Wednesday, September 24, 2008

TOYO Restaurant

Japanese Grill, sushi

We weren't really attracted to go see a Japanese Grilling show. When you lived it once in your life, the enthusiasm isn’t the same.

This outing was the kids’ choice so we went with the outlook that they would have a blast watching the chef make all his juggling with his spatula and knife.

The kids were possessed as we arrived at the restaurant. Japanese 101 was on the menu and they bombarded the hostess with questions. How do you translate Hello, I'm hungry, thank you, goodbye, etc. We were greeted with lots of kindness and politeness from the staff. The chef did a very good show with the fire and the juggling. The kids had a great time and we did also as we watched their reactions to the show.

How about the food? Our chef did a great job sautéing the shrimps, meat and chicken and mixing them with the sauces and spices. Our meal was very good even if we feel that the recipes and concept should be reinvented. It's better to go in groups you'll have more fun. Off course the chef's skills and humor will be the factor for a great time. Each table can seat a maximum of 7 people. So if you're a kid or a kid at heart, you'll enjoy the experience.


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TOYO
2155 de la Montagne
(corner Sherbrooke)
Montréal, (QUÉBEC)
514-844-9292
Métro Peel


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Friday, September 12, 2008

bánh mì CAO THANG

Bánh mì, Vietnamese Sandwiches

No time to sit down and enjoy a meal? Isn't it fortunate that there's a quick and tasty solution. Bánh mì is known as a "Vietnamese sandwich" but the word also means bread. It might look like a "sub bread" but it stops there.

French colonialism introduced the baguette in Vietnam but Bánh mì (bread) looks nothing like French "baguette" in girth or in length. Authentic Bánh mì is made from rice flour and wheat. The version of bread offered by Cao Thang is a bread called "demi-ficelle" baked daily. You can find it in French bakeries around Montréal.

Mr. Maurice, the "Bánh mì maker", recommended that we try the "Cao Thang Sandwich". It's as close as it gets to an authentic sandwich in Vietnam. It's filled with steamed pork slices, Vietnamese lean pork paste, carrots and coriander. The quality of the bread and ingredients made for a delicious meal.

The other nice surprise we had was the exotic fruits drinks that they carry. You don't find these at your local supermarket.

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Bánh mì CAO THANG
1082 Boul. St-Laurent
(In Chinatown)
Montréal, (QUÉBEC), Canada H2Z 1J5
514-392-0097
Métro Place-D'Armes
http://www.caothangsandwich.com/


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Monday, September 1, 2008

Restaurant LOMBARDI

Italian Cuisine, Bring your own wine (BYOW)

Our friend Georges told us about this place. He told us that the restaurant re-opened after being closed for more than a year because of a fire. We noticed that the building is brand new. Our waiter told us that everything is new except the personnel. Everybody is back on the floor and in the kitchen. Guess he wanted to reassure us by saying it's the same good old cuisine. Same or not we didn't care since it was our first visit. Our experience was as expected from a restaurant serving Italian cuisine. It was very rich and nourishing. A bonus is the location of the SAQ wine store. It's two doors down from the restaurant. In the province of Quebec, most "bring your own wine" restaurant don't charge a corking fee like other restaurants in the rest of Canada.

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Restaurant LOMBARDI
411 Duluth East
(corner St-Denis street)
Montréal, (QUÉBEC), Canada H2L 1A4
514-844-9419
Métro Sherbrooke or Mont-Royal
http://restaurantlombardi.com/


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