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A Celebration at Kyozon: Happy 3rd Blogaversary A Famished Foodie™

Every year on April 14th, my friends and I celebrate another year of A Famished Foodie™.  It's really an excuse to get together with great friends, drink ourselves into oblivion while stuffing our faces with scrumptious food.  The past two years we've chosen to have fun at pizzeria's, this year we decide to go with a little Asian persuasion.  Eight of us met up at Kyozon around 8pm for dinner and drinks to celebrate the 3 year milestone.  

I had been to the Kyozon opening and had wanted to return so I thought why not return for my Blogaversary.  We arrived and had a round of drinks at the bar before heading over to our table.  As we sat and glanced over the menu, I couldn't help but notice how awfully expensive the menu was.  I did not expect this at all.  $14 for a roll of sushi, it better be good.  We ordered up a bunch of dishes and continued drinking and chatting waiting for our food to arrive.  

The first dish to arrive were the edamames we ordered to snack on while we were still looking over the menu.  The two dishes were placed in front of us and as we all dug in, we seemed to all have the same unpleasant reaction - Salty!  The edamames were so over salted, it burned each of our throats as we ate them.  We quickly called over the waiter and asked that new edmames be brought as the ones we were served were inedible.  He returned with two new dishes and set them down on the table.  This time the edamames were completely salt free, not exactly what we asked for but much better than the first batch.  

The drinks kept coming and finally the food began to arrive too.  I started my meal with some Dim Sum, Siu Mai's to be exact, filled with the promise of pork, shitake mushrooms and water chestnuts.  As I bit into the dumpling, I found it to be tasty, but no sight of the mushrooms or their flavour.  Their was something lacking in this dish, it wasn't awful but I definitely will not be running back for these.  

The next bite I took continued the Dim Sum theme,  Gyoza's filled with black cod and shrimps.  I was excited for these dumplings.  I thought the combination was brilliant and couldn't wait to see how Kyozon's chef executed this dish.  The dumpling were mediocre at best.  The wrapper was chewy and a tad hard, the filling was mediocre at best.  There was no flavour and I could hardly tell what the filling was.  

After the first two dishes, I couldn't help but worry about the next dishes to come especially since my guests were also not impressed with their dishes. The "Prawn" toast was next on my radar and this dish definitely disappointed.  The toasts were basically burnt and tasteless - shame!

The peking duck Bao's arrived and even though I though they were way too large, they weren't half bad.  The flavour was there, but slightly too sweet.  Out of all the dishes I sampled that evening, this probably was the best one.  The duck was covered in so much sauce though, that I could hardly tell what it was.  Charging $12.50 for this dish was a little insane, it would have been better to serve two smaller version for the same price!

After we finished the duck bao, it was time to sample the sashimi.  I don't even remember what we ordered, but I do remember they had no toro, no uni and so we were left with the basic options (salmon, ikura and I think octopus).  Nothing really to write home about, totally basic and nothing special at all.

The sashimi was disappointing and I knew at first glance the sushi would be too.  A few of us ordered the spicy tuna roll and none of us enjoyed it.  I found the spicy sauce too overwhelming, not because it was too spicy, but because it completely masked the flavour of the tuna (and whatever else was in the roll) and left you guessing what was really in the sushi.  A good spicy tuna roll has a sauce that compliments the delicate yet delicious fish, not hide the fish - truly a disappointment.  

The manager sent over some desserts for the table and they all looked delicious.  This was the highlight of the meal, besides the drinks!  The frozen berries with hot white chocolate were simple and delicious.

The chocolate lava cake was fluffy and not overly sweet, I like it and so did most people at the table.  The green tea ice cream was a nice touch to compliment the rich dark chocolate.

Then came disaster, for me at least.  I happened to be quite tipsy at the point and didn't even think to examine the white chocolate cheesecake for the one thing I don't eat, Bananas - Yuck!  Who puts bananas on a dessert anyways unless its banana flambé?  Well as I bit into this cake I thought I was going to be sick!  Now, I have no idea if the cheesecake itself was good or not as I was preoccupied with trying not to gag at the table, so gross,  but my friends seemed to like the cake a lot and finished it quite quickly.  Guess that means it was actually good!

Even though dinner was quite disappointing, we had a wonderful time at Kyozon.  The drinks were great and the staff is awesome too! 

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