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Showing posts with label All-You-Can-Eat (AYCE). Show all posts

Ichimoto Japanese Restaurant

 Ichimoto is another AYCE in the Richmond Hill area that I have tried in the past two years. It's located in a plaza, so there are plenty of free parking spaces if you decided to drive up there. I am no stranger to the concept of AYCE sushi, as I have been to a few around the cities. At times, I do like the idea of eating a variety of different dishes instead of opting for simply a bento box.

Prior to this visit, I have never eaten at Ichimoto before, but my brother was a repeat customer. He insisted that they were pretty consistent with their food, and treated me for my birthday. The weekend price was pretty on par with other AYCE establishments, as it was $21.99.

Quite a few people online have complained about their small portions, which I don't understand. It's an AYCE, so you have the option to order more if you're still hungry, and wanting more. I on the other hand like the idea of smaller portions as it allows myself to try out different items on the menu.
The overall food selection was pretty good as they have a little bit of everything; appetizers, cooked dishes, hand rolls, sashimi, sushi, and desserts. They had a decent selection of rolls, and the rice in these rolls wasn't too abundant or tasteless. I really liked their sushi pizza, and fully enjoyed the spicy mayo that they used to topped off the rice patty. Most of their cooked food was solid, and I liked that the cuts of the salmon sashimi had a good texture to it. 
As for service, I believe that they do have a 2 hour seating limit. However, we didn't feel rushed by any of the wait staff at all. Although they weren't very talkative, they did promptly clear our plates and refilled our glasses of water and coke throughout the meal which is always a plus. Overall, I thought that Ichimoto was a pretty solid AYCE in terms of what you pay for.



Address: 360 Hwy 7, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B1

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The Big Fat Greek Buffet

The Big Fat Greek Buffet touts itself as being "one of the first authentic Greek buffet restaurants to open in the GTA". I was here a couple of weeks ago for lunch with my family, as they haven't had Greek in a while. The price for the weekend lunch was a little steep at $15.95; given its limited selection. However, to play Devil's Advocate, the price isn't too bad as you get to taste a bit of everything. Considering the fact that most Greek platters are on average between $9 to $15 each of Greek restaurants.

The buffet stations are placed in the middle of the restaurant, and the dining area is up a few steps from it. I thought that their salad station had a good selection of mixed greens along with various toppings and salad dressings. For those who don't like salad, there were also macaroni, potato and a small seafood medley. For the mains, there wasn't as much meat as I'd have hope for lunch, but it was a decent selection. At least they had both chicken souvlaki and pork souvlaki covered, and also stewed chicken and stewed beef. The Big Fat Greek Buffet also offers some Greek dishes such as moussaka, pastitsio, beeftekia, loukanika. This is a buffet after all so you can't expect amazing quality, but for what it is; I thought that the food was good for what you get.

 All of the food items are made fresh in-house daily, and the souvlaki sticks were grilled throughout the day. You are allowed to take two stick at a time, but unfortunately there weren't that many on the hot plate to begin with. The Big Fat Greek Buffet is open daily for both lunch and dinner, and their prices are as followed:

Monday to Friday lunch ($13.95)
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays lunch  ($15.95)
Dinner ($19.95 everyday)


Address: 5165 Dixie Road  Mississauga, ON L4W 4G1

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Yonge Sushi


About: Meeting up with friends in the area over lunch on the weekday means limited time. Normally, we only have about an hour or so to eat. In these cases, I prefer meeting over lunch at an AYCE. There are many reasons such as more variety of food, good price, and most of the time the service is quick. This time, it was at a small AYCE joint located on Yonge/Lawrence called Yonge Sushi. The restaurant was much smaller in size when compared to other establishments in the area. The overall atmosphere of Yonge Sushi was pretty casual, and a good place for a quick and casual lunch.

Price: The price was very appealing as their lunch menu was a mere $11.99 per person.

Food: Yonge Sushi offers the standard sushi fare as most places. Now, they don't offer anything out of the ordinary but the overall standard of the food items was solid. We started off with the usual starters; green salad, miso soup and edamame. My favorite cooked dishes were the scallops, beef ribs and chicken teriyaki. I was moreso pleasantly surprised that they served beef ribs on the lunch menu as it's usually a dinner item. I definitely racked up on order of ribs. The sushi were decently made, and did not fall apart at all. Also, they didn't overkill on the amount of rice used in their sushi; the fish to rice ratio was good. However, one thing that I did noticed about their nigri was that the fish was extremely thinly sliced. That they offered for lunch is value for money, and I'd definitely come back if I am ever in the area.


Address: 3421 Yonge, North York, ON, M4N 2N1

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Sushi One

Sushi One is one of the many AYCE options in the area of uptown Finch (Yonge/Sheppard and Yonge/Finch area). Their bright block signage is not that hard to miss if you're walking by in the area. Their lunch AYCE is $12.99 so it's reasonably priced, and relative to the other establishments. For lunch, they offer the standard AYCE fare such as sushi, cooked food, appetizers, and ice-cream. However, sashimi is not available but they do have an okay selection of sushi and rolls. Overall, the selection is limited for lunch but the options that they do offer is solid for an AYCE.

My lunch companion and I, had a little less than an hour to eat lunch (during work hours). The restaurant started picking up around this time, but fortunately, the food came out at a good pace. The sushi contained a good ratio of the amount of rice to the ratio of fish. Plus, the rice was nicely seasoned and the sushi didn't fall apart. I thought that each order was portioned well for two people, and we finished with a few minutes to spare until back to work. Out of the cooked food that we ordered; I liked the beef teriyaki and beef ribs the best. The sushi pizza contained a generous amount of salmon bits on top, but the fried patty was slightly too thin. I wasn't a huge fan of the chicken teriyaki as it was completely drenched in teriyaki sauce, making the flavor very overwhelming.

As for service, I was relatively happy with the service as I found it efficient and quick. Our waitress was attentive, friendly, and the food did arrive out pretty quickly. Plus, she checked up on us periodically, and did promptly clear the empty plates.








Address: 4924 Yonge St Toronto, ON, M2N 5N5

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Spoon & Fork

About: Spoon & Fork is an AYCE that serves Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes. I believe they have four locations serving Japanese Thai; Vaughan, Queensway, Oakville and Mississauga. They do have other restaurants under the Spoon & Fork name but they serve either only Japanese (à la carte) or Thai Vietnamese (AYCE). This review is based on the Vaughan location which is located in the large Colossus Plaza. There is ample parking in the plaza, and the decor of the restaurant is modern and upscale.

Price: A friend and I went there for dinner a couple of weeks ago at their Vaughan location. The prices at Spoon & Fork was rather steep in comparison to the standard uptown AYCE. Dinner prices for Monday to Thursday was $26.99, and Fri to Sunday was $27.99 per person. 

Menu: The menu offers a wide variety of items from appetizers, salad, sashimi, maki/hand rolls, noodles, sushi, curry, and many more. The menu also has clear and colorful pictures of a majority of the dishes.

 Food: I am a fan of both Japanese and Thai food, so this was why Spoon & Fork appealed to me when I first learned of its existence. However, after dining here, I don't think the quality of the food really justify the cost of the weekend buffet. Perhaps it may be worth it if you go with a larger group, so you could try out more food. My dinner alone was a little under $45 (that includes the cost of dessert, tax, and tip) for a Friday night. The food was relatively decent for an AYCE, but there was nothing stand-out to me.

I'll start with the items that I did enjoy though. The crispy texture of the calamari was good, and the spicy fish sauce went well with it. The beef teriyaki arrived in one large piece, and uncut. This was the first time where I have seen it presented that way. Normally, it would either be shredded or in small pieces. However, it wasn't dry and rather flavorful. The bite-sized salmon sushi pizza was a favorite of mine, and each order comes with 3. The pad thai was edible, but unfortunately they covered it in ketchup instead of tamarind sauce. The fish quality was slightly above average and were sliced rather thin. Additionally, the hand roll, maki roll, and sushi were very standard for an AYCE. Normally, I loved chicken but none of the chicken dishes appealed to me as they were dry with little flavor (such as the chicken teriyaki and chicken wings). The rest of the items were rather average.

I was surprised that desserts wasn't included in the cost of the AYCE considering the higher price point. I can understand why they wouldn't include the deep fried desserts, but a bowl of ice-cream was an additional $4 for each flavor. Nonetheless, my friend and I decided to order desserts, as we were short on time to go anywhere else. I got the crème brûlée ($6.50) and my friend got the green tea ice-cream ($4). The portion for the crème brûlée was small, as I finished it in about 3-4 bites.

Service: From what I can recall; the service was good. Our server was welcoming, quick to take our orders, and clear the empty dishes. Additionally, the dishes came out at a reasonable time, and none of our food items were missed.


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $$$

Address: 11 Colossus Dr Vaughan, ON, L4L9J8

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