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Izakaya Tsuki (Part II)

My friends and I went back to eat at Izakaya Tsuki because my friend was craving Japanese food. She ordered the buttered squid ($8) again and tried the Tsuki Don ($13) and Three Mori Sashimi Moriawase ($10). The other friend had takoyaki ($7), okonomiyaki ($9) and green tea ice cream ($3). I had the Hamachi Wara Yaki ($11), Akabeko “Red Cow” Roll ($12.50) and Taro Ice Cream ($3).

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Buttered Squid is squid grilled with butter and soy sauce. It’s just as delicious as before.

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Tsuki Don is California Don topped with assorted diced sashimi. California Don ($9) is avocado, cucumber, tobiko and crabmeat on rice. It’s basically a deconstructed California Roll. My friend enjoyed it.


Three Mori Sashimi Moriawase is 9 pieces of a variety of sashimi. I liked the bowl of smoke that accompanied the dish.

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Takoyaki is puffed octopus ball served with tonkatsu sauce. She enjoyed it.

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Okonomi Yaki is a Japanese savoury pancake that’s topped with vegetable and katsuo (katsuobushi). She enjoyed it.

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Hamachi wara yaki is yellow tail sashimi that is smoked over burning hay. It’s served with a lemon wedge, raw onions, sea salt and wasabi. It’s absolutely delicious.

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Akabeko “Red Cow” Roll is avacado, aspharagus tempura, cucumber, and rice wrapped with a seared sirloin top. The only thing I didn’t like about it was that the avacado wasn’t ripe. My friends thought that the pieces were too big so they’d rather it was smaller.

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My friend and I both enjoyed our ice cream. It’s definitely interesting to eat ice cream with a wooden spoon. I’m more used to using metal or plastic spoons to eat ice cream since I feel like I can taste the flavour more.
I recommend Izakaya Tsuki cause overall it still serves good food.

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Winterlicious: Cafe Boulud

My elementary school friend and I decided to go to Cafe Boulud for dinner this past Wednesday. At first we were going to go to Nota Bene but my friend’s colleagues were raving about Cafe Boulud so we decided to change the restaurant. Cafe Boulud is located on the second floor of the Four Seasons Hotel at Bay and Yorkville. It’s very fancy so dress appropriately. We had reservations at 7:45pm however the restaurant was running late so we had to wait for a table.

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We were given a bread basket with butter when we sat down. My friend liked the bread whereas I wasn’t a fan of it. I much prefer the bread at bb33 bistro and brasserie. My friend and I both ordered the Seared Albacore Tuna for the appetizer and the Caramelized Pear Sundae for dessert. My friend had the Grilled Mackerel while I got the Roasted Lamb Shoulder.

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While we were waiting for our food, we were given caviar on top of yogurt and shrimp cracker which were compliments of the chef. My friend didn’t like it while I thought it was alright.

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The seared albacore tuna includes iceberg lettuce, citrus confit, blood orange, and buddha’s hand. It was delicious. My friend liked how the appetizer has sweet accents to it.

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The grilled mackerel has wheat berries, smoked paprika and mussel escabeche. The mussel escabeche was quite tasty. My friend thought it was slightly salty albeit delicious.

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The roasted lamb shoulder also has pommes boulanger, heirloom carrot, and parsley root in natural jus. I found it abit too salty for my tastes. While it was quite tasty, I ate it with bread to help dilute the saltiness.

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The caramelized pear sundae includes anise tuile, caramel sauce, whipped cream and calvados ice cream. Calvados is an apple brandy from Normandy. My friend was debating between the Chocolate Gateaux and the pear sundae while I was debating between the pear sundae and the Coffee & Cardamom Sundae. Our server said that we couldn’t go wrong with any of the desserts. My friend went with the pear sundae when the server said that the cake was rectangular and the portion was small. The people at the table next to us had the chocolate cake and coffee & cardamom sundae. The chocolate cake is a similar size to the single serving mini-cakes found at a grocery store’s bakery. The chocolate cake comes with a scoop of pecan bourbon ice cream. The coffee & cardamom sundae looked like a combination of chocolate and coffee. It made me wish that I could order two desserts rather than having to make a choice.

Overall, while Cafe Boulud is pricy at $45 + tax and tip for a Winterlicious dinner; it’s worth it for the dessert and appetizer.

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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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One 2 Snacks

My work colleague told me to go eat at One 2 Snacks for awhile now and it took me until mid-October to finally order take-out from the place. A word of warning, the restaurant is only open Thursday-Sunday. My friends were hanging out at my place and since I was the only one to have ever eaten Singaporean/Malaysian food (they didn’t know such a thing existed), I had carte blanche for ordering dinner. One 2 Snacks is a take-out restaurant rather than a dine-in restaurant. I called the day before and ordered 6 curry puffs (tax free at $4.80 if you buy 6 pieces), fried kway teow ($5.99), laksa ($5.99) and roti cannai with curry ($5.25).

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The fried kway teow was quite authentic. When I called to order the take out, I was asked if I wanted one kind of noodles or mixed. This is the only restaurant I found in the GTA who does fried kway teow authentically with mixed noodles. The fried kway teow consists of mixed noodles, shrimp, soy sauce, beansprouts, egg, leeks and meat.

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The laksa was spicy. I was also asked if I wanted one kind of noodles or mixed and I chose mixed. The laksa consists of mixed noodles, shrimp, mushrooms, tofu pok, fish balls, beansprouts and chicken in a spicy coconut milk laksa broth.

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The roti cannai with curry chicken was scrumptious. The roti cannai is like prata. Roti cannai or prata is made from ghee, flour and water. The curry chicken wasn’t as spicy as the laksa in my opinion.

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The curry puffs were quite authentic. It’s not as good as Old Chang Kee’s Curry O however it’s just as good as the curry puffs sold on the streets of Singapore. The puff has a fairly thick skin and it’s stuffed with curried potatoes.

We were also provided with sambal and their version is quite spicy. Overall, I recommend this restaurant over the other Singaporean/Malaysian/Indonesian restaurants in the GTA. My friends were satisfied with the place and they would definitely go back.

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Manpuku

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).

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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.

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takosen

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.

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tsubugaiyaki

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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Lion City Restaurant

Yesterday, a childhood friend and I went all the way to Mississauga for me to satisfy my bak kut teh craving. Restoran Malaysia doesn’t serve bak kut teh and Gourmet Malaysia has a variation of it called Bak Kut Teh (Chicken Hot Pot) priced at $28.99. Lion City Restaurant is slightly hard to find if you’re not familiar with the area and the restaurant’s exact location. The size of this restaurant is smaller compared to the size of Restoran Malaysia and Gourmet Malaysia. The decor is typical of a Chinese restaurant. We ordered bak kut teh ($6.95), fried kway teow ($7.95), nasi lemak ($7.95) and teh tarik ($3).

Top: Braised Beancurd Bottom: Bak Kut Teh  At SongFa Bak Kut Teh in Singapore

Top: Braised Beancurd
Bottom: Pork Tenderloin Bak Kut Teh
At SongFa Bak Kut Teh in Singapore ($8.50)

Bak Kut Teh at Lion City Restaurant

Bak Kut Teh at Lion City Restaurant

Bak kut teh is herbal pork rib soup. The flavour is as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. I would have preferred more meat in the soup at Lion City Restaurant. The meat itself was soft, flavourful and tender. My friend enjoyed the dish. She thought the meat was very tender though she didn’t like how the soup had MSG in it.

Fried Kway Teow at Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow at Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center in Singapore

Char Kway Teow at Lion City Restaurant

Char Kway Teow at Lion City Restaurant

Fried kway teow is fried rice noodles with shrimp, chinese sausage, egg, fish cake, beansprouts and chives. It’s not as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore and not as good as the one I had at Gourmet Malaysia but it’s just as good as the one I had at Restoran Malaysia. My friend liked the dish and found it interesting but nothing special.

Nasi Lemak at Lion City Restaurant

Nasi Lemak at Lion City Restaurant

Nasi lemak is coconut rice with cucumber, fried egg, sambal, otak, and kambong. The restaurant serves nasi lemak with either kambong (mackerel fish) or ikan bilis (dried anchovies). Sambal is a spicy chili paste that’s quite prevalent in Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine. Otak is fish paste wrapped in a banana leaf. The dish was ok. I liked the sambal, otak and coconut rice. I would have preferred ikan bilis over kambong however it’s my personal preference. My friend really liked the coconut rice because she found it quite fragrant.

Teh Tarik at Lion City Restaurant

Teh Tarik at Lion City Restaurant

Teh tarik is pulled tea. It’s as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore and at Restoran Malaysia. My friend enjoyed it.

Overall, if you’re in Mississauga and you want to eat Singaporean or Malaysian cuisine then it’s a decent restaurant however for somebody who’s from the east side of Toronto, it’s not worth the drive all the way to Mississauga during rush hour traffic for dinner unless you have to satisfy a huge craving for bak kut teh.

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Gourmet Malaysia

My colleague and I wanted to eat stingray in Toronto. Restoran Malaysia doesn’t serve stingray so I was on the hunt to see if I could find any restaurant in the GTA that would serve it. I came across Gourmet Malaysia and we decided to go on the first Saturday of August for lunch. We ordered poh pia ($3.80), ikan bakar (banana leaf grilled stingray) ($16.99), Penang char kwei teow ($7.80), Hainanese Chicken Rice ($7.80) and chendol ($3.99).

Poh Pia at Gourmet Malaysia

Poh Pia at Gourmet Malaysia

When I was in Singapore, I was fortunate enough to be able to have homemade popiah at a fellow local colleague’s home. She had prepped everything and all we had to do was put whatever toppings we want in it, roll it up and enjoy it. The homemade popiah was crammed with lots of stuff and the roll was quite moist which made it very delectable. At Gourmet Malaysia, the poh pia isn’t very moist and the filling isn’t as varied. Poh pia is a crepe roll with vegetables and egg. The poh pia was ok but nothing like the ones I made at my fellow colleague’s home in Singapore. My colleague in Toronto enjoyed it alot more than I did.

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Fried Kway Teow in Singapore

Penang Char Kwei Teow at Gourmet Malaysia

Penang Char Kwei Teow at Gourmet Malaysia

The fried kway teow at Gourmet Malaysia is way better than the fried kway teow at Restoran Malaysia however it is still slightly lacking compared to the ones I had in Singapore. The fried kway teow at Gourmet Malaysia is fried hor fun noodles with seafood served on top of a banana leaf. My colleague and I found it very delicious all things considered.

Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore

Hainanese Chicken Rice in Singapore

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia

The Hainanese Chicken Rice at Gourmet Malaysia isn’t as authentic as the ones I had in Singapore. I absolutely love the Hainanese Chicken Rice at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall at Maxwell Hawker Center. Hainanese Chicken Rice comprises of chicken, spicy chili sauce, black sauce, vegetable garnish (typically cucumbers and/or tomatoes) and rice. The chicken meat at Gourmet Malaysia wasn’t as soft, silky and smooth as the chicken meat at Tian Tian. It also lacked the black sauce that you can find with any Hainanese chicken rice dish served anywhere in Singapore. My colleague liked it while I wasn’t a huge fan of it although it tasted good for chicken rice.

Chendol at Gourmet Malaysia

Chendol at Gourmet Malaysia

Chendol is coconut milk, ice, green jelly noodles and grass jelly. It was very delicious and quite authentic. I would have preferred it with less ice though.

Stingray in Singapore

Stingray in Singapore

Stingray at Gourmet Malaysia

Stingray at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan Bakar at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan Bakar at Gourmet Malaysia

Ikan bakar also known as grilled stingray on a banana leaf is fairly authentic compared to the ones I had in Singapore. My colleague and I loved it. In order to eat the stingray, you first squeeze the lemon wedge all over the stingray then you use the fork and spoon to slice the stingray into pieces and serve it. In Singapore, the restaurants and hawker centers only give you a fork and spoon to use. Unless you ordered steak, you’ll be able to get a steak knife. When you stay in Singapore for some time, you learn to just use a fork and spoon to cut food into pieces. The sauce we’re given is spicy so if you can’t handle spicy then eat it without the sauce. My colleague prefers the stingray without the sauce while I prefer it with the sauce. I would have liked the stingray more if the sauce was drizzled all over the stingray and grilled along with it so that the stingray could really soak up the spiciness and the flavours. Overall, I would recommend this dish to everybody unless they are allergic to seafood or they don’t like to eat seafood.

Overall, now that I’ve been to two Malaysian/Singaporean restaurants in Toronto, I recommend Gourmet Malaysia over Restoran Malaysia. There is more variety of food at Gourmet Malaysia and in general, the food is more authentic in comparison. Gourmet Malaysia is also nicer on the wallet compared to Restoran Malaysia. If you’re in the mood for authentic Singaporean/Malaysian cuisine then go to Gourmet Malaysia!

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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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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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Oh Geul Boh Geul

I’ve been to this restaurant many times over the past 6 years. It’s as established as Sapporo Sushi and Owl of Minerva in the neighbourhood of Yonge Street between Shepperd Ave and Finch Ave. My high school Korean friend first recommended this restaurant to me. In this neighbourhood, if you want pork bone soup you go to Owl of Minerva and if you want soon tofu you go to Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu and for everything else there’s Oh Geul Boh Geul!

On one side of the restaurant there are a row of wooden booths that can seat up to a group of 8. On the other side of the restaurant there are regular tables and chairs. The restaurant is quite small and there is an outdoor patio in the back although my friends and I always sit inside. The parking lot is shared with Owl of Minerva and it’s quite small.

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Oh Geul Buk Geul has the most variety of kimchi!

Most recently I went with a university friend to Oh Geul Boh Geul back in mid-June. She had the naengmyun ($10) while I had jajamyun ($8). Naengmyun is cold buckwheat noodles. Jajamyun is blackbean noodles with minced pork and cucumber slices. My friend really liked the naengmyun. She was able to finish her naengmyun while I had lots of leftovers since the variety of kimchi made me full.

Naengmyun

Naengmyun

Jajamyun

Jajamyun

If you want Korean food (excluding pork bone soup and soon tofu), I recommend this place in North York.

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