Ninki – Poke Bowl

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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

Poutini’s – BBQ Pulled Pork Poutine

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About the meal: The poutine was great, good crunchy fries, good gravy, and poured just right so that the cheese curds melted with the heat of the gravy, and the fries weren’t soggy. The pulled pork was pretty decent, not the best I’ve ever had but I would definitely order this again! By the way, in the picture above I’d ordered a “teeny weeny tiny” size, as they name it, but it was a pretty decent size; had it for lunch and the itis was real after the meal! Zzz…

About the place: Tiny little place on King W, it’s the perfect spot for a quick lunch. The staff is friendly, the service is fast and the food tastes pretty good. They also have a bench outside, for those who wish to sunbathe and people-watch while they’re eating – King St is a good street to people watch by the way!

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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!)

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Wilbur Mexicana – Mexican street corn

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About the meal: Charred corn on the cob with chipotle crema, cotija, guajillo chili powder. I loved the amount of chili and cheese but found the sauce (chipotle) a little too much – then again this is coming from someone who loves her corn on the cob simple, with butter and spices, Jamaican or African style.

The corn was well done and the mix of sweet and salty was a good combination. Even more interesting given that the savory part came from cheese and sauce, not something I’d ever tried before!

About the place: I saw this place open at which place it was great, but over time I’ve seen the line up become INSANE, both around lunch time and dinner time, as well as random times in the afternoon. They have quite a variety of options, making it a decent place to visit often – it used to be my go-to lunch place.

The staff is very friendly and the service is usually pretty fast. Compared to other Mexican food spots around, they’ve definitely worked hard on making their brand yell “fast but tasty!”

-RaspberryCream

Rasta Pasta – Jamaican Mi Crazy Chicken

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About the meal: This is probably their best-seller, due to the decent portion of the meal, the different sides that it comes with and the very reasonable price (I paid $6 for this plate!); the chicken is served with rice & peas as well as veggies or coleslaw.

The chicken was well seasoned and juicy, the rice & peas can be a little dry without some gravy, but they’re pretty generous with the chicken/ox-tail gravy. The coleslaw didn’t blow my mind, but it wasn’t bad either.

About the place: The spot is small and cozy, and has a bench on their porch in the summertime. Nothing fancy but sufficient for simple folks. Note that if you come towards closing time, everything might not be available. The staff is really friendly too!

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The One That Got Away – Salmon Burger

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About the meal: When I first heard about the “salmon burger” from my coworker, I thought it was weird. But when a couple of other coworkers suggested that I try it, I decided to go for it. And…. I regret not having tried it sooner! This is an amazing burger to have! The salmon filet is fresh and perfectly cooked – doesn’t crumble in the bun from being overcooked. The bun is nice and fresh; there is minimal dressing but just enough veggies (lettuce & tomatoes) and sauce, so that it doesn’t taste dry. In my opinion the salmon burger is a must try! And I have to tell you I am not usually a fish person. 

About the place: The perfect place for anyone who is looking for seafood options – if you do not eat fish or seafood, don’t even bother stepping foot in here! I’ve never actually eaten at the restaurant but the vibe I get is that of a cosy, small town diner. The staff is pretty friendly (although I wouldn’t say exceptional). Worth a try for sure!

Bonus: they’re on ritual!

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Masseria – Margherita on charcoal activated crust

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About the meal: I have to say I absolutely LOVE the pizze at Masseria! The thin crust is just perfect, and the aroma of the oven simply splendid. I tend to like my pizzas plain-ish (too much meat can make it too salty) so my go-to is the margherita, pictured above.

The sauce tastes home made and there is just the right amount of cheese and salt. I’ve tried several other pizze (posts to come) but this is definitely my favorite one there! Also the charcoal activated crust. No it’s not burnt crust! You really cannot taste the difference with regular crust, except for the fact that it tastes smoother and softer, not as crispy as regular dough. I personally prefer it that way.

About the place: As you can probably tell from the picture above I didn’t eat this pizza in the restaurant, but I’ve eaten there before so I’ll speak on that. The vibe is simply amazing! From the moment you order to the service you receive, all the staff is just so useful and friendly. When dining in, there are pots of basil so you can put some fresh herbs on your pizz… yumm!

You also have to love the fact that the food comes out REALLY fast! I’ve never waited longer than 10 min for my pizza, even with a large group. And little bonus, the view is amazing if you get a spot on the big round table 😉 Look out for it, although it’s really hard to miss!

They offer all sorts of other Italian foods – salads and sandwiches. I haven’t tried them but they looked very appealing from the display.

A little heads up – Masseria is not a full service restaurant, so you will have to order and pay, pick your seat and then receive your food. I have to say though that out of the many restaurants on King W, Masseria is one of the few that will take a lunch reservation. On that note, they’re also on Ritual, if you wanted to order online and quickly grab ‘n go. Props!

-RaspberryCream.