It was Canada Day so we had to go out to dinner — and what better way to start the weekend than a nice dinner out? So we headed down to Little Tokyo to try some southeast Asian food at Simbal. The place is a little more casual than I expected, or maybe it was just everyone was in weekend mode already?
Since it was a Friday I was in the mood for a cocktail, so we each tried a Little Pleasures – 1796 Rum, White Rum, Vanilla Beans, Grilled Pineapple, Lime. It was sweet, but not too bad and the grilled pineapple was a nice touch.
They started us off with Pungent seasoned rice — chili jam, salted duck egg yolk, bonito powder, crispy garlic. It had a fishy smell to it, but needed more in it to make an impact.
We are always drawn to tartare on a menu and Simbal’s Prime beef hanger steak tartare didn’t disappoint. The puffed sesame bread was a nice utensil. Definitely consider getting this.
Jeremy was hungry.
Jeremy definitely wanted some shrimp so we ordered the wild shrimp — congee, caramel sauce, poached egg. It was basically their take on shrimp and grits only a little heavier of a porridge. Still quite good.
Jeremy was definitely patient with me to take photos of the food before diving in. Although I didn’t get a good picture of the Heavenly Beef which we ordered. It was a good dish, but I still prefer Little Sister’s Shaky Shaky Beef over it.
Lastly we shared the pan roasted cod — turmeric, caramelized shallots, roasted peanuts, fresh dill. The dill was nice with the light fish, which was definitely the highlight of the meal.
This was one of the rare times where we skipped on dessert (Jeremy had two drinks, so I guess that was kind of his dessert.) Still we were quite pleased with Simbal, which has a big enough menu that makes you consider your choices, and a good list of cocktails to boot.