Ramen is Ramen is Ramen: Ramen Danbo

Forgive me for being crass, but to me all good ramen pretty much taste the same. Sure, the broth may be thicker at one place, the chashu fattier at another place, and the noodles thinner at yet a third place, but when it comes right down to it, when the flavours and textures meld together to become mouthful after mouthful of noodle soup in my … Continue reading Ramen is Ramen is Ramen: Ramen Danbo

The god of ramen: Taishoken

OK…maybe not directly related to the god of ramen, but probably a disciple of his. If not a disciple then certainly the disciple’s disciple or the disciple’s disciple’s apprentice. I think it was on one of those trans-Pacific flights in which I was trying to stay awake for the whole flight – so that I wouldn’t have to adjust to the time difference when I … Continue reading The god of ramen: Taishoken

Homestyle Japanese: Aotoya Blue Door

As a food-crazed man, I’m a firm believer in fostering a strong curiosity of food in my offsprings. I want to accustom them to the multitude of flavour and textural profiles present in various cuisines so that I can nurture their inner bon vivant. I encourage them to be adventurous with regards to meal choices and to always opt for unfamiliar and possibly eye-opening dining … Continue reading Homestyle Japanese: Aotoya Blue Door

Too Little, Too Sweet: Shishinori

My review of the food my wife and I had at Shishinori might be a little skewed. We were super hungry when we visited and we didn’t know that the restaurant was one of those that served healthy-ish food in “healthy” portion sizes. I had just burned through 1387 calories after a 2-hour cardiorespiratory exercise and my wife probably burned just as much with her … Continue reading Too Little, Too Sweet: Shishinori

Awful service, Hot room, and Fresh Yummy Fish: Sushi by Yuji

Until a week ago, I never realized why most respectable sushi restaurants did not have clear, floor-to-ceiling windows. Heat. Direct sunlight produces heat. Combine that with a sushi restaurant bare ready for lunch service with a bucket full of just-mixed sushi rice emitting vinegar in the form of steam and you get…A veritable sauna hot-circulating rancid, sour air through the respiratory systems of everyone in … Continue reading Awful service, Hot room, and Fresh Yummy Fish: Sushi by Yuji

Japanese Ramen? I think not: Gyoza Bar

I get why people hate on Miku. I do. It’s easy to dislike a sushi place when it seems big, corporate, untraditional, and most importantly, sorely lacking when it comes to the residence of an Itamae who you can recognize by name. But I happen to like Miku. It is my favourite sushi restaurant in the area. It is unique, and it presents flavours that … Continue reading Japanese Ramen? I think not: Gyoza Bar

Light, light, and lite: Bistro Sakana

My original plan was to visit the new southern BBQ place on Denman for lunch today, but my wife convinced me that it would probably be a better idea to wait for the restaurant to work out its newly-opened-restaurant kinks before trying it out. Instead of finding another restaurant in the west end to dine at, we headed all the way across the downtown core … Continue reading Light, light, and lite: Bistro Sakana

Kobe: Real Kobe Beef at Royal Mouriya

The term “Kobe Beef” has become an abused and overused cliche in North America. I’m sure all of you have visited countless restaurants that serve “Kobe” burgers. I’m also sure that you all know that the “Kobe” in the Kobe burgers is nothing more than a descriptive word used to make a burger patty made of Canadian AA beef/USDA choice (or most likely USDA select) … Continue reading Kobe: Real Kobe Beef at Royal Mouriya