All posts filed under: Asian

Sansotei Ramen

Yesterday was rainy and grey, so Byron and I decided that a hot bowl of ramen would make for a perfect lunch. We headed downtown and arrived at the restaurant around 12:30. Sansotei isn’t very big and it’s fairly popular already, so I was pleasantly surprised that we were seated immediately when we arrived.

Datsun

Datsun 380 Elgin Street Ottawa, ON It might seem like a weird thing to say at the age of 28, but when my parents came to visit last month, it was the longest I have ever gone without seeming them in my entire life! Three months feels like a long time when you are used to seeing your parents at least once a week. I was of course incredibly excited when they visited and couldn’t wait to show them some of my favourite Ottawa restaurants that I have tried so far. Although I had only visited Datsun once before, I knew it was a must when my parents came to town. Byron and I love all sorts of different Asian cuisines and Datsun does a lot of them really, really well. Put that together with an excellent cocktail list and awesome atmosphere and it was a no-brainer that Datsun would be a great place to show my parents a good time. The first thing we did when we arrived was look over the cocktail list and …

Morimoto

Morimoto Andaz Maui Wailea, Maui, HI I remember when one of the only reality TV shows on the Food Network was Iron Chef. And I don’t mean Iron Chef America, I am talking about the original Iron Chef from Japan that was aired with unintentionally hilarious voice-over English translations. It was here that Masarhu Morimoto was first introduced to North American audiences. Ever since I heard about his restaurant in Honolulu, I knew I wanted to pay Morimoto a visit. And then when I heard that he had recently opened a new restaurant in Maui, literally next door to our condo, then I knew I had no excuse! We decided to visit Morimoto at the beautiful Andaz hotel for lunch on the day we flew out of Maui. It seemed like it would be a great way to finish off our amazing trip. And it really was. The hotel itself was pretty spectacular. The restaurant was gorgeous, it had a picture perfect beach view and top notch service. The food was was also pretty great. Would it be worth the dinner price tag? …

Yanagi Sushi

Aloha! Have you missed me? Sorry for the long absence, I’ve been away soaking up the sun (while SPF protected, of course), frolicking in the sand, boogie boarding in the surf and eating all kinds of great food in Hawaii. I had every intention of trying to blog some of my delicious eats while I was away, but wouldn’t you know it, after a day of sun, sand, surf, drink and food, I usually found myself far too relaxed in the evenings to even attempt at writing a post. C’est la vie! I am back at it now though, to help get myself through some vacation withdrawal. 😉 Like many foodies, one of my favourite things to do before a vacation is to spend plenty of time researching the food options at my vacation destination. Nothing irks me more than getting sucked into some over-priced, sub-par tourist trap while vacationing. A little preparation is usually all you need to ensure you enjoy all sorts of great eats. We enjoyed so much good food in Hawaii. …

Beef Tataki

There are a lot of foods that I love eating when I am out at a restaurant, but sometimes they are just too much trouble to make at home. I often like to enjoy a delicious order of Beef Tataki when I am out eating Japanese food, but I had always thought that it was one of those things that I would just only eat out at a restaurant. Then, one day as I was browsing through my local Superstore, I noticed a bottle of Ponzu as I was walking down the Asian aisle. And I thought, well how hard could it really be to make Beef Tataki? So, I spent a little time reading up on Beef Tataki, bought the bottle of Ponzu, a good steak, some onions and I was ready to go. I almost hesitate to post this as a recipe, because it was so easy (and because I wasn’t making my Ponzu from scratch) but sometimes it’s the simple things that turn out the best! Beef Tataki – bottle of Kikkoman …

Kenko Japanese Cuisine

Kenko Japanese Cuisine 9543 42 Ave NW Edmonton, AB If there is one thing I like almost as much as Italian food, it’s Japanese food. I love all of the different flavour combinations that you can find in a good roll, the freshness and simplicity of a great piece of a sashimi and the way ponzu and thinly sliced beef play together on a plate of beef tataki. It seems like Edmonton is becoming home to more and more delicious sushi joints and many of them seem to be popping up in the most random places on the South side of Edmonton (not that I, as a South-sider, am complaining). Sushi Sugoi recently opened it’s doors in the old Outback location on Calgary Trail. Izakya Tomo can be found on 99th street, just south of the Whitemud. And then there is my most recent sushi adventure, to Kenko, which is just off of 99th street and the Whitemud (actually very close to Izakya Tomo), an area that is home to more industrial businesses than good …