Food for Thought
A Lunch Review: Red Ember
A friend recommended this restaurant to me, and since I love sushi, I thought I would give it a try. Located just on the outskirts of the Kensington area, Red Ember is a moderately sized Japanese cuisine restaurant.
The service at Red Ember is pretty exceptional. The service is friendly and approachable. The waitress refilled my tea regularly (I’m a quick tea drinker) and ask about the food after we had the chance to take a few bites. At that point, I didn’t have any complaints.
Sushi & Sashimi Combo – $15.50
This combo meal comes with a bowl of miso soup, fresh salad, 4 sushi pieces, 6 sashimi pieces, a 6 piece roll of either a California roll or Dynamite Roll, and garnishes of wasabi, pickled ginger, a deep-fried lotus root chip, and edamame pea shoots.
The price of the lunch combo is mid-range for a meal of this size and for a restaurant on the outskirts of downtown.
The Miso Soup: The soup is slightly sweet and the sweetness was similar to the flavor of mirin. The flavour is smooth and savoury, but the wakame and green onion additions that I love in miso soup were nearly non-existent.
The Salad: This appetizer was a bigger portioned dish than what I usually expect in a usual lunch combo – a very pleasant surprise. The dressing was tangy and very flavourful, making this salad a great palette cleanser between sushi bites.
The Sashimi: The pieces were a bit softer than I would have liked. The edges of the sashimi were a bit rough and uneven, which would contribute to the overly soft texture. The pieces were still fresh and nicely thick for that right sashimi feel.
The Sushi: I found that the rice to fish ratio was rather high on the fish end. The slices were the right thickness for sushi but they were much longer than the usual size. Again, the pieces were a bit raggedity and, as a result, too soft. The worst part was that there was still skin on my salmon sushi … bu… that’s definitely an unpleasant texture.
Overall, the meal was enjoyable. If you are someone who likes more for the price, then you’d enjoy the bigger sizes. If you are someone who appreciates the quality of every aspect, Zipang (one of my top picks) would fit you better.
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