Rosewood Chinese Cuisine

 Rosewood Chinese Cuisine is a two floor dim sum restaurant offering the classic dim sum fare at decent prices. For those who are available on the weekdays; they have now extended their early bird
specials until 4 pm. This means that all dishes are priced at a cheap $1.88 each from Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 9 am-4 pm. I went on a Saturday morning for a quick dim sum fix so I was unable to take part in this deal. The prices for the weekends and holidays are the following:

(S) $2.37   (M) $3.28   (L) $3.68

Due to the two-level seating arrangements; there are no cart services. Rather customers are given an extensive list of the dim sum dishes, and one would check off their orders.

The service was relatively standard when you're dining in Chinatown. They weren't attentive throughout the meal, but they did quickly seated us, took our orders, and the dishes arrived quickly.  Overall, the dishes that we ordered were either a hit or miss. Still if you go on the weekday; it's very well worth it for its price.


The har gow (shrimp dumplings) (L) was plump with filling, but the translucent skin was slightly thick.


The pork filling in the pork dumplings with caviar (siu mai) (M) lacked flavor.


The filling in the beef rice rolls (L) was minced well and was pretty good.


The spared ribs & olive on rice (L) was a great value for its price.


The five spice squid tentacles (L) wasn't overly oily while still retaining its crispy texture.


There was plenty of filling in the shrimp & chive dumplings (M) but the overall taste of the shrimp was rather dry.

The shrimp rice rolls (L) was probably my favorite dishes of the night as it was fresh. The lightly folded rice noodles wasn't thick at all, and there was a good amount of shrimp filling inside.


The crispy shrimp rolls (L) was a solid dish; it came out piping hot and crispy.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.5/5
Service: 3/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.2/5
Price: $ || Online Menu

Address: 699 St Clair Avenue W, Toronto, ON,M6C 1B2

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Touhenboku Ramen


Name: Touhenboku Ramen
Cuisine: Japanese / Ramen
Address: 261 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1Z9

Touhenboku Ramen is the latest restaurant to enter the ramen market in downtown Toronto. It’s located conveniently on Queen St W and is open from 11 am to midnight; perfect for a late night meal. The restaurant officially opened up on November 12, 2013, and I had the opportunity to try it out last week. 


The broth from Touhenboku Ramen differs greatly from other ramen joints, as they use chicken broth rather than the standard pork broth. According to the owner, Zuimei Okuyama, the chicken broth contains a rich amount of collagen which is good for the skin. Chicken broth is commonly used for lighter ramen such as shoyu (soy sauce) or shio (salt) in Japan, which are both offered at Touhenboku Ramen.


 The ramen are served in porcelain crafted bowls imported from Japan. I was surprised to learn that each bowl was priced at $50, but it does help to maintain the warmth of the ramen much longer.
Touhenboku Ramen features five different ramen with your choice of toppings. All of their ramen are served with your choice of lean pork, rich pork or chicken chashu. Additionally, all bowls come with seaweed, tasty boiled egg, wood ear mushrooms and green onions.


 Original Touhenboku Ramen (white) ($10.50).
Straight forward ramen in a rich creamy chicken broth flavored with sea salt or soya sauce.


 Spicy Touhenboku Ramen (red) ($10.50).
Original ramen with a kick! Incorporated with our special chili oil, it will bring your taste buds to life. Sea salt or soya sauce soup base.


 Garlicky Touhenboku Ramen (black) ($10.50).
Original ramen with our special blend garlic sauce. Wonderful bitter-sweet aroma. Sea salt or soya sauce soup base.


Light Touhenboku Ramen (light) ($10.50).
This clear and light chicken broth with salt adds flavor without being thick.

Chashu ($13.00)
For those who love chashu; comes with 4 pieces of pork or chicken. 

We were presented with a special menu for that day, and given a choice of one of the ramen and dessert. I got the red colored Spicy Touhenboku Ramen with thick noodles, sea salt, and rich pork. It wasn't too spicy but I was pleasantly surprised that the chicken-based ramen was both rich and flavorful. The rich pork was fatty and delicious; definitely a hearty meal. I also forgot to mention earlier that the noodles are made in house with their own noodle machine, which is located in the back of the preparation area. 


 For those who are in the area during the lunch hours; there are also various lunch sets for $14. The set includes your choice of Touhenboku Ramen and Donburi rice bowl.

Although ramen is their specialty; Touhenboku Ramen also offers six different (made in house) Japanese pastries for desserts; all priced at $5.50 each. The pastries are light and not overly sweet which is perfect for when you’re done eating the ramen. I tried the Tomo Creampuff which was a crispy choux puff filled with vanilla custard and loads of whipped cream. The texture of the puff was hard but it complements well with the soft and creamy texture of the whipped cream. Overall, it was an enjoyable dining experience, and I will definitely return to try out other items on their menu. 


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Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.

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The Stockyards: Smokehouse and Larder

The Stockyards has gained the reputation of being one of the best places in Toronto for fried chicken. It is a modest size restaurant offering comfort food on St.Clair West. I came here for dinner on a Thursday to try out their ribs and chicken combo. However, I completely forgot that they only serve BBQ ribs three days a week (Tues, Fri and Sat). The reason for this is because "the smoking process of their wood fired cooker takes up to 18 hrs". 


Eventually, I opted for the popular Stockyards Fried Chicken Dinner ($14.00). The dinner came with four pieces of buttermilk marinated chicken and served with fries, coleslaw and hot sauce. The buttermilk that the chicken was marinated in made the chicken quite tender. Overall, all four pieces of fried chicken were succulent, moist, and tasted delicious when dipped into the provided hot sauce. I also liked the shoestring fries which wasn't overly oily.

 
The Stockyards' decor is pretty minimalistic with an open kitchen concept. If you're lucky enough to be seated in the bar area facing the kitchen; you can watch the chefs make your food. As for their service, I thought that it was quick and efficient. My friend and I were quickly seated, and our waitress took our food and drink orders. Occasionally, she came back from time to time to our seated area and asked how we were doing.

I am not super big on the idea of getting brunch but I have heard a great deal about their fried chicken and waffles combo. So it's definitely on my list to try out in the future.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$ || Online Menu

Address: 699 St Clair Avenue W, Toronto, ON,M6C 1B2

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