Donburi was something I stumbled on when I was trying to find a middle point for me and a friend to meet up. It turned out to be a hidden gem with huge portions!
We decided to try the Takoyaki and I was glad it had the sauces and garnishes. It wasn’t bad but still not the best I’ve ever had. The dough was partially chewy and the octopus piece was a good size.
The Donburi Gyuu Don is one of their classics and comes in a fairly large bowl with a lot of meat! It’s flavoured nicely and isn’t bland so you’ll have no problem finishing it! The rice is also partially wet and sticky like it’s supposed to be.
The Chicken Oyako Don was what I chose because I love eggs with my rice :). The onions were even super sweet and grilled to a soft texture so I had no problem eating it. The rice to topping ratio is just right and I wouldn’t change it.
This place is a little hidden but worth a try if you’re in the area. Try to avoid dinner rushes though since it fills up fast! It’s family friendly so a lot of groups come in at the same time.
My boyfriend surprised me by taking me here for dinner on a random day and it quickly became one of my favourite places! This Japanese fusion place is a great place to take a date for any occasion.
The Nori Fries are AMAZING! It’s seasoned so evenly and the fries are covered from head to toe so no matter whichever one you pick, it will be full of flavour. They have different variations and I can’t wait to try the others.
This Side Salad comes with almost every dish, just like if you were to go to any Japanese restaurants. Nothing special about the salad.
The Shiso Clam Vongole has white wine, olive oil, garlic, bacon, tomato and Manila clams. I cannot begin to descibe how amazing this is. There is a good amount of clams and everything has such a bold flavour that isn’t too overpowering. Vongole is more on the lighter side that uses olive oil instead of cream or tomato sauce so you really get to taste to ingredients for what they are.
Their Unagi Don has a cream teriyaki sauce and shimeji mushrooms with Japanese BBQ sauce eel. Again, great flavour and everything is cooked perfectly.
Side Note: After writing this post, I have decided to go to Shiso Tree for dinner this weekend.
A lot of people love this restaurant for being homely and offering LOTS of side dishes. It definitely does have that home cooking feel to it which is why you’ll see that it’s crowded most of the time.
Like many Korean restaurants, you will get free Side Dishes. And they give you so many to choose from! If you’re lucky, they’ll also give you a potato pancakes!
One of my favourite dishes, Dolsot BiBimBap. It’s not the best I’ve had but still great and flavourful. The chili sauce helps and I’ve yet to have a bad bibimbap.
The GongJong DdukBokKi is the non-spicy, savoury version of the popular spicy Tteokbokki. This was one of the first times I had a non-spicy version and I loved it. The beef was marinated beautifully and the sauce was a little on the thicker side, which I preferred.
Their JaJangMyun (Black Bean Noodles) were great! The noodles were chewy and not too thin. The sauce was thick enough to be absorbed by the noodles and had cubes of meat. It’s a very savoury dish and the cucumbers (however little there are) are very refreshing.
The Gam Ja Tang (Pork Bone Soup) has large bones and comes with a side of rice. The soup had great flavour and was just the right amount of spicy. I know some people who have had it multiple times and it does not disappoint.
Remember the free Potato Pancake I mentioned earlier? Here it is! Depending on your party, you may receive more. They gave us ours closer to the end of the meal and it’s made out of potatoes but’s it’s not chewy at all. It’s chewy and it’s a texture I can’t quote explain. It’s one of those things you have to taste yourself.
This restaurant uses a lot of lamb in their dishes; I’d say about 80 per cent. So if you don’t like the taste of lamb, DO NOT go here. If you do then by all means, this might be the place for you. If you can handle your spice that is.
Their Fried Barbecue (Lamb) is a pretty big plate of lamb with quite a spicy kick. I couldn’t eat too much of it at one time but I kept going back because it was chewy and full of flavour.
The noodles in the Lamb Soup Noodle was handmade and so fresh! They were chewy and did not break apart easily but they were heavy so you couldn’t lift it too high. This one wasn’t too spicy but there was a lot of black pepper which is a different experience.
The Lamb Soup is similar to the previous one but there are no noodles and you have a lamb shank instead of pre-cut pieces. You have the same clear, peppery broth with the hundreds of green onions.
And of course, you can’t forget the Shish Kebab (Lamb). These are SO spicy, even if you ask them to put less but the meat was a little dry in my opinion but still had a nice texture to them.
It’s a good place to try but I probably wouldn’t be back. I would’ve liked to see more variety, even with their specialty being lamb. The service was also poor, it took a long time to get someone’s attention and even then, it seemed like they were annoyed.
The desserts are displayed beautifully behind a class and the workers in uniforms greet you cheerfully as they take your order.
You can choose to have it to go but you can also eat downstairs in a private area with padded seating. It’s nice after a day of walking and shopping at the nearby Eaton Centre.
The St Honore Chocolate is one of the variations that they rotate and it’s a creme chantilly (this one in chocolate) in a tart with berries usually and two full-sized macarons varying in flavour. It’s so good and the tart is cookie-like while the creme is so smooth, it melts in your mouth!
The St Honore Vanilla Bean is equally as good but instead of a chocolate creme chantilly, it’s vanilla bean.
I grabbed some Mini Macarons to share with some friends I was seeing the next day and they were still pretty fresh. There were different flavours and I enjoyed the ones I tried. They still aren’t the best I’ve had but if I passed by one, I would drop in to get some.
For Father’s Day, I brought my family to have some dim sum but I wanted to go to somewhere classy that made them fresh in the kitchen. And Yang’s didn’t disappoint!
The Baked Sweet Durian Puff + Baked Cashew & Pumpkin Puff were new to me! You can taste the durian and the puff was so flaky it crumbled right when I bit into it. The pumpkin was more deep fried and chewy with a smooth pumpkin centre.
One of the best delicacies at dim sum, Beef Tripe with Fermented Bean Paste. By itself it doesn’t have a taste but it’s the juice that it’s steamed in that gives it the flavour.
The Crispy Japanese Pearl Oysteris something I usually get if I see it. I love oysters and the batter around this one wasn’t too thick and was nice and fluffy.
My favourite dim sum dish of all time, the Crystal Jumbo Shrimp Har Gow Dumpling. I love that the shrimp filling inside is simple but the best part is the super chewy clear skin on the outside. I always eat the outside first, it’s the only time I don’t save the best for last!
The Minced Squid Ball in Bird’s Nest was a little interesting as well. The bird’s nest outside was crispy but I felt like there was too much compared to the squid on the inside. There needed to be more filling!
Their Seafood Dumpling with Russian Fish Roe (Siu Mai) was really fresh and you could taste it! It was still pipping hot but the flavour of everything was multiplied.
We got the Steamed Chicken Feet with Spices because they didn’t have the red one. It was still good and the skin and meat wasn’t thin so it wasn’t an old diseased chicken,
Last but not least, the Taro Cake. With chunks of taro, I enjoyed this one a lot because they didn’t cheap out on the main ingredient. It was a little dry though but that was probably because of the taro. You win some, you lose some.