The owners of food truck Le Tigre finally opened up a brick and mortar location last summer and it received a lot of buzz. I finally had the chance to check it out in the up and coming neighbourhood near the edge of Chinatown. I had heard about how busy they were so I made sure to go super early. The day I went was dreary and rainy so I was actually their first customer! I’m just an eager beaver when it comes to food.
The plate was a really artsy looking piece of wood.
The dish I was most excited about was their award winning Rye So Messy Chicken Wings. I’m sure I’ve repeatedly professed my love for chicken wings and deep fried things so of course I had to try this. This is made with rye and gochujang marinade, mango glaze, and topped with ramen crumble. Nicely battered, the outside of the wings had a nice crunch to it which was reinforced by the ramen crumble. Personally I found the gochujang sauce or maybe it was the kfc sauce (whatever the red stuff is), to be too strong and overpowering. It just didn’t taste that great to me and I would’ve preferred some other type of spicy sauce. It’s probably just me though since everyone else seems to love this!
Another highly anticipated dish was the Kick Ass Rice 2.0. Kick ass rice 1.0 is the kick ass rice from their food truck which I love. This new variation featured aburi style pork belly in pressed sushi form. Each bite was an explosion of flavours in my mouth! It was smokey and savoury from the tender pork belly and it just melted in your mouth. I ate each piece slowly so I could savour all the flavours. There were also some green things in there which were probably herbs? Whatever it was, they added great flavour! I should’ve taken notes when the server described everything. This is a must order item!
Next up we have Calamari the Way I Like it with a small lychee, arugula and pea shoot salad and dressed with some angry tiger sauce. I loved the bright flavours from the lychee in the salad (even though there were only two pieces). Each piece of calamari was lightly battered and cooked to perfection. They somehow made it superbly tender and delicately smooth. How did they do it?! The sauce gave it some spice but there was also something sweet on the calamari?
For our last dish, I debated between the Brown Cow, the Dirty Birdy Fried Rice or the Get in my Belly. I’m a sucker for dishes with cool names by the way. We settled on the Get in my Belly because it seemed like a lighter dish. This dish featured negitoro, seasonal veggies, homemade kimchee, steamed butter rice, togo mayo, soft egg, and jinhua ham. After you mix everything up you have a delicious negitoro bowl!
The dishes aren’t that big but it’s more of a feast for your eyes since the plating is so beautiful. It’s not really somewhere I can go often but every dish here was thoughtfully made and well executed. I was left wanting more and I would recommend you try it at least once! They also change up their daily specials and appetizers often so there’s always something new to try.