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Quick weekend report: Grand Island Steak and Seafood, Summit House Grill, Kenzo Ramen


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Quick weekend report: Grand Island Steak and Seafood, Summit House Grill, Kenzo Ramen

Curtis | Feb 12, 2006 05:28 PM

I'm not particularly in the mood for writing, but thought it be a good idea to talk about these three places I went to on the weekend.

Grand Island Seafood and Steakhouse, 538 Carlton Rd. Markham (Kennedy and Carlton).

A charming and unexpected room near old Unionville, it's a local place frequented mainly by Chinese families. There's also a musician who sings and plays the keyboard in the evening.

We had the crabcakes, the striploin, the filet mignon, and the roasted black cod (special). The striploin and filet were nicely medium rare, accompanied by a small amount of vegetables (potato, shanghai cabbage, zucchini and carrot), although filet (somewhat expected) was less beefy in flavour than the strip. The cod came with similar accompaniments, and a white sauce (probably a beurre blanc), moist. The crabcakes were pretty decent, good amount of crab to filler. For dessert we had the apple crumble (in tart form) a la mode, on par, could use more apples. Decent bread, hint of spices that was unexpected. Bill came to around 100 dollars for three.

Summit House Grill, 40 Eglinton Ave. E (near Yonge and Eglinton).

A jazzy looking room with an enclosed smoking bar area. We ordered the spinach, artichoke and gorgonzola dip, duck confit (one leg, two legs costs 6 dollars more), ribeye with frites and caesar, and pad thai. Confit proclaimed decent, though the outside overcooked and was more crunch and crisp, came with a potato galette of sorts, also proclaimed decent. Ribeye came, slightly underdone, IMO. Not the best cut of ribeye I've seen, IMO superior meat at Grand Island and in dire need of salt. frites came in shoestring size, crisp, pretty good, caesar underdressed and underflavoured, thought it needed stronger flavours. Pad Thai looked alright, friend proclaimed it spicy. The dip was decent, though I thought the gorgonzola overpowered everything else. Bread basket was cornbread muffins and foccacia strips. The foccacia was average, I enjoyed the cornbread. Desserts ordered were Blueberry-Lemon cheesecake, Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate (brownie with lindt ice cream) and apple crumble tart with maple walnut ice cream. Cheesecake comforting but failed to surprise, as well as the other desserts. Service was attentive, price was just over 100 for 3.

Kenzo, 6180 Yonge St. just south of Steeles

Had lunch, pretty humble looking place, I hear it is Korean owned, though owners lived in Japan for quite some time and that ramen is house made (need confirmation on that point). Had the Shoyu Ramen with california roll (6 pcs), Shoyu Ramen with Tonkatsu, and two different orders of the spicy Ramen. Shoyu Ramen was good, enjoyed noodles (as much as people denounce the importance of the Ramen, I find the noodles to either make or break my noodle eating experiences), although the broth was nice, but not great (can't claim to be a Ramen expert, but I've eaten many a soup noodle). Tonkatsu decent, less dry than other variations. Maki roll also decent, would've been better if it wasn't cold. I liked the Chashu in the Ramen, bamboo pieces too. Spicy Ramen ordered at medium heat, decently "hot", very filling, big bowls. The spicy soup was superior. Cost around 40 dollars after tax.

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