While in Osaka this summer, I had one of the greatest katsu curries ever at Rika Shokudo. Katsu curry, for those not in the know, is thinly sliced pork fried to golden perfection served a bed of rice and alongside Japanese curry which is a thicker, somewhat sweeter version of Indian curries.
Today, I discovered that Canada’s best katsu curry is served in a small food court mall on Yonge Street. Kaiju, located in the basement level of 386 Yonge St. (#51) offers up a surprisingly authentic version. The chew/owner hails from Singapore and apparently spent six years in Japan, mastering, among other dishes, a damn fine katsu curry. According to the website, their homemade curry…
“… is made from over 14 different ingredients including various spices, fresh fruits, and vegetables. It is slow cooked for up to two days and the result is a deliciously rich, comforting sauce that balances fragrant spices with sweet and savoury flavours.”
They also serve up a delicious but potentially lethal homemade hot sauce.
Because it’s tucked away out of sight, the place doesn’t get much traffic but has persevered in its hidden location for some four years. If you’re in town, check them out. The food is great and the woman behind the counter is super nice.
After today’s lunch, we stopped by Infuse Cafe, home of Toronto’s tastiest teas and infused beverages.
The drink-making process is pretty elaborate. Check out the website for the breakdown but, suffice it to say, their drinks are far superior to any rival shop in town. Akemi had a hot jasmine tea that delivered a delicate floral flavor minus the typical bitter finish. I, on the other hand, went with something a little…heartier.
The Ice Cream Sandwich Coffee contains three simple ingredients – espresso, ice, and three ice cream sandwiches – which are blended to a deliciously creamy finish.
I’m not really a coffee guy, but I’ll make an exception for this drink.
Hey! Look at who got her stitches out today!