MeNami

MeNami prides itself as the first genuine traditional Udon House in Ontario. Udon is a type of thick wheat noodles found in Japanese cuisine. It can be served warmed or cold depending on the type of dish.DSC05829_Fotor_Fotor.jpgOpened only a few months ago, Menami has already created a lot of buzz. This place is pretty busy, hence expect to wait if you don’t have a reservation. The restaurant is located at Yonge and Finch.DSC05830_Fotor.jpg
J and I swung by around 5:30pm on a Saturday evening, put down our name and number and waited for about 40mins. They will contact you by phone when your table is ready.DSC05842_Fotor_Fotor.jpgDSC05844_Fotor_Fotor.jpg
We were blown away by the Beef Tataki ($12) appetizer and this was my favourite dish. The sauce was very tasty, full of flavour, and has a bit of a kick to it! It is citrus -y and sweet.DSC05864_Fotor.jpg
The Spicy Salmon Tartare ($9) was yummy as well and is served with crispy deep fried wonton skin. The salmon is chunky and fresh.DSC05861_Fotor_Fotor.jpgDSC05889_Fotor.jpg
Next was the Black Sesame Puree Udon with Beef ($15)! I rarely leave a restaurant without trying one of their speciality items. There were many Udon dishes to choose from on the menu but this one caught my eye. It was an interesting dish since the sauce is quite sweet and reminded me of the traditional Asian black sesame dessert. It was warm and we were quite content slurping up the noodles. The udon noodles were springy and not starchy. The only downside is that there wasn’t much beef.DSC05853_Fotor.jpg
Corn Kaki-age ($5) with a honey butter mayonnaise dip! I can see why a lot of people enjoyed this corn tempura dish. Personally, I’m not a big fan of fried food but I liked the sauce and I thought it went well with the corn kaki-age.DSC05893_Fotor.jpg
The bar area is nicely arranged and I liked the wood furniture and details, the cool lighting fixtures, and hip vibes.DSC05896_Fotor.jpg
MeNami is a great place to eat with friends or with a date. There’s a good selection on the menu whether you’re feeling for something unique, or just tapas and drinks. DSC05890_Fotor.jpg

5469 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M2N 5S1

Sunday 11:30am – 12am
Monday – Sat 11:30am – 2:30am

(416) 229-6191

http://www.menami.ca/

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Aka-Oni Izakaya

Aka-Oni Izakaya is a Japanese restaurant that has been opened for about a month. It is located in one of the plazas along Silver Star Blvd in Scarborough. DSC06018_Fotor.jpgThe interior has a clean and simple look and feel. Aka-Oni Izakaya is largely decorated with bottles of Japanese alcohol which I thought was a good way to reuse.DSC06019_Fotor.jpgWe arrived at lunch time and upon settling down on our table, the server poured us some Japanese green tea. However, we did not receive menus until we asked for them and even then, we only received the Lunch Menu and the “Today’s Special” Menu. Upon inquiring, they also gave us the Kitchen Menu and the Sushi Bar Menu.DSC06020_Fotor.jpgComplimentary green salad. I loved the citrus ginger dressing which is flavourful and delicious. DSC06034_Fotor.jpgDSC06027_Fotor.jpgThe main reason I came here is to try the Black Diamond Wave Roll ($15.99). Topped with a generous amount of foie gras, some caviar, and gold glitter, this roll is packed with ingredients!! BBQ eel, caviar, crab meat, cucumber, and avocado. So delicious! The foie gras gives it a slightly creamy  taste.DSC06022_Fotor.jpgThe next dish we shared was the Black Garlic Ramen ($10.99). I really enjoyed this because the soup base is full of flavour. If you love the taste of roasted garlic, this is for you! When it arrived, it wasn’t as warm as we would expect a bowl of noodle soup to be. Though this didn’t bother me.DSC06039_Fotor.jpgThis is the Beef Tataki ($11.99), served with a citrus soy sauce. This was dish was not bad, though I’ve had better beef tataki which is seared . The seared beef is chewy, plain on its own but nice when dipped in the sauce. DSC06035_Fotor.jpgIn my opinion, the BBQ Eel Pancake ($5.99) was just okay. We ate half before taking a picture – oops! It is topped with pieces of BBQ eel and sprinkled with katsuobushi (bonito flakes). DSC06047_Fotor.jpgIce cream was on the house to end our meal. The choices are green tea, black sesame, and red bean.DSC06041_Fotor.jpgThe service is an area for improvement though we will forgive that since Aka-Oni Izakaya is still fairly new. Overall, I think this place has a good large variety of dishes. Whether you’re looking to have ramen, sushi, sashimi, skewers, grilled meats and seafood, or a bento box (lunch only), there is something to satisfy everyone! Since there is so much variety, this is a good place to go with a few others and I would recommend ordering several dishes to share.DSC06050_Fotor.jpg

633 Silver Star Blvd #108
Scarborough, ON M1V 5N1

Mon-Thu: 11:30 am – 1:00 am
Fri-Sat: 11:30 am – 2:00 am
Sun: 11:30 am – 1:00 am

(416) 298-3828

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