Jane Bond

Here’s another edition of my food journeys in Uptown Waterloo!  This time T and I decided to fill our stomachs at Jane Bond, a vegetarian restaurant!

To be honest, I was kind of iffy about the whole idea of going to a vegetarian restaurant because I am such a carnivore and I absolutely love meat, but I heard quite a few good things about this restaurant so I decided to sacrifice my daily intake of meat and give this a try. How I would describe the restaurant is one that is more indie and underground.

Jane Bond entrance. It's not very hard to notice nor a long walk from King street.

As we stepped inside it was a dimmer setup with indie music playing in the background.  I would say the atmosphere is very casual and I would definitely recommend this place for friends to meet up for a drink and finger foods. Our waitress was friendly and nice, which added to the nice atmosphere.

Dim lights, small round tables with indie music playing in the background.
The bar side of the restaurant. Menu lists a variety of alcoholic drinks.

As for the menu, I have to say I was quite disappointed. Although I had already prepared myself for a meatless meal, I was quite brought down by the limited variety of items they had on their menu. The majority of the menu was filled with drinks.

In the end, T ordered a quesadilla while I ordered coconut curry. Here are photos of our orders:

Quesidilla: chipotle black bean, avacado and monetary jack, served with salsa and sour cream ($9 + tax)

This was a very delicious dish and I would definitely come back and order this. Everything was made fresh, including the roti and salsa. What I liked about it was that it wasn’t too salty, and the peas were a good substitute for the meat. The quesidilla was a tad spicy and the salsa had parsley in it (T was not a fan of it…). Generally though, it tasted pretty good!

Coconut curry: cauliflower, chick peas, potato and peas over rice ($10 + tax)

As for my dish, it was okay. Rich in spices, but a little too spicy for my liking. As you can tell from the appearance, it wasn’t too appealing. The potatoes were super filling, and sometimes they put so much curry that sometimes I wasn’t sure whether or not I was eating cauliflower or potatoes, haha. Also, the rice seemed to have been not completely cooked (which sometimes I enjoyed because it added a slight crunchy texture), but eventually I decided that it was rice cooked from before and reheated. Generally, I think it is definitely a filling meal, and if you like a tad of spicy and sourness, this is the dish for you. I don’t think I’d come back here and order this though..

A final review of Jane Bond…
– atmosphere: 9/10
– value: 8/10
– food: 6/10

I guess it was decent, but I’m not sure if it wins the heart of a carnivore.

Until next time~

-ksdn
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Matsuda Japanese Cuisine

To celebrate my sister’s upcoming birthday, my family decided to go out for a luxurious dinner.  We ended up going to Matsuda Japanese Cuisine for dinner, an all you can eat (AYCE) restaurant in Toronto.  One thing that I recommend, especially if you’re planning to go on a weekend, is to make reservations!  The wait time can be so brutal there!  Regardless, their wide menu selection gives reason as to why there are so many people there.

I didn’t forget to bring my camera with me, so I actually have a lot of photos to share :).

The store banner/logo from outside

Interior of Matsuda. Lights are dimmed. Spacious and cozy :).

Check out http://www.matsudasushi.com/alldin.html for the full dinner menu!  Some of the items on the menu that left a good impression:

One of the more unique items on the menu. It's super delicious, and yes it's raw! It also tends to be harder to find on menus of other AYCE restaurants
Mango Roll: tempura bits, kani, cucumber roll w/ avocado on top and mango sauce. What I liked about it was that it tasted so fresh and all the ingredients complimented each other very well.
Steamed egg: Another rare item that is served at AYCE restaurants. I love how they steam the egg perfectly, and the complimented ingredients - shrimp and enoki mushrooms
Sashimi Platter: This is just a few from the selection of sashimi they have on the menu. The star of the platter, I would say is the sweet shrimp, which is so difficult to find! One thing to bear in mind is that they only serve sweet shrimp on Fri-Sun.
Grilled Beef Skewer: Although it doesn't look very special, I have to say that it tasted so delicious when I bit into it. Flavour was strong and meat was very tender.
Takoyaki: Who doesn't love takoyaki? And...ALL YOU CAN EAT? *gasp*
Salmon Roses: One of my all-time favourite sushis.
Grilled Mushrooms: My mom loved this the most. Who has ever seen mushroom caps so big before?
L-R: Ginger milk, taro mousse, tiramisu mousse, mango yoghurt. So much selection (these are only a few on the menu) and all tastes fairly decent! If I had to pick one though, it'd go to the famous mango yoghurt.

By the end of the meal, we were all filled to the max, and were complaining about how full we were xD.  The meal was definitely very satisfying and delicious.  Orders were generally took a reasonable time before it came and were processed pretty accurately.

My rating for Matsuda:

– atmosphere: 7/10
– value: 8/10

I don’t think it’s fair to rate food for this trip because it is an all you can eat place after all.  Instead I put my “food” criteria in value because the menu variety reflected on the value of what you were paying for.  And because we went on a weekend for dinner it costed $23.95 + tax.  It may seem a bit pricy, but there was a great variety in selection, and quality was fair for an all you can eat.

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Until next time!  And Happy birthday sis!!!

-ksdn.

Cora’s Breakfast & Lunch

Hey all! 🙂
If you’re hungry in the morning and feeling for a fresh but filling breakfast, Cora’s is the place to go!  Specializing in breakfast and lunch menu, Cora’s provides a selection of crepes, pancakes, sandwiches and much more!  They also have a featured fresh smoothie made with a mix of the freshest fruits they have.  M ordered one with pineapples, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.  It had lots of berry seeds and tasted very fresh with a hint of sourness (which I actually liked!).

Spinach and Cheese Omlette ($9.25 + tax)
For my meal, I decided to order the spinach & cheddar omlette.  In my opinion, I preferred the potato wedges more than the omlette itself. The wedges were lightly roasted and salted. The omlette on the other hand was a little too cooked for my liking. They overdosed on cheese and the spinach was not very noticeable in flavour.  The flavour ends up getting a little bland in the taste palette, and I ended up resorting to ketchup for help.  But in terms of filling level, I was EXTREMELY full!

The atmosphere of the restaurant is very home-y and friendly.  It’s definitely a casual place to have fun with family and friends!  Even though there will probably a wait time when you go, the wait time is relatively short and servers are friendly and respond quickly.

My overall ratings for Cora’s …– atmosphere: 8/10
– value: 7.5/10
– food: 6.5/10

Feel free to visit Cora’s at http://www.chezcora.com!

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Until next time!

-ksdn

Hello~

You can all call me KSDN :).  I’m hoping to work on a food blog and visit as many restaurants as I can and review them.  My reviews may not be the most accurate ones but this is just how I feel when I visit them.  I’m sure everyone who goes to the restaurant has an individual experience.

I’ll also be posting any fun and random adventures that I’ll be having.  Please feel free to drop by and let me know how I can improve or tell me where to visit next!  I also like taking photos so I’ll definitely fill you guys in with not only writing but also with an abundant amount of pictures!!! 🙂 Stay posted~