Growl Review: Tantalizing Asian Cuisine

Category: Growl Review

Lynne R.

Tantalizing Asian Cuisine

By Lynne R.


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Mango Sauce Deep Fried Fish Fillet – Image courtesy of Laurel R.

Value
We ate as a group which is always good in Asian restaurants. But $25.00 including tip per person was incredible! GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
Atmosphere
Simple and pleasant… much what you would expect in a traditional Asian restaurant. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-HalfGpawRating-WholeFade
Service
Our servers were the owner and her daughter! She personally explained every dish and how it was made! GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Half
Food
You could never make this at home! The food was fabulous! GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
Cleanliness
Yes! The restaurant is in a very old building which can be difficult to “spruce up” on a limited budget, but the freshly painted walls certainly helped. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Half
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Review
The Growlitas met for dinner at Tantalizing Asian Cuisine on September 18, 2013.

Tantalizing Asian Cuisine is located at 560 Wyandotte Street West. Parking is a little challenging if you aren’t sure where the restaurant is. It is located on Wyandotte near Janette, so some of us parked on the side street.

Tantalizing Asian Cuisine is painted in a soft lime green and has black accents throughout. It looks and feels airy and fresh.

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Image courtesy of Laurel R.

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Image courtesy of Laurel R.

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Image courtesy of Lisa L.

The owner is Malaysian and is truly named Suzie. She is so proud of her space and the food that they serve. She is very welcoming and helpful in describing the different dishes they serve.

After we asked lots of questions she suggested that we eat “Asian style” which is to share all of the dishes with each other. She furthermore decided to just cook for us! She asked if we had any dietary restrictions/preferences and proceeded to make a menu for us!

I am so proud of my fellow Growlitas for going with this whole idea! I personally think if someone wants to showcase what they can do, then just let them go! As we commented later, we may not have ordered what she prepared and it was so damn good we left with groaning bellies! It was an eating experience, not just picking something from the menu that sounded familiar.

We began with a salad that was made up of tiny pieces of vegetables that had been lightly steamed and had a very subtle dressing that was oh so good.

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Tropical Pickled Vegetables – Image courtesy of Lisa L.

The spring rolls were hot, crunchy, and served with a delicious homemade sauce that tasted nothing like the traditional canned plum sauce often served in restaurants.

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Spring Rolls – Image courtesy of Lisa L.

We had a large bowl of Cantonese Won Ton soup that Suzie served up table side! Great flavour, not salty, meaty won tons, and a wonderful clear broth.

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Won Ton Soup – Image courtesy of Laurel R.

Suzie kept the heat of the dishes in a low to medium range as some of our party were hesitant to try dishes that were marked as spicy. Saying that, often when you take the heat out of things they can lose some flavour, but not at Tantalizing Asian Cuisine.

We had Spicy Salt Seafood and it was unbelievable! The seafood was prepared to perfection and the spices were divine. Deep Fried Fish Fillet with Mango Sauce… to die for! Malaysian Style Coconut and Lemongrass Shrimp… simply vanished off the platter. The complexity of the flavours was such a fabulous surprise!

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Spicy Salt Seafood – Image courtesy of Lisa L.

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Malaysian Style Coconut and Lemongrass Shrimp – Image courtesy of Lisa L.

The Stir Fried Mushrooms with Pea Pod Leaf was something this experienced Asian Foodie had never heard of and we could not get over how delicious this simple dish was.

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Stir Fried Mushrooms with Pea Pod Leaf – Image courtesy of Laurel R.

The Thai Style Basil Leaf Stir Fried Chicken had so much flavour, the fresh basil was amazing and the chicken was so tender it melted in our mouths.

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Thai Style Basil Leaf Stir Fried Chicken – Image courtesy of Laurel R.

We also had a vegetable stir fry and a fabulous deep fried tofu with mango sauce ensuring our vegetarian diner did not miss out on anything!

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Vegetable Stir Fry – Image courtesy of Lisa L.

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Thai Style Mango Sauce Deep Fried Tofu – Image courtesy of Laurel R.

Suzie then decided we MUST have dessert even though we were stuffed to the gills. Deep fried ice cream and black sticky rice with coconut cream was different and exciting.

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Deep Fried Ice Cream – Image courtesy of Lisa L.

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Black Sticky Rice with Coconut Cream – Image courtesy of Lisa L.

I cannot wait to go back to this gem of a restaurant! My father taught Asian cooking for years and I am definitely taking him here!

Lynne R.‘s Overall Rating
This was the best Asian place I have been to in years! Suzie’s enthusiasm is contagious! GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
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Comments from fellow Growlers
Kelly W. said: “This Growl is one of my most recent favourites. Everything about the evening was wonderful. The unique style of dining which we encountered is what made this Growl experience so memorable for me. Allowing Sue (chef/proprietor/server extraordinaire) the creativity to choose our dishes based on a few preferences ensured that we had an authentic and varied taste of Malaysian fare. This worked very well for us due to the size of our group as we were all able to share and sample a variety of dishes splitting the cost equally amongst us. This may not work so well with a couple. I was a little dubious at first due to my vegan preferences, however I was beyond delighted with the selections and although I could not enjoy all of the dishes there was still more than enough of what I could eat to feel satiated. My “Must Try” recommendation from this meal would be the Tropical Pickled Vegetable Salad.”

Sylvia V. said: “The hostess of this restaurant made our night with an outpouring of passion for her native food and her eagerness to share it with us. We learned so much about Malaysian flavours plus I felt like we gained an honorary new Growlita that night. If I could eat at this restaurant several times a week, I would. I will recommend it to everyone I know. A new favourite for me.”

Laurel R. said: “I had been to Tantalizing Asian Cuisine with my husband once before, based on a recommendation from someone who posted on our Windsor Girls Growl Facebook Page, and after that one visit I couldn’t wait to share it with my fellow Growlitas! It was a wonderful evening – the food was absolutely delicious and so beautifully presented, our hostess was warm and welcoming, and the prices were unbeatable. I’ve already been back once since our Growl, and will return many times more in the future. You need to try this restaurant!”

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Jasmine Tea – Image courtesy of Laurel R.

Have YOU visited Tantalizing Asian Cuisine?
Tell us about your experience!

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  • Lisa M. October 8, 2013, 3:23 pm

    Despite not overly agreeing with Lynne’s description of the wall colour — I would tend toward “garish”, green is not my favourite colour! — the food was so delicious and Suzie’s personality so infectious, I quickly forgot what colour the walls were painted in and sat back for an enjoyable evening with my fellow Growlitas and the best Asian food I have had, ever! Run, don’t walk to this little gem of a restaurant and ask Suzie to make you her favourite, you won’t be disappointed. Every bite was fresh and full of flavour. As well, Suzie’s warmth and comradery made me feel so at home, as did her being mom and dishing out our soup right at the table that I can’t wait to go back and experience the magic of Tantalising Asian Cuisine again.

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