SCAPE AMERICAN BISTRO – ST. LOUIS, MO

Came here for brunch on a beautiful Saturday. Decor was a bit mix of rustic and bold color, service was good. We didn’t have a reservation, but no wait either.

I original came here wanted to the Wimbledon French Toast, which is like a cornflakes crusted brioche with creme fraiche and strawberries … but they no longer serve that. Disappointed me.

They gave use couple complimentary donuts – it was nice touch, but they were served cold.

Complimentary donuts

Classic Benedict – thick cut Canadian Bacon, arugula, tomato, perfect poached eggs, hollandaise sauce. Love the thick cut fries too!

Classic Benedict

Strawberry Crepe – it was huge! fresh strawberries, nutella and tons of house-made whipped cream. We finished the whole thing.

Strawberry Crepe

Brunch – Classic Benedict & Strawberry Crepe

It was a very nice brunch, I wish they bring back the Wimbledon French Toast.

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CHEESECAKE FACTORY – ST. LOUIS, MO

Happy New Year! A brand new year, hopefully I will have more time and update more often.

Traveled to St Louis for work couple months ago … coworker decided to eat Cheesecake factory. It was fully packed. We wait about 15 minutes. First thing walked into the place is to check out the cheesecake display … lots of variety!

Cheesecake Factory
Lots of Cheesecakes!

Ordered one of my favorite appetizer from here – Avocado Rolls

Avocado Rolls

Also had some Garlic Shrimp Pasta – taste okay, normal pasta.

Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Ended our dinner with a famous cheesecake – I forgot what I had … but it was very rich.

Cheesecake

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.

 

 

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.

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.