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Sam Woo Restaurant 660 Eglinton Avenue West, Mississauga, ON L5R3V2
2011/06/18
  • Great Value!! Good food!
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • For the price you pay, you actually get decent quality food! I usually go for early dim sum or 'afternoon tea' dim sum, both of which are considered their 'happy hour' so the dim sum is cheaper!

    I particularly enjoy the fried squid tentacles (unlike alot of other dim sum places, this dish is not battered). Just thinking of the delectable soy-sauce and mixed spices infused in the tentacles makes my mouth water!

    The curry baby squid is a hit and miss. When it's good, it's gooooooooood! but sometimes it comes out soggy and mushy...

    Their BBQ meats are also quite good, you can tell by the number of people coming in just for their BBQ meats. I normally get their BBQ Pork (Char Siu) or Roasted Pig. Careful not to leave the roast pig in the take-out box for too long, or the crispy skin would go soggy... :(

    My rating is based on my best experience with Sam Woo.

  • Order: Dim Sum
 
Queen's Fish and Chips 131 Queen Street South, Streetsville, ON L5N1A5
2011/05/08
  • Delish!
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • They always have a great selection of fishes! I especially like their halibut and cod! The batter is light and crispy and is perfect with the tartar! The fries are average, but the fish is definitely worth the visit! :)

  • Order: halibut fish and chips, cod fish and chips, haddock fish and chips
 
Spoon & Fork 2345 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville, ON L6H6N9
2011/02/23
  • Very Bad Service & Stale/Bland Shrimp
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • It only takes one bad experience to destroy a restaurant's reputation...

    I've been to Spoon and Fork 5-6 times over the past 4 months and it started out as my favourite AYCE restaurant. They have a good selection of food and the food quality is generally above average. The restaurant is usually busy and there is a lack of staff (hence lack of service), but it hasn't bothered me too much.

    HOWEVER, I had a terrible experience with them in a recent visit and I won't be going back again. I went with 3 other friends for lunch on a weekday. It wasn't busy and I was expecting good service and good food.

    I am a sashimi fiend; I'd normally order 8 pieces of everything from the menu and polish it off. This time, I wanted to try more of the other options on the menu, so I decided to order less for myself, and the 4 of us ordered 10 pieces of each sashimi instead.

    Everything went smoothly, the service was still slow, but better than when it was busy, and other than the bland and slightly stale-tasting shrimp sashimi, the food was decent. We decided to leave the shrimp sashimi alone, and finished off everything else on the sashimi plate.

    We finished our meal and as the waiter was clearing off the table, he started LECTURING us about ordering 10 pieces of sashimi at the same time! We finished everything on the sashimi plate aside from the shrimp, so I explained that the shrimp tasted bland.

    He then proceeded on educating us that not everyone liked all kinds of fish and that's why we shouldn't have ordered 10 pieces at one go in a lecturing tone (I've been to this restaurant 5 times already, I KNOW the menu, I've tasted ALL of their fish and I finish off ALL the sashimi every time). He also stated that they didn't have enough sashimi to serve all the customers, and we have depleted them of their sashimi supply by ordering 10 pieces at one go. (Dramatic much?)

    I asked if they have changed their sashimi to frozen ones lately, because their sashimi has started to deteriorate, especially the shrimp. The waiter became defensive and started bullsh*tting that all sashimi in Ontario have to be frozen for at least 3 days, (including salmon!!!). BULLSH*T. You’re telling me the Salmon Country has no FRESH SALMON?! Now, I understand that Ontario is far away from Vancouver, but I also know that food freights arrive daily from BC to Ontario, and restaurants willing to pay for elevated food costs for higher food quality will have fresh salmon available. To say that all of Ontario doesn’t have fresh salmon available, was blatant lying.
    This waiter lectured his customers on how to order food, and instead of apologizing for the bad food they served (ie. their shrimp), he started fabricating a blatant lie to cover up. This attitude is unacceptable, me and my friends will not be visiting this place again.

  • Order: Sashimi platter, tempura, pad thai, maki rolls
 
Momiji Japanese Restaurant 3100 Ridgeway Drive, Mississauga, ON L5L5M5
2010/10/31
  • Not great... Not Bad...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 4
  • Came here to try because of it's great reviews. The place is not great... but not bad either.

    The food quality is very similar to what 168 Japan Buffet has to offer- Mediocre, not bad. Again, they use frozen sashimi so the delicate taste of freshness is bound to be lost.

    However, maki rolls were SLOPPY! It was loosely bound together and overall presentation of sushi and sashimi were sub-par. Compared to 168 Japan Buffet, the presentation was indeed lacking, but the superior atmosphere and ambiance of the restaurant made up for it. Taste wise, it was pretty much the same. Although I have to give them kudos for their steamed eggs, it was really soft and silky and they steamed it in a very tasty broth.

    One thing that ticked me off about food, was that they used one of those tricks that many AYCE restaurants are guilty of. I was very excited when I saw tempura oyster on their menu, but when it finally came, it was actually a very very small oyster dipped in (or should I say drowned) in a giant cloud of tempura batter...

    Variety wise, Momiji doesn't have the best of its kind. But it DOES have mackeral under the sashimi section, which for a mackeral fan like me is great news!

    Having heard of the service nightmares about this place, I didn't find the service all that bad. Given, there were only 2 other tables, and the wait staff would really have no excuse to act busy. The wait staff were friendly and attentive.

  • Order: Tempura, Sashimi, Maki Rolls, Hand Rolls, Teriyaki, Soup, ice cream
 
Star Fastfood 1177 Central Pky W, Mississauga, ON L5C4P3
2010/10/31
  • Not quite the same anymore...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Maybe
    • Party Size: 2
  • Went again a few times lately, and it seems like the food isn't holding up as it used to...

    Their stir fried vermicilli doesn't have enough meats and veggies mixed in, and their baked rice has become a bit sloppy...

    Hopefully, it's only in one of its funks lately...

  • Order: Stir Friend Vermicilli, Chicken and Potatoes Baked Rice
 
Star Fastfood 1177 Central Pky W, Mississauga, ON L5C4P3
2010/06/26
  • Chinese Fast Food In All Its Glory
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $0-$10
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • While this "restaurant" is set up like a fast-food place and the seating is not very comfortable. The food is definitely worth it! Fast, fresh off the wok, flavorful, and rustic! Serving some of the best Cantonese styled Chinese dishes!

    Bear in mind that the chef takes days off sometimes, and (sadly) the quality of the dishes from the kitchen reflects his absence. So some marks have to be deducted for the inconsistencies. This is also a rather 'low-end', fast-food styled restaurant, so if you're looking for Fine-Dining Chinese foods, this is not the place for you.

    One thing to note is that most of the items on the menu are written in Chinese, and the items with English translations are limited, so it would be best if you bring a friend that can read Chinese!

    The price is ABSOLUTELY amazing for the flavor you get! Around $28 (tax included) for 4 dishes and 4 bowls of rice plus 4 cups of soy milk.

    The style of the food is 100% Cantonese-Chinese fast food, and there are no mutant-Americano-Chinese dishes there. So if you're looking for some American-fusion-Chinese, this is not the place for you!

    Here are some dishes that I like:

    1. Chow Mein with Pork and Beansprouts
    (Pronounced: Yuk See Chow Mein)
    >>This is what chow mein is supposed to be. Crispy pan fried chow mein base topped with the hot ooey-gooey-ness of pork and beansprout stir fry.

    2. Porkchops with an Onion & Sweet Tomato Sauce
    (Pronounced: Ging Doe Yuk Pai)
    >>Tender chops swimming in a sweet tomato sauce. Mmm-MMM! The sauce resembles more of sweet-and-sour like sauce, so don't expect an Italian-influenced sauce!

    3. Eggplant With Minced Meat Pot
    (Pronounced: Yue Heung Ke Ji)
    >> Flavorful pot with a hint of salted-fish. I say hint, because it is the wonderful aroma and flavor of that salted-fish that subtly lifts this dish up (you never really see the fish). Best accompanied with a big bowl of rice so that you can lap up all the flavorful sauces! This dish is one of the 'inconsistency prone' dishes, where the wonderful flavor of the salted-fish might go missing!

    4. Sweet & Sour Pork
    (Pronounced: Goo low yuk)
    >>A Canto-Chinese restaurant staple! Succulent chopped pork ribs in an aromatic pineapple-bell pepper-sweet & sour sauce! (Beware of this dish when the chef is not in!! The meat gets rather dry!!)

    5. Shrimp & Eggs/ Shrimp Foo Yung
    (Pronounced: Wad daan ha yun)
    >>Although they use frozen shrimp, the meat is 'crisp', and the egg is not over-done.

    6. Tofu & Garoupa Pot
    (Pronounced: Tofu Yu Larm Bow)
    >>This fried tofu and fish steak medley is simply wonderful when paired with the thick-soy sauce infused sauce!

  • Order: Too much to put here!
 
Crabby Joe's 2150 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga, ON L5L3A2
2010/06/17
  • A Place to Chat
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • I usually go to Crabby Joes at night (past 9 for the 1/2 priced appetizers). The food isn't extraordinary, but it is decent.

    The service can be lacking at times and you usually have to wait for a while before you get seated.

    The restaurant is usually crowded on Tuesday Wing nights which isn't a surprise because it is a pretty good deal. They have a good variety of flavors, but the wings are NOT meaty. Their chicken quesadillas taste good when hot (but they fry the tortillas). Dips and fried calamari is good for its half-priced value. Onion soup, salads and burgers are good for a tap and grill.

    I come here mainly to chat with my friends on a Friday night (not for the food), the crayons and the paper-table cloth is really fun to doodle on and adds a fun touch to the restaurant.

  • Order: chicken quesadillas, appetizer platter, chicken wings, spinach dip, caesar salad, onion soup, burger
 
168 Sushi Japan Buffet 2366 Dundas Street West, Mississauga, ON L5K1R7
2010/06/16
  • Best of the (mediocre) bunch!
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 3
  • I've visited this restaurant for 5-6 times now, and I've decided to write a review today.

    This restaurant is definitely one of the best Japanese AYCE in Mississauga. But before you get your expectations too high, bear in mind that it is the best of its kind in Mississauga, so it is AT BEST bordering 'mediocre' and 'good'.

    Food wise, like all Japanese AYCEs I've had in Mississauga, the sashimi is frozen or of a lower quality, so it can be rather tasteless. While their salmon and white tuna seems to be more flavorful, but it is probably due to the added aroma from the higher fat content in these kinds of fishes. The subtle and delectable kick that comes with fresh and high quality fish is missing. Having said that, the texture and flavor of the fish is decent for frozen fish, so maki rolls that focuses less on the subtle flavors of fresh fish (such as the spicy salmon maki with crisp, and the spider roll) tastes good.

    The hot foods are decent, and 168 bolsters an extensive selection of hot foods. However, to be more critical, the grilled vegetables are often too oily, and the bulgolgi is sub-standard. The batter for the tempura is also too thick. Of the 6 times I've been there, I'm usually satisfied with the food. There was one time when they served left-over calamari tempura (they re-fried the calamari tempura, making it dry and tough).

    The service here is friendly and quick, and unlike most AYCE restaurants, they have a stack of ordering forms on the table, so it is very easy for you to order second or third rounds!!

    The seating is comfortable (especially if you get the couch seats next to the windows), and the dining area is clean.

    Of all the AYCE japanese restaurants, this is the only one I've been back for.

    Arrive a little bit before 6pm if you don't want to wait for seats!! It can be ridiculously crowded later on!

  • Order: AYCE
 
Maki Maki 1170 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., Mississauga, ON L5C4E6
2010/06/16
  • I've had worse...
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • Went here for the deluxe lunch 2-3 weeks ago, and it was mediocre. But then again, I have yet to find an AYCE Japanese restaurant that is beyond mediocre, so on the mediocre spectrum of Mississaugan Japanese AYCEs, I would have to say that I've had worse.

    Value wise, the deluxe lunch menu had a decent selection. Despite my complaints of it being mediocre, one can only look at the price you're paying, shrug, and say to yourself "Well, what do you expect?!".

    Service was definitely lacking, there was only one server during the lunch rush hour, and the server and the owner/manager was REALLY reluctant on giving you a second order form. (I had to beg for it for 5 times, to the busy waitress and the not-so-busy manager before I got one). That definitely spoiled my overall experience.

    Coming to the most important part... FOOD! As mentioned, it was at best mediocre, and the restaurant easily fell victim to the vices of Mississaugan Japanese AYCEs. (I have copied my little rant on these vices from another Jap AYCE review of mine)

    1. Frozen sashimi
    I guess you really can't expect getting grade A fish with the price you are paying, but if you are an optimist like me, coming into the restaurant in hopes of good sashimi, then prepared to be let down, because their fish is frozen and therefore lacks the hint of sweetness and the extra 'UMPH' that comes from fresh fish.

    2. THREE in ONE Restaurant!
    Just like how coffee is worst when you buy it in instant packets of 3 in 1s, restaurants are the same! And Japanese AYCEs in Mississauga are especially notorious for combining more types of food in one roof than they can really handle. Having Japanese, Thai and Korean on the same menu may seem exciting, but the food is bound to be unauthentic and substandard. This is especially evident when you order bulgogi and/or teriyaki items. The former is often a watery dish of beef and overcooked onions and bell peppers, and the latter a dish of tasteless meat/veggie drizzled with fresh-from-the-bottle teriyaki sauce.

    3. "I Can't Believe This Isn't Grilled!"
    Like the "I Can't Believe This Isn't Butter" derivative of butter, whenever I ordered grilled items from AYCE menus, I feel like what I've actually ordered was an "I Can't Believe This Isn't Grilled" item, because I really don't have difficulty questioning whether that item was grilled or not. It's either over-dried with fake grill marks, or an oil drenched goop... Sad.

    Overall, this place was ok, but I would not visit this place again due to the bad service, and especially their reluctance on giving me another order form. This is after all an ALL YOU CAN EAT RESTAURANT for god's sake!

  • Order: Sushi, maki, tempura, grilled items, bulgogi, miso soup. salad
 
Umi Sushi Restaurant 3960 Grand Park Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B4M6
2010/06/16
  • Mediocre Japanese AYCE
  • Overall
    3.0 stars
    • Food
      3.0 stars
    • Services
      3.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      3.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 2
  • I went for a lunch AYCE 2 weeks ago, and the overall experience was at best mediocre. (I would give it 2 and a half stars if I could)

    Speaking strictly of the food, it was decent for the value you are paying for, and you are not paying a lot. The taste and quality of the food fall within the norms of Mississauga Japanese AYCE, and therefore, suffer from the following weaknesses:

    1. Frozen sashimi
    I guess you really can't expect getting grade A fish with the price you are paying, but if you are an optimist like me, coming into the restaurant in hopes of good sashimi, then prepared to be let down, because their fish is frozen and therefore lacks the hint of sweetness and the extra 'UMPH' that comes from fresh fish.

    2. THREE in ONE Restaurant!
    Just like how coffee is worst when you buy it in instant packets of 3 in 1s, restaurants are the same! And Japanese AYCEs in Mississauga are especially notorious for combining more types of food in one roof than they can really handle. Having Japanese, Thai and Korean on the same menu may seem exciting, but the food is bound to be unauthentic and substandard. This is especially evident when you order bulgogi and/or teriyaki items. The former is often a watery dish of beef and overcooked onions and bell peppers, and the latter a dish of tasteless meat/veggie drizzled with fresh-from-the-bottle teriyaki sauce.

    3. "I Can't Believe This Isn't Grilled!"
    Like the "I Can't Believe This Isn't Butter" derivative of butter, whenever I ordered grilled items from AYCE menus, I feel like what I've actually ordered was an "I Can't Believe This Isn't Grilled" item, because I really don't have difficulty questioning whether that item was grilled or not. It's either over-dried with fake grill marks, or an oil drenched goop... Sad.

    Value wise, compared to other AYCEs around town, their selection is more limited. This is especially evident when you only compare the Lunch menu. The lunch menu of Umi Sushi doesn't have tempura calamari, Kalbi or Spider Rolls. Items that you can easily find on the lunch menu of 168 Japan Buffet.

    Their servers were quick and friendly and didn't hold back on the supply of order forms, unlike what some other AYCEs tend to do.

  • Order: sushi, tempura, grilled items, teriyaki, bulgogi, hand rolls, maki