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.
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.
At Sakura Garden, diners don’t have to choose between Chinese food or sushi—they can enjoy them both in a single meal before washing it down with an Asian beer or fruit-flavored sake. At the corner sushi bar, chefs combine vinegared rice, seaweed, fresh fish, and vegetables into artfully prepared dishes such as the Sakura Garden special roll, a colorful mix of tuna, salmon, crab, eel, and avocado rolled up in soy paper, then drizzled in a housemade sauce and flying-fish roe. The Chinese dishes are just as fresh and delicious; choose from a number of pork, chicken, beef, or shrimp entrees served with white or brown rice.
The chefs at The King and I make only one request of their patrons: please be patient. Because the kitchen’s repertoire includes a dizzying array of menu items, the skilled chefs only prepare a dish once it has been ordered. Diners can choose one of the familiar Thai dishes, including pad see ew with egg and broccoli and jasmine fried rice with cashews, pineapple, and a choice of meat. For more adventure, diners can try one of the house specialties, which, like a Martian ice-cream truck, introduce more exotic flavors: the pud phet ta lay finds shrimp, squid, and sea scallops stir-fried with green beans and bamboo shoots, and the pla rad prig ignites a fried whole fish with spicy chili basil sauce.
From the glowing crimson lamps to the vermillion place settings to the tender rare strip steak, Buffalo's Original Steak & Seafood will make you see red. And that's a good thing. The menu alternates between seafood—oysters, halibut, and king crab—and meat—rack of lamb, roasted pork belly, and filet mignon, to name a few. In between, you'll find a smattering of salads and pastas, including a wild boar gnocchetti. Though there's a lot to choose from on the menu, there's an equally robust number of wines and cocktails that can complement each dish.
A bubbling fish tank beckons diners in the doors of New Shanghai Buffet, where they kick off a culinary expedition with classic Chinese dishes that range from general tso's chicken and sweet-and-sour pork to littleneck clams and artfully crafted sushi. Covered buffet stations flaunt crab legs and barbecue spare ribs in their gleaming metal vessels, and an expansive takeout menu keeps diners from wheeling buffet tables home when the staff's back is turned. Amid a mélange of leafy plants, grand prints of Asian landscapes pair with traditional Chinese baubles to adorn the dining room's floral walls.