Sota Korean BBQ

Hello world of foodies, it is I, the lazy Munchlax, coming at you once again with some food experience. This time I will be reviewing an all you can eat restaurant. I rarely go to all you can eat because I can’t eat enough for the amount that I’m paying. I think the only place I do go is Korean BBQ (no surprise there, it’s asian food). I’ve been to quite a few places, eventually I will do a comparison of all the places on St-Catherine Street, because every Montrealers knows that St-Catherine has become Korean Town 🤣

First of all, Korean restaurants are a bit complicated on that street. Some are specialized on Korean BBQ alone (all you can eat) and some are Korean restaurant offering all you can eat BBQ in their menu. So to consider this all together, there are about 4 restaurants on St-Catherine Street having Korean BBQ. I have tried them all…. But this time I will review only Sota Korean BBQ.

The place

Located on St-Catherine Street, near Concordia University, it’s near to the sex shop. The restaurant is not that big and there is always a line up because of that. From the outside you can see part of the menu and the price is about the same as the other place. It might varied for 5-6$, but overall it’s around 30$/person for supper if my memory is good. The place is simply decorate with colorful lighting. BEWARE: the way to the washroom is the descent to hell! 😂 It the way down a straight, narrow set of stairs, can be quite difficult to go down if you had a few drinks or pregnant.

The service

So basically, if you had been at an all you can eat Korean BBQ before it is the same procedure. They will give you the menu with choices of meats and vegetables, you pick the number of serving and they will bring them out to you. Each serving is about 2-3 pieces of meat/vegetable. The waiting time for seating is long. The waiting time for getting the food is long and the waiting time for getting our drinks is long. Basically it’s long for anything. They are unorganized and the waiters take their time to bring you the food. Strategically, they do that so you fill yourself with water and get the hell out of there. The manager is also quite rude. It also happened that our orders got forgotten and we had to order again.

The food

Along with meats and vegetables, they also have a sushi counter, which was great because we love sushi and also it’s a good way to fill up people with rice so they don’t eat a lot of meat. There is nothing to be call exceptionally good when it comes to the meat quality. The sushi on the other hand was quite good. It wouldn’t be as good as Kanda or higher end sushi restaurant, but it’s pretty good for a place that is not specialize in sushi. The meat was of low quality and was very fat. We ordered some rib eyed, porc with some seafood such as octopus’ tentacles. The only good meat was the octopus tentacles, which was big and tender.

Overall

Service was bad, food was not top quality, too many negative point for the price. Not recommended!
I have rarely rate a place badly because I will always try to find a good point to make me go back and try the place out again, but this one has lost me forever.

Ramen Plaza

Hello everyone and welcome back to another post on ramen 😀 You might have noticed that we, Machiabellians, love ramen. So it is a tiny mission of our to gather and try out new ramen place. This time is me, alone, with my slave, who went to try this one out because we couldn’t find a day when all of us can be together. I have to sacrifice myself and go try it out before I can send the rest of them to eat there. How brave of me 😆

Let’s start the adventure!

(c) Hoang-Khai T. @ yelp.ca

The place

It is located on St-Hubert, right in the plaza, corner Beaubien Street. The sign is pretty small so you have to look up to see it. I remembered walking pass it a couple of time before realizing it was there. It’s a rather small place, with a couple of tables for groups and table on the wall for singles. The decorations are on the more hipster style, with black walls and plants on the side. Very minimalist.

The service

(c) Hoang-Khai T. @ yelp.ca

To be honest, the service was rather slow and the waitress doesn’t look like she knows her stuff. I usually don’t bash the people serving us unless they do a very terrible job, but this one simply didn’t do it for us. I shouldn’t critic other for their physic, but this waitress she has a face that is sooo not welcoming and she doesn’t even smile. As for the menu and questions regarding it, her answers are so vague, I could have pulled it off better than her if we exchange places. It took more than 30 minutes before we receive our orders and everything came at the same time (you know when you ordered an appetizer, you expect to have it first).

The food

I ordered a Spicy miso ramen and le Mr Slave ordered a Tonkatsu ramen with extra spicy miso (+2$ I think) which was 14$/each and a Karaage (fried chicken) as appetizer. Spicy miso ramen was spicy, but not as spicy as I wanted, compared to other places this would be on the mild side. Tonkatsu has a rich flavor, it was good, but overall both broths were very salty. I know traditionally ramen is salty, and I had miso, so to be expected, but if you compared this place to Misoya or other ramen places that we have rated, this one would be on the top for saltness. I had to drink half a bottle of water. Also the broth was warm, not hot, a minus for me. I must say that the assorted mixture of condiments that I had in my bowl was proportionate: corn, seaweed, mushroom, other things that I can’t yet identified 😆 As for the meat, it wasn’t tender enough. Compare to the ramen we went on Rachel (to be review), the meat didn’t melt, it was just fat and meaty.

Overall

It was a nice experience and a good quick meal, but I wouldn’t go all the way over there for a craving. From all the ramen place that I went to, this place would be at the bottom of the list regarding the flavor and the ambient. For the price, it is the same as the other places, around 13-14$/bowl and the menu is quite simple with only 4-5 types of different ramen along with the special of the season/week/month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramen Plaza
6553 St Hubert St, Montreal, QC H2S 2M5
(438) 387-1779

Kagayaki Restaurant

What is your favorite food to eat when it’s cold? For me, I love hotpot, be it -20C or 20C outside, I will always love my hotpot. For those who don’t know what hotpot is, hotpot is a combination of different types of meat and vegetable which you dip in a boiling soup. Usually eating with 2 persons and more. It’s a meal to be share among friends and family and it also provide a good opportunity for bonding, because you need to dig in to fish your favorite meat/vegetable before it gets eaten by other people. Hotpot is usually eaten at home, but there are restaurant who specialize in hotpot. There is also a variety of hotpot: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, etc. Their differences are in the soup, I guess, but this post is not to explain the differences.

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Mon Ami

116Hello people of the world.
When was the last time I posted something here? I don’t really remember hehe.
The title is not about friend (mon ami, french word), it is about a Korean restaurant that has bloomed like wildflowers since a year (or so?).

We went for a munch after many months of not meeting, my cousin knows her downtown so she suggested to go to this place as it was a good place.

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Kinton Ramen [Ponyta]

December 28th, 2016 

Hey there, all!
If you tell me something like: “You sure have been eating out in December 2016!” I’d nod and agree with you dramatically. I sure have indeed, my poor, poor wallet…

At any rate, it was very nice to come to this restaurant today, and I hope that if you go, you’ll feel as satisfied as I have! I’m pretty sure that you’ve read Bayleef‘s rendition of what has happened (or if you haven’t, feel free to check out her blog post!), and here is mine:

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L’Oeufrier [Ponyta]

December 26th, 2016

Hey there everybody,
So how’s it going? I really hope that the year 2017 is treating us all well! It’s been a big while since I haven’t written anything here, although I’ve been encouraging Munchlax and Bayleef and Charmander to write something here from time to time.

Let me set the example by scheduling something now, haha!

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Zen Asia Restaurant [Ponyta]

December 27th, 2016

Hey there, all!
I hope you’re doing well? So, funny thing happened yesterday. I was writing my review for L’Oeufrier and then I realized that I hadn’t at all written a review about another restaurant I’d been to in the same month: Zen Asia Restaurant. So this will have to be it!

Disclaimer: My readers will know that I’ve a horrible memory so I guess I won’t be able to tell you all that I remember about my experience there, so I’m very sorry in advance.

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