Another Japanese restaurant… Daikoku Sushi & Ramen Bistro near Woodbine and Apple Creek. (For the meaning of Daikoku, click here.) Friday night after work, me and two girl friends of mine decided to come to this Japanese Ramen place. I remember this place… It was still under renovation during my first visit to Royal Teahouse early this year. At around 8pm, the restaurant was about 1/4 full, which wasn’t so good for a Friday night. When I first stepped in, I quite like the atmosphere there – a bit of a fusion – lounge feel – also depends on the music they play.
Here’s what we ordered…
墨汁拉麵 (can’t remember the proper English name), Skewers, Daikoku ramen (miso base), “Black curry” ramen. I think I like the 墨汁拉麵 the best. All the other stuffs were just ok. The texture of the ramen wasn’t that good – it becomes a big soggy after 5 minutes. We also ordered a “wild rice vinegar w/ honey”, which is quite nice – vinegar is good if you drink it once in a while. JL ordered a “house-made” apple calpis.
It was nice to chit chat with the girl friends, can’t remember when I had a girls night out last time. Since we were talking and chatting all the time, the waiting time didn’t seem that long. We stayed there til about 10:30pm. The service was ok. The waiter was good in terms of filling the tea.
Saturday night – went to Daikoku again, this time with my bf. I didn’t intentionally to go there, but we just ended up going there coz he didn’t feel like Thai/Viet, and there were only 4 major restaurants in that area (Woodstone, Mini Viet, Royal Teahouse and Daikoku). Looking at the sky… It was so beautiful.
At around 8:30pm, there were more customers in this place – much better than Friday night. I also noticed that the people who went there tend to be younger. The waiters/waitresses were the same ones as yesterday’s.
Friday night while we were tasting the food, JL mentioned that this restaurant is run by the same group of people who ran 橫綱 (Yokozuna) at Commerce Gate. I think she’s right, especially after looking at their dessert menu and trying their ramen. Quite a long time ago, we’ve been to Yokozuna, and found their egg-wrapped rice quite good. Although there was only the “egg-wrapped ramen” instead of rice on the menu, we still ordered that anyways. The taste was good, but the portion was small. We also ordered the Philadephia roll and U571 maki – $7-8 for a 4 pieces roll, well… the taste was quite good, but it was a bit pricy (don’t you ever underestimate your customers… we know the price range!!!). I ordered the Teriyaki salmon rice… however after a long wait, when we have finished all the egg-wrapped rice and Philidephia roll, the waitress came and told me they ran out of rice!!! God. That’s unbelieverable for a restaurant to run out of rice!
Therefore, I had a ramen instead of rice. The portion of the teriyaki salmon was also relatively small. Overall, the experience wasn’t that great – a bit pricy for what you pay for & not too professional service. The first night, 3 person paid $18.5/person (after T&T); second night, the total was around $40.
I don’t think I’d go there again.
FYI: Daikoku Sushi & Ramen Bistro
8865 Woodbine Ave Unit #D5 in Markham