Danforth Dragon [Mark]

861 Danforth Av
Phone: (416) 461-9238

 

Danforth Dragon is located right on the Danforth at Danforth at Jones. This place is one of the only restaurants in urban Toronto that serves Hakka style food, Chinese food spiced Indian-style. Ambiance is casual, cosy, with one dining hall, a diverse menu of wines, beers, and cocktails. The decor is slightly kitschy as there is a flashing sign outside (similar to Las Vegas flashy signs). For my appetizer, I ordered the Hot and Sour soup, made vegetarian upon request. Staff are friendly and VERY accomodating…anything can be made vegetarian and spiced accordingly. Pleasant, relaxed, cosy, casual, unpretentious ambiance

Unfortunately the soup was boring and bland. I would have preferred Wendy’s Hot and Sour Soup spiced with Mancurian sauce (her soup had chicken but it could have been made vegetarian). For my entree, I ordered the stir fried veggies and tofu in a Manchurian sauce (ginger, coriander, chili, paprika, garlic) very zesty with a kick, and similar to a vegetable curry.

Wendy ordered the Hakka style noodles with chicken and shrimp. The portion size is huge and prices are all under $10.00 for the most part.

The menu includes a variety of fish, seafood, chicken, and beef curries, chow meins, stir fries, as well as North American favourites such as chicken wings and French fries. Some dishes include the Fish ball soup, Hakka Chow mein, Stir fried veggies, spicy egg roll, seafood is top notch.anything shrimp is great.shrimp balls, snow peas with house spicy sauce, green beans with garlic sauce, ghobi (cauliflower curry), Kung Hei Chow Mein, pan fried dumplings, veggie and chicken pakoras, shrimp with lobster sauce, chinese mushroom with tofu, fish dumplings in a delicious broth, chicken tikka, crispy ginger beef, singapore or manchurian chow mein, sweet corn soup, manchurian veggie balls are one of the most popular vegetarian dishes as well as shrimp balls, Indian style chop suey, and manchurian fried rice is a favourite among frequent diners.

Danforth Dragon accepts all cards and the service is very friendly and accomodating.

Kimling Chinese Restaurant

Kimling Chinese Restaurant
2173 Lawrence Ave. E.
416-285-0289

Out in Scarborough, at the nexus of the Universe where Danforth meets St. Clair; I have discovered a “new” type of food. ¬†Hakka Cuisine is a mix of Indian and Chinese. The word “hakka” actually means nomadic, which to me implies a mix when it comes to food. This may not be new for you but I had never heard of this style before.

Out of the few Hakka restaurants I’ve tried, Kimling, located just east of Birchmount on Lawrence, is the best. In a clean, small square room, Kimling offers a wide variety of lunch special dishes for $4.50 + tax. The portions are quite large and equally as filling.

I shared an order of curry chicken and diced chicken with red pepper as well as getting an appetizer plate of vegetable pakoras. The chicken dishes would have been more than enough even though the pakoras were admittedly delicious. I found the curry chicken to be a bit bland though nothing a little bit of hot sauce at the table couldn’t fix. The red pepper chicken was tasty and spiced just right.

If you can’t settle on one Asian cuisine, try them both by eating Hakka.