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Restaurant Reviews

New Captain’s Boil Location in Newmarket

5 September 2020

With several locations across Canada, The Captain’s Boil is rapidly expanding – and with good reason too! If you’ve never heard of them, think steaming lobster, king crab legs, shrimp, mussels, and more boiled in mouthwatering cajun-inspired sauces. Customers can pick from one of three special sauces along with their preferred level of spice. They also serve other dishes including  rice, chicken, and (our fave) cajun fries.


Now, Newmarket residents can rejoice! The Captain’s Boil just opened up at Yonge and Mulock, so you don’t have to travel down south to enjoy delicious seafood boil. Their official grand opening is this Friday, January 20th. And for two weeks (until February 3), customers can receive 10% off starting January 20th by claiming a Facebook offer or checking in on Yelp. Students can also take advantage of their special lunch deals.


A couple of Markham Food representatives had a chance to visit the Newmarket location before its grand opening. Like the rest of their restaurants, the attention to detail in the decor is evident. The Newmarket restaurant is spacious, has a sports bar separate from the dining area, and a VIP room with speakers and TVs.

Anyone who loves seafood would have an amazing time at The Captain’s Boil.

Happy dining!

Photos by Christy Yao Photos.

This post was sponsored by The Captain’s Boil.

Restaurant Reviews

Dining in Markham, York Region

26 September 2018

There are tons of delicious and diverse options if you’re looking for a place to eat in Markham. Being the largest municipality in York Region, fourth-largest city in the Greater Toronto Area, and Canada’s 16th largest city (source), there’s no doubt that the food scene is constantly growing.

We’ve highlighted four places across Markham that we hope you’ll enjoy.

Ding Tai Fung (First Markham Place)

Markham - Ding Tai Fung, First Markham Place

Markham - Ding Tai Fung, Xiao Long Bao, Soup DumpingsThis restaurant isn’t connected to the official Din Tai Fung in Taiwan, but it’s been around for about a decade and still a very popular choice for diners. We highly recommend ordering the spicy shrimp wonton and their famous xiao long bao (soup dumplings) shown above.

Cacao 70 (Downtown Markham)

Markham - Cacao 70 Dip Shop WafflesCacao 70’s Dip Shop just opened this summer and is already a hit among those with a sweet tooth. Their store is conveniently located near a lot of fantastic restaurants and across Cineplex Cinemas Markham & VIP. After your dinner and movie, stop by and indulge in some fondue or ice cream. Both the shop and their items are insta-worthy, so don’t forget to snap a pic and hashtag #MarkhamFood!

Old Firehall Confectionary (Main Street Unionville)

Main Street Unionville, Markham - Old Firehall Confectionary Main Street Unionville, Markham - Old Firehall ice creamAnother dessert option is the Old Firehall on Main Street Unionville (not to be confused with the other quaint area further east called Main Street Markham!). They have an assortment of ice cream cones, fine chocolates, and pastries to choose from. Once you’ve picked your dessert, take a stroll and admire the Unionville area.

19th Avenue Farmer’s Market (Markham North)

Markham, 19th Avenue Farmer's Market Markham, 19th Avenue Farmer's Market peppersIf you’re interested in seeing what some of York Region’s farmers have to offer, head north to the 19th Avenue Farmer’s Market! The market is always stocked with fresh produce sold both individually and in batches. There are also many more farms and farmers’ markets across the region – download the York Farm Fresh Map to find them all!

Regardless of where you go, York Region is full of amazing places to eat. Through YorkSafe, the York Region government is working to keep the restaurants you love safe and clean. For more information, visit york.ca.

This post was sponsored by York Region for World Tourism Day. Official hashtags are #LoveYR #WorldTourismDay and #WTD2018.

The Regional Municipality of York is not affiliated with Ding Tai Fung, Cacao 70, 19th Avenue Farmer’s Market, or the Old Firehall Confectionary.

Restaurant Reviews

Lunch at Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill

24 March 2018

Established in Scarborough in 2010, Diana Oyster Bar & Grill has been a longtime favourite for seafood-lovers in the Toronto area. Those who know about Diana’s seafood would talk about their juicy oysters and fresh seafood options.

To our excitement, Diana’s opened their doors in Markham three years ago! We had the pleasure of attending their grand opening event back then, alongside Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and other notable individuals. This new location is spacious and beautifully designed with a menu completely different from their Scarborough spot.

Please note the only lunch menu item above is the Lobster & Crab Roll. The rest are available through their regular menu and priced separately.

One thing many people forget about is Diana’s set lunch options, which we had the pleasure of trying recently. Each item on this menu is $18 and all sandwiches are served with coleslaw and a choice of fresh cut potato wedges, soup of the day, mixed greens, or clam chowder.

While we haven’t tried everything on their lunch menu, we heard the Lobster & Crab Roll was a popular item and gave it a go. This was perfect! The roll was perfectly toasted and there was a generous amount of lobster and crab chunks.

And if you visit them on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you’ll be able to take advantage of their all-day oyster special! Get a dozen Malpeque oysters for $15 or a dozen Fanny Bays for $24.

Other dishes you should check out…

Serrano Tuna at Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill Markham

Serrano Tuna– Albacore tuna, cucumber, avocado, serrano chili, and ponzu dressing

We loved the mix of textures and flavours in this appetizer. It looks small, but it’s a great size for 2-3 people to share while waiting for their main dishes.

Grilled AAA Black Angus Striploin at Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill Markham

Grilled AAA Black Angus Striploin – AAA Black Angus striploin steak, portobello mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and veal jus

For those who can pack in a little more during lunch, why not try the steak? This juicy steak was done medium rare (just the way we like it) and the garlic mashed potatoes was DELICIOUS!

Bouillabaisse at Diana's Oyster Bar & Grill Markham

Bouillabaisse – Lobster tail, shrimp, mussels, clams, assorted fish, vegetable-fish broth, and rouille-croutons

This dish is for the true seafood lover. The lobster tail was large and the clams and mussels were fat and juicy. Everything went really well with the broth and is best eaten immediately while it’s warm! (We took a while to get to this because we were busy taking all of the above photos!)

This post was sponsored by Diana’s Oyster Bar & Grill.

Guest Blogger

Yunnan’s “Crossing the Bridge” Noodles Blossoms in Markham

24 August 2017
Photo by @MarkhamFood.

Noodles are a big part of Chinese life and have fit into the hundreds of different cuisines inside and outside of China. Crossing the Bridge noodles, or Guoqio Mixian, is a soup noodle from the province of Yunnan and have recently taken over Markham.

The noodles start with a large bowl filled with steaming broth and rice noodles; side dishes like raw beef, pickled vegetables, and tofu are then added, at the discretion of the diner, to the dish after it arrives at the table.

Photo by @MarkhamFood.

The story for Crossing the Bridge noodles goes that a scholar’s wife brought him food regularly as he studied for his exams on an island in the middle of a lake. His wife noticed that the noodles became soggy and cold by the time she crossed the bridge, so she separated the ingredients and mixed them together after finishing her journey. Because the wife crossed this bridge to bring her husband his meal everyday, the dish was named Crossing the Bridge noodles. Today, the dish is popular in Yunnan, with many restaurants centred around it.

Where to get your fix in and around Markham:

Are these noodles a food fad or are they here to stay?

Written by guest blogger, Adrian.

Restaurant Reviews

Teriyaki Experience Coupons

13 February 2017

We’re excited to announce that Teriyaki Experience is launching their new Winter Warmers Soup Collection this month! A new soup broth, ramen (with soybean paste, pork bone, or served cold), and miso soup have been introduced to their menu and are available at all Teriyaki Experience locations.

Teriyaki Experience Shrimp and Chicken Ramen Bowls
We ordered the chicken ramen with mild broth and shrimp ramen with spicy broth along with six gyoza dumplings.

Teriyaki Experience Chicken Ramen
Interested in trying one of the new Winter Warmers items? We have two coupons for you!

Get $1.00 off any soup and a BOGO free ramen coupon by signing up here!

Ramen noodles at Teriyaki Experience

Looking for a Teriyaki Experience location in the York Region? Check out their full list of locations.

This post was sponsored by Teriyaki Experience.

Guest Blogger Restaurant Reviews

Good and Quick Lunches Around Markham and Richmond Hill

13 September 2016

I admit that I’ve been a big foodie since I graduated. I only started aggressively blogging about food and restaurants since the start of 2016. I have worked around the Markham and Richmond Hill areas for 10+ years. Throughout the years, I have sampled many cuisines from many of the restaurants in the area and have even helped organize corporate food events.

During some days of the work week, my colleagues and I may have only 1 hour available for lunch. Most of the time, it is really good to get out of the office and enjoy great food to refresh the mind and spirit.

Here are my recommendations for quick – but good –  lunches in the area depending on the type of cuisine you are craving for.

Restaurant #1: Pho 88

Cuisine Type: Vietnamese

Satay Pho at Pho 88 in Scarborough
Reasons: Though this location is in Scarborough, it is close enough to the York Region border that those who work in Markham can access it easily. Once you get a table, the pho dishes come out really fast (like within five minutes). The restaurant is styled like a cafeteria and you get seats pretty quickly.  Fast and good food, consistent taste, and fast service with no nonsense. I used to eat only bun (vermicelli) dishes, but their restaurant had such great pho it converted me and I never went back. My favourite dish is the Satay Pho above.

Restaurant #2: Mei Nung Beef Noodle House

Cuisine Type: Taiwanese


Reasons: If you want to taste Taiwan, these is the closest thing. This restaurant is famous for their beef noodle soups and stinky tofu side dish. The dishes normally come out quickly. Beware of the clothing you wear into the restaurant because the stinky tofu smell can stay on you.

Restaurant #3: Northern Dumpling Kitchen

Cuisine Type: Northern Chinese

Reasons: This place offers great tasting dumplings and other northern Chinese cuisine for very reasonable prices. My friends and I really like their steamed, boiled, and fried dumplings along with the shredded pork cold dish. I personally think that their xiao long bao is the best in Toronto. Their service speed is good for a fast lunch.

Restaurant #4: Phoenix Restaurant

Cuisine Type: Hong Kong Style Cafe

Minced beef with rice at Phoenix Restaurant
Reasons: Even though there are three locations, this location has more space for seating and parking. They have a large menu when it comes to HK-style foods. Their meals are very consistent with each visit. The pricing isn’t too expensive and you will definitely leave feeling full. Their dishes come out very quickly (within 5-10 minutes). My favourite dish is the Fried Pork Chop with Maggi Sauce on Rice.

Written by guest blogger, Gordon.

Events

Review of The Stop’s Night Market

4 July 2016

Imagine being able to try food and drinks from over 90 local restaurants from across the city for only $100. This was exactly what we did when we attended The Stop’s (5th annual) Night Market last month.  Along with the all-you-can-eat/drink perk, the admission fee goes toward The Stop’s programs to increase access to healthy foods and confront the underlying issues that lead to poverty and hunger.

The event runs for two nights, with vendors operating out of one-of-a-kind food carts created by local designers. Here are a few we managed to capture (before the lines started forming). To view all of the carts displayed this year, visit The Stop’s Facebook album.

Left: Cart design by Spoke Creative // Right: Cart design by The Hunger
Cassette food cart design by Amanda Ghantous
Duck Fat Mini Donuts from Sugar Mamma’s Mini Donuts

Most people definitely wouldn’t be able to eat everything offered, but luckily, we came in a group of four. Through teamwork and dedication, we managed to try something from nearly every vendor that night!

Steam Whistle‘s Premium Pilsner
Blue Goose Fried Chicken with spiced pomegranate glaze, zaatar, and green onions by Bar Fancy
Vanilla Bean Rhubarb Donuts – “A Homer J Simpson Classic” from Tori’s Bakeshop
Sodas from JUST Craft Soda (We really liked the pear/vanilla one.)
Jerk Chicken on a Fried Bao from Patois
Frankie’s Meatballs with red sauce & pickle salsa verde from Bespoke Butchers

This year’s Night Market was an overall success – feeding tons of hungry attendees, featuring amazing food/drink vendors, and raising $215,000 in support of The Stop’s critical food access and community-building programs. If you missed out this year, follow The Stop on social media to be updated on next year’s event.

Two points we’re going to keep in mind for next year:

  1. Come hungry.
  2. Minimize the bulk. Since there was a lot of juggling this year (food, drinks, utensils, etc.), it’s best to come with as few items as possible.
  3. Wear close-toed shoes that we don’t mind getting a little dirty. The event is on gravel, so there are a lot of rocks and sand which can hurt. 😉