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5 Noodle Spots to Avoid in Markham

September 15, 2015

We’re Janice and Joel from Blunt Food Review and we enjoy eating – we eat out A LOT! The next logical step to this was to start blogging about our gastronomic adventures. We like to keep things short and simple (a.k.a. BS-free), and we know most people do as well when it comes to food; hence Blunt Food Review was born.

Eating in Markham is always a hit-or-miss. With so many noodle choices, it’s easy to walk into a random restaurant and be disappointed. We just wish that we had a list of these ‘misses’ early on, which is why we compiled this list. We hope this will help you on your noodle adventures in Markham!


Niwatei - Chashu Ramen
Bluntly reviewed by Joel

If this isn’t the saddest looking bowl of ramen ever, then I don’t know what sadness is! I ordered the Chashu Ramen at Niwatei within J-Town with high expectations and I have to say that my expectations were crushed. The egg was overcooked, which you can clearly see in the picture. The chashu was not tender and quite hard to chew.  The soup was bland and worst of all, the noodles were overcooked. This was quite simply a mediocre bowl of ramen.

Mei Nung Beef Noodle House

Mei Nung - Beef Noodles
Bluntly reviewed by Janice

Mei Nung Beef Noodle House at First Markham Place has a high Yelp rating so I was excited to give it a try. Unfortunately I was quickly disappointed by my bowl of noodles as I chewed through the tough beef brisket. In addition, the entire restaurant smells heavily of stinky tofu, which doesn’t really go away and seeps into your clothes.

Beef Noodle King

Beef Noodle King - Beef Brisket Noodle
Bluntly reviewed by Janice

Beef Noodle King is a small restaurant slightly hidden behind First Markham Place. I knew I shouldn’t expect too much going into the restaurant when I saw that it was empty at lunch on a Sunday. The beef was surprisingly soft but the soup was bland and noodles were overcooked. The tacky velvet wall décor didn’t help much either.

Deer Garden

Deer Garden - Fish Soup Noodles fixed
Bluntly reviewed by Joel

This is a bowl of Fish Soup Noodles at Deer Garden, which is a favourite amongst noodle aficionados. Unfortunately, my bowl of noodles was quite disappointing. I can sum up the disappointment with one word – bland. The soup was watered down to the point where I could barely taste any fish flavour. I hate to say it, but I’ve had better from Deer Garden and I expect better from them.  Until they can keep up their consistency, I’ll be avoiding this place for now.

Pho Pad Thai

Pho Pad Thai - Pad Thai
Bluntly reviewed by Joel

This is the Pad Thai that I ordered at Pho Pad Thai. Please lower your expectations because they do not serve traditional recipe Vietnamese or Thai food here! I learned my lesson to not order Pad Thai at Viet/Thai combination restaurants following this dinner: when a Pad Thai is red in colour you know that they simply use too much ketchup for the sauce. It ends up not tasting like Pad Thai at all and more like ketchup with noodles!

Do you agree with our reviews? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Reply Viv September 16, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Deer Garden is not consistent at all. Well, I find the location at Times Square is consistently watered-down. The second location at Silver Star is a hit or miss. I learned not to go there right when it opens, as they serve watered-down soup (most likely from the night before). Usually during the day it’s good – the soup is flavourful. But lately I find it watered-down even though I didn’t go right when they open.

    • Reply Blunt Food Review September 18, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Great observation, maybe we’ll try it again during the day. Hard to go back to restaurants that are inconsistent though, you never know what to expect. The lineups are so long during regular lunch/dinner hours too!

  • Reply Jessy (@StyleSnapEat) September 16, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I love Mei Nung! I’ve been there a number of times and my beef was always very tender. (And that’s important to me because I have a slight case of TMD.) You should give it a try again! : ) But yes… I agree that the place reeks of stinky tofu. 😛

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    • Reply Blunt Food Review September 18, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Hey Jessy! We’ll definitely have to try it again. Maybe they just had an off day 🙂

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