Quite a period of time has passed since the last time I held a position that involved insanely early mornings. Take heed to refrain from misinterpreting my statements though: however strongly I dislike rising before the sky is fully illuminated, there is great enjoyment to be found in contributing back to the community, even to the tiniest degree.
To celebrate the end of a successful first week, orangecane and I took to another one of our eating excursions - this time spanning from North York to Markham.
A refreshing Nature Melon Lemon with Cactus Tapioca was chosen by my fellow food fiend, while I fluctuated between trying the Dirty Tea Series or another signature beverage from the fixed menu.
The bubble tea spot was exceptionally serene at this time, so the girl behind the cashier actively attempted to assist me in arriving at a decision.
Naniwa Taro is a name not unfamiliar to me, for it's been known to be a popular casual diner amongst locals. The interior is small: two tables and a narrow strip of bar seating would accommodate a maximum capacity of ten. As such, it wasn't surprising to see customers take their orders to go.
We chose the C1 combo and K4 Katsu Curry respectively, and relayed our picks to the friendly lady behind the cashier. The restaurant was empty at this time, so the decision was made to dine in before our next leg of activities.
My own selection of the C1 combo comprised of a "half portion" of Okonomiyaki and four pieces of Takoyaki. When the choice of adding mayonnaise had been presented before me, I did a double-take before quickly responding in the affirmative. Are there mortals that wholeheartedly omit kewpie mayo?!
Each bite of okonomiyaki and takoyaki burst with chunks of chewy goodness - cabbage, onion, or octopus. Moreover, these elements were enveloped in a satisfying batter radiating warmth and crispiness, all without unnecessary grease. (MeNami (415), please take note.)
Given that delicately-crafted cakes were not the items we were yearning for, a quiet departure was made. Patisserie Kirin would be set aside for another day.
The establishment also carried some meal items and cream cheese buns from Guschlbauer - which I shall not be returning to after discovering their severe health and safety infractions. English tends to trouble the staff, so bear in mind to use simple vocabulary should you intend on dropping by.