Sunday, 10 January 2016

Phoenix Restaurant

Jan 10, 2016
Hainan Chicken and Yunnan fish and tofu with rice noodles
Both were as delicious as I remember them - you can always count on Phoenix for consistently great meals with great value-for-money! 

November 8, 2014
We came for a quick lunch before hitting Markville Mall for some Christmas shopping. 
The service is fast and the food is reasonably priced and they serve a mean cup of Hong Kong Milk Tea.
Malaysian Beef Curry with Rice and Hong Kong Milk Tea
The beef curry was delicious! A little on the spicier side, but the steamed rice and cucumber helped to cut the spiciness down. Really hearty and delicious curry with huge chunks of beef. 

Baked Pork Chop with Cream and Tomato sauce on Fried Rice with HK Milk Tea
I didn't even realize I got the same thing that I ordered almost exactly two years ago - I guess I'm more of a creature of habit than I thought. The pork chops were still huge! I also figured out that the sauces individually aren't the best, but together the mix of the sauces works pretty well with the tomato adding a slightly stronger flavour to the lighter cream sauce and the combined sauces makes the fried rice taste better. So in the future - order this with fried rice not spaghetti. 

November 11, 2012

I love Chinese Afternoon Tea. It's great on weekends - especially if you grab dim sum early in the morning and skip lunch, then you're usually starving by 2:30pm which is when afternoon tea specials kick in! It's that perfect time between lunch and dinner when you can grab food. Some Chinese restaurants serve a special afternoon tea menu, while others serve the same dishes at dinner but at a discounted price as an afternoon tea special.
Phoenix restaurant 

Hainan Chicken with rice
This is probably the most popular dish on the menu at Phoenix Restaurant. They're well known for their Hai nan Chicken with rice. The chicken is super tender and juicy - the best part is that there are no bones! My second favourite part of the plate is the rice (which is amazing). It's really fragrant and you can tell that it was steamed with chicken oil. 

Yunnan fish and tofu with rice noodles (mi xian)
I really like Yunnan rice noodles. The noodles are soft, thin and tasty and with the clear and simple broth - it's yummy. The fish, tofu and winter melon were great complements to the noodle soup. Even though the fish looked like it was fried, it actually wasn't - instead it was lightly battered and a little soggy which I thought was a great way to cook the fish.

Yunnan preserved vegetables and shredded pork with rice noodles 
Whereas the fish and tofu had a simple and clean taste, I thought the preserved vegetables and shredded pork overwhelmed the noodle soup since they were so strongly flavoured. The vegetables added more of a saltiness to the broth which took away from the tastiness of the noodle soup.

Baked pork chop with tomato and cream sauce on spaghetti
I found the ketchup sauce was too sweet for my liking and the cream sauce was a like a watered down version of cream of mushroom. I didn't like either of the sauces. However, they did serve us two gigantic pork chops (which was a lot of meat) and it was quite good. 

Overall: Phoenix Restaurant serves one of the best Hainan Chicken rice dishes I've ever tried and the accompanying steamed rice is also delicious. However, I found that the quality of the dishes has decreased over the years - it used to be much better. The service was insanely fast though - we were in and out in 40 minutes. 

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Friday, 8 January 2016

Sushi Gen

They have AYCE sushi, but we weren't that hungry, so we opted for a la carte. 

Miso soup and salad
Salmon Teriyaki Bento box
Reasonably priced dinner bento box with tempura, rolls, a huge piece of salmon, spring rolls, gyoza and rice. 
Maki combo B: California Rolls, BBQ eel rolls and spicy salmon rolls
It was okay - filling at least. 

Overall: Quick service and reasonable prices for sushi. 

Friday, 1 January 2016

31 Kitchen

Jan 1, 2016

House Special Super Golden Sago mixed with Mango Ice Cream
Pretty epic dessert

Mango pudding and Taro Coconut Milk with Sago
Two of my favourite Chinese desserts! The pudding was pretty good with chunks of sweet mango and the taro coconut milk with sago was okay - a little on the watery side, but there was a lot of taro and sago. 

Taro toast
Apparently I don't really learn (see below)- but I was hungry and I haven't had taro toast in 5 years!

31 Kitchen Special Golden Toast (Strawberry version)
This was pretty crazy and intense for dessert with ice cream, strawberry whipped cream, chocolate & strawberry sauce and all that toast.  Although, we did learn that inside was this: 
Instead of actual pieces of toast, it was hollowed out and there were toasted pieces of bread inside...

November 11, 2011

I went to 31 Kitchen with a friend of mine and her friend from high school for Chinese Desserts. I have been really craving a Taiwanese dessert called Taro toast (Taro Butter on Brick Toast) for a while, so I was really hoping that 31 Kitchen (formerly The Sugar) would have some and luckily they did! However, the process of actually getting my toast took forever...we were there at 10pm and got our orders and our drinks, but I think I waited like 45 minutes to an hour for my Taro toast and it looked like the picture above (not particularly appetizing). So I was pretty disappointed, then when I actually had it - I wasn't a big fan of it either. 

I like REALLY sweet things and the last Taro toast I tried was in Waterloo at a teashop near the University of Waterloo campus called Sweet Dreams. The Taro toast at Sweet Dreams was bright purple (probably because they used the Taro bubble tea powder to make the butter) and the butter was totally drenched on the toast and it was absolutely yummy. So in comparison to that, I was quite disappointed with the Taro Toast. However, my friend said that the dumplings and waffles were really good there - so maybe I just ordered the wrong thing...Oh well, maybe next time.