Sunnyside Grill

I was recently at Sunnyside Grill for breakfast over the past weekend. It is actually a small franchise of restaurants serving all day breakfast and various lunch options. They have one location in Toronto, which is located on the streets of St Clair Ave West. The restaurant is open 7 days a week but only from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm. 


The menu offers a nice selection of all day breakfast choices ranging from $5.50 to $9.95.


I ordered the Sunnyside french toast ($6.50) which is basically three thick slices of french toast served with syrup. The presentation of the dish was extremely plain, but I pretty much expected it based on the price. However, one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, the french toast was pretty good as they were lightly grilled and quite fluffy in texture. Additionally, the portions were generous, and I was pretty full from it.


I also ordered a side order of sausages ($4.45). One of the sausages was sightly burnt, but overall, it had a nice smokey flavor to it. 

 Sunnyside Grill was more than half full when I was there around 11:00 am, and there were only two servers on the floor. However, both servers did a pretty good job of servicing all of the tables despite the capacity. They promptly refilled our water, and checked on us from time to time. I was pretty happy with the service that I received. I'd recommend going to Sunnyside Grill for some breakfast.

Note: WagJag is currently featuring a voucher for Sunnyside Grill ($10 for $20 of food). It ends in 4 hours, and they have already sold over 2000 vouchers (to be used at any of the 4 locations). I am not too sure of how many people from Toronto purchased it,  but I am hoping that the quality and service will not deteriorate due to the increased numbers of customers eating there.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.9/5
Service: 3.8/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.8/5
Price: $

Address: 1218 St Clair Ave West, Toronto, ON, M6E 1B4

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VIP Vietnamese Cuisine

VIP Vietnamese Cuisine is a Vietnamese restaurant located in the plaza of First Markham Place in Markham, ON. It should be noted that VIP Vietnamese Cuisine is Chinese owned and a majority of their customers are predominately Chinese so the menus are printed in English and Cantonese. If you are looking for authentic Vietnamese food, then this is not the place for it. 

The menu does offer an extensive list of dishes ranging from soup, rice, meat and noodles. I ordered an appetizer, drink and a main noodle dish as my meal.


The durian milk shake ($4.00) was horrible and tasteless. I took two sips and couldn't finish the rest of the drink. The drink was completely watered down; to the point of where I could barely taste the flavor of the durian. It was a complete waste but I honestly couldn't finish it.


I also ordered spring rolls ($5.00) as an appetizer, and it came with two pieces. The size of the spring rolls was average, and it tasted okay despite being a little burnt. 


My boyfriend ordered the medium beef pho ($6.00). I had a little taste of the pho and it lacked a lot of flavor. Although there was a decent amount of beef and tripe in the soup. 


I ordered the vermicelli with pork chop and chicken ($7.95) as my main dish. I thought that the portion was generous as there was a lot of meat. The pork chop and chicken were both decently grilled but the noodles were too hard that it just ruined the entire dish.

VIP Vietnamese Cuisine appears to be family oriented as many of the tables were large in size (fits about 4-6 people). The restaurant was decent in size and it had good lighting. Although, I did not like the food as much; I thought that the service was pretty decent as our waiter was attentive and not pushy.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 2.6/5
Service: 3.5/5
Dining Experience: 2.9/5
Price: $

Address 3229 Hwy-7, Markham, ON, L3R3P3

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Sushi Kai


Sushi Kai is known for their business model of offering cheap discounts using voucher deal sites in the GTA. They have sold thousands of vouchers as I have seen their deals posted every single month on various sites. I bought myself a voucher from Dealfind ($17 for $45 worth of food) back in late 2011 and completely forgot to use it as I am rarely in the area of Eglinton. I realized that my voucher was expiring in a couple of weeks so I decided to venture out to Sushi Kai for dinner with my boyfriend.


I arrived at the establishment with him at 8:00 pm (we made a reservation a couple of days ahead as  stated on the voucher). Both of us were ignored by the waitress who walk by; even though we made eye contact with one another. After 15 minutes of waiting, she finally came up to us and asked us to wait for another 5 minutes as she needed to clear the table. It was a little frustrating as there were 4-5 other (unoccupied) tables.


The green salad and miso soup came with the combo that I ordered. The salad dressing was pretty decent, but the miso soup was a little salty. 


I ordered combo #6 ($14.99) which gave me a choice of two types of teriyaki meats, so I chose chicken and beef.  It also came with steamed rice, shrimp tempura, salmon roll (3 pcs), cucumber roll (3pcs), and 2 pieces of melons.

The chicken and beef teriyaki were decently edible. However, I found the sushi and tempura to be mediocre. There was just way too much batter on the tempura pieces. Additionally, I thought that the fish used for the rolls were a little warm but it had an okay fish-to-rice ratio.


Our waitress forgot to bring out my (salmon) sushi pizza ($8.99), and it was left sitting in the back of the kitchen. It was finally brought to the table when I was almost done my meal. No surprise here but the fried patty was really cold, and the salmon was mushy. I didn't bother asking for a new one though, cause I had to go, and the entire dinner was pretty cost effective.

Below is the sushi bento box ($9.00).


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 2.7/5
Service: 2.7/5
Overall Dining Experience: 2.7/5
Price: $$

Address: 168 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON, M4P2K5

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Korean Grill House


Credit: The photo to the left (of the interior of Korean Grill House) is from the restaurant's official website.

I absolutely love KBBQ, and Korean Grill House is the place that I’d go to whenever I am craving for some. The restaurant is super affordable, and it is a great place to go for a casual (late) dinner with friends.


On this one occasion, my friends and I went to watch The Dark Knight Rises (an awesome movie btw) on a Saturday night, and was starving when the movie ended a little after 10:00 pm. We decided to eat at Korean Grill House as they have a “night owl special” for a mere $9.99 per person after 10 pm (to close). The night owl special offers the same items as the lunch hours which are unlimited pork, beef, chicken, squid, and fish fillets. Another note is that unlimited pop is $2.50.


The concept is pretty basic as diners are giving tiny sheets of papers where they would mark down the numbers of meat dishes and bachan (bean sprouts, spicy bean sprouts, kimchi, tofu, and radishes) that they want, and the servers would bring them out, and you'd cook your food. Yes, you've read right. You're paying money to cook your own meat :)

Pork - hefty slices and very sweet marinade.
Beef - thinly sliced pieces of beef, tender, and cooks quickly; was not bad at all.


Chicken - my absolute favorite; it was well marinated as it had great flavor and cooks quickly.
Squid - I didn’t like it that much as I found it too chewy and bland.
Fish fillets - the fish tasted decent but watch the grill as it burns too easily.

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.7/5
Service: 3/5
Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $ (night owl special)

Address: 214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, M5V 1Z2

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I have also been to the location located on Highway #7 in Markham, ON. It's situated in a pretty popular plaza with tons of food choices. I'd say that this particular location was a lot more spacious compared to the downtown one. I have been here about 4-5 times, and food quality and service has been pretty consistent. The last time that I did eat here, there was a mandatory 12% service charge, which was fine.

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It is valid until September 3, 2012.


Sushi Inn

Sushi Inn is apparently a staple within the neighborhood of Yorkville. My friends and I were in the area doing a photo shoot one Saturday afternoon, and we became hungry, and decided to try this place out for lunch as it was conveniently across the street from us. The place was pretty busy when we arrived at around 3:30 pm, so we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table to open up. 


We were seated at two tables put together, and I found the space to be a little cramped, but it was bearable.


The service was kind of lacking due to the large numbers of customers, and there were only 3-4 waitresses on the floor working. I am not too sure if they were understaffed that Saturday afternoon, but the service was slow. My friends and I finally got a hold of one of the waitresses, and we ordered our food.

I ordered the Sushi Inn salmon pizza (sushi pizza) ($8.25) which is pictured above. I really liked the deep fried patty; it was super crispy. Although the sprinkling of the roe atop of the sushi pizza was a little bit of an overkill. Needlessness to say; it was still a great tasting sushi pizza.


The edamame ($4.25) tasted like the ones found at any other sushi places, so nothing special. For those who are not familiar with this appetizer; it's pretty much boiled soy beans with salt.


The salmon and cucumber rolls came with one of my friend's combo; I forgot which one though. 


The restaurant was very busy; so the sushi that we got were fresh. It did not taste like it was left out in the open for hours on end, which is always a good thing.


My friend, Steve, ordered Combo J (from the lunch menu) ($9.25); which is pictured on the right. This combo included spicy tuna roll (6 pieces), salmon sashimi (2 pieces) and tuna sashimi (2 pieces).

If you have a big appetite, then I would not recommend this specific combo. My friend complained that he was still super hungry after finishing his meal. 


I didn't try this sushi, but the picture to the left is of the kani (surumi crab) ($5.75).
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The lunch specials serve up good quality food at reasonable prices. I ordered the chicken teriyaki meal ($8.25), and it came with steamed rice, soup, and salad. I thought that the portions were pretty decent for the price, and I was full by the end of the meal.

The lunch specials ranged from $8.00 to $12.00, and they are available 7 days a week from 11:00 am - 3:30 pm.


One of my friends ordered the Sushi Inn special ($9.50). This meal came with chicken teriyaki, green salad, 1 pieces of shrimp tempura, 1 piece of crab tempura, 1 piece of spring roll, 2 pieces of vegetable tempura, 3 pieces of dumpling, steamed rice and 6 pieces of maki. This was the best valued meal on the entire lunch specials menu and is highly recommended. 

Overall, I enjoyed the food here and will definitely be coming back. 


RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 2.8/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $$ || Online Menu

Address: 120 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON, M5R 1A6

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