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.

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PHO GRAND – ST. LOUIS, MO

Authentic and delicious Vietnamese food in South Grand area, probably the best Pho in St. Louis. This place is always busy, you have to take some time find street parking too.

Vietnamese Spring Roll (Goi Cuon) and Fried Tofu Cubes – fresh herbs, fresh ingredients, must get Spring Rolls. Tofu were crispy and hot.

Vietnamese Spring Roll (Goi Cuon) Fried Tofu Cubes

Vietnamese Spring Roll (Goi Cuon)
Fried Tofu Cubes

Vietnamese Spring Roll (Goi Cuon)

Vietnamese Spring Roll (Goi Cuon)

Fried Tofu

Fried Tofu

Bun Rieu – first time trying Bun Rieu here, not bad … but not my favorite. I will stick with their Beef Pho next time.

Bun Rieu

Bun Rieu

Pho Dac Biet – Special Combination Beef Noodle, mom’s favorite noodle soup. You can’t go wrong with this. Yum Yum!!

Pho Dac Biet

Pho Dac Biet

My must go place everytime I am back.

DRUNKEN FISH – ST. LOUIS, MO

Sushi here is really medi-core, but its about the only sushi place that opens late on weekends. So not many choices here.

There was 3 of us, we ordered quite a few items. The rolls were smaller than the other places I’ve tried, fish were not the best.

Drunk Fish Sushi

Drunk Fish Sushi

Assorted Rolls – I don’t remember the names … but the tuna were kind of shine and a bit dry.

Combination Rolls

Combination Rolls

Sashimi Platter – smaller for its price.

Sashimi

Sashimi

Ama Abi – probably the best of tonight.

Ama Abi

Ama Abi

I would probably come back happy hour only.

TAI KE 台客 (TAIWANESE CUISINE) – ST. LOUIS, MO

One of the best Taiwanese restaurant I had in St. Louis. There are not that many Asian restaurants in the area, but this is definitely one of my favorite. Service was good too.

Sticky Rice Cube – make with pork blood and sticky rice … trust me, you can’t really taste the pork blood, the sauce is very savory.

Sticky Rice Cube

Sticky Rice Cube

Sticky Rice Hot Dog – its more like a Chinese sausage with stick rice … it was okay, not the best I had.

Sticky Rice Hot Dog

Sticky Rice Hot Dog

Braised Beef Noodle – very good portion, probably enough for 2 girls. Love the strong and herbal soup base like how traditional Taiwanese noodle soup should be. Beef brisket was tender, noodles was al-dente. Highly recommended!

Braised Beef Noodle Soup

Braised Beef Noodle Soup

Braised Pork Rice – a pretty good portion for $5, you can get fill up just eating this. Fatty pork like the traditional way with special sauce. A little too fatty for me, but once a while is okay.

Braised Pork Rice

Braised Pork Rice

Overall, food was very authentic. I will come back 🙂

BRASSERIE BY NICHE (BRUNCH) – ST. LOUIS, MO

Here I am again, Every time I am back in St. Louis I had to go for Brunch at Brasserie by Niche! Check out my previous posts June 2016,  Nov 2014 and Jan 2015

Brioche French Toast with Lemon Curd – wonderful brioche, crispy outside, fluffy and soft inside. Loved the lemon curd goes with it, it was tart and creamy, it helps to cut down the oily-ness.

Brioche French Toast with Lemon Curd

Brioche French Toast with Lemon Curd

Egg Benedict with potato – you can’t go wrong with anything here, yummy!

Egg Benedict

Egg Benedict

 

Brassier by Niche - always crowded

Brasserie by Niche – always crowded