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Restaurant Review: Best Asia Buffet

Jordon and I have gone a couple of times and I have come to really enjoy it.

It’s a large buffet restaurant which is similar in concept to Smiley’s but on a smaller scale.  Maybe it’s smaller size is the reason but the food is noticeably better than other buffet’s in town.

There is a salad station that includes fresh & crisp garden salad, potato salad, fruit salad, coleslaw and assorted raw vegetables. 

Restaurant Review: Best Asia Buffet in Saskatoon

There is a wide variety of hot food.

Restaurant Review: Best Asia Buffet in Saskatoon

  • Rice noodles
  • Pad Thai noodles
  • Fried soba noodles
  • Deep fried rice
  • Steamed rice
  • Sweet n’ sour pork
  • Ginger Beef
  • Chicken Balls
  • Egg Rolls
  • Spring Rolls
  • Pierogis
  • Pizza
  • Ribs
  • Fries
  • Fried Chicken
  • Basa fish
  • Shrimp

The food is fresh and restocked at quick intervals which means it is always hot.   We tend to stop by during the lunch time when it is packed.   Our experience is that they have brought their “A” game and run a smooth operation with lots of fresh food coming out when it is needed.  

During different days of the week there is turkey, prime rib, and roast beef which is a nice break from the regular fare but to be honest, I haven’t tired of the regular fare yet.

If you want dessert, they have a pretty good dessert table set up with pies, squares, and other sweets.

Restaurant Review: Best Asia Buffet in Saskatoon

If you are looking for a good Asian buffet place, The Best Asian Buffet may be the best place in town.

Best Asia Buffet
300-415 Circle Drive East

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On CFCR’s Civically Speaking

Hilary and I on CFCR Civically Speaking

Jordon snapped this photo of me on CFCR’s Civically Speaking.  Lenore Swystun often has Jordon and Hilary on the air to discuss local and provincial politics.  I was just following Jordon to the studio when Lenore invited me in to watch and then she asked me a coupe of questions and I muddled through.  So this is how one becomes a political pundit…

Hoppy Easter

I hope your Easter weekend has been a good one.  It was quiet around here but nice.

On Thursday night, I picked Jordon up at work and dropped Mark and Oliver off at the Cineplex Odeon Theatre at The Centre Mall for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

No matter, the boys like the movie despite the fact that almost no other reviewers did.  While it wasn’t the Scotiabank Theatre, I would be somewhat concerned if I was DC that the theatre was in no way full on opening night for the guys.

On Friday, I had to work but to keep tradition around here, we went to the Draggins Rod and Custom Car Show at Prairieland Park on Friday night.  It wasn’t that busy at that point of the day and all of the displays were there.

Draggins 56th Annual Rod and Custom Car Show

I worked Good Friday so we waited until I was off work and then went to the show.  Jordon, Mark, Oliver and I all had our cameras.  All of the photos were uploaded to Flickr albums. Click on the links to see Jordon’s, Mark’s, and my shots of the show . 

Saturday Jordon had to work.  We were given two tickets for the Saskatchewan Rush lacrosse game against the Toronto Rock.  While Jordon’s right food has caused him all of the problems, he badly burnt his left ankle last fall.  It was in horrible pain on Saturday night so Oliver and Mark went and saw the Rush beat the Toronto Rock at SaskTel Centre.  Of course they loved it as the Rush put on a really good show and the energy of 13,000 fans is contagious.

We got up early today and the boys found all sorts of chocolates and treats.  The Easter Bunny somehow snuck in without waking Marley up and left some chocolate eggs and a few gifts for the boys.  Mark found a Eureka Scenic Pass 2 person tent while Oliver found a skateboard and a stainless steel beer stein that was left for him.

Eureka 3 season Scenic Pass 2 person tent

Oliver isn’t drinking yet but the beer stein will go with the camping stuff and be used as a drinking mug while camping.  Mark’s tent is a three season tent which means if we experience some bad weather in Banff or Prince Albert National Park, him and Oliver will be okay.  The vestibule will be able to hold some of the gear outside of the tent and give them some more room to maneuver. 

It’s a two person tent but has two entrances and two vestibules.  For being a small tent, it is quite roomy.

We had a nice brunch and then went for a long walk through the University of Saskatchewan.  For dinner tonight we are having some turkey and ham before chilling out as a family.

Restaurant Review: Spicy Bite

Jordon and I went out to try the Spicy Bite on the weekend.  It is located downtown in the historic Drinkle No. 3 building.    We arrived around 7 p.m. on a Saturday night.  The restaurant was about half full as we had missed the first seating.  More people came in later and it almost filled up again by the time we were ready to leave.  Late night Indian food is a thing in Saskatoon.

When friends found out that we were going to go there, they recommended almost everything on the menu.  It was a little daunting over what to order but as we walked in, they had a buffet ready to go so problem solved.

Buffet at Spicy Bite in Saskatoon

Jordon and I both ordered a drink and got the buffet.  We sampled a wide variety of options the first time around and then both went back for seconds.  We were meeting some friends later that night and had to go but if we hadn’t we would have tried the dessert (we’ll do it next time).  Jordon is a less adventurous eater than I am (he doesn’t eat much lamb or goat) but he enjoyed his meal as well.  He had the butter chicken and some vegetarian options and enjoyed it all.  The buttered Naan bread was worth the trip all by itself.

Spicy Bite in Saskatoon

With the Taj Mahal gone, the Spicy Bite is your best option for Indian food in the city.  Even if you have never had Indian food before, you owe it to yourself the check out The Spicy Bite.

Spicy Bite
113 3 Avenue South
Saskatoon S7K 1L6
(306) 373-4747

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Saint Valentine’s Day

Eiffel Tower Candle HolderI hope your St. Valentine’s Day was a good one.  Jordon woke up early and gave me some Lindor chocolates and an Eiffel Tower candleholder.  I broke my iPhone 5 last week and he went out and got me an unlocked Acer Liquid Jade phone.  I love the phone because it is both thin and light, has a five inch screen and most of all doesn’t require me to make a giant payout to Bell to get another phone.

Acer Zen Jade Z cell phone

I have had Android phones before and didn’t like them as much as I have liked my iPhone but that was a long time ago and Android has gotten better.  It ran all of the apps I had on my cell phone and several I didn’t have.  The only think I really miss is iMessage but Google Messenger is pretty great.   Jordon also gave me a S’well water bottle, the kind that keeps drinks cold for 12 hours.

I gave Jordon a hoodie and the Daniel Craig collection of James Bond Blu Ray discs.  I also got him a spring jacket keeping with his normcore look.

After work yesterday, Jordon and I went downtown to the historic and charming Drinkle No. 3 building and at at Spicy Bite, a local Indian food restaurant.  It was the first time I had been there and I loved it.  While some friends gave Jordon advice on what to order, they had a buffet that was excellent.  The butter chicken, mushroom masala, butter naan bread, and and tika masala were all excellent. We then headed over to The Rook & Raven where we had a drink with Councilor Lorje and her husband Tom.  Now Jordon and I want to go to Barcelona this summer.

This morning we got up, grabbed our cameras headed back downtown for a nice quiet breakfast at Poached before heading out with our cameras and seeing what shots we could get of downtown Saskatoon.  This evening we are watching Spectre and ordering some food.  It’s a nice way to spend a Valentine’s weekend.

Restaurant Review: Smoke’s Poutinerie

Before it closed, I discovered and reviewed the Smoke’s Poutinerie in Moose Jaw.  I was excited to hear that one was coming to Saskatoon and I checked it out shortly after it opened.

Smoke's Poutinerie in Saskatoon

Smoke’s Poutinerie is a Montreal based chain that is slowly taking over Canada and North America.  If you have never tried it, it offers unique combinations to go along with the poutine that keep bringing people back.  That and the portion sizes are huge.  No matter how hungry we are, I don’t think we have ever finished a bowl of it.  There is an even larger version called the WOW size.  I can’t even imagine eating that much poutine.

We’ve tried the Philly Cheesesteak Poutine, the Pulled Pork Poutine, Perogy Poutine, Rainbow Poutine, & the Chicken Fajita Poutine and have been impressed everytime.  Sadly the BBQ Mac & Cheese Poutine was a limited time only offer but I hope they bring it back.

The poutine is always delivered quickly and hot.  The servers are pleasant and whether you are grabbing takeout or dining in, the experience is a good one.  If you are looking for a fun and unique take on fries, check it out.

Smoke’s Poutinerie
307 21st Street East
Saskatoon S7K 0C1

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Restaurant Review: Ayden’s Kitchen & Bar

Ayden's Kitchen & Bar

I recently went to Ayden Kitchen & Bar as part of a medium sized group of people.  Everyone is excited because of the reputation of head chef Dale McKay but also the reputation the restaurant has across the city as being one of it’s finest.

I was greatly disappointed.  We started with the sausage platter which was excellent.  The food was hot, the presentation was excellent and the three flavours of sausange were great.  I recommend that dish if you are ever there.

It was the main meals that didn’t meat our expectations.  Jordon ordered the beef.  The steak was overcooked and much closer to medium than medium rare.  That was the same for everyone in our group.  The other thing was that we realized that some got the wrong steaks which seemed to be a pretty bad mistake on the service part.  Jordon and another guest’s salad had no dressing or the other parts of the salad other than the greens.  When he complained, the waitress said that was the way it was supposed to be.  She did bring back some dressing but nothing else.

The twice baked potato was not cold but wasn’t even warm.  In the end it seemed like the kitchen had a really hard time getting the plates out on time (and to the right patron) and it showed with a really poor showing by them.  While it was a weekend night, the restaurant wasn’t packed.  I’ll never know if they were short staffed in the kitchen or just indifferent.

I ordered the gnochhi.  It was supposed to have gnochhi, cheese, brocolli and other spices with some balsamic vinegar.  Instead it had just a bit of cheese, a few pieces of brocolli and absolutely drowned in balsamic vinegar.  While listed as a main course, it was appetizer sized.  If the waitress had asked once how the meal was, I would have said something but that never happened.

Dessert was was great but it was the mains that really, really struggled.  It seemed from a lack of attention in the kitchen more than anything else.

Ayden’s Kitchen & Bar
265 3 Ave South
Saskatoon, SK 7K1M3

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