Conveniently located in the First Markham Place plaza, just adjacent to Aka Teppan, the restaurant appeared to be good, quick lunch option just before some quick errand-running in the mall.
On a somewhat related note, I've never been handed hot water in an obviously chipped cup while in Toronto before. It didn't seem as if a great deal of attention was paid to such details, as a scrunched-up ball of tissue in addition to a thin layer of dust could be seen resting upon the ledge behind me.
The portion was definitely large enough to satisfy two meals worth, though it was definitely on the pricey side at $11.95.
The dumplings were noticeably pre-boiled, only to be pan-fried just before serving. While the exterior was undoubtedly crispy, its contents did not deserve the same merit. The pork filling was on the bland side, and did not exhibit the same level of freshness tasted elsewhere. These faults had managed to be masked slightly using the sesame/chili oil dipping sauce.
We later headed to Cha Me. Cha in hopes of trying their Mango Tango before it sold out. It was quite packed for post-lunch hour rush, but we managed to grab a seat decently close to the window.
Mango Tango turned out to be a great, refreshing choice as a post-lunch snack: it was a refreshing concoction combining a multitude of textures with just the right amount of sweetness. A huge bonus was that it didn't melt at the speed of light. But the best part of the dessert actually resided at the container's base - heaping spoonfuls of mango jelly had been added to elevate the texture profile to a new and exciting heights. Yum!