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September 29, 2014
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Fishman Lobster Clubhouse: A King’s dinner

The day I watched a video introducing Fishman Lobster Clubhouse was the day I was convinced I had to go to Toronto, no matter what. I wasn’t the only one – I saw many friends going to Toronto just to see how epic the food was. Actually, epic is an understatement; it’s overused. I would define it, a King’s dinner.

Before going to Fishman Lobster Clubhouse, reservation is a must. So remember to call and reserve a few days in advance unless you don’t mind eating at odd hours.

Another big important note, don’t do the same mistake as me, bring a big party with you. 4 people isn’t enough!

The number of king crabs and lobsters in display is simply unbelievable. To think that all these sea creatures will be eaten in a matter of days is just insane. But this is the reality of Fishman Lobster Clubhouse. Not to mention, it’s even sickening that all these poor things are looking at us eating their kin.

We had a preset King crab menu with an added lobster. This meal was more than enough for 6 people, and we were only 4. I shake my head.

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Steamed crab

So meaty and fresh!

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Soup of the day

Nothing special, but it prepared us for the gigantic meal.

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King crab stir fried in maggi soya sauce

This was my favorite dish – the sauce was so tasty and was completely infused in the crab meat. It was finger licking goodness!

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And the most awaited dish…

And yes, we had duo lobster and crab in Hong Kong style.

These 2 plates killed us. The amount was just endless, and this wasn’t even the biggest tower I have seen!

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Steamed crab with salted eggs and egg whites.

This was as delicious as the steamed crab, but much more smoother due to the egg whites.

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Fried rice.

At this point, we were too knocked out to even have a taste. Did I regret not trying? Maybe, but I think I made a good decision as I was already pushing myself to finish the other dishes. I think filling my last breath with lobster and crab goodness was better than rice.

We also had a vegetable dish and a dessert – that I forgot to take a picture.

It was just too much food for 4 people.

This dinner was so memorable. The perfect representation of a king’s meal. I will come again, with a bigger party.

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September 23, 2014
by zuuchini
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Ding Tai Fung: Stop number 1

In every trip to Toronto, a meal at Ding Tai Fung is a must. I highly regarded as the number one for Siao Long Bao. Things may have changed a bit because, although food was still good, the siao long bao weren’t as impressive as I remembered them to be. It could be because Montreal’s dumplings simply improved dramatically recently.

But overall, I still enjoyed my meal. Next time, I will forego Ding Tai Fung and  I shall visit other dumpling house in Toronto.

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September 16, 2014
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Benny&Co at Saint-Felix-de-Valois: The ultimate Benny poutine experience

Yes, finally! I went to visit my cousin, which means Benny poutine time!

So why am I so overly excited for this specific Benny? The reason is: It seriously beats all other Benny’s poutine!

This Benny is very far, but it never disappoints me. Here are some pictures to show its glory:

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This is my definition of the perfect poutine! It has to have crispy fries, squeaky cheese curds and mild gravy.

While the other Benny always have the fries too soaked in the sauce, the Benny at Saint-Felix-de-Valois has mastered the perfect balance between the level of sauce and the level of crispiness of the fries.

Do I need to say more? I’m drooling by simply looking at the pictures.

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September 8, 2014
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Lobster roll at Muvbox

Hullo everyone!

Summer is quickly fading away. We don’t have much warm days left nor much days left to have a lobster roll at Old Port! Muvbox, famous for their lobster, is operating its last days of the year.  So if you are craving for a little guidille, better run!

As for me, I had my lobster in a perfect summer evening. Not a foreign practice in my reviews, the pictures were forgotten in some folder and consequently, I am late in my reviews.

To enjoy Muvbox’s lobsteroll you must first of all:

1. Love lobster

2. Don’t mind the very mayonnaise and green tasting dressing

3. Don’t mind hefty price

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The price is justified by the quantity of lobster in a roll – I would like to say at least 2 claws. The meat was utterly fresh, but the dressing didn’t do it for me. If you like mayonnaise and very green tasting (as in a mix of celery and green onions – that were what I tasted), then this is your lobster roll.

As for the clam chowder… I was too spoiled by my Oregon trip a few years ago where I tasted the best clam chowder. So this clam chowder at Muvbox was lacking in the savory department. But definitely a great soup for the upcoming chilly evenings.

 

Happy lobster roll!

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August 27, 2014
by zuuchini
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Big in Japan: Big in salt

Most foodies probably watched Anthony Bourdain’s show where he brought famous Montreal chefs to eat at Big in Japan. And that was where Big in Japan had came up on my radar.  But negative reviews were more abundant than positive ones, so I became reluctant to go.

But because friends wanted to go, I abided…

 

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Kakuni Kale

This braised pork in curry was nothing to celebrate about. It was very dull in flavor and in texture as well. Skip.

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Miso Ramen

Mr.Butter was standing  his ground when I told him that the ramens didn’t receive compliments in the review. And he wasn’t able to prove the reviews wrong. Or at least, I agree with the reviews I read online. This ramen tasted very salty and a bit bitter…

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Okonomiyaki

I bet you $1000 that you wouldn’t  have known what is this if I didn’t write the name of the dish! Possibly, you are in disbelief that this is an actual okonomiyaki.

This okonomiyaki was like no other. A generous salad sat on top of the hidden “pancake”. This salad was dressed monstrously in an indescribable amount of salty sauce.  I think it would do me more harm than good to finish this.

 

I feel like I am a big bully in this review. But I really can’t find any positive thing to say. How about skip Big in Japan, and go to their bar instead. Big in Japan Bar remains one of my all time favorite bar.

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August 13, 2014
by zuuchini
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Ceviches: Not the slightest regret

Yes it’s Ceviches again! I really liked it that I had to share with more people! There’s another reason why I had to go again. I totally missed out on their paella!

So, it is no surprise that I made sure to order paella this time!

Before the main course was served, we had a a soup of the day, which I believed it was a chick pea soup.

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The soup was extremely aromatic. It was largely spiced with curry which made it very savory.

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Going to Ceviches, I just cannot skip their ceviches! This time, I chose mango and avocado to go with the fish. It was just as good as my last visit!

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The highlight of the meal – paella. I was so happy when I saw the paella being beautifully deposited on the table. I was even happier when the paella was being digested by my stomach. The flavors were bursting in richness. Every scoop was filled with seafood. Ceviches needs to add paella in their name. Ceviches & Paella.

Let me say: Not the slightest regret to return to Ceviches so soon.

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August 6, 2014
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2 visits to Just For Laugh festival equal 2 food trucks

Embarrassingly, this is my first time at the Just For Laugh festival. Shame on me for not knowing how great this event is. It was so fun that I went for a second time.

It became inevitable that my hunger needed to be alleviated. That was when my path ended up to 2 food trucks.

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For the first vist, I had the pulled pork sandwich at Pas D’Cochon Dans Mon Salon. The portion was incredibly generous, to the point where I wished there were less pulled pork and more lettuces. The existence of the lettuce was only known as the end of my consumption, where I saw 2 leaves of lettuce shyly peeking out from the end of the bun. The beginning bites were very satisfying until half-way through, the sandwich became too heavy. I’m good without pulled pork for a few months. So far, I think this is the only food truck where the price is justified by the food.

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In the search of Le Cheese Truck for their grilled cheese I’m much curious about. Without any sight of Le Cheese, I saw a menu filled with grilled cheese offered by P.A. & Gargantua. Why not? At the spur of the moment, a 14$ grilled cheese was simply justified. (I need to clarify, the grilled cheese itself was 8$ but I chose the lunch box option which included a drink and a salad).

The drink was a home made blueberry soda. I am not going to lie. I felt cheated. The blueberry taste was so weak that if they didn’t tell me it was a blueberry soda, I wouldn’t have known. What it tasted like? Perrier blended with like 3 ( or 10 if I’m being very generous) tiny blueberries.

The salad was fine. Nothing more. I felt I was having lettuce salad with some Kraft dressing.

And thankfully the Chilli grilled cheese was delightful, or I would have mourned for my 14$. If I have to describe the specifics of the grilled cheese, I don’t think I can because I don’t remember much other than tasting good.

For someone that has a bigger appetite, they might need to order at least one more grilled cheese.

My heart for Montreal food trucks is still very confused.

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July 23, 2014
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Nonya: A trip to Indonesia

Indonesia cuisine is rare in Montreal. Mr.Butter has been eyeing on Nonya for quite a while. When Nonya appeared in a coupon deal, I immediately jumped in the occasion.

When I arrived, I couldn’t stop but be mesmerized by the decor. Just the ambiance itself is worthwhile. I felt I was transported into a different country.

The coupon that I purchased was for a tasting menu. The quantity dishes we tried were phenomenal, but the portion was rather small. Regardless, I don’t think I would have paid the full price for the tasting menu.

Th service was incredibly slow. We had to wait about 30 minutes for the first appetizer. After the first appetizer, we waited about an hour and more… That really irked us. However, that was rectified once food was served after our polite notice of the long wait to the waiter.

The food was comfortingly good. Curry and coconut milk are my weakness. Each dish was well balanced, yet none really stood out among others. But at the end of the night, I was satisfied with the meal.

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July 17, 2014
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Ceviches: Restoring my memory of ceviches

My very first ceviche was years ago, but I can still remember the bitter taste it left behind. Mojito and ceviche weren’t my favorate combination. But coming across Montreal Food Pictures blog post and its wonderful pictures of this restaurant that specialises on ceviches, I couldn’t take my mind off. Maybe I had it all wrong? Maybe ceviche is a wonderful dish? I had to try and see…

That’s my story about how I came to know Ceviches.

Disclaimer: my photograph skills were very poor that specific evening…but important part is that I enjoyed the food too much to care.

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Appetizers were:
Tostones – plantain chips: with the sauce, it was like eating salsa with chips
Tequenos – cheese sticks in a shape of a springroll: So cheesey! Reminiscent of Pizza hut cheese stick in a positive way.
Empanadas – dumpling stuffed with fish: As far as I know, best empanadas I have eaten.

 

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Main course, ceviches obviously! The interesting part is that we get to choose the flavor and topping. For me, I had avocado and coconut flavored. The chosen proteins were octopus and fish. Not one single regret. It was beautifully executed. It couldn’t be more fresh. While I was enjoying my dish, I was already thinking who I must bring to try this amazing restaurant.

Ceviches is now a restaurant in my recommend list!

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July 16, 2014
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One thing you need to do before summer ends

One thing I need to do every summer is to go to Kem Coba and have their ice cream. Kem Coba is only open during summer time and usually has a line up of more than 15 minutes. Last time, I waited about a little bit more than 30 minutes. But the waiting time never bothered me because the ice cream is that amazing – actually, the best in Montreal. They love to play around with different flavors so don’t be surprised that your beloved flavor is gone! Don’t worry their other flavors are equally good!

I finally tried their soft served ice cream which is strawberry cheesecake flavor! The texture is like yogurt but a bit more solid. Just delicious!

And we also tried their pandan and viet coffee flavor. I really love the pandan flavor, it tasted like coconut!

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Haven’t tried Kem Coba? You are missing out, my dear friend!

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