3621 HWY 7 East, Unit 106
Markham, ON L3R 0G6
Since Manz was so adamant about getting this posted, I decided to skip a few (hundred or so) posts and put this one up first. We decided to come here after spending almost 5 hours at RQ last night because we were all starving and couldn’t really settle on a place to go to. But Japanese and Korean food are generally a good choice, so we decided to go here. I had never been before, but I’ve heard in the past that the food was pretty good, although quite pricey.
We started off by spending a ton of time looking at their menu. It was quite extensive. Basically, all the usual items you’d normally find on a Japanese/Korean menu was there, including maki rolls, sushi, teriyaki and all the way to the Korean items such as bulgolgi and pork bone soup. Aside from spending a lot of time flipping through the menu, we also spent a lot of time admiring their service button. Apparently, Manz and Gordon had no idea what the function of the button was and weren’t even aware of its existence. Being the selfish brat I am, I obviously pushed the button before explaining what it did to them. It wasn’t until after we had to push the button a few more times that we figured out it was probably just a placebo button… because it sure as hell did not get us any service no matter how many times we tried it. We ended up flagging a waitress down and placed our orders, the old fashioned way.
Food started coming in pretty quickly after ordering. Miso Soup followed by the standard Green Salad and lastly, banchan consisting of Potatoes and Chapchae.
I didn’t like the Miso Soup here that much. It tasted off to me… maybe there was just a really strong smell of tofu or something. Either way, it really offset the usual miso flavour that I am used to. However, the Green Salad was nice and fresh. It wasn’t any extraordinary, but for some reason, I found that their vinaigrette had a good balance of acidity to sweetness ratio. Also, Manz gave me hers, so more for me! I got called a fatty, but it was totally worth it.
The advantage of eating at most Japanese/Korean restaurants is that you get to eat their side dishes, even if you don’t end up ordering Korean food. Unlike most places, though, there wasn’t any kimchi. Instead, only Chapchae and Potatoes were offered. But seeing as how these were two of my favourites anyways, there were no complaints. For some reason, we weren’t allowed to refill the potatoes more than once. This was bad because firstly, the potatoes were good and secondly, it was also the only vegetable that Manz would eat. Nonetheless, both dishes were tasty.
Not too long afterwards, our orders started coming in, one after another, without too much delay in between. The first to arrive was the Tamago Sushi Manz and I decided to split. It was okay. For $3.99, not so much lol.
Second to arrive were the Bulgolgi Bentos, which both Gordon and Richie ordered. At $15.99, it was a pretty pricey bento. But it also came with 10 pieces of sashimi, 5 pieces of sushi and a dynamite roll, which made it a decent deal. They seemed to enjoy it for the most part. The only complaint was from Gordon, who needed a lot more wasabi than provided and the waitress failed to bring any even though it was requested. He ended up having to drench each piece of sashimi in soy sauce instead, LOL, poor guy.
Next to arrive was my Gam Ja Tang. I love pork bone soup. I haven’t had any in a while since leaving Waterloo so I immediately developed a craving for it once I saw it on the menu. It was a little pricey at $9.99 (compared a lot of other places in Toronto). It was the potato based type instead of the cabbage based type, which is what I prefer. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as flavourful as I would’ve liked. It had some spice to it, but I’m definitely used to spicier pork bone soups. Aside from that, it was decent and it satisfied the craving I had.
Finally, Manz’s Don Katsu arrived. The menu had no mention of it coming with rice or veggies or anything. Instead, it only stated that it was a deep fried cutlet with Japanese style BBQ sauce. However, at $14.99, Manz refused to believe that it didn’t come with rice or anything else. Well… she was right.
As a matter of fact, it even came on a bed of stir fried peppers and onions. Personally, I would’ve preferred a simple bed of cabbage because the peppers and onions were quite oily. Normally, I wouldn’t care since it was someone else’s dish, but Manz doesn’t eat her veggies and apparently, I am the designated garbage can, so it kinda mattered. But no, I wasn’t able to finish any of the greasy vegetables. The pork itself looked like it was fried well. It was flattened out pretty thinly which allowed for a lot more breading, which led to a big overall portion. It also came topped with bonito flakes, which is a nice touch because most places don’t do that.
After our meals were finished (and Manz’s was packed… someone got too full off potatoes), the waitress came by with dessert. I liked the overall promptness of service here, even if they forgot the wasabi. Dessert consisted of a slice of watermelon for everyone and a small slab of red bean stuff. Watermelon is my favourite fruit. Yay. The red bean stuff looked really good, but wasn’t as flavourful as I thought it would be. I actually never had anything like it before, so it was a nice surprise. The texture was a little weird. It was like a mixture between pudding and jelly and it was way more crumbly than I expected.
In terms of speed and service, Gal’s Sushi does a pretty good job. Their sushi is good, but very pricey. Since sushi/sashimi aren’t really my favourites anyways, I’ll probably stick to other Japanese/Korean places for their cheaper menus and crappier service. The quality of food was alright, but it wasn’t much better than any of the other places I’ve been to. It is, however, a very safe place to bring people to, assuming they enjoy this type of cuisine.