I couldn’t leave Montreal without eating poutine there during my trip so I walked to La Banquise for a late night meal prior to taking the bus back to Toronto. La Banquise is open 24/7. When I got there, the restaurant wasn’t too busy considering that it was Action de Grace (Thanksgiving holiday). I ordered the 3 amigos poutine ($10.06 including tax).
The 3 amigos poutine is comprised of fries, gravy, cheese curds, hotdog sausages, pork&beef sausages and merguez sausages. It was quite good. I really liked the chunks of cheese curds, pork&beef sausages and merguez sausages. The fries were soft. Overall, if you’re craving poutine and it’s late at night in Montreal, I’d recommend this place for you for the variety of poutine and the fact that it’s open 24/7.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Food, French, Montreal, Restaurant Review, Western
Tags: 24 hours, 24/7, 3 amigos poutine, beef sausage, fries, hotdog sausage, merguez sausage, pork sausage, poutine, sausage, three amigos poutine
My university friend and I decided to eat at Lim Ga Ne this past Friday because she wanted to eat Korean food. It’s a fairly small restaurant. What I like about it is that on one side of the restaurant there’s the traditional tables while the other side has regular tables and chairs. The restaurant is also open 24 hours. The chopsticks at this restaurant aren’t the Korean metal chopsticks with nice designs on the handle but the one-time use wooden chopsticks. Also the prices on the menu include tax.
assorted kimchi at Lim Ga Ne
My friend ordered the Kalbi Tang ($9). Kalbi Tang is beef short ribs stew with clear noodles and vegetables. She liked it.
I ordered Mo Deum Soon Dae (small serving is $10) and Jae Yook Bokeum (medium serving is $15). Mo Deum Soon Dae is assorted Korean style sausages which meant blood sausage, liver and pig ears. The blood sausage is delicious. It’s sausage skin stuffed with intestines, glutinous rice and noodles. The boiled liver is ok. The pig ears are tasteless. My high school Korean friend later told me that I was suppose to dip the pig ears into the bowl of salt (featured in the kimchi picture-top right). I would recommend ordering the dish with only the blood sausage. There are 3 portion sizes for you to choose: small, medium and large. The small portion is good either as a meal for 1 person or split between 2 meals. A word of advice, finish the entire dish at the restaurant. I had only eaten the pig ears, liver and a few pieces of the blood sausage on Friday and I had the leftovers for lunch on Monday and it wasn’t as delicious, comparatively speaking.
Mo Deum Soon Dae
Jae Yook Bokeum is stir fried pork with kimchi. It doesn’t come with rice. It looks spicier than the actual taste which is quite disappointing. The kimchi was spicier than this dish. It’s pork belly with kimchi which is quite good, despite the lack of perceived spiciness. Funny thing, when I reheated the leftovers at home to have with rice, it was alot spicier than when I ate it at the restaurant. There are 2 portion sizes for you to choose: medium and large. The medium portion is quite filling for 3 meals.
Jae Yook Bokeum
Overall, I would recommend this restaurant for the blood sausage and the fact that it is open 24 hours and the menu prices already include tax. On my future visit, I want to try their deep-fried chicken.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Food, Korean, North York, Restaurant Review
Tags: 24 hours, blood sausage, boiled liver, bokeum, dinner, jae yook bokeum, kalbi, kalbi tang, kimchi, Korean cuisine, liver, mo deum soon dae, pig ears, pork belly, sausage, soon dae
I’ve been to Mel’s twice in a span of two months back in March and April. The first time I went with a friend to get a takeaway late night dinner since you get 10% off if it’s takeaway. The second time I went with two friends for brunch.
Classic French Toast
The first time I got Mel’s Favourite ($7.10). Mel’s Favourite has 2 eggs, sausage, rye toast and home fries. It’s filling but not worth the price. My friend got the Classic French Toast ($7.10). The second time I got the French Skillet ($11.49). The French Skillet contains home fries, grilled onions, green peppers, chicken, swiss cheese and hollandaise sauce along with rye bread and scrambled eggs. Another friend of mine recommended this dish to me and I liked it. The hollandaise sauce makes the dish. My two other friends ordered the Apple Cinnamon Waffle ($7.99) and Big Mel ($7.99). The Big Mel has 3 pancakes or french toast with 2 eggs and my friend chose to have bacon with it.
Top left: Apple Cinnamon Waffle
Top right: Big Mel
Bottom: French Skillet
If you want brunch close to the University of Waterloo or if you’re searching for a late night meal then Mel’s Diner is alright.
Categories: Canada, Cuisine, Food, Restaurant Review, Waterloo, Western
Tags: bacon, breakfast, brunch, burgers, diner, dinner, eggs, homefries, late night meal, mel's, mel's diner, pancakes, salad, Sandwiches, sausage, soup, waffle, wraps