Submitted Friday, August 31, 2012 - 1:09am [Dine in]
This is not your typical Japanese restaurant. If you want large portions of sashimi and big fat rolls, Sushi Mori will not satisfy your needs. Sushi Mori is different and delicious! I love going to Sushi Mori for their specialty rolls.They're unique and yummy. Yakisoba is not as wet as most (which I prefer) and not over salted or greasy. Sushi pizza is very well done! Right amount of crispness of the rice but not too hard. Sashimi is fresh and thin. Grilled mackerel does have bones in it so watch out (it is very flavorful though!) The food is soo good! The price is definitely reasonable for the quality of food you're eating. The service is good if you don't catch them on a busy day. And I adore the look and feel of Sushi Mori. It really looks and feels like an authentic Japanese restaurant with the fake trees and fake foliage. It's one of the few Asians restaurants that I find calm and soothing.
I recommend Sushi Mori to anyone who's craving Japanese food other than chunky sashimi and rolls.
So much to choose
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2012 - 12:49am [Dine in]
Whenever I walk into Cumpari's, I always feel overwhelmed at the choices. I get super excited but at the same time the decision making process can cause a headache. It takes me forever to choose what I want since everything looks soo good! I'm a person that likes her deserts light and less sweet so it's a constant battle within myself to order something I will enjoy and finish (fruit tart), or something that will hit the spot but will probably end up in the trash because it was too sweet (raspberry mousse cake...never again). The service is okay. The price is pretty standard to other desert places (although I find it a bit lower). And the ambiance is decent. The high ceiling doesn't help with the echo so the place gets noisy if it's a full house. The patio is open for the summer time which is great for extra seating. However, once this place fill up, you might not be able to find a seat for a while. Whenever I come here, I usually stay for at least an hour to chat with friends. It seems like the patrons here are like that too so be prepared to eat your tasty treat somewhere else.
Overall, Cumpari's is a great place for dessert in the Lougheed/North Road area. They're open late which is good for you night owls.
PS- with any desert places, you have to be careful of what you order. Sometimes you're lucky and other times not so much.
Trial and Error
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2012 - 12:29am [Dine in]
After being introduced to Thierry through a friend that's a major chocoholic, I found this place to be delightful. As a person who likes there desert light and less sweet, I had to be careful of what I ordered (as with any desert place). After asking the workers for a recommendation, I ended up ordered the blueberry tart and a green tea drink(which was basically syrup and water). I also split some macaroons with my friend and we ended up getting earl grey, raspberry and lychee macaroon. I wish I had tried the Early grey macaroon first as it was bland after I had everything else. My friend said that it was her favorite one out of the 3. Personally, the raspberry and lychee were both as good. The raspberry had raspberry bits which were a nice surprise and lychee bits in the lychee macaroon as well. The Blueberry tart was a little bland. It tasted better the day after when I took it home (which is odd). My friend got a slice of tuxedo cake which of course is way too much sweetness for me but the cream filling was very good. The macaroons and deserts are fairly priced. The decor and design of Thierry is super chic; a great getaway from the downtown chaos.
Overall, I would definitely come back again to try some more deserts. I will want to see how there pies or mousses are. I hoping that they won't be too sweet !
Favourite Malaysian restaurant
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2012 - 12:05am [Dine in]
Hands down the best Malaysian food I have tried. I have yet to order something on the menu that didn't taste phenomenal. Come with an empty stomach because you'll leave stuffed. The food is NOT overly greasy which is so refreshing. The servers are nice and they know the menu and have great recommendations. They're attentive and seem like a cohesive team! You should book a reservation in advance and arrive early. It gets really busy during prime hours. I had a reservation for 7 last time I came here and I still had to wait 30 minutes or so before they can clear a table. The food arrived quickly after we ordered. Oh! And they also serve a yummy deep fried Banana split. I don't think it's on the menu but you can ask the server if they have it. The price is reasonable for what you're getting. There is a lot of seafood on the menu so be aware if you're allergic.
Dinner at Banana Leaf is always a good time . I haven't tried any of there other locations but I will soon in the future. Keep up the good work Banana Leaf!
You will be missed!
Submitted Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 11:41pm [Dine in]
This was my favorite place to get West Coast inspired Japanese food. It was close by Brentwood. I would go out of my way to eat at this restaurant. Gohan's dishes were unique and delicious and definitely stood out other sushi restaurants that served the same thing over and over again. You got what you paid for and the price was reasonable. It was the only few Asian restaurants I felt relaxed in. Thank you Gohan for your delicious food! You will be missed!
My go to Hot Pot place
Submitted Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 11:30pm [Dine in]
Great value! Lots of different options. I also get the biggest urge for Hot Pot when it my time of the month (haha tmi? Sorry :P) and I usually crave cleaner and lighter tasting food. I always end up getting the beef or meat base soup with tons of veggies. I have had there more meaty pots and they're delicious as well. You get a lot of food for your money ( I usually end up packing up my food). You get your choice of different drinks (you might not like them if you're not familiar with the drinks) and dipping sauces (which you can refill as many times you want). You also get a raw egg as well which is nice since most restaurants charge you extra for it. It's kind of an annoyance that the temperature controls are on the other side but the waitstaff is usually very aware of it. Your meal also includes some frozen yogurt (or is it sherbert? the consistency is weird) to cool you right down.
Overall, I love this place even though the service and ambiance is lacking. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who's looking for traditional hot pot. Pearl Hot Pot is what hot pot should be about; friends & family and eating till you burst.
PS- On a completely different note, the eggs arrive on these egg holders made out of spring so I like pressing the egg down a little and watching them jump. Sometimes, I'll have a jumping duel between my boyfriend's egg and my egg to see which egg can jump the highest. Am I the only one who's entertained by this (haha) I glad I haven't broken any yet.
Not your traditional Hot Pot
Submitted Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 10:58pm [Dine in]
There's really nothing special about the food (it was okay...). I ordered the coconut curry hot pot base (which was quite tasty) with pork, bok choy, enoki mushrooms, button mushrooms and vermicelli. For the sauces I picked, satay, sesame sauce and soy sauce. My mistake was picking soy sauce as one of my included sauce choices. It was already on the table and the server didn't inform me of that until after I received my food (he also didn't offer to get me another sauce in return.) The nuts and sesame sauce was bland and the white color of the sauce threw me off as well. The sauces were in small portion as well. They serve there sauces in soy sauce dishes you get at sushi restaurants so don't be expecting to have enough to last you your meal. My vermicelli arrived on the same plate as my veggies and not in a bowl (how am I going to eat my vermicelli without a bowl?) Either they have problems with there cook top burner or the pots of soup were too small (I guessing latter of the 2), because if you didn't leave it off, your soup base would boil way too quickly. They do add water to your pot, if you request it (just water though, not the soup base you ordered so be prepare to for your soup to be water down). They only give you 6 slices of meat (all of which were half fat). They included pull pork with my meat which I found it very hard to find in the pot after I threw it in. I would advise to order more leafy vegetables than mushrooms, as you get more quantity for what you're paying.
Overall, it was an okay experience. Having hot pot many times at different restaurants and at home, I was left unsatisfied. In my opinion, most of the flavor in hot pot comes from the soup base and sauces. I got lucky and chose a tasty one. My boyfriend however wasn't so (he got Szechuan Spicy). Fire Pots is advertised as "healthy" but unless you don't order meat, you sure won't be feeling healthy after. It's far from traditional and it is targeted towards people who enjoy "light?" hot potting. Fire pots is overpriced for the quantity of food you're getting (the veggies and meat are raw, why not include more?). I would not go back or recommend this place for hot pot but the drinks look promising ($4 Sapporo)