• [Food Post] Tsujiri Toronto

    Tsujiri Toronto's first North American outpost opened earlier this week near Bay and Dundas amid much fanfare. This is their first foray into a market outside Asia, but they are planning on expanding to other cities in North America in the future. I had the pleasure of getting a sneak peek of some of the products that Tsujiri Toronto has to offer a day before its soft opening, and got the chance to chat with one of the managers, Tylor Shek.

  • [Food Post] Nordstrom Eaton Centre Opening Gala featuring Daniel et Daniel

    The gala opening epitomizes what Nordstrom is all about - great customer service and consistency of the brand. Hence why they partnered with Daniel et Daniel to be the official caterer of the Nordstrom Opening Gala, as both companies share the same ideals and business ethics.

  • [Food Post] Waterloo Food Tour

    The Region of Waterloo is home to many regions that inspire start-ups (such as Thalmic Labs), housing, and of course many restaurants. The Region is developing and propelling a movement alike many urban areas, by bringing innovative ideas and talented people together, whilst keeping the scenic and spacious rural landscape. Andrew Coppolino of www.waterlooregioneats.com (@WatRegionEats on Twitter) gave us a tour on behalf of Waterloo Region Tourism, with 4 set destinations in mind for the day.

  • [Food Post] Ebisu on Queen / Ebisu Toronto

    Ebisu Japanese Restaurant originated from Vancouver, as its first location opened in December of 2006. There are two locations in Vancouver and one in Richmond, along with two restaurants under the Kamei names. The brand itself is very well-known in Vancouver, and they hope to expand it in Toronto with this new outpost.

  • [Food Post] Dave and Buster's Oakville Grand Opening

    However, over the last two decades, much has changed, including the demise of arcade and game centers due the emergence of mobile phones and Netflix. The health movement over the last six years has also made Dave and Buster's traditional burger and fries menu far less appealing than what it was. With that being said, they have changed their food menu, and the options are now more diverse. The menu is rather extensive with items like shareable appetizers, side salads, beef steaks and ribs, pasta, sandwiches, and so much more.

  • [Food Post] Morals Village Mississauga

    Morals Village is a hot pot restaurant chain with over 600 locations in China. They opened their first Canadian location in 2015, and has since grown at a relatively rapid pace. About 1.5 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Morals Village Mississauga Grand Opening Event. The Mississauga location is their 5th Canadian location, and they have plans to open another in Ottawa. With that being said, Morals Village prides themselves in providing top-notch quality and Szechuan cuisine influenced flavour with their hot pot offering.

  • [Event] The Royal Dinner with Chef Michael Bonacini

    The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair is now open until November 13, 2016 at the Exhibition Place, Toronto. Start the holiday season early by attending one of the largest combined indoor agricultural fairs and international equestrian competitions in the world. The fair takes place every November in Toronto, and it is where guests can enjoy the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competitions from across the country. There are so many things to do, and see at this year's The Royal Winter Agricultural Fair.

  • [Food Post] CNE Media Preview 2016

    Every Sunday, Montecito offers a brunch buffet starting at 11 am to 3 pm. Brunch isn't new at Montecito, but they recently revamped their brunch buffet, and added several new items to the menu. The 12,000-square-foot Montecito opened up its doors late 2014, and is a partnership between Hollywood director Ivan Reitman and Chef Jonathan Waxman.

  • [Travel] Satsuki and Mei's House from Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 animated production written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It's a childhood favorite of many people and I have seen many shops dedicated to selling Totoro merchandise while in Japan.

  • [Travel] Day #15 in Japan [Koyasan]

    A shukubo is an accommodation that allows you to stay in a Japanese temple or shrine for the night, and enables you to experience the culture. You are given your own personal room, and there are multiple washroom facilities throughout the temple.

Showing posts with label Chinese. Show all posts

Morals Village Mississauga

Morals Village is a hot pot restaurant chain with over 600 locations in China. They opened their first Canadian location in 2015, and has since grown at a relatively rapid pace. About 1.5 weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Morals Village Mississauga Grand Opening Event. The Mississauga location is their 5th Canadian location, and they have plans to open another in Ottawa. With that being said, Morals Village prides themselves in providing top-notch quality and Szechuan cuisine influenced flavour with their hot pot offering.



 Hot pot is not only a great dining experience with either small or large group of people, but it's perfect for the cold months ahead. At Morals Village, customers are able to experience Szechuan style hot pot. Combining traditional flavours and innovative cooking techniques, Morals Village offers a more fun and innovative way to enjoy hot pot in the city. Here, they provide a more upscale hot pot experience, and it does reflect in their pricing. Dinner is $25.99 on the weekday for adults, and +$2 for weekends. Price-wise, it is higher than other hot pot establishments, but the quality ingredients are definitely noticeable.

 There was also a customization aspect to doing hot pot at Morals Village Mississauga, as you are able to create your own sauce. A wide variety of sauces are available at the designated sauce station, and include options like chili oil, sesame oil garlic, satay, soy sauce, and more. You are more than welcome to mix and add different sauces to your liking.



The evening started with some snacks from the front including my favorite golden buns with condensed milk. These buns are so good when they're fresh out of the oven!


During this time, bloggers and media guests were given the opportunity to take pictures from a fully decorated table with all of the menu items before the dinner commenced.

There are now 14 broths to choose from, and they do come with an extra surcharge (starting at $3). There are three new broths on the menu including an exclusive spicy soup base (pure oil extract) with a rating of 8 chili peppers. I wouldn't recommend getting that one unless your spice tolerance is extremely high. Instead, I would opt for either the Original Spicy Soup Base (+$3) or their house special, The 10-year Special Spicy Soup Base (+$8).

HOW TO EAT HOT POT:

1) Choose soup base.
2) Create your own favorite dipping sauce mix.
3) Drop hot pot meats & veggies into boiling soup.
4) Dip well cooked meats and veggies into dipping sauce and enjoy.

10 Year Special Spicy Soup Base



The restaurant itself was very spacious with plenty of group seating. I also liked how each table has their own individual hot pot stove, and that you can control the heat intensity. Browsing through their extensive AYCE offering, I noticed that the Certified Angus Rib Eye Beef Slices is now on the menu without an added surcharge. Speaking of meat, all the meat are of higher quality then you tend to expect from a hot pot restaurant, and there are a great variety of options. With that being said, Morals Village offers an extremely wide selection of food to order from, which was nice.


Signature Green Pepper Soup Base


Sweet Tomato Ox Soup Base


Mountain Cliff Wild Mushroom Soup Base


Homemade Pork Bone Soup Base


 Please enjoy the pictures from our dinner at Morals Village Mississauga.







The drinks menu consisted of several juices like watermelon juice and kiwi juice. I opted for the Watermelon Juice, which was super refreshing, and it was freshly made. I don't believe that they have their liquor license yet, but I was told that it was in the works.










Our entire table was extremely full by the end of dinner. However, a few of us still had room for desserts. The only dessert that was on the menu was either chocolate or vanilla ice-cream. The one downside is that each customer is limited to only one ice-cream cone, which is odd for an AYCE place. Overall, it was a very well thought-out event with a lot of entertainment (live DJ, face changer dancer, and hip hop dance crew), and there was definitely a lot of food for everyone. I had an enjoyable evening, and I can't wait to return to Morals Village Mississauga for another night of hot pot.



 Thank you to Sweven Media for the invitation and Morals Village Mississauga for hosting a great event!

Address: 2-1177 Central Parkway W, Mississauga, ON, L5C 4P3

 Social Media:

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.
Morals Village Hot Pot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Read More »

98 Aroma

In Chinatown, there is a plethora of Asian dining options to choose from. Recently, I had the opportunity to check out the newly opened 98 Aroma where they offer refined Northern Chinese cuisine. The prices are higher than some of the neighboring establishments, so I highly recommend going with a group of 3-5 people to offset the costs. This way, you can order several dishes to share, as most plates are served with generous portion sizes and are meant for sharing. 

The outside may look unassuming, but the interior was designed to replicate traditional Chinese decor with its elaborate wood ornaments, and Asian-inspired craft works. The dimly lit restaurant sets a very relaxing ambiance, and there are several private booths available along with tables.

The menu consisted of several popular Northern Chinese dishes like dumplings, scallion pancakes, and spicy seafood and beef dishes. Most of Northern Chinese dishes are characterized by its bold flavors, and dishes are served in big portions. So, you can expect both at 98 Aroma. My friend and I started off with the refreshing Summer Breeze Salad ($9.99) - a colorful mixture of sweet-potato noodles, julienne leeks, bell-peppers, red cabbage, radishes, onions, and carrots with a sweet vinaigrette


Northern Chinese cuisine is very wheat-based, so I had to order the Pan Fried Pork and Chives Dumplings ($9.99), which was very good. The crispy potstickers were filled with a generous amount of pork, and the chives gave it a nice aroma after being pan fried.  


 Next up was their signature dish, the Steamed Tilapia with Chopped Bell Chilies ($29.99) - the dish arrived in a considerable sized bowl with the bone-in tilapia slathered in a rich yet spicy sauce. The fish was juicy and flaky, and the chili-based sauce complemented it beautifully. However, there were just way too many bones, so be extra careful when eating. 


 
I enjoyed the crispy texture of the Fried Salt and Pepper Calamari ($15.99), and it was perfectly spiced. 


Out of all the dishes, my least favorite was the Signature Chicken Wings ($15.99). Pricewise, it's pretty expensive for wings, and it was lacking in flavor. The peppers were sporadically spread out to the side, so it wasn't spiced very well.


Overall, I had an enjoyable dining experience at 98 Aroma. The restaurant was bustling with customers that Friday evening, and I thought that the wait staff did a good job of handling the customer service. Since they are a new establishment, there were two new waiters on staff training around that time. They were relatively slow, but it's understandable since they're new. 98 Aroma is a welcome addition to the area as they offer a more refined take on Chinese food, and is sure to please the people in the area looking for a nice place to dine.

Address: 440 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2G8

 Social Media:

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.


98 Aroma Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Read More »

Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine

 Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine is an authentic Chinese restaurant on Winston Churchill Blvd and Dundas St in Mississauga. They have been in business for about 18 years, and have a reputation for being consistent with their food and service. I can definitely see the reason why they have been a successful for so long, as many of their diners are returnees with their family members.

In addition to their lunch and dinner menu, they also serve weekend dim sum. I had the pleasure of attending a menu tasting at Summit Garden a couple of weeks back where I tried several of their popular dishes. I was greeted by the owner and director of Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine, Kenneth Choi, who also works the floor. I think it's great when the owner or manager take the initiative to wait the tables, so that they are able to have a first-hand experience of what it's like.


 Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine's interior was spacious and rather stunning with its ornately decorated Chinese decor. Like several mid-upscale restaurants, Summit Garden has an open dining area that is also available for large parties, weddings, and private parties. The space allows diners to have an enjoyable and comfortable experience without being seated in a cramped space.

Upon entering, we were welcomed by the hostess and seated at our reserved table. Due to the extensiveness of the menu, we decided to get recommendations from the owner, Kenneth Choi, who chose all of the following items for us to try. The extensive menu consisted of several traditional Chinese dishes, but they do have set meals as well. I would say that the set meals offer more of a value, and is highly recommended if you want to try more items.



We started off with the Peking Duck; one of the most popular menu items at Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine. The Peking Duck was sliced table-side, and served with pancakes, sauce, and scallions as toppings. The pancakes came in a steamer basket with several ingredients as garnishes. The pancakes were rather big, and soft, which went well with the crispy and well-seasoned duck skins. Don't forget to pack the pancake with a piece of scallion and cucumber each to enhance the flavor. This was a great first course, and I was looking forward to the next few courses.


As seen above, the Peking Duck was served in a traditional two course meal. First out was the duck skins with pancakes, and the second course was duck meat sautéed with vegetables to be eaten as a salad wrap. The portion was more than enough for two people, and arrived beautifully plated.


Another popular option was the Wok-Fried Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus in Maggi Sauce ($17.95). Please note that pictured below is of the half portion, as we wouldn't be able to eat the full one considering that there was also a lobster. The beef tenderloin was tender and well-flavored with the Maggi Sauce.


 One of the highlights of the night was the lobster, which was served Hong Kong style, where the lobster was fried and seasoned. I love seafood, so the Wok-Fried Jumbo Lobster (2 pounds) was quite an impressive feast. The lobsters at Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine was served Hong Kong style, but they modified it slightly. It wasn't the traditional fried lobster from Hong Kong. Rather, I was told that their version was more of a modified version, as they use deep fried fish as well to create a balance in flavor. The lobster here was not super salty, which I enjoyed! Additionally, the lobster meat was tender and succulent. 


There are some Japanese-inspired dishes on the menu including this Fried Japanese Style Tofu ($11.95). Japanese tofu is a popular Japanese appetizer that is often found in many restaurants and izakayas. Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine's interpretation of the tofu dish was not the traditional style. Rather, they made it their own with a hint of Chinese flavoring in the sweet and savory sauce. The portion was very generous, and the tofu themselves were nice and plump.



We ended the night off with a light dessert; Mango Pudding. The dessert wasn't overly sweet, and there was a nice aroma of mango despite no mangoes being used in these desserts.


 Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine is a lovely Chinese restaurant in Mississauga, and perfect for all occasions. They are open for weekend dim sum, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week.

Social Media

Disclaimer: The food provided in this post was complimentary. However, all of the opinions expressed in this review are of my own.


Summit Garden Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Read More »

Congee Wong

 This is going to be an extremely short review as it was a pick-up order for my family. Congee Wong is my family's go-to restaurant for some Chinese food uptown. They offer quick service, consistent food and the prices are good for what you get. It's not amazing by any means, but it sure gets you full as the portions are big. Congee Wong has an extensive menu offering a wide variety of Chinese dishes between $10-20 each. I called for pick-up, and the entire food order was ready in 20 minutes (all packed to go), which was nice. The overall food quality that night was pretty good, and my favorite was the stir-fried lobster with ginger.

 Bean beef rice noodle ($8.25)
 Stir-fried lobster with ginger ($17.50)
 Deep fried wonton ($5.50)
 Spice & pepper salt ($7.50)
 Crab meat and fish maw soup ($11.95)
Seafood chow mein ($10.95)

Address: 10 Ravel Rd, North York, ON M2H 1S8

Congee Wong on Urbanspoon

I have also been the Congee Wong that is attached to the T&T at Promenade Mall on several occasions. This location is a lot smaller, but it does get busy on the weekend. Service leaves a lot to be desired for, but the food has been pretty consistent with all of their other locations. 

Congee Wong on Urbanspoon

Read More »

Perfect Chinese Restaurant

I was out with a couple of friends two weekends ago, and they decided to go up to Perfect Chinese Restaurant for some late night dim sum. Perfect Chinese Restaurant is a restaurant on Sheppard Ave E & Brimley Rd, and it's open 24 hours. They offer cheap cart services during regular dim sum hours on both the weekdays and weekends. However, during the late night hours, the prices jump a little bit, but it's still relatively cheap. 

The dim sum quality was average but good enough for its low price point. The dinner didn't start off very well, as our fried radish cake was dry and lukewarm. It definitely tasted like it was microwaved but very quickly so. One of my friends politely requested that we get a new dish as the dish was pretty much inedible. The waiter didn't really say much, but he did take it back, and gave us a freshly made dish afterwards. The top dishes of the night were the fried noodle Shanghai style, steamed sweet creamy bun, and deep fried squid tentacle. Unfortunately, the steamed beef ribs were disappointing as there were barely any meat on the beef ribs. It was literally just a plate containing steamed fats and bones.

 The staff at Perfect Chinese Restaurant weren't the friendliest or most welcome, but they were efficient. They quickly seated us, and the food arrived pretty fast too. Additionally, our waiter was accommodating when we requested for a new dish of fried radish cake, and he gave us a bunch of different sauces (that we asked for). Overall, this is one of the few late night eateries in the area, and it's a decent place if you want cheap food after a night out. 



 The late night menu offers the standard dim sum items, and it's not very extensive.


 Pan fried radish cake ($2.60 x 2)


Fried noodle Shanghai style ($9.50)


Shium mai (pork & shrimp) ($2.70 x 2)


Beef tripe ($3.20 x 1)


Steamed sweet creamy bun ($2.50 x 1)


BBQ pork bun ($2.50 x 2)


Har gow (shrimp dumpling) ($2.70 x 2)


Steamed beef ribs ($3.20 x 1)


Deep fried squid tentacle ($3.60 x 1)

RATINGS:

Quality of Food: 3.4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3.5/5
Price: $$

Address: 4386 Sheppard Ave E Toronto, ON, M1S1T8 

Perfect Chinese Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Read More »