98 aroma toronto

98 Aroma

98 Aroma brings refined Northern Chinese dining to Chinatown. The neighbourhood's restaurants are, for the most part, not known for their romance or mood lighting but that's not the case here.

98 aroma toronto

You could do a lot worse that starting a meal with their Summer Breeze ($9.99) - a salad that comes with a base of shredded lettuce, carrots, and purple cabbage before garnished with fried taro shavings and a sweet vinaigrette.

98 aroma toronto

The Griddle Stir-Fried Cauliflower ($12.99) is packed with garlic, Chinese chives and chilies so there's no shortage of spice. Anthony Rose should come check this out.

98 aroma toronto

Dumplings are a staple of Northern Chinese cuisine, and the Pan Fried Pork Buns ($9.99) here are worth a try. They are so incredibly and literally juicy that they remind me of oversized xiaolongbaos , albeit with a nice light char at the base.

98 aroma toronto

If you prefer your dumplings to be more akin to potstickers, order the similarly-named Pan Fried Pork and Chives Dumplings ($9.99). I could eat these for lunch everyday by the dozen.

98 aroma toronto

The Steamed Garlic Shrimp ($19.99) is fresh with just the right amount of garlic, though the shrimp are a bit on the small size.

98 aroma toronto

The Royal Kung Pao Chicken ($14.99) is sweet and spicy thanks for the generous helpings of Szechuan peppercorns. Make sure to pair this with a heaping mound of steamed white rice.

98 aroma toronto

The Fried Salt and Pepper Calamari ($15.99) might be my favourite item on the menu. The calamari is fried perfectly crisp on the outside while still tenderly chewy on the inside.

98 aroma toronto

The Steamed Tilapia with Chopped Bell Chilies ($29.99) is a gargantuanly impressive dish where the tender bone-in fish is bathed in sauce - but it's a bit tricky to eat because of all the small bones.

98 aroma toronto

For drinks we try the Blue Hawaii and Sex on the Beach ($8), both of which could easily get you drunk.

98 aroma toronto

For dessert, the Coconut Milk with Sweet Rice ($4.99) is rich and indulgent, but I wish it was sweeter.

98 aroma toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. When not writing for blogTO he can usually be found tweeting here or delaying mealtimes indefinitely by posting pictures here . Photos by Hector Vasquez.


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