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TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: Sushi and tacos and dumplings, oh my!

Now, sometimes deciding what to order for lunch can be tricky. Do I want tacos, or do I want sushi? And how bout a couple dumplings on the side? Well, at The Haam, this funky Japanese inspired Mexican joint on Adelaide, you can get all three with their sushi and taco combo, bro!!!

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So you KNOW I gotta start off with the taco, son! This gochujang barbacoa piles lots of guac, lettuce, crema, queso and cilatro on top of tasty braised beef inside a hard-shell taco…which got pretty soggy cuz it took an hour to deliver, sadly.

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On the sushi side, I settled on a six-pack of Spicy Crunch Salmon rolls. Dude, Spicy Crunch Salmon is the name of my fishing boat, bro!!!

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Now, if you order the sushi and taco combo from DoorDash — and only from DoorDash — they throw in two beef gyoza for free. The only problem was that my DoorDash delivery took so long that these dumps were cold as ice, ice baby! But I gotta say, the flavours from this joint were on point. So I would probably order from them again — only next time, Imma stick with Uber Eats…

All You Can Eat Asian @ Spring Rolls

Now, my motto’s always been “Why only eat some, when you can eat all?” So we’re hanging out at Spring Rolls, right at Yonge and Dundas, where you can get all you can eat Asian food for just 28 bucks, bro! And we’re not just talking sushi, we’re talking dim sum, bulgogi, calamari, lamb chops… and a whole lotta cupcakes for dessert! OK, now let’s break it down:

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This plateful of deep-fried goodness includes Japanese gyoza, deep-fried scallop cakes, and a beef satay skewer with a very uneven sauce distribution… But that’s not all we’re frying up here:

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Holy Octopus Balls, Batman! This takoyaki was so hot it almost melted my face off!!!

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Now here’s something I’ve never even seen before — they take a wonton, stuff it with cream cheese, and then drop it in the fryer. Man, the only way this would be better is if they used nacho cheese, bro!

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Of course, we’ve always got room for some calamari. Dude, this is body by calamari!

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Now, I guess we should probably order some sushi. On the right, we’ve got a salmon avocado roll, and then on the left, that’s a green dragon roll — crab meat, avocado and cucumber, with more avocado on top! Who needs a cherry when you can have avocado on top???

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But now we’re about to funk it up a notch, homes! This spider roll, spider roll does whatever a spider roll does — it’s got deep-fried soft shell crab, with some regular crab, avocado, cucumber and mayo… It’s like a Tobey Maguire upside-down kiss in Flavourtown!!!

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Now, I know at this point you’re probably asking “Where’s the beef, bro?” Well, it’s right here, son! This sizzling bulgogi beef is so chewy, you could pull it apart with a fork… Man, I could eat like 17 of these!

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But that’s not the only thing they’re sizzlin’ at Spring Rolls, son! This honey ginger chicken wasn’t quite as spicy as advertised…but you KNOW it’s still heading straight down my piehole!!!

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Now, here’s something I wasn’t expecting. Imagine having steak and lamb, and lamb and steak. Imagine having both of them, on just one plate… OK, so both of these pieces were well beyond medium rare, but they can still tag team my taste buds any day, bro!

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Now, if you like your Chinese food deep-fried and saucy — dude, Deep Fried ‘n Saucy is my dating profile handle! — then this Tango Mango Chicken is for you. You’ve got crunchy, crispy bird, mango, sweet, sweet onion and bell peppers, sauteed in a house special citrus tango mango sauce. Dude, you could put that on a flip-flop, and it would still taste good!!!!

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Of course, even after slamming all those Asian taste sensations, we’ve still got room for dessert. Mini brownies, mini creme brulees, and five different kinds of mini cupcakes. The ones with the Oreos on top were my Flavourtown favourites…

 

Sinking some sushi boats @ Fune

Now, I don’t usually eat sushi, so if I’m at a sushi joint, then you know it’s gotta be something funky. And lemme tell ya, Fune, this downstairs joint in the Entertainment District, is completely funkalicious. You can always order off the menu, but what makes it fun are the sushi boats that go around, with a buncha different dishes. Like a box of chocolates, you never quite know what you’re gonna get…but if you see something you like, you’d better grab it, cuz you don’t wanna miss the boat!!!

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Spicy shrimp with rice? Don’t mind if I do!

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You know I’m always down for sushi pizza — crispy, crunchy and magically delicious!

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Dude, this fish was so fresh, it had a dice in the mirror!!!

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Shrimp on top of sushi??? You can’t top that!

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You know I could always go for some creamy avocado, bro!!!

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How bout some with the avocado on top???

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Now, this dish was completely ridiculous. They take some sushi rolls and pour enough panko on em to choke a tuna! But man, I definitely scooped up every last breadcrumb off this plate…

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They gave this one a nice sear with a blowtorch… Dude, this is body by blowtorch!!!

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Turns out, this wasn’t actually ice cream…

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Avocado, crab and fish eggs — oh my!

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These ones were just straight up avocado!

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Check out the lines on that one!

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Yuuup, even more creamy avocado goodness!

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Of course, I still had room for dessert. Still not sure what this thing is, but it had a spongy, pancake texture with a Fig Newton kinda filling. I would try it again.

Now, in all that commotion back there, I’m not sure whether I had 15 plates of sushi, or only 14…

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Eating all the AYCE sushi @ Spring Sushi

Now, I don’t always eat sushi, but when I do, I eat all that I can. So, we’re hanging out at Spring Sushi, this funky joint that’s waaaay downtown at Yonge and Dundas. Now, there is so much stuff on their menu that you can be fully completely without eating a single piece of fish…but where’s the fun in that, son?

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So, we’re starting off with a Fearsome Foursome of Flavourtown–BBQ eel in a cone, a deep-fried salmon croquette, a super-spicy salmon roll and then a piece of beef sushi–dude, I didn’t even know that was a thing!!!

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But hey, not all sushi has to have fish in it, like this sweet potato pie roll on the left, and the chicken teriyaki roll on the right. But these ain’t even the funkiest rolls I’ve had tonight…

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They call this a Las Vegas roll, and it’s a high roller baby! You’ve got sashimi, cream cheese, crab meat and avocado all rolled into one–and they give you five to an order, bro!!!

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But right here, right now, we’re about to kick it up a notch with this Hawaii roll. Apple, mango, crab and avocado, plus a sticky coating of bean curd and plum sauce make this a sweet treat that can’t be beat!!!!

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But you know we’re not nearly done yet, bro! We’ve got shrimp tempura, we’ve got calamari, we’ve got takoyaki…all heading straight down my piehole!!!!

Oh, did you want chicken? Well, here’s some chicken katsu…

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Or how about a chicken skewer?

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And hey, I’m not gonna go to a joint like this and NOT eat steak…

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…along with some sweet ‘n sour pork, and eel-fried rice!

But you KNOW we’re saving the best for last, so say hello to my little friend, bacon-wrapped shrimp:

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Man, I couldda slammed 17 of these…but then I wouldn’t have room for dessert:

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Dude, these deep-fried bananas are bananas…and bananas is good!!!!

Kiro dreams of spicy scallop sushi…

So, we’re hanging out at Kiro Sushi, this funky Japanese joint just offa Yonge Street, a sushi’s roll from the Toronto Reference Library. And speaking of sushi rolls, this place has no less than 16 different makis on their lunch menu, including this mac-daddy maki, the spicy scallop:

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These scallops are super creamy, with just a bit of cucumber, a nice crunch from the flakes and a tiny little kick from the Japanese donkey sauce. But because one good maki six-packy deserves another, you KNOW we’re not done here, bro!!!

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This eel avocado roll is so outta bounds, it’s swimming backwards into a wall of fire, Matthew Good Bro! You’ve got these frickin yuuuge chucks of avocado, a nice, flaky piece of eel, and just a dollop of teriyaki sauce. And did I mention that six pieces of these, the six spicy scallops, plus a fistful of fresh fish is just 18 bucks after tax!? For a few dollars more, you can get extra sushi, or even some sashimi, son! And boom goes the dynamite!!!

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