I’m no expert on authentic regional cuisine, but when I hear about a place that has a reputation for such, I like to give it a try. One such place is Mercadtio Latino, an El Salvadoran restaurant on Sargent Avenue, not far from where I live.
An enchilada from Mercadito Latino.
This is one of those places that I really should have visited much earlier than I did. However, I’m glad that I’ve since corrected that error.
Walking in to the restaurant, you find a few tables set up, along with a rather large service bar. Along the far wall and one side wall, there is a selection of Latin American food specialties for sale. Continue reading →
I’m not really a make a reservation type of person. I tend to show up and hope that I’ll find myself a seat. Sometimes this works out well, and sometimes it means I have to go visit a restaurant a few times before I complete two visits. Still other times, it leads me to trying places I wasn’t expecting to try, One such reason place is Nou Eul Tor, a Korean Restaurant on Sargent Avenue.
I’ve actually walked past this restaurant on several occasions, but there has always been something about it that made me hesitate to enter. However, the other night, the Emerald Palace told me there would be a 45 minute to one hour wait before I would get a seat and my order taken, so I decided I would head a little farther west on Sargent. Nou Eul Tor was the first restaurant I came across. I saw from their posted hours that they would be open long enough to enjoy a meal so I headed on in.
Kimchi from Nou Eul Tor.
The main body of the restaurant is long and narrow, with most of the tables against one wall, and a few on the kitchen side. There is also a room with a table for a larger group. The tables are dark wood and brown and white are the other dominant colours, giving the place a rather subdued feel. Continue reading →
One thing about reviewing restaurants is I often find myself no longer stopping at places I had once visited. The algorithms constantly demand new and fresh material, and so places, such as Rice Bowl, on Sargent become places I used to visit.
However, recently I decided I wanted to visit there again after a few years absence. Unfortunately, although I’ve paid three visits over the last couple of weeks or so, my camera acted up and I only have two photos total to show for three visits.
Lumpia Shanghai from Rice Bowl.
Rice Bowl is a unprepossessing little building. Stepping inside, the decor is also very basic. However, there are plenty of seats, and on all three visits, I had no trouble finding a place to sit. Continue reading →
Last year I started hearing about the restaurant inside the Osborne Hotel, and that it was a great place for home-style comfort foods. Before I got a chance to visit, it was closed down as part of the changes that are coming to the hotel. I didn’t really think about it again, until I saw that it had popped up again on Sargent Avenue.
The new location once housed an Indian restaurant. Truth be told I wasn’t even aware that the Indian restaurant had closed.
Coffee from The Village Diner
If you read Dining with Donald with regularity you know that service is important to me. One of the things that caught my eye about Village Diner was the presence of Mallory Letkeman as front of house manager. Continue reading →
Although it’s been open for a while, it’s only recently that I’ve really noticed Gohe Ethiopian Restaurant on Sargent Avenue. I really enjoy Ethiopian food, I quite like taking the Injera and using it to scoop up my food in a meal otherwise devoid of utensils. Ethiopian food also tends to be quite spicy especially if you add lot of Berberi, the spice that dominates a lot of Ethiopian cooking.
Injera on the side at Gohe
Walking into Gohe the interior is fairly stark. One thing I did notice is that the restaurant is quite dark. Even in mid afternoon the low lighting keeps what is otherwise a large open space quite dim.
Late Lunch at Gohe
I stopped one day at Gohe later in the afternoon. That meant that there weren’t a lot of people in the restaurant at the time. I looked over the menu and noticed they had a weekend special called Tiere Siga:
Raw Beef served with Awaze (hot and spicy Berbere sauce) and Hot Mustard.
I thought a raw beef dish might be interesting. I’m reasonably adventurous, so I decided to give the dish a try. My server came back from the kitchen to make sure I was aware that I had ordered Raw Beef, and I said I was. However, I was expecting something more along the lines of Steak Tartare. The Tiere Siga turned out to be chunks of raw beef. However the Awaze made eating the dish quite pleasant. Continue reading →