Asian Wok 'n' Roll's chefs fuse the spices and traditions of Chinese, Thai, Indian, Malaysian, and Indonesian cuisines to craft a menu brimming with diverse Asian flavours. Along with the ever-popular all-you-can-eat lunch buffet at the Millcreek Drive location, both Mississauga locations offer catering to spice up special occasions, such as Chinese New Year and its lesser-known sibling, Chinese Adopt-a-Dragon Day.
Jade Garden freshens plates with traditional, savoury dishes hailing from Chinese and Thai culinary conventions. Plunge a chopstick into appetites and classic peking spicy spareribs ($9) or go toe-to-toe with the vegetarian singapore rice noodles ($7). Stuffed with diced chicken and vegetables, the lettuce rolls hush maws with flavourful indulgence before they confess to harbouring shrines to Kenny G ($8). Join the crowd of millions in applauding pad thai noodles' ability to end chicken's generational feud with peanuts ($8), or tame roaming tongues with thai spicy-beef fried rice ($7). Jade Garden also nets a number of specialty seafood dishes, granting blander fish their wish to swim forever now in peace.
The chefs at The Eastern Pearl may specialize in gourmet Cantonese dishes, but they don't always limit themselves to the flavors of South China. An expansive menu celebrates the diversity in Cantonese food while also drawing from other regions of China and Hong Kong, and spices are used only in moderation to put the focus on the meats and vegetables. Chicken, beef, pork, and fish are the focal points of colorful plates ranging in flavor from sweet and sour to bold and spicy. House specialties, meanwhile, include a massive peking duck platter and flaming prawns that can be used to light romantic candles. And it isn't just the cuisine that pays tribute to other cultures: lavish interiors whisk diners away to warmer climes with accents of saffron and red. Thin dark-wood partitions with geometric designs divide the booths, and replicas of the famous Qin terracotta warriors stand guard on one wall.
Dragon Boat Restaurant’s chefs steam and stir-fry beef, pork, chicken, seafood, and vegetables in traditional Chinese dishes. Customers can divine the menu or read it online and choose from more than 10 appetizers such as barbecue spareribs ($8.95) or honey-garlic wings ($9.95). Pork and mushroom chow mein ($6.95) and orders of crispy General Tao chicken ($10.95) keep chopsticks busy. More than 10 seafood options, including hot-and-spicy shrimp ($12.95), entice diners and pet fishing nets, and braised tofu with vegetables ($8.50) is created according to Mother Nature’s grandmother’s recipe.
At Axia Restaurant & Bar, winner of the Mississauga News Readers' Choice Award for fusion food, chefs create Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Southeast Asian culinary traditions in four separate kitchens. Patrons snack on Japanese specialties such as the chef-selected raw cuts on the sashimi combination platter ($15.95) or set their chopsticks on Chinese staples such as the classic stir-fried shanghai noodles with pork and shrimp ($11.99) and olive-and-mushroom fried rice ($10.99).
The dining room at Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Cuisine looks like an artist’s rendering of a sandy beach. Fanned beige napkins resemble giant seashells when perched atop crisp white tablecloths near fresh flowers and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Toronto Harbourfront. Diners bask in panoramic views of the water as they peruse a menu teeming with fruits of the sea, from fresh lobsters and scallops to tender duck and fried calamari. At lunchtime, groups fill their tables with dim sum delights such as shrimp dumplings, steamed pork buns, and deep-fried crab claws. Instead of tie-dyeing the Rainbow Chopped in Crystal Fold—a lettuce-wrapped specialty stuffed with sautéed pork and Chinese-style sausage—chefs cultivate colour with green celery and bright orange carrots.