YUN – Rice Noodle Soup in Mississauga

YUN is in the Grand Park plaza where a sushi restaurant used to be.  We were hungry after coming back home tonight and were originally going to stop by the Kelsey’s in the same plaza.  But decided to stop by YUN.  It’s been here since late summer, but we are only trying it now.  YUN serves noodles hot pot style!

Walking into the restaurant I was quite impressed – the decor and atmosphere was very nice, dark grey and dark woods and exotic birds.  It almost had a mystical feel to the place.

We looked at the menu to decide how we wanted to order.  Either we could share a hotpot for over $35, or we can get our own individual bowl for $11+.  We decided each to order our own bowls.  I ordered the YUN original for $11 and added lamb for another $2.75.  my daughter ordered the spicy broth for $12 plus added lamb.  Our individual soups came with an assortment of sides to throw into the soup broth.

The presentation of our soups was quite impressive.  First the sides came in a square tray with multiple compartments to hold all the sides.  There was also quail egg, which I love.  Plus spam and corn, fish cake, etc. The rice noodles came in a separate dish. BTW, the rice noodles are refillable.  The soup came in a mini bubbling calderon, it was so neat. And of course we had our oversized wooden ladle.

I just threw everything in at once.  The bubbling soup was so hot it cooked the lamb as soon as it hit the water.  I added a few drops of hot sauce to give my broth a bit more kick.  My daughter spicy soup was a tomato base so had the spice plus a bit of different flavour – it was quite nice.  She also still added a few drops of hot sauce to her already spicy soup.

We really enjoyed our noodle soups and eating at YUN.  It’s a great alternative if you get tired of eating pho (which I am).  The only downside of YUN is they only accept cash, which was almost a disaster for me since I don’t carry any cash on me.  Lucky my daughter had just enough to cover our bill.  PHEW!

YUN:. 3960 Grand Park Drive, Mississauga, ON

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Eva’s Original Chimney Cones at Square One

Eva’s Original opened recently at Square One. Right next to Simon’s. 

I have never heard of Eva’s before, they serve real soft ice cream in rolled dough called chimney cones.  The chimney cones are dusted with cinnamon, sugar, etc. and then baked on a rolling rotisserie.  The whole set up at Square One is quite neat as you can see the whole making of your ice cream chimney.

The menu topping offerings are very diverse.  The cones are not cheap tho, approximately $10 per cone.

I just had a Mini OG, which was plain vanilla ice cream with a strawberry garnish.  Was under $6.  Oh yeah, at the bottom of the cone was a chocolate ball to plug the hole. (looked like a Lindt) 

The dough is supposed to be warm and soft, but my chimney seemed a bit burnt, was cold, hard and tasted burnt as well.  I’ll have to find a way to ensure I get a fresh off the press cone.. The ice cream was high quality.

Going back today to try another flavour.

Oh yeah, as you could see from the photo above, Love Me Sweet Japanese Cheesecake is coming too!

Eva’s Original – Square One, Mississauga, ON

http://www.originalchimneys.com

Best Sushi in Mississauga 2017

I know I already raved about Dine and Chill (in the Sussex Building across from Square One) in the post below, but I really need to enlighten my fellow Mississauganites that this place has the BEST SUSHI! It’s so high quality, I can’t believe how inexpensive the prices are for this quality of fish.

Dine and Chill isn’t fully up and running yet, they are still in their soft opening and experimenting with their menu.

Here are some photos of the amazing sushi offerings I’ve had at Dine and Chill… Just look at the variety of high quality fish they serve, not just the typical salmon and tuna. I heard they have imported fish from Japan!  The wasabi is also imported.

Chirashi $15!

Aburi Sushi $21!

Ma Dai (Japan imported) $8 (so good!)

Sushi Lunch Plate $14!

Hotate Shiitake $25  (so good!)

Dine and Chill

First things first – There is a website called ‘yoursauga’ stealing my photos for their own articles and I don’t appreciate that.  At least ask for permission or give credit to me.  Not very nice!

There is a brand new Asian fusion restaurant called Dine and Chill, located across from Square One where Springs Rolls used to be. The restaurant soft opening started this week and I happened to hear about it from word of mouth. I heard the concept of Dine and Chill is restaurant and lounge. I decided to try it out this Saturday afternoon.
First, I have never eaten at the old Springs Rolls before so I was a bit confused about parking in the area. There is a paid parking lot across the street, however Dine and Chill provides free parking under the building.

The restaurant felt new and spacious and airy as I entered the doors at 11AM. I was the first customer of the day. Lounges were set up at the front of the restaurant. The restaurant is quite large with dining tables set up at the rest of the restaurant. Two young smiling girls greeted me.

One very nice girl brought me to my table and explained the menu to me. Although the restaurant just soft-opened, the server made great suggestions of what to order, such and sushi and mocktails. My order consisted of a Watermelon drink, and lunch size Nigiri plate, plus I added a cucumber salad.

First the cucumber salad at $7.95 came out. To be honest I don’t think I will order this again as it was nothing special. I believe the dressing consisted of sesame oil and chopped garlic and vinegar. The dressing could use more zing. More sweetness and vinegar needed. The cucumber was still refreshing, and I’m not especially fond of the mushrooms.

My Watermelon drink came shortly after. Made of real Watermelon and very refreshing. Loved it. (SORRY, I forgot to take a picture.  My drink was pink tho).

The Nigiri sushi was great! Very fresh and a nice variety of fish. I’m not a fan of tuna but the tuna roll tasted great. The fish was melt in your mouth soft. This dish was $14 or $15.

Service again was very good and attentive and my server was very nice. Now I need to try Dine and Chill for dinner (I saw lamb shank on the menu).

I love trying new restaurants especially when it’s a soft opening and they are still experimenting with the menu. I can’t wait til Dine and Chill opens fully so I can try their full menu.

Address: Dine and Chill, 90 Burnhamthorpe Rd W. Mississauga, ON

http://www.dineandchill.com

Afternoon Tea at Dufflet Pastries

Firstly, this review is on a little cafe situated not in Mississauga, but in the east end Beaches area.

There are a number of Dufflet bakeries around GTA; the head office and outlet is on Norseman in Etobicoke; and we all know that various grocery stores sells cakes made by Dufflet.  But who would’ve thought that Dufflet Pastries also serves afternoon tea!  That’s exactly where I spent my afternoon yesterday – drinking tea, eating finger desserts and sandwiches with a tea group.

This Dufflet is a cute little spot in the Beaches area and there was a little room in the back of the store where you can eat your lunch or pastry, or have afternoon tea.  The place is cute and tranquil, don’t you think?  Almost Zen-like. I love the goldfish painting on the wall. The little garden is cute, don’t you think? It was really hot sitting right in the sun.

Reservations are needed tho, and they don’t accept large groups – maximum reservation size is one table of four.  If there is a no show in your group, Dufflet will still charge you for the empty seat.  That’s what happened to our group, someone didn’t show up and the three of us had to cover for the no show.  So, let’s just say this afternoon tea was on the pricy side for this reason.

We each received a pot of tea of our choice.  The tea brand was Sloane tea, I believe this tea is high quality.  We received two trays of sandwiches and pastries.  The sandwiches were of two sorts – smoked salmon with cream cheese, and cucumber with cream cheese.  It hit the spot as we were hungry.  There was one type of scone with cranberry (very fresh, I enjoyed this), fruit compote and clotted cream.  Also a very good selection of finger pastries.  I was quite surprised the quality was high. (Much better than that English tea room on Markham Road, that’s for sure. 

The service was on the unprofessional side tho.  It was efficient, but that extra something was not there.  I guess customer service really isn’t their forte.

Address:. Dufflet Pastries, 1917 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON

http://www.dufflet.com

Radica’s Hot & Spicy Caribbean Cuisine

I didn’t realize there was a Radica’s Hot & Spicy in Mississauga.  I was very aware of the location in Brampton, as my coworker recommends it highly.  And I love roti and curry.  I used to go to Drupati’s and Alima’s regularly.  Now I can go to Radica’s Hot & Spicy at Dundas and Winston Churchill Blvd.

Radica’s is very clean and spacious inside where you can order your food at the counter and then sit at the table and chairs to eat your meal. They cater to UberEats customer regularly.

I ordered a large boneless chicken roti, and my daughter ordered a large lamb roti.  As usual, our rotis were humongous.  

We both asked for mild, but my chicken was spicy. White chicken meat mixed with potato and curry.  I thought it was a little bit salty, but overall I loved my food.  I also had hot sauce on the side.

The lamb roti was delicious as well.  Large chunks of tender lamb and potato and curry.  The lamb was not as hot spicy as the chicken.

Two large rotis with two pops came to $25. Now I need a trip to Trinidad for sure!

Update August 28, 2016
I’m eating my leftover chicken roti and I have to say that it is even more delicious today than it was yesterday when I bought it. The flavours have all melded together so it tastes amazing. The roti is still soft and stretchy even after I microwaved it. Radica’s is #1!

Address:. Radica’s Hot & Spicy – 3105 Winston Churchill Blvd. Mississauga, ON

http://www.radicas.com

Border MX Mexican Grill & Cantina

Border MX is so close to me and has been open for probably almost two years.  Even though I’ve been eyeing the place since it opened, I finally made my way over there tonight.

Border MX Mexican Grill & Cantina is located in that dingy, rundown plaza on Hurontario, just north of Dundas…  Sigh, that plaza could’ve had so much potential.  One of my excuses for not visiting Border MX is because of this particular location…

Anyway, the restaurant is much smaller than I thought it would be.  And it already looks worn out, and plus the place smells like the dingy plaza. the place also was a bit on the warm, stuffy side.  Despite this, Border MX seems pretty popular and has a regular flow of customers.  We got there around 4:30pm and pretty soon, all the tables were pretty much filled.  Latin music was playing loudly, making me soon feel like I was on vacation.

The menu has a nice variety of dishes to choose from including TAMALES!  We had to order that for sure.  Plus, we added a chicken soup, and Nachos with beef (Cabos).

The Chicken Soup came to us only luke warm.  It had a nice spicy flavour with bits of rice.  It was a bit on the oily side, as you can see a top layer of oil floating around.

The Tamales with chicken came next.  I’m sort’ve spoiled because the first and only time I had tamale before this was in Texas and they were prepared homemade, homespun recipe and they were humongous. They were so delicious and those are the tamales where I will be forever rating other tamales against… So of course, the tamales at Border MX failed big time.  These came small (basically a third of the size of the ones we had in Texas).  There wasn’t much chicken inside, and they were also dry.  Plus, the tamale had a strange (plastic-y) taste.

The Cabos (beef nachos) were very good and I enjoyed it alot.  The serving size was bigger than I expected, as it was big enough to share.  The nachos are home made, the refried beans tasted great on the nachos.  The salsa and sour cream were on the skimpy side though.

Overall, Border MX probably serves one of the better Mexican foods I’ve had in Toronto (SeƱor Burrito might be better;. I’ll have to visit again and compare) – their prices are good. I’ve been to other more expensive, more decorated Mexican places in GTA, but this one is not pretentious and the food here tastes better.  Despite the location, I will make it a point to come here more often.  There are more dishes on the menu I have to try.

Address:. Border MX Mexican Grill & Cantina – 3085 Hurontario St. Mississauga 

http://www.bordermx.ca

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