Jimmy and I passed by Green Tray at least a dozen times before we finally tried it out because we couldn’t tell what kind of cuisine it served. I thought they were one of those cafeteria-style restaurants. I was very surprised to learn that it was actually a pan-Asian restaurant, serving a range of Asian dishes from sushi to Taiwanese beef noodle soup.
Unsure of what to order, I decided upon the wonton noodle soup. Although the broth was clear and the wontons huge, I was disappointed with my lunch. The chow mein noodles were overcooked, which was their first major mistake. Secondly, the broth was bland and under-seasoned. It tasted like a vegetable broth, but coupled with the soggy noodles, the entire dish was blah.
The wontons weren’t very flavourful either. In fact, they tasted like the frozen types that Christine likes to buy. In the end, I ate less than half of the bowl and had to give up.
Jimmy saw beef noodle soup on the menu and couldn’t resist ordering it. He’s been eternally hopeful in finding a worthy replacement for his former favourite, Mr. Sun’s Noodle House. As you can see, the noodles were unadorned with any greenery whatsoever.
Again, the noodles were overcooked and limp. In the close-up, you can see that they were practically translucent. The beef chunks, however, were incredibly tasty. Just thinking about them makes me salivate. The spiced flavour was deeply concentrated in every tender piece, but alas, there weren’t enough cubes of beef for the both of us. We both agreed that their soup came close to Mr. Sun’s gloriously spicy broth, but it still fell short. It has the potential to be awesome.
The real star of the menu is the bubble tea. It aced all of Jimmy’s criteria for a truly delicious bubble tea: good tea, soft and chewy tapioca pearls, not too sweet, and icy cold. I loved it. It rivals Ten Ren’s bubble tea in Toronto. The only drawback is the price. I’ve forgotten how much we paid for two large bubble teas, but I remember balking at the bill.
In total, we spent nearly $40.00 for lunch – totally unacceptable for two bowls of noodles, xiaolongbao (not pictured because it was unremarkable) and bubble tea. I wouldn’t visit again, unless I was having some SERIOUS cravings for bubble tea.
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