My husband and I dine at Redheads every week. Recently, Redheads started to offer Japanese tapas. We’ve only gotten through half the menu. What I like about the tapas menu is we can try so many different items but not feel stuffed.
The mini seaweed ($2.50) was a generous quantity for the price. I like the silky strands and the taste of the sea. The seasoning was a good balance of salty, sweet, and sour.
The Avocado with Seaweed ($5.00) is more appropriate for hardcore foodies. The plum sauce was mouth puckering sour. I thought it was delightful, but this dish wouldn’t be for everyone.
The Chicken with Fresh Vegetables ($6.00) was one of my favourite dishes. The zucchini tasted like it was plucked from a garden. The chicken was crispy and covered in a sweet and sour sauce that didn’t taste like it was from a bottle.
The Chikuzen-ni ($5.00) is a dish I can eat without guilt. The simmered root vegetables were soft and comforting. The chicken was well-marinated in a soy based marinade.
We tried the Salmon Grilled Yuan ($3.00) and the Salmon Nanban Marine ($3.50). L preferred the grilled salmon while I enjoyed the nanban a bit more because it was fried and sat in a sweet vinegar.
Another winner was the Japanese Chunky Miso Soup ($4.00). The broth was hot and tasty. The pork and veggies were plentiful and hearty.
We each tried Temari Sushi ($4). Each plate contained a piece of salmon, tuna and ebi. The rice was shaped like a large marble and well-seasoned.
After all this, we were still peckish. We shared a Mini Katsu Curry ($6.00). On top of a bed of steaming rice were five small pieces of fried pork. The beef curry was dark and rich. Just how I like my coffee.
Our group from our last trip to Japan wants to get together again. I’m going to see if they would like to rent out Redheads for an evening of Japanese comfort food.
Redheads is always tweaking its dishes or trying out something new. On my last visit, I learned that Sapporo is now on tap. A new rice burger (not yet on the menu) has become my new favourite, beef and gobo. I still haven’t tried the Japagetti or five-course meal set, but I’ll get there eventually.
The beef and gobo (burdock root) rice sandwich is something special. The beef is sweet and nicely seasoned. Gobo has this marvellous mild, earthy taste and crunchy texture. The rice was perfectly cooked, warm and topped with fresh spinach leaves. The nori is fresh and crisp.
Recently, L and I have tried the Tofu Asian Salad ($6.99). What a great price for such a stunning salad. I particularly enjoyed the strands of seaweed and nori. The tofu was nicely cut and fresh-tasting. Just a tip, you probably don’t need to use all the dressing, as the sesame dressing is quite rich.
One of my other go-to dishes is the miso-tonkatsu ramen ($9.99). I’ve been telling my friends Asian Persuasion and What’s Up Hamsup to try Redhead’s version. They want to but every time they visit, they can’t help themselves and order the tonkatsu curry. The soup is steaming hot. The broth is rich and the noodles are chewy. The pork crispy and fatty. I love the assortment of sprouts, the milky egg and all the garnishes.
Redheads is best known for their Japa Curry, the Katsu ($10.99) or the Karaage Curry ($10.99). The katsu is well-marbled and crispy. The beef curry is thick, rich and flavourful.
Finally, L and I were lucky to try a special dessert, apple with caramel and strawberries. Sounds simple, but so good. The tart crispness of the apple with the sweetness of the caramel sauce was old-school delicious. Check out the crazy knife skills.
The best time to go is in the evenings, when the cafe is quieter. The prices are a steal and the food is so comforting in the chilly weather. Thank you Redheads, for being so consistently delicious.