Origin

After wine class on Tuesday, R and I was on the hunt for food.  We happened to be in the area and decided to give Origin a try.  The place was fairly busy for Tuesday late night.  The menu looked really interesting and it seems like I won’t be disappointed.

R decided to have the burger with Spanish fries. The burger was fairly tasty.  The burger bun was good, the bread was soft and went well with the meat.  The meat was a bit over cooked, and too dry.  I think it would have been better if the cheese was in the middle of the burger, so that when you bite into it it’s juicy and melts in your month.  Overall, this is just your average burger.

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Spanish fries.  We weren’t sure why this is called the Spanish fries.  It was essentially a poutine.  It had sausages, cheese, sour cream, tomato…etc. It had a bit of a spicy kick to it.  It was yummy, but nothing that wow-ed us.  I think we could’ve got something similar from Smoke’s.

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I decided on the sashimi tuna salad.  It was a bit spicy, sour and sweet with avocado, zucchini, seaweed, pepper, and rice cracker bits.  There was so much sauce in the salad, it overpowered EVERYTHING on the plate. I could not taste anything but the sauce. It was to a point where you can’t even tell you were eating tuna sashimi. It was VERY disappointing.

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Where: Origin
Location: Toronto, Ontario

What: Sashimi Tuna Salad, Spanish Fries, Burger
Verdict: Disappointing. Will not go back.

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Resturant Hopping

I was invited to a networking event downtown.  I usually dread going to these things because they are so awfully boring.  I went anyways.  Hung out for two hours and that was about as much as I can take.  I gave Ru let’s get out of here signal and we both ran away.

So there we were, Saturday night in downtown Toronto.  Haven’t had any food yet.  We decided to do a night of restaurant hopping.  First stop was Raijin Ramen (雷神ラメン).  I’ve heard my friends rave about this place, but it’s about time I tried it out for myself.

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The atmosphere is pretty casual.  It’s a big restaurant with a lot of room at the back for large parties.  We chose to sit in front of the chef so we can watch them make food as we ate.  Knowing that we were going to be hitting up another restaurant later on, we decided to order one ramen to share.  The decision was easy, as we were both feeling spicy.

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Tonkatsu Karamiso Ramen (トンカツ辛味噌ラメン)had a spicy miso soup base.  It had pork shoulder, ground pork, green onions, bean sprouts, cabbage, corn and a bit of chilly oil.  The soup base was very yummy!  It wasn’t too rich and the spiciness was on the light side -which was fine.  The noodles were pretty good, not the best I’ve ever had.  I thought that it could be a bit more QQ (chewy).  Ru thought it was very good.  Overall, Raijin is one of the better ramen I’ve had in Toronto.

Where: Raijin Ramen 雷神ラメン
Location: Downtown Toronto
What: Tonkatsu Karamiso Ramen (トンカツ辛味噌ラメン)
Verdict: I’ll be back for my ramen fixes.

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When it comes to ramen, I’m a bit of a snob as I’ve been spoiled by all the ramen I’ve had in Japan.  So if you are reading this blog, and I’m reviewing ramen, you probably will not see the words “Best ramen ever”… unless I’m back in Japan.  That being said, we were completely happy with our ramen and ready to move onto the next restaurant.  I will review the next restaurant in a separate post for various reasons. -keep reading to find out why!

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Spectacularly Simple Birthday

Ru and I met up for lunch at Black Camel.  It’s a sandwich place that received a whooping 96% review.  They are famous for the roast beef brisket and pulled pork brisket.

The CamelWhen we arrived, the shop was really small.  There was a line up, but the wait wasn’t too long.  We entertained ourselves by taking photos, selfies, and studying the menu up on the wall.  After debating for 15 mins, we decided on the roasted beef brisket.  The choice was actually easy, it was the condiments that we had trouble deciding on.  I went with slow roasted roma tomatoes and mushrooms.  Ru decided on the roasted roma tomatoes and peppers.

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Here it is! First bite, it was super yummy.  The bread was good and the beef was very soft.  Now I see why all the rage.  The tomatoes and mushroom added a nice touch to the overall taste, but I found the sandwich to be a bit dry mid way through.  Next time, I would definitely recommend some greens.  Arugula was on the condiments options.  Adding the arugula should make the sandwich less dry next time.

Here’s us with our sandwich.  All happy and no compliments here.

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Name: Black Camel
Location: Rosedale, Toronto
What: Roast Beef Brisket
Verdict: Will visit again with R. but probably not by myself. The sandwich was way too heavy for lunch, better for sharing.

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After the super yummy lunch, I needed a caffeine fix.  We headed to Caffe Doria.  Ratings were decent at 84%.  The caffe was super cute, with an outdoor patio, indoor seating is also available and there is a row of seating that is perfect for people watching (a hobby of mine).  I had a cappuccino, and Ru had a croissant.  I honestly don’t know how someone so tiny (all 5ft tall) can eat so much.  I was super full after the beef brisket and I didn’t even finish the sandwich.

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Cappuccino was nice.  No wow factor here.  We had fun hanging out in the caffee and said that this would definitely be a place to come back to with our laptops when we are doing our trip planning to the Balkans.

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Name: Caffe Doria
Location: Rosedale, Toronto
What: Cappuccino
Verdict: Will visit again for the atmosphere.

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After that, we proceeded to the destination Ru has been waiting for. All things good.  It’s a supermarket with yummy cheese.  Ru loves cheese.  I don’t eat cheese.  So I hung around for the shop while she did her cheese tasting and made her purchase.  Next we headed to the LCBO.  Ru loves wine with cheese.  I love wine with wine.  So we journey into LCBO and Ru quickly grabbed a Inniskillin Riesling.  Not a bad choice as they are probably one of the more known vineyards in Ontario.  It wasn’t until check out that Ru received her birthday present.  The cashier innocently asked for Ru’s ID.  Which, based on the way she looks is fair.  I chirped in that it was her birthday today and we both giggled.  The cashier said “Happy birthday.  Did you turn 19”.  After that remark, it was all smiles….

Happy Birthday Ru!