Fish, Chicken, Veggies, Fried Tofu and Sweet & Sour Pork
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.
We always end up eating in a Chinatown restaurant when we go to visit my grandparents and this time was no exception. House of Gourmet is quickly becoming one of our favourite spots because of their delicious food and super fast service (but honestly, I have never been in a Chinese restaurant that didn’t have speedy service, do those even exist?)
Featured below is not for the health conscious. We ordered roasted duck, cold cut chicken, fried Kobe noodles with beef, sizzling tofu, oysters, and also fried crab which was beyond yummy. Didn’t realize until the end of the menu that there were no veggie plate, but oh well. Everything tasted great!
If you read about my Spring Sushi adventure, you’ll know that I’m not too crazy about AYCE sushi because you get what you pay for and if you’re paying a fixed amount for a boatload of food, well… the results can’t be that great, can it?
Apparently, not true.
I’m so glad my friend talked me into going to Kyoto House! She had been there before, but it was my first time going there. Initially we wanted to eat at Sansotei (one of Toronto’s best ramen places) but it was closed on Sundays.
The waitress gave us a piece of paper to check off the items we wanted to get and the food arrived almost immediately. Watching your table slowly get filled up with plates of food is a magical experience.
Below are some of the things we ordered: seaweed salad (as always), salmon sashimi (very fresh, I was really impressed by the quality of their ingredients), along with a dragon and rainbow roll.
We couldn’t finish everything which was pretty sad because we usually bring our appetite and are game for anything, but luckily they didn’t charge us for wasted food. Would definitely come back again if I was in the mood for sushi! Wouldn’t even lump it together with other AYCE sushi restaurants, just a damn good sushi place.
Haven’t gone to an AYCE sushi place in a while but my friend wanted to check out the new place that opened up across the Eaton Centre so we decided to give it a shot. The good news: It’s a pretty large venue, but they had a large wait staff so it wasn’t hard to get their attention. The bad news: Why did we needed to get their attention so badly in the first place? Because our Ipad menu kept malfunctioning like CRAZY.
I’m all for incorporating technology into the dining experience but it only made the ordering process more frustrating. Once we had selected everything we wanted to get, it would revert back to the homepage. I think we tried like four times until we wanted to laugh/cry out of frustration and hunger.
We flagged down a waiter to help us out and he fixed it right away so the Ipad brought us back to the menu directory, but then it happened again.
When the food was finally ordered properly and brought to our table it was underwhelming. But I didn’t have high expectations going in since it was AYCE. Our drinks were really good though. I had a sake mojito which I forgot to take a picture of, but below is a picture of my friend’s lychee drink which was really refreshing.
Below are some of the things we ordered: Ika (squid), seaweed salad, and miso soup.
We ordered a lot of food, but the pictures didn’t turn out that great, so this is all you get! 🙂