Sunday, November 24, 2013
Still smiling from lunch at Suika
This was my second visit to Suika. Link to post on my first visit here.
My previous experience was for dinner, so the menu today was slightly different this time around...rather than izakaya style tapas with entree-like main dishes, their lunch menu is designed around "lunch sets."I love the fun, izakaya, yell-to-greet-you-and-to-say-goodbye atmosphere.
All of the lunch specials come with a complimentary starter green salad, served family style in a big bowl. They bring this out promptly, and it is really nice to have something to nosh on while you wait for your meal. The lettuce was fresh and crisp. The dressing was a tangy, refreshing Japanese vinaigrette.
My dining companion, Super Asian Director, and I both arrived craving Ramen, but when she saw "tendon" on the menu, she quickly shifted focus....
Beef Tendon Bowl Set ($8.80) Slow cooked beef tendon, original fresh spice mix and soft poached egg on rice. SAD really enjoyed this but did remark that the tendon wasn't the stringy, muscle-y tendon that she was hoping for. I tried some of this and LOVED it. The meat was smoky and flavourful and the rice was packed with rich flavour from green onion, spices and buttery egg yolk. This set came with a side of pickled vegetables and soup.
Ox Tail Miso Ramen ($9.80) Slowly braised ox-tail with noodles in miso broth topped with dried fish powder and scallions. A perfect cold weather lunch! The broth is SOOO flavourful. The meat is tender and falling off the small pieces of bone. The noodles are cooked so they've got a nice toothsome chew and texture.
Great food, great atmosphere! Service is friendly and attentive.