Hi Genki is a Japanese restaurant that operates out of the Nikkei Place complex on Kingsway and Sperling Avenue. For more than a decade, the restaurant has been providing home-style Japanese meals to both senior residents and the general public for lunch and dinner. It’s been almost two years since my last visit here, so my boyfriend and I met up here for a casual dinner date. 🙂
A queue had already started to form before their 6:15pm dinner service, so it was a good thing I showed up a bit early. Since they fill up the tables all at once, the waitresses do not bother with keeping track of the table sequence. Whatever happened to first come first serve? You have to make sure you know what you want in advance and flag them down right away, otherwise you probably won’t be getting your food until an hour later. Which happened to my boyfriend and me 😦 The system they have is totally disorganized!
Assorted Tempura ($5.25) This came with two pieces of prawn, squash, broccoli, zucchini, carrot, eggplant, and asparagus. The assorted tempura was pretty delicious! Batter was crispy, light, and not greasy at all. Vegetables used tasted really fresh as well.
Agedashi Tofu ($3.50) Two pieces of tofu slightly battered in a ponzu sauce. I prefer my tofu to be cut into smaller pieces, so it was a bit of a chore having to use my chopsticks to cut them in half. Tofu was a little soggy and soft. It was lacking the crispy outer coating I was looking for too 😦
Spicy Chicken Karaage Donburi ($9.50) One of the house favourites that almost every table orders. My bowl came with seven decent sized pieces of boneless chicken thigh meat marinated with chili paste, soy sauce, sugar. The simple marinade used in this dish struck the perfect balance between savoury and sweet. I also loved how they use chicken thigh meat as it’s much juicier and tender than chicken breast. 🙂
Spicy Satsuma Don ($9.50) Stir-fried fish cake and onion in spicy sauce. The boyfriend decided to not get curry this time around and order something different for a change! They gave him a lot of fish cake with his rice. Portion-wise, it was great and he enjoyed the spicy sauce incorporated into his dish. Both of our bowls came with a side of miso soup, taste was very standard.
Overall, food was good. But service was terrible! We were second to be seated, but our food took over an hour to arrive. I almost lost it when other tables were being served before us as we had put in an order pretty early into the service. They only had two waitresses running the front, so having all tables occupied was a poor decision on their end. Other patrons were frustrated with the service. Food was initially pumping out efficiently during the first 20-25 minutes, but came to a sudden halt for some odd reason. Bizarre. Be prepared to wait if you plan ever plan on visiting this place. 😡 The service really dampened my evening.
Yep. I was pretty hangry tonight.
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