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Sahar’s Kitchen

10 Mar

I recently visited Sahar’s Kitchen in Kitchener, Ontario and was pleasantly surprised at the quality and tastiness of their aromatic Indian inspired dishes. I heard this is a fairly new family owned establishment and in my opinion worth supporting.


Paneer Makhani.


Garlic naan.


Lamb Biriyani.


Jhalfrezi: this is a chef’s speciality.


Thali, which includes butter chicken, goat curry, rice, naan and salad. An excellent choice if you want to try a a bit more without overeating!



8 Mar

Bogda restaurant, located in Waterloo, Ontario, serves traditional Uyghur cuisine. There is no restaurant like it in the area!  Their signature dishes include handmade noodles topped with a rich, spicy meat and vegetable sauce, homemade soups with dumplings, and fried rice. This is a friendly comfy husband and wife owned restaurant that has been serving unique, tasty and exotic dishes for years.  Do visit if you can!


Suirou Lagman, chef’s special hand-made noodles topped with uyghur style stir-fried meat & vegetables. Lunch size.


Tohogoshi Narin, stir-fried chicken with potatoes in chilli and garlic sauce with hand-made flat noodles. Lunch size.

Mel’s Diner

20 Jan

Mel’s Diner is an iconic restaurant in the Kitchener-Waterloo region that serves good old fashion comfort food in a nostalgic setting (think the golden era of James Dean, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe). The menu has all the traditional diner items including all day breakfast, homemade burgers, lasagna, milkshakes, sandwiches and many more classics.


This is the Waterloo location (at the intersection of University and Philip Street) of Mel’s Dinner. Line ups are common during peak eating hours at Mel’s.


A classic breakfast of scrambled eggs, home fries, rye toast and sausages from Mel’s.


An interior view of Mel’s Diner (at their Waterloo location). A few years ago, this location burned down but they re-built and today, Mel’s continues its tradition of serving classic tasty diner food.

Pho Tan’s

23 Dec

Pho Tan’s (2076W 41st Ave) is a small, cozy, tasty Vietnamese Restaurant located in the Kerrisdale neighbourhood of Vancouver, BC.  This place stands out amongst the abundance of food fare available in Vancouver! They offer traditional Vietnamese dishes like noodle soups, vermicelli bowls, spring rolls, and Bahn mi sandwiches as well as an assortment of bubble teas. A couple of tidbits: they only accept cash, and waiting for a table is quite common but they have takeout as an option.


Satay Chicken in Peanut Sauce and Coconut Milk with Rice Noodle Soup


Stir Fried Vegetable and Tofu on Steamed Rice


Sliced Rare Beef with Rice Noodle Soup

Tibetan Kitchen

16 Dec

An interior view of Tibetan Kitchen.

Located in Victoria, BC, Canada, menu items at Tibetan Kitchen are influenced by classic Indian and Chinese flavours. Dishes are homemade and tasty. This restaurant was also featured on an episode of “You Gotta Eat Here“.


Shepta (an Indian Chinese fusion stir fry).


Thukpa soup (homemade broth with bean noodles, veggies and your choice of protein).


Beetroot salad with spinach and a palette pleasing sauce. Served Warm.

Crafty Ramen

28 Oct

Crafty Ramen is a noodle house located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. They offer an assortment of meat and vegan noodle bowls with rich broth, flavourful toppings and homemade noodles. Their open kitchen concept allows customers to see food made to order. Crafty Ramen is a small space with a lot of energy and good local fare. Do try it!


A Chicken Tantan bowl


A vegan tofu mapo bowl

Sweet and Savoury Pie Company

30 Sep

From traditional meat and sweet pies to tasty variations on old favourites like quiches, sausage rolls and shepherd’s pie to unique creations like butter chicken pies and pie brownies, this local Waterloo pie place makes an assortment of delicious sweet and savoury pies and pie-like creations. To learn more about the Sweet and Savoury Pie Company, click here.


A beef and mushroom pie made by the Sweet and Savoury Pie Company.


The inside of the Sweet and Savoury Pie Company’s Just Love Pie Cafe.


The menu options at the Sweet and Savoury Pie Company’s Just Love Pie Cafe.