Showing posts with label Markham. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Markham. Show all posts
I am rarely up in Markham as it is not easily accessible by TTC, and pretty far from my house to drive. However, when I am in the area, I usually go to the restaurants around the First Markham Place area. I have been to a few good restaurants in the area, but I haven't found a good Vietnamese place yet.

Big Head Prawn is a standard Vietnamese restaurant offering the typical dishes like pho, vermicelli, rice dishes, appetizers, drinks, etc ...  They also offer daily specials for lunch between the hours of 11 am to 5 am. I believe that the specials change often, and it's between $5.99 to $6.99 per dish. They also offer a free cup of salted lemon juice, ice lemon tea or sour plum juice with each set.

 I ordered the BBQ pork, and spring roll vermicelli ($7.95). I was disappointed that the vermicelli arrived cold, and the spring roll itself was also lukewarm. The spring roll filling was rather bland, but at least the skin was crispy. Additionally, similar to the downtown restaurant, Train, the dish had a very distinct Chinese flavor to it.

I thought that the minced shrimp on sugar cane ($5.95) was pretty good, and the size wasn't bad either.

 A large size beef and beef tendon pho ($7.95).

Quality of Food: 2.7/5
Service: 3.5/5
Overall Dining Experience: 3/5
Price: $

Address: 4450 Highway 7 East #3 Markham, ON L3R1L9 

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Big Head Prawn

by on Friday, May 09, 2014
I am rarely up in Markham as it is not easily accessible by TTC, and pretty far from my house to drive. However, when I am in the area, I u...
About: I have been to Dragon Legend four times since they first opened, and it has surpassed the other places to become my favorite buffet. As many people probably know; Dragon Legend is the sister restaurant to the equally popular Pearl Dragon. They even share the same interior decor with red walls, and decorated with Chinese ornaments, and television screens hung on the walls. Its spacious dining area allows the customers to have a more enjoyable dining experience and not have to maneuver in cramped spaces.

Food: The buffet selection at Dragon Legend is abundant enough without overcompensating quantity over quality. Their buffet options showcases an array selection of both Western and Asian dishes. Additionally, they also have a sushi/sashimi station, Teppanyaki grill station, Peking Duck, and an impressive dessert station. There is a good amount of choices for the average diner, and should be something for everyone if you like buffets.

Price: The weekend price may be slightly steep at $29.99 for Friday-Sunday dinners, but I thought it was pretty worth it. The quality of the food was rather good for a buffet, and could justify for the cost (for example, you could load up on Peking duck). The price for their Monday to Thursday is comparable to other nearby buffets at $24.99 per adult. I dined here on four occasions (and on different days); Monday, Thursday and two Saturdays. I was surprised to find that no matter what days I went; it was completely busy around the late dinner time (7:00 pm'ish. I haven't tried out their lunch buffet yet but the prices are as followed: M-F ($13.99) and Sat-Sun ($19.99).

Service: On all visits; I thought that the service was excellent as the staff were attentive, polite, and promptly removed our used dishes. The wait for a table didn't take too long when we had a reservation.

It's highly recommended that you make a reservation on the weekend as it can be quite packed. On those busy nights, the front desk would take your name, the number of your party, and hand you an alarm (that would blink when your table is available).

 Fried food (including ribs, tempura shrimp, french fries, popcorn chicken).

The salad bar, and the cold seafood bar (mussels, shrimps, and crab legs).

 Peking Duck station.

 If you order Chinese tea; it's $1.80 per person.

 They have a wide selection of sushi and sashimi for a buffet instead of the just the usual rolls. Be warned though that the station is often watched by a staff member to ensure that people don't overload on the fish. They usually limit customers to 3 slices of sashimi per visit to the station. 

 Honestly, I would skip the dim sum dishes as I found some of the items to be bland. The plump dumpling looked aesthetically cute, but the non-translucent skin tasted extremely doughy to me. 

Additionally, they also have a steak station where the chefs would cook steak cubes on order. This can be a hit or a miss depending on the amount of salt that the chef seasoned it with.

 One of the main reasons why I love Dragon Legend; they offer Peking Duck. The staff would place the cooked duck onto a platter, and everything is self-served. Just note that on extremely busy days; they do limit each customer to four pancakes containing Peking Duck on each visit to the station. I saw a girl on a moderate night (around 8:30 pm) taking 10 pieces and they didn't say anything, so it really depends on the nights. The crispy texture of the skin was absolutely divine with the sauce.

 The salad bar was decent with different kinds of leaves, veggies, and salad dressing.

The fruits area offer the standard choices of strawberries, orange slices, melon slices, and watermelon slices.

From what I can recall; the dessert station has a selection of waffles, cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, jello, fruits, green tea mousse cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, crème brûlée, puff pastries, ginger milk pudding, and various flavors of ice cream.  

Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$

Address: 25 Lanark Road, Markham, ON, L3R 9Y7

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Dragon Legend

by on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
About: I have been to Dragon Legend four times since they first opened, and it has surpassed the other places to become my favorite buffet....
About: This AYCE opened in early 2013 in Market Village up in Markham, ON. It's rather spacious inside with a lot of seating space, and decorated with red paper lanterns all throughout the restaurant. 

Price: The price is reasonable as dinner (adults) is $21.99 (Mon-Thurs) and $23.99 (Fri-Sun/Holidays).

Menu: The menu is rather extensive with plenty of items to choose from. The list consists of hundred of items under the following categories; appetizers, tempura, sashimi, sushi, sushi pizza, hand rolls, chef's recommendations, grilled food, fried items, rice & noodles, and desserts. The ordering process was simply a sheet of paper and pencil and each table got about 3 sheets. Additionally, it is great that you can order pieces individually (1 piece per order) so that way portion size is under your control.

 Food: I'd say that the overall quality of the sashimi and sushi was above average for an AYCE joint. Their sashimi selection was standard with nine fish to choose from (sake salmon, tai red snapper, white tuna, mackerel, hokkigai, tataki, tako, herb salmon and albacore BC tuna). Some of the sashimi were sliced thicker than others, but that didn't really affect the taste. Both the salmon roses (salmon sashimi wrapped around chopped ika) and tiger roll (spider roll top with fresh mango & avocado) were quite popular with our table. Both of the dishes were executed well and there was a good ratio of fish and rice. In terms of cooked food; they have the staples that are often available at AYCE places. Out of all of the items, I enjoyed the steak, fried scallops, kalbi (beef ribs), grilled mussels, and chicken teriyaki the most. Personally, I didn't really like their beef udon or fried chicken cutlet, but most items were tasty.

I was extremely pleased with their dessert menu. It was incredibly extensive with mango yoghurt, tiramisu, mango pudding, green tea pudding, durian mousse, chocolate mousse, ginger milk, creme brulee, fried banana, and six different flavors of ice-cream. My favorite dessert of all time has to be crème brûlée so I was very happy!

Service: The place was fully packed that Thursday night, but I have to commend the service. The food came out pretty fast and our dirty plates were cleared quite often. There was a slight mix-up where we didn't get our two orders of kalbi but that was quickly corrected when we bought it up.

 Yamamoto Japanese Cuisine is pretty far for me, as I don't frequent the Markham area very often. However, I thought that it was a pretty good AYCE with its large menu selection, good food, and quick service.


Quality of Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Overall Dining Experience: 4/5
Price: $$

Address: 4390 Steeles Avenue E Markham, ON M1V 4S5

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Yamamoto Japanese Cuisine

by on Thursday, February 27, 2014
About: This AYCE opened in early 2013 in Market Village up in Markham, ON. It's rather spacious inside with a lot of seating space , a...