Lion City 獅城

Lion City 1“A quitter never wins – and a winner never quits.” That’s what one of my friends, AH, typed on his MSN. The workload has been quite crazy lately. When I was up til 3 am, QA-ing, trying to search for bugs, that’s also what I told myself. Today, I was on MSN, and saw another good one, “Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well”. That’s so true. I guess a winner who plays well should also know when to quit.

Life has been hectic. I gotta say sorry for those yet-to-be-delivered promises (i.e. coming out for a drink/dinner). There have been nights that I dined out and I have taken some pictures, but they’re still in the queue now (just like the piles of work on my desk these days).

There have been so many times that I thought of giving up blogging, but my persistency even surprised myself. When did I first start? I think it was around late-2004 – one and a half years already eh… I guess it has become a habit already. People said if you can keep doing something for 3 months, you should be able to form a habit.

Back to the main topic now… “Lion City 獅城”

I have mentioned about this restaurant in one of my previous commments. My colleague, who is a malaysian/singaporean, highly recommended Lion City’s Hainanese Chicken Rice (海南雞飯). He said this is the most authentic Hainanese Chicken Rice that he has ever tried in Toronto & Mississauga. Therefore, one Friday afternoon in the group email stream, I suggested this restaurant to my HS buddies… and there we go! Don’t you find there are many times you want to plan something or people keep talking about things they want to do, but actions are never never taken? On the other hands, there are times when you just thought of something and *boom* you’re there doing what you just had in mind a minute/an hour ago.

That Friday night was a very good example of the second scenerio. Life’s short. If you want it, just go for it!

We took 2 cars to Mississauga that evening. This restaurant wasn’t hard to find at all. Before I went, I gave them a call to confirm that they’re open and kinda made a reservation (although that was not totally necessary).

The first time I stepped into this restaurant… Hum… the tables are very similar to Restoran Malaysia (near Major Mac/Bayview – btw, I dropped by this restaurant before July 1, it is under renovation at that time – yeah… excited to see how the new look would be like~) By the time we arrived, Lion City was about 2/3 full. But there were only 2 persons (1 older guy and 1 mid-age woman) taking orders & serving.

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Looking at the menu… there were really a huge selection, Malaysian, Singaporean, Vietnamese, Thai… Oh gosh… Luckily, I was there with a “mission” – to try out their Hainanese Chicken Rice. Here it is…




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Lion City 5We ordered 4 dishes of Chicken Rice… there goes 1 whole chicken. We could tell they just chopped up the whole chicken and divided it into 4 portions for us. The chicken was tender and quite tasty! The rice was fragrant – however, I would expect it to be even more fragrant (from my teenage memories – I remember having very good chicken rice in HK, but it could be just memories…) I think if they had to make it more fragrant, they would have to put a bit of lard in it… which is not very healthy. As you can see, they gave us 3 different sauce. I would say the dark soy sauce (with sesame oil) is my favourite among all three. If you’re a “sauce person”, I’m sure you would love this!

Lion City 8This is the Blachan Kangkong (馬拉盞通菜) that we ordered. Gotta have some veggie… but just like any other veggie dish in an asian restaurant, it’s quite greasy. We also ordered the Braised Duck Rice (潮州滷鴨飯), which is actually very good! (Maybe I just had an extremely high expectation for the Chicken rice.) I guess something that’s very “authentic” may not necessarily mean that it’s very good. I think anyone who tried the real Yangzhou fried rice (揚州炒飯) would agree with me. Nevertheless, I think this place is still worth a try if you happen to be in Mississauga. Their dishes are quite good on average.




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We also ordered the Beef Curry. I had a little bit of that and liked it! Wasn’t too sure about the roti coz I didn’t try that.




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Overall the experience was ok. Why? The food was good, but the service was… I would give it a 2 out of 5. Two persons were just not enough for the night – either they are not efficient or they really need to hire another person. The wait was extremely long. I wanted to order their milk tea coz my bf said it was good, but it took a very very long time for them to even process the order… then I asked them to change that to “take-out”. We waited for another 10-15 minutes… finally I had to ask them to cancel that order and get the bill. That took another 10 minutes. My GOD!

The price was reasonable – you can also take a look at their online menu.

FYI :Lion City Restaurant
1177 Central Parkway West, Unit 70
Mississauga, Ontario
Tel: 905-281-0860
Open 7 Days – Mon: 11:30am To 9pm, Tues, Thurs & Sun: 11:30am To 10pm, Fri & Sat: 11:30am To 11pm

8 thoughts on “Lion City 獅城

  1. 🙂 Glad you finally came to visit ‘Saga. I totally agree that they have slow service. The two times I went, the resturant was EMPTY and it still wasn’t the fastest. Food wise, the only one that I had in common with you was the chicken rice.

  2. Yea, I did that quite a while ago. I think the service is very important. I don’t have THAT much time for every dinner.

  3. I’ve been to Lion City 2 weeks ago. I love 海南雞飯 and I tried it around and I really like the one there. The duck rice looks very good wor, I have to try it next time…hm, hungry tim…oh, I like the curry too.

  4. Good to hear that you liked it!!! *When I recommend something… sometimes I’m not sure if other people would feel the same way as well* Hum… seems that I’ve been promoting for them – maybe I should ask for a discount next time I’m there :p

  5. Had a visit for my wife’s birthday on Sunday. first impression we had was a small family restaurant. that’s fine! we sat down and starting going through the menu. we waited and waited and waited…..we called them over but had to wait a few more minutes.
    anyway, we ordered hoping to eat soon as we had waited days for this meal!
    Long story short, the quality of the food was very low, Service very slow and we had to pay for the food we did not eat.
    We asked if the crab was over-cooked or it was not fresh? He replied “I still have to charge you for it, we cook these all the time”

    Don’t bother eating there even if money is not an issue or live close by.

  6. BTW, the restaurant has a new website finally!

    A very nice family run restaurant in Mississauga that serves authentic Singapore/ Malaysian / Thai food.
    I have been a regular of this place since they opened up 15 years ago.
    The fact that they are in biz for that long should tell you something!
    It’s all about the food!
    This is one of very few South East Asian restaurants that operating in the GTA.
    The owner Lillian being a true chef take great care with her quality / tastiness of food.
    Sure you can get some other restaurants that have bigger portions and / or slightly cheaper prices but it’s about the right balance of price and food quality that keeps me coming back here.
    The signature dish is the Chicken Rice (which in my humble opinion is the best in the GTA), other notables are the Hokkien Mee, Prawn Mee soup, Tahu Goreng, Lontong and Curry beef brisket.
    Being a small restaurant, service is not always attentive but learn to deal with it! We are there for the great food!

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