaquita Platter consisted of 1 pork and cheese pupusa, 1 bean and cheese pupusa, 1 pastelitos (Salvadorean patty), 1 chicken enchilada, spicy salsa and coleslaw. I preferred the pork and cheese pupusa over the bean and cheese pupusa. You could barely taste the bean in the pupusa since it’s basically mashed up and the cheese overwhelms the taste of the beans whereas with the pork and cheese pupusa, you can easily taste both the pork and the cheese. I really liked the pastelitos. It has a vegetable filling and it has a crispy taste to it. It reminded me of a Jamaican beef patty but instead of a beef filling it’s a vegetable filling. The chicken enchilada was nice. It’s a bit messy to eat but it was tasty. The spicy salsa was only spicy for the first 3 minutes, afterwards it wasn’t spicy. Guanaquita Restaurant also provides salsa hot sauce and it’s definitely hot! The coleslaw was a nice touch to the meal.

Guanaquita Platter Left: enchilada Center: salsa, pestilitos, coleslaw Right: pupusas

Guanaquita Platter
Left: enchilada
Center: salsa, pastelitos, coleslaw
Right: pupusas

I recommend ordering the horchata. It’s milk with a sweet cinnamony, black sesame taste to it. It’s a cold drink since it has ice in it. It’s very delicious and worth the price.



I also ordered a plantain patty filled with milk ($2). It was alright. The milk wasn’t as smooth as I would like it.

empanadas de plantano  rellenas de leche

empanadas de plantano
rellenas de leche

Overall, if you want to eat South American cuisine, in particular Salvadorean cuisine in Kitchener-Waterloo, for less than $20 per person then this is a good restaurant to go to.

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Ethiopian House

My friend from Singapore and I wanted to try a different cuisine that wasn’t Asian or Western. This restaurant was recommended to me by my friend’s friend. It’s a charming restaurant and the servers were very friendly and welcoming. We had the Ethiopian coffee (~$20), Bayaaynatu ($14.95) and Vegetarian Bayaaynatu ($13.95).

Vegetarian Bayaaynatu comprises of Misir Wot, Sherro Wot, Tikil Goman, Goman Wot, Yekik Alicha, Kik Wot,  Misir Alicha, and Atakelt Wot. Misir Wot is lentil stew in berbere sauce. Berbere is a  dry pepper powder. Sherro Wot is highly-seasoned chick peas in berbere sauce. Tikil Goman is cabbage, carrots, and potatoes that is cooked in turmeric sauce. Goman Wot is kale or collard greens in mild sauce. Yekik Alicha is yellow split peas in mild turmeric sauce. Kik Wot is split peas stew in berbere sauce. Misir Alicha is split lentil stew in thick mild sauce with seasoning. Atakelt Wot is string beans, carrots, and potatoes that is cooked in tomato sauce.

Bayaaynatu comprises of Tibs, Kitfo Special, Goman and aib. Tibs is pan fried beef sauteed with onions, garlic, green peppers, tomatoes and awaze with injera. Awaze is a paste made from small hot red peppers, cardamon, and cloves or afrinji made from red pepper. Injera is a type of flatbread. Kitfo Special is steak tarter sautéed with warm keebe and a dash of hot pepper sauce. Keebe is Ethiopian butter which is clarified. During the process, chopped ginger, garlic and onions are added along with other spices, including fenugreek, white cumin, basil, cardamon, oregano and turmeric. Goman is collard greens. Aib is cottage cheese.

Vegetarian B

Vegetarian Bayaaynatu and Bayaaynatu

Our server combined Vegetarian Bayaaynatu and Bayaaynatu onto one large serving platter with injera just on top of the platter, as you can see with the above picture. We also had a side dish of injera. Injera is like roti/chapatti, dosa, paratha, and/or naan in that they are all flatbreads however injera is more sponge-like and is much softer and not as course as Indian flatbread. It is also not as crunchy as Indian flatbread. The way you eat Ethiopean food is similar to the way you would eat Indian food. There are no utensils so you would first wash and/or sanitize your hands. You would rip a piece of injera into a small piece and use that to pick up the sauce/food and you would eat it. My friend and I both enjoyed the Vegetarian Bayaaynatu and Bayaaynatu. My friend found it quite similar to Indian food. It’s definitely not as spicy as Indian food. I found it to be a mixture of Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine with its own unique flair and taste.



Ethiopean coffee was an interesting experience. It’s made in front of you and it smells quite nice. We only had one cup of Ethiopian coffee each. It comes with a large bowl of unbuttered popcorn. I would have like to have more than a small cup of coffee however it is quite strong.

Ethiopian coffee

Ethiopian coffee

Ethiopian coffee

Ethiopian coffee

Overall, if you haven’t had Ethiopian cuisine before, this restaurant is a good introduction.

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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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Where to eat in Toronto/GTA

Here’s a list of restaurants I love going to in Toronto (Downtown Toronto, North York, Scarborough, Markham/Richmond Hill).

Chinese Restaurants

-Asian Legend

-Congee Wong

-Congee Queen

-Congee Time

-Phoenix Restaurant

-Diamond Banquet Hall

-Sun Star Chinese Cuisine

-Da Ya Li

-Federick Restaurant

-Sam BBQ Restaurant

-Made in China

-Keung’s Delight

-Kenny’s Delight



Korean Restaurants

-Oh Geul Boh Geul

-Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu

-Owl of Minerva

-Korean Grill House

-Hodo Kwaja

-Tofu Village

-Jeon Ju Hyang Korean BBQ Restaurant


-Lim Ga Ne

-Huh Ga Ne


Japanese Restaurants

-Ten-Ichi Japanese Cuisine

-Sapporo Sushi

-Gal’s Sushi


-Kenzo Ramen

-Don Don Izakaya

-Sushi Legend (all you can eat restaurant at Finch-Leslie Plaza)

-Spring Sushi (a la carte and all you can eat restaurant at Yonge-Dundas Square)

-Tatami Sushi (all you can eat restaurant at Eglington Town Center)


Thai Viet Restaurants

-Pho 88

-Linda Modern Thai

-Khao San Road Restaurant

-Thai Fusion

-Spring Roll

-Golden Elephant

-Bahn Mi Boyz

-Salad King


Malaysian, Indonesian, Singaporean

-Restoran Malaysia

-Gourmet Malaysia

-Lion City Restaurant






Middle Eastern 

-Armenian Kitchen


-Jerusalem Restaurant (all you can eat and take-out restaurant)


-Arkadia House



-Ethiopian House

-Nazareth Restaurant


Dessert Places

-Caffe Demetre

-Pixel 8

-Summer’s Ice Cream

-Cafe Bene



High Tea

-Ruelo Patisserie

Windsor Arms




-The Grilled Cheese

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Where to Eat in Kitchener-Waterloo

Tired of always eating at the same restaurants? Unsure of where to go to eat out? Here’s a list of decent restaurants in Kitchener-Waterloo, organized by cuisine type.

Korean Restaurants

-Owl of Minerva (Uptown Waterloo)

-Seoul Soul (University Plaza)


Japanese Restaurants

All you can eat:

-Spring Roll (near Conestoga Mall)

-Sushi 99 (near Conestoga Mall)

-O’Yummy’s (Erb St. and Ira Needles Blvd)

-Sushi Star (Kitchener)

-Nara Sushi (Kitchener)

 A la carte:

-Yummyaki (near Conestoga Mall)

-Tomu Sushi (Erb St. and Amos)

-Watami (Uptown Waterloo)


 Chinese Restaurant

 –Cameron Chinese Restaurant (Kitchener)

Thai and Vietnamese

-Ben Thanh (near Conestoga Mall)

-Pho Dau Bo (Kitchener)

-Deli Bahn Mi Gavril (downtown Kitchener)



Indian Food

-Aunty’s Cafe (University Plaza)

-Kismet (University Plaza)

-Masala Bay (Uptown Waterloo)

Western Food

-The Works (Uptown Waterloo)

-Smokes Poutinerie (King/University intersection)

-Bread Heads (downtown Kitchener)

-Cheesus Murphy (Uptown Waterloo and downtown Kitchener)

-Hog’s Tail BBQ (Laurelwood)

-Ennio’s (King/Columbia intersection)

-Martini’s (Kitchener)

-Seven Shores (Uptown Waterloo)


Mexican and South American Food

-Burrito Boyz (King/University intersection)

-Holy Guacamole (downtown Kitchener)

-Guanaquita Restaurant (downtown Kitchener)

-Taco Farm (Uptown Waterloo)


Shawarma and Pitas

-Pita Factory (University Plaza)

-Al Medina’s (University Plaza)

-Mozy Shawarma (King/University intersection)


Vegan Restaurants

-Jane Bond (Uptown Waterloo)

-Raintree Cafe (King/University intersection)

-Lotus Tea House (near Uptown Waterloo)

-Duke Street Muse (downtown Kitchener)


Brunch Restaurants

-Cora’s (Uptown Waterloo)

-Village Creperie (Kitchener)

-Mel’s Diner (University Plaza)


Wings Night Specials

Sunday: Fox and Fiddle

Monday: Morty’s, FrontRow

Tuesday: Molly’s

Wednesday: Fox and Fiddle

Thursday: Morty’s

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