Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Poké Time fresh, tasty, cheap

Poké Time Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Poké Time serves up what looks like deconstructed sushi with marinated raw cubed fish. And if you get the Super Cruncheritto ($11.95), they call it a burrito but it's more like a massive sushi roll so packed with stuff that they can't roll it up without some of the fillings squeezing out the ends.

Unlike sushi, you're not tasting the freshness of the fish so much as the marinade -- yeah, there's sauce. Still, the entire construction of the Cruncheritto tastes fresh and light despite being filling because of the rice.
Compare how much you get for your money to a couple of sushi rolls at just about any sushi restaurant and Poké Time is a winner.

The hole-in-the-wall is basically a take-out place that works like a Quiznos or Subway so there's no point scoring them on ambiance. But you can eat in, and if you do, tell them so they don't give you the plastic container for your non-burrito order but rather the reusable bowl that you return after.

TIP: Eat in if you buy the Cruncheritto because it's gonna be messy and you really want to use two hands with this because the fillings are prone to falling out.
Costs extra to get the outside of your Cruncheritto coated with stuff. Might want to skip that unless you are a pro at eating sloppy burritos.

2017-Jun-10 Poke Time

2017-Jun-10 Poke Time

2017-Jun-10 Poke Time

2017-Jun-10 Poke Time

2017-Jun-10 Poke Time

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Shocking surprise with Beanfields Nacho Bean and Rice Chips

Spotted some intriguing vegan, gluten free "nachos" made from beans and rice at Urban Fare--Beanfields Nacho Bean and Rice Chips--and decided to give them a try. My mom is into chips (crisps) so now and again I try to get her something interesting because otherwise she'd just buy whatever is safe and familiar from Superstore.

Good firm crispiness. Taste is bean-like but not so odd that you focus too much on it. Salty enough that you are reminded of basically "normal" nachos.
Overall, a pricey snack unless you are vegan and/or celiac, which limits your choices and sometimes beggars can't be choosers unfortunately.

What was most surprising, however, was the colour. The packaging clearly indicated a yellow-ish nacho-like colour. The contents, however, were... not. No way these were gonna pass as regular nachos. Depending on the lighting they looked anywhere from brown to grey, and the black didn't help any. The lighting in the pictures from my smartphone actually make them out to be lighter in colour than they were to the naked eye.

Once again, TASTE is good. But ad copy is misleading.

2017-May-16 - Beanfields Nacho Bean and Rice Chips

2017-May-16 - Beanfields Nacho Bean and Rice Chips

2017-May-16 - Beanfields Nacho Bean and Rice Chips

2017-May-16 - Beanfields Nacho Bean and Rice Chips

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Get a spoon at KIMU Japanese Cuisine

KIMU Japanese Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato I was recommended KIMU Japanese Cuisine by friends showing me interesting pictures of sushi. Naturally when I went I didn't get any "rolls" but whatever sounded way more interesting. It's too bad the menu doesn't have pictures but you can check out pics online at Zomato and Yelp to see just how pretty and interesting their creations are and at decent portions for very reasonable prices!

TIP: Get a spoon.

Unlike "normal" sushi restaurant offerings, the variant construction can mean some pieces falling off the arrangement, so chopsticks will be sort of lousy here. Ask for a spoon right away if you're getting their special stuff, such as what we ordered.

Volcano Eggplant Seafood Yaki ($8.95) deep fried eggplant, pan fried seafood with onion, melted mozzarella, cheddar cheese, with special spicy mix sauce and bonito on top
  • We ate this with chopsticks. Don't eat this with just chopsticks.
  • Slabs of eggplant were rather big. No way you're gonna pick it up with the goodies on top and get a good bite.
  • Overall, interesting construction but not that tasty. Fish chunks seemed a bit dry. Eggplant pieces too unwieldy for just chopsticks. Maybe also get a knife.
  • Weakly spicy-hot sauce with no lingering heat.
2017-05-25 KIMU sushi - Volcano Eggplant Seafood Yaki

2017-05-25 KIMU sushi - Volcano Eggplant Seafood Yaki

Rainbow Sushi Pizza ($10.50 for 6 pieces) deep fried sushi rice dough, crab meat, salmon, tuna, ebi, hamachi, tai, unagi, tobiko with BBQ and wasabi mayo
  • You want this! Tasty and not skimpy with crab meat hidden under the slabs of fish on top.
  • Might have a bit more sauce than is necessary, and can cover the flavours, especially of the raw fish. Unlike a "regular" sushi roll, you've got sauce here so you really have to eat this mindfully to get all the flavours. I think I'd actually be fine with no sauce or sauce on the side.
2017-05-25 KIMU sushi - Sushi Pizza (rainbow)

2017-May-25 - KIMU Sushi - Sushi Pizza (rainbow)

Sushi Cake ($9.50) crab meat, avocado, shiitake mushroom, salmon, spicy tuna, tobiko on sushi rice dough and torched with spicy mayo, BBQ sauce, balsamic reduction, capers, and garlic chips
  • Those garlic chips are yum.
  • You want this. Tasty.
  • You want a spoon with this because the top layers are gonna fall apart.
2017-05-25 KIMU sushi - Sushi Cake

2017-05-25 KIMU sushi - Sushi Cake

Soft Shell Crab ($8.95) deep fried soft shell crab
  • Tasted like oily batter.
  • Sauce was watery and even when I drowned the crab in it, it didn't do much.
2017-05-25 KIMU sushi - soft shelled crab

2017-05-25 KIMU sushi - soft shelled crab

2017-05-25 KIMU sushi - special menu items

2017-05-25 KIMU sushi

Service pretty good. Location is a bit out of the way but it is nicely renovated inside so don't let the rest of the block make you think this will be a dilapidated hole in the wall.