Were heading back to Suika Japanese Snack Bar for VANEATS.ca’s newest dining package-Suika Punch! I was invited by featured reviewer and friend Melissa from Eye’s Bigger Than My Stomach to give this new dining package a try. Suika Punch is a spicy food lovers delight, with 5 different food items and a pitcher of Sapporo draft beer your taste buds are in for a smack down that will leave you with a smile on your face.
The menu breaks down like this:
- Lightly Smoked Tuna Tataki, with home made chili oil on a bed of sliced onion topped with scallions
- Tomato Kimchi, kimchi marinated tomato with Chinese chives & cilantro oil
- Yellowtail Carpaccio, thinly sliced yellowtail topped with sesame soy dressing and tobiko
- The Hellz Chicken, deep fried and tossed with the hell sauce (jalapeno, hot sauce, lemon, garlic, vinegar & Tabasco)
- Chinese Poutine, french fries topped with spicy ground pork sauce, mozzarella, chili oil, sansho and minced cilantro
- Sapporo, 1 pitcher of Japan’s legendary brew
The beer went well with all the dishes I tried, if you have never had Sapporo before it’s a light, clean and crisp tasting beer.
First up is Lightly Smoked Tuna Tataki, it’s drizzled with home made chili oil and served on a bed of sliced onion and topped with scallions. This was delicious and went down quick,the chili oil and onions added a beautiful savory hit to the taste buds.
The second item in the package is the Tomato Kimchi. It’s a kimchi marinated tomato with Chinese chives & cilantro oil. I’ve never had kimchi tomato and this was pretty good, the tomato was still nice and firm and a nice garlic/sour flavor really came through.
For the first time VANEATS.ca Yellowtail is being featured in a dining package. It’s in the form of Yellowtail Carpaccio, thinly sliced yellowtail topped with sesame soy dressing and tobiko. This was a really light, clean tasting fish that complimented the sauce really well and the thick Japanese mayo added a nice creamy mouth feel.
I love poutine and this Chinese poutine was a nice change from the traditional poutine’s I’ve had. It has the traditional french fries but topped with spicy ground pork sauce instead of gravy, mozzarella cheese, chili oil, sansho and minced cilantro. I really liked this and the cilantro and sansho really came through flavor wise. The pork sauce was a great twist sauce wise for a poutine. The fries were great, with a nice crisp outside and soft tender inside.
Lastly we have the Hellz Chicken. It’s deep fried and tossed with the hell sauce, whats hell sauce you ask, well it’s a combination jalapeno, hot sauce, lemon, garlic, vinegar and Tabasco! When the server brought this to the table she giggled and walked away, as it turns out it’s the hottest thing on the menu. The pieces of chicken were quite large and the fire red sauce they were coated in really showed you that this was going to hurt. When I first bit into the chicken I tasted the jalapeno, then the rest of the heat hit me-this was one damn hot dish. I actually enjoyed it a lot and the heat did dissipate, if you need to have a drink to cool down your mouth I’d suggest milk over beer or ice water to put out the fire.
The Suika Punch dining package is available from June 20,2012 to August 31,2012 while supply’s last, the sale starts at 7am on June 20th,2012. I found the Suika Punch dining pass to be a good deal for $25 and is perfect to split with a friend if you order a couple more items off Suika’s amazing menu.