Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Mi-Ne :: After Lab Dinner with the Parents

Complimentary Salad & Miso Soup with Mi-Ne Special Dinner

Tako & Salt Spring Mussel Udon ($18)

CD-8 Mi-Ne Special Dinner ($28.95)
4 pcs of shrimp tempura, 7 pcs sushi & maki, 12 pcs sashimi and teriyaki with beef

Mi-Ne Special Dinner - Shrimp Tempura

Mi-Ne Special Dinner - Beef Teriyaki

Mi-Ne Special Dinner - Sushi & Maki

Torch Rainbow Dragon Roll ($18)
torched rainbow dragon roll with spicy sauce

Mi-Ne Sushi
8865 Woodbine Ave D5
Markham, ON L3R 5G1

Monday, 25 May 2015

Panera Bread :: Quick Dinner Before Midterm

Pick Two - Creamy Tomato Soup and Caesar Salad with Chips ($8.08)

Large Lemonade ($2.99)

After my visit at the Panera Bread near the corner of Yonge and Dundas, and experiencing the dirty cutlery (click for photo) and poor service - it really turned me off from coming back to this location. I've had better experiences with the Panera Bread at the Shops of Don Mills and on Highway 7 and Warden. I was initially thinking of visiting the Highway 7 location to squeeze in some study time and lunch prior to my midterm in downtown Toronto, but the impending rain changed my mind and I decided to head downtown first just in case traffic was bad. Since so many of my friends dined at the Yonge location before, I figured perhaps last time was a fluke.

This second visit was much better than the first, but wasn't enough to change my mind about this particular location. The service was much better and the cashier was friendly. The problem this time wasn't service or the cutlery. It was the salad. It was terrible - and it was only a Caesar salad! It didn't taste right. It tasted as though they washed the salad and left soap studs in it. It was not refreshing at all! In addition, for a Caesar salad, there was a disappointing lack of salad dressing. I was literally eating a plain bowl of lettuce with croutons in it. I didn't want to make a fuss since I never really had to return a dish I've ordered myself before and I was trying to cram the last amount of lecture into my head before my test. The creamy tomato soup was delicious but kind of on the warm/cold side, but acceptable. Lemonade was generous for the size (the regular size is $2.79 - so for 20 cents more got the large) but slightly on the sweet side. 

I don't dislike Panera Bread as a franchise, but I don't like the Yonge and Dundas location because I think it's reasonable to expect friendly service, clean cutlery, and a hearty, healthy, and refreshing meal that I'm fully satisfied with for the premium price of $12.51 - especially if it's simply a cup of soup and a small Caesar salad. I feel like Panera Bread is a franchise that prides itself on quality food and service - but I simply don't believe that this location has it.

Panera Bread
322 Yonge Street 
Toronto, ON M5B 1R8
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Friday, 22 May 2015

The Pilot Tavern :: Good Luck Party with View Eye Care Team :)

Somersby Apple Cider

Regular Sized Pilot Nachos

Smoked Salmon Flatbread
grilled italian flatbread topped with smoked salmon, sour cream, red onion, & fresh dill

Asian Dumplings
crispy pork & chicken filled dumplings - served with a soy, garlic, & ginger dipping sauce

Hummus Dip
roasted red pepper & garlic hummus with grilled pita, carrots, & celery

Grilled Cheese
canadian cheddar on marble rye

The Pilot
22 Cumberland Street
Toronto, ON M4W 1J5
416.923.5716

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Kim's Ichiban :: Late Night Dinner with Vince & Joey

Medium Sushi & Sashimi Platter - 40 pcs ($40)

Although the increments of sushi & sashimi platters are medium (40 pcs), large (80 pcs), and extra large (not sure), they are always more generous with their portions than verbally advertised. Meaning, that if it's a medium tray of 40 pcs, they will usually give you about 45-50 pcs. If not, they usually give complimentary hand rolls which is really nice of them. Although it's common practice for them to give out hand rolls or extra sushi, it's not always consistent - so order what you think you can eat opposed to anticipating that you will get complimentary food. Plus for an extra $20 from medium to large, you literally get double the amount.

The restaurant is mainly a take-out restaurant, but if you do dine in, you will get a complimentary bowl of miso soup and unlimited free tea (self-serve). The menu is simplistic, but you do have a view of the sushi bar prior to ordering so you can see what they have (and it's great for accessing the quality of uni they have that day).

The quality of the sushi is average and you won't get as much unique fish varieties (they mainly give out salmon). The restaurant seating is a little cramped, but the extremely jolly service makes up for it. Despite these two points, I still highly recommend individuals looking for a quick bite to check Kim's Ichiban out as it's a great value!

Kim's Ichiban has been my go-to restaurant to come with friends (ever since high school... and the prices haven't changed ever!) and to order trays to bring over to parties. 

PS: Kim's Ichiban is cash only.


Kim's Ichiban
550 Highway 7 E Unit 99 Building E 
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3B1
905.881.2583