Kothur Indian Cuisine

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Nash and I recently visited Kothur Indian Cusine’s Yonge Street location. As we waited for our meal we were treated to complimentary papadum and hot sauces.

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I had the Lamb Saag which was boneless lamb cooked with onions, tomatoes and fresh pureed spinach. It was very flavourful and meaty.

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Nash had the tangy Chicken Vindaloo.

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We ate our food with garlic naan, treating it like a slice of pizza!

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I couldn’t resist getting a Mango Lassi to have a break from spices. Our meal at Kothur was flavourful and pleasant! This is a great place to fulfill your Indian food craving.

 

Kothur Indian Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kintori Yakitori Tasting

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Recently I had the pleasure of being spoiled at a Kintori Yakitori tasting. The place specializes in chicken skewers (of essentially every part of the chicken). Ramen from it’s downstairs sister Kinton Ramen can also be ordered.

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Our meal began with a soothing Chicken Soup. It’s perfect for a cool day and not as salty as regular miso soup.

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My first drink was a Cassis Peach Oolong which was a nice palette cleanser between skewers.

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The Oshinko Moriawase is an assorted housemade japanese pickles. Each piece had a slightly different taste and salt.

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The Negima (chicken thigh & skallion) was tender. I added spicy flakes for flavour.

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Zuri (chicken gizzard) was a bit strange and chewy so not for the faint of heart.

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Nikumiso Kyabetsu was a cabbage salad with house made chicken miso dip.

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The Tebasaki (chicken wing) would be a hit with every fried chicken wing fan.

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One of my favourites was the Uzura Kushi Age, panko breaded deep-fried quail eggs.

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I never thought Sapporo and lemonade with be super delicious!

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Their skewered beef tongue was so good that I wouldn’t even have thought it was tongue if no one told me!

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For those afraid of crazy parts the regular chicken meatball (Tsukune) was super satisfying.

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Hatsu (chicken heart) was a bit chewy.

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Reba (chicken heart) was a flavourful hearty bite.

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Who can resist deep fried asparagus wrapped with bacon?

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This Negi Shio Gyu was a beef with delicious scallion sauce.

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The Dashi Maki was a fluffy omelette.

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I was getting super full but this Yaki Onigiri (char-grilled rice ball with plum filling and teriyaki) was an interesting blend of salty and sweet.

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Once again we were blessed with the green tea creme brûlée, which I could’ve eaten 10 of!

If you like skewers, Kintori Yakitori is definitely the place for you to try every part of the chicken (and much more). Or if you’re a frequent Kinton Ramen (in Korea Town) visitor, you can order from both menus on both floors.

This meal was complimentary but views are my own. 

Morals Village Hot Pot

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Near opening week, my friends and I hit up the newly opened Morals Village for All You Can Eat hot pot. The place is small and despite a reservation we still had to wait. I thought it was kind of weird they had a “waiting room” instead of transforming the space to seat more diners. We were a party of 5, but we didn’t feel like waiting for a gigantic table so we settled on a 4-person table that only had one burner for a large pot. While it would’ve been fun to try multiple broths, one pot worked for our group. We had a mushroom broth on one side (one of my friends was vegetarian) and a pork broth on the other.

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One thing that drew us here was the sauce bar. There truly was a wide selection of sauces you could mix and match. Also at the sauce bar were unlimited amount of spring rolls and eggs you could crack in the hot pot.

There’s a 3 hour limit for AYCE and we used most of it up. We spent a lot of time waiting for orders of items that never came and eating beef that we totally didn’t order (we noticed after the 5th time someone brought us a plate exclaiming “beef”). I brought up to the waiter that we suspected that our orders were going to this other table because we’d see things they didn’t want being sent back to the kitchen. There were definitely service issues that needed to be figured out.

There was a wide selection of things to eat and things that I haven’t seen on hot-pot menus before like cheese filled meatballs (yum!). We were happy with the things we did receive but I felt bad for my vegetarian friend who never received the broccoli we tried to order 3 times. There were plenty of vegetarian options on the menu but they never quite made it to the table. The rest of us filled up on a lot of beef.

 

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Dessert was complimentary soft-serve ice cream! It was a lovely palette cleanser.

Our experience with Morals was very mixed and if it wants to survive needs to tighten up its service.

Morales Village Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Homemade Tonkatsu

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In our exploration of new recipes, we recently learned how to make our own Tonkatsu! We found a Korean grocery store nearby that actually sells the meet already tenderized so that the spices can fit into the crevices.

The recipe we use is a super simple baked one. We learned that it’s best to cook panko bread crumbs until they are a golden brown. We then flavour the pork with simple salt and pepper. You can experiment with other spices if you want to go beyond the traditional style. The pork is then dipped in flour, egg and the golden panko and put in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

It comes out super crunchy, juicy and delicious!

Overnight Oats

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Since I was young, I never had a habit of eating breakfast. I hated eating when I first woke up. Heavy things would make me feel awful in the morning. However, I discovered after a year of working in an office that I would be so hungry and lack energy by noon.
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Then I discovered overnight oats. You basically mix oats with liquid (milk, yogurt, almond milk etc) and fruit or other goodies. I’ve tried things like nutella, nuts and berries. It’s a deliciously light way to eat breakfast that is full of nutrients. There are so many cool combinations. Now I feel much more energized and awake!