Spoiled Friday

I don’t often get to eat out for two meals in a day. Often we look at cooking creative meals into our home and sharing it with our kids as dining out with 5 of us can get pricey these days.

Yesterday was the exception to the rule. I was meeting a friend for lunch to talk a little life and a little business and then a very much looking forward dinner and a movie night out with my husband. A spoiled day indeed.

Now I’ve one rule when eating out and that’s to go with what I would enjoy simply because it is a treat. I can count calories and balance portions when I am at home, which is the majority of the time, but when I am out I just want to enjoy the whole experience.

I guess one could say that I let out my inner food loving child out in that I want what I want when I want it way.

Starting with Lunch at Yujiro Japanese Restaurant on Grant.

First, I drove past the location. It is not quite where you would expect it to be. I had even Googled the location prior to leaving the house and still missed it so I had to get turned around.

Once I got parked and inside I was struck by how nice the decor was and the overall ambiance. It is a place I’d go and just have tea, something to eat and read a book. It was very welcoming and I just sorta settled in ready to enjoy my lunch there.

With the day in front of me and -30 + temps outside I opted for the green tea which came as a full pot that was big enough for myself and my lunch companion to share. At some point in the meal the server stoppedĀ  by and re-freshened our tea with a full pot.

I started with a 4 piece Shrimp Tempura. This has to be one of my favourite items when I go for sushi. I also like Yam Tempura but decided to treat myself to the Shrimp this time.

Spicy Ebi Fray Roll and a Kamikaze Roll

Kamikaze Roll on left and Spicy Ebi Fry Roll on the right. Lunch at Yujiro Japanese Restaurant on Grant.

For my lunch I went with a Spicy Ebi Fry Roll (deep fried shrimp with spicy mayo and sesame) and the Kamikaze Roll (scallop, flying fish roe, mayo, chili, tempura crumb) and I enjoyed both of these very much. I’m not able to use chopsticks very often so when I do go out for sushi I do use my hands to eat with. My husband assures me that this is actually acceptable so I often just give folks a head’s up and go ahead and enjoy my meal.

I’ve even developed a liking for pickled ginger! Usually I give it a pass because I’ve found the taste not to my liking, after a There’s Always Domino’s level mishap, but I always re-try things. I like the idea that my palate can change and embrace new flavours. I still find it strong but now it is a pleasant palate cleanser rather than something I avoid eating.

At the end I have to say I was pleased with the service, pleased with the meal, pleased with the price and just overall pleased with the experience and the suggestion that came from my lunch companion.

Dinner out with my husband, Kevin, is probably one of my favourite ways to get quality time in together.

We both enjoy a good meal and I think it is fair to say that we enjoy being able to enjoy a meal where we don’t have to remind our fellow diners of table manners.

We decided to go to the Moxie’s at St. Vital Centre and then see a movie at the theatre there. We saw Hansel and Gretel and in my opinion it is worth going to see if you just want to park your brain and be entertained with your snacks.

We started with drinks an extra spicy Caesar made with gin instead of vodka for him and the White Zin Sangria for me. I’ve been drinking red wines lately but originally I was a White Zinfandel drinker. This was a nice variation on just having a glass of wine. My husband said his Caesar could have been spicer but to be fair he enjoys a bit more spice than the average Caesar drinker.

Our shared appetizer didn't last long! Moxie's Potsticker with Pineapple Salsa

Our shared appetizer didn’t last long! Moxie’s Potsticker with Pineapple Salsa

When we go out we often share an appetizer. This time we went with the suggestion from our server. She stated it was one of her favourite menu items and we decided it sounded like a fine way to start our meal. I really enjoyed the soy sauce underneath the potsticker and when I had finished my 3 I took my fork to try the pineapple salsa. Kevin is much handier with the chopsticks than I am.

Moxie's Lobster and Brie Sandwich with Fries and Basil Mayo.

Moxie’s Lobster and Brie Sandwich with Fries and Basil Mayo.

I ordered the Lobster and Brie Sandwich with fries. I usually go with sweet potato fries but will admit to not giving it much thought when I ordered. The fries sounded great when she offered them to me! Kevin went with the Beef Vindaloo. I think it is fair to say we were both happy with our selections.

I found my sandwich to be crunchy and the flavours to be everything I wanted from it. I was a bit worried that the lobster and brie combination would be overly rich so when I saw the size of the sandwich I was thrilled at the amount of food I got but worried that the two rich food items would be more than I could handle. I was pleasantly surprised that the portion proved to be just right. I enjoyed the Basil Mayo as a dip for my fries.

I even got to sample a bite of Kevin’s Vindaloo and I think I may order that next time I go.

Moxie's Dark Chocolate Mousse.

Moxie’s Dark Chocolate Mousse.

Often when we go out I will have a main that is too much food and I always go by the rule of “If you didn’t finish your dinner…” For once I got just the right sized main and decided rather than candy at the theatre I would indulge in the Dark Chocolate Mousse to finish my dinner. It was amazing! There is a layer of espresso (I want to say cream) on top of the mousse itself and the two together make for a really rich bite. I saved the strawberry for the end to help cut the richness of the dessert on my palate.

We left full, content and completely thrilled with the experience. The staff definitely added to the overall enjoyment of the evening.

All in all a great day of food!

It is nice to be spoiled once in a while!

To find Yujiro online: Yujiro Japanese Restaurant

To find Moxie’s online: Moxie’s Grill & Bar