Ok owlets, so I love food, but you know what? I had never tried a Pan Asian/Hawaiian restaurant. Recently, I went to a restaurant called Miss Thing’s, located in West Queen West, Toronto, Canada. And let me just tell you, I did not leave empty stomached or unsatisfied.
I was looking for a place to try in Toronto that was different but also had a cool/chill vibe, so I asked a friend from work. She recommended to me Miss Things, and so I did some googling to look at reviews, menus, pictures and it was definitely intriguing as I had never tried anything like it before, and I’m down with change and trying new stuff, so what the heck, why not right?
Walking up to the restaurant, it’s painted an emerald or jade green and the wooden doors have the signature golden pineapple. I love Indie type restaurants, they’re always so pretty and creative. Stepping in, the theme is American Tiki Culture, with a hint of retro mid-century hotel lobby bars with a fresh and modern outlook. I felt like I was on the set of an Elvis Presley movie taking place in Hawaii, I wish they had somebody walking around playing Elvis songs on a ukulele.
To the food! The menu was sexy – naked women from the 50s covered with tropical flowers – but it was also sexy because of what was in it. So, we decided to start off with drinks of course, they’re known to have very funky tropical drinks, the server mentioned that they had a special one if we wanted to try called The Great Gazoo (no, not from the Flintstones). Well damn, that sounded pretty great to me so I agreed, my S/O ordered the Fuzzy Wawa and as you can see in the pictures, they look pretty tropically awesome.
The Great Gazoo is a watermelon filled with watermelon juice, pineapple juice, coconut water, mint and Flor de Caña 7-year rum and the Fuzzy Wawa is daiquiri in a coconut with Havana club 3-year rum, coconut lemongrass sake, kaffir lime syrup, and coconut bitters. Unfortunately, the Gazoo looked better than it tasted, is wasn’t sweet like I thought it would be, but the Wawa was sweet and tasty. But again, look how visibly fun and funky they are!
The appetizers were just phenomenal, we ordered Spicy Crab Rolls and Shrimp Po’Bao. The crab rolls are made with rice paper wrap, stuffed with delicious crab meat, served with mango chutney and shiso pasto. This was a mouth full of heaven, every bite was perfect and the mango chutney completed that dish and went so well with the crab rolls, I never would have thought. The next dish was the Shrimp Po’Bao which was another excellent dish with zesty lime flavor baos (the bun or bread the shrimp is put in). It is fried shrimp, mango jicama slaw, lime cayenne mayo, and house made hoisin sauce – there was nothing negative I could say about this dish – the shrimp was perfectly crispy and flavorful, the slaw added freshness and the mayo added the kick to complete. I would definitely go back for this dish, I am just so sad I was so busy stuffing my face I forgot to take a picture of it.
Lastly, the main courses, again Miss Things did not fail me with their creative names for each of their dishes, they also didn’t fail me with trying the Loco Moco for the first time. The Loco Moco is marinated flank steak, duck egg, coconut rice, mushrooms gravy, seasonal greens and kohlrabi slaw. The steak was juicy and everything in this plate was to die for – everything worked together so well tasted so good! The other dish was the Braised Short Rib, which was nothing short of amazing. It is Korean spiced short rib, served with Parisian gnocchi, roasted brussels sprouts, squash, and apple puree. It was another hit, super yummy and our stomachs were satisfied, although I think that’s an understatement.I am so glad I got to try something new and different that also exceeded my expectations, made the whole experience worth it. If you’re looking to have a quick escape to paradise, have funky and amazing dishes, hang out at a cool Tiki Bar downtown Toronto, this is the place you want to try. Follow Miss Things @missthingsbar on Instagram to get all the information and view their yummy dishes, and of the one I missed . For a better look at the dishes, follow my Instagram 🙂 Have you tried this place?