Jamie Oliver’s Italian

Tried Jamie Oliver’s Italian at Yorkdale.  We made a reservation using OpenTable website.  According to the site there was no availability between 5pm and 8pm.  Not sure if there was really that many bookings or if they don’t take any during this time.  We were however able to make a 5pm reservation.  Upon arriving the place was only about 25% full. Our hostess initially wanted to seat us by the patio door which would have been less than ideal with the traffic going in and out.  Seeing that there were lots of seats we requested another seat where we would not be in the middle of traffic. 

Once seated we were greeted by our beverage hostess who took care of our beverage requirements. Not long after we were greeted by our main server.  We ordered the crab, avocado focaccia as an appetizer.  This was not bad but was much smaller than anticipated.  Just one slice of focaccia.  Taste wasn’t bad but was not as exciting as it sounded.  

For main course, Deniz ordered the steak and fries.  I ordered the grilled porkchop. Both dishes were very good.  Steak was a thin cut but nicely marinated and tender. The porkchop nicely done as well, moist and complimented with beats, green onion and fennel.  We both enjoyed our meal very much. 

For dessert we had an orange blossom polenta cake.  Served with whipped creme, orange and pomegranate.  Was a refreshing dessert. 

However, the over-all cost was higher than we felt it should be.  An appetizer (very small one), two main courses, one dessert, one beer, one non-alcoholic drink and sparkling water came to about $100 before taxes and tip.  Also, many other restaurants give bread as part of the dining experience (I.e. Rocco’s Plum Tomato), but Jamie charges $5.95 for a small loaf sliced with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 

Over-all we enjoyed the meal. Everything came pretty quick,the food was quite good and the service was generally good.  Just not sure it’s worth the high price.  

Miyabi

This is a great Japanese restaurant in Richmond Hill where we celebrated my birthday last night.  Below is my sushi dinner I enjoyed with Kikusui Junmai Ginjo premium sake.  The perfect meal in my opinion. The rice was done perfectly and the fish stayed on the pieces and did not fall off.  Great taste and over-all very nicely prepared.

Last Meal

We arrived at Narita airport early and decided to grab one last meal. The airport has a mall with many places to eat. This one had good prices and the food looked good.

My meal…..

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Deniz’ meal…..

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Asakusa

We visited Asakusa today. It has a shrine and a series of streets lined with shops and millions of places to shop for souvenirs.

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We started looking around for a place to eat and found the same place Deniz had eaten at on her first trip to Japan. She had no idea how to find it again, it was just pure luck.  It’s called Asakusa Umaimon Azuma.  Great place!!  Deniz had “Salmon Don”.

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I had “Jo Chirashi”, which is a chef’s selection of sashimi and tamago (egg) on sushi rice.

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Both our dishes came with clear soup that had a Sakura flower in it.

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I took this picture of Asakusa Umaimon Azuma on our way out.

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Monday’s Dinner

We went searching for a sushi place again for dinner. We tried to get to a particular place but couldn’t find the transfer station. We ended up at Tokyu Hands mall right in the heart of where it’s all happening. We went inside the mall there to the food area and found a nice little sushi bar. Finally, we found a good place. This guy made everything on the spot, made it well and tasted amazing.

First was my dinner and the second was Deniz’

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