Cynthia Cheng Mintz
If you like ordering food dim sum style (on slips rather than speaking with a server), but prefer pan-Asian cuisine rather than standard Hong Kong fare, look no further than Hue’s Kitchen. A unique concept to the Yonge and Bloor area, this restaurant allows diners to pick and choose their meals from a form. There are plenty of dishes to choose from, ranging from platters to Vietnamese pho (the food is predominantly Vietnamese) as well as drinks like Vietmanese coffee (dark roast coffee brewed with a metal drip filtre and served with condensed milk (1/4/ to 1/2 cup) and ice – if you’ve ever had Hong Kong tea, it’s more or less the same thing with coffee and over ice).
Two of my favourite starters are the the salad rolls and crispy rolls. Stuffed with healthier goodies like carrots or yams, salad rolls are a good choice for those who want something a little different (the ones above are yam tempura rolls). Of course, crispy rolls are also available. In both cases, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices are available.
As for the main course, there’s plenty to choose from. Besides the many variations of pho (beef brisket, beef balls, chicken, etc…), there are also platters as well as some choices one might find at an Indian restaurant. While the food isn’t awful, it is not top of the line, either. There are plenty of pan-Asian restaurants in the area which are better. However, the fact that they serve some South Asian dishes means that they’re doing a good job distinguishing themselves from the competition, who tend to stick with East Asian dishes.
Setting-wise, the restaurant offers both indoor and patio seating. The patio is at the back of the restaurant and is a great place to chill for a meal when it isn’t too hot.
Hue’s Kitchen is located on 774 Yonge Street, just south of Bloor.