MIDTOWN SUSHI AND RAMEN – ST. LOUIS, MO

All right, here comes my long time absence review. Been busy with my work project, now that it is done, I can get back to this.

I wanted to try out some ramen places in STL, my coworker brought me here. Location is a bit tricky, it is located by SLU and Ikea. There is a small parking next the building.

Service was pretty good, but ramen was so-so. Me and my coworker ordered the same ramen and a bowl of katsudon.

Complimentary seaweed salad

Seaweed Salad

The KimChi ramen was kind of water down to me, noodles were a bit softer than my liking – maybe I’ve been spoiled by other ramen places in the Bay Area.

Kimchi Ramen

However, the Katsudon was pretty good, pork cutlet was juicy.

Katsudon

Katsudon – juicy pork cutlet

This place is better than Nami … but I like Robata better.

 

 

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THE LOBBY AFTERNOON TEA 半島酒店下午茶 (THE PENINSULA HOTEL) – CHICAGO, IL

Wonderful afternoon tea at The Lobby, we were seated right away as we had reservation. The place was very grand and live band was classy, service was top notch.

The Lobby (The Peninsula Hotel, Chicago)

The afternoon tea was the most beautiful experience.

The Lobby – Afternoon Tea

The Lobby – Afternoon Tea

Traditional English Afternoon Tea – the scone was great, warm and crumbly, loved it with lemon curd and strawberry jam. Everything was beautifully presented.

Traditional English Afternoon Tea, 3 tiers

Sweets and Desserts

Excellent Scones

Savory Sandwiches

The Lobby (The Peninsula Hotel, Chicago)

Live band 2nd level

Definitely worth the experience.

FAT WONG’S KITCHEN 靚粥一世 – SAN BRUNO, CA (BAY AREA)

One of my favorite restaurant for porridge and rice noodle wrapped Chinese donut. There is always a wait, but not terribly bad.

Salty pork bone porridge 咸豬骨粥 – mildly salty pork meat, perfect with the smooth porridge.

Salty pork bone porridge 咸豬骨粥

Rice Noodle wrapped Chinese Donut / Ja Leung 炸兩 – one of my favorite in the bay area, crispy Chinese donut and thin rice noodle … love the sesame and hoisin sauce!

Rice Noodle wrapped Chinese Donut / Ja Leung 炸兩

Beef Brisket Tossed Noodle 牛腩撈麵 – the beef brisket were very soft and tender, egg noodle were crunchy, love it. The soup on the side is for you to toss the noodle if the noodle becomes too dry.

Beef Brisket Tossed Noodle 牛腩撈麵

I do come here once a while for my porridge and noodle craving fix.

NAMI RAMEN – ST. LOUIS, MO

I really want to love this place, but it is far far far authentic Japanese Ramen. The decor is nice and clean, service was good, but food was mehhhhh.

We ordered 2 bowls of ramen, black garlic tonk0tsu and spicy pork ramen … both were disappointed.

Black Garlic Tonkotus – hardly tasted any garlic flavors, soup was water down and bland, lack of flavors. Portion was big, but it doesn’t matter when there is no flavors in it.

Black Garlic Tonkotsu – really lack of flavors! hardly any garlic taste 😦

Spicy Pork Ramen – brother ordered this, he didn’t like it either, lack of flavors. Usually he can finish a whole bowl, but didn’t touch half of it.

Spicy Pork Ramen – water down, bland

Gyozas – arrgghh!! These were dry and hard! I thought they were pan fried, but it was deep fried instead!

Dry and hard gyozas

 

Nice and clean

Condiments on table

With that being said, I won’t be back.

MINGHIN CUISINE 明軒 – CHICAGO, IL (CHINATOWN)

Visited this place when I was visiting my mom few months ago … it was overrated. The wait was kind of long, but it was Saturday. Don’t expect any service here.

Food was very mediocre, especially for the price point.

The only thing worth to order was the Roasted Pork – the skin was very crispy.

Shrimp Steam Flat Noodle

Beef Tripe with Daikon

Shrimp Chives Dumplings

Steam Shrimp Dumpling

Roasted Pork – probably the only thing worth to order