Category Archives: GTA-Richmond Hill

Tiny Tom’s Donuts

7323 Woodbine Ave
(Denison & Woodbine)

I was surprised to see a Tiny Tom’s up in Markham (totally off CNE grounds), I had to run in and buy a dozen … or two. As soon as I popped the first tiny donut in my mouth, I thought about the happier (and warmer days) at the Ex and how much I miss summer. Somehow, the warm Apple-and-Cinnamon sprinkled donut tasted better than I remember!

Flavours: Sugar Icing, Cinnamon, Apple & Cinnamon, Chocolate
Price: $3.75/dozen
Special: Buy two dozen and get the third one free!

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Spring Villa Chinese Cuisine

7301 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R 3V7
(Woodbine & Steeles)
(905) 940-2888

A nice clean restaurant with friendly service and good food! Order your items by checking the boxes in the menu sheet only; they don’t have a person going around with a cart or tray to promote items.

• Grilled octopus tentacles
• Japanese mango roll
• Black bean spareribs rice in ceramic pot

Good to Know
• Best seats: No preference
• Service: Nice and professional (especially for a Chinese restaurant)
• Atmosphere: Clean; reds and golds; white table cloths
• Ideal for: Family, business, casual, friends gathering,
• Attire: Casual, smart casual
• Reservations recommended: No
• Patio recommended: No
• Parking: Lots of spots in parking lot in front of restaurant
• Special: If you order between 9am to 11am, all items are considered “small” (price) dim sum items. Maximize this offer by ordering “L” or “XL” menu items that you’d like to try during this time period.

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Diamond Banquet Hall

3225 Hwy 7, Markham, ON  L3R 0J5
(Woodbine &  Hwy 7)
T: (905) 944-8288

This is a great dim sum restaurant to dine at if you are with a large group. The venue is so big I’ve never had to wait in line. The food is okay but I appreciate the space (lots of room between tables), which is uncommon for most Chinese restaurants. While you’re there, I recommend checking out the shops (Bowring Outlet, Roots Outlet, etc) and malls (First Markham Place) nearby.  

• Dim sum favourites including rice rolls (shrimp, beef or BBQ pork), egg tarts, fried calamari, chrysanthemum tea, leaf wrapped sticky rice

Good to Know
• Best seats: Anywhere in the main dining room
• Service: Good
• Atmosphere: Big venue; spacious; beautiful chandeliers, TV screens installed in several spots (mainly for ads)
• Ideal for: large parties, family gatherings, casual,
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: N/A
• Patio recommended: N/A
• Parking: Big parking lot in the plaza but even so, it is hard to find a spot on the weekends (you need to be very patient … or fast to react!)

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Golden Court Abalone Chinese Restaurant

270 West Beaver Creek Road Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3Y9
(Leslie Ave & Hwy 7)
T: (905) 707-6628

One of my favourite Chinese Dim Sum restaurants in town!

• Baked chicken pie with coconut sprinkles – very tasty! (This is not on the menu. It is only offered on the weekends between 11am to 1pm. A server walks around the restaurant with a tray, introducing it to each table. Once they are gone, they’re gone.)
• Deep fried octopus tentacles
• Tempura glutinous rice with pork, bean and salty egg filling
• Fresh fruit mango roll
• Baked egg custard tarts
• Chrysanthemum tea
• We also recommend you share (as Chinese Dim Sum dishes are traditionally shared) to enjoy the full experience.

Good to Know
• Best seats: Anywhere in the main dining room (The smaller room on the left when you walk in can be too bright and stuffy.)
• Service: Not bad for a Chinese restaurant
• Atmosphere: Comparatively clean, dining room is bright and big (I seldom have to wait in line.)
• Ideal for: Large groups, kids, parents, family, casual gathering, date
• Attire: Casual
• Reservations recommended: Reservations for dim sum are not available (First come. First Serve.)
• Patio recommended: N/A

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