I learned about Spaghetti Cafe Prairie as it was featured in my boss’ newsletter. I never tried Japanese style spaghetti and L was interested as he ate it when he lived in Osaka. We came by on a Friday evening. The place was quiet, but it gave me the opportunity to learn about the food from the owner Takeshi.
Takeshi specializes in Japanese style spaghetti. He serves up 15 versions at his restaurant. Takeshi informed me that Japanese spaghetti is common in Japan. Due to the economic development in the 80s’, Japanese culture was diversified. Italian food become a favourite among the Japanese because it looks fancy but it’s not expensive. Many Japanese chefs left Japan to learn how to cook Italian food in Italy. When they returned, they used local ingredients in their version of spaghetti. Takeshi said Japanese style spaghetti restaurants are common and can be found in many strip malls in Japan.
Okay, enough of the history lesson. Let’s get to the good stuff. Dishes range from around $8.00 to $11.50. Mention you saw the ad in a community newsletter and you get free garlic bread. At lunch, spaghetti and meatballs are on special for $9.50. A dish of pasta will fill you comfortably but not stuff you. Japanese tea ($2.00) came in a bag and was self-served.
I ordered the Japanese Chicken Spaghetti ($11.50). The noodles were al dente, slippery, and intermingled with shredded steamed chicken, green onion, and toasted sesame seeds. The noodles were well-seasoned from the soy sauce and chicken stock.
L picked the Chicken Nut Spaghetti ($11.50). Again, there was shredded chicken, ground nuts and onions. The sauce was creamy and reminded me of a cross between dan dan noodles and pad Thai. This was a richer dish than the Japanese Chicken spaghetti which was much lighter and fresher.
The room is utilitarian and no alcohol is served. Food comes quickly, making it an ideal place to stop by for a quick meal. I hope business picks up for Takeshi as Spaghetti Cafe Prairie fills a void for something inexpensive and different from the other places in the neighbourhood in that price range. Check this place out and remember to say you saw the ad in a community newsletter to get free garlic bread!