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For a triple-date night, we went for Dine Out at Chicha, a Peruvian-inspired eatery in the Mount Pleasant area. There were lots of options on the $28 menu, with some interesting combination of ingredients. I was intrigued.

Food

Because of its “tapa-style” menu, instead of 3 courses, you actually get 4 plates at Chicha. Definitely a bonus, I’d say. To start, I ordered myself a Chilcano (left), a ginger-beer based cocktail. It had some nice acidity to it, with a bit of heat from the ginger root. Mr. ordered the Inka Cola, a Peruvian soda which we were told “taste like cream soda.” And it did taste just like cream soda, not much fizz, and a bit sweeter than the actual cream soda we’re used to.

ChilcanoInka Kola

And then the feast began! First, my Aji Amarillo Local Seafood Chowder was pretty good. I was expecting a bit of heat with the aji amarillo chili pepper, but rather on the mild side for me. In addition to fish pieces, there were squid in the chowder, tender and not like chewing bubble gum, which I thought was different from most other ones.

Aji Amarillo Local Seafood Chowder

Mr. had the Palitos de Yuca, which was basically cassava root fries. They were a lot starchier than potato fries, and had a harder exterior too. The Peruvian Huancaina sauce was spicy, creamy, reminded me of a curry mayo. This was quite filling as an appy. While it’s good, I think we prefer regular potato fries.

Palitas de Yuca

Each of us received two entrees, i.e. 4 for us! Each of the Pan Con Chicharron Sliders had a hearty slice of pork belly, and the fatty part just melts in your mouth!
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Van Eats Media invited us to try out Suika Snackbar’s special package called Suika Me Silly. What a silly name. I was a bit hesitant, but when I checked out the photo gallery on Facebook, I was intrigued.

Cute Doraemon Menu

Cute Doraemon Menu

Suika Snackbar is a sister restaurant of Kingyo Izakaya on Denman Street. Suika is also an izakaya restaurant serving tapa size dishes. The package we tried is a sampling menu featuring 6 dishes, some are on its regular menu, some are not. This package is available at a limited quantity for $16 in the month of October.

Food

Before I start, please bear in mind that the portion size is of sampling size, meaning that this is not what you get if you order the same thing off the regular menu. We watched other diners order some of these dishes and they were about twice our portion size.

First up, the Beef Tataki uses pretty good quality meat. Although the searing was a bit over-done for our liking, the beef slices had really nice marble so they were tender and flavourful. The sauce was a bit zesty and worked well with the meat. Next, we’ve got Corn Kakiage – a technically easy dish. It’s basically seasoned, deep fried corn kernels on a plate, but it’s so much fun to eat. You just keep nibbling the crunchy kernels, one at a time. A great snacking dish.

Corn Kakiage

Corn Kakiage

Mo Po Rice Cake is a fusion dish. They were pieces of Japanese rice cake topped with Ma Po Tofu sauce. It’s probably my least favourite dish of the evening. It’s an interesting concept, but the rice cake was too gooey even though it’s deep fried. I was kind of pulling and chewing it. I would also like the Ma Po sauce to be spicier since it’s a Sichuan dish and they tend to be spicier.

Ma-Po Rice Cake

Ma-Po Rice Cake

We then had two types of sushi, battera (pressed) sushi. (more…)

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