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Jul192012

[Event] Taste of Noka

Restaurant: Noka
Cuisine: Japanese
Location: The Annex
Address: 513 Bloor St West
Price Range: $15~25


Extra information:

* Lunch special
* Open for lunch and dinner


On July 10th of 2012, I was invited to a 'Taste of Noka' with other fellow foodies by Ken (@inyourmouthTO). I first met Ken at a twitup he organized at Guu Izakaya (Read my review here), and he is quite the expert on sake and loves good Japanese food- so I was very excited to attend another event he organized. Upon my arrival, I realized I brought my camera, but not the battery that I was charging the night before...yes, that was complete fail on my part-but thank goodness for awesome iPhone cameras!

Anyways, I was surprised to see Noka closed down the entire restaurant for this tasting night. However, I guess sending out over 20 dishes all at once takes a lot of time and effort so it was necessary in the end.

My chopstick holder :)

We also got to try Augusta Ale from Kensington Brewing Company which is a local beer and now avail at LCBO. The beer itself was quite bitter for me, but then again I like my Coors lite so don't let me stop you from trying it.

3 different types of 'in-house' made sauce we got to take home after dinner: salad sauce, soy sauce and teriyaki sauce

 

1st course: Salmon sashimi with soy sauce tasting

* To be honest, I really never expect much from salmon sashimi in Toronto, usually they taste like water to me

* However, the sashimi I was served was actually very fresh with just the right amount of buttery'ness to it

* We got 3 types of soy sauce to try the sashimi with

* One was store bought, second one was store bought but low sodium and third one was house-made

* I could def tell the difference when I tried the soy sauce on it's own, but not quite when eaten with sashimi

 


2nd course: Green Ocean - fava bean, yogurt, sweet shrimp with edible flower

* I loved the presentation of this dish and the fact that it was decorated with edible flower

* Usually I love sweet shrimps (spot prawns anyone?) but it was not very crunchy

* Also, I am not a huge fan of beans so I didn't really enjoy this dish

3rd course: Threesome Rolls


Stuffed Tuna: tuna, spicy scallop and leek

Ex-Girlfriend: mango, tuna, asparagus and avocado


Vegetarian Delight: avocado, beets, mango, papaya and asparagus

4th course: Al-Tofu with mushrooms, teriyaki sauce and dill

* Just like others, I expected this dish to be served warm, but was surprised to find it served cold

* Mushroom was cooked perfectly and the tofu was silky smooth

5th course: Basil Lamb Chop with eggplant and basil chili sauce

* The lamb was cooked perfectly and eggplant went well with the sauce

* Basil chili sauce was quite smoky and spicy at first but it accompanied gamey flavor of lamb very well

 


6th course: Bacon - Buta: pork belly, carrot and pickled cucumber & Creamy Bacon Roll with avocado, whipped cream and chocolate

* It seems like pork belly has well managed it's way into one of the food trend at restaurants in Toronto

* Pork belly was fatty and flavorful, while the carrot puree didn't do much for me

* I didn't think I would like the creamy bacon roll, but i did! I could have done it without the whipped cream though

Unfortunately, I didn't get to try last 2 courses because dinner ran a bit late and I had plans after. However, if you want to check out the rest of the tasting menu- check out Vickie's post (kiki's bff: here) or Mary's post (Eat, Drink and be Mary: here)

7th course: Noka Chilean Sea bass with mango, miso and elderberry
8th course: Mochi with red bean, strawberry and chocolate mint

Summary: It's great to know that there is authentic Japanese restaurant out there that uses quality ingredients but isn't afraid to experiment with different flavors. Noka has great lunch specials and it doesn't lack quality. Def check it out if you are in the area!

 

Noka Contemporary Japanese cuisine & sushi on Urbanspoon

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