July 2011 ~ Eating With Kirby

Mosaic Bar and Grille- Italian Chef Tasting Menu

The barely cooked runny yolk is meant to be popped and enjoyed along with the risotto...and enjoy I did. The golden lava coated every kernel of rice with its warm embrace and made the risotto that much more comforting.

Adorabelle Tea Room- Catching Up With the Girls

This is an Onion, Chive, and Bacon Savoury Cupcake. Even the icing was savoury! It was super delicious and was really innovative. Overall, the ambiance was great (loved the fake sky ceiling!), food was well thought out and executed, and the service was attentive.

Forage- Pretty Decent Food.

All six of us ordered their Award Winning Seafood Chowder with soft poached quail egg and crispy pork rind. While the soup was smokey, full of flavour, it was too thick and tasted a bit more like sauce than soup. The quail egg added a certain richness to the soup too which was nice.

Jethro's Fine Grub- That's Some Tasty Grub.

Overall, Jethro’s is an awesome breakfast and lunch diner serving up good eats with a twist. I most definitely will return for some alligator nuggets or pancakes!

Teppan Kitchen and Mambo Cafe (Aberdeen Food Court)- Crazy Sauce.

They serve this to you with a little sleeve around the plate to catch any splattering oil that radiates from the oven hot iron plate. If you are noob (hehe) at this Teppan Rice business, you can read the "How To Cook" instructions on the sleeve.

Basho Cafe - Quaint, Cozy, Delicious

You get the real deal here when it comes to their Matcha Latte. Served in a traditional Japanese bowl the way its suppose to be (not cup), its not only fragrant but it has incredibly depth. Be forewarn, this latte isn't sweet. There is no additional pre-sweetened sugary stuff here.

31 July 2011

Sunway Restaurant- Real Taiwanese Delight!

Oh, how I've waited so long to come here..! Ever since I read Chowtime's post on this restaurant's unique dish, I have wanted to try this restaurant out. Apparently, they have a dish called "Dead Man's Coffin" and it is a hollowed out bread box type thing filled with cream of seafood soup. Sounds pretty cool right?? Sadly, I couldn't find it on the menu so I'm not sure if they took that item out. :/ Or maybe I just wasn't looking closely enough..hm..

Meta Knight and I came here yesterday, all drained from walking around downtown and English Bay in the afternoon. When we first walked in, there were only 2 other tables, but when we left, the entire restaurant was full. A lot of people ordered take-out too. 

Meta Knight ordered the Popcorn Chicken Noodle in Soup ($6.95) because I told him it was supposedly very good, according to all the food blogs I read. :P The chicken was very tender and fried until just right. I would, however, have liked more fried basil with this dish and to not have them all crumble into tiny tiny bits on the bottom of the bowl. 

This is the noodle in soup that came with his chicken. Very normal. It was super light and refreshing. One thing that really stands out to me about this restaurant is that they claim to not use any msg or meat tenderizer in their dishes. If this is true (and I really hope this isn't just a false claim), it's a major plus in my book. :)

Chen's Shanghai Kitchen- Great Salty Soy Milk

Since I have been craving Shanghai food recently, I asked a few friends of mine, FW and Pooh to join me at Chen's Shanghai Kitchen for a quick lunch (we actually ended up staying for 3 hrs..).

 I've been to Chen's many times before with my family and friends but I wouldn't say they serve anything too special. I wonder why I always go back. I think it is because the prices are relatively cheaper than the other better Shanghainese restaurants around (ex. Shanghai River, Shanghai Wonderful). 
First up was was the Salty Soy Milk ($2.50). It was incredibly savory and flavourful and I love how they used so many ingredients to give the soy milk depth. The chili oil on top and the mini dried shrimp really made it fantastic. For $2.50, I'd get this time and time again.

Next up were the much craved Xiao Long Baos ($4.30)! It was served piping hot and each pork bun had ample amounts of soup waiting for you to slurp it up (my favouriteee way of eating it :P). The skin was not as delicate and thin as I expected but it didn't discourage me from eating a lot of it.