Eat: Konnichiwa

At time of this post, Konnichiwa is currently closed due to a 5-alarm fire that occurred next door to the restaurant early this month. They are working on re-opening, but the question is when.

Konnichiwa used to be one of my favourite spot in Baldwin Village; this small, homey Japanese restaurant serves all sorts of traditional Japanese fare; you’ll find sushi, soupy noodle dishes, marinated grilled meat or seafood on rice, etc. Prices are a bit higher than the average Japanese restaurant though.

Sashimi Appetizer ($15.50). The menu states that you get about 10 pieces, but we definitely got more than 10. Fish was quite fresh and of good quality.

IMG_6626.jpgBarbecued Unagi ($20). It came with miso soup, rice and steamed vegetables.

Chirashi ($25) – sashimi and vegetables on seasoned rice. This is one of the most expensive chirashi I’ve had and frankly, not worth the price with the use of imitation crab. At $25, you shouldn’t use imitation crab. For $3 extra, the chirashi I had at Hana No Yuzu (although a much more higher-end Japanese restaurant…) had sea urchin in it.

IMG_6633.jpgMaple Tofu dessert. Soft tofu, maple syrup and green tea ice cream. Our green tea ice cream had freezer burn. 😐

I’d still go back to Konnichiwa, their ramen and udon soups are one of their best dishes on the menu, while other dishes are best avoided.

Konnichiwa
31 Baldwin Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 1L2

Eat: Nando’s (Queen West location)

As an international chain, you should know Nando’s and how good (or not) their flame-grilled peri-peri chicken is. After all, their chicken is marinated for 24 hours. Even though I’ve heard good things about Nando’s, I’ve never had their food.

If you’ve never had Nando’s, as a Nando’s newbie, here is my advice: do not get the ¼ chicken if you’re hungry, because isn’t enough!

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One bite… and it’s done!

I got the Lemon & Herb with PERi-PERi vegetables (¼  chicken with side is $10.85). The lemon and herb sauce isn’t spicy, rather it’s a bit tart and earthy from the herbs.

Nando’s
741 Queen St. West
Toronto, ON
M6J 1G1