Flaming Kitchen serves up an enormous menu of modern Chinese sizzling noodle, rice, and appetizer dishes, many of them in the cheesiest way imaginable, literally.
From the same fellow behind Aka Teppan in the Annex and Markham, this spot located in First Markham Place has a similar DIY feel and in fact even some of the same dishes like Mentaiko Beef Udon and Supreme Beef Rice.
The casual space is small but has a good amount of seating, including comfy benches lined up against the wall. High ceilings and lots of white contribute to the spacious feel.
House special chicken wings ($6.99) are a cheap and simple way to start off, more crispy than saucy. Ours are dusted with a slightly sweet brown sugar flavour.
Sizzling black curry poutine ($7.99) is our first dish to arrive on an untouchable hot plate, its temperature blazingly hot while the cheese on top is blowtorched tableside.
The rich flavour of the curry is complemented by the stretchy, perfectly gooey and elastic cheese, and the fries stay crispy and flavourful.
Supreme Beef Rice also comes out on a plate that's over 200 Celsius.
Rolls of thinly sliced beef ring a small mountain of rice topped with crunchy corn, onion, and of course, gooey cheese.
A savoury sauce hidden inside oozes out when pressed down DIY-style or by a helpful server.
The Flaming Chicken Spicy Noodle dish ($11.99) steals the show for me, combining the comforting flavours of instant noodles, zesty molten processed cheese, and tender spicy chicken.
Presented on a sizzling plate with a pile of noodles topped with a square of cheese ringed by chicken, this one is super easy to mix up yourself.
Of course with a name like Flaming Kitchen you have to offer lots of cool beverages as well. Another hit of the day is a Kit Kat slush ($6.99) that basically tastes like an icy Kit Kat milkshake topped with whipped cream and served with two Kit Kat bars and a thick bubble tea straw.
There are also refreshing specialty drinks like a Sunset Paradise ($5.99), a heavily orange-flavoured sugary spritzer. A list of around a dozen milk teas ($4.99) includes a rose tieguanyin (a type of oolong) milk tea that’s not overly floral and very creamy and cooling.
Cheerful K-Pop and Top 40 hits pipe throughout the restaurant, accompanying the sizzling sounds of dishes being delivered to tables that are greeted with oohs, ahs, and giggles as cheesy, hot, and spicy noodles and rice are gobbled up.