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.
Takara Bune Japanese Restaurant pays homage to the Japanese takarabune, a treasure-ship of legend that carried the Lucky Seven Gods. If, as it is said, images of the ship bring people luck, then guests at the eatery can expect a rise in fortunes. A sailboat serves as the restaurant?s logo?emblazoned on the walls and menus?and wooden model sailboats carry inventive sushi rolls to diners. Guests can sit at the sushi counter and watch as chefs wrap sheets of seaweed around barbecue eel, deep-fried soft shell crab, and pickled radishes. And in the kitchen, another set of chefs are busy slathering teriyaki sauce atop steak or grilling salmon belly to pair with miso paste.
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.
The artistic chefs at Sushi Kai skillfully cut sushi and use fresh fish, meats, and high-quality produce when creating dishes for their traditional Japanese menu. Celebrating Japan’s most popular import, the sushi chefs can roll choices from 25 maki options including barbecued eel and thinly carved yellowtail sashimi, or set off in-mouth fireworks with cone-shaped spicy-tuna hand rolls. Japanese curries introduce diners to a lesser-known Japanese specialty, greeting tongues with a choice of chicken, beef, pork, or fish. As diners share bites of sushi, they lounge in Sushi Kai's minimalist dining room and lecture its plants on proper photosynthesis technique.