Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

Chinese Food at Bayview Court

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

In North America, there is Chinese food and there is Chinese food. The former always includes chicken balls with a half inch batter coating served with a high viscosity artificially intense orange coloured sauce. This kind of Chinese food is not usually consumed by Chinese people and can often be found for sale in food courts and suburban strip plazas. The latter does not include the aforementioned chicken balls and is consumed by actual Chinese people. In Toronto, these real Chinese restaurants can be most often identified by a prominence of Chinese writing on the signs over, or even to the exclusion of, English. If you want great Chinese food, you have to find one of these kind of restaurants (in our humble opinion anyway!)

One such spot is Bayview Court at Major Mackenzie and Bayview Avenues in Richmond Hill. The food is so good, I ate half the prawn balls before remembering to take a nice picture for the blog:

Prawn Balls

I also highly recommend the “house special” seafood fried rice. Last time out, we tried the deep fried chicken because, well, anything tastes better deep fried:

Deep Fried Chicken

We offset the damage by purchasing some health credits in the form of a Fish and vegetable dish:

Fish & Vegetables

Great food. We highly recommend Bayview Court!

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Thai One On

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Thai One On opened a new location in Pickering this week and we decided to try it out. They also have a few other locations in the Toronto area.

Thai One On

Even though it had only been open for a week, they had a decent amount of people coming in for lunch. While there seems to be a plethora of Thai restaurants in the greater Toronto area, there is only a couple other Thai places that we know of in Pickering, so it’s probably a good location for them. We ordered a shrimp seafood fried rice and a coconut chicken with mango dish. The fried rice was truly cooked in the Thai style and was excellent. The chicken was tasty. Each dish was in the $10 territory which seems typical for most Thai restaurants. For the next little while they are offering 20% off for dine in as part of their grand opening promotion for this location. Overall, a pleasant experience and we’re looking forward to going back again to try some of the other dishes.

Seafood Fried Rice

Coconut Chicken with Mango

Of course, we know a lot about Thai food at Ingredient Hotline: we offer a full line of authentic Thai spices, dehydrated herbs and vegetables for food manufacturers sourced directly from Thailand.

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Cielito Lindo: Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Molletes CancunWe’re huge fans of mexican food. There’s a small mexican restaurant named Cielito Lindo in Pickering (just east of Toronto) that we’ve been meaning to try out for some time. We finally made it there for lunch last week. We were really pleased with the food.

We ordered an appetizer they call Molettes Cancun. Think of it as a mexican bruschetta. It was bread spread with refried beans, melted cheese and Pico de Gallo. It was good. It was lunch time so we opted for some “tex-mex” dishes instead of the larger entrees. ChimichangaThe spicy chicken chimichanga was delicious, afterall, it’s deep fried! We also tried the Enchiladas Suiza: Two corn tortillas with chorizo, smothered in creamy green tomatillo sauce with cheese and sour cream. Excellent.

The portions were a good size and the prices more than resonable. Given my recent feelings on portion size, next time I go I’m tempted to ask for a take out container with my meal so I can immediately put one half of it aside to take home – a practice that I might employ at other restaurants as well. If you’re in the Pickering area, we recommend dining at Cielito Lindo.

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