Tsukuyomi Ramen

Hello world of foodies. It is I the munchies of laziness. Over the summer I’ve been munching out with the hubby and friends. Hubby and I stumbled on this ramen place as we were dealing with something on St-Laurent street, in Mile-Ends. Actually, I wanted to have some ice cream at Kem Coba, but they were close so we headed to this place instead. I wanted ice cream after finishing our business, jeez I wouldn’t drive all the way over there just for ice cream………

 

(c) Tsukuyomi

The place

It’s located on St-Laurent street, near St-Joseph street. It is also 2 mins away from Kem CoBa, right by the corner, but you might miss it because the sign is quite small. They often put out a sign on the street in the summer though. It’s a small place with approximately 10-12 places (more or less) by the kitchen and 3 tables. They can accommodated a big group of around 10 people. The sitting is model on Japanese’s ramen place. The kitchen will be almost at the center and they make a bar type of sitting area around it. The waiters don’t have to get out and just move around, from the other side of the counter to serve your food (see picture). I found this type of setting better as it will limit accident such as a waiter dropping a hot bowl on a customer because s/he decided to push the chair back to get out.

(c) Tsukuyomi

The service

We went on their opening hour so there weren’t a lot of customer. We were seated right away and the food didn’t take long to come. I would say we spent a total of around 40 mins there. The second time we  to the place the good service was still the same. So I’m pretty please with that consistency in their customer service. On the second time, we had a friend who can only eat vegetarian on that day so we ask the waitress for the vegetable ramen and she truthfully told us that the broth is made of pork which was a great information as my friend had to eat vegetarian for religious purpose. She then suggested to opt for the vegan ramen which was all vegetable from broth to noodles to side dishes.

For those of you who decided to eat vegetarian for religious or personal choice, please ask the waiter question about the broth, because for me, vegetarian means EVERYTHING was made out of vegetables even the broth!

(c) Tsukuyomi

The food

The food was delicious! Their menu consist of a few ramen types (with vegetarian AND vegan option). They also have side dishes such as kaarage, wasabi octopus, edamame, etc. I ordered wasabi octopus as I’ve never try it before. It was delicious and spicy. They use real wasabi root and not the pasty overly green type found in every grocery store. Real wasabi are deadly people! 😖

My husband ordered the tonkatsu chashu and mine was the chicken one. Let me tell you that the meat was melting in the mouth. As any ramen lover, the broth need to be good, creamy, but not overly buttered, and the meat has to melt. They have reach that level for me. I’ve enjoyed every bite from that bowl. My husband on the other hand liked it, but still prefer the one in St-Denis area.

Overall

I love the place, they decorated lightly, makes the place feel very warm and cozy. That would be ideal for cold winter lunch/supper. The staffs were very good, explaining the menu, polite and friendly. The food was delicious and all that is consistent, regardless of if you come one time or two or three. If I didn’t live so far from there, I would have come at least once a week for a bowl of ramen.

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Marusan Comptoir Japonais [Ponyta]

June 3rd, 2018 

Hello there, my dear readers,
How are you doing? I hope you’re doing well, meanwhile, as of the writing of this, I’m super stressed out: the kids at work are going to be doing their graduation, and I really don’t know if we’ve worked hard enough, if we’re having enough fun, mixed with showing off our skills, etc., etc. I’m really not sure… at any rate, let’s begin with today’s post:

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Lola Rosa Milton [Ponyta]

December 2nd, 2017 

Hey there, people!
How’s it going? While I’m preparing for the month of December, you’ll probably be preparing for the return for school, or for work, depending on whether or not you even had vacations to begin with. If all goes according to my plans, I believe that my contract at my workplace will finally be done, and I’ll be ready to take on the rest of what I had postponed this year!

Anyways, let’s see what kind of places I’ve gone to…

LOLA ROSA! 

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LOV [Ponyta]

December 2nd, 2017

Hey there, everybody!
So, how’s it going? I sure hope the month of July treats us well!! We’re doing pretty well with our “at least once a month” posting, aren’t we! Here I come with yet another blog post! This blog is so (sarcastically) alive!

So… what’s this month’s restaurant?

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Ca lem

I scream, you scream for some ice cream!
Hello world of munchies and people who love to eat, but not only eating, enjoying what they eat. Summer season, means hot weather (even though we have our fair share of rain too), short and late night snack/dessert. And what a better dessert to eat in hot summer night/day than ice cream. There is also binsul, but that is for another post.

The place

(c) Ca lem

Ca Lem is the way we pronounce ice cream in Vietnamese. It’s located on 6926 Sherbrooke West, in the NDG area of Montreal. They are located in a…house. Well, they took over a house and convert it into an ice cream shop. The entrance is painted with a vibrant pink and green color to attract your attention. It’s the same color used for Kem CoBa, but why change a theme when it works, right? The place is very neat and very welcoming. The interior gives out a more hipster vibe, but the exterior has been arranged so that it looks like a terrace where you can just sit and chill while chatting and enjoying your ice cream. There is also a long bench on the side of the entrance for you to sit when it’s raining outside (yup, rain cannot keeps you away from an ice cream when you really want one). Inside, the counter for ordering will be on your left and on the right a few benches had been installed so that customer can sit inside for AC/avoiding rain. On two walls you will see decoration for taking selfie or picture of your ice and share it on social media with a # to Ca lem, on the other one there are tons of post-it of people who has visit the place.

The food and service

Ca lem offers sorbet, soft serve ice cream, but also drinks which consist of Vietnamese iced coffee. I’ve tried most of their ice cream and they were good. The service is fast and friendly, like most ice cream place, you have the option of trying 2 flavors before ordering. They have some original flavors that are not in Kem CoBa, but if I have to compare some of them, I would say that Kem Coba would be better. Haven’t had the occasion to try on their drinks yet so can’t really give you a review on that. Both Kem Coba and Ca lem have Vietnamese coffee ice cream, but I have to say they Kem CoBa got the flavor on point. Calem on the other hand is too milky. It’s more for those who just want a little hint of coffee in their ice cream.

Overall

If I have to compare their ice cream to any other ice cream place, I would say that they gets point for their artisanal side and different flavors. As for the punch in the flavor, I would say that they lack a little bit, it’s mostly very milky. I will definitely come back for some ice cream, but if I have to choose, Kem CoBa will always be number 1 choice.

Ganadara Bar (18+)

Hello world! First of all, Happy Canada’s day to all Canadians!! Yes, a food review on National day *smiley face*.

So, you might be wondering why I’ve put a 18+ sign, well this is a bar review after all so a 18+ would be required by law as only adults can visit this place. Don’t even think of getting in there without showing your ID. Also don’t be confused by the name, there is a Ganadara bar, by the same owner obviously. If you have been visiting this blog for a while, you might have read the entry on the Ganadara restaurant, but this is their grown up, have more fun with drinks type of place. You might also be wondering why a bar review when this is only food and bar food mainly consist of chips, fries and alcoholic drinks… well this is Ganadara after all so they have to serve their dishes along with some very good drinks. Anyway, end with the rant, up with the review.

The Place

(c) Restaurant & Bar
Design Awards

It is located on St-Catherine street, a little bit away from the main area of asian restaurant. It is located on the corner of where Lasalle college is. I say it’s on the corner, but you really have to look at the door to be able to spot the sign, as it is pretty discreet from the rest of the neon flashing signs. I have to say that the design of this place is absolutely gorgeous. The woods “dripping” from the ceiling, the chairs are made of wood and bicycle pedals. Their kitchen is half open so you can see what is happening in the back. The table surround the bar. It’s very intimate and welcoming. One of the rare well design place in downtown, I must say.

The food 

(c) Ganadara bar facebook

Their menu is quite simple, tapas/bar style. They have a section of entrée, combo, desert, tapas. They also have imported korean drink that one must try. We were a group of 4 persons so we each order something for us and a few things to share. In our order we had a papaya salad, bowl of raw salmon on rice, rice cake, nacho, karaage, grilled squid and a set of 7 skewers. Everything was excellent, my salmon was a bit salty, but it’s natural since it’s a bar and they need you to drink. I’ve ordered a Korean peach drink, which was a bit like a milky peach drink of 5% (it will take a lot to get me drunk on that lol ). One other nice part of this place beside the drinks, is the desert section: binsool! Shave iced topped with fruits/chocolate/cookies/caramel. It was quite big and we have to share (1 bowl for 2), but it was the best thing ever!

The service

(c) Ganadara bar facebook

The waiters were very nice and the guy who came to our table seems to be the manager of the place he was pretty nice and recommended and explained to us quite a few things as some of my guests were clueless of Korean food. The service was very quick. Ordering food and display on the table didn’t take up to 30 minutes. As a bar, they are required to go fast so it was good for us hungry after work people. The staffs were very friendly and they were very patient and nice with us, as I mentioned some of my guests were new to Korean food culture and had questions. The cleaning of our empty plate didn’t take long too.

Overall

We enjoyed our stay there. The staffs were very nice and the food was delicious. The drinks were well made, not only does they taste good, but the cocktails were well made, it’s not “drown” in alcohol and you can actually taste the flavor. Too bad we were a bit exhausted from out day, I would’ve like to order more drinks and other items on the menu. I would definitely come back some other time to try more items on their menu.

 

Kem CoBa

Hello everybody, how is your summer so far? To not be too late in the summer vibe, here is a post on ice cream. Yes, moving away from usual food, here we have a dessert. I’m pretty sure, if you are a long time Montrealers, you probably know this place already as it is the best ice cream place in town. This place has establish it name for a while now and every time I go there, the line is getting longer and longer. So let’s start with the review.

The place

(c) Kem Coba

Kem CoBa is located in the Mile-End area, on 60 Avenue Fairmount O, it is near St-Laurent street. The meaning of its name is “3rd aunty’s ice cream” (translate with the best I can give) in Vietnamese. The area is very friendly, but beware that if you go by car, forget about finding parking. Especially in the summer with all the construction, it would be best to get there by bus/metro/walk. It’s quite near metro Laurier, so a little 15 mins walk wouldn’t be that much. Kem Coba is just a small open store where you go in, order, pay and leave. There is no sitting place, except those in front of the store, which is great because you eat ice cream when it’s very good outside so why not take the time to sit outdoor and enjoy the weather. Love the paint on the frame and steps, a very bright pink and green makes it stands out from the neutral decoration from the other stores.

(c) Kem CoBa

The service

The service is very quick and friendly. Upon entering you can order your favorite flavor or try something new. The staffs will gladly give you a small sample to try if you decide to go for a flavor you haven’t try yet. They are usually 3 to serve and the line goes by pretty quick, they won’t rush you to order, but due to the line up, you would feel the need to decide quickly. Regardless of what you are going to order, it’s still pretty good. The owner will be on the side serving soft ice cream or taking the payment. The usual feel of the place is very nice, even if the rhyme goes by fast, you will still get out of there with a big smile and some delicious ice cream.

(c) Kem CoBa

The food

The menu included a few choices of their original ice cream flavor consisting of pandan, chocolate 72%, salted butter, dulce de leche, banana, mango lassi and their sorbet flavor including passion fruit, hibiscus, soursop, blackcurrant, blackberry, orange and lime mint (the flavor mentioned here can change from week to week). There is also a flavor of the week available in soft ice cream. You can also have special flavor 500 ml pot for home enjoyment. The flavor is the very special durian fruit that not everyone can withstand and corossol. They also have a dessert call Che Thai, which consist of a mixture of goodness: red beans, tapioca, coconut milk. I think I have tried almost all of their flavor and my favorite, which I would highly recommend for the 1st timer is the chocolate 72%. It’s sweet, but not super sweet and the rich chocolate flavor is there for chocolate lover. If you are not a fan of chocolate than mango lassi will be the one to go to and passion fruit. The usual customer will come for the flavor of the week, but one of my favorite would be Vietnamese coffee, as they have grounded coffee beans mix in it and the flavor is so authentic.

Overall

I LOVE THIS PLACE! Have never disappointed me regardless of the time and day.