Ninki – Poke Bowl

Poke bowl

 

About the meal:
I was quite disappointed in this. I’ve been looking at Poke Bowl pictures wondering what it would taste like. I love sushi, and particularly anything that is salmon based. When I asked around, I was told a poke bowl is like a sushi, in bowl form (kind of like how you can get a burrito in a wrap, or a burrito bowl). So I was quite excited to try this!

The dish was comprised of white rice, fresh bits of raw salmon, avocado, tofu, soy sauce (that I poured myself) and some mayonnaise looking sauce. I’m not sure whether it was the mayo that didn’t sit in properly with the rest of the dish but this was quite nauseating!

The other thing that I didn’t like was that there is an art to how salmon is cut – for sushi at least. You cannot just cut chunks of raw fish and put it there; unfortunately this is what the salmon in this dish felt like, and it’s just horrible to chew.

Finally, I’m not a fan of Tofu, so having it scattered all around this bowl was just not my cup of tea. That’s just personal preference however. And despite the fact that I tried to dodge them, I still couldn’t enjoy this dish. Overall, not something I would recommend.

About the place:
I will not comment on this as I took my food to go, but judging from the outside it seems like a nice plate to eat – more on the “date”/”corporate meal” end. The lady who was there when I picked up my food was very friendly. All this to say, I would definitely sit in for food in this restaurant.

-RaspberryCream

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

Ajisen Ramen – Teppanyaki Filet Mignon Ramen

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About the meal: On this particular day, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted Ramen or Tepanyaki, until I saw on the menu that I could make both wishes come true! Ajisen’s ramen generally speaking is great; I love that their ramen is not too salty and doesn’t taste like soy. I do prefer the eggs at Kinton Ramen, but that’s a minor detail. The tepanyaki was tender and well seasoned and because part of it was on top of the soup, I was still able to enjoy it as a snack 🙂

About the place: Ajisen ramen! I used to live by the one close to Yonge & Empress. The staff is always friendly, service is pretty decent, meals are affordable, tasty and filling. They also offer a great variety of food options (not sure about vegetarian food – note to self, I’m going to start paying more attention to that!)

-RaspberryCream

Saku Sushi – Special lunch “Combo A”

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About the meal: I always go with the Combo A, so I speak with confidence when I say the fish is fresh and the chefs will surprise you with a unique set of sushis every single time! Combo A is a selection of 12 piece sushi and maki rolls created by the chef. Gotta love it!

The lunch combo also includes a miso soup and a green salad. I’m not a big fan of miso soup generally speaking, but their miso (top left in the picture) is quite flavorful and not too salty, compared to other misos I’ve had.

Not pictured here, the green is a mix of lettuce and tomatos and the salad dressing aboslutely fabulous!

If you’re not a big eater, this will most definitely be enough but for the big stomachs out there, you might want to try something else on the menu.

About the place: It’s a nice spot on Queen West, with great decor and a great ambiance. The music can be  a little lound, especially if you have to take a call – there’s no quiet corner to go to. Having been there several times, I find that there may be a lack of customer service when the place is busy, and the wait times can be long (especially at lunch time) but otherwise the experience is great. There are plenty of options if you’ve come for seafood or Japanese food.

I’d say it’s a great for dates, meeting up with friends or lunch with coworkers. Try it out and let me know your thoughts!

-RaspberryCream