Surprisingly Tasty Vietnamese Food at Mii Sandwich Co.

Mii YorkdaleLocation: 3401 Dufferin Street, North York (inside Yorkdale Mall)
Websitehttp://mii.herokuapp.com/

Mii is a small fast food chain specializing in quick Vietnamese eats.  As far as I know it’s only in mall food courts, which kinda makes you think it’s not going to be very good.

(Also, the name seems like a lawsuit from Nintendo waiting to happen.  It’s a bit puzzling.)

Well, I just tried their classic banh mi, and I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it.  It’s certainly not the best banh mi I’ve ever had, but it gets pretty much everything right, and very little wrong.

Mii Yorkdale

Basically: it’s not the bastardization you’d expect from the food court in Yorkdale.  It’s legit.

It’s seven bucks, so it’s somewhat pricey by banh mi standards, but it’s a hefty sandwich; considering the location, you really can’t expect it to be much cheaper.

Mii Yorkdale

Everything is as it should be: a nice slathering of butter, a healthy amount of chunky pate, a variety of cold cuts, and a good proportion of veggies and cilantro.  There was some kind of dark sauce that was a little bit too sweet for my taste, but aside from that, it was a tasty sammich.

The baguette was quite good, too; maybe a little bit too crunchy on its exterior, but otherwise soft and fresh.

Satisfying Grilled Cheese at the RH Courtyard Cafe

RH Courtyard CafeLocation: 3401 Dufferin Street, North York (inside Yorkdale Mall)
Websitehttps://www.restorationhardware.com/content/category.jsp?context=TorontoCafe

Since I’ve already established that the restaurant at the Restoration Hardware in Yorkdale is better than it has any right to be (I was shocked at how decent the burger was), it shouldn’t be a surprise that the grilled cheese is quite tasty.

It’s a classic, no-frills grilled cheese.  This is a dish that a lot of places feel the need to gussy up, with toppings and condiments aplenty.  But grilled cheese is perfect on its own; all you need is good quality bread, cheese, and a whole bunch of butter.  No ornamentation is necessary.

RH Courtyard Cafe

And that’s exactly what the RH Courtyard Cafe gives you: the cheddar cheese is sharp and gooey, and the bread has the perfect amount of substance, with a crispy exterior and a soft interior.

It’s also ridiculously buttery, as it should be; if you can hold a grilled cheese sandwich without your hands instantly becoming slippery with grease, then you need to throw it right in the garbage.  It’s worthless.

But then there’s the price.  It’s 19 bucks.  As good as it is (and it’s quite good), it’s still just a grilled cheese sandwich, which might be the easiest (and cheapest) thing in the world to make.  So it’s hard to justify spending that much on it.

Decent meat pies from Nadege

Nadege in Yorkdale mallAddress: 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto
Websitehttp://www.nadege-patisserie.com/

I just got a couple of meat pies from Nadege in Yorkdale — beef bourguignon and chicken basquaise — and they were both fine.  they were so middle-of-the-road that I’m having a hard time mustering up the enthusiasm to even write a few words about them, but this is a food blog.  It was food.  Let’s do this.

They both had the same puff pastry crust, which was light and flaky, if a bit dry.  Like everything else about these things, it was fine.

Nadege in Yorkdale mall

They heated them up for me, but clearly not enough, because they were vaguely hot in some places, and lukewarm in others.

The beef bourguignon had big, tender cubes of beef interspersed with carrot chunks.  It wasn’t bad, but nothing about it particularly stood out.  There just wasn’t much going on, flavour-wise, and the sauce was nonexistent — it was just dry chunks of beef and carrots.

Nadege in Yorkdale mall

The chicken basquaise had big chunks of chicken interspersed with pieces of peppers (red and yellow peppers, I think?  I ate this just a couple of hours ago and it has already almost completely faded from my memory).  Like the other pie, it was a bit bland.  It was also entirely sauce-less, and the chunks of chicken were kinda dry.  But it was fine.

I know I’ve said “fine” an awful lot, but it’s really the best word to describe these things.  By tomorrow they will have both entirely receded from my memory, like they never existed.

Cheesecake by Heirloom

Cheesecake by Heirloom

Cheesecake is good.  You know what’s better?  Cheesecake dipped in chocolate and nuts, and covered with chocolate and caramel sauces.

Cheesecake by Heirloom

Cheesecake by Heirloom was in the Concept section of Yorkdale (I’m a bit late posting this, and it’s now gone — super useful blog post, I know, but supposedly they’ll be selling cheesecakes again at a different location in April), and it’s pretty great.  I mean, how could it not be?  They start with a good quality piece of New York style cheesecake, then they cover it in all the aforementioned stuff.

Cheesecake by Heirloom

And all that stuff is quite good.  It’s incredibly sweet and rich — maybe to a fault.  It’s not a subtle dessert.  It’s probably not something you’d want to eat all the time, but man, it’s delicious.

Ladurée

Ladurée in YorkdaleThe macarons from Ladurée were delicious.  You probably shouldn’t eat them.

I got four of them, and they cost about 15 bucks with tax ($14.92, actually), and seriously: get the hell out of here with those prices.  I don’t care if you’re using the highest of high-end ingredients, there’s no way to justify charging $3.73 each for these tiny little things.

Ladurée in Yorkdale

They are quite good, though.  I tried hazelnut, pistachio, salted caramel and coconut lime.

Ladurée in Yorkdale

They were amazing; maybe the best macarons I’ve ever had.  The texture was the perfect contrast of crispy, airy, and creamy, and the flavours were uniformly great.  Even the coconut lime, which I was kind of skeptical about, was top notch.  It had a really satisfying coconut flavour, with a mild zinginess from the lime that never overwhelms.

But those prices?  Nope.