Summerlicious – Stock ★★★1/2

Price: Over $30+ Decided to try a new restaurant with some foodie friends this year and after a vote, settled on the $25 lunch menu at Stock in Trump International Hotel & Tower. Right as I walked in, I noticed … Continue reading

Miga Korean & Japanese B.B.Q Restaurant ★★1/2

Price: $15+ depending on what you order

This restaurant would usually be out of the way for me but luckily I had a ride to get there. Went with friends who wanted to have Korean B.B.Q and arrived at the restaurant around 6:30pm.

Initially, we had planned to try the all you can eat advertised on their website for $26.95 but after arriving we were told it is only available for lunch. I guess they haven’t updated their website yet. Decided then to ordered the B.B.Q Combo #2 for 3 people at $59.95 instead. Combo includes 3 miso soups, 3 rice bowls and one miga salad or lettuce. We were provided 2 plates with L.A. beef short ribs, beef bulgogi, spicy pork and chicken, mussel, shrimp and mushrooms. I really enjoyed the beef short ribs and beef blugogi but I wouldn’t recommend their miga salad as I found it covered with a lot of dressing (perhaps too much sesame seed oil?). Also, portions for combo might not be enough if dining with just guys. I would suggest ordering separate dishes or just all you can eat lunch.

With service, servers were very nice and polite. They constantly changed the B.B.Q plate so smoke wouldn’t come up too much and  have a buzzer installed so you can ask for assistance too. They were so attentive, I think I only used the buzzer once to ask for a drink refill.

Overall, I would recommend trying Miga if you are in the area and in the mood for some Korean & Japanese food. Note – My friend did mention afterwards that they had a stomach ache but I am not sure why since they passed most of the food to me. Something done I think as their subtle attempt of not overeating and having the added benefit of fattening me up too. Grrrr, darn my love affair with meat! Haha

Dress code: Casual. Good for lunch and dinner with friends and family. Not really for work purposes though.

Website: http://www.migabbq.com/
Location: 2382 Dundas St.W, Mississauga Ontario L5K 1R7
Telephone: (905) 822 – 9200
Hours: Sunday to Monday: 11:30am to 10:30pm and Friday to Saturday: 11:30am to 11pm.

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Marlowe Restaurant & Wine Bar ★★★

Price: $20-40+

Ate here for a birthday party, this restaurant changes into a mini-club after 10:30pm and they have weekly events. I wasn’t sure how good this restaurant would be but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food.

I had to pick from a pre-set menu due to the large table we had but I did like my main -prime rib roast beef (very tender) and dessert – chocolate brownie cake with vanilla ice cream. I think the price for the pre-set was reasonable since I did get a salad and a coffee/tea bonus with my main and dessert. All for only $27.50.

Also, from their drink menu I recommend a cocktail called “summer passion pear” which was sweet. For non-alcoholic, Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri was good. I would stay away from their Mai Tai cocktail though, I found it very strong.

Website: http://www.themarlowe.ca/richmondhill/index.php
Location: 155 York Boulevard, Unit 1, Richmond Hill L4B 3B4
Telephone: (905) 771-8645

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GUU SakaBar ★★★★1/2

Price: Over $20, $6-8 per dish

Similar to GUU Izakaya review, GUU SakaBar has a more limited menu but basically is the same. They have Tatami mats, which is something different so I would visit just to see what its like.

I introduced a friend to this restaurant and now she’s a fellow GUU fan! Definitely foodie goodness! I suggest trying the GUU cocktail drinks such as Cherry Blossom (very sweet) and possibly Three Samurai (I see a lot of people having that recently).

Website: http://www.guu-izakaya.com/
Menu: http://www.guu-izakaya.com/sakabar/menu/
Location: 559 Bloor Street W, Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y6
Phone: (647) 343-1101
Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 5pm – 11:30pm
Friday to Saturday:  5pm – 12:30am
Sunday:  5pm – 11:30pm

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GUU Izakaya Toronto ★★★★★

Price: Over $20, $6-8 per dish

GUU = DELICIOUSNESS!! They are so popular that there is a slang for when you want to eat there. GUU-ING! As in “lets go GUU-ing!” Haha. Now, you either hate or love eating here. The reason being: its always packed, they don’t take reservations, line-ups are akin to clubs, its always loud and dish portions are small compared to what you are use to in North America.

To navigate your way through this and get the best “GUU-ing” experience possible..here are a few tips I would suggest following:

1) Keep your group small, the less people you have the easier it will be to seat you.
2) Go when they open, its easier to get in. Otherwise, you could be stuck waiting 20 mins+ for a table.
3) Order in one go. If possible, check the menu before going and know what you want. Its always packed so food takes a while to get to you. Keep in mind there is a 2 hour max seating time.

It’s really easy to rack up a bill but I suggest trying their Takoyaki – deep fried octopus balls ($5.00), Enoki Hotate Bacon – enoki mushrooms and scallop wrapped in bacon ($6.00), Yakiudon Noodles – pan fried udon noodles w/ beef and veggies ($7.80), Buta Kimchi Bibimbap – rice, spicy ground pork, kimchi, egg in a hot stone pot ($8.80) and for dessert Banana Tempura – fried banana w/ coconut ice cream ($6.00).

Great for casual dinner with friends and family, possibly dates if you don’t mind the noise. Note: If it is your first time, dont worry if you hear all the staff yelling when you come in or leave..they are just greeting and saying goodbye in Japanese. I previously visited with a friend once and she was startled by this.

Note: There is a new GUU location in Toronto, called GUU SakaBar. Their menu is a little bit more limited but still worth a visit because they have tatami mats.

Website: http://www.guu-izakaya.com/
Menu: http://www.guu-izakaya.com/under/menu/TorontoFoodMenu.pdf
Location: 398 Church Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 2A2
Phone: (416) 977-0999
Hours:
Monday to Friday: 5pm – 11:30pm
Saturday & Sunday:  4pm – 11:30pm

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Rol San ★★1/2

Price: Under $15

I went here with some family and we had fried noodles, dim sum, fried octopus legs, dumplings with shrimp and veggies, sticky rice, rice noodle roll (which i refer to as bánh cuốn). bánh cuốn is a thin rice noodle roll filled with shrimp. It can also be filled with pork, beef, vegetables, or other ingredients. They are usually available as a morning dish, same with dim sum. But both can be ordered before 4pm at this restaurant. I also had crab claws and they cost $2-4 each.

I liked everything except the dumplings with vegetables and possibly the fried noodles. They were OK. Everything else was not bad. Service was quick too even though it was packed and we went during 4-5pm.

Website: Not Available.
Location: 323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON, M5T 2E9
Telephone: (416) 977-1128

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Winterlicious: Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar ★

Price: 40+

I tried going here once during winterlicious but despite having reservations, had to wait over an hour for a table. Luckily my friends and I decided to go to another restaurant that was also partaking in the event. Wildfire actually called us when we were about done our meal, saying they were now “available”, so I think we made the right choice.

However, my friends and I decided we should try again another time since we were curious how good it could be to have such a long lineup of people willing to wait. I found it to be a disappointment, not worth the hassle of walking blocks to get there from the subway.

I did find the interior and live jazz band to be kind of nice but the tables felt overcrowded. The service was slow but staff was relatively friendly. Food was a bit mediocre to be honest, I had crab cake as an appetizer and filet mignon as main. Crab cakes were dry and a friend told me they tasted like the ones you buy at the grocery store, frozen and tasteless. Disappointed with filet mignon as well, I asked for medium rare but got rare instead.

I also felt kind of rushed by the servers and since a party next to us was celebrating someone’s birthday, we didn’t get much attention. Overall the restaurant is just too out of the way, so I have no idea why people hype it or would even wait over an hour to patron here. Dress code is business casual to dressy. For dates and dinners with friends. Not sure about business though since it might be too loud.

Website: http://www.wildfiresteakhouse.com/
Location: 3438 Yonge St., Toronto M4N 2M9
Telephone: (416) 483-4800

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