All posts filed under: Japanese

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 …

Kazoku Ramen

The noodles were nice, they had a really good texture, a nice bite to them and not at all mushy. We also both thought the broth was quite delicious. Our disappointment was with the toppings. The Char Siu was pretty unappealing, it was quite fatty and looked more like slices of lunch meat. Also, the soft boiled egg looked like it fell a little more on the hard side. I think Kazoku is on the right track, but the ramen could use a little work.

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. …

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 …

Yokozuna

Yokozuna Japanese Restaurant 4121 106 Street NW Edmonton, AB Well, friends, it’s official. After 25 years as a West End-er, I’m now a South Central-er. I don’t think people even say that, but whatever, I’m making it a thing. 🙂 There a lot of great things about my new home (location, location, location) but one of the best is that there are so many new restaurants, cafes and stores to explore! A few weeks ago, before spending another evening shopping for stuff for my condo, I hit up Yokozuna in Whitemud Crossing for some delicious Japanese food. One of my wonderful, long-time friends, Jenn, (who is also now pretty much a neighbour, wahoo!) recommended Yokozuna to me. She said the food was good and that the restaurant was surprisingly posh inside. You wouldn’t really know it from the outside, but Yokozuna recently underwent extensive renovations and it looks great. Very, sleek and modern, but still warm and inviting. I made reservations for 6:30 and was happy to see that the restaurant was bustling. It appears to …

Izakaya Tomo

Izakaya Tomo 3739 99th Street NW Edmonton, AB I have heard nothing but good things about Izakaya Tomo since it opened earlier this year. I have been wanting to go for a while and finally got there a few weeks ago with a small group of friends. Izakaya Tomo is a little bit off the beaten path, but it is definitely worth the trip. Like a lot of restaurants these days, the concept seems to revolve around sharing, which really is a lot more fun since you get to try a lot more food! The menu is a little daunting, because there is so much on it; lots of items I was familiar with and many that I wasn’t. There were 5 of us out for dinner, but I ended up sharing mostly with Irene. Sometimes I find that when you have too many people sharing it can be a little hard to determine who wants what, who likes what and how you are going to split everything, but maybe that is just part of the ‘fun’? …

Sushi Wasabi and Ichiban

Ichiban Japanese Cuisine 8750 149 Street NW Edmonton, AB Sushi Wasabi 5714 111st NW Edmonton, AB I love going out to eat Japanese food. A – because it’s really good. B – because I can’t recreate a lot of Japanese food at home very easily. I’ve tried making sushi before and it didn’t turn out nearly as good as when a trained Sushi Chef makes it (no surprise there, it takes years of training to become an itamae) and I don’t even want to think about deep-frying tempura at home. I have a couple of favourite, go-to places for Japanese in Edmonton. I really enjoy Ichiban, it’s reasonably priced and pretty close to home. I also discovered Sushi Wasabi this summer, which is close to Southgate Mall. It seems to be quite authentic and all of the sushi that I have ordered there has been very delicious. The last time I went to Ichiban was for my mom’s birthday dinner in August. I almost always get the bento box when I am there, as I …