Category: Dessert

Kaiten Sushi Experience – Japonais Bistro

Kaiten Sushi Experience – Japonais Bistro

It was lovely to be invited to this event.  Sushi is my favourite thing in the world of food.

There was a Japanese fusion tapas restaurant that was located in Oliver Square, here in Edmonton several years ago.  That used to be the highlight of my week was to go for their incredible martinis and the tapas.  The “small plates” give you the option to have several taste experiences in one sitting.  I was very sad when they moved locations, and then disappeared.

When I was invited to a “Kaiten” sushi tasting, I admit I had to look it up:

“The term Mobile Sushi Bar refers to a mobile version of sushi conveyor belt. Food is prepared on site, in plain view of your guests by a skillful sushi chef to deliver the best quality sushi. Simply enough, you can either sit down or stand in front of the conveyor belt while different plates of sushi are whirled round and round. Take off a plate, eat the sushi, take another plate you like, and eat the sushi. You will never have to wait in line as the dishes taken are quickly replaced by new ones.

The mobile bar extends up to 16.5ft and can be installed quickly and conveniently without a large installation team congesting your premises. Rather a straightforward installation steps allow us to travel virtually anywhere you require our presence.”

When you get to Japonais Bistro there are cozy booths lining the walls. It is a nicely decorated environment with rustic brick walls and wood accents. Our host, Isaac, was friendly and welcoming as was the rest of the staff.  The sushi bar was spinning, and the plates were beautifully presented.  I was happy to see a couple of professional cameras there as I know my point-and-shoot will not do these plates justice.

Jalapeno Yellowtail - torched yellowtail with thin sliced jalapeño, cilantro, tobiko, yuzu kosho sauce and ponzu sauce
Jalapeno Yellowtail – torched yellowtail with thin sliced jalapeño, cilantro, tobiko, yuzu kosho sauce and ponzu sauce

The thinly sliced jalapeno peppers were perfect with the Yellowtail, just the right amount of zing!  Ponzu is a favourite of mine, I love the way it brings out the flavours of the fish without being salty like the regular soy sauce.

Sushi Pizza - Salmon, Avocado etc on a light tempura crust.
Sushi Pizza – Salmon, Avocado etc on a light tempura crust.

I can’t seem to find this one on the menu, possibly a new item.  Delicious nonetheless.

Shrimp Wrap - Shrimp, tempura bits, fresh mango etc wrapped in a Soy Bean paper.
Shrimp Wrap – Shrimp, tempura bits, fresh mango etc wrapped in a Soy Bean paper.

This one was also delicious.  The tempura bits and the mango slivers both gave the whole experience a beautiful taste and texture.  This was another item that was recommended but I could not find on the online menu.

Wild Salmon Carpaccio - wild sockeye salmon, red onion, arugula with wasabi cream sauce and citrus soy sprinkled with roasted garlic.
Wild Salmon Carpaccio – wild sockeye salmon, red onion, arugula with wasabi cream sauce and citrus soy sprinkled with roasted garlic.

Again, delightful!  All of the flavours blend well together.  The salmon was fresh and firm.  The ponzu and wasabi really brought out the flavour of the salmon.

Sushi Tortilla - Salmon and tuna on a crispy rice tortilla with avacado, red onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno and arugula.
Sushi Tortilla – Salmon and tuna on a crispy rice tortilla with avacado, red onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno and arugula.

This was another that Isaac recommended when he was describing the options.  Packed with flavour per square inch with fresh ingredients making all the difference!  A nice blend of salmon and tuna.

Matcha Creme Brulee
Matcha Creme Brulee

This is my new favourite dessert!  The caramelized sugar crust was perfect.  The matcha custard was smooth and not at all grainy.  Perfectly sweetened.

Cheese Tofu - Mascarpone cheese, organic silken tofu, honey strawberries and toasted almond
Cheese Tofu – Mascarpone cheese, organic silken tofu, honey strawberries and toasted almond

Last, but certainly not least, the Cheese Tofu.  The texture is smooth… literally silk on the tongue. Pairs well with the fresh strawberries. This one would be nice with mango as well.

Needless to say from my tasting experience, I have a new place to go for Japanese Tapas.  They have a lot of my favourites on the menu and they are easily accessible located in Downtown Edmonton with free parking in front.  They also have a patio if that is how you prefer to drink your Sake!

If you would like to have Kaiten at a private function, Japonais Bistro will happily discuss it with you and make your experience tailored just for you and your guests.  Please give Kaiten Sushi’s website a look for more information.

Japonais Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Decadence – The Cafvino Experience

Decadence – The Cafvino Experience

When I told my co-workers that I was going to sample a “coffee-wine” the looks on their faces were absolutely priceless. They were a mixture of disgust and curiosity.

In 2006, a lovely lady by the name of Ingrid was visiting her family in Columbia. She discovered a coffee infused wine called “Cafvino”. It was unlike anything that she had ever experienced. She wanted to share her passion with the world. Six years later, she was finally able to bring Cafvino to St. Albert, Alberta and share her treasure with Canada.

It was an honour and a pleasure to be able to share in Ingrid’s passion at the Cafvino VIP event. I was able to meet both Ingrid and Carlin and a number of Twitter folk from Edmonton and area. Great product – great company!

Cafvino Promo

The goal of the event was to show the versatility of the product. What exactly does coffee infused Cafvino pair with? Absolutely everything! Executive Chef Harjeet Mehdwan was able to strut his stuff and show off exactly what Cafvino can do to create savoury meatballs and decadent desserts.

Cafvino Nibbles

The meatballs are a customer favourite on the menu at the Ramada Kingsway.  Cafvino’s balanced flavours make it very versatile to use in savoury sauces.  The desserts are that much more decadent with the hints of coffee flavour enticing your tastebuds.  Cupcakes were made by “Cakes by Candace”.  Chocolate, wine and coffee.  Perfection.

We were also treated to three cocktails made with Cafvino; the Paralyzer, the Raspberry, Cafvino and Cola.

Cafvino Beverages

As our lovely hostess was making her rounds, she made sure that I got to try a sample straight. I may not be that educated about wine, but I do know my coffee. Even the aroma is decadent. You can smell the sweetness of the wine and the darker smells of the Colombian coffee. The taste is something that is difficult to express in words. The wine is sweet, but not overly so. It reminded me of a really good ice wine.  The coffee infusion is just right. It is a marriage made in foodie heaven. As I was chatting with Carlin later on – he asked me which of the cocktails was my favourite, I could honestly answer him with “straight”.

I was delighted to discover while doing my reading before attending the event that Cafvino is carried at my favourite liquor store – Sherbrooke. (The only liquor store in Edmonton in my opinion!) Sherbrooke was one of the very first liquor stores on board to help spread the Cafvino love!

I have a new addiction and it is called Cafvino! <3

So you need to go and visit their website, read Ingrid’s story and find out where you can purchase this decadent taste experience.  They have cocktail recipes listed on the website, but I would encourage you to use your imagination and experiment.  Cafvino truly is like nothing else.

Cafvino Official Website

Keep your eye on Schifer imports.  I know I am excited to see what they are able to tantalize us with next!