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japanese food market

Thanks for the responses. I just went to the asian store next to Play it again Sports and picked up a whole bunch of stuff!

Dec 08, 2010
tako in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

japanese food market

Hi. I'm new to Montreal, from San Francisco. I'm looking for a market that sells Japanese food items, like katsuobushi, shoyu, wasabi, good short or medium grain rice, ponzu, rice vinegar, mirin, etc. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks.

Nov 29, 2010
tako in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for bone marrow bones

I agree with SteveG. I bought bones from Marin Sun Farms' stand and they were excellent. i just picked up some bone marrow for roasting at the Prather Ranch stand in the Ferry Building but have yet to try them. Given the quality of their meats, I'm sure they will turn out well.
good luck.

Jun 03, 2008
tako in San Francisco Bay Area

Pluto's

I really don't like Pluto's. The salad was one of my worst experiences. There was an inordinate amount of dressing that was quite strong in flavor. The sandwiches are pretty bland. I don't know what all the hype is about. It is better than fast food, but really that doesn't say much at all.

Sep 03, 2007
tako in San Francisco Bay Area

Lime Tree Mini-Report

The Lime Tree is definitely one of our favorites in this neighborhood. Ming, the owner, is a supremely nice guy. As mentioned above, the roti is one of his signature dishes and is excellent. The tofu and shrimp special was not mentioned above but is delicious - curried, sweet and a little spicy. It's often available tho not explicitly written on the menu. The roast chicken is my personal favorite. Ming also makes a spicy terasi sauce (shrimp paste) which is an excellent accompaniment to the chicken. Fortunately, business is picking up more and more for the Lime Tree, and I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a pleasant, casual meal.

Sep 03, 2007
tako in San Francisco Bay Area

Bistro 9

This bistro just opened up on 9th ave, near lincoln. The space is quite nice and roomy, and they specialize in rotisserie chicken and beef. We didn't try the beef but the chicken was quite flavorful. My sides on the other hand were not very special. The grilled sweet potato with lime and honey was too much on the lime side, and the gruyere macaroni was bland. The other person that I was with had the rotisserie chicken sandwich and the focaccia was too thick. The food there has a moraccan and greek theme. They had a decent selection of beers on tap. I don't recall what the wine selection was. The moroccan tea with mint was nice and not too sweet. The neat thing about this place was its abundance of outdoor space (in the front and back, good for those sparse sunny days in the sunset). And they told us that they would be opening a lounge downstairs, which we got to get a glimpse of. It looked like it would be an interesting addition to this predominantly sports/irish bar neighborhood.

Sep 03, 2007
tako in San Francisco Bay Area

LIME TREE OWNER

His name is Ming, and he is truly a wonderful, friendly guy. We go there for lunch frequently and look forward to his food and his company. I hope he gets more business.

Sep 03, 2007
tako in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Ramen in San Francisco?

When we went to Katanaya last weekend, we did not see the chef from when Katanaya was on Judah. And yes, it was greasier than what i remembered from the old venue. The noodles were a bit thick and heavy, without a nice bounce in the mouth. However, all in all an okay bowl of ramen.

Nov 17, 2006
tako in San Francisco Bay Area

Vancouver Report - Tojo's Or NOT Tojo's

We were spending 3 nights in Vancouver, and after reading some very positive reviews about Tojo’s on Chowhound and other sources, we decided that one of our dinners would be there. All in all, I must say that Tojo’s was a great disappointment. First and foremost, I feel that the tasting menu did not focus enough on sashimi or sushi. Second, while the dishes were tasty, the only real ace up Tojo’s sleeve seemed to be his use of yuzu. Yuzu is a wonderful and mild citrus that brightens dishes, but its repeated use leaves one uninspired. Third, the service was sub par relative to the price. The interval between dishes on the 5-course tasting menu was rushed, so we had to intentionally slow down our pace so that we wouldn’t be out of there in less than 45 minutes. Near the end of our meal, one waitress even tried to politely “force” us to finish our sushi plate. And while a jovial atmosphere is appreciated, some waiters took it a little too far, making the restaurant seem more like an informal izakaya (Japanese “tapas”). I'm a huge fan of izakayas, but not if I'm going to spend over $100. If the service was better, I could have excused its lackluster décor and location.

Overall, we forked over $130 CD per head, including drinks, but we feel that our money would have been better spent had we ordered one or two of his signature dishes and a sashimi omakase for the six of us. I felt that the tasting menu was pushed really hard, saying that the dishes defined Chef Tojo. As mentioned above, the dishes were tasty but nothing inspirational. The catches of the day were highlighted as being top-notch and the implication was that some of the dishes on the tasting menu would contain these items, but I don’t recall any of our dishes having the high quality blue-fin tuna they so raved about. I am confident that our experience would be far superior if we asked our local sushi chef in San Francisco (Murasaki, for example) for a similarly priced omakase. While not having sampled the full extent of Vancouver’s restaurants, I find it hard to believe that Tojo’s is the best restaurant in town. Personally, I would not recommend Tojo’s to a friend, given that we walked out feeling that our money was not well spent.

During my next visit to Vancouver, I will most definitely sample other Japanese restaurants. On the other hand, I would most definitely go back to Guu with Garlic (on Robson) since we have a very enjoyable and authentic Japanese experience there. Three of six of us in our party have lived in Tokyo for over 10 years, and each of us was delighted to eat at Guu.

Aug 26, 2006
tako in Western Canada Archives

chabaa: thai restaurant in the sunset

i agree that chabaa has some tasy food. we've been there 4-5 times and i've almost always had the roast duck noodle soup. when accented with some spicy vinegar, the soup is hard to beat. it's hard for me not to order it and to explore the rest of the menu because our visits are relatively infrequently. my wife often gets the crab fried rice, which when combined with some spicy fish sauce and vinegar is delectable. i am eager to hear more recommendations and to see more people there (as it's always sparse when we go)!

Aug 23, 2006
tako in San Francisco Bay Area