Noodles or rice? What a tough call - to me at least. And being quite indecisive when it comes to choosing where & what to eat, it's not an easy decision for me. Luckily, Cristina & Jon (@CJ.noms) and Jeff (@jeffahlei) made it easy for me when they invited me over to try out the newly opened MeNaMi in North York. It has received some buzz since it's opening as a popular Japanese Udon & Sake bar in that neighbourhood.
The restaurant is a sister restaurant to Han Ba Tang (read review here), just a few blocks down on Yonge Street. You will notice the similar hip and welcoming atmosphere but don't expect the same type of food. MeNaMi is all about authentic Japanese udon and marrying it with western taste for some of the dishes. As for cocktails, the team got pretty creative with the names: Matcha Drunken Tea & Sailor Moon Gone Wild, anyone? My favourite was the Thai Iced Tea Cocktail.
Smoked Salmon with Parsnip Puree
Convention Roasted Pork Belly
Kake Udon with Chicken Thigh
Mentaiko Cream Sauce Udon
If I wasn't so full, I would have enjoyed the Sukiyaki to the last drop. That's on my to-eat list for my next visit to MeNaMi! The lines get pretty long on the weekends, so if you're planning a visit, call ahead to make a reservation!