Kyoto Sushi – Salmon special

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About the meal: The standard version of this combo comes with salmon nigiri and california rolls; thank’s to Tom’s great customer appreciation, I always got this combo with salmon nigiri and spicy salmon rolls. The best in town! The fish is fresh and the sushis are made with love.

About the place:
Tom and his crew are amazing. Every time I go, I feel like I am treated as a guest by a friend. The service is excellent and the food is delicious and affordable. Their Wednesday special is also fabulous! It comes with a fishball (Tom’s invention) so if you want your share, make  sure you arrive early enough at lunch time! By 12:30 they are usually sold-out. All in all, great food, great service, great location. I can only recommend!

-RaspberryCream

 

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Red Lobster – Biscuits (free!)

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About the meal: Well, it’s not a meal per se. Instead of the standard mini bread  buns that most restaurants will bring you prior to your meal, Red lobster serves these seasoned butter biscuits. They are baked right there so you always get a fresh warm basket of these little goodies, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. And you can have as many as you wish, just keep asking your server! They’re honestly delicious. A warning for people sensitive to salt though, you might find them a little too salty.

About the place:
See post “Red Lobster – Fire-grilled lobster, shrimp and scallops”.

-RaspberryCream

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Red Lobster – Fire-grilled lobster, shrimp and scallops

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About the meal: I love the fact that there is a bit of everything on this platter (except crab, which I could’ve added given that it was Crabfest). It comes with a skewer of grilled shrimp, a skewer of grilled scallops and a grilled lobster tail; the whole meal is accompanied with rice, a side (I chose mashed potatoes here) and an accompaniment (I took a garden salad with a berry balsamic dressing). Now where do I begin! Every bite of this place was like heaven in my mouth.
The grilled seafood was seasoned and cooked to perfection, with just the right amount of flavor and juiciness. I am actually not a big fan of seafood but I loved that I couldn’t taste the “sea” taste in anything on this plate. A tip from me: squeezing the piece of lemon and some of the seasoned butter on the seafood is definitely an added bonus!
The rice was also made just right, with the right amount of seasoning and wasn’t “hard”, which I typically find when I eat out. The seasoned garlic poured on the rice also gave it a twist of added flavor.
The mashed potatoes I have to say were the best I can remember ever having! You could tell they were made from scratch, and again they had just the right amount of flavor and creaminess. Truly divine!
Finally the garden salad. The mix of vegetables is nothing unique: lettuce, cucumbers, onions and croutons. But for someone with a sweet tooth, I really enjoyed the berry balsamic on this.

All in all, a tasty, filling and quite complete meal for a reasonable price. I would definitely recommend this plate!

About the place: We were unfortunate enough to go on a Saturday evening, and they don’t take reservations on weekends. The wait is VERY long (1 hour + if you go around dinner time), so that’s something to look out for. I find the environment nice and calm, good for a casual date or a family outing. The waitress we got was fantastic! However I was not impressed with the service at reception.

If you’re lucky to have a good waiter/waitress, the wait is definitely worth the quality of the meal.

– RaspberryCream

Royal Thai / Palais Imperial – Shui Mai ~ Crab meat dimsum

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About the meal:
I wasn’t a big fan of this dimsum. I guess it partially has to do with the fact that I’m not very big on crab meat, but I wanted to try something different. I also found that the taste of coriander was very prominent. Last but not least, it was very difficult to pick up, the rice fell apart from the “filling”. I have to say however, that it was very moist and juicy, which is always good! For me, that was a no-go…

About the place:
See post “Royal Thai / Palais Imperial – Sticky rice”.

-RaspberryCream

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Milestones – Crispy calamari strips

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The meal: *

I found the calamari strips quite plain and even after dipping them in the sauces, they still weren’t flavourful. The reason I went to Milestones that day, however, was for ‘the cookie’ which was just as delicious as it looks (reviewed by RaspberryCream).

The place: ***1/2

Each customer is greeted at the door with friendly staff and is seated in either the dining or lounge section. We chose the lounge which ended up having a good view of the street (Rideau) and patio. There were other people in the same section but the room is well spaced so the noise level is low. If you’re on a date or hanging out with some friends, I’d recommend the lounge.

The price: $$

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