Friday, November 13, 2009

brunch and sushi

Go together like night and day, right?

What: Hungry after spending hours shopping downtown.
Where: Italian Kitchen
When: Lunch
Why: Pasta craving. Also, we've passed by this restaurant several times before, insisting that we'll have lunch there one day. Today just happened to be it.
Verdict: Damn good pasta. Deceptively filling, too. You think the portions are small, especially when you're sharing the pasta platter with someone. But, halfway through, your stomach will admit defeat and will protest (quite loudly) if you continue to stuff yourself because it's been hammered into your subconscious from an early age not to waste food, and you're too stubborn to ask for a doggy bag.

This was the Braised Veal Cannelloni with Wild Mushroom Sauce. This was probably my favourite pasta out of the four.

Spaghetti and Spicy Meatballs with Tomato Fondue. I'm not quite sure what they mean by "fondue", but there was a chunk of cheese that kinda melted on top of the spaghetti, if that counts.

This was the Pappardelle with Lamb Sausage, Cabbage and Potatoes. This was a spicy dish, spicier than the spicy meatballs. Very good and also super filling and a little on the oily side.

Rigatoni Pomodoro. A simple dish, but still delicious.


Later that day...

What: Today also happened to be my 10-year Grad Reunion, a casual get together at the Refinery.
Where: The Refinery and ShuRaku Sake Bar and Bistro
When: Waaay past my bedtime.
Why: The Refinery is a wine and cheese kind of place, and we were hankering for food with more substance. My friend knew a sushi place about two blocks away, so we weaved our way around the line-ups in front of the clubs (and made fun of the skimpy dresses some of the chicks were wearing) and had a late night sushi snack.
Verdict: Not your usual all-you-can-eat sushi type of place, so the quality is much better, therefore it's more expensive. But it was really good sushi. Just watch the wallet when you come here, because you can easily eat a lot more than you're willing to pay.

 Chopped sashimi with cucumber and wasabi paste. Very spicy but very good.

 Rainbow roll: fresh Dungeness crab, cucumber and avocado rolled with slices of tuna, salmon, ebi, saba and hamachi.

My friend ordered the BBQ Unagi with rice and broth. Apparently, this dish is so popular that it's not always available. My friend lucked out and she let me have a bite and it's friggin' amazing. I'm going to have to come back just to try this dish again.

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