Québec City Eats: Pub Irlandais Le Saint-Patrick

Had a pleasant meal here while walking around old quebec city.  Server was friendly and food was decent.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$

1212 Steak-Frites (200gr) sauce au poivre et brandy (Pub St-Patrick)Steak-Frites (200gr) sauce au poivre et brandy
7oz steak and fries, with a peppercorn and brandy sauce

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Pub Irlandais Le Saint-Patrick
1200 Rue Saint-Jean,
Québec, QC G1R 1S3
(418) 694-0618

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Québec City Eats: Chez Ashton

It’s a quebec-city chain but if you want to try a good quebec poutine this is not a bad place to visit.  The cheese curds are always plentiful and squeaky (if you don’t know how fresh cheese curds should be like, you should come here and try their poutine).  The fries are pretty ordinary but they are always hot and that serves the purpose for a good poutine.  I personally thought the gravy was too salty, but it was very flavourful indeed.  And yes, this is the poutine store that’s famous for giving discounts when the temperature reaches -10, -20, -30, -40 etc 🙂

My ratings: ❤❤
Price range: $

1212 La Poutine avec saucisses 1 (Chez Ashton) 1212 La Poutine avec saucisses 2 (Chez Ashton)La Poutine avec saucisses
Frites fraîches, fromage en grains frais du jour et sauce maison, le tout agrémenté de délicieux morceaux de saucisses grillés à point.
I guess I should have just stayed with a plain regular poutine (which are very well-made).  The toppings could be a hit or a miss, the second photo shows burnt sausages (and they also dropped a few sausages right in front of me, there goes the extra buck 😦 )

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http://www.chezashton.ca/

Québec City Eats: Chez Victor

Very well made burgers and the little restaurant has a nice and friendly ambiance.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

1212 L'Agneau  (Chez Victor)1212 L'Agneau, Poutine (Chez Victor)

L’agneau
Agneau, fromage feta, zaalouk, amandes grillées, laitue, mayonnaise, moutarde forte
The ingredients were fresh and flavourful.  The bun was a good piece of bread and was also able to hold all the mess.

Poutine
The cheese curds were a bit icy-cold, but it’s still a good poutine.

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Chez Victor
145 Rue Saint-Jean,
Québec, QC G1R 1N4
(418) 529-7702
http://www.chezvictorburger.com/

Christmas ’12: Gingercake House

Gingerhuose Cake  (✦✧✧✧✧)
by Starr Culinary Delights

Full of chemical aftertaste and was very greasy

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Christmas ’12

  • Spanakopita
  • Tourtière
  • 蝦米炒粉絲
  • 乾煎大蝦
  • 燒鴨
  • 焗火雞
  • 香草焗羊架

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1212 ChristmasSpanakopita

1212 SpanakopitaTourtière

1212 Tourtière蝦米炒粉絲

1212 蝦米炒粉絲乾煎大蝦

1212 乾煎大蝦燒鴨

1212 燒鴨焗火雞

1212 焗火雞香草焗羊架
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Kingston Eats: Arisu Restaurant

✣ Top pick ✣

I love Arisu.  It is definitely my favourite Korean restaurant.  The first time we came here it was for YJ’s birthday, and they gave us a very beautiful complimentary sushi boat.  Since then I have revisited many times.  Their gam ja tang is my staple.  C said it’s even better than any gam ja tang she tried in Toronto.  The banchan here deserves special mention as well.  They are always extremely well executed and the kitchen doesn’t give you the same banchan over and over again.  This is comfort food at its best (funny how I describe this as comfort food because I never had non-Chinese food prior to coming to Canada).  Their Japanese food isn’t too bad (although not the best offered in Kingston).  It is also nice to note that the rice they use is the real Korean rice, not any crappy rice variety sold in supermarkets here in North America.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

0412 Sashimi appetizer (Arisu)Sashimi appetizer
6pcs assorted raw fish

0411 Sashimi Dinner (Arisu)Sashimi Dinner

1010 Caterpillar Roll (Arisu)Caterpillar Roll
California maki topped with unagi & avocado.

0212 Beef Udon Soup (Arisu)Beef Udon Soup
Sliced beef and vegetables in broth

0311 Spicy Fresh Salmon (Arisu)Spicy Fresh Salmon
Fresh salmon mixed with cucumber and spicy sauce
Salad with a Korean flavour, not a Japanese vinaigrette seasoning

0412 Beef Dumpling (Arisu)Beef dumpling (steamed)
Arisu was previously Mr. Dumplings.  These were freshly homemade dumplings.  I’m not sure if this was a limited time offer because I haven’t seen it on the menu after spring.

0512 감자탕 Gamja Tang 2 (Arisu)0512 감자탕 Gamja Tang 1 (Arisu)감자탕 Gamja Tang
Pork bone soup with potatoes and vegetables, rice
Pork is very nicely seasoned and fresh (doesn’t have a gamey taste to it).  There is a LOT of meat attached.  I’m always left with just a few bones after I finish it.

0412 육개장 Yuk Kae Jang (Arisu)육개장Yuk Kae Jang
Spicy beef soup mixed with vegetables

0412 순두부 찌개 Tofu Soup (Arisu)순두부 찌개Tofu Soup
Silken tofu with seafood and vegetables

1210 불고기 Bulgogi (Arisu)불고기 Bul Ko Ki
Thinly sliced beef marinated with vegetables

0212 제육볶음 Je Yuk Bok Eun (Arisu)제육볶음 Je Yuk Bok Eun
Pan fried spicy pork with potatoes and vegetables

0212 비빔밥 Bi Bim Bap (Arisu)비빔밥 Bi Bim Bap
Vegetables, ground beef, fried egg served with rice in a hot stone bowl

0212 김치찌개 Kim Chi Jji Kae (Arisu)김치찌개 Kim Chi Jji Kae
Pork and kimchi soup with rice

0412 Chap chae (Arisu)Chap chae
Sweet potato noodle with sliced beef and vegetables

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Arisu Restaurant

185 Division Street Kingston, ON, K7K 3Y9
(613) 531-9265

http://www.arisusushi.com/

Kingston Eats: Jina Sushi

This is a very small restaurant (can sit maybe around 15 people?) that is located away from downtown Kingston area.  It’s a lot closer to West campus and St. Lawrence College.  I lived on west campus for 3 years but I never knew about this place until my 4th year after I moved out from west (that said, I also don’t go out for restaurants in the past).  It’s a bit sketchy when you first arrive because there’s barely anything in that block (maybe just a convenience store, Tim Horton’s and a local pharmacy shop).  I wasn’t expecting much but they really wowed us.  The owner is Korean lady and doesn’t speak English very well, but she is very friendly and nice.  Portion size is very big and quality is good.  I had very good bulgogi here.  Their Americanized sushi rolls are quite delicious, even though I’m not a fan of this type of over-the-top showy rolls that are named after all sorts of North American cities and states (Good maki rolls are like well-crafted sandwiches.  It could get complicated when ingredients add up to 3 or above, but it shouldn’t be a method to mask bad quality ingredients.  The contrasting flavours and textures all come together to create something better together.  The better the ingredients, the better the final result will be).

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

0411 Yam Tempura (Jina)Yam Tempura
Very hot and fresh but a bit too greasy 

0411 Spicy Salmon Sushi Pizza (Jina)

Spicy Salmon Sushi Pizza
We finally found out sushi pizza is pan-fried/deep fried seasoned rice topped with sushi toppings.  Apparently it was a Toronto invention and is now very popular among this region on North America (including north-eastern US).

0411 Spicy Red Hot (Jina)Spicy Red Hot
Deep fried shrimp, spicy salmon, avocado topped with salmon slices and spicy salmon

0411 Las Vegas (Jina)Las Vegas
Deep fried scallop, deep fried shrimp, BBQ eel, cream cheese, crabmeat, and avocado, cucumber topped with salmon, tuna, white fish and avocado
I don’t like to have cream cheese in rolls, but because the roll was warm, the cream cheese (and avocado together) added a nice creamy texture to the bite.0411 Spicy red hot, Black dragon, French kiss (Jina)Spicy Red Hot
French Kiss

Deep Fried shrimp, avocado, cucumber, crabmeat, salmon, cream cheese, fish eggs
Black Dragon
Dynamite base with assorted fish and avocado

1110 불고기 Spicy Bulgogi (Jina)불고기 Spicy Bulgogi

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Jina Sushi

682 King Street West Kingston, ON K7M 2E8
(613) 766-7022

www.jinasushi.com/

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