Shinobu…..Yonge St, Toronto

Food & Drink

Went here two weeks ago for my birthday dinner with the family. I’ve never been here before but I wanted to find an affordable and yummy sushi place uptown so I went over to Yelp and found a hole-in-the-wall called Shinobu. I read a review about the volcanic rainbow roll which they torch at your table so I had to try it.

The venue is small but cozy, just the way I like it. Luckily we made reservations so we didn’t have to wait.

I ordered a grapefruit cocktail which was really yummy. The waitress brought over half a grapefruit along with a plastic juicer which was cute. The seaweed salad had very little actual seaweed, it was mostly filled with other mixed greens, but all of the ingredients were very fresh.

The volcanic rainbow roll was delicious! The melt-in-your-mouth experience reminded me of the Japango Roll at Japango, but without the extra spicy kick (Shinobu’s roll uses a honey sauce). I normally don’t like to have dessert at restaurants because they always end up to be under-whelming but the green tea cheesecake here is amazing! Would definitely come back again to try their other items. Thanks Yelpers!

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Grapefruit Cocktail

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Seaweed Salad

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Udon

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Volcanic Rainbow Roll

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Green Tea Cheesecake with Ginger Ice Cream
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Decor

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Sushi Legend…..Ravel Rd, Toronto

Food & Drink

Not to be confused with Asian Legend, the dim sum franchise, this restaurant is run by the same proprietor who also owns Congee Wong and 31 Kitchen. This outdoor plaza has some pretty solid restaurants and a a wide variety of Asian cuisine to choose from (Korean, Chinese, Vietnamnese, etc.) so it was interesting to see how Sushi Legend would stack up against its neighbours.

The restaurant also offers AYCE on weekdays and weekends which seems to be a popular option for many, or you can ask for the main menu. The decor is trendy with non-descriptive colorful artwork on the walls. It draws a young crowd and the atmosphere is very loud. But the service is great, waiters are always very accommodating and the food is so good! Lots of specialty rolls to choose from. I went with the My Angel Roll (Pepper Salmon, cucumber topped with salmon, eel, wasabi and eel sauce) while my sister ordered the Crazy Dragon Roll (salmon, avocado, cucumber, topped with eel, seared white tuna, salmon, wasabi mayo and balsamic sauce). When they arrived, they appeared identical so I only took a picture of one of the rolls. We also ordered unagi on rice, seafood ramen, along with seaweed salad, yuzu salmon, and rock shrimp. Not a big fan of mayo but I highly recommend the shrimp. Really delicious. The sexy summer roll is super refreshing too.

A great place for sushi lovers looking for solid and affordable japanese food uptown.

Seaweed Salad

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Yuzu Salmon

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Rock Shrimp

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Unagi on Rice

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Seafood Ramen

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Sexy Summer RollĀ  (Mango and Crab Salad wrapped in Rice Paper)

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My Angel Roll

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Sansotei Ramen…..Dundas St W, Toronto

Food & Drink

Finally had a chance to visit cult favourite ramen place, Sansotei. There’s usually a huge line up outside of this tiny joint but we got there early to avoid the evening rush and were seated right away.

The menu is super simple: you have four kinds of ramen to choose from, Tonkotsu, Miso, Shio and Tonkotsu Shoyu. If you want extra toppings like more pork belly or egg that will cost $1-2 dollars more. I went with two friends who hadn’t been there before either and was amazed by the very short and concise menu.

We ordered zangi (deep fried chicken) and gyoza as appetizers, which were both delicious. I ended up ordering Tonkotsu, thin noodles in a creamy pork-based broth which includes black fungus and a perfectly cooked egg, the yolk bright orange.

The pork belly was extremely tender and the whole dish was AMAZING. I’m already making plans to go back. Not a lot of talking once the food arrived, just lots of slurping!

*Not a good place for vegetarians since all of the soups are pork-based.

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http://www.sansotei.com/

Top Saigon Restaurant…..Don Mills Rd, Toronto

Food & Drink

I’ve been here a couple of times but the food this time was just OK.

We ordered a mango shrimp salad that said specifically in the menu that the shrimp was jumbo size but when it arrived looked completely different from what we expected. Luckily they fixed our order and we got what we wanted, but the meal was nothing special and our waitress was pretty rude. The chicken skewers were really good though.

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HK Milk Tea

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Green Mango Shrimp Salad

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Chicken Skewers (3)

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House Special Pho

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