Donburi Review

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505 Highway 7

905-597-6505

http://donburi.ca

Cuisine: Japanese

Type: Casual

Price: Cheap

Rating

Atmosphere: 7/10

Food: 7/10

Service: 5/10

Donburi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.

Food Truck Festival Richmond Hill 2016

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They had a few food truck festival around the GTA this summer so I decided to check out the one in Richmond Hill. It was at Richmond Green which is a great venue. There were quite a few trucks and different types of food to choose from but nothing really stood out which was disappointing.

steak-poutine

This Steak Poutine was the highlight of the night. The fries were freshly fried and not starchy, the potatoes stay together and has a smooth texture. There was a good helping of meat and the melted cheese was the yummy glue that kept everything together.

purple-lemonade

This was supposed to be their Purple Lemonade but as you can see, it’s blue…

I was pretty disappointed not just by the colour but this was just blue Kool Aid. I didn’t even really taste the lemon…

pork-tacos

These Pork Tacos were pretty good but not the best I’ve had. The shells were cold and not as soft as I would’ve liked. There was also too much sauce so when I picked one up, it was all over my hand. The meat wasn’t dry at least.

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Ah, the best part, dessert! Me and my boyfriend shared this Strawberries and Cream Funnel Cake. I haven’t had a funnel cake in ages and since I had someone to share with, it was a no brainer! It was fresh like everything else and I like how they didn’t overflow the strawberry sauce. It could’ve had more ice cream though :p.

This intrigued me because it was a food truck festival but I thought it would have more interesting food. They had quite a bit of options but just your standard food trucks, nothing new and exciting. Maybe if I went to the Toronto one instead but I wanted to avoid a large crowd. I’ll know for next year!

Sweet Note Review

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505 Highway 7 (Markham)

(905) 877-9338

Type: Cafe

Cuisine: Dessert

Price: Cheap – Average

Rating

Food: 7.5/10

Atmosphere: 8/10

Service: 7/10

Sweet Note Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I came here quite a few times when they first opened and enjoy their desserts very much. Unfortunately, I’m not in the area as much anymore but will pop by when I have the chance.

The decor is very cutesy and everything has a bold pop of colour. It’s just how I like it and the atmosphere is very at ease. You can spend hours catching up with a friend here. You have your own privacy and can talk comfortably. Their flavours and sauces change so it may be different each time you go.

throat-soother

The Throat Soother is a nice blend of peppermint, orange peel and echinacea (coneflower). I love that they have an hourglass to let you know when your tea is done steeping. There’s also a little tray for you to put your tea bag aside to steep later.

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I’ve never had a Baked Alaska but it was interesting! This one had a pineapple ice cream and vanilla cake inside topped with meringue. There were different textures and it was a mixture of warm and cold which was new for me. I didn’t mind it because everything was yummy but it’s not something I love.

frozen-creme-brulee

Their Frozen Creme Brulee is just what you expect. It has the same smooth, creamy texture of creme brulee but cold instead of hot. I didn’t even know this was a thing but it tastes just as good! I do prefer it hot though but I would get this again.

vanilla-souffle-and-sauce

The Vanilla Souffle and Chocolate Sauce was one of my favourites! It takes 20 mins to make so be sure you aren’t in a rush. It comes out puffed and bouncy. I cut a bit of it open and poured the sauce in after trying it by itself. It’s airy and light, the perfect tasting souffle!

chocolate-lava-cake

Thier Chocolate Lava Cake comes with a scoop of sorbet and a macaron shell. I was a little dissapointed because the centre didn’t really ooze out for me. I think it may have been a little overcooked sadly…

cafe-affogato

Their Cafe Affogato uses real espresso that you pour over the ice cream and this tastes the best when you use good quality ingredients. They got it right at Sweet Note since they make everything themselves, except the drinks.

black-sesame-and-chocolate-mousse

I love their Black Sesame and Chocolate Mousse. This was a special monthly flavour that is rotated monthly. It was smooth and SO creamy! The taste was strong and an added plus is that you get to keep the bottle! I use mine to hold all my bobby pins.

black-sesame-matcha-macarons

I tried their Black Sesame and Matcha Macarons and these were also something I would get again. The filling was smooth and the macaron shell was hard on the outside but soft on the inside.

Yang’s Fine Asian Cuisine Review

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9665 Bayview Avenue #30 (Richmond Hill)

(905) 884-3388

Cuisine: Chinese

Type: Dim Sum

Pricing: Pricey

Rating

Food: 9/10

Service: 7/10

Atmosphere: 8/10

Yang's Fine Chinese Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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!

Baked Sweet Durian Puff + Baked Cashew & Pumpkin Puff

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.

Beef Tripe with Fermented Bean Paste

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.

Crispy Japanese Pearl Oyster

The Crispy Japanese Pearl Oyster is 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.

Crystal Jumbo Shrimp Har Gow Dumpling

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!

Minced Squid Ball in Bird's Nest

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!

Seafood Dumpling with Russian Fish Roe

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.

Steamed Chicken Feet with Spices

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,

Taro Cake

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.

Il Fornello (Richmond Hill) Review

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8851 Yonge Street

(905) 530-1153

www.ilfornello.com

Pricing: Average

Cuisine: Italian

Type: Semi-Casual

Rating

Food: 8/10

Service: 7/10

Atmosphere: 8/10

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If you’re somewhat of a foodie, you’ll have heard of the name Il Fornello thrown around here and there. The one that gets the most attention is the Toronto location but there’s actually one up on the North end in Richmond Hill. For good reason reason too since Woodbridge and Maple (known for their high populations of Italians) are close by.

I came here for their weekend brunch buffet that’s only offered on the weekend from 11:30am to 2:30pm. I was a little skeptical since buffets usually mean the quality of food is less than their usual fare but I was pleasantly surprised! I guess I shouldn’t expect anything less from one of “Toronto’s best Italian restaurants.”

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As you can see from my first platter, there’s quite a variety. There are different types of pizza, pasta, salads and breakfast foods. The scrambled eggs are flavoured and fluffy and the dishes are made fresh so nothing is stale of cold. Every time I walked by, the chefs were always making a fresh batch of something.

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Eggs Benedict, french toast, bacon and mussels are just a few more items available. Can you believe you can have mussels for brunch? A definite bonus! The eggs benny was runny like its supposed to be, the french toast was a little soggier than it should be but still great. And who doesn’t love crispy bacon?

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For my last platter, I got a few of my favourites and a few new ones. The tuna pasta salad was creamy but not overdone and the fried chicken was a little dry so I didn’t finish it.

I would recommend coming here for brunch because it’s a nice sample of their full menu. I plan on coming back because I got a little taste and I want more!

Shogun Sushi and Ramen

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10097 Yonge Street #7 (Richmond Hill)

(905) 237-9369

www.shogunsushiramen.com

Pricing: Average

Cuisine: Japanese

Type: Casual Restaurant

Rating

Atmosphere: 7/10

Food: 7/10

Service: 7/10

Shogun Sushi & Ramen on Urbanspoon

Shogun is located along the streets of “downtown” Richmond Hill and it’s a little¬†shop stuck in-between two others so it can be hard to find at first.

The decor is simple enough with mahogany coloured wooden tables and benches. They have an open kitchen concept so you can see what’s cooking in the kitchen (if you’re interested that is). They have a pretty big variety but like a lot of Japanese restaurants in Toronto, this one is run by Chinese people.

Octopus Ball

Their Octopus Ball, also known as takoyaki, seems to be lacking a few ingredients like Japanese mayo and seaweed but it does a good job on satisfying your taste buds. The batter isn’t that chewy but the piece of octopus is a good size so it doesn’t feel like you’re eating a ball of dough.

Spicy Butter Fish Roll

The Spicy Butter Fish Roll was delicious! After I had my share, I wanted more so I stole my friend’s piece :p. Butter fish is already pretty creamy; add in some spicy mayo and panko and you’ve got one damn good roll!

Tonkotsu Ramen

I’m usually not a huge fan of soup but when it comes to ramen, I can’t say no. Their Tonkotsu Ramen was done really well actually. The broth was milky and the noodles were long and chewy. I wasn’t sure if the noodles were handmade or store-bought but either way, it made the dish good.

Volcano Salad

I’ve had Volcano Salad before and despite it being deep fried julienned cucumber, carrots and crab meat topped with spicy mayo, I love having it once in awhile. You have to ask yourself how something that tastes so good be bad for you! The batter makes it crunchy and the spicy mayo gives it a lot of flavour. But if you let it sit too long, the pieces will become soggy.

The food and service isn’t bad at all and I think if I lived in the area, I’d come here pretty often. There wasn’t anything really wrong with the food but at the same time, it didn’t stand out and it’s not very memorable.