Monday, August 31, 2015

Dim Sum at Casa Victoria Fine Dining

Casa Victoria Fine Dining
4-6-8601 Warden Avenue Markham, ON L3R 0B5
905.948.1618

On our last day in Markham - Will, his family, and I went to Casa Victoria Fine Dining for dim sum/brunch before heading to our next destination.

We arrived around 11-11:30AM and it was about a 10-15 minute wait for a table of 13. We had one person in our party that was handicap so it took a while to find a table to fit all of us, but unfortunately there was no table to fit all 13 of us so we had to split into two separate tables.

Casa Victoria is very spacious and has an elegant, classy, and Victorian decor! The waitresses and waiters were all dressed in a Victorian-like uniform, but too bad their attitude and personality wasn't as nice or classy as their uniform. They were very snotty and rude.

This was my first experience with a Hong Kong style dim sum where you can place the quantity of each item that you want and the staff will bring it to you. So we had the following -

Dim Sum
The shu mai was very meaty, tasty, and fresh. The quality was a lot better than the ones here in New York.

The beef rice noodle roll (gnow cherng) is one of my favorite dim sum dishes, but too bad I didn't quite enjoy these. They were a little small compared to the ones I have had in New York and didn't taste too fresh either.

The spare ribs were top notch ,seasoned perfectly and really tender. I didn't try the lotus leaf sticky rice, but it did look very small.

Dim Sum
This is probably one of the few restaurants I've been to that serves scallion pancake. The scallion pancake wasn't as crunchy as I hoped it would be.

We had a roast duck noodle soup. The roast duck was mediocre, not as good as the ones in New York. However, the noodle soup we had was really good!

The snow pea leaves dumpling were my absolute favorite! They were folded so beautifully and was yummy. It was filled with snow pea leaves, minced carrots, and mushrooms. Good item for vegetarians.

Chicken feet is one of my favorite dim sum dishes, but unfortunately the ones from Casa Victoria didn't taste very fresh nor appetizing either.

One point I'd like to bring up is that this restaurant doesn't serve coffee or iced coffee which is a total bummer.

The experience at Casa Victoria was so so. The staff needs improvement in their people skills and the way they speak and treat their customers and the food quality needs a slight improvement too. I think next time we return to Canada, we won't be coming back here as we would like to explore other restaurants, but also wouldn't want to come back to a place with poor customer service.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Family Dinner at Congee Queen

5308 Highway 7 Suite 5 & 6 Markham, ON L3P1B9
905.209.8988

I came here with my boyfriend and his family for dinner on our second night at Markham. Congee Queen was one of the restaurants that the concierge at the hotel recommended so we took her suggestion.

The restaurant is very spacious and has a very modern decor compared to other Chinese restaurants I've been to in Canada. The staff was super busy with getting out orders and serving customers.

We had a family style meal and these were the dishes we had -

Fried Bean Curd & Vegetables and Soy Sauce Chicken
The fried bean curd with vegetables was pretty good with lots of fried tofu and a nice assortment of vegetables - mushrooms, carrots, and yu choy! 

We ordered soy sauce chicken and it was very fresh and moist! I didn't quite understand the concept behind the scoop of peanuts though.

Minced Pork with Dry Fish & Green Beans
I really liked this dish. The green beans weren't soggy nor overcooked and had a nice crunch to it. It was one of my favorite dishes of the night.

Stir-Fried Clams with Black Bean Sauce
Clams with black bean sauce is one of my all-time favorite dishes, but the ones at Congee Queen didn't seem to have enough flavor or seasoning in it.

Pan-fried stuffed eggplant, tofu, and green pepper
We also had this dish and it looked really good, but too bad it was spicy so I couldn't eat it.

Szechuan Style Tiger Shrimp
This was another dish I didn't eat because it was spicy as well, so I don't have an opinion about this dish.

All in all, I felt the food was just decent and about average. In my opinion I felt the food wasn't too exciting and the menu was really your typical Chinese family style dinner. I think next time I return to Canada, I wouldn't want to come here because I would want to try other restaurants and food.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Canada Trip: Tracy Dessert

Tracy Desserts
First Markham Place
3255 E Highway 7, Unit 29 Markham, ON L3R 3P9
905.470.2222

As you may know, Will and I went to Canada with his family during July 4th weekend and we sure did eat a lot and I do mean a lot.

One place we visited that I really liked was Tracy Dessert which was located in a restaurant/retail plaza.

The first time we visited Tracy Dessert, we did take-out so we can bring the desserts back to the hotel so we can enjoy. It took a while for our orders to be ready, but the wait was worth it!

During our second visit, we actually sat down and enjoyed the air conditioning and ambiance. It's a nice setting and great for afternoon or late night snacks, desserts, and tea!

Homemade Grass Jelly with Mixed Fruits and Ice Cream
I ordered the Homemade Grass Jelly with Mixed Fruits with Ice Cream. This was a big bowl of deliciousness and very fresh! The grass jelly tasted really fresh and yummy, very different from the ones in New York that I've had. This was absolutely fruit heaven!

Mango Tapioca with Ice Cream
Will ordered the Mango Tapioca with Ice Cream and it was rich with mango-ness and sweet!

We really enjoyed the food at Tracy Dessert and the quality of the desserts taste 3x better than the ones here in New York! I look forward to coming back here again and trying other desserts!