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Taste of Edmonton Post!

Taste of Edmonton Website.

Ah yes, my favourite time of year! It’s Taste of Edmonton Time! Churchhill Square is over taken by some of the city’s best food establishments for a week of fun and honest over -indulgence. 

I have been going to Taste of Edmonton almost every year since I have moved to the city, and I feel that it might be time for some of the “staple” vendors to either move out and make room for the new up and comers or to revamp their menus. I feel the selection of “new” and “want to try” get smaller and smaller every year a go, and it’s a little depressing.

This year is one of those cases where I kind of hummed and haa’d about what I wanted to try. There were a few items I missed, so I am hopefully going to hit up the Square again to get those and add them to this list!

Let’s talk about what I tried!

Crispy Avocado Roll with Cilantro Honey Pesto from: Zinc

Zinc is inside the Alberta Art Gallery, right off the square. I’ve never had a chance to eat inside, but I’ve sampled some of their catering before. At Taste of Edmonton, one of their offerings is the Crispy Avocado Roll with Cilantro Honey Pesto. I enjoyed it, Avocado is one of my favourite veggies and you really can’t go wrong with it in a spring roll wrap. The roll itsself was warm and perfectly seasoned. I did find the pesto far too sweet in comparison, which are words I don’t say often!

Ricotta Cheese Fritters with Spicy Tomato Jam from: Edmonton Petroleum Club

The Edmonton Petroleum Club is right off Kingsway avenue, and it’s one of those places you know exists but aren’t really sure what they do. The advertising around their stall says you don’t have to be a member to check out the restaurant. If the rest of the food is as enjoyable as these fritters I would consider it! The fritters are soft and not overly doughy with delicious ricotta inside. The Tomato jam isn’t really spicy and didn’t over power the flavour in the fritter itsself.

Chorizo Tacos from: cafe12dolce

Okay, my love for Chorizo isn’t a secret so I had to stop by the cafe12dolce truck. The chorizo was perfectly seasoned and the shell was warm and soft. I enjoyed them, but all in all they were a fairly standard taco.

Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps from: The Common

I like pork belly a lot. I like lettuce wraps a lot. Honestly, you couldn’t go wrong. The Common’s wraps though are an acquired taste. It has pork, watermelon and sour cream. There’s also something with a bit of a spicy kick in it, but I couldn’t quite place what it was. While I usually enjoy a play on sweet and savory I think this was a little too much and pushed into the “too strange I’m not sure I really enjoyed it” area.

"Clubhouse" - Chicken and Bacon Kofta with Tomato Chutney & "Prairie" Caprese Skewer From: Culina

When we walked by Culina, no one was lining up and I think that is the biggest mistake you can make at Taste of Edmonton this year. Out of everything I ate, both of Culina’s offerings hit all the right notes. The Clubhouse was a chicken meatball with tomato chutney and bacon, and it was magical. Seasoned perfectly, it melted in my mouth. The Caprese skewer had a wonderful pesto underneath it and was so refreshing to bite into. They also use Alberta-only ingredients. It was amazing!

 Chilled Blueberry Soup with Goat Cheese Ice Cream and Micro Basil from: Mercer Tavern

The ice cream was really the star of this dish. The blueberry soup tasted watery and honestly just felt like they had taken some blueberries and sugar and blended them down. I was pretty excited for this, and was really let down.

Chocolate Panna Cotta from Fantasia Caffe & Catering

I was very upset with this. I love Panna Cotta. This was more like a Jell-O Chocolate pudding in terms of both taste and texture. I took one bite and handed it off. 

Overall, what I tried was hit or miss.There are some great star dishes here, and some that I would pass over if offered again. Like I mentioned, there are places that were out of stock on things I wanted to try, so I am hoping to swing back and add them soon!

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REVIEW: Mama Lee’s Kitchen


I really live on the wrong side of the city for a lot of things. Apparently, Korean food is something I should add to that list.  With the exception of Kim Chi in Kingsway Mall, I can’t think of an awesome Korean place this side of the river.
Thankfully, my boyfriend lives in the University Area, where the pickings are not quite as slim. I had wanted something a little bit different so I suggested Mama Lee’s Kitchen. Located not too far from Southgate Mall, I was instantly taken in with the photos of the dishes on the website and the price that accompanied them. So we packed into the car and headed up the road.
Mama Lee’s Kitchen is small, and it felt even smaller when we were there due to them prepping a huge catering order for 80 people! We walked in and were greeted by a lovely young lady behind the counter. They had a menu board above the counter and easier to read printed versions on the counter. After ordering, we took our seat. Now,I was hoping to get a beautiful box like the ones presented on the website, however Mama Lee’s IS a take out place - so our food did come packed in a styrofoam bento box. It was still presented beautifully I felt.
Now, lets talk about the food!
Special Combo: Dak-ggochi with Bean Sprout Salad, House Kim Chi, Veggie Tempura, Japchae and Coleslaw.
There was a lot of food in the bento, which is always a big draw. I love being able to taste a little bit of everything! The main to side ratio is fantastic - you wont fill up on the side dishes before getting to your main.
Lets break this down by side and main dish:
Side Dish One: Bean Sprout Salad.
I really like bean sprouts. Mama Lee’s bean sprout salad is served cold and is blended with garlic and green onion. It’s very light and refreshing and still gives off a nice crunch and the garlic is so appealing. 
Side Dish Two: House Kim Chi.
I won’t lie - I had never tried kim chi before. I am sort of a wimp when it comes to spicy food and I had always been told that kim chi was a little over the top. I didn’t want to pass it up though, so I took the plunge and I enjoyed it immensely! I didn’t find it overwhelming at all. It was a bit strange at first, but I quite like the flavour. What a great first experience!
Side Dish Three: Veggie Tempura.
My love for deep fried things, especially veggies, knows no bounds. The veggie tempura at Mama Lee’s consists of carrot, potato and onion fried into an almost fritter style serving. Its seasoned throughly and doesn’t need a dipping sauce.
Side Dish Four: Japchae
Of all my side dishes, I didn’t really like the Japchae (which by the way, is under the tempura). I found the noodles to be a very strange texture and overly salty.  It had a few veggies in it, but nothing extremely notable. I took a few bites but decided not to finish.
Main Dish: Dak-ggochi with Rice cakes on rice.
Dak-ggochi, from my understanding, is traditionally served on a skewer. Mama Lee is serving it up on a bed of rice with a spicy-sweet sauce and round rice cakes. The chicken was fantastic, grilled and seasoned perfectly it had a coating that gave it a slight crunch. The sauce wasn’t overly spicy or sweet and did taste very tomato based, but it was so lovely. The little rice cakes were soft and spongy and added that little extra sweetness to the dish as well. The rice was fluffy and aromatic, just the way I like it. The coleslaw was great too - a nice cooling element if the heat got too much! Everything on this main dish mixed together so well. 
Overall, I really enjoyed Mama Lee’s Kitchen. Even though its fairly far from me, I will probably be making the trip more often to try more of her offerings. If you are in need of a great Korean fix near Southgate, check out Mama Lee’s Kitchen!

REVIEW: Mama Lee’s Kitchen

Mama Lee's Kitchen on Urbanspoon

I really live on the wrong side of the city for a lot of things. Apparently, Korean food is something I should add to that list.  With the exception of Kim Chi in Kingsway Mall, I can’t think of an awesome Korean place this side of the river.

Thankfully, my boyfriend lives in the University Area, where the pickings are not quite as slim. I had wanted something a little bit different so I suggested Mama Lee’s Kitchen. Located not too far from Southgate Mall, I was instantly taken in with the photos of the dishes on the website and the price that accompanied them. So we packed into the car and headed up the road.

Mama Lee’s Kitchen is small, and it felt even smaller when we were there due to them prepping a huge catering order for 80 people! We walked in and were greeted by a lovely young lady behind the counter. They had a menu board above the counter and easier to read printed versions on the counter. After ordering, we took our seat. Now,I was hoping to get a beautiful box like the ones presented on the website, however Mama Lee’s IS a take out place - so our food did come packed in a styrofoam bento box. It was still presented beautifully I felt.

Now, lets talk about the food!

Special Combo: Dak-ggochi with Bean Sprout Salad, House Kim Chi, Veggie Tempura, Japchae and Coleslaw.

There was a lot of food in the bento, which is always a big draw. I love being able to taste a little bit of everything! The main to side ratio is fantastic - you wont fill up on the side dishes before getting to your main.

Lets break this down by side and main dish:

Side Dish One: Bean Sprout Salad.

I really like bean sprouts. Mama Lee’s bean sprout salad is served cold and is blended with garlic and green onion. It’s very light and refreshing and still gives off a nice crunch and the garlic is so appealing. 

Side Dish Two: House Kim Chi.

I won’t lie - I had never tried kim chi before. I am sort of a wimp when it comes to spicy food and I had always been told that kim chi was a little over the top. I didn’t want to pass it up though, so I took the plunge and I enjoyed it immensely! I didn’t find it overwhelming at all. It was a bit strange at first, but I quite like the flavour. What a great first experience!

Side Dish Three: Veggie Tempura.

My love for deep fried things, especially veggies, knows no bounds. The veggie tempura at Mama Lee’s consists of carrot, potato and onion fried into an almost fritter style serving. Its seasoned throughly and doesn’t need a dipping sauce.

Side Dish Four: Japchae

Of all my side dishes, I didn’t really like the Japchae (which by the way, is under the tempura). I found the noodles to be a very strange texture and overly salty.  It had a few veggies in it, but nothing extremely notable. I took a few bites but decided not to finish.

Main Dish: Dak-ggochi with Rice cakes on rice.

Dak-ggochi, from my understanding, is traditionally served on a skewer. Mama Lee is serving it up on a bed of rice with a spicy-sweet sauce and round rice cakes. The chicken was fantastic, grilled and seasoned perfectly it had a coating that gave it a slight crunch. The sauce wasn’t overly spicy or sweet and did taste very tomato based, but it was so lovely. The little rice cakes were soft and spongy and added that little extra sweetness to the dish as well. The rice was fluffy and aromatic, just the way I like it. The coleslaw was great too - a nice cooling element if the heat got too much! Everything on this main dish mixed together so well. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Mama Lee’s Kitchen. Even though its fairly far from me, I will probably be making the trip more often to try more of her offerings. If you are in need of a great Korean fix near Southgate, check out Mama Lee’s Kitchen!

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REVIEW: Cafe Caribe

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I recently took to reddit’s Edmonton subreddit (Hi /r/Edmonton!) to grab some new ideas for reviews because let’s be honest…I’ve been slacking. A member there suggested Cafe Caribe, which is located where the now defunct Crepe Symphony once stood.  Fantastic, I thought, as my Mom who has traveled to the Caribbean, was home from work this weekend and it would make a good lunch date for us. The interior has changed to reflect a more Trinidadian atmosphere but the layout is identical.

I understand they have been open for about a month and the kitchen is small, but I feel like I need to get this off my chest right away - they need better service if they are going to survive. When we arrived there were only two front of house staff for a full restaurant. The young man who was working was very disorganized and sluggish. It didn’t help that the woman who was also working front of house had to step out for about half an hour to purchase groceries for the restaurant which indicated an unpreparedness and left the young man incredibly out of comfort zone. Cutlery was being cleaned/polished for your table AFTER your food had arrived, meaning there was a 2 minute gap between when your food arrived and when you actually got to eat it.  Speaking of the food…

The Food

Chicken Roti with Salad and Mango Chow: The words “Mango Chow” really reeled me in - I love mangos and I make my love of them no secret. I was really disappointed to find that it was about a tablespoon of this chow on top of a bed of mixed greens that made up my salad. Once all the mango chow was gone, it was just leafy greens. The main part of the dish is the Chicken Roti. Roti itself is the flat bread you see - its very soft and served warm. Inside the chicken is blended with a Trinidadian curry with potato and onion. I have to say, as yummy as the curry base and roti was the meal was a let down because the chicken was inconsistant. I had two full chicken thighs - which were great. However, the white meat chicken was clearly frozen and precut chicken (something like these) which you don’t really want to see in a restaurant meal. You’d also think it would be filling, but 15 minutes after leaving the restaurant I was already hungry again.

Jerk Chicken (Mom’s dish) Here you can see what I mean by “frozen and precut” chicken a little bit better. From the bite I had it WAS spicy but also overwhelmingly salty. She was pretty disappointed to receive this dish and sadly didn’t enjoy it at all.

Jamaican Patties (Dad’s Dish): Dad’s first let down was that they didnt have the crab cakes he wanted, so he settled for just the Jamaican Patties.I didn’t get to taste this unfortunately, but my dad said that they were doughy and didn’t have enough of the filling - but the filling was perfectly spiced. He had wished they of been bigger.

Overall Experience:

I will go back to Cafe Caribe in a few months to see if they’ve evolved. The food has GREAT potential - the ingredients just need to be consistent and hopefully more/better prepared front of house staff. I’m starting to wonder if maybe this location is cursed as I didn’t enjoy my ventures at Crepe Symphony when it was there either. Only time will tell with Cafe Caribe.

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Eek! Life got a little hectic for a bit so I was unable to post this…but here is Contest Winner Ian’s brutally honest review!
Congrats to Ian and thank you for participating!

Delicado’s – it’s probably Spanish for something, but I’m far too lazy to Google it, and I’ll tell you why. This little Mexican restaurant is only a block from my work, and it’s cheap to boot, meaning it’s somewhere I’ve been quite a lot. The staff is always friendly, the food is always good, and I always walk away with a full stomach and leftovers.  When I went in this time, I was, unfortunately, surprised.

A recent decision in my life made me order the Vegetarian Rollup, which is apparently another way of saying wrap. It consisted mostly of avocado, beans, cheese, and sprouts. Sounds delicious, right? Especially when being lovingly prepared by an “alternative” (read: indie) staff that works here because, hey, it’s better than a minimum-wage, soul-sucking job at some fast food joint, right? Sorry, I digress.

The Vegetarian Rollup at Delicado’s is one of the blandest things I have ever tasted. From the moment I took the first bite to the second I gave up halfway through, the wrap was so unbelievably bland that I could hardly take it. They could have used generic store-brand fajita mix and there would have been more flavour in this thing. While it was chock-full of things that are good for me, it was hardly a delight to eat. I assumed the avocado would at least stand out a bit, but unless I had stopped to actually look inside the thing, I never would have believed there was anything in there.

However, it was large. As I mentioned before, I left with a full stomach and leftovers – however, it might have simply been my body telling me to get out and eat something else. It bums me out a little because everything else there is so good – the Chicken/Bean Rollup, the soup of the day, the fresh salads, they’re all delicious. I just somehow managed to order one of the few things on the menu that fails to disappoint.


Furthermore, as I’m writing this an hour or so after ingesting the Rollup, I find myself with a horrible stomach-ache. I’m talking bent-over-at-my-desk-holding-my-gut-trying-to-focus kinda horrible. This may or may not be related to the Rollup, take that with a grain of salt, but considering it consists of the larger, more recent meal that I’ve eaten, I’m willing to be that I can blame this one on Delicado’s.

Eek! Life got a little hectic for a bit so I was unable to post this…but here is Contest Winner Ian’s brutally honest review!

Congrats to Ian and thank you for participating!

Delicado’s – it’s probably Spanish for something, but I’m far too lazy to Google it, and I’ll tell you why. This little Mexican restaurant is only a block from my work, and it’s cheap to boot, meaning it’s somewhere I’ve been quite a lot. The staff is always friendly, the food is always good, and I always walk away with a full stomach and leftovers.  When I went in this time, I was, unfortunately, surprised.

A recent decision in my life made me order the Vegetarian Rollup, which is apparently another way of saying wrap. It consisted mostly of avocado, beans, cheese, and sprouts. Sounds delicious, right? Especially when being lovingly prepared by an “alternative” (read: indie) staff that works here because, hey, it’s better than a minimum-wage, soul-sucking job at some fast food joint, right? Sorry, I digress.

The Vegetarian Rollup at Delicado’s is one of the blandest things I have ever tasted. From the moment I took the first bite to the second I gave up halfway through, the wrap was so unbelievably bland that I could hardly take it. They could have used generic store-brand fajita mix and there would have been more flavour in this thing. While it was chock-full of things that are good for me, it was hardly a delight to eat. I assumed the avocado would at least stand out a bit, but unless I had stopped to actually look inside the thing, I never would have believed there was anything in there.

However, it was large. As I mentioned before, I left with a full stomach and leftovers – however, it might have simply been my body telling me to get out and eat something else. It bums me out a little because everything else there is so good – the Chicken/Bean Rollup, the soup of the day, the fresh salads, they’re all delicious. I just somehow managed to order one of the few things on the menu that fails to disappoint.

Furthermore, as I’m writing this an hour or so after ingesting the Rollup, I find myself with a horrible stomach-ache. I’m talking bent-over-at-my-desk-holding-my-gut-trying-to-focus kinda horrible. This may or may not be related to the Rollup, take that with a grain of salt, but considering it consists of the larger, more recent meal that I’ve eaten, I’m willing to be that I can blame this one on Delicado’s.

4.238:57 PM

KATSTRONOMY SECOND ANNIVERSARY “DINNER’S ON ME” CONTEST!

Hello Katstronomy Readers!

On April 1st, 2014, my humble little adventures in food blog will be celebrating its SECOND birthday. Since I sort of neglected it last year (oops!) I’m making it up for it by having an AWESOME contest!!!

CONTEST DETAILS!

Writing Katstronomy has been SO MUCH FUN - and I want to give EVERYONE the opportunity to write about food! From  March 1st-31st You have a chance to write about and photograph your favourite meal! On April 1st I will have my decision for the winner - and with the permission of the top 3-5 I will post their entries to Katstronomy.ca! 

What do I need to enter?

All entrants are asked to submit 3-5 photos and a small write up of the dish.  Please check for spelling and no filters on your photos please!!

WHO can enter?

Anyone who loves food!*

*Anyone as long as you aren’t my parents or my boyfriend.

What kind of meal?

Your meal can be one of two things:

1) Your favourite restaurant meal. Keeping with Katstronomy’s theme, the meal must be from a local eatery. No Boston Pizza or Moxies please!

2) Your favourite homemade dish! Include the recipe so I can try it too!

So, what’s up for grabs?!

If you couldn’t guess from the name - The winning entry will have dinner on me - if you’re local I will take you out to where ever you want, if you live else where - I’ll send a 50$ prepaid visa. The only catch is that the winner has to send me a picture of where they chose to go for dinner on me!

How do I enter?

Send your photos and write up to info@katstronomy.ca before March 31st!

If you have any questions you can also send them to that address!

Oh, and make sure to follow Katstronomy on Facebook and Twitter!

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REVIEW:  Nestle Kit Kat - Western Japan Box.

Kit Kat’s are immensely popular in Japan due to the fact that the phrase “Kitto Katsu” is often used as a good luck charm. Today I sat down with a box of the “Western Japan” Kit Kat variety box!

It includes six varieties: Citrus, Purple Sweet Potato, Hojicha, Matcha, Cinnamon and Amaou Strawberry.

THE BREAKDOWN:

JAPANESE CITRUS BLEND: Smelled like a creamsicle as soon as I opened it up. It had a very heavy creamsicle taste as well, with a very heavy lemon lime after taste.

PURPLE SWEET POTATO: This guy was the hardest. I’ve never had a purple sweet potato, so I wasn’t sure what I SHOULD be tasting. I mostly just tasted white chocolate with a bit of a sticking sweetness at the back of my tongue.

HOJICHA: Hojicha is a roasted green tea. We actually have a tea at the shop I work at called Genmai Hojicha, which has toasted rice in it as well. This Hojicha kit kat tasted EXACTLY like that tea. I loved it instantly.

YATSUHASHI: (Cinnamon): Smelled like a cinnamon candle, it actually tasted a bit more of a gingersnap than a cinnamon flavour.

MATCHA: Matcha is a powdered green tea leaf. The powder itsself is incredibly healthy for you, but I do not like the taste. My reaction to this guy was “Oh yup. That is DEFINITELY matcha.”

AMAOU STRAWBERRY: Instantly filled the room with a strawberry scent.  Tasted like strawberry jam on toast!

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

The Western Japan Kit Kat box had a lot of flavours I was looking forward too and I’m glad I got to experience them! Within the next few days I will be doing the Eastern Box as well!

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EVENT: BATTLEDISH EDMONTON

This past weekend, Katstronomy went out into downtown Edmonton to participate in Battledish. Billed as an international food event where Six Chefs compete for the King of Battledish. We ended up skipping one Chef because we got a little turned around. 

First lets discuss the meals we ate!

THE BURG: Mac and Cheese Ball with Pork Belly.

Our first stop was The Burg. I was surprised but pleased to see they weren’t serving a slider of some sort. The Mac and Cheese ball was a soft,rich inside with a crispy panko crust, It sat on a fairly thick Jalapeño sauce, which was a nice mild spice. The Pork belly was soft and tender, just the way I like it. It had a drizzle of blackberry gastrique,  which was INCREDIBLY tart and I felt threw the flavour off.

HAWLEI: Indian Buffet: Veggie Pakora, Aloo Tikki, Butter Chicken, Channa Masala, Saffron rice and Naan.


Haweli was, in my opinion the best value of the day. Meal tickets were 5$ each, and Haweli was set up buffet style allowing you to take as much or as little as you would like. Considering we would be eating more, I was fairly conservative with my portion. It was also, the most delicious food I ate all day. I LOVE Pakora and could have just eaten that all day. The Channa Masala was light on the spice, the Butter chicken had a subdued sweetness, the naan was fresh and made right in front of our eyes. I had never had Aloo Tikki before, but I also really enjoyed that. I can’t wait to go back here and eat again

LUX STEAKHOUSE: AllyKat Beer Tasting + The Ultimate Slider.

AllyKat had a cute little booth set up to do a beer tasting. I am not a beer person, but I did enjoy 2/3 of the beers I tried. The Aprikat and the Grapefruit. I really do lean towards fruit-flavoured alcohol.  For our meal, provided by LUX we had The Ultimate Slider. Consisting of a 3oz Wagyu beef patty,double smoked bacon, aged cheddar, a crispy portabella mushroom, Stella Artois battered onion ring, house made mayo, butterleaf lettuce, tomato allll on a fresh baked kaiser. I’m going to be honest, I don’t go out for burgers. I don’t want to go to a nice place to eat burgers, no matter how fancy you make em. I liked the mushroom on this burger the best. I felt the beef wasn’t as flavourful as it should have been, and that it was just WAY too much on a tiny bun.

HUNDRED BAR: Dude Fizz Vodka Cocktail and Pork Belly Sandwich.


Hundred’s Cocktail was nice and light, a refreshing palette cleanse. Sadly, the food offering underwhelmed me. There was SO MUCH bun and so little of the meat. Compared to the pork belly that I had eariler in the day, Hundred’s was tough and not very flavourful. The only thing I could taste in the “sandwich” was the kimchi and aoli. Very disappointed, since this is the one we were looking forward too the most!

Overall, Haweli took was the winner in my eyes. Best value and best flavours. 

There was a lack of information passed on though. We were not told that it was a credit card only event before hand. We had taken out cash only to be told we could not use it, and we had to charge our tickets to our credit cards. Several people in the crowd behind us also were unaware, so it was not an isolated incident. Other than that, it was an awesome event and I was happy to participate!

10.79:22 PM

Review: Urban Shabu

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I like when food is fun as well as being delicious.  Urban Shabu has introduced me to a real treat - its a hot pot spot (say that three times fast!) A quick history lesson: Hot Pot is Chinese, and was adapted in Shabu Shabu by Japanese restaurant Suehiro in the early 20th century. From my understanding,despite using the name “Shabu” Urban Shabu is much closer to the original Chinese Hot Pot.

The white marble and white furniture make Urban Shabu look fresh and clean. There is a big tank with fresh sea food that takes up 1/3 of the wall as you walk in from off 97th street. It’s a fairly large place! Each table has several heating plates built in for your hot pot. 

THE FOOD

Urban Shabu presents a very interesting experience - every person gets to customize their own meal. It starts with the broth. Standard Chicken broth is free, and then any of the other “speciality” broths are an additional 2$. Both my date and I went with Chicken. You are given a pamphlet filled with all sorts of ingredients - from your raw proteins (the marbled beef was to die for!) and vegetables, to seafood and cooked dim-sum style items. (We had steamed buns that we dipped in condensed milk and the peanut sauce…yum!) 

You make your selections of what you would like - indicating how many servings you would like. However, I did feel the portion sizes were very inconstant. “1” serving was barely enough, and “2” was too much for two people, so it is all about finding a happy medium I suppose.  After you make your selections, the waitress comes by and picks up your menu. We had our fresh selections arriving within moments of our menu being taken to the kitchen! 

Once you have your ingredients, you toss them in your hot pot and wait for it to cook! This is so much fun, I think I giggled the whole time. You are given chopsticks, a soup spoon, a small ladle, a plate and a small bowl to eat. I mostly used my ladle to serve my hot pot up soup style! 

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

I had so much fun! The service was great, and I enjoyed all of my food. I don’t usually like to discuss price when reviewing, but for 26$ for a two-hour-all-you-can-eat place, Urban Shabu was an amazing experience and I can not wait to return!

5 notes7.299:04 PM

An Important Thing.

Hi everyone.

I’m really flattered that a handful of you enjoy my reviews! I started Katstronomy for fun, but I work really hard on it.  I know that my reviews are long, and the food is mouthwateringly delicious looking… but it really hurts me when people reblog my posts without the review. The review is the whole point of Katstronomy. I understand if you aren’t local and you don’t think its “important” or relevant to you… but its very important for me!  You can very easily hide the text under a read more!  Please be considerate when you reblog from me and remember, I am a real person who works on this blog for fun!

1.281:00 PM

Review: Kyoto Japanese Cuisine (Garneau Location)

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My friends and I have made it to the end of our first semester! We wanted to celebrate by going out for one last hurrah before the holidays sent us our separate ways for a few weeks. I’m not sure why they let me pick the restaurant, but I’ve been dying to go to Kyoto for a while and I sneakily got my way.

Kyoto is situated next to the Urban Diner, Remedy Cafe and across from La Poutine. There are some heavy hitters for Edmonton dining in this one little spot. From the outside it doesn’t look like too much, but the inside is beautifully decorated with a variety of sitting spaces (tables, booths and private booths!) The sushi bar is dead centre and its a treat to watch the chefs make your sushi.

THE FOOD

Midori and Sake: We were celebrating, so of course the alcohol flowed (somewhat) freely. I can’t remember which brand of Sake we ordered, but I don’t enjoy sake enough to have drank more than a few sips of it. The Midori however, is a melon liquor that tastes like melon cream soda which I love.

Beef Tataki:  I’m a big fan of rare and mid rare steaks, so Beef Tataki felt like a natural choice for my starter. Slightly seared and then swam in a bath of ponzu and onions, the tataki was perfection. The beef melted in my mouth and wasn’t sliced to thick, which is an issue I’ve had with tataki dishes before.

Miso Soup and Bean sprouts: This was fairly standard fare, nothing really special. The beans were blanched and coated in ginger, which was pretty lovely though. 

Bento Box: I love bento boxes, and I think thats a theme you’ve probably picked up on if you’ve been following Katstronomy through out the year. I love that they give you the chance to sample a little bit of everything. Not pictured is the bowl of rice the box also came with. However what you do see is my assorted Sashimi (Tuna, Salmon, Crab), Tempura,Teriyaki Chicken and Salad! The sashimi was AMAZING, probably the freshest I’ve had in a Japanese restaurant here in the city.  I had never actually had crab sashimi before and I really enjoyed how sweet it was. The tempura (eggplant, sweet potato, prawn) was quite good as well, the batter had a great crunch although I wasn’t too fond of the eggplant. The teriyaki chicken I feel was the biggest let down-everything else in my box was exceptional, but the chicken was fairly standard. 

OVERALL:

I really enjoyed my meal, and my company. I don’t have any complaints about our waitress, which is something I’ve noted many people have issues with at Kyoto. We were served in a timely manner and she was very pleasant. The food was wonderful and I would not hesitate to visit again.

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