Pizza Cono

Pizza Cono is exactly what it sounds like, a pizza in a cone shape. It's located in the food court of West Edmonton Mall, near the Waterpark. Their main offerings are pizza cones and panini sandwiches. The pizza cones are served classic ($6.90) or umbrella ($7.90). The only difference between the two is that the umbrella size seems to appear slightly wider and "cooks faster" according to the worker. The pizza choices are pre-determined although it would be a good idea to have a 'build your own pizza cone' concept. The food is made right in front of you then cooked in the oven for about two minutes.


Pepperoni Umbrella & Pesto Umbrella $7.90/each

 I got the pesto flavour while my friend got pepperoni. The pesto came with white cheese, tomato sauce, pesto sauce, and freshly diced tomatoes. The pepperoni was your typical - mixed cheese, tomato sauce, and pepperoni slices. The serving size was equivalent to an actual slice of pizza. It was a bit pricey though, if this was in a pizza form it would've only been half the price. There is a lot more dough to it than with just a pizza slice. It's super cheesy as well. A bit of the sauce and cheese ended up going to the bottom of the cone, along with grease. I wouldn't try it again but it's nice to see pizza served in a unique way. 


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Miga Korean Cuisine


Miga is the newest Korean restaurant to open up in Edmonton. Like most Korean eateries, it's located somewhere in the southside. I swear that's where all the good food is! I mainly came to Miga to try out one thing in particular which was their hot stone plate with dipping cheese. Yes, dipping cheese. I've only started seeing this food trend recently last year on social media but knew I had to try it (even though I'm kinda lactose, oops). Miga serves the traditional dishes you'd find at most Korean restaurants in the city (bulgogi, short rib, noodles, bibimbap, and hot pot/stew). They also have don katsu (fried pork cutlet with cheese) which I didn't have a chance to try. Our food was accompanied by the usual banchan.


Topokki $32
They have two types of hot stone plates: topokki and hot and spicy stir fried chicken with vegetables. My friend and I decided to share topokki. It's a mixture of soft rice cakes and fish cakes in a spicy chili sauce. The sauce has a bit of sweetness to it. We requested the sauce to be made mildly spicy but since my friend and I are both weak when it comes to spice, we both died halfway. The hot plate comes with cheese, egg, and corn. The cheese melts as the hot plate is heated when it's brought out to the table. I recommend eating the cheese first since it will harden as it cools off. There are a few deep fried dumplings and vegetables to dip into the cheese and spicy sauce. Overall, this was an interesting dish to try out. It is quite a big portion so it's probably better to share amongst 3-4 people rather than between just 2. The food got overwhelming halfway through the meal and I also felt like I was lacking meat, even though there was fish in it. 


Korean Style BBQ Short Ribs $24 
We ordered this halfway since we desperately needed food that was meaty and savoury. Well, it saved the day. These barbeque-d short ribs were tender and perfectly marinated. I highly recommend ordering these if you come here! I could've honestly eaten the whole thing to myself with a bowl of rice and been satisfied. 

Miga is a great place to check out if you're craving Korean food. Don't let it disappear into the many eateries that are in the same area. 


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Address: 9261 34 Avenue

Pho Boy


One of the latest eateries that I've gone to is Pho Boy, which replaced B's Diner off Whyte Ave (and which I still dearly miss btw - remember those ramen burgers?). I normally don't prefer to go to pho places but when I saw on their Instagram that they served banh xeo, I knew I had to stop by. 


I checked it out during their soft opening week. I would describe this place as a hipster pho eatery with a cozy vibe. I really liked the interior of it, from their rice hat inspired lights to the beautiful scenic mural on one of their walls.


Pho Boy is a family owned restaurant. Their soft opening menu will be similar to their official menu - with a few more additions to it. Their main focus is on pho, hence the name, but they have other Vietnamese dishes. Overtime, they are looking to expand their menu to add on a few more dishes such as vermicelli bowls. 


Banh Khot $4 (3 pcs)
To start off our dinner, my friend and I shared a half order of banh khot. Pho Boy describes them as sizzling rice poppers but I would describe them as mini Vietnamese crispy pancakes with coconut, shrimp, and pork. They were pretty tasted and surprisingly not much different from the ones I had in Vietnam this past summer. 


Banh Xeo $7
Mmm, banh xeo... the item I've been craving for months! What is this exactly? A big sizzling crispy pancake stuffed with bean sprouts, shrimp, and pork, then served with nuoc mam (fish sauce). If you're confused about the description of it, it sizzles as it's being cooked. It's not served to you sizzling! The pancake did not disappoint my craving but it did lack a bit of flavour. It can be found under their appetizers section but I ate it as an entree myself. 


Pho Boy Dragon Special $10
My friend had their special pho, which seems to be their main type of pho. It's a combination of steak, flank, tripe, beef balls, dragon balls, chicken, tendon, and the normal veg (cilantro and onions). The special is offered in three sizes: regular, large, and jumbo. He had the regular size and found it to be decently filling. The broth was flavourful and there was a good ratio of toppings to noodles. The dragon balls in the pho stood out for me the most when I tried a bit of the soup. Pho Boy also has the option of building your own pho if you want something more customizable.

If you're looking for a pho eatery with a hip and chill vibe, Pho Boy is a good place to stop by. They also have arcade games if you wanna kill time while you wait for your food.

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Dorinku


Hi guys! I'm back! I'm gonna start getting back into my blogging mode so I'll start off with one of my new favorite eateries. Dorinku is an izakaya located on Whyte Ave with an amazing atmosphere. It gives off a "feel good" vibe with delicious food. The food portions are meant to be small so I wouldn't recommend going if you're super hungry. If you do, you might end up spending a bit more on Japanese food than per usual! The service is friendly and you're greeted as soon as you walk in. Little touches like the Japanese vending machine and Japanese arcade game made Dorinku an unforgettable experience. If being in Dorinku is like being in Japan (as many close comparisons have been made) then I absolutely cannot wait to go there one day. 


Pressed Avocado Sushi $11.80
I ordered off their soft opening menu during my first menu since their actual menu wasn't available yet. (Update: it's fully available now). One of the main items I wanted to try here was the pressed style sushi. Dorinku offers three types: avocado, wild salmon, and wild saba. The avocado pressed sushi was the most simple dish we had that night. Although it was served with a Japanese citrus seaweed sauce, the sushi was still plain. It tasted fresh except it kept breaking apart when we tried to pick it off the plate. 


Pressed Wild Salmon Sushi $13.80
The next dish that came out has become one of my favorite dishes here. The pressed salmon sushi uses wild sockeye salmon that is slightly seared. They kept the sushi from being dry with their Japanese mint and creamy soy sauce. Compared to other places that serve pressed sushi, each piece is a good portion size. 


Ramen Salad $10.30
This salad was a refreshing addition to our meal! It was a mixture of egg noodles, pork chashu, cucumber, Japanese pickles, onions, sliced nori, and a soft boiled egg. The creamy dressing was a sesame soy dressing. It's a good sharing dish if you want something that isn't as heavy. 


Chicken Karaage $9.80
Another one of my go-to dishes. It's a simple, deep-fried chicken dish that Dorinku never messes up. The chicken is juicy while the outside texture is slightly crispy. It's served with a delicious chili mayo sauce and green tea salt. The salt can be very salty so I suggest you only try a tiny bit at once! Whenever I finish the chicken and still have some mayo left, I eat it with my Shaka Shaka fries.


Japanese Style Calamari $9.80
It didn't really differ from regular calamari at other places. I guess the only difference with this calamari is that it's served with a Japanese style tartar sauce and special Japanese mint salsa sauce. 

Since I'm making a review based on my first visit, I did go back a few times after to try other dishes. These are a few of my other favorites...
Shaka Shaka Fries $6.80: regular French fries served in a paper bag with a side of Japanese seasoning. You're suppose to put the seasoning into the bag then shake it! The fries are similar to Mcdonald's fries. In Japan, this is a common menu item at fast food places.
Ebi-Mayo $10.30: deep fried Tiger prawns with spicy mayo. I didn't find the mayo to be very spicy so it's good for mild eaters. 
Hamachi Carpaccio $13.30: I find this to be one of Dorinku's more exquisite dishes. It's seared yellowtail, mayo and parmesan cheese with sesame soy dressing and goji berry.
Jewelry Bowl $12.80: this is a rice dish that consists of diced sashimi, Japanese mint, pickled daikon, and salmon roe. My only complaint would be that it's a smaller portion.

Dorinku is a great place to eat, drink, and socialize! Definitely a great addition to Edmonton's foodie scene. 

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Address: 10205 82 Ave