Sunday, June 19, 2011

Linda Restaurant (Revisit)

Linda Restaurant
Date: June 19, 2011 (Sunday)
Address: 11 Karl Fraser Road, North York (@ Shops at Don Mills - Lawrence & Don Mills)
Phone: (416) 642-3866
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm / Fri 11am-11pm / Sat 11:30am-11pm / Sun 12pm-10pm

we always love Linda as their food are great.. but it's better to come with more people so we could try many different dishes.. (that's why i came with 9 people!)
we first ordered some appetizers for sharing..

Papaya Salad $8
Green papaya, long bean, peanut, dry shrimp, lettuce, carrot, tomato, shallot, basil; with Fish sauce, fresh lime juice, palm sugar salad dressing
..i don't eat papya, but they said the papaya taste a bit salty.. they prefer the Mango Salad over this.. & it would be better if it came with more sauce..

Beef & Chicken Satay$7 each
Grilled beef & Grilled chicken breast skewers, with Peanut, coconut milk, satay sauce
..both meat are very tender.. & we love the satay sauce..

Sea Queen $10
Calamari in a light thyme and garlic batter; with Honey & chili Sea Queen dipping sauce
..calamari is always a safe, welcoming appetizer choice

Soft Shell Crab $11
Soft shell crab lightly breaded; with Sweet chili dipping sauce
..this is definitely a highlight of the meal.. we had to order it again since it was soo good.. crispy yet not too oily.. & it's not too heavily breaded.. a MUST EAT!

Golden Curry Chicken $17
A sweeter curry made from coconut milk, plum sugar, tamarind and our own blend of yellow curry.
Chicken or crispy beef, broccoli, carrot, onion, bell pepper, mushroom
..its spiciness of the curry was just right..

Grilled Rib Eye Steak Thai Style $22
Grilled 10 Oz AAA rib eye steak (aged minimum 28 days), Chinese greens; with Thai beef gravy was tender.. very well marinated..

Crispy Duck with Steamed Pancakes $20
Braised duck leg with crispy skin, steamed pancake, king oyster mushroom, celery, spring onion; with Sweet chili hoisin dipping sauce was served like the Peking Duck.. with a steamed pancake..
(Picture above by courtesy of JH)

Fish Curry Paper Hot Pot $19
Turbot, tomato, okra; with Thai sour curry with coconut milk
..this curry tasted very good.. we finished the whole thing, including the every bit of the sauce!!

Seafood Fried Rice $18
Fried rice, lobster, scallop, calamari, mussels, egg; with Crab sauce
..this was unexpectedly good.. lots of seafood, & the crab sauce made it perfect..

Phud Thai $17
Rice noodle, carrot, peanut, tofu, bean sprout, green onion, egg – choice of chicken or shrimp; with Tamarind, plum sugar, fish sauce

how could we miss desserts? we tried a few of them..
Chocolate Sesame Balls
..stuffed with rich dark chocolate truffle..  yum!
Mango sticky rice
..this one was just so-so..

Coconut & Pineapple Sorbet
..they looked so cute.. mini coconut & mini pineapple.. they tasted very refreshing..

(Pictures above by coutesy of JH)

it was a very very satisfying dinner (though it's not cheap).. yummy food & great service.. i love the environment (inside + outside) as well.. we took a walk in the plaza after dinner & it was so nice..

Shangri-la 香格里拉

Date: June 19, 2011 (Sunday)
Address: 50 Esna Park Drive, Markham (Steeles & Woodbine)
Phone: (905) 475-6571

been here for wedding many times but it's our 1st time here for dim sum..
the food were just so-so.. some were not good..

(left) 醬汁蒸鳳爪 Chicken Feet in Special Sauce
..not good, have a weird taste..
(right) 潮陽蒸粉果 Dumpling in Chiu Chow Style

(left) 皮蛋瘦肉粥 Congee w/ Pork & Preserved Egg
(right) 金炸兩腸粉 Steamed Rice Noodle w/ Conpoy & Fried Dough

(left) 蜂巢芋角 Deep Fried Taro Dumpling
..not good.. so stuffy & didn't taste good..
(right) 五香炸龍鬚 Spicy Cuttle Fish Tentacle
(left) 金巢香芒西杏蝦 Deep Fried Prawn w/ Mango in Nest
(right) 千層燕窩奶撻 Milk Tart w/ Swallow's Nest
蜜汁牛仔骨 Short Rib w/ Honey Sauce

here are the prices: S $2.9 M $3.9 L $4.9 XL $5.9 SP $7
(Morning Tea Specials: order by 11am S/M/L $2.9)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Milestones Grill + Bar

Milestones Grill + Bar
Date: June 8, 2011 (Wednesday)
Address: 3760 Highway 7 East, Markham
Phone: (905) 305-1915

there was no electricity at home that day & we had to find a place for dinner, which still has lights & electricity.. we came to Milestone & the waiter said we arrived at the right time, as they just got the electricity back.. unfortunately, there weren't much AC during the meal..

Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Bisque $5.99
A smooth, creamy blend of roasted red peppers & tomatoes. Topped with mini Gouda grilled cheese sandwich croutons & fresh basil's on the "Top Chef Menu".. i think it's quite appetizing with its sour flavor..

Yam Frites $7.99
..our fav..

Seafood Fettucini $17.99
..seems like the Fettucini tasted better than the risotto..

Milestone's Seafood Risotto $19.99
A creamy risotto with shrimp, scallops, Wild Pacific Coho salmon, mussels & Reggiano. Gently simmered in a tomato lobster broth with fresh asparagus & Shiitake mushrooms
..a little bit too salty for me.. but with lots of ingredients..

(sorry for the bad picture quality.. my cell is kinda out focus..)

Monday, June 06, 2011

Folco's Ristorante

Folco's Ristorante
Address: 42 Main Street North (Markham Road), Markham
Phone: (905) 472-6336
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 5-10pm

JH highly recommended this place so we went there to celebrate her b-day.. we all enjoyed it very much!!

GF ordered a champagne for our birthday gal..

Bruschetta Platter $8
..fresh chopped tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, crostinis

Calamari $11
..lightly battered, lemo aglio olio
..we love the dip..

Grilled Ceasar Salad $11
..topped with shaved regiano parmigina, proscuitto crisps & homemade dressing

Three Mushroom Ravioli $19
..wild field mushroom stuffed pasta, brandy cream sauce

Fish Special $27

our favorite of the meal.. Lamb Special $38, with Gnocchi..
..the lamb was crispy on the outside while tender inside (外脆內軟).. & their homemade pasta was soooo yummy.. we finished all of them even though it's filling!

this was for the b-day gal (on the house)!!

they also served cakes from Cheesecake Factory.. we were so full to try this time..

Friday, June 03, 2011

蜀香苑 Szechuan Legend Restaurant

蜀香苑 Szechuan Legend Restaurant
Date: June 3, 2011 (Friday)
Address: 505 Hwy 7 East,Unit 91&92, Richmond Hill (Commerce Gate, Hwy 7 & Leslie)
Phone: (905) 889-7883
Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm

四川酸辣湯 Hot & Sour Soap (Regular) $5.99

紅油炒手 Spicy Wonton $3.99
..LG likes it.. the skin is very thin, & not too spicy..

葱油餅 Green Onion Pancake $1.99
..just very few onion bits..

水煮牛肉 Fried Beef In Hot Sauce $10.5
..beef is chewy.. not as tender as pork..

afterall, i prefer 糊塗樓 over this one..