Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown 2013

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Get ready foodies, Ocean Wise’s Chowder Chowdown is coming to town! This event is definitely marked as a highlight on my foodie calendar, so I can’t recommend it enough. If you aren’t sure about attending, I hope my post will … Continue reading

Summerlicious – PROHIBITION Gastrohouse and Oyster Bar ★★1/2

Price: Over $15+ I went with a group of my foodie friends for a $15 Summerlicious lunch at PROHIBITION Gastrohouse. Decided to try this place out after seeing the popular reviews on Urbanspoon. It was a bit far for me … Continue reading

Summerlicious – Stock ★★★1/2

Price: Over $30+ Decided to try a new restaurant with some foodie friends this year and after a vote, settled on the $25 lunch menu at Stock in Trump International Hotel & Tower. Right as I walked in, I noticed … Continue reading

Yang’s Kitchen Sushi Bar ★★★

Price: Adults – $14.99 for lunch and $21.99 for dinner. Children (9 or under) and Seniors (65 or over) are reduced.

Surprised I haven’t reviewed this restaurant before. I have eaten at Yang’s a few times in the past but just remembered to review them after a recent visit with my family.

For those of you who don’t know Yang’s, they’re an all you can eat (ACYE) sushi restaurant, offering service for lunch and dinner. The lunch and dinner menu are the same except with dinner you can order items from the sashimi, sushi bar and kitchen list. I prefer dinner too, even if it’s just for the extra food I can order. Keep in mind service during weeknight/weekends is slower and more hectic. So if you plan to eat then, I strongly suggest making reservations!! Otherwise, you’ll be stuck waiting over half an hour for a table. Also, except for dessert..order in one go to maximize your time. They might have a 2 hour seating time limit.

In terms of food, they are okay. I love salmon so I ordered dishes like their salmon rose sushi, spicy salmon rolls, salmon maki and sushi. All of which were fine. I would also recommend their unagi (eel) rolls, green dragon rolls, steak dishes (meat’s sliced up) and maybe fried rice if you are in the mood. Stay away from the bland cucumber sushi and overly salty miso soup though.

Yang’s a pretty popular place in Markham so I know it will have a variety of responses but I’m actually surprised at the amount of negative reviews (ie.Avoid Yang’s Kitchen Forum Post). I haven’t really experienced anything so terrible with the service as mentioned in the post but I do somewhat agree with the service complaints (whether that is because they don’t understand English or not). There have been many a time where I had to repeatedly wave my hand or just physically go up and ask for service or extra napkins/cutlery. I don’t really mind it much, its sometimes frustrating but I kind of almost expect it.

Maybe its just the Asian in me but I have more patience when it comes to Asian restaurants. I set a different pair of standards for them, not sure if this is because it is a habit from childhood, being a stereotypical Asian or both. Haha. I mean, all Asian restaurants have to do is provide the standard complementary tea, clean utensils (I wipe them again), serve food at the correct temperature within 30 minutes and I am good. 🙂

Dress code: Casual, good for friends and family. Possibly for socializing with co-workers if you are in the area.

Website: N/A
Location: 4261 Regional Rd 7, Markham, ON L3R 9W6
Telephone: (905) 944-0818
Hours: N/A – Please call ahead.

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Yummy BBQ ★★

Price: Under $15

Also known as Yummy’s, this restaurant is one of the go-to places for some cheap korean food. It’s frequented by many students and popular with my friends for their kimchi stew and many side dishes. I like their dukbokki too but it can be a hit or miss sometimes. Something to do with the soup I guess.

The restaurant isn’t anything fancy but serves its purpose if you are in the area and hunkering for some Korean food ASAP. Servers are nice and polite.

Dress-code: Casual. Good for friends and family but not work.

Note: They play Korean music on their TV’s, so you can enjoy a bit of Korea’s pop songs if you like.

Website: N/A
Location: 522 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4Y 1X9
Telephone: (416) 921 – 5158
Hours: N/A

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Miga Korean & Japanese B.B.Q Restaurant ★★1/2

Price: $15+ depending on what you order

This restaurant would usually be out of the way for me but luckily I had a ride to get there. Went with friends who wanted to have Korean B.B.Q and arrived at the restaurant around 6:30pm.

Initially, we had planned to try the all you can eat advertised on their website for $26.95 but after arriving we were told it is only available for lunch. I guess they haven’t updated their website yet. Decided then to ordered the B.B.Q Combo #2 for 3 people at $59.95 instead. Combo includes 3 miso soups, 3 rice bowls and one miga salad or lettuce. We were provided 2 plates with L.A. beef short ribs, beef bulgogi, spicy pork and chicken, mussel, shrimp and mushrooms. I really enjoyed the beef short ribs and beef blugogi but I wouldn’t recommend their miga salad as I found it covered with a lot of dressing (perhaps too much sesame seed oil?). Also, portions for combo might not be enough if dining with just guys. I would suggest ordering separate dishes or just all you can eat lunch.

With service, servers were very nice and polite. They constantly changed the B.B.Q plate so smoke wouldn’t come up too much and  have a buzzer installed so you can ask for assistance too. They were so attentive, I think I only used the buzzer once to ask for a drink refill.

Overall, I would recommend trying Miga if you are in the area and in the mood for some Korean & Japanese food. Note – My friend did mention afterwards that they had a stomach ache but I am not sure why since they passed most of the food to me. Something done I think as their subtle attempt of not overeating and having the added benefit of fattening me up too. Grrrr, darn my love affair with meat! Haha

Dress code: Casual. Good for lunch and dinner with friends and family. Not really for work purposes though.

Website: http://www.migabbq.com/
Location: 2382 Dundas St.W, Mississauga Ontario L5K 1R7
Telephone: (905) 822 – 9200
Hours: Sunday to Monday: 11:30am to 10:30pm and Friday to Saturday: 11:30am to 11pm.

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Bloor Street Diner ★★

Price: $20-30+

I was roaming around the area with friends on a weekend and we decided to try this place. I have to admit from the outside it doesn’t look all that great and for some reason when I see “diner” it conjures up the stereotypical image of old diners you see while on a road trip. Haha.

However, thankfully Bloor Street Diner is anything but. The restaurant was pleasantly more upscale than I imagined. It’s split into two sections, bar and dine-in. The bar section has wooden furnishings and smaller tables while the dine-in section is noticeably more upscale with white drapes and booths.

Right when we walked in, I could smell the waft of food being cooked. This could bother certain people, so up to you if you find it a detraction or not to your foodie atmosphere. I just had a drink while my other friends tried the dessert (sorbet & ice cream) for $8.00 and an omelette (which I thought was a bit weird since it was 7-8pm). Haha. Both claimed it was alright though. Service was good too.

I can’t give a concrete rating on food but this restaurant in terms of service and appearance is nice enough. I would visit again.

Dress code: Casual to semi-dressy. Good for dinners and drinks after work with coworkers and friends.

Website: http://www.bloorstreetdiner.com/
Location: Manulife Centre – 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M4W 1A5
Telephone: (416) 928 – 3105
Hours: Monday to Thursday – 11:30am to 12am, Friday & Saturday – 11:30am to 2am and Sunday – 11.00am to 12am



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