Amazing Sticky Buns at Ambrosia Corner Bakery

Ambrosia Corner BakeryLocation: 324 Frederick Street, Kitchener
Website: https://ambrosiacornerbakery.com/

Though I was really hoping to try the kouign-amann at Ambrosia Corner Bakery, it turns out I visited on the wrong day — they’re only served from Thursday to Saturday.  My disappointment was short-lived, however.  As soon as I saw their Pecan Cinnamon Sticky Buns, I knew that I needed to put one in my belly ASAP.

Ambrosia Corner Bakery

Step aside, kouign-amann; that sticky bun has an urgent appointment with my face.

Yes.  It’s as good as it looks.  It’s sticky, sweet, and incredible.  It looks like it might be too sweet, but it’s actually remarkably well balanced.  The caramel on top has a very rich, deep flavour, and the buttery, amazing pastry is substantial enough to hold up to the generous amount of sauce.  That’s not to mention the underlying cinnamon flavour, which is delightful.

Ambrosia Corner Bakery

But then do I even need to be writing this?  You have eyeballs.  Again: it’s as good as it looks.

Fancy Dim Sum at Yu Seafood

Yu SeafoodLocation: 270 West Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill
Website: http://www.yuseafood.com/

If you have anyone you’re looking to impress with a fancier dim sum joint, you could do worse than Yu Seafood.  The restaurant itself is quite a bit more sleek than your average dim sum place, and the presentation of the dishes is a bit snazzier.

Yu Seafood

And of course, it also has the prices to match — it’s not outrageous, but it’s noticeably more expensive than the norm.

Yu Seafood

The food is all solid, though nothing quite blew me away.  I think pretty much everything was slightly (or more than slightly) underseasoned.

Yu Seafood

One of their specialties is the visually striking Bamboo Charcoal & Egg Yolk Bun.  It looks impressive and tastes pretty good, but the molten custard filling was broken; it was lumpy and oily.

Yu Seafood

Everything I tried was quite tasty — but given the hefty pricing, it’s not quite as amazing as you’d hope.

Style over Substance at Maha’s

Maha'sLocation: 226 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto
Website: https://www.mahasbrunch.com/

The Mind Blowing Chicken Sandwich at Maha’s is one of those dishes you see and immediately want to eat.  No, scratch that — need to eat.  I mean, look at that thing.

But then, that’s kind of the problem, isn’t it?  It’s a tasty dish, but it also feels very much like something that was created to be a stunner on Instagram, with the actual flavour being secondary.

Maha’s Mind Blowing Chicken, per the menu: “Maha’s sacred marinate, tossed with parsley, onions and tomatoes, served on a toasted egg bun with tomeya, homemade mayo and tehina.”

Maha's

The very generous pile of chicken is nice and moist, with a very unique and distinctive spicing that makes it stand out.  The sauces, too, compliment it quite nicely, and the onions and tomatoes add some welcome freshness and crunch.

But it’s a very assertively-flavoured dish, and I’ll admit that by the end, it was getting to be a bit much.  It really needed something on the side to help round things out and add a little variety.  There’s so much of that chicken; it starts out delightful, but eventually turns one-note and tiresome.

Maha's

It doesn’t help that the bun is all wrong.  Its fluffy lightness is completely lost among the chicken’s very assertive flavours, and the bottom bun (yes, there is a bottom bun underneath that pile) turns into complete mush.

We had ordered some of the balady pita bread on the side, and it worked so much better  — it has a nice chewy texture that holds up to the saucy chicken, and a nutty flavour that complements and helps to mellow out the assertive spicing.  I wish it had come as a wrap in that bread, but then that wouldn’t be quite the showstopper on Instagram, would it?

Maha's

I also tried the falafel, which was unambiguously delicious, and maybe the best falafel in the city.  It’s crispy, fluffy, and delightfully herby.  I couldn’t help but compare it to the stuff I recently had at Paramount, and it was night and day.  It’s almost a completely different dish.

Tasty Dim Sum at Yang’s Fine Chinese Cuisine

Yang's Fine Chinese CuisineLocation: 9665 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill
Websitehttp://yangsfinechinesecuisine.ca/

I really like dim sum.  It’s like brunch, but way more interesting.  There are only so many times you can have eggs benedict or pancakes before they start to bore you.  When that happens, the cavalcade of dumplings, buns, and other tasty bites at a dim sum joint are just what the doctor ordered.

Yang's Fine Chinese Cuisine

And Yang’s Fine Chinese Cuisine in Richmond Hill (not to be confused with Yang’s Chinese Cuisine in Markham) is quite good.

Yang's Fine Chinese Cuisine

I mean, look at all that stuff.  If you can tell me you don’t want to eat all of that right now, then you and me are two very different people.

Yang's Fine Chinese Cuisine

These little balls of shrimp surrounded by crunchy almond slivers might have been my favourite dish of the day.  The shrimp had a really great texture, and the crispiness and nuttiness of the exterior complimented it perfectly.

Yang's Fine Chinese Cuisine

And these pork buns?  Chicken and waffles wish they could nail the sweet/salty combo as well as these little guys.

Noodles and Buns at Momofuku Noodle Bar

Momofuku Noodle BarLocation: 190 University Avenue, Toronto
Websitehttps://noodlebar-toronto.momofuku.com/

I don’t really have a favourite restaurant in the city — I have a tendency to want to try something new every time I eat out, so it’s rare that I’ll go to the same place more than a couple of times.

So I guess Momofuku Noodle Bar is one of my favourite restaurants by default, because I’ve been there several times, and it’s consistently very good.

Momofuku Noodle Bar

On this particular visit I tried a couple of their buns — chicken burger and cod cake — and both were quite tasty.  The chicken burger, which featured a generous spread of pepper hummus, was the more interesting of the two.  But the crispy, tasty cod was quite good as well.

Momofuku Noodle Bar

I also tried the onigiri, and with its crispy fried bottom layer of nori, it was certainly an interesting take on the ubiquitous Japanese snack.   But it was a little bit bland, and probably not something I’d order again.

Momofuku Noodle Bar

The Jaja noodles, which the menu describes as “bacon, black bean, cabbage, pickle,” was good, but it was another item I probably wouldn’t get again.  It had a meaty, umami-filled flavour, but it felt one-note.  It really needed a bit more vibrancy to round out its porky richness (it probably didn’t help that it reminded me a lot of a dish I had in Malaysia called chili pan mee that was superior in every regard).