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Panda Hotpot

My lazy self has gone out eating again. And there I am telling myself that I should really stop eating outside and cook more at home. Oh well, it was a night out with a very good friend of mine and I had been implanting this idea of having a hot pot night with her for a week, therefore I have to honour my words and bring her there. Also because the pictures on facebook are very drool indulging (I don’t even know if this makes sense LOL). As some of you might know, I love my hotpot and I love my hotpot when it’s at home or in an all you can eat. This one is an all you can eat, yummy! It’s a bit hard for me to describe this one as there are so many things to talk about, but do trust me that this place is awesome. Also sorry for the lack of picture, every time I go there I’m just thinking about eating and no time to snap anything.

The place

It’s on St-Catherine, near the Forum, next to the previously called 5000 ans Korean restaurant. The entrance is on the second floor, but the entire place is for the hotpot. So it’s a restaurant with 2 floors, upon entering you will see tables for 4-6 groups and single table at the end of the restaurant, just in front of the cash. On the basement/2nd floor there are more big tables for larger group. It’s an all you can eat hotpot place so you will find in the middle of the restaurant the food area where you can go pick up what you would want for the hotpot, but also beverages and sauces. They do have a sense of humor regarding their decoration choices.

The service

The staffs are very nice. When you enter if there is no place available you will be seated on the side and while waiting they will serve something to drink or something to snack on while you wait. They will try their best to make you feel comfortable and the wait is never too long. If you are only two, sometime there is an option of sharing table with another group of two. The staffs are very friendly, every time I go there I was never disappointed and I’ve been there for 3-4 times now. The first time we went there, my friend’s pot got water dripping from the ceiling due to evaporation and we told them about it. We didn’t really complain or anything and mine was fine, but they still insist on giving the both of us 15% off (which was the tax).

The food

Even though it is an all you can eat buffet, the food is still very fresh. They are all on iced platter so they don’t get wasted and the seafood is cold enough to keep them from spoiling. When you are seated they will show you the menu for the soups and type of meat. There are 6 different types of soup, from non spicy, sweet, to super spicy. There is the basic choice of meat like beef, lamp, but also the marinated one. They also have a special menu for bigger group, which I haven’t try yet, because I think it’s for more than 6 persons. For the soup, you have the choice of one or 2 soups base, meaning they have pot that are separate in two and you can have two different type of soup in which you dip your goodies inside. Once you order your soup and meat, it’s up to you to get your vegetables and seafood.

Overall

I only went there for supper time so I don’t remember the price for lunch time, but for around 30$ you can eat until you explode. The service is always good and the staffs are super friendly. Unlike other Chinese restaurant where the customers are treated like nuisance most of the time (something about people from China coming here and still behave like they were in their country), the staffs are always there and the service is very fast. The food is always fresh. The only thing I really don’t like about the food would be the sauce. They salt up all the sauce to make you more thirsty and drink more so you don’t eat as much as normally you would do. Which is normal practice for restaurant, but really that much salt I can’t take.

So far, my favorite place for hotpot and it would be yours too (I do not recommend the spicy soup if you cannot take spice!)

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Cocoro

Yup, it’s me again, the lazy bum of this community, once again eating out because I really don’t want to cook. This time we went to a brand new place that just open not long ago. And once again, it’s a ramen place, because I just love ramen, it was cold and also I love Japanese food. This restaurant was featured on facebook through a blog about good restaurant in Montreal. Since I always hunt for authentic Japanese restaurant, I was tempted to try it out. I was suppose to have a date with the munchies, but since we went on a small date with le hubby, we decided to try this one out.

The place

It’s on Park Avenue in the ParkEx area. The restaurant is small with about 6 tables inside and 2 tables outside. The place is quite strange, because the hall to go to the washroom is pretty long and they could have use that “longness” to make more sitting space. The decoration is pretty simple, very Japanese style with a flag with their name writing in Japanese on it. On the wall there is a giant painting and around the tables, there are katanas. I do like the little touch of the chopstick “rester” in the form of a fish. It’s quite cute.

 

The service

The service was quick. Upon entering the place we were seated within a few minutes. The menu took a bit longer to come, but no complain there since it was also writing on the board just above the kitchen entrance. We ordered 3 dishes, and it didn’t take long for them to come out. I do have a little complain about the entree. We ordered the Karaage and the waitress just brought out the dish without any extra plates for us to share or just simply for one person to eat without dropping the pieces everywhere.

 

The food

Their menu is quite simple with 2-3 types of ramen, 2 type of rice bowl with 4-5 entrees and 2 deserts. So le hubby and I have ordered Karaage, pork tonkatsu and another type of ramen with egg in the soup (I really don’t remember the name). The karaage was very crispy and delicious with the sauce. It was tender inside and not dry at all. Le hubby’s ramen was as usual, he said he likes it, but it was not his favorite. As for mine, it was ok. It’s not too salty like the usual ramen that I had, but it was a bit plain too. The egg mixture in the soup wasn’t helping. As I slurp through the soup, the egg kind of overpower everything and it was getting on my system. I didn’t even finish the noodle nor the soup.

Overall 

The price was about the same as any other ramen place. The karaage was one of the best. I really did enjoy it. As for the ramen, I didn’t like it at all. The soups need for saltiness? It was a bit bland. There wasn’t any option of adding more toppings too. I would have enjoy to some corn in my ramen. As I was reading the reviews on facebook about this place, I was expecting it to be a bit more, but it was deception. Some people were commenting that it was the best ramen place in Montreal and it was the best ramen they ever had. Which was kind of deceiving or that they haven’t try enough ramen yet. As for me, I need minimum requirement for my ramen: the saltiness, the toppings and the spiciness. Overall, I did like the service and the atmosphere of the place, but the food would not bring me back.

Captain’s Boil

Hello citizens of the web, here we go again for another review on the world of good/bad food (well got to balance out). So for our rare night out without the kids, Ponyta and I decided to go to this seafood restaurant that I have been bugging everyone to go with me for about a month or 2 now. It’s the Captain’s boil, a seafood chain originated from Toronto. We decided for the location on St-Catherine Street, downtown Montreal. Let’s sail that ship, shall we?

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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 🤣

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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!

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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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