Category Archives: GTA-Scarborough

J-Town


3160 Steeles Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario
(Woodbine Ave & Steeles Ave E)
http://www.jtown.ca/NewStuff/index-e.htm

J-Town is the largest Japanese shopping mall in Toronto. They sell everything from sushi, groceries, fashionable accessories to cosmetics. They also have small restaurants inside the building that serve fresh food at great prices.

As you know, I don’t cook … but I still enjoy grocery shopping here at Sakana-ya and Heisei Mart. If you’re a sushi lover, I highly recommend you pick up a sushi platter. What I like to do is pick up a package of freshly imported seaweed (comes with sauce) from Japan, sushi/sashimi (i.e. uni, salmon roe) and grilled squid  for dinner (see photo). Not only is it delicious but an incredibly healthy choice. There are many other varieties of sushi/sashimi or cooked items available to choose from as well. For dessert, stop by the bakery. You’ll find a wide variety of cakes and pastries displayed. The challenge is to decide on which ones to try.

Recommendations
• Sushi/sashimi platter
• Uni in its shell (if you love sea urchin)
• Udon noodles

Good to Know
• Best seats: N/A
• Service: Friendly
• Atmosphere: Basic, market
• Ideal for: Casual, quick eat, take out,
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No
• Parking: Free
• While you’re there: Check out Heisei (Japanese grocery store), Tora Sushi or Sakana-ya (for seafood/sushi/sashimi) and Bakery Nakamura.

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Lotus Pond Vegetarian Restaurant


3838 Midland Avenue, Unit #121, Scarborough, ON
(Midland and Finch)
T: (416) 412-3140

My mom is vegetarian and this is one of her favourite restaurants. We have been frequenting here for over 10 years.

I enjoy the taste but more so, I admire the artistry in their culinary skills of simulating meat and seafood from tofu and other vegetarian ingredients.

An excellent choice for vegans or vegetarians.

Recommendations
• Double boiled soup
• Simulated chicken
• egg white mixed with tomato and broccoli

Good to Know
• Best seats: Anywhere in the main dining room
• Service: Good – very helpful with the menu
• Atmosphere: Basic, large restaurant, two levels (the basement dining room is usually closed now)
• Ideal for: Family, large parties, vegans/vegetarians
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: N/A
• Parking: huge parking lot out front
• Getting there: located behind a building (look for the Lotus Pond Restaurant sign on the west side of Midland Ave)

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