Winterlicious 2016: My Top 10 Picks

Hi Foodies, New year, new restaurants and a new Licious list for my foodie followers. Wanted to get this out earlier but I’ve had a crazy busy week. My new list is totally different because I wanted to recommend different restaurants and just … 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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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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To-Ne Sushi ★★1/2

Price: Under $20

I remember passing by this place on a particularly cold and windy day. Came in to escape from the weather and just found out this place is apparently popular given the number of reviews on Urbanspoon.

My friend had some wonton soup, which was okay but a bit bland and I didn’t think there were enough wontons inside so its lucky they weren’t too hungry to begin with. I tried one of the maki combo sets with soup and it was very filling. Their sushi passes my sushi standards so I would recommend trying it (note – they even provide real ginger! Surprising cause I didn’t think you got that at this price point). I also liked the food presentation for my sushi, a very cute flower pot was placed on my plate. Haha. Again, I do admit my love for cute things adds a few bonus points when I write a review. However, I am not too sure about the soups as I found them to be a bit bland.

Over all, I can’t say it is amazing but it will satisfy your typical sushi craving! Worth a visit if you’re in the area and craving some inexpensive sushi.

Dress code: casual. Good for casual dates and lunches with friends or family. I don’t think it’s formal enough for anything business related though.

Website: N/A
Location: 414 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON M5V
Telephone: (416) 866 – 8200
Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm

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Spring Rolls – Yonge & Bloor ★★ 1/2

Price: $15-20+

With a restaurant franchise, I think service is one of the essential things that a restaurant can do to differentiate itself. From my previous review of Spring Rolls, I find the Spring Rolls at Yonge and Bloor to be much more hurried.

I went here with a friend for dinner and decided to try this new all you can eat menu while my friend wanted to order something off the regular menu. Our waiter, Tony, was too pushy and was acting like he was doing us a favour by getting our orders and such. At first he said we both had to use this all you can eat option but after explaining my friend is a vegan and therefore could probably only eat 25% of what was listed on the menu, he finally accepted.

The all you can eat dinner is from 3pm to 10pm. Monday to Thursday is $22.99 and Friday to Sunday is $24.99 with a premium menu choice for $2.00 extra. Regular all you can eat menu has soups, salads, dim sum, appetizers, thai, chinese, sushi, sashimi, handrolls and pizza options. Premium menu is the regular menu plus a dessert and chef’s special menu.

I tried the har gow, udon teriyaki noodles, salmon sashimi, unagi (bbq eel) dragon roll, dynamite roll and spicy salmon roll. The only thing I didnt like was the udon noodles and that was because they kind of tasted bland and kind of funny. I asked if I could not be charged for not finishing the noodles because they tasted weird and I didnt want to get sick from eating them. Our waiter acted like he’s doing me such a favour that I am totally turned off by it. I ask for the bill, we pay and leave.

Therefore, if I plan to eat at Spring Rolls…I will probably make my way to the Dundas or Front St. location if I can.

Website: http://www.springrolls.ca/home.php
Location: 693 Yonge St, Toronto ON M4Y 2B6
Telephone: (416) 972 – 6623
Hours: Monday to Thursday – 11am to 11pm, Friday & Saturday – 11am to 12am, Sunday – 12pm to 11pm

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Tako Sushi – Mississauga ★★★

Price: $10+

What I like about Tako Sushi is that their prices are fairly reasonable and they have specials named after streets in Mississauga. I like and recommend their Tomken, Hurontario and Dixie lunch specials (served between 11:30am to 3pm). I also recommend Dynamite, Spider, Red Dragon and Gold Dragon rolls besides the standard California and spicy salmon maki.

Note: They do not offer all you can eat but provide a take-out delivery option (pictures below).

Website: http://www.takosushi.ca/
Location: 30 Bristol Road East, Unit 1, Mississauga ON L4Z3K8
Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 11:30am to 10:30pm
Fri-Sat: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Telphone: (905)502-8188

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Marche Restaurant ★★★1/2

Price: $10-15+

If you are not familiar with this restaurant, it provides diners with a unique market-style experience. Diners go in with a personal card and order anything they want. Food will then be charged on your card to be later paid when you leave. This allows you to pay for yourself with no worries on being charged the wrong amount if in a large group. Or if you are paying for both parties or splitting costs for one item, you can just charge on one card.

There are also separate stations where you can order meat, sushi, seafood, pizza, pasta, salad, dessert, tea, alcohol, even juice/smoothies! All freshly made right in front of you.

Great for lunches with friends, casual birthday parties/events. A place where you can come after work or during break-time.

Website: http://marche.moevenpick.com
Locations: Various locations. Review for Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3
Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 7:30am – 11pm
Friday & Saturday: 7:30 – 1am
Phone: (647) 350-6999

Aji Sai ★★

Price: Under $25 for ACYE dinner.

Out of all the ACYE (all you can eat) sushi restaurants downtown, I like Aji Sai the most so far. It’s generally busy so reservations are recommended if you are eating after 6pm. I have gone to this place a few times for various lunches, dates and large group dinners. Service is good but there is definitely a difference in service if you come in a large group (+15 people). When I went with a large group, I felt we were too ridiculous! Haha. Our group ordered almost 60 sashimi, 20 of California rolls, 20 spicy salmon rolls, etc. I felt sorry for the servers, but they were generally nice about it.

I don’t have anything I wouldn’t recommend so if you’re not sure what to order, my personal preferences are salmon maki, California rolls, shrimp and vegetable tempura, salmon sashimi, unagi maki. However, it is best to experiment yourself to find out what you like most. Also, I don’t think there are any pictures of the food, so if you aren’t a sushi buff it might be expedient for you to look into that.

Website: http://www.ajisai.ca/
Location: Various locations. Review for 467 Queen St. West, Toronto Ontario M5C 2A9
Telephone: (416) 603-3366

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Sushi Time ★★★

Price: Under $10 for most meals with an exception to combos.

Been here a few times and I found the sushi here to be good. I tried the Makimono Set B ($13.95), which is very filling because it includes miso soup and salad. Set B has dynamic roll, CNE roll and tuna roll. I recommend just trying the dynamic roll if you aren’t that hungry (its only $4.75). Yummy!

I also tried their box combo called “Korean Box” ($9.95). I was really hungry and going on a sushi binge so I ordered a lot. Too much apparently because I had to take home the rest. The Korean Box (beef ribs teriyaki, shrimp tempura, vegetable tempura, kimchi, salmon maki, kappa maki) was okay. The beef ribs were a bit tough and kapa maki was eh. Everything else was all right.

As for the service, its decent but sometimes it takes awhile to get tea/water and menus. However, I still recommend this place and they offer delivery service after 5pm. Good for dates and outings with friends at a lunch or dinner setting.

Website: Temp. – http://www.sushitimetoronto.com/
Menu: http://bit.ly/lTvdXS
Location: 325 Queen Street West, Toronto Ontario M5V 2A4
Hours: Sunday – Thursday (12:00pm to 11pm), Friday & Saturday (12:00pm to 12:00am)
Telephone: (416) 977-2222

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Kyoto House ★★

Price: $18.99 + tax for ACYE dinner. $11.99 for AYCE lunch.

NOTE* lunch menu may have a smaller selection then dinner.

I have frequented this place a lot because it was close and convenient for me. I recommend going for just AYCE (all you can eat) dinners because I generally eat here for the dragon rolls and my friend has frequented the place enough she’s basically considered a regular. Haha.

My usual order is the miso soup, dragon rolls, shrimp tempura, spicy salmon sushi, salmon sushi, unagi sushi, shrimp tempura and green tea ice cream for dessert. Not a total fan of how they do salmon sashimi, salmon rose, vegetable tempura rolls though.

Beware of the service here though; servers can be downright rude (unless you’re a regular like my friend and even that’s spotty). They frequently forget if you ask for something in the middle of dining so its better to order everything in one go.

They do offer delivery service though and for large groups they have 2 separate rooms. Nothing fancy but good for a casual lunch/dinner with a large group.

Website: N/A
Location: 143 Dundas West, Toronto Ontario M5G 1C5
Telephone: (416) 585-2223

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