When the Chinese opened its gates to the world and to globalization it gave the world something new and exciting. Modern Chinese culinary. Different versions of Chinese food is enjoyed all over the world. Chinese cuisine has gained much popularity worldwide in the last 40 years and even though authentic Chinese food is far from the one we enjoy at our home served in little brown bags and fortune cookies, it is still well received by the general public.
This week I wanted to explore Chinese cuisine in Niagara Falls and many names popped up. Restaurants such as the Mandarin, Magnolia, and the Wind serves more expensive and delicate Chinese food among other oriental food whereas the New York and Jasmine serves more common version of American-Chinese food such as Kung Pao Chicken and Szechwan rice and shrimps. After careful consideration, I went to the New York because of its location and my budget.
From the outside, the restaurant doesn’t appear fancy but the interior is decently decorated. It has a very warm, cozy and homely feeling to it. I was greeted well but the waitress and was offered drinks and menu card with a genuine smile, something that breaks the mold of McDonaldization of service. My food arrived after 10 minutes as Chinese food are famous for its quick preparation. I ordered chicken Fried Rice and General Tso Chicken and they complimented each other well. I did find my food a bit too oily for my taste but then American-Chinese or Indo-Chinese food are made with abundant oil.
The total cost of my food was 12 dollars and the quantity was fulfilling in comparison to the price of my food. I recommend my readers to visit the New York Restaurant at the Clifton Hill if they ever fancy cheap and everyday Chinese food in Niagara Falls.
The revolving restaurant at the Skylon Tower offers one of the best continental restaurants in Niagara Falls. It is located 775 ft. from the fall and has won multiple awards. The restaurant also offers a majestic 360 degree view of the skyline of Niagara Falls. This restaurant features a variety of European dishes. An elevator operates from the ground floor to the restaurant. A series of entertainment such as photo sessions and free observation deck tickets awaits on your way to the elevator. A glass elevator took me to the restaurant where I was greeted by a smiling hostess who showed me to my table. I was offered a menu and water and I was asked for my drink order.
My dinner started with drinks from the bar followed by a fresh garden salad. Our waiter also brought us complimentary house made bread and butter. The salad was made with fresh romaine lettuce with arugula and garden vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, capsicum, onions, black olives and blue cheese, tossed with a generous amount of vinaigrette. The salad was really refreshing and had a distinct flavor to it. My main course was grilled salmon with grilled vegetables and brown rice pilaf. The fish was cooked perfectly, however, the pilaf was a bit dry. After my main course, our waiter suggested us desert which was mouthwatering, to say the least. After dinner, we went to the upper deck to see the beautiful skyline of Niagara Falls.
All the items in the menu were really expensive and it was 40 dollars for a main course. Another downside to the menu was that it was completely male driven. The menu features steak, pork, spicy food and only two veg dishes. This restaurant is perfect for special occasions and not suitable for students on a budget.
This week I decide to explore Indian Cuisines in Niagara. Being an Indian away from home, I am always curious to find the genuine, real and bona fide Indian restaurant to overcome my cravings. I have tried almost every Indian restaurant in Niagara Falls and I think after visiting Moksha, my search is over.
As the name says “Moksha – Indian Bistro”, Moksha is a small restaurant located just outside the famous Clifton hill area on Stanley Avenue. If you need some quiet time after a long and busy day, this is the restaurant you want to be in. My friends and I went to moksha yesterday and had the best Indian food we’ve had in a long time.
After entering the restaurant, we were promptly seated as we were the only one’s there. The menu has plenty of choices – great if you are vegetarian or gluten free. We started with samosa’s, bhelpuri (Puffed rice, vegetables and tangy tamarind sauce) and chicken tikka. I am not a big fan of samosa so it was ok but bhelpuri and chicken tikka (Juicy chicken morsels hand rubbed with seasoning blends) were amazing. Each spoon of bhelpuri was cooling with a hint of spice which is what I wanted in bhelpuri.
I like their concept of having naan and rice with every curry item. We had 2 butter chicken, Paneer tikka masala and Dal makhani. After having my butter chicken, I must say there must have been some wizardry happening in the kitchen because the food was amazing. The chana masala was spicy and flavorful (not over powered with heat).
Now for the factors other than food – Price was little high when compared to other Indian restaurants, we paid $179 for 4 appetizers, 5 curry items, 5 deserts and 4 non-alcoholic drinks. The ambience was great with perfect lighting and soothing music. The interior was ok and could be something they can work on. The service was very good and the wait time was reasonable. The server was extremely friendly and informative, taking the time to explain the menu and answered all my questions.
To start of my gastronomical adventure, I went to Kasbah an authentic middle eastern cuisine. Kasbah is located a little bit off the strip of Niagara Falls in a calm and quite neighborhood. The restaurant is well decorated and has an authentic middle eastern charm to it. The interior of the restaurant is decorated into a shape of royal train dinning room.
Upon reaching we received a warm welcome by our server. We were shown to our seats and given proper menu cards and was told that the rack of of lamb was the house specialty. The menu featured middle eastern food and Italian cuisine such as pizzas and pasta. It also featured burgers, wings and fish and chips amongst others. After going through the food and drinks we ordered our food and drinks and waited twenty minutes before our food arrived with complimentary rice and salad.
The food was served hot and was cooked to perfection. However, the rack of lamb was bit undercooked according to my taste. The rest of the food was perfection. After we finished our main course we jumped to deserts we ordered deserts which was disappointing as the menu didn’t feature any authentic middle eastern desert.
After our dinner we had a delightful conversation with the chef/owner and our waitress regarding my experience at Niagara College and my job. This was a perfect ending to our dinner. The owner of Kasbah was kind enough to help us with our little photo season. I am extremely grateful to Miss Camus for giving us this opportunity which allowed me to explore these little hidden treats all across Niagara Falls.
Now, I will conclude my blog with giving out ratings