Sassafraz-3 course meal

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The meal (s): Bottom right: pumpkin spiced duck pâté, top right: banana custard tartlet, left: bison short rib pappardelle.

The meal: ****

The 3 course meal consisted of a pumpkin spiced duck pâté, bison short rib pappardelle, and a banana custard tartlet. I don’t regularly have pâté but I know a good pâté when I have one.  It was so very delicious and the ginger date paste cooked in syrup pairing was the cherry on top. At some point I had to give up the appetizer so we could get served the main dish. The meal was simple and quite rich as you would expect from a pasta dish. The bison short rib was tender and was well flavoured. To top it all off was the custard. It was not an exceptional dessert but was tasty nonetheless.

The place: ***

This is the second time visiting Sassafraz! The first time was for brunch and this round, we opted for dinner. The restaurant doesn’t have any obvious signs but the building is unique and stands out. If you know what you’re looking for, you can’t miss it.

The interior is split into 3 areas (the café/lounge, bar, and dining area) and has an elegant decor (pleasingly simple). It’s definitely a good spot for a date.

The price: $$

– Strawberry Sherbet

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Green Eggplant – Mediterranean breakfast

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The meal: ***

The meal was your ordinary 3 eggs, bacon (additional topping), & toast but what piqued my interest was the ‘Mediterranean’. The toast was substituted with challah toast. The dish also came with some sliced tomatoes, black olives, humus, feta cheese and green salad. The plate was also supposed to come with cream cheese but I somehow ended up with sour cream 0_0.

The salad was delicious but I felt that the rest of the ingredients were out of place. I would have enjoyed the meal just as much without the extra ingredients. In other words, they didn’t really add value to the dish or maybe I’m just too old school.

The place: ***

The place is homey (even has a fireplace) and spacious. The walls are decorated with flower themed paintings. There’s also a bar (no seats though) and TV screens if you feel like hanging out with friends and watching a game.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet

Kinton Ramen- Kinton Combo

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The meal (s): Top left: Chiki Chiki Don, top right: Black Sesame Pudding, bottom left: Pork Ramen

The meal: ***

If you’re a Naruto fan or are familiar with Japanese dishes, then this dish is not new to you. The restaurant, however, might be. There’s always a line up but today we were lucky enough to get a spot.

I opted for the Kinton combo which offers the Japanese noodle soup experience with a side dish and an optional dessert. The soup (thick noodles, pork broth, and original flavour) was good but in my opinion doesn’t compare to Ajisen Ramen. The side dish (chiki chiki don) on the other hand was quite delicious. The ingredients (chopped chicken breast w/ Kinton original mayo sauce on rice) are simple but blend well together. Last but not least, was the dessert (black seasame pudding). It was soy milk based and was afraid that it might disappoint. It was actually the contrary! I would definitely recommend it.

The place:**1/2

The restaurant as I mentioned is typically packed and the fact that the space is tight and the kitchen is open (no separation from guest tables) doesn’t help either. If you’re not fond/ familiar with the scents, it can be quite overwhelming when you enter the doors. It also got quite hot overtime.

The price: $

– Strawberry Sherbet