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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.

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

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Dim Sum @ Blue Lagoon Seafood Master

I had the pleasure of attending a media tasting at Blue Lagoon Seafood Master about two weeks ago. Blue Lagoon Seafood Master served traditional Chinese cuisine, including seafood, BBQ, and also daily dim sum. The restaurant was large, inviting, and customers were greeted with tanks of fresh lobsters and crabs at the entrance. I have been here on several occasions for dinner, as it's closed by to our place in Mississauga. However, we have always ordered from their seafood menu, so this was my first time trying their dim sum. I have never had dim sum for dinner, so this was also an interesting first-time experience.

The media tasting was to preview two new dishes that are now added to their regular dim sum menu. The two new offerings were inspired by the popular trend that has been very popular in Hong Kong; cartoon dim sum. Both the Piggy Shaped Buns and Green Eyed Monsters Buns are now available during Blue Lagoon Seafood Master dim sum hours. 

Both of the cartoon dim sums were egg yolk buns containing a generous amount of egg yolk inside. The buns were a good combination of savory and salty. The novelty of the buns was that you need to poke a hole with your chopsticks, and then squeeze the bun for the egg yolk to squirt out. They are definitely a great photo-op for social media, but remember to do it fast, as the egg yolk hardens. Blue Lagoon Seafood Master will have a limited supply per day, so go early to ensure that you get to try some.

Piggy Shaped Buns
Green Eyed Monsters Buns
In addition to the new items, we also got to taste an array of dim sum dishes. Blue Lagoon Seafood Master has quite an extensive selection of dim sum like har gow, siu mai, steamed scallop dumpling with dried minced pork, steamed chicken feet with house sauce, steamed veterinarian dumpling, and more. It was definitely a great dim sum feast!!

Blue Lagoon Seafood Master also offers happy hour pricing, which is $3 for any size before 11 am. Regular prices are S - $2.60, M - $3.60, L - $4.60, and XL - $5.50. Overall, I found the portions to be pretty generous, and they definitely do not skimped out on the fillings for the dumplings, and buns. Dim sum is available everyday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Cold Mango Pudding
Steamed Dumplings with Pork, Vegetables, and Peanuts
Steamed Vegetarian Dumpling
Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumpling (Siu Mai)
Steamed Crab Meat with Egg White Dumplings

Steamed Chicken Feet with House Sauce
Seafood Fried Rice with Garlic
Fried Noodle in Cantonese Style
Deep Fried Sesame Ball
 Overall, I'd say that Blue Lagoon Seafood Master was a solid spot for an upper-scale dim sum experience. Many thanks to Sweven Media for having us, as it was a fun and delicious evening!!

Address: 888 Dundas St E C3&4, Mississauga, ON L4Y 4G6

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Jade Dim Sum

Jade Dim Sum is a small dim sum restaurant offering fast and affordable dim sum in Mississauga. My significant other, J, recently purchased a home in Mississauga, and I have been spending some time up there lately. The location of the home is a lot closer to his workplace (about a 10 minute drive), so he prefers to stay up there on the weekdays. However, we will mainly be staying downtown on the weekends (Friday through Sunday), but will occasionally go up there as well. So, we have been randomly picking restaurants to eat at whenever we're up in Mississauga together.

About two weeks ago, we were craving for some dim sum, and did a random online search. We stumbled upon Jade Dim Sum, and decided to give it a try. Jade Dim Sum does not offer traditional cart services, as they use the pen/paper method. The restaurant was only half full around 11 am, but it quickly picked up once it was lunch time at 12:30 pm (we were leaving). 

We started off with the garlic baby bok choy, which honestly looked underwhelming when it arrived to the table. However, the dish was rather tasty and flavorful. The prices for their vegetables was a little high, but their dim sum dishes were very reasonable in price. The dim sum was good, and comparable to the ones that I have had in downtown Toronto. My personal favorites were the shrimp dumpling (ha gow), shrimp rice flour roll, and the garlic baby bok choy. Personally, I'd skip the fried shrimp triangle as it was overly crispy with a lot of residual oil.

Overall, I'd say that Jade Dim Sum is a good standard choice for dim sum, and I'd return again in the future.

garlic baby bok choy ($9.95)
beef rice flour roll ($2.20)
shrimp rice flour roll ($2.20)
preserved egg and pork congee ($2.20)
shrimp dumpling (ha gow) ($2.20)
pork shrimp (sui mai) ($2.20)
fried shrimp triangle ($2.20)
steamed Shanghai dumpling ($2.70)
spare rib with black bean sauce ($2.20)
Address: 2280 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON, L4Y 1Z4

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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)


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 

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