We were pleased with the experience.
For appetizers we had the Sake Kasu Sablefish and the Marinated Flank Steak Salad. We thought the fish was perfectly done nice and smooth and moist. It was favoured nicely, not too overpowering so that you still taste the fish. The salad was both substantial and light with fresh flavours. Thinking the cilantro would overpower it I started picking and putting it aside but realized it added a nice touch to it and ate it all. If the portions were larger they would make excellent entrées.
For entrees we had Korean BBQ Pork Chop with sweet potato, cabbage, kimchi vinaigrette, and the Butter Chicken with tandoor roasted chicken, rice, naan bread, mint chutney. Ok granted there could have more chicken but when you go to other Indian restaurants that serve entrées of butter chicken the portions are often small. The buffet restaurants lack the subtly in flavors and spices. The chutney was light and cooling against the heat of the chicken. For me the only problem with the meal was not enough rice or naan. There was so much yummy sauce and not enough carbs to eat it with. The BBQ pork was a large portion good for meat eaters but a bit dry. Maybe it was overdone and/or lacked the fat and marbling I love when eating BBQ pork. The side was tasty and an interesting twist on mashed potatoes.
The Mango Parfait was light and fluffy and when you hit the concentrated mango puree, it’s quite lovely. The ginger chocolate cookies were a bit of a miss. They were neither crisp nor chewy, instead somewhere in between so they could be better. Since we were in a Pan Asian restaurant had to try the Japanese Cheesecake. Don’t expect the consistency to be like the traditional western cheesecakes. This is almost cakey. The side fruit and angalise complemented the cake and added moisture to it.
I liked the airy feeling of the restaurant, nice and bright and clean. I didn’t think Ikea once. We booked based on some of the food critic reviews and I only read negative reviews about the service after committing to go so I was a bit nervous. But we had great service from the hostess who brought us to our table, to the host who took care of us during dinner as well as our waiter. They came regularly to see how we were doing but not too often. They offered but didn’t push us to order alcoholic drinks thank goodness. I think what impressed me was that they had that combination of providing good service as well as being relatable individuals. Nothing like the phony service in cookie cutter mid level suburban restaurants that are moving into the downtown business core.
Still waiting to try the ramen that I keep reading about.