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Winterlicious: Five Doors North

My high school friends and I decided to eat dinner here. Neither of my high school friends had tried any winterlicious/summerlicious restaurants before so I recommended Five Doors North to them to ensure a good first impression. Service is as impeccable as always. Winterlicious dinner is $25 + tax & tip and you could order rosemary focaccia bread for an extra $1.
Rosemary Focaccia Bread
Crispy Pork Belly
All three of us had the crispy pork belly. It comes with butternut squash mash and a caramelized apples and sweet onion reduction. The portion was smaller compared to last year’s crispy pork belly however it was just as scrumptious. The skin was crispy with a decent layer of fat and melt in your mouth meat.
Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon
For the main, both of my friends had the pumpkin seed crusted salmon while I got the grilled chimichurri skirt steak. The pumpkin seed crusted salmon comes with mango and smoked red pepper salad. My friends enjoyed it. One of them like that the mango was sweet and balanced the salmon well.
Grilled Chimichurri Skirt Steak
My grilled Ontario chimichurri skirt steak comes with crispy tortilla strips, avocado mousse and black bean sauce along with a tomato and lettuce salad. The skirt steak was slightly tough but done just right at medium rare and the black bean sauce was a good accompaniment to both the salad, crispy tortilla strips and the steak. The tomato and lettuce salad was also tasty on its own.
Flourless Chocolate Cake
My friends and I decided to split the dessert so we had the flourless chocolate cake, vanilla creme brulee and banana chocolate chip bread pudding. The flourless chocolate cake is made with dark chocolate and topped with blackberries with a blackberry coulis sauce. It was very delicious.
Vanilla Creme Brulee
The vanilla creme brulee was as scrumptious as always.
Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
The banana chocolate chip bread pudding comes with bourbon creme anglaise and the pairing is delectable.

Overall, I recommend you try this restaurant if you’re ever in the Yonge/Eglington/Davisville area whether for Winterlicious/Summerlicious or even on a regular night.

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Summerlicious: Shibui Robata Bar

Last night my friends and I ate dinner at Shibui Robata Bar. Shibui Robata Bar is owned by the same owners as Copacabana and they share the same hostess station. Shibui is located on the ground/basement floor while Copacabana is located on the upper floor. The lighting at Shibui is romantic while the decor reminds me of the ocean and being at a trendy beach-side bar. The washrooms have an interesting mural of beach pictures. The overall theme of the place is ocean. We sat at a booth table in the back corner. If you’re able to get a seat by the bar, you would be able to watch the chefs cook. The service was friendly and attentive. Summerlicious dinner is $25+tax & tip. Being a party of 7, tip was already added onto our bill so we paid $34.06. A word of warning, each bottle of water is $1. On the Summerlicious website, the summerlicious menu says that there is prime rib eye, asparagus and Eel Oshi Zushi roll however at the restaurant, the menu doesn’t state prime rib eye or eel oshi zushi roll (you can’t get it when ordering from a Summerlicious menu) and they ran out of asparagus at 7:30pm.

Kinoki Salad

Kinoko Salad

Left: pork belly Right: corn

Left: pork belly robata
Right: corn robata

A friend had the Kinoko Salad for the appetizer, Shibui Salmon Maki, pork belly and corn for the mains and mango gelato for dessert. The Konoko Salad is Soba noodles, enoki mushroom, ponzu dressing, daikon, carrots and cucumber. Shibui Salmon Maki is a sushi roll comprised of spicy salmon and tempura flakes with salmon on top. It’s quite good from the piece that I had. The pork belly is marinated with shichimi pepper. I thought it was quite delicious from the piece I had while my friend wasn’t satisfied with the meat to fat ratio. She didn’t think it was as good as I did since there was more meat than fat. The corn is marinated with yuzu butter sauce and it was quite good from the piece I had.

Sashimi

Sashimi

Left: sweet potato robata Right: lamb chop robata

Left: sweet potato robata
Right: lamb chop robata

Another friend had the Chilean Sea Bass Dumplings for the appetizer, sashimi, lamb chop and sweet potato for the entrees and Passion Fruit Mousse for dessert. He thought the dumplings had a really fishy smell to it. The sashimi is a trio of salmon, tuna and snapper sashimi. My friend liked how fresh the sashimi is. The lamb chop is marinated with a spicy Korean miso glaze while the sweet potato is marinated with red miso sauce.

Crispy Salmon

Crispy Salmon

Mango Gelato

Mango Gelato

A third friend had the Crispy Rice with Salmon for the appetizer, Pirikara Ebi Maki, filet mignon and sweet potato for the mains and mango gelato for dessert. The crispy rice with salmon is pan-seared sushi rice topped with salmon and garnished with a slice of green pepper. My friend thought it was delicious. The Pirikara Ebi Maki is a sushi roll comprised of avacado, cucumber, chili mayo sauce and crispy fried shrimp on top. The filet mignon is marinated with Shichimi soy sauce.

Left: Cremini Mushroom Robata Right: Pork Belly Robata

Left: Cremini Mushroom Robata
Right: Pork Belly Robata

Passion Fruit Mousse

Passion Fruit Mousse

A fourth friend had the Kinoko Salad  for the appetizer, Shibui Salmon Maki, pork belly and cremini mushrooms for the entrees and Passion Fruit Mousse for dessert. The mushrooms are marinated with teriyaki sauce.

Sushi N

Sushi Nigiri

Left: Cremini Mushrooms robata Right: Filet Mignon robata

Left: Cremini Mushrooms robata
Right: Filet Mignon robata

A fifth friend had the Kinoko Salad for the appetizer, Sushi Nigiri, filet mignon and mushrooms for the entrees and Passion Fruit Mousse for dessert. My friend thought the soba was very soft and smooth and the ponzu dressing was zesty for the Konoko Salad. Sushi Nigiri is a trio of salmon, tuna and snapper sushi.

Chilean Sea Bass Dumplings

Chilean Sea Bass Dumplings

Left: sweet potato robata Right: scallop robata

Left: sweet potato robata
Right: scallop robata

A sixth friend had the Chilean Sea Bass Dumplings  for the appetizer, Shibui Salmon Maki, scallop and sweet potato for the mains and Passion Fruit Mousse for dessert.

top: Ebi bottom: Salmon Maki

top: Pirikara Ebi Maki
bottom: Shibui Salmon Maki

Left: Filet Mignon robata Right: Sweet Potato robata

Left: Filet Mignon robata
Right: Sweet Potato robata

 

I had the Chilean Sea Bass Dumplings  for the appetizer, Pirikara Ebi Maki, filet mignon and sweet potato for the mains and Passion Fruit Mousse for dessert. The rabota dishes all came with a daikon/radish in a fancy shape and cucumber topped with carrots. It was quite tasty.

Although the a la carte prices are on the pricey side. I may come back again to try other things on the menu.

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Nome Izakaya

My friends and I went to eat dinner at Nome Izakaya on a Thursday night. Nome Izakaya is quite small although they have a fairly large waiting area. We were able to get a table by the oyster bar between the two flat screen tvs. Thursdays are their $5 cocktail specials and 1/2 price sangrias. I got The Geisha ($5) while another friend got the Mango Mojito. We ordered the Double Salmon Roll ($14), deep fried pork belly ($6.50), Mack-Attack ($9.80), Apple Salmon ($7.50), Maguro & Avacado Tartare ($9.70), baked oysters ($9.30), takoyaki ($5.50), Japanese chicken poppers ($6.30), buttered scallop & shrimp ($8.80), Lobster Fantasy Roll ($18), Unagi Tempura ($12) and Sesame Salmon ($7.50). We also had green tea which costs $1.52.

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The Geisha regularly priced is $7 and is made of a plum wine mimosa with grapefruit pulp and flower petals. I wasn’t able to taste the flower petals however on the whole the drink is quite good. It wasn’t sweet at all and the sourness of the grapefruit is balanced out by the sweetness of the plum wine.

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The deep fried pork belly is deep fried marinated pork belly with seaweed paste and topped with onions. One of my friends and I enjoyed it.

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The Double Salmon roll is marinated grilled salmon, cucumber, lemon steamed asparagus and avacado in a roll that is topped with smoked salmon and horseradish mayo. My friends and I enjoyed it.

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The Mack-Attack or Aburi Shime Saba is lightly seared mackerel with ground ginger, green onions and a lemon wedge. I thought it was quite delicious. My friend said that the mackerel by itself is salty however I always garnished it with ginger, green onions and freshly squeezed lemon juice which perfectly compliments the mackerel.

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The Apple Salmon is salmon sashimi topped with apple mayo dressing. It was interesting. My friend said that she could taste the apple while I thought that the apple was more in the smell than the taste.

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The Maguro & Avacado Tartare is diced tuna sashimi and avacado, garlic oil, sea salt and balsamic reduction sauce.

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The baked oysters or kakimayo are 4 pieces of oven baked oysters topped with spinach cream sauce. It is scrumptious.

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Takoyaki is deep fried octopus ball with tokatsu sauce, mayo, green onions and bonito flakes.

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The Japanese chicken poppers or kara-age are Japanese style fried chicken with wasabi mayo. I prefer the karaage at Cafe Michi however the wasabi mayo is quite good. I liked the karaage with ample wasabi mayo and some freshly squeezed lemon juice on it.

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Buttered scallop & shrimp is baked scallop and shrimp in garlic butter. It is scrumptious.

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The Lobster Fantasy Roll is deep fried lobster tail, cucumber and avacado in a roll that is topped with lobster salad and grilled red pepper sauce. It was absolutely delicious.

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Unagi tempura is unagi tempura topped with green onions and My friend had commented that the topping reminded her of how a Japanese salad tastes like. The Unagi tempura is also good with a bit of wasabi mayo.

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Sesame Salmon or Salmon Goma Abura Ae is diced salmon sashimi mixed with garlic, chives, sea salt and sesame oil. It’s quite good.

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Winterlicious: Five Doors North

My friends and I decided to eat dinner yesterday at Five Doors North. The Winterlicious menu is $25 + tax and tip. It’s a really quaint, decently sized restaurant. The decor was interesting in that the lighting was from hanging lampshades and mini chandeliers along with candles on the tables, although the lighting was abit dim. There’s music playing in the background and at times I couldn’t really hear my friends talk due to the background noise. The service was fantastic and prompt. Due to the weather this past Saturday, my friends and I were slightly late for our reservations and we took a while to decide on what to order since there are 5 appetizers and 6 entrees to choose from.

In the end, one friend had the Roasted Beet Salad with Scallion Dressing and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds for the appetizer, Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon with Mango and Smoked Red Pepper Salad for the entree and the Flourless Chocolate Cake for dessert. Another friend had the Crispy Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Mash, Caramelized Apples and Sweet Onion Reduction for the appetizer and Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding for dessert. We split the Veal Striploin with Sweet Peas and Mushroom Cream Sauce and BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Smoky Baked Beans because we both wanted to try the two mains. I had the Baked Goat Cheese with Polenta, Sundried Tomato Paste and Pesto for the appetizer and Crème Brulee for dessert.

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When we sat down, we were provided with water and slices of bread. There’s a bottle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and ground black pepper on the table. The bread was alright, it wasn’t as good as the bread I had at Au Pied du Cochon in Montreal. Our table was close to the bar and kitchen so I noticed that their alcohol selection is fairly extensive.

Roasted Beet Salad with Scallion Dressing and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Beet Salad with Scallion Dressing and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

My friend really enjoyed the beet salad. The beet was nice and sweet while the cream was a nice touch to the dish.

Crispy Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Mash Caramelized Apples and Sweet Onion Reduction

Crispy Pork Belly with Butternut Squash Mash Caramelized Apples and Sweet Onion Reduction

My other friend loved the pork belly with butternut squash and sweet onion reduction. It had a crispy, crunch skin while the meat was really tender and quite juicy. The butternut squash mash with caramelized apples and sweet onion reduction was a nice touch to the pork belly.

Baked Goat Cheese with Polenta, Sundried Tomato Paste and Pesto

Baked Goat Cheese with Polenta, Sundried Tomato Paste and Pesto

I loved the goat cheese polenta with sundried tomato and pesto on a bed of leafy greens. I feel that you can never go wrong with the goat cheese, sundried tomato and pesto combination. Although I didn’t really see or taste the sundried tomato in the polenta.

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon with Mango and Smoked Red Pepper Salad

Pumpkin Seed Crusted Salmon with Mango and Smoked Red Pepper Salad

The pumpkin seed crusted salmon with mango and red pepper salad was really good, my friend loved the dish. The mango and salmon combination is superb.

BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Smoky Baked Beans

BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Smoky Baked Beans

Veal Striploin with Sweet Peas and Mushroom Cream Sauce

Veal Striploin with Sweet Peas and Mushroom Cream Sauce

When my friends asked whether I prefer the pork belly or the goat cheese polenta I told them I couldn’t really choose between the two cause it’s almost like comparing apples and oranges, I loved different aspects of each. When my friend and I split the BBQ baby back ribs and the veal striploin, I had a preference. I absolutely loved the BBQ baby back ribs. The baby back ribs were fall off the bone or nearly fall off the bone tender and juicy and the baked beans sauce just added another dimension to it. I had the veal striploin cooked medium rare and it was cooked perfectly. The green peas, mushroom, potatoes with gravy complimented the veal striploin but my friend and I couldn’t really figure out what was missing from the dish in order to make it on par with the ribs.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

My friend also enjoyed the flourless chocolate cake. It has a very chocolatey taste to it, I think they used dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate to make it.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

My other friend loved the bread pudding. Bread pudding is baked french toast as my friend aptly describes it.

Crème Brulee

Crème Brulee

I enjoyed the creme brulee. The caramel was a thin layer that wasn’t too hard to break. The custard was smooth and creamy.

Overall, I recommend this restaurant for their service and food quality. If you have time in the next week and a half, take advantage of their Winterlicious menu and make your reservations.

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Gal’s Sushi

I’ve been to Gal’s Sushi multiple times in the past. The last time I came here was with a bunch of friends for lunch on Sunday in early November. It’s a Japanese-Korean restaurant that makes delicious and authentic Japanese and Korean food in Markham. It’s a fairly large restaurant with a nice ambiance however the lighting there is quite dim.

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I had the Sashimi, Sushi and Rolls Bento box ($8.99). It includes miso soup, house salad, noodles, rice and a small selection of sashimi, sushi and rolls. The sashimi are red and white tuna, salmon and red snapper. The sushi are shrimp, salmon, yellow tail and white tuna. The rolls are 2 pieces of 3 varieties which are spicy salmon, california roll and dynamite roll.

If you’re in Markham and craving Japanese or Korean food then I recommend coming here.

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